Rebecca van Uitert International Women in Law Service Award

Rebecca van Uitert was a talented attorney who graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in International Studies and from St. John’s University with her Juris Doctor. In law school, Rebecca served as a Judicial Law Clerk intern with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Rebecca was a well-respected, passionate immigration attorney who provided outstanding pro bono services to immigrant communities managing projects related to Asylum, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and U-visa cases, and assisted asylum-seeking women and children detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement along the southern border. From 2018 to 2020, Rebecca served as the Dean of Career Services and Professional Development at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where she helped guide students toward meaningful careers and leadership. Rebecca was also a participant in many JRCLS Women in Law events. Speaking at a November 2021 conference, she said "We need to have sensitivity to the fact that God may have different plans for us at different times. That can be difficult because it means that the best we can ever say is, ‘I am where I am supposed to be right now. But I need to be open to the fact that God might want me to do something else at a different time."

In her honor, members of the International JRCLS Women in Law Committee officially renamed the Women in Law Service Award, now the Rebecca van Uitert International Women in Law Service Award.