Jane Goodall with Dean Kronk Warner and Stegner Center Director Bob Keiter
This year the Wallace Stegner Center celebrates its 25th anniversary, while also marking major transitions. In that vein, the Stegner Center was thrilled recently to welcome Jane Goodall to the College of Law. Partnering with Pax Natura and the Nature Conservancy of Utah, the Stegner Center co-hosted our world-renowned guest for several events, including a full-house lecture entitled “Reason for Hope: An Afternoon with Jane Goodall” and a bustling reception where she personally greeted more than a hundred guests, faculty, and students, including students from a local Roots and Shoots club. The entire event represented a fitting way for the Stegner Center to kick-off its 25th anniversary.
The Stegner Center—as the home of the College of Law’s environmental program—continues to be recognized for its excellence. We received an A+ rating from PreLaw, a national publication directed toward undergraduate students considering law school, and U.S. News & World Report continues to rank the Quinney College of Law among the top ten law schools for environmental law. These rankings can only be viewed as a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of both my colleagues and our students during the past 25 years.
Over the years, the Stegner Center has compiled an impressive array of materials related to natural resources and environmental law. On the occasion of this major anniversary, we are pleased to be able to share the fruits of our collective labors—recordings of Stegner Center programs, faculty scholarship, and other publications—through a series of internet postings highlighting the abundant sources available through the Stegner Center website. Thanks go to Professor Robin Craig pulling the material together and disseminating it. Please visit the Stegner Center Resources website to see for yourself the diverse and timely materials available about public lands, water, natural resources, and environmental law and policy. There is literally something for everyone—faculty, students, advocates, interested observers, and others.
Although transitions are always bittersweet, they also represent another milestone in the Stegner Center’s growth and maturity. After six years at the helm, our colleague Bob Adler has stepped down from his Dean’s role at the College of Law and is enjoying a well-earned sabbatical year before returning to the faculty and the Stegner Center. In recognition of Bob’s service as Dean, the law school’s Board of Trustees generously established a scholarship in his honor. Bob has been replaced as Dean by our new colleague, Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, who joins us from the University of Kansas School of Law, bringing a national reputation in Native American law with a particular emphasis on environmental challenges facing tribes today. Professor Lincoln Davies has left the faculty to assume the deanship at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law; we will miss his expertise in energy law along with his many contributions to the Center’s programming and other activities. Quinney College of Law alumnae Heather Tanana has joined the Stegner Center’s Research program, where her background in Native American law and public health policy will enable us to expand into new areas. We are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of Nedra Chandler, who will be joining the Environmental Dispute Resolution program. Nedra hails from Helena, Montana, where she has actively engaged for more than 25 years in diverse natural resource collaborative efforts with the federal and state agencies overseeing our public lands and wildlife resources. As these transitions unfold, I’m confident the Stegner Center will continue to expand its leadership role in natural resources and environmental law.
This school year, the Stegner Center is hosting a stellar lineup of programs. Highlights include our 25th annual symposium on “Food and the Environment: Resilient and Equitable Food Security for the West,” which is scheduled for March 19-20; the 15th annual Young Scholar lecture, presented this year by Professor Jason Robison from the University of Wyoming College of Law on “Beyond Bears Ears: Postcolonialism and Grand Canyon National Park;” and a presentation by nature photographer Chris Linder in early February on “The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World.” The full schedule of upcoming Stegner Center programs is described in more detail in the newsletter.
The newsletter also reports on the accomplishments and activities of our faculty and students, as well as the work of our two flagship programs. Stegner Center faculty continue to be fully engaged through scholarship, professional service, speaking engagements, and the like in key dimensions of environmental law and policy. Our students continue to garner awards and fellowships, while once again successfully representing the Center at national moot court competitions. The Research Fellows program continues to publish important research examining cutting-edge issues, including a timely historical review of presidential modifications to established national monuments. Among other activities, the Environmental Dispute Resolution program continues to offer vital training in collaborative process design while also practicing these skills with gateway communities confronting escalating tourism and recreation pressures.
We could not offer the array of public events, student fellowships, and professional programs without the support of our committed donors and constituents. Indeed, we are most appreciative of everyone’s interest and support. We look forward to seeing you at one of the Stegner Center’s upcoming programs or events.