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BYU Law Welcomes Judge Nelson, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Ryan D. Nelson (‘99) was recently confirmed as a Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was invited to BYU Law to speak to students about his legal career. Dean Gordon Smith, who welcomed Judge Nelson, explained that this visit was organized “because we believe that it is important for students […]

Law & Social Change with Neylan McBaine

On February 14, 1869, women of Utah proudly stepped up to the voting booth and marked their place in history as the first female voters in the United States. In an effort to shed light on Utah’s rich history of supporting women’s rights, Neylan McBaine established Better Days 2020, a nonprofit intended to popularize Utah […]

Developing an Outward Mindset

How do you deal with people who seem shortsighted or grossly misinformed? It’s a question many are asking in today’s political climate, and one that many struggle to answer. Professor Ben Cook recently addressed this question with a group of BYU Law students and provided them some insight on how to best operate in an […]

Students Explore Utah’s History of Internment and Civil Rights

Driving through the desert of Central Utah, it is hard to imagine that only decades ago the barren landscape was the setting for one of the most significant events in U.S. civil rights history. In 1942, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, thousands of Japanese-American men, women, and children—most of them U.S. […]

Creativity and the Future of Law: Cat Moon

Cat Moon, Director of Innovation Design for the Program in Law and Innovation (PoLI) at Vanderbilt Law School, shared her insights to creativity and innovation at a BYU Law Future of Law event. “Innovation is an incredibly simple concept: change that creates value. …It’s not mystical or magical, but it’s powerful,” she said. Moon stressed […]

BYU Law Students Join JAG Corps in Every Military Branch

BYU Law School has students becoming members of the JAG Corps in every branch of the military: the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Navy. Each year the Law School successfully places an average of between six and eight students in military careers. This year, in addition to the ten students […]

5 Keys on “How Not to be Stupid” From Judge Michael Mosman

Judge Michael Mosman (’84), recipient of the 2018 BYU Alumni Achievement Award, provided wise professional and personal advice in his lecture “How Not to Be Stupid”. 1. Don’t be corrupted by power “You have to think about [the corruption of power] as lawyers because you will have power. You will have the power to end […]

Miles Ahead: Welcome to the Leadership-Inspired Milestones Program

As a component of BYU Law’s Inspiring Leadership initiative, the Milestones Program is designed to help students prepare for meaningful employment and leadership in the law. Over the course of two months, students delve into concepts found in the books StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment. These concepts, combined with […]

Faculty Inspire Students Through Scholarship Panel

“As lawyers, we have the responsibility not just to create scholarship, but to engage scholarship,” said BYU Law Professor Paul Stancil at a recent faculty scholarship panel. Addressing the BYU Law community, Stancil joined Professors Aaron Nielson, Gladriel Shobe, and Lisa Sun to discuss recent faculty research and encourage students to engage in the exploration […]

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