In 1914 labor activist Joe Hill was arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of a retired policeman and grocer, John G. Morrison. 
The news of the trial took the Salt Lake Valley, the national labor community, and even the international community by storm. In the end, appeals for clemency were being received in Utah from President Woodrow Wilson and Swedish dignitaries. Hill was executed on Nov. 19, 1915. The question of his factual innocence has been a matter of public debate ever since.

University of Utah Law Student Takes On Case of Labor Activist Joe Hill 100 Years After Execution

March 31, 2015 — The case is a staple in many Utah history classes: In 1914 labor activist Joe Hill was arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of a retired policeman and grocer, John G. Morrison. The news of the trial took the Salt Lake Valley, the national labor community, and even the international Read More

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Glenn Greenwald

Secrecy Week explores government secrets of past and present

March 30, 2015 – Glenn Greenwald, best known for his series in The Guardian detailing classified information about global surveillance programs based on top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden, will speak at the University of Utah, Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Dumke Auditorium, 410 Campus Center Drive. Tickets Read More

Roberta Achtenberg, a 1975 University of Utah College of Law graduate who President Obama appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2011, will be the commencement speaker at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on May 15.

U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Roberta Achtenberg to deliver 2015 commencement address at University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law

(March 25, 2015) —Roberta Achtenberg, a 1975 University of Utah College of Law graduate who President Obama appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2011, will be the commencement speaker at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on May 15. Achtenberg is a civil rights attorney with more than 30 years of senior-level Read More

Rob Butters, an assistant professor at the College of Social Work who is also director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center at the University of Utah, served as an expert witness for the defense team representing a teenager accused of murdering 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak in 2012. Butters enlisted the help of students in his forensic social worker class to work on the case to give them real-life experience in the field.

Students at University of Utah College of Social Work take a front seat on defense team in murder case

(March 24, 2015) —Details of the case haunted the normally quiet suburban community of Draper, Utah: On March 11, 2012, the body of a severely beaten 15-year-old girl turned up in the Jordan River. Few clues —outside of a bloody sneaker belonging to the victim, identified as Anne Grace Kasprzak —initially emerged. For more than Read More

A team of University of Utah students won the national Policy Solutions Challenge USA competition in Washington D.C.

University of Utah students win national Policy Solutions Challenge in Washington D.C.

(March 23, 2015) —For the second year in a row, a team of University of Utah students has won the national Policy Solutions Challenge USA competition in Washington D.C. U students Christopher Collard, Gavin Noyes, Tyler Murdock and Liz Larsen earned top honors on Saturday for their multipronged approach to creating policy solutions designed to Read More