Keiter Receives Natural Resources Law Teaching Award

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation has named S.J.Quinney College of Law Professor Robert B. Keiter as a 2008 Clyde O. Martz Award recipient.

The award recognizes Keiter’s dedication to and excellence in teaching for fostering a broad understanding of natural resources law and the mentoring of law students, the foundation board of trustees wrote in its resolution. It added: You have served the profession and the academic community well!

Keiter is the College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, and he teaches Natural Resources Law, Constitutional Law, and Federal Courts. Keiter also serves as the Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Excellence in teaching is the primary criterion for Martz Award, the foundation’s board said. It also considers a candidate’s fostering of a broad understanding of the law, mentoring of students, and innovative teaching style.

Prof. Keiter, who has served as a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s board since 1993, is joining its executive board. In the past, he has presented papers at its meetings and chaired its Natural Resources Law Teachers Committee and Institute.

Keiter holds a J.D. degree with honors from Northwestern University and a B.A. with honors from Washington University.  He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Boston College, and Southwestern University, and served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition to his service with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, he has served as a Trustee of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Sonoran Institute, the University of Utah’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. He is the author of five books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. The University of Utah this year named him a Distinguished University Professor.

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation board wrote of Keiter: “Your teaching career has truly exemplified the spirit in which the Clyde O. Martz Award is made and we honor this level of dedication to your profession.”