Straube to Serve as Director of New Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at College of Law

January 17, 2012 — Michele Straube, an attorney with more than 15 years of experience in mediation and facilitation in Utah, will serve as the first director of the new Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The program will focus on environmental, natural resources, and […]

Environmental Dispute Resolution Program’s Project Selected by Interior Secretary as one of America’s Great Outdoors Rivers

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar identified the Escalante River Watershed Partnership as one of America’s Great Outdoors Rivers on May 22, 2012.  One project per state will be identified to highlight public-private collaborations to conserve and restore key rivers across the nation.   Michele Straube, Director of the Stegner Center’s new Environmental Dispute Resolution Program […]

Straube SL Trib Op-Ed Details Governor’s Thorough Approach to Snake Valley Water Decision

A Salt Lake Tribune op-ed authored by Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, applauds Gov. Gary Herbert’s “good process” in making a decision not to sign an agreement with Nevada to share groundwater under the Snake Valley. Straube notes that, “there were […]

Environmental Dispute Resolution Program Assesses SLC Homeless Issues in New Report

March 13, 2014—After interviewing more than 60 disparate stakeholders and undertaking extensive research, the Wallace Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution Program’s Situation Assessment Team has compiled the results into a new report addressing homelessness and related issues in downtown Salt Lake City. Click here to read the full report, including the executive summary.  Click here to […]

The Wonderful Discomfort of Changing Your Mind

By Kirstin Lindstrom for EDR In reflecting on the most important things she learned in the seven years of writing her literary blog,, author Maria Popova wrote, “Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.” Admittedly, the idea that mind-changing is a luxurious experience is a bit elusive. But in thinking it […]

Seeking Middle Ground – or New Ground?

By Mike Lunn for EDR I appreciated the thoughtful and thought-provoking blog posted by Lucy Moore on May 28, 2014, where she discussed her concerns about the levels of advocacy taken by some individuals and groups and the seeming unwillingness to engage in seeking solutions not totally in keeping with their own principles and […]

Getting Past Politics on Climate Change

By Carri Hulet for The polarizing debates over climate change are often about the wrong questions. I go nuts when I hear people debating belief in climate change. Some things are facts, and the beauty of facts is they don’t require you to believe in them in order for them to be true. One […]

Straube Praises Daggett County Land-Use Accord in Deseret News Op-Ed

In a November 9, 2014 Deseret News op-ed, Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, stresses the importance of dialogue in resolving land-use issues. To support her argument, Straube uses the example of a […]

Risks were Taken in Daggett County, Reaping Public Lands Rewards for All

By Michele Straube for A landmark agreement in Daggett County demonstrates the value of dialogue on public lands issues. On October 22, negotiators jointly announced an accord that, pending Congressional approval, resolves issues that have been festering for decades. County representatives stood side-by-side at the press conference with conservation groups, off-road vehicle advocates, state […]

EDR: Three Pieces of Advice

By Mara Elana Burstein for “Starting complex negotiations without an assessment is like performing surgery without any diagnostic tests.” This is one of the jewels of knowledge in Howard S. Bellman and Susan L. Podziba’s article titled, Public Policy Mediation: Best Practices for a Sustainable World. This excellent read covers not only best practices […]