S.J. Quinney College of Law

Celebrating 100 Years of
Legal Education (1913-2013)

Current Projects

Homeless Issues in Downtown Salt Lake City (the “urban environment”)
Salt Lake City has selected EDRP to conduct a Situation Assessment as a strategic and comprehensive approach to identify the significant issues, existing efforts, opportunities for collaboration and consensus, and potential challenges to addressing homeless issues in downtown SLC. The Assessment Team, which includes four law students, will be conducting 30-50 confidential interviews, as well as researching unique approaches taken by one-three case study cities that have successfully and collaboratively addressed homeless issues in their downtowns. The Situation Assessment report will inform the development of a collaborative long-term approach to making Salt Lake City’s downtown a welcoming place for all.

Law School Green Team
The S.J. Quinney College of Law Green Team is a collaboration between faculty, staff, students, alumni, and interested community members, working together to identify and implement programs to encourage sustainable behaviors that complement the green features of the new law building.

Escalante River Watershed Partnership
The 4-year-old partnership is implementing a collaborative and comprehensive approach to restore, protect and maintain a healthy riparian ecosystem in the Escalante River watershed.  The effort is co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Partnership members include federal and state agencies, local elected officials, various non-profit organizations, and local landowners. View photos from the 2012 field trip >>

Collaborative Group on Sustainable Grazing for Southern Utah Forest Service Lands
This collaboration developed consensus agreement on grazing management principles and practices that will provide for ecological sustainability and are socially acceptable and economically viable.  The group’s primary focus was on three southern Utah National Forests.  The process was co-convened by the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food.  The collaboration participants represented state agencies, academia, as well as agricultural, wildlife and environmental interests. The US Forest Service served as a technical advisor to the collaboration.  The collaboration issued its Final Report and Consensus Recommendations on December 31, 2012.

Cross-Watershed Network (XWN)  
EDRP is working with watershed partnerships and riparian restoration practitioners to create a peer-to-peer network supporting collaboration and healthy watersheds.  XWN received funding from the Walton Family Foundation for its inaugural year’s activities.  A website is being developed to help riparian restoration practitioners connect with each other to share experiences and lessons learned, and to explore opportunities for jointly developing best practices.  XWN sponsored the first peer-to-peer riparian restoration workshop in September 2013 in Cottonwood AZ (Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, host watershed).


Report Card: Environmental Dispute Resolution in Utah
As one of its first projects, the Stegner Environmental Dispute Resolution Program undertook an informal assessment of Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) in Utah. Over a period of five months, Ms. Straube conducted over thirty confidential interviews with and received over eighty responses to a written survey from a cross-section of stakeholder interests involved in environmental and natural resource conflicts in Utah. On November 13, 2012, Ms. Straube shared the results of this informal assessment, including a summary of past and present EDR efforts in the state, participants’ opinions about which EDR approaches work well and which do not, and an identification of the barriers and opportunities for expanding the use of EDR in Utah. Based on the interview and survey results, EDRP has given “EDR in Utah” a grade of “Incomplete, but showing promise.”

Watch the EDR Report Card Video >>