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July 6, 2021

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D. Gordon Smith | © BYU Photo PROVO, Utah, June 2021 – D. Gordon Smith, BYU Law dean, has been appointed as the first occupant of the Ira A. Fulton Chair in the J. Reuben Clark Law School. The chair was established at the Law School in 2020 through a generous endowment for scholarships, mentorships,…

April 30, 2021

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9:45 AM

Eight students in the LawX legal design lab at BYU Law have developed an online resource, called Goodbye Record, that is designed to address flaws in the process for expunging criminal records in Utah and potentially other states as well. I’ve written a number of times about LawX, a lab program launched in 2017 in which law students use design thinking to…

April 30, 2021

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9:29 AM

Provo — BYU Law, a global law school focused on leadership and innovation in the legal field, announced the development of Goodbye Record – an online resource assisting individuals, legislators, and corporate partners to address flaws in the expungement process, and implement solutions to permanently protect second chances for individuals who have had their records expunged. Goodbye Record is a…

April 20, 2021

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BYU Law soared up to No. 29 in the 2022 edition of the U.S.News Best Law School Rankings. BYU Law’s ranking is its highest in more than two decades and represents an eight-spot jump from last year. The rankings are based on a variety of metrics, including placement of graduates, faculty resources, academic credentials of…

April 7, 2021

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by Nicole Boyd, March 11, 2021 “I firmly believe that our students are capable, and intelligent. If we give them support and resources, they will be incredibly successful in external moot court competitions across the country.” – Professor Elysa Dishman Seven teams will represent BYU Law in external moot court competitions this semester ranging in…

April 1, 2021

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By Nicole Boyd “The real skill of appellate argument is the ability to take complicated concepts and make them seem not so complicated. That’s what I’m trying to teach these students.” – Ryan Tenney Named for the founding dean of BYU Law, a lawyer who argued 59 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Rex…

March 23, 2021

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2:25 PM

(Reuters) – Utah has emerged as a leader in U.S. legal innovation, granting diploma privilege to law grads in 2020 and opening a regulatory ‘sandbox’ to test new legal service models. The state’s legal educators have helped shape the reforms and felt their impact – including Gordon Smith, dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben…

March 23, 2021

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2:23 PM

Fifty years ago, President Harold B. Lee announced plans to build a law school at the Church’s Provo, Utah, university. Two years later, the J. Reuben Clark Law School welcomed its first class of future attorneys. Since then, thousands of graduates have left distinctive marks on the global legal community and beyond.

March 22, 2021

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12:36 PM

Professor Aaron Nielson has won the Federalist Society’s 2021 Joseph Story Award, which recognizes a young academic who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact in a manner that advances the rule of law in a free society, the group announced…

March 16, 2021

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4:13 PM

BYU Law, a global law school focused on leadership in legal theory and practice, today announced that D. Gordon Smith’s term as dean of BYU Law has been extended for an additional five years. In May 2016, Smith was appointed to an initial five-year term. This reappointment extends Dean Smith’s potential term through May 2026.