Having spent my 1L year reading the post-mortem of cases decided by appellate courts, I wanted to spend the summer of 2013 discovering first hand how those cases are decided. Receiving the OLSPIF stipend allowed me to fund an unpaid internship that was an otherwise stellar learning opportunity.
As an intern in the chambers of Judge Thorne, I researched and drafted memorandum decisions, judicial opinions, and even a memo in support of certiorari to the Utah Supreme Court. The judicial system is often chosen as a forum for public interest disputes to be resolved. During my time in the court, I was constantly changing gears and learning new areas of Utah law. I worked on opinions ranging from child custody cases to undecided aspects of common law marriage rules.
I will carry this experience with me throughout my entire career. The OLSPIF stipend has provided a way for me to gain invaluable judicial experience that will act as a stepping stone on my road to a possible judicial clerkship after graduation.