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Downtown CLE – Stream Access, the Public Trust Doctrine, and Utah Stream Access Coalition: Where Are We Now in Utah?

January 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

12:00-1:00 p.m., Jones Waldo (170 Main St Suite 1500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
This CLE will provide an overview of navigable waters, stream access, and the public trust doctrine in Utah. After beginning with an introduction to these subjects and prior Utah court decisions, the discussion will focus on the Utah Supreme Court’s late-2017 decision in Utah Stream Access Coalition v. Orange Street Development, assessing how this decision changes or solidifies prior aspects of Utah law on these issues.

1 hour of CLE (pending). $15 lunch fee or free no-lunch option. Online registration is now closed. Contact Lori Nelson to attend.


Ben Machlis, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
Ben Machlis helps clients navigate the complexity of state and federal environmental requirements to achieve their business objectives. He represents clients throughout the life cycle of their projects, from acquisition and permitting to operational compliance, enforcement defense, remediation, closure, and divestiture.

Machlis has extensive experience in matters involving state and federal regulations regarding solid and hazardous waste (RCRA), hazardous materials transportation (HMR), toxic chemicals (TSCA), water quality (CWA), community right-to-know laws (EPCRA) and remediation of contaminated property (CERCLA).

He has been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” in Environmental practice in 2014 through 2016 and by Utah Business Magazine as a Utah Legal Elite, Up and Coming lawyer in 2017. Machlis has served as Young Professionals Committee Chairman (2016-2017) of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as a member of the Board of Directors of Utah Open Lands and as an adjunct faculty member at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Robin Craig, James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Chair of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law
After earning a Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara in English literature and an independent M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars in Writing About Science, Robin Craig attended the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Oregon, from which she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. While in law school, she worked for the Natural Resources Section, General Counsel Division, of the Oregon Department of Justice, which allowed her to work on a variety of environmental law issues, from Clean Water Act litigation to CERCLA cleanups to salmon and tribal issues to the intersection of state tax law and environmental law. After graduation, she stayed in Portland to clerk for two years for U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones.

At the College of Law, Craig teaches Property to first-year students and Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, and Toxic Torts to upper-division students. She is also affiliated faculty to the College of Law’s Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment and a faculty affiliate of the University’s Global Change & Sustainability Center.

Craig’s research focuses on “all things water,” especially the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and the oceans, the Clean Water Act, and the intersection of water and energy law. She also has written several articles and book chapters on constitutional environmental law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She is the author or co-author of seven books: The End of Sustainability (University of Kansas Press: forthcoming 2017, with Melinda Harm Benson); Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press: forthcoming 2017, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press: 2013, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar: 2012), Environmental Law in Context (West: 3rd ed. 2011), Toxic and Environmental Torts (West: 2010, with Michael D. Green, Andrew R. Klein, and Joseph Sanders), and The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (Environmental Law Institute: 2nd ed. 2009). Her publications also include over 100 law review articles and book chapters.


For questions about this event contact Lori Nelson (801) 587-0059.


January 26, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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