Two BYU Law Alumni Complete Library Dream Team

By Michael Cazanave July 17, 2023

BYU Law Library director Shawn Nevers has announced that Iantha Haight (’05) will be the Howard W. Hunter Law Library's new deputy director, and Nick Hafen (’19) will be the new head of legal technology education. Haight and Hafen bring valuable expertise and experience to the Law Library as well as shared commitment to providing outstanding support and services to BYU Law faculty and students. The pair will help ensure that the Law Library maintains its stature as one of the finest academic libraries in the nation, and will assist students as they navigate a fast-changing legal tech landscape.

Iantha Haight, New Law Library Deputy Director

Iantha Haight earned a JD from BYU Law (’05) and a master of science in information studies (MSIS) from the University of Texas. She joined the BYU Law Library staff in 2018 after working at the Cornell University Law Library and in private practice. "Iantha is an exceptional law librarian who is an incredible researcher, teacher, scholar, and problem-solver," Nevers says. "In addition to helping run the Law Library, she will continue to work with faculty, oversee our electronic resources, and teach legal research." Haight is excited to continue to be a part of the Law Library’s long commitment to supporting BYU Law's high-level scholarship and teaching. "We have some of the best law professors and students in the world, and I love being a small part of the work that goes on here," she says. "As technology continues to impact information management and the practice of law, I look forward to working with Shawn Nevers to help the Law Library provide the best research support and training possible."

Nick Hafen, New Head of Legal Technology Education

Nick Hafen is also a graduate of BYU Law (’19), where he was a Clark Scholar. He founded Sunrise Legal, LLC in Chicago and was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis. His primary responsibility will be to direct the Law Library’s Legal Technology Initiative, which prepares students for the ever-changing world of technology in legal practice. "In addition to working with students, Hafen will act as a valuable resource for faculty and staff on technology-related issues such as generative AI that affect legal practice," Nevers says. Hafen brings energy and expertise to the BYU Law program that sparked his enthusiasm for utilizing technology in legal practice. "I'm thrilled to be back at BYU Law teaching students about technology and expanding the program that started my own legal tech journey," he says. "My training as a BYU Law student didn't just prepare me to use specific software—it made me a better lawyer by teaching me to use technology to help my clients. I'm excited to further develop BYU Law's technology training so that our students can go out and make a difference in their clients' lives."