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Shima Baradaran Baughman

Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development

Shima Baradaran Baughman

Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Professor Baughman's teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law and criminal procedure. Shima Baradaran Baughman is a national expert on bail, pretrial prediction and prosecutors and her current scholarship examines criminal justice policy, prosecutors, drugs, police reform, and race and violent crime. Baughman has worked with economists and political scientists to write articles involving advanced empirical modeling and randomized controlled trials, including the largest global field experiment in the world. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, the Economist, the Washington Post, Forbes and other media outlets and she has been invited to present her work at Stanford, Cornell, Michigan, Texas, NYU, UCLA and many other law schools and to groups of federal and state judges and attorneys across the country. Her articles have been published in many top journals including University of Pennsylvania Law Review, USC Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Boston University Law Review and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Her book, The Bail Book: A Comprehensive Look at Bail in America's Criminal Justice System with Cambridge University Press has contributed greatly to the field of criminal law. The second edition of her textbook, Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies (5th Ed Aspen), coauthored with Paul Robinson and Michael Cahill is now available. She has also coauthored the most popular criminal law student study aid, Examples & Explanations in Criminal Law (7th edition) (with Richard G. Singer & John Q. LaFond).
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 801-587-8754
 shima.baughman@law.utah.edu

Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law
Director, Program in Criminal Law

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FULL-TIME FACULTY


Jensie Anderson

Professor (Clinical)

Teneille Brown

Professor

Teneille Brown

Professor
Teneille Brown is a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and an adjunct in the Department of Internal Medicine's Program for Medical Ethics and Humanities. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and completed three post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford, one in the Center for Law and the Biosciences, one on the MacArthur Project for Law and Neuroscience, and one at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, and spans a wide range of issues at the intersection of law, genetics, neuroscience, medicine, and ethics. Her work has been highlighted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and on national NPR outlets. Professor Brown teaches Torts, Bioethics & the Law, Evidence, Current Issues in Law & Biosciences, and a recent seminar on the Opioid Crisis. She is on the Executive Committee for the AALS Evidence section and the Utah's Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Evidence.
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 801-581-5883
 teneille.brown@law.utah.edu

Paul G. Cassell

Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law, University Distinguished Professor of Law

Paul G. Cassell

Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law, University Distinguished Professor of Law
Paul G. Cassell received a B.A. (1981) and a J.D. (1984) from Stanford University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was President of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for then-Judge Antonin Scalia when Scalia was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1984-85) and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1985-86). Cassell then served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General with the U.S. Justice Department (1986-88) and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1988 to 1991). Cassell joined the faculty at the College of Law in 1992, where he taught full time until he was sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah in July, 2002. In November 2007, he resigned his judgeship to return full time to the College of Law to teach, write, and litigate on issues relating to crime victims' rights and criminal justice reform.
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 801-585-5202
 paul.cassell@law.utah.edu

Amos Guiora

Professor

Amos Guiora

Professor
Professor Amos N. Guiora is a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. In addition, Professor Guiora is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law (CRSHL) at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, International Center for Conflict Resolution, Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
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 801-581-4295
 amos.guiora@law.utah.edu

Louisa M. A. Heiny

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor

Louisa M. A. Heiny

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
Louisa Heiny is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she teaches Evidence, Legal Writing for Judicial Clerks, and Judicial Process. She also teaches and advises in the Academic Support Program, and worked on Diploma Privilege licensing during the COVID pandemic. She received the Peter J. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and 2019, as well as the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2016, 2017, and 2019. She is co-author of Five Words That Changed America: Miranda v. Arizona and the Right to Remain Silent, as well as the textbook Judicial Process: Cases and Materials.
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 801-587-0214
 louisa.heiny@law.utah.edu

Clifford Rosky

Professor

Matthew Tokson

Professor

ADJUNCT FACULTY


Hon. Jared Bennet

Adjunct Professor

Hon. Jared Bennet

Adjunct Professor
Jared C. Bennett graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Utah College of Law in 2001, earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. From 2001-2002, Jared clerked for the Honorable Pamela T. Greenwood on the Utah Court of Appeals. In 2002, Jared was hired as an Honor’s Program Attorney for the Solicitor’s Office in United States Department of the Interior.
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 801-524-6620
 J.C.Bennett@law.utah.edu

Nathan Crane

Adjunct Professor

Nathan Crane

Adjunct Professor
Nathan is a practicing trial attorney at Snow, Christensen & Martineau. Nathan’s practice areas include complex criminal defense and civil litigation in both state and federal court. Nathan has extensive experience in criminal defense and is a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act panel. Federal judges often appoint him to represent indigent criminal defendants in federal court. Prior to joining Snow, Christensen & Martineau, Nathan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Nevada and as a Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his career, Nathan has prosecuted over one thousand felony cases including white collar crime, fraud, and violent crime. He has successfully conducted multiple jury trial in both state and federal court and has argued before the Nevada Supreme Court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Nathan has testified as an expert witness in United States Federal Criminal Law in the Central Criminal Court, Dublin, Ireland.
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 nac@scmlaw.com

Hon. Michael DiReda

Adjunct Professor

Karin Fojtik

Adjunct Professor

Karin Fojtik

Adjunct Professor
Karin Fojtik serves as an Assistant United States Attorney and the Deputy Violent Crimes Section Chief in the United States Attorneys Office in the District of Utah. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from the University of Utah. Following law school she joined the Cook County States Attorneys Office in Chicago, Illinois. She returned to Utah and practiced in a number of prosecutor's offices around the state including the Attorney General's Office, Salt Lake City and Sandy City. She clerked for the Hon. Paul Cassell and then joined the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah where she served in a number of roles including Deputy White Collar Section Chief and Senior Litigation Counsel. During 2016-17 she served as the National Coordinator for Project Safe Childhood in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
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Ruth Hackford-Peer

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ruth Hackford-Peer

Adjunct Assistant Professor
 801-834-5579
 hackfordpeer@gmail.com

Trina Higgins

Adjunct Professor

Sandi Johnson

Adjunct Professor

Sandi Johnson

Adjunct Professor
Sandi Johnson is a Deputy District Attorney with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. She began her career prosecuting cases in Juvenile and Justice Courts. In District Court she prosecuted organized gang cases for seven years and for the last three years has been assigned to prosecute cases for the Special Victims Unit. Over the last ten years she created and led the Major Crash Team, which prosecutes all criminal deaths involving automobiles in Salt Lake County. She is a member of the Board for the Utah Office for Victims of Crime as well as the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Fund. She is a member of the Criminal Model Jury Instructions Committee. She has served as a faculty member for the Utah Prosecution Council teaching the Basic Prosecutor Course. She received her J.D. in 2002 from the University of Utah College of Law. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a certificate in Criminology.
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Hon. William Kendall

Adjunct Associate Professor

Hon. William Kendall

Adjunct Associate Professor
Judge William K. Kendall was appointed to serve as a Third District Court Judge in Salt Lake County in December 2014. Before his judicial appointment by Governor Gary Herbert, Judge Kendall worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and the deputy violent crimes section chief at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah. As the anti-gang and robbery coordinator he prosecuted federal racketeering, robbery, firearm, narcotics, and child pornography cases. Prior to his work there, he served as a deputy district attorney in Salt Lake County. Judge Kendall received bachelor's degrees in political science and communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1993. He graduated with a juris doctorate from the University of Richmond, Virginia in 1996 where he was the executive editor on the founding editorial board of the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology.
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Hon. Mark S. Kouris

Adjunct Professor

Hon. Mark S. Kouris

Adjunct Professor
Judge Mark S. Kouris was appointed to the Third District Court in April 2006 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Judge Kouris serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Kouris received his law degree from the University of Utah in 1993. Prior to attending law school, Judge Kouris received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah. He worked in upper management for Procter & Gamble before starting and managing a packaging and shipping company. After selling the company, Judge Kouris worked as an Assistant Utah Attorney General before serving as a Deputy District Attorney where he prosecuted gang felonies. Judge Kouris then joined the Utah Federal Defender's Office where he worked before being appointed to the bench. Judge Kouris is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Law and at Salt Lake Community College. He has served on the Board of District Court Judges from 2011 to present. In addition, Judge Kouris is a Third District Drug Court judge serving in Tooele County from 2006 to 2008 and Salt Lake County from 2008 to present.
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 801-581-3999

Jesse Krannich

Adjunct Professor

Jesse Krannich

Adjunct Professor
Jess M. Krannich is a partner in the Salt Lake City law firm of Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar LLC. Prior to joining Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar LLC in 2012, Mr. Krannich was a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Krannich's practice is focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, and he has represented numerous Fortune 500 corporations and other mid-to-large-sized companies in a variety of business disputes. He has served as co-and-lead litigation and trial counsel in cases involving complex commercial disputes, business fraud, securities class action and shareholder derivative matters, professional malpractice (accounting), bankruptcy, products liability, and intellectual property disputes. He also regularly represents pro bono clients, and has been appointed by federal courts to provide pro bono representation in both civil and criminal matters. Mr. Krannich received a Bachelor of Sciences degree, with Honors, from the University of Utah. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Mr. Krannich served as Articles Editor for the Utah Law Review and was a member of the 2004 National Moot Court team, which placed first at the Region XI competition in Denver and advanced to compete in the national finals in New York City. Following his graduation in 2005, Mr. Krannich completed judicial clerkships for Chief Justice Christine M. Durham at the Utah Supreme Court and the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.Mr. Krannich was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law in 2012. He has previously lectured at both the S.J. Quinney College of Law and Loyola University Chicago College of Law. Mr. Krannich is the author of the following law review articles: Jess M. Krannich, In Dedication to Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, 75 U. Albany L. Rev. 101 (2012). Jess M. Krannich, James R. Holbrook, and Julie McAdams, Beyond Thinking Like a Lawyer and the Traditional Legal Paradigm: Toward a Comprehensive View of Legal Education, 86 Den. U. L. Rev. 381 (2009). Jess M. Krannich, A Modern Disaster: Agricultural Land, Urban Growth, and the Need for a Federally Organized Comprehensive Land Use Planning Model, 16 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 57 (2006). Jess M. Krannich, The Corporate Person: A New Analytical Approach to a Flawed Method of Constitutional Interpretation, 37 Loyola Univ. Chicago L. J. 61 (2005).
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 801-583-0200
 jkrannich@mc2b.com

Rose Lindsay-Guimarães

Adjunct Associate Professor

Rose Lindsay-Guimarães

Adjunct Associate Professor
Rose Lindsay-Guimarães is a Staff Attorney at the Disability Law Center, which is Utah’s congressionally mandated Protection and Advocacy Agency for persons with disabilities in the State of Utah. Ms. Lindsay-Guimarães represents individuals in disability-related employment discrimination matters before the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the federal district court for the District of Utah. She also engages in investigations regarding allegations of abuse and neglect of disabled youth and adults in institutionalized settings in the State of Utah. Prior to joining the Disability Law Center, Ms. Lindsay-Guimarães was a Staff Attorney at the Federal Defender Program in Chicago, Illinois, where she represented hundreds of people accused of federal crimes in the Northern District of Illinois from arrest through appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she taught legal writing, advocacy, and advanced writing for the practice of criminal law. Ms. Lindsay-Guimarães earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She also holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Utah and a B.A. in philosophy from Brigham Young University.
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 801-363-1347
 rosalie.lindsay@gmail.com

Hon. Sharon P. McCully

Adjunct Professor

Hon. Sharon P. McCully

Adjunct Professor
Judge Sharon P. McCully was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in 1983 by Governor Scott M. Matheson. She served for over 27 years. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was an Assistant Attorney General, State of Utah. Judge McCully has served in many national, state and local leadership positions. In 2004, she was installed as President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, after 12 years as a Trustee and Officer. Involvement with the NCJFCJ included many years on the Permanency Planning for Children Committee, several as Chair. She also participated in and lead the drafting and implementation of policy and practice guidelines such as the Resource Guidelines to Improve Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, Adoption and Permanency Guideline, and Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines, all of which created nationwide systems change in the juvenile justice and child welfare fields. She brought NCJFCJ initiatives to Utah, serving for over 15 years as the lead judge of the Utah Model Dependency Court and directing the pilot Model Delinquency Court. She continues to participate in policy, legislative, and educational endeavors NCJFCJ. In Utah, Judge McCully served on the Utah Judicial Council, the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, as Presiding Judge in the Third District Juvenile Court, as a member of the Court Improvement Project and the Initiative on Utah's Children in Foster Care, led by Chief Justice Christine Durham. She has been the recipient of the Utah State Bar Association's Judge of the Year Award twice, and has received numerous other awards and recognitions. Since retiring from the bench in September, 2010, Judge McCully has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, teaching public policy at the Graduate School of Social Work, and Juvenile Court Law at the S.J. Quinney School of Law.
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Richard D. McKelvie

Adjunct Professor

Richard D. McKelvie

Adjunct Professor
Mr. McKelvie graduated from Weber State University in June, 1978. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1981. Mr. McKelvie was a William Leary Scholar in 1981.Mr. McKelvie was admitted to practice in the Utah State Bar and Utah Federal District Court in 1981. He has been admitted to practice before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1989.Mr. McKelvie became a Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney in October 1981, after having served for two years as a law clerk in that office's Justice Division. During his tenure at the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office, Mr. McKelvie served on trial teams specializing in narcotics, sex offenses, and habitual offenders. His primary responsibility was in the area of felony prosecutions, and his prosecutions included several homicides. Before he left the office in February, 1988, Mr. McKelvie was the team leader of the Career Offender Unit, responsible for prosecuting habitual criminals.In February, 1988, Mr. McKelvie became an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah, and Assistant Director of that office's Statewide Prosecution and Illegal Narcotics Enforcement. In that capacity, he was responsible for the establishment and operation of a statewide system designed to provide prosecution assistance to local prosecutors and law enforcement officers. The program was initiated in 1988 as the result of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and has since become an integral part of the Utah State Attorney General's Office.Mr. McKelvie became an Assistant United States Attorney in April, 1990. He was initially involved as a general crimes prosecutor, handling matters ranging from bank robberies to defense procurement fraud and white collar crime. As a drug prosecutor assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Mr. McKelvie has been involved as trial counsel in numerous federal prosecutions, resulting in convictions and lengthy sentences of many offenders. Additionally, Mr. McKelvie has used federal RICO statutes to prosecute violent gangs, including the Sundowner's Motorcycle Club, the King Mafia Disciples, and the Soldiers of the Aryan Culture. Most recently, he has been assigned as lead counsel in a series of cases involving stolen Native American Artifacts in the Four Corners region.Mr. McKelvie is a frequent instructor of Trial Advocacy at the U.S. Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. An avid runner, he has participated in over 30 marathons across the country and around the world.
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Melissa Moeinvaziri

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Melissa Moeinvaziri

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Melissa (“Mel”) Moeinvaziri graduated with honors from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2017 and was admitted to the Utah Bar in October 2017. She has been with Perretta Law Office since May 2016, where she focuses on asylum and deportation defense. Prior to law school, Mel graduated with honors from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Studies. She also earned a Master’s of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. There she wrote her thesis on the post-deportation monitoring of rejected asylum seekers. She also interned with the Rights in Exile Programme, where she managed the Post-Deportation Monitoring Network. She continues to serve as a resource person for the network.
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 mel@perrettalaw.com

John Nielsen

Adjunct Professor

John Nielsen

Adjunct Professor

Hon. Dustin Pead

Adjunct Professor

Hon. Dustin Pead

Adjunct Professor
Dustin Pead has been a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Utah since August 2014. From March 2008 to August 2014 Judge Pead served as one of two immigration judges at the Immigration Court in the Salt Lake City area and, from 2003 to 2008, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Utah in the criminal division. From 2003 to 2008 Judge Pead was employed as an Attorney Advisor at the Board of Immigration Appeals based in Falls Church, Virginia, under the Attorney General's Honors Program and, in that capacity, was detailed to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee as immigration counsel from 2001 to 2002. Judge Pead began his legal career in 1998 as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Seattle, Washington Immigration Court also under the Attorney General's Honors Program. Judge Pead received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Utah in 1995 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1998.
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Leonor E. Perretta

Adjunct Professor

Leonor E. Perretta

Adjunct Professor
Leonor Perretta is the senior/managing attorney at Perretta Law Office a small law firm that focuses exclusively on immigration law. She received her Juris Doctor in 1996 from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and has been practicing immigration law since that date. She completed a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Utah. Ms. Perretta is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served for several years in various capacities on the executive committee. She is currently the AILA liaison to the immigration court. She is a member of the Utah State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 9th and 10th Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah but most of her practice is before the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Ms. Perretta has presented and lectured at numerous immigration law seminars & conferences. She has also partnered with various agencies to provide pro bono legal services including setting up and coordinating the Pro Bono Detainee Program in Immigration Court (2007-2015); assisting Holy Cross Ministries to develop a pro bono asylum program to train & mentor attorneys representing asylum seekers (2015-17); volunteering at the Community Legal Clinic with the S.J. Quinney College of Law (2012-present), and; presenting at “Know Your Rights” and DACA clinics in the community. She has served on various boards including the Utah Bar Foundation, Immigrant Legal Services and the ACLU. In 2016, she received the Utah Minority Bar Association- “Distinguished Lawyer of the Year” award and in 2017, the “Outstanding Mentor” award from the Utah State Bar.
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 Leonor@perrettalaw.com

Jason Perry

Adjunct Professor

Jason Perry

Adjunct Professor
Jason P. Perry is the Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Utah and has served in this capacity since January of 2011. In addition to this role, he began serving as Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics on July 1, 2015. Prior to his tenure at the U, Jason served as the Chief of Staff to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. Jason helped the Governor successfully navigate two challenging budget cycles and his first legislative session as well as achieving a landslide victory in the November 2010 election.
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 801-581-8514
 Jason.Perry@utah.edu

Rebecca Skordas

Adjunct Professor

Rebecca Skordas

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer Springer

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer Springer

Adjunct Professor
Jennifer has a B.S. in Sociology and a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Jennifer began working with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center as law student clinical intern in the University of Utah Innocence Clinic. She continued her work at RMIC after being awarded the Spurgeon Public Interest Fellowship and was a Teaching Assistant for the Innocence Clinic throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Jennifer officially joined the staff of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in 2014. She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College Of Law. As Managing Attorney she oversees all of RMIC's cases in investigation and litigation and supervises law students participating in the Innocence Clinic at each of our cooperating law schools. Jennifer is licensed to practice law in Utah and Nevada.
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 801-538-5190
 jspringer@rminnocence.org

Ann Marie Taliaferro

Adjunct Associate Professor

Ann Marie Taliaferro

Adjunct Associate Professor
Ann Marie (“Annie”) Taliaferro has been a criminal defense attorney practicing with Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP, since graduating from law school in 2000. Annie’s legal practice includes criminal defense trial work, appeals, and post-conviction advocacy. Before attending law school, Annie was a high school teacher and coach. For several years “back in the day when she exercised,” she also regularly taught aquatic fitness classes and swimming. She received her J.D. from S.J. Quinney College of Law and was a William H. Leary Scholar. While in law school, she served as a staff writer and Note & Comment Editor on the Utah Law Review.
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 801-581-5237
 ann@brownbradshaw.com