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Wallace Stegner Center 23rd Annual Symposium – Public Lands in a Changing West

March 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
With the nation approaching the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Public Land Law Review Commission report and with controversy continuing to embroil the federal public lands, this is an opportune time to examine the changes that have occurred during the past fifty years, the forces driving current controversies, and the opportunities to anticipate and resolve future conflicts.

After reviewing how the West is changing, scientific advances, and evolving public land laws and policies, the symposium will examine three signature issues—the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument designation, the multi-jurisdictional sage grouse initiative, and the Crown of the Continent initiative in northern Montana—to identify key lessons learned and viable strategies for addressing contentious issues. It will conclude with a panel discussion to identify ongoing problems, policy changes, and related reforms that could improve resource management across the public domain and also garner widespread support.

The Wallace Stegner Lecture will be given by Professor John Leshy, University of California Hastings College of Law and former Department of the Interior Solicitor. The lecture is scheduled for March 14, 2018.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, Conservation Scientist, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho
  • Bret C. Birdsong, Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Stephen Bloch, Legal Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
  • Constance Brooks, C.E. Brooks & Associates, P.C.
  • Nicole Croft, Executive Director, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
  • Robert B. Keiter, Director, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Wallace Stegner Center; Wallace Stegner Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor
  • John D. Leshy, Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Stegner Lecture)
  • Matthew McKinney, Director, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, University of Montana
  • Jeff Mow, Superintendent, Glacier National Park
  • Ray Rasker, Ph.D., Executive Director, Headwaters Economics
  • Lynn Scarlett, Co-chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy
  • Mary Sexton, Crown of the Continent Roundtable Leadership Team
  • Todd C. Tucci, Senior Attorney, Advocates for the West
  • Rebecca W. Watson, Shareholder, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C.
  • Melissa Weatherwax, Blackfeet Community College
  • Charles Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor, Moses Lasky Professor of Law (Keynote)


Principal Funding:

Harold Burton Foundation
Cultural Vision Fund

The Wallace Stegner Center’s annual symposium brings together legal scholars, thinkers, and practitioners from around the world to tackle pressing environmental issues. Recent symposia have focused on wildlife conservation, alternative energy, global climate change, and sustainability.

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


March 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am
March 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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