May 3, 2013
On May 1, Paul Cassell, a Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and John Wiethorn, a 3L at the College, were honored at the Utah State Bar’s Law Day Luncheon.
Cassell received the bar’s Scott M. Matheson Award, which was created to commemorate the former governor's contribution to law-related education in the State of Utah. According to the bar, the award “recognize[s] annually individuals who have made outstanding contributions to law-related education for youth in the State of Utah.”
In the words of the Utah State Bar’s website: “In nominating Professor Cassell for this award, Judie Roberts, the mock trial teacher at Skyline, said that ‘Paul has found the time in his busy teaching schedule to be the attorney-coach for Skyline High School for the past three years. This involves countless hours with the students, and he has willingly donated his time and efforts coaching six teams during that time frame. Under his coaching, several teams have made it to the final rounds each year. Having his daughters on the team has made this an enjoyable experience for his family and for me.’”
JoLynn Spruance, director of the College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative (PBI), said, “John is the unsung hero of PBI's Street Law Legal Clinic. His dedication, strategic perspective, innovation, and high degree of initiative have resulted in a successful volunteer-operated legal clinic. Because of John’s efforts, numerous lower-income members of the community have been assisted, with the help of our strong alumni volunteer base. I believe that in many ways, his involvement in the Pro Bono Initiative has strengthened his commitment to service within the community and has given him the real world, hands-on experience that he will need to become a successful litigator.”