College of Law

America’s Public Lands—Looking Back, Looking Ahead

America’s Public Lands---Looking Back, Looking Ahead

DATE: Thursday, November 3 2022
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm MST
LOCATION: College of Law and Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public.
1 hour CLE (pending).

Leshy will outline the basic themes that emerge from Our Common Ground’s treatment of the major political decisions that led to the U.S. government safeguarding (through the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management) nearly one-third of the nation’s real estate primarily for conservation, recreation, education, and other broad public purposes. He will then suggest some lessons that history teaches for dealing with contemporary challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and dramatic increases in visitation.


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John D. Leshy is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. His political history of America’s public lands, Our Common Ground, was published in March 2022 by Yale University Press. Leshy was Solicitor (General Counsel) of the Interior Department throughout the Clinton Administration. Earlier, he was counsel to the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, a law professor at Arizona State University, Associate Solicitor of Interior for Energy and Resources in the Carter Administration, an attorney-advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in California, and a litigator in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He headed the Interior Department transition team for Clinton-Gore in 1992 and was co-lead for Obama-Biden in 2008.  Leshy has been a visiting professor multiple times at Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1969, after earning an A.B. at Harvard College. He has served on numerous boards and commissions and his many publications include a book on the Mining Law and co-authoring casebooks on public land and resources law (now in its 8th edition, 2021) and water law (now in its 6th edition, 2018).


This event is sponsored by the Cultural Vision Fund.

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