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Great Salt Lake 2024 Legislative Update with Commissioner Brian Steed

Great Salt Lake with reflection of rust-colored wetlands and mountains in the background

Great Salt Lake 2024 Legislative Update with Commissioner Brian Steed

DATE: Thursday, March 21 2024
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm MST
LOCATION: College of Law and Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public.
1 hour CLE (pending).

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag


This green bag will consider the most impactful bills (favorable or unfavorable) from the recent legislative session that could significantly affect the Great Salt Lake.

Visit the Great Salt Lake Project webpage for more information.



Brian Steed, Great Salt Lake Commissioner, State of Utah
In May 2023, Governor Spencer Cox appointed Brian Steed as the first Great Salt Lake Commissioner.

Currently, Steed also serves as executive director of the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air at Utah State University. As part of this role, he has served as co-chair of the Great Salt Lake Strike Team, a cooperative effort by Utah State University, the University of Utah, the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality that provides up-to-date data and analysis of the lake as well as policy recommendations to the governor and legislators for the protection and preservation Great Salt Lake.

Previously, Steed has served as executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, deputy director of policy and programs of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C., and chief of staff to Congressman Chris Stewart.

Steed holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in political science from Utah State University, a Juris Doctor and certificate in natural resources and environmental law from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and a doctorate in public policy from Indiana University.

Professor Brigham Daniels, a white man with light brown hair, glasses, and a light brown beard.Brigham Daniels, Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Brig Daniels is an expert in environmental and property law. His scholarship focuses on the creation and administration of environmental law, the commons, and public risk management. His work frequently relies on empirical methods ranging from field experiments to archival research. Daniels has received research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Since arriving at BYU Law in 2010, he has received teaching awards from his students, BYU Law alumni, and one from the university. He is grateful to hold the Marion B. and Rulon A. Earl Professorship. He teaches courses relating to environmental law, natural resources, and property law. He has also taught seminars on environmental topics and regularly oversees BYU Law’s Environmental Policy Impact Clinic (EPIC).

Outside of the classroom, Daniels has served on the boards of several environmental nonprofits and has represented and consulted for a wide range of public and nonprofit entities. He currently serves on BYU Law’s Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Council, oversees its Law and Social Change Initiative, and is a faculty representative on the campus’ interdisciplinary Environmental Ethic Initiative.

Daniels graduated from Stanford Law School. He also earned a PhD from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah. He was a recipient of the Harry S Truman Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Prior to joining BYU Law, he taught as an assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lecturing fellow at Duke Law School.


Beth Parker, Senior Attorney, Law and Policy Program, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Beth Parker is a Senior Attorney and Wallace Stegner Center Senior Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Wallace Stegner Center, Law & Policy Program, where she also teaches Air Pollution Law & Policy, coaches the College of Law’s Pace Environmental Moot Court team, and teaches an Environmental Policy Accelerator class focusing on the Great Salt Lake. She is also the Law & Policy Lead for the Great Salt Lake Project at the College of Law. Beth formerly taught Federal Indian Law at Brigham Young University Law School and is a co-founder of the Utah Tribal Relief Foundation and former chair of the Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar. In January of this year, Beth co-authored an amicus brief in support of the Navajo Nation in Arizona v. Navajo Nation.

Beth’s research interests center around air quality, water law, indigenous rights and the environment, tribal governance and sovereignty, conservation, environmental justice, and climate change. Prior to joining the Stegner Center, Parker represented and advised numerous tribes throughout the Western United States on a broad spectrum of issues, including water law, environmental issues, the development of tribal codes, self-governance, tribal sovereign immunity, climate change initiatives, economic development, and tribal healthcare. She also practiced natural resources law.

Beth enjoys traveling, river rafting, and skiing with her family. As a former river guide and ski instructor, Beth has a deep appreciation for the natural environment.



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