Mariah Dylla is an undaunted advocate, and the newest member of our family law department. She has solid trial experience and enjoys challenging cases requiring diligence, creativity and analytical skills for the best, client-driven results. With personal experience in an international relocation case, she has a deep understanding of how difficult domestic matters can become, and she applies her litigation and advocacy skills to complicated family law matters.
Mariah has clerked for an administrative law judge in the U.S. Department of the Interior and has worked with both appellate and felony attorneys on difficult constitutional defense issues. In Utah, she worked for the public defenders who were frequently before the state and even the U.S. Supreme Court. Her trial experience comes from both prosecution and defense, as an Assistant District Attorney in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, and in her own private practice on a variety of defense cases.
Prior to law school, Mariah curated an oral history museum exhibit that preserved and displayed the story of underground uranium miners in northwest New Mexico. Using miner’s own words, she synthesized a vast amount of technical and historical information and interviewed a diverse set of miners in order to tell the story of underground uranium mining in the context of the Cold War, when hazards were concealed, and safety regulations delayed, until the U.S. nuclear arsenal was complete.
Mariah has also advocated for women’s rights in Dakar, Senegal for an NGO with rapporteur status to the United Nation and done research and written on post-colonial feminism in West Africa. She is fluent in French, with an undergraduate degree in French from Portland State University, cum laude. In high school, she published an article entitled “Criminal Justice” in the Concord Review (2000, Vol 10, #4).
A graduate of the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, class of 2010, Mariah received the Frankel Public Interest Fellowship. Mariah is also a member of the Utah and Colorado Bar, the El Paso and Douglas County Bar Associations, and Colorado Women’s Bar Association.