Council of Inspiring Leaders

“At BYU Law, I hope that all of us are inspired with a simple but profound idea: we can change the world for the better. I refer to this idea as inspiring leadership actions that inspire members of our community to lead, as well as leadership that produces inspiration.” -Dean Gordon Smith

Law is a Leadership Degree

Help Build Tomorrow’s Leaders. Members of the Council of Inspiring Leaders make donations that change generations, giving $10,000 or more annually to support leadership initiatives at BYU Law.

Along with funding stipends for BYU Law’s Leadership Fellows, CIL Members act as mentors and role models for some of the Law School’s best and brightest. CIL benefits include participating with the Leadership Fellows on an annual Leadership Travel Study Tour.

An Inspired Program

The world needs more leaders who inspire by word and deed. We believe our students can better reach their potential by proximity to successful leaders. Engaged sponsorship can change lives. Hear what our student fellows have to say about their participation in this one-of-a-kind law school leadership program:


Meet Our Leadership Fellows

Jonathan Garcia

Before attending law school, Jonathan Garcia (23) taught writing courses for several years in the Department of English at BYU, nurturing a passion for the written and spoken word. During his 2L year, Garcia will serve as an associate editor for the BYU Law Review and as a member of the BYU Law moot court team. In 2021, he was selected by the BYU Law faculty for the Wendy C. Archibald Meritorious Achievements and Distinguished Service Award, and in 2022, he will be a summer associate for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in California.

Carolyn Sharp

Carolyn Sharp (’22) is the first woman to serve as president of BYU Law’s Military and National Security Club. She has written groundbreaking papers on cognitive lethal autonomous weapons systems (CLAWS) and on the role advanced artificial intelligence and neurotechnology can play in reshaping the future of war. Sharp has also published pieces through the Lieber Institute for Law & Warfare at West Point. Sharp was elected to state and county political leadership positions as an undergraduate student and is raising two charismatic teenagers.

Brandon Graves

Brandon Graves (22) is passionate about immigration reform and has interned with immigrant rights organizations in Washington DC and Utah. He spent his 2L summer with The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, where he assisted in litigation on behalf of immigrant families separated under “Zero Tolerance.” Graves is president of BYU Law’s American Constitution Society and a member of BYU Law’s national moot court team. He participated in the BYU Law Civil and Criminal Rights Appeals Clinic and served as a lead editor on the BYU Journal of Public Law.

Brooke Gledhill

Brooke Gledhill (’22) is pursuing a career in social impact and has interned with public interest and nonprofit organizations such as Ohio Legal Help and Encircle. Gledhill advanced to the national finals of the 2021 ABA Student Negotiation Competition and is a member of BYU Law’s national moot court team. She currently serves as president of BYU Women in Law and secretary of the BYU Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Gledhill was also a lead editor for the BYU Journal of Public Law.

Christina Chan

Christina Chan (’22) interned with the Coast Guard Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), the Department of Defense, and the National Security Law Division of the Army JAG at the Pentagon. She is editor-in-chief of the BYU Journal of Public Law and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, specializing in Mandarin Chinese. Passionate about minority representation, Chan has served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and is a three-year board member and current vice-president of the Minority Law Student Association.

Daniela Seare

Daniela Seare (23) is passionate about peace-building and conflict resolution. She has externed with the Leavitt Institute for International Development, where she designed a mediation curriculum for developing Eastern European countries. Seare works as a fellow for BYU’s Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution and serves on the board of the International Law Students Association. Prior to attending law school, Seare worked with a number of non-governmental organizations in Germany and Austria, assisting refugees from the Middle East with relocation and coping with trauma.

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LDS Philanthropies

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BYU Law External Relations