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Stegner Lecture with Lucy Moore – Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator

February 6, 2014 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


A Wallace Stegner Center Lecture

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106
In today’s world, we are confronted with a series of vast, complex challenges, and more are on the way. A fragile economy, political divisiveness, and the increasing pressures on the environment demand cooperative action —not a common commodity in our increasingly polarized society. With more and more people and fewer and fewer resources, we seem to cling to the idea that we can still have it all – boundless recreation opportunities, resource extraction to keep our modern life humming, preservation of wilderness, protection of endangered species and wide open spaces to develop. Environmental mediator Lucy Moore has spent the last 25 years helping adversaries find common ground and sound solutions to conflicts over water rights, waste storage, endangered species, Indian sovereignty, and more. She has learned that a case does not turn on facts, legal merit, or moral superiority. It turns on people—with all their quirks, prejudices, and emotional baggage. In her book “Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator” (Island Press), she argues that success depends on our ability to listen to and trust each other as fellow human beings. In her talk, Lucy will share stories from the trenches of environmental mediation – stories that offer both insights into the roots of conflict and hope of a way to common ground.

Lucy Moore, Mediator, Facilitator, and Author
A mediator, facilitator, trainer and consultant focusing on public policy and natural resource issues, Lucy Moore has worked with multi-issue, multi-party conflicts for the past 25 years.  Her clients are federal, state, local and tribal governments and agencies, as well as communities, non-profits, and environmental and business interests. Based in Santa Fe, and working regionally and nationally, Lucy has mediated multi-year negotiation processes, facilitated public meetings of 400, and offered trainings in “Power of Apology” and “Dealing with Difficult People and Hostile Meetings.”  She recently completed the successful negotiation of the Tribal Consultation Policy for the Department of Interior and is currently working with the Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a Native American Policy for the agency.

Having lived in the heart of Navajo Country, Lucy has a strong background and credibility in Indian country, and has worked with dozens of different tribes, pueblos and nations. She brings a cross-cultural sensitivity to all her work, and has learned many important lessons working with traditional communities, both Native and Hispanic. Lucy regularly mentors those who might otherwise not have access to the Alternative Dispute Resolution field, believing that the future health of the profession depends on its diversity and accessibility.

Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country, won Best Memoir from Women Writing the West in 2004. Lucy’s second book, Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator, was published by Island Press in 2013.

Lucy is profiled in: “Public Dispute Mediators: Profiles of 15 Distinguished Careers,” a publication of the MIT Consensus Building Institute.

1 hour CLE, email communications@law.utah.edu

Funding provided by the Cultural Vision Fund.


For questions about this event contact Kayla Bernard (801-585-3440).

Limited meter parking available in the College of Law parking lot. Pay parking available at Rice-Eccles Stadium or take TRAX University Line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block to the north.


February 6, 2014
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States