12:00-1:00 p.m., Dorsey & Whitney, LLP (136 Main St #1000, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
The talk will describe the evolution of federal wildfire policy and review the science surrounding wildfires before turning to the laws and policies governing wildfire management. The legal review will examine agency authority, the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, relevant environmental laws, the role of state law, related litigation, and liability issues. It will conclude by identifying critical current problems and potential solutions.
Robert Keiter, Wallace Stegner Professor of Law and Director of the Wallace Stegner Center of Land, Resources, and the Environment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law
Professor Keiter holds a J.D. degree with honors from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. with honors from Washington University. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Boston College, and Southwestern University, and served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Professor Keiter’s most recent book is To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea, which was published by Island Press in April 2013. His other books include Keeping Faith With Nature: Ecosystems, Democracy, and America’s Public Lands (Yale Univ. Press 2003); Reclaiming the Native Home of Hope: Community, Ecology, and the West (Univ. of Utah Press 1998); Visions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante: Examining Utah’s Newest National Monument (Utah Mus. of Nat. History & Wallace Stegner Center 1998); The Wyoming State Constitution: A Reference Guide (Greenwood Press 1993); and The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Redefining America’s Wilderness Heritage (Yale Univ. Press 1991). He has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles on public lands and natural resource law, addressing such topics as national parks, ecosystem management, wildfire policy, and biodiversity conservation. He serves as a Trustee of the National Parks Conservation Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, which he served on from 2013-2014.
Professor Keiter teaches Natural Resources Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Federal Courts. He has received teaching awards from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Wyoming College of Law, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In 2008, he was named a University Distinguished Professor by the University of Utah. His current project is a revision and update of his Wyoming State Constitution book for Oxford University Press.
For questions about this event contact Lori Nelson (801) 587-0059.