Leviathan in the Commons – Biomedical Data and the State

By Professor Jorge Contreras for BiolawToday.org. As “big data” analytical techniques become increasingly prominent in biomedical research, attention is being drawn to the generation and character of large biomedical data repositories. In a chapter that is forthcoming in Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Katherine Strandburg, Brett Frischmann & Michael Madison, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2017, in […]

Be the Thermostat, not the Thermometer

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for EDRblog.org. On a break in a recent workshop, I reflected to my co-facilitator on the energy of the group during a section I’d just led: “I can’t figure out what’s going on with them. They seem really edgy and are stuck in a victim mindset. Maybe the horrible echoes in the […]

David Duncan on being a LABS Student Fellow

By David Duncan for BiolawToday.org. In my second year of law school (2L), I was a Biolaw Fellow for the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Center for Law and Biosciences (LABS). In my fellowship assignment, I worked for the Center for Medical Innovation’s Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) program where I assisted six teams of inventors in the […]

Willard Spur: Resolving Conflict through Collaboration

This post by Jeff Ostermiller is reprinted with permissions from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for EDRblog.org Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep my inner cynic in check. This is particularly true during presidential elections, when the divisive nature of our political system makes compromise among differing viewpoints seem impossible. In contrast to […]

Working with Elected Officials on Water Issues: What can Collaboration Bring to the Table?

By Jamie Holmstead for EDRblog.org.  A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program’s Dialogue on Collaboration seminar. This seminar was focused on the importance and challenges of involving elected officials in collaborative efforts, specifically water-related issues. As I prepared myself mentally for what I would encounter at the […]

Collaboration Is a Better Way to Solve Our Most Difficult Problems

By Lauren Barros for EDRblog.org. Several years ago, I became a member of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of Utah.  It made sense to me to encourage families to seek to resolve their problems collaboratively, rather than in court.  Although most of my clients do not use a formal collaborative process, I incorporate principles of collaborative […]

Citizen Referendum? I vote “needs review”

By Larry Schooler for EDRblog.org.  Did the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote resolve anything? What does such a narrow margin of victory for the Leave (EU) position really mean? What about the referendum in Austin, Texas, on transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft? The measure was drafted by the companies and when it failed, two of […]

In the Footsteps of Many: Collaboration is Key to Preserving the National Park Experience

By Cory MacNulty for EDRblog.org. Just under 12 million people visited Utah’s 13 national park sites in 2015.  Park enthusiasts are flocking to these iconic landscapes to scramble up Angels Landing at Zion National Park, contemplate the Milky Way galaxy and dark, starry night skies at Bryce Canyon National Park, and to experience an awe […]

“Endless pressure, endlessly applied:” Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill

By Rick Johnson for EDRblog.org.  It’s a special day when the President of the United States opens the door and invites you in. As Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) would later say to President Obama as we stood in a circle around the Presidential Seal on the Oval Office rug, “You know, Rick here has been […]

Kendra Brown on being a LABS Student Fellow

By Kendra Brown for BiolawToday.org. For the 2015-2016 academic year I had the incredible opportunity to work as a Biolaw Fellow for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences. My fellowship worked in conjunction with my position as the Student Director of the Medical-Legal Clinic through S.J. Quinney’s Pro Bono Initiative. The Medical-Legal Clinic provides […]