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Vanessa Walsh

Vanessa Walsh graduated with honors from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah where she received the David T. Lewis Clinical Award; the Clinical Legal Education Association (“CLEA”) Award for excellence in fieldwork in advocacy; the Alonzo Watson Public Interest award for commitment to social justice, educational opportunity and public service; and the Steven Magleby Memorial Award for advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Ms. Walsh holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Utah

Ms. Walsh authored Disparities in Discipline: A Look at School Disciplinary Actions for Utah’s American Indian Students.  This report received national attention for its analysis of school disciplinary actions impacting Utah’s Native American student population.  She also authored Misbehavior or Misdemeanor? A Report on Utah’s School to Prison Pipeline, and co-authored Fingerpaints to Fingerprints: The School to Prison Pipeline in Utah.  Ms. Walsh has testified to the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on the School to Prison Pipeline and its significant impact on Native American students.  Prior to practicing law, Ms. Walsh worked for Salt Lake County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council, an advisory committee to the Salt Lake County Mayor that works collaboratively to shape criminal justice policy and County initiatives.  Prior to joining Feller & Wendt Ms. Walsh practiced in the area of civil rights litigation including 42 U.S.C. § 1988 violations.

Publications

  • Disparities in Discipline: A Look at School Disciplinary Actions for Utah’s American Indian Students
  • Misbehavior or Misdemeanor? A Report on Utah’s School to Prison Pipeline
  • Finger to Fingerprints: The School to Prison Pipeline in Utah

Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker, “Breaking the Pipeline” Symposium, University of Utah College of Law, 2017
  • Utah Education Association Summer Leadership Conference, University of Utah, 2017
  • 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, Utah Valley University
  • Restoring Our Communities, Ancestral Winds, St. George, Utah 2016
  • St. Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council Scoping Meeting, Cortez, Colorado, 2016
  • “Expect the Great” Conference, Weber State University, 2015
  • STPP in Indian Country, Arizona State University College of Law, 2015
  • 10th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit, Utah Valley University, 2015
  • Academic Expert, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Oklahoma Advisory Committee, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Utah

Associations & Memberships

  • Utah State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Law and Society Association

Awards

  • Outstanding Clinical Student Award 2016
  • David T. Lewis Clinical Award 2016
  • CLEA Award for Excellence in Field Word in Advocacy 2016
  • Outstanding Classmate Award  2016
  • Two CALI awards
  • Outstanding Achievement Award 2015
  • Leader Award 2015
  • Alonzo Watson Public Interest Award
  • Leary Scholar