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15th Annual Stegner Center Young Scholar Lecture – Jason Robison

November 7, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Beyond Bears Ears: Postcolonialism & Grand Canyon National Park

12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
2019 not only marks the sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell’s epic 1869 Expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers, but also the centennial of the national park established to conserve unimpaired the gaping chasm named by Powell: Grand Canyon. As Powell could attest, Native Americans formed connections to this magical place for millennia prior to the national park’s creation, posing sobering questions about what it has meant and should mean for tribes. Food for thought can be harvested from recent events at Bears Ears National Monument.

This event will be streamed and recorded on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube channel »

Jason Robison, Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law
Professor Robison is a faculty member in the environmental, energy, and natural resources law program at the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Law. He joined UW as a visiting professor in 2013 and was promoted to full professor with tenure this year. Professor Robison has earned an S.J.D. and LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming a law professor, he held a variety of legal and policy positions with organizations such as the Harvard Water Security Initiative, Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, the University of Colorado’s Colorado River Governance Initiative, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Unit, and the Oregon Court of Appeals’ Motions Department and Office of Appellate Legal Counsel.

Professor Robison loves the American West. His research revolves around subjects that distinguish this inspiring region: American Indian law, public lands law, and water law. Among other projects, he serves as lead editor of a forthcoming volume focusing on the past, present, and future of Native Americans, public lands, and water in the Colorado River Basin upon the historic 1869 Powell Expedition’s sesquicentennial—Vision & Place: John Wesley Powell & Reimagining the Colorado River Basin. Professor Robison teaches regular courses in American Indian Law, Federal Courts, International Environmental Law, and Water Law & Policy. He is honored to serve on UW President Neil Theobald’s Native American Affairs Advisory Council, and to have received the Chief Washakie Foundation’s Distinguished Leadership Award this year for chairing the subcommittee that drafted the university’s first-ever Native American & Indigenous Affairs Strategic Plan. Professor Robison is also proud to be part of the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin.


1 hour of CLE . Lunch provided.
No registration required. Free and open to the public.

The Young Scholars Program is designed to recognize and establish a relationship with promising scholars early in their academic careers. Recipients are selected based on their accomplishments, the quality of their academic work, and their promise in the field of environmental and natural resources law and policy. The Young Scholars Program was founded in 2005, with the generous support of the Cultural Vision Fund, which has provided annual support for this program. Young Scholars join the S.J. Quinney College of Law to deliver a Young Scholar Lecture at the College of Law, a Downtown CLE to practicing attorneys, and to meet with students. The Young Scholar lecture is published in the student-edited Utah Law Review.

The Young Scholar Program is supported by a generous donation from the Cultural Vision Fund.


For questions about this event contact Spencer (801) 587-0391.

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November 7, 2019
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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