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Wallace Stegner Center Lecture – John D. Leshy

March 14, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

This lecture is in conjunction with the Wallace Stegner Center 23rd Annual Symposium.

Debunking the Creation Myths of America’s Public Lands

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
“We must embrace large federal landholdings as a shared patrimony—a precious heritage which binds us to our ancestors and which we, in turn, hold in trust for future generations. It is our heavy responsibility to manage these assets wisely, so that they continue to serve generations to follow, just as they can help us overcome the crises we face today.” – John Leshy

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John D. Leshy, Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

John D. Leshy is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Before joining the Hastings faculty in 2001, he was Solicitor (General Counsel) of the Interior Department throughout the Clinton Administration, and earlier was special counsel to the House Natural Resources Committee, a law professor at Arizona State, Associate Interior Solicitor in the Carter Administration, with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the Bay Area, and a litigator in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He helped lead the Interior Department transition team for Clinton-Gore in 1992 and Obama-Biden in 2008. He has four times been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1969, after earning an A.B. at Harvard College. Leshy has published widely on public lands, water and other natural resources issue, as well as constitutional law, including books on the Mining Law of 1872 (The Mining Law, 1987) and the Arizona State Constitution (2d ed. 2013, in the series of Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States). He is co-author of Federal Public Land and Resources Law (Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2014, with Coggins, Wilkinson & Fischman) and Legal Control of Water Resources (West Publishing, 6th ed. forthcoming 2018, with Thompson, Abrams, and Zellmer). He has litigated cases in state and federal courts, served on numerous commissions and boards, and is currently writing a political history of America’s public lands.


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

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Harold Burton Foundation
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March 14, 2018
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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