Resources for Environmental Law Professors & Professionals

Resources for Environmental Law Professors & Professionals

The University of Utah College of Law’s Stegner Center archives videos of its many public lands, water law, energy law and environmental law-related programs, available free of charge for use in classes or research. We offer the following sampling of the variety of resources we’ve produced for your consideration and use.

Public Lands | Water Law | Energy Law | Environmental Law | Natural Resources

10 Resources for Public Lands Courses

1. John D. Leshy, “Debunking the Creation Myths of America’s Public Lands”

2. Professor John C. Ruple, Michael Henderson, & Caitlin Ceci, “Up for Grabs–The State of Fossils Protection in (Recently) Unprotected National Monuments,” Georgetown Environmental Law Review (on-line article, Oct. 5, 2018).

3. “A Conversation with the Secretary“: Stegner Center Director Bob Keiter converses with former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel at the 24th Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium, 2019 (video, 96 minutes).

4. Robert B. Keiter, “Toward a National Conservation Network Act: Transforming Landscape Conservation on the Public Lands into Law,” 42 Harvard Environmental Law Review 61 (2018).

5. “Public Lands in a Changing West”: 23rd Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium, 2018 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO (45 seconds) BROCHURE

Day 1 Video Recording:

  • “The Dynamic West: Economic & Demographic Change” by Ray Rasker, Headwaters Economics (40 minutes)
  • “Science, Policy, and the Public Lands” by Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho (40 minutes)
  • “An Evolving Legal and Policy Framework” by Robert Keiter, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (40 minutes)
  • KEYNOTE: “Salmon, Huckleberries and Redrock Monuments — Relatives All: Indian Tribes and Federal Lands” by Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado Law School (50 minutes)
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: “Utah’s Monumental Controversy: Revisiting the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument” (90 minutes)
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: “Sage Grouse Conservation: The Challenge of Multi-Jurisdictional Planning” (90 minutes)
  • KEYNOTE: “From Conflict to Cooperation: Challenges of Scale, Complexity and Change” by Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy (45 minutes)

Day 2 video recording:

  • “Western Playgrounds/Outdoor Recreation: Who Cares?” by Rebecca Watson, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. (40 minutes)
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Crown of the Continent: Home Grown Regionalism”
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Path Forward: Challenges and Opportunities”

6. John C. Ruple, “The Trump Administration and Lessons Not Learned from Prior National Monument Modifications,” 43 Harvard Environmental Law Review 1 (2019).

7. The Wilderness Act at 50 and the Mountain West: “Protecting Wilderness in Utah” Panel Discussion (video, 84 minutes).

8. John C. Ruple & Mark Capone, “NEPA, FLPMA, and Impact Reduction: An Empirical Assessment of BLM Resource Management Planning and NEPA in the Mountain West,” 46 Environmental Law 953 (2017).

9. Lynn Scarlett, “Managing Public Lands in a Changing Climate,” November 2011 Lecture in the Stegner Lecture Series (video, 35 minutes).

10. Robin Kundis Craig, “Treating Offshore Submerged Lands as Federal Public Lands: A Historical Perspective,” 34 Public Lands & Resources Law Review 51 (2013).

10 Resources for Water Law Courses

1. 2017 Wallace Stegner Lecture: Eric Freyfogle, Swanlund Chair and Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Water, Community, and the Culture of Owning”:
2. “Water in the West”: 22nd Annual Wallace Stegner Sympsium (March 2017):
3. Robin Kundis Craig, Robert W. Adler, and Noah D. Hall, Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2017)
4. “Restoring the Colorado River–Challenges and Opportunities” by John (Jack) C. Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University (January 2016) (70-minute video)
5. Robert W. Adler, “Natural Resources and Natural Law Part 1: Prior Appropriation,” 60:3 William & Mary Law Review 739 (2019)
6. “The Evolving Law of Headwater Streams” by Dave Owen, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings. 2015-2016 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture (60-minute video)
8. PANEL DISCUSSION from the 21st Annual Stegner Symposium (2016): “Rethinking Water in Cities” featuring Tony Arnold, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law; Stacey Eriksen, EPA Region 8; and Eric Millis, Utah Division of Water Resources (75-minute video)
9. Robin Kundis Craig, “Drought and Public Necessity: Can a Common-Law ‘Stick’ Increase Flexibility in Western Water Law?,” 6 Texas A&M Law Review 78-105 (Fall 2018) 
10. “Working with Elected Officials on Water Issues: Collaboration and Models in Scenario Planning” by Dr. Sarah Hinners, Ecological Planning Center, University of Utah (2017) (45-minute video, 35 minutes for the talk)

10 Resources for Energy Law Courses

1.”PURPA @ 40: Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the United States“: November 2018 Conference: 

  • “PURPA and the Rise of U.S. Renewable Energy Policy in Historical Context”: PANEL DISCUSSION featuring William Boyd, UCLA School of Law; Richard Hirsh, Virginia Tech; and Robert Lifset, The University of Oklahoma and moderated by Megan McKay Withroder, Rocky Mountain Power (50 minutes)

  • “40 Years of 20/20 Hindsight: PURPA Challenges Today” ROUNDTABLE DEBATE featuring Vicki Baldwin, Parsons Behle & Latimer; Emily Sanford Fisher, Edison Electric Institute; Travis Kavulla, Montana Public Service Commission; and Felix Mormann, Texas A&M University School of Law, and moderated by Michelle Brandt King, Holland & Hart (70 minutes)

  • “Emerging Trends in U.S. Renewable Energy Law and Policy”: PANEL DISCUSSION featuring Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Kate Konschnik, Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; and Leah Stokes, UC Santa Barbara, and moderated by Alexandra Klass, University of Minnesota Law School (70 minutes)

  • “International Perspectives on Renewable Energy Policy”: PANEL DISCUSSION featuring Peter Connor, University of Exeter; Penny Crossley, The University of Sydney Law School; Seongwook Heo, Seoul National University School of Law, and moderated by Lincoln Davies, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (70 minutes)

  • “Rooftop Solar and the Future of the Electricity Grid”: ROUNDTABLE DEBATE featuring Allison Clements, Energy Foundation; Lincoln Davies, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; Kevin Jones, Vermont Law School; and Christopher Worley, vivint.Solar, and moderated by Danya Rumore, University of Utah

2. “The Frontier of the Air Quality Dilemma: Energy and Climate“: PANEL DISCUSSION from the 20th Annual Stegner Symposium on “Air Quality: Health, Energy, and Economics” featuring Sanya Carley, Indiana University; Penny Crossley, University of Sydney; and David Spence, University of Texas at Austin (2015) (90-minute video)

3. “The Role of Coal-Fired Electric Power Generation in a Carbon-Constrained World“: PANEL DISCUSSION featuring James Holtkamp, Holland & Hart; Professor Arnold W. Reitze, Jr., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; and Professor John Dernbach, Widner University School of Law, and moderated by Professor Nancy McLaughlin, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (February 2012) (105-minute video)

4. “Thank You, Fossil Fuels, and Good Night” by Gregory Meehan, businessman and author, (September 2017) (80-minute video)

5. “Science and Policy for a Clean Energy Economy” by Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley. From the 15th Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium on “The Challenge of Sustainability” (2010) (55-minute video)

6. “Clean Energy Equity” by Felix Mormann, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University: 2017-2018 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture (70-minute video)

7. “Energy Sprawl Solutions: Balancing Global Development and Conservation” by scientists Joseph M. Kiesecker and David Naugle, (November 2018) (55-minute video)

8. “State Energy Law for a Modern Low-Carbon Grid” by Uma Outka, Professor of Law, University of Kansas: 2018-2019 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture, (November 2018) (70-minute video)

9. “Rethinking Energy for Cities“: Panel from the 21st Annual Stegner Symposium on “Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions” featuring Alexandra Aznar, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Sara Bronin, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law; and Troy Rule, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (March 2016) (80-minute video)

10. “The Regulatory Contract in the Marketplace” by Emily Hammond, Professor of Law, George Washington University: 2014-2015 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture (March 2015) (60-minute video)

10 Resources for Environmental Law Courses

1. “Federal Lands, Environmental Law, and the Department of Justice” by John Cruden, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, September 2016 (75-minute video)

2. “Breakpoint–Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises” by Dr. Jeremy B.C. Jackson, February 2019 (video, 65 minutes)

3. “Little Fish in a Pork Barrel” by Zygmunt Plater, Professor of Law, Boston College. 2011 Wallace Stegner Lecture exploring the background of Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill:

4. “Rachel Carson’s Bittersweet Legacy in Toxics Policy and the Long Road Ahead” by Wendy Wagner, Professor of Law, University of Texas. From the 17th Annual Stegner Symposium, “Silent Spring at 50” (2012) (30-minute video)

5. “A Conversation on Environmental Racism” featuring Tara Houska, tribal rights attorney, protestor for the Dakota access pipeline at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and national campaigns director for indigenous led environmental justice organization, Honor the Earth; and Nayyirah Shariff, a grassroots organizer based in Flint, Michigan and co-founder of the Flint Democracy Defense League to confront Flint’s emergency manager in 2011 (January 2018) (90-minute video)

6. “Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator” by Lucy Moore, mediator, facilitator, and author (February 2014) (65-minute video)

7. “Statutory Framework for Protection of Waters” by Kim Connolly, Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo: 2008-2009 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture, October 2008 (60-minute video)

8. “The Flip Side of  Michigan v. EPA : Are Cumulative Impacts Centrally Relevant?” by Sanne Knudsen, Professor of Law, University of Washington: 2016-2017 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture, November 2016 (60-minute video)

9. “Co-Regulation in Mexican Environmental Law” by Lesley McAllister, Professor of Law, University of San Diego: 2011-2012 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture (45-minute video)

10. “Air Quality: Health, Energy, and Economics”: 20th Annual Stegner Center Symposium (March 2015)

30 Resources for Natural Resource Courses


1.Robert B. Keiter & Matt McKinney, Public Land and Resources Law in the American West: Time for Another Comprehensive Review?, 49(1) Environmental Law 1 (2019).

2. “Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West” by Sara Dant, Professor of History, Weber State University (February 2017) (60-minute video).

3. “America’s National Parks Centennial: Are the Parks in Trouble?” by David Nimkin, Southwest Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association (March 2016) (68-minute video).

Wildlife and Endangered Species Law

4. “Sage Spirit” by Dave Showalter, conservation photographer, author, and instructor (January 2019) (60-minute video).

5. “Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall” by Krista Schlyer, conservation photographer and writer (January 2016) (75-minute video).

6. “Greater Yellowstone Migrations Project” by Joe Riis, National Geographic wildlife photographer, and Arthur Middleton, Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (April 2016) (75-minute video).

7. Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century: 16th Annual Stegner Symposium (March 2011):

Mineral Resources

8. Mark Capone and John Ruple, NEPA and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Statutory Categorical Exclusions: What Are the Environmental Costs of Expedited Oil and Gas Development?, 18 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 372 (2017).

9. John Ruple and Mark Capone, NEPA–Substantive Effectiveness Under a Procedural Mandate: Assessment of Oil and Gas EISs in the Mountain West, 7 George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law 39 (Winter 2016).

10. John Ruple and Robert B. Keiter, When Winning Means Losing: Why a State Takeover of Public Lands May Leave States Without the Minerals They Covet, Stegner Center Paper No. 2015-02 (Dec. 2015).

Conservation Easements

11. Nancy A. McLaughlin, Conservation Easements and the Valuation Conundrum, 19(4) Florida Tax Review 225 (2016).

12. Perpetual Conservation Easements Symposium: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Go From Here? (June 2013)

Ocean & Coastal Law/Marine Fisheries

13. “Humanity’s Changing Relationship to the Ocean” by Dr. Jeremy B.C. Jackson, Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego: KEYNOTE ADDRESS for the Re-Valuing the Ocean Conference (February 14, 2019) (45-minute video).

14. Robin Kundis Craig & Catherine Danley, Federal Fisheries Management: A Quantitative Assessment of Federal Fisheries Litigation Since 1976, 32(2) Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law 381-421 (Spring 2017).

15. “The Ocean’s Response to Global Warming” by William B. Curry, Senior Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, from the 11th Annual Stegner Center Symposium, Global Climate Change: The Arctic to the Rocky Mountain West (March 2006) (45-minute video).

16. “Corporate Ocean Responsibility: Business, Sustainable Use, and Stewardship of the Ocean” by Paul Holthus, founding Executive Director, World Ocean Council, from the 17th Annual Stegner Symposium, Silent Spring at 50: The Legacy of Rachel Carson (March 2012) (40-minute video).

17 “Ocean Governance for the 21st Century” by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Florida State University School of Law (now University of Utah), from the 17th Annual Stegner Symposium, Silent Spring at 50: The Legacy of Rachel Carson (March 2012) (42-minute video).

Tribal Perspectives

18. “A Conversation on Environmental Racism” (January 2018): Tara Houska, a protestor for the Dakota access pipeline at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, tribal-rights attorney, and national campaigns director for indigenous led environmental justice organization, Honor the Earth; and Nayyirah Shariff, a grassroots organizer based in Flint, Michigan and co-founder of the Flint Democracy Defense League to confront Flint’s emergency manager in 2011, discuss environmental racism (90-minute video).

19. “Navajo Voices on Bears Ears” (October 2017): This panel discussion features four Diné (Navajo) scholars who have contributed to the dialogue on the Bears Ears National Monument and focuses primarily on Diné perspectives regarding the 2016 Bears Ears National Monument designation. The panelists address diverse narratives of the Bears Ears and trace how the development of this contested designation has affected Diné communities (2-hour video).

20. “Colorado River Compact Conflicts and Navajo Water Rights” by Stanley M. Pollack, Navajo Nation Department of Justice (October 2011) (45-minute video).


21. “Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8” by Heather Hansen, award-winning reporter specializing in environmental and travel journalism (October 2018) (70-minute video).

22. “Collaborating to Learn About Wildfire” by Lynn Decker, Director, The Nature Conservancy’s North American Fire Initiative (retired) (October 2018) (46-minute video).

23. Robert B. Keiter, Wildfire Policy, Climate Change, and the Law , 1 Texas W. J. Real Prop. Law 87 (2012)

24. “The Fire Next Time: Planning Land Uses at the Wildland-Urban Interface” by Jamison Colburn, Professor of Law, Western New England College School of Law (now at Penn State), 2007-2008 Stegner Young Scholar Lecture (50-minute video).

25. Robert B. Keiter, The Law of Fire: Reshaping Public Land Policy in an Era of Ecology and Litigation, 36 Environmental Law 301 (2006)

Colorado River

26.”Restoring the Colorado River: Challenges and Opportunities” by John (Jack) C. Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University (January 2016) (70-minute video).

27. Robert W. Adler, Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity (Island Press: 2007).

28. The Colorado River Compact in the 21st Century: 12th Annual Stegner Center Symposium (March 2007)


29. “The End of Sustainability: Learning to Live with the Trickster in Natural Resources Management” by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (February 2018) (65-minute video).

30. The Challenge of Sustainability: 15th Annual Stegner Symposium (March 2010):