January 18, 2019
Evidence of Mariah Dylla Gardiner’s keen legal mind was apparent at a very young age. While still in high school, she published an article for the prestigious Concord Review. The article was entitled “Criminal Justice” and it was published in a great legal journal is something that many lawyers and law students only dream of. It’s quite a feat and it may have served to telegraph her ability to understand how the law works. Now fluent in French, Mariah Dylla Gardiner earned an undergraduate degree in that language from Portland State University, a degree she earned cum laude.

Mariah Dylla Gardiner eventually went on to earn her law degree from the University of Utah, but prior to that she curated an oral history museum exhibit telling the story of underground uranium miners in northwest New Mexico. To get the information and stories she needed, Mariah interviewed many miners and told the story in their own words, through extensive interviews. That information was presented in the context of the Cold War, when the government and contractors concealed hazards and delayed the implementation of safety regulations until the American nuclear arsenal had been completed.