Melinda Bowen is a Founder and the current Executive Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Melinda came to UCLI after teaching criminal law and criminal procedure at BYU Law School. Prior to teaching, she practiced at Snow Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, in the white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practice groups. She also served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Tena Campbell in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and for Judge Carolyn McHugh in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Melinda received both her B.S. and J.D. from Brigham Young University. In her free time, she loves running, reading, and doing all things outdoors, especially with her husband and four boys.
Kacey Sorenson, Associate Director
Layla Shaaban, Administrative Coordinator
Layla Shaaban is the Administrative Coordinator of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Palestine, she moved to Utah to pursue a degree at Brigham Young University in Political Science with an emphasis in Research and Data Analysis and a minor in Legal Studies. She is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and an assistant producer at BYU Radio. She intends to pursue a J.D. after graduation. Her interests include criminal justice reform, civil and LGBT rights, and constitutional law. In her free time, Layla enjoys skateboarding, reading, and thrift shopping.
Lizzie Jarrett, Lead Intern
Lizzie is the Lead Intern at the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. She was born in Salt Lake City and moved to New Hampshire when she was 1. She returned to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy as well as a minor in global women’s studies. She plans to attend law school after graduation. Outside of school and work she enjoys any and all adventures in the great outdoors.