The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership Uses the Open Standards Process

This post originally appeared on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network’s blog in May 2016. We are reposting it with the permission of both the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and author Bill Tripp. The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) effort explores a path toward collaborative fire management in the Western Klamath landscape. It arose […]

Humana Leaves the Utah Healthcare Marketplace

By Kendra Brown for In the wake of Cigna and United Health Care exiting the national healthcare market, on August 24, 2016, Humana announced that it would leave the individual marketplace in Utah.[1] Now, Utah residents and employers have only three insurance companies to choose from: SelectHealth, Molina, and University of Utah Health Plan. […]

Demystifying the patent process for startups and first-time investors

By Steven Swan for Hey startups and first-time inventors, congratulations and thank you for furthering society! I hope your ideas come to fruition and that your hard work pays off. At this point, you may or may not have considered patent protection for your idea or invention. If you haven’t, don’t fret. For many, […]

Leviathan in the Commons – Biomedical Data and the State

By Professor Jorge Contreras for As “big data” analytical techniques become increasingly prominent in biomedical research, attention is being drawn to the generation and character of large biomedical data repositories. In a chapter that is forthcoming in Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Katherine Strandburg, Brett Frischmann & Michael Madison, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2017, in […]

Be the Thermostat, not the Thermometer

By Heather Gilmartin Adams for On a break in a recent workshop, I reflected to my co-facilitator on the energy of the group during a section I’d just led: “I can’t figure out what’s going on with them. They seem really edgy and are stuck in a victim mindset. Maybe the horrible echoes in the […]

David Duncan on being a LABS Student Fellow

By David Duncan for In my second year of law school (2L), I was a Biolaw Fellow for the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Center for Law and Biosciences (LABS). In my fellowship assignment, I worked for the Center for Medical Innovation’s Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) program where I assisted six teams of inventors in the […]

Willard Spur: Resolving Conflict through Collaboration

This post by Jeff Ostermiller is reprinted with permissions from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep my inner cynic in check. This is particularly true during presidential elections, when the divisive nature of our political system makes compromise among differing viewpoints seem impossible. In contrast to […]

Working with Elected Officials on Water Issues: What can Collaboration Bring to the Table?

By Jamie Holmstead for  A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program’s Dialogue on Collaboration seminar. This seminar was focused on the importance and challenges of involving elected officials in collaborative efforts, specifically water-related issues. As I prepared myself mentally for what I would encounter at the […]

Collaboration Is a Better Way to Solve Our Most Difficult Problems

By Lauren Barros for Several years ago, I became a member of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of Utah.  It made sense to me to encourage families to seek to resolve their problems collaboratively, rather than in court.  Although most of my clients do not use a formal collaborative process, I incorporate principles of collaborative […]

Citizen Referendum? I vote “needs review”

By Larry Schooler for  Did the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote resolve anything? What does such a narrow margin of victory for the Leave (EU) position really mean? What about the referendum in Austin, Texas, on transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft? The measure was drafted by the companies and when it failed, two of […]