Madison Rice

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My assigned beat, legal aid, couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just finished a course on communication law, and I thought, “Now’s my time to really put that knowledge to work.”

Throughout the process of the semester, I have really come to appreciate pro bono work and the different coalitions across the state of Utah whose only reason for existing is to help the less fortunate and provide aid to those who need it most.

“One of our legal system’s shortcomings is that utilizing it is unreasonably expensive,” Bruce Maak, attorney and founding member of Parr Brown Gee and Loveless, told me. “Even middle-income American people cannot afford to use the legal system, even though they may need it, because it is beyond the expense that their budgets can sustain.”

From my experience this semester with Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, the Disability Law Center, “…And Justice For All”, the YWCA, and more organizations, I have become aware of this ironic conundrum that our government, created by the people and for the people, seems completely inaccessible for so many.

Our pledge of allegiance reads: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…with liberty and justice for all.”

It has been amazing to meet the people who are striving to live what our forefathers wanted so badly for our country: justice for all.


I am a 20-year-old woman getting ready to enter the world as a college graduate. I currently work as a freelance copywriter. I’m also a member of Absolute Communication, the University of Utah’s first and only student-run strategic communication agency. I love a good challenge and will take any writing experience I can get.

Not only do I write, I love exercising and playing racquetball with my husband. If I were to follow any other profession, I’d be a baker or a pilates instructor. Actually, I think I could do them all simultaneously.

As I look back on college, the most memorable experiences I’ve had have also been the most challenging, and I am better for it. I’ll miss walking on campus, doing forced group work, and that crazy roommate I had my freshman year.

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