Stegner Center Faculty

Stegner Center Faculty and Staff

The Wallace Stegner Center’s faculty is actively engaged in a wide range of environmental and natural resources issues. Faculty research addresses such diverse topics as public land management, wildlife protection, international environmental law, law and science, water pollution, toxic and hazardous wastes, ecosystem management, land use, and others. The faculty regularly publishes its research in books and articles in law journals and other sources, participates in conferences and other forums, and engages in consulting, pro bono representation, service on public boards and commissions, and other public service activities.

Center Director

Robert B. Keiter
Director, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment
Wallace Stegner Professor of Law
University Distinguished Professor

A.B., Cum Laude, Washington University; J.D. Cum Laude, Northwestern University School of Law 

Professor Keiter is the founding director of the Wallace Stegner Center, Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, and University Distinguished Professor. He has written extensively on public lands, national parks, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem management. His books include: To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea and Keeping Faith with Nature: Ecosystems, Democracy, and America’s Public Lands. He is a trustee of the National Parks Conservation Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He serves on the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s board of directors and is associate director for the University of Utah’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy.

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Robert W. Adler
James I. Farr Presidential Chair in Law

B.A., Johns Hopkins University; J.D. Cum Laude, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Adler has published numerous works in law, science and policy journals on environmental law, water law, agricultural law, and constitutional law issues. He is a recipient of the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for his work on national clean water issues, the Pfeifferhorn Conservation Leadership Award for volunteer environmental service in Utah, and an award from the Utah Chapter of the American Water Resources Association for his educational contribution to water issues.

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Antony T. Anghie
Samuel Thurman Professor of Law

B.A. and LL.B., Monash University: Melbourne, Australia; S.J.D., Harvard Law School

Professor Anghie practiced law in Australia, before joining the College in 1995. He has served on the Executive Councils of the American Society of International Law and the Asian Society of International Law. He is a member of the advisory boards of several journals including the Chinese Journal of International Law and International Theory. He writes on various aspects of international law including the history of international law, theories of sovereignty, international economic law, globalization and human rights.

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Robin Kundis Craig
William H. Leary Professor of Law

B.A., Pomona College; M.A., The John Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D., Lewis & Clark School of Law

Professor Craig’s work focuses on all things water–the Clean Water Act, ocean and coastal law, water law, and the intersections between them–as well as on climate change adaptation. She authored or co-authored five books, and over 50 book chapters and articles, which have appeared in publications from Cambridge University, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Emory, Tulane, Cardozo, and others. She is also active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, having served on the Executive Council and chaired several section committees.

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Leslie Francis
Professor of Law

Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy; University Distinguished Professor; B.A. with High Honors; Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College; Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Michigan; J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law 

Associate Dean Francis writes extensively in the areas of bioethics, health law, and disability. She serves as co-chair of the Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the federal advisory committee on health data to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is a member of the ethics committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Utah Humanities Council and as an elected vice president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

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James R. Holbrook
Clinical Professor of Law

B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Indiana University; J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law

Professor Holbrook frequently speaks on alternative dispute resolution, teaches mediator courses around the country, and writes on ADR topics. He has mediated and arbitrated more than 700 cases dealing with diverse issues. In 2012, he received an Alumni Award from Grinnell College for his commitment to find new ways to think about conflict and better ways to solve problems. He is the co-author of two books: Advanced Negotiation and Mediation and Lawyering Skills, forthcoming in 2014.

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Nancy A. McLaughlin
Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law

B.S. with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi Mathematics Scholar; University of Massachusetts at Amherst; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 

Professor McLaughlin’s scholarship focuses on conservation easements and nonprofit governance issues, and she also lectures extensively on these issues. Her numerous articles on these subjects have appeared in a variety of legal journals. She also serves on the Land Trust Alliance’s Conservation Defense Advisory Council, the advisory boards for Utah Open Lands and Vital Ground, and as a member of the Habitat Protection Advisory Committee of the Wildlife Land Trust. She has also edited the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Journal since 2000.

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Danya Rumore

Research Associate Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Research Assistant Professor of Planning

B.S., Oregon State University; M.Sc., University of Auckland, New Zealand; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Rumore’s work and research focus on supporting collaborative decision-making and stakeholder engagement in the context of science-intensive environmental, natural resources, and public policy issues. She is the Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in the Wallace Stegner Center, and a faculty member in both the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the City and Metropolitan Planning Department. Prior to joining the University of Utah, she was the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and an Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. She teaches courses on negotiation, dispute resolution, collaborative problem solving, facilitation, and leadership.

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John Ruple
Research Associate Professor of Law
Wallace Stegner Center Fellow

M.S., Michigan State University, J.D. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

John Ruple conducts research on public land and water resource management, including efforts to improve management efficiency and collaborative resource management between the federal and state governments.  Prior to joining the Stegner Center, John worked as a Fellow with the University of Utah’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where he addressed land and water issues involving energy development in Utah’s Uinta Basin.  John also worked as policy analyst in Governor Jon Huntsman’s Public Lands Office, as an environmental attorney, and a NEPA contractor specializing in permitting for projects involving ski areas operating on National Forest System lands.  He has published in the Utah Environmental Law Review, Idaho Law Review, and Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, and contributed to various books, technical reports, and NEPA documents.

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Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Dean and Professor of Law

B.S., Communication, Cornell University, J.D., Law, University of Michigan Law School

Elizabeth Kronk Warner is a nationally recognized expert in the intersection of environmental and Indian law. She has taught courses in property, Indian, environmental and natural resources law and supervised the school’s Tribal Judicial Support Clinic. Kronk Warner has received several teaching excellence awards, co-authored several books on environmental issues and Native Americans, and has 40 articles and book chapters to her credit. Kronk Warner, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, served as an appellate judge for the tribe and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe. Elizabeth previously was an active member of the Federal Bar Association, serving on its national board of directors. She is currently active in the American Bar Association, where she is co-chair of the Native American Resources Committee.

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Affiliate Faculty and Emeritus Faculty

Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor of Law

Erika R. George, Professor of Law

William J. Lockhart, Emeritus Professor of Law

Jeff Schwartz, Professor of Law

Alexander Tallchief Skibine, Professor of Law

Adjunct Faculty

Steven E. Clyde, Vice President, Shareholder and Director, ClydeSnow Attorneys at Law

James A. Holtkamp, Partner, Holland & Hart

Daniel A. Jensen, Shareholder, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Thomas A. Mitchell, Senior Counsel, State of Utah, School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration


Jan Nystrom, Associate Director

Kristina Monty, Special Events Coordinator

Group Index Group Image Profile Title Expertise News
0FacultyMcLaughlinMcLaughlin, NancyProfessorConservation Easements, Gift Tax, Nonprofit Organizations, Trusts and Estates
5Adjunct FacultyClydeClyde, StevenAdjunct Professor
5Adjunct FacultyJensenJensen, DanielAdjunct Professor
0FacultyRupleRuple, JohnProfessor (Research), Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the EnvironmentEnergy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Public Lands, Water Law
4EmeritusHolbrookHolbrook, JamesProfessor (Clinical)Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Litigation, Mediation, Negotiation, Trial Advocacy
0FacultyKeiterKeiter, RobertDistinguished ProfessorAdministrative Law, Climate Change, Constitutional Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Public Lands
4EmeritusMartinezMartinez, JohnProfessor EmeritusLand Use, Property, Real Estate, State and Local Government
0FacultySkibineSkibine, AlexanderS.J. Quinney Endowed Professor of LawAdministrative Law, Constitutional Law, Indian Law, Torts
5Adjunct FacultyStraubeStraube, MicheleAdjunct Assistant ProfessorEnvironmental Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law
4EmeritusThreedyThreedy, DeboraProfessor EmeritaCommercial Law, Contracts
0FacultyFrancisFrancis, LeslieDistinguished ProfessorBioethics, Biomedical Science, Disability Law, Ethics, Privacy
0FacultyGeorgeGeorge, ErikaProfessorBusiness, Constitutional Law, Corporate Law, Ethics, Gender, Human Rights, International Law, Race and Law
0FacultyAdlerAdler, RobertProfessorAdministrative Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Water Law
0FacultyAnghieAnghie, AntonyProfessorHuman Rights, International Law