March 20th Interdisciplinary Communication Event


Interdisciplinary Communication and the Role of the Environmental Lawyer

8:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Okazaki Community Meeting Room
College of Social Work (see map below)


Hosted in conjunction with the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 43rd Spring Conference:

Please register for free light breakfast and a boxed lunch at: 


8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Light Breakfast Served

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Welcome: Join the Conversation – Building Justice for the Future
With: Professor Robert Keiter, Mr. William Penny, Mr. Sean Thompson

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. – Panel: The Role of Lawyers Bridging the Gap Between Environmental Policy and Science  
Speakers: Dr. Dianne Nielson, Mr. Patrick Shea, Mr. James Moore

9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. – Break

10:05 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. – Panel: Communication Skills for Environmental Conflict and Dispute Resolution
Speakers: Mr. Steve Bloch, Ms. Sophie Hayes

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Break and Boxed Lunches Served

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Keynote: Climate Change: Law and Science in Global Negotiations * Sponsored by the Center for Global Justice, International Law Colloquium *
Speaker: Professor Daniel M. Bodansky

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Dianne Nielson

Dr. Dianne NielsonDr. Dianne Nielson is the former Energy Advisor to Governor Herbert for the State of Utah. She served as Energy Advisor from June of 2007 to 2011. Her more than 25 years of service for the citizens of Utah includes her prior appointment as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and a member of DEQ’s five policy Boards. During her career in natural resources, Dr. Nielson directed the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining; served on the Utah Board of Oil, Gas, and Mining; and worked as Senior Economic Geologist for the Utah Geological Survey. Prior to her work in state government, she conducted energy and mineral exploration with private industry. She has chaired or worked on numerous state and federal commissions and advisory committees dealing with environmental quality and resource development. Dr. Nielson is from Elgin, Illinois. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in geology from Dartmouth College, and her B.A. from Beloit College. She is a Licensed Professional Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Patrick Shea

Mr. Patrick SheaPat Shea was born at Holy Cross Hospital.  He was delivered by Dr. A.J. Murphy, his grandfather.  At three months, Pat, his parents Ed and Ramona moved to Great Falls, Montana.  His first six years in Montana allowed Pat to understand communities can function.  Pat attended Dilworth Elementary, Hillside Junior High School and Highland High School, where he graduated in 1966 despite being “thrown out of class” five times his senior year.  Pat credits his subsequent academic success to his Mother and his teachers who tolerated him, particularly Mrs. Rigby, Mr. Sundstrom, Mr. Nagle, Mr. Rush and Mr. Collett.  Pat attended Stanford University, Oxford University and Harvard Law School, where with the exception of the travail at the last institution, he benefitted from extraordinary professors and fellow students.  Pat ran for Governor of Utah and for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Orrin Hatch.  Pat served in the Clinton Administration as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior for Lands and Minerals.  Pat was Adjunct Professor of Agronomy at Kansas State University and the Fellowship.  He was a Fellowship and Grant Advisor at Westminster College.  He was an adjunct professor at BYU Law School.  He is an Associate Research Professor of Biology at the University of Utah. Pat practices law in Salt Lake and is always interested in new clients. Pat is married to Debbie Shea, a nurse at Huntsman Cancer Institute.  They have two sons, Michael and Paul.

James R. Moore

Jim Moore currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the University of Utah College of Law.  He has worked since 1970 as an environmental lawyer in various capacities: a trial lawyer at the Department of Justice in DC; an AUSA in Seattle; EPA Regional Counsel for Region X for five years; a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm in Seattle and DC for 10 years; and as Senior Environmental Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Compliance Officer and, ultimately, General Counsel, of Huntsman Corporation, officed in Salt Lake City.  Jim retired from Huntsman in 2013.

Mr. Steve Bloch

Biography forthcoming.

Ms. Sophie Hayes

Sophie Hayes represents Utah Clean Energy in both its regulatory and legislative activities. She is involved in UCE’s work before the Public Service Commission on open regulatory dockets dealing with the expansion of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Utah. In addition, Sophie works on legislative policy matters, including planning, drafting, and reviewing proposed legislation. Sophie has an honors B.A. in anthropology and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University. Sophie was a lead editor for the BYU Law Review and on the board of the Natural Resources Law Society. During law school, she clerked for the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor as well as Utah’s Property Rights Ombudsman. After law school, Sophie fellowed with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Professor Daniel M. Bodansky

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