BYU Law Announces Participants in Inaugural Storytelling Initiative


Gordon Smith, Dean of BYU Law congratulated the following selected participants, whose names, submission titles and law schools are listed below:

  • “The Merits of Applause,” Dorie Arthur, University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia
  • “The World Was Designed for People Like Me,” Erin Bartenstein, University of Wisconsin Law School, Wisconsin
  • “The Law: Comingling Life and Death,” Lora Church, University of New Mexico School of Law, New Mexico
  • “Slow Down,” Walter Garcia, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Illinois
  • “A Is for Animus,” Sloane Henry, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Florida
  • “After the Order,” Vanessa Kubota, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona
  • “Me v. Astrophysics v. the Drug Wars v. Queen of England II,” Erling Oster, University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • “They Don’t Wait for White Men’s Chances,” Katie Rane, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Utah
  • “Catch and Release,” Shaunna Sanders, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Utah
  • “War Songs, Wounded Sounds,” Carlisle Shelson, University of Illinois College of Law, Illinois

“Congratulations to these outstanding authors whose compelling stories illuminate the transcendent power of law in our daily lives,” said Gordon Smith, Dean, BYU Law. “We believe initiatives like BYU LawStories can help further prepare students for their legal careers, and we are pleased to recognize these students in the inaugural BYU LawStories initiative.”

Selected storytellers received an expenses-paid trip to Brigham Young University’s campus March 13–16 where they presented their nonfiction narrative stories tying together their life and law at BYU LawStories on the Mainstage, a public storytelling event. Before their presentations, participants received a half-day seminar on storytelling taught by Sam Payne, who hosts “The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories” – a national radio show. At the conclusion of the seminar, participants recorded their stories for broadcast at state-of-the-art BYUradio studio.

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