College of Law

Laboratories of the Future: Tribes and Rights of Nature

Laboratories of the Future: Tribes and Rights of Nature

DATE: Wednesday, November 15 2023
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 and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Utah Law Event

Native American Heritage Month


Dean Kronk Warner will discuss a paper she co-authored with Jensen Lillquist (Class of 2023), published in the California Law Review, that compares the rights of nature in international, federal, state, and tribal contexts. The article explores what states and the federal government can learn from tribal governments in this space. As tribal governments, with their long history of rights of nature, they are laboratories of innovation that can teach other sovereigns within the boundaries of the United States.



Dean Elizabeth Kronk WarnerElizabeth Kronk Warner is the Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Dean Kronk Warner is a nationally recognized expert in the intersection of Environmental and Indian law. She has taught courses in Property, Indian, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and supervised the Tribal Judicial Support Clinic at the University of Kansas School of Law.  She also teaches and coaches several moot court competition teams. She has received several teaching excellence awards, co-authored several books on environmental issues and Native Americans, and has over 40 articles and book chapters to her credit.  Dean Kronk Warner, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, served as an appellate judge for the Tribe and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.

Dean Kronk Warner actively engages in activities related to legal education and the profession nationally.  She currently serves as chair of the AALS Deans Steering Committee, chair of the AALS Membership Review Committee, and will co-chair the 2023 ABA New Deans Workshop.  She serves as a Trustee on the LSAC Board of Trustees, as well as on the LSAC DEI and audit committees. As dean, she also has the privilege of serving as an ex officio member of the Utah Bar Commission.  She previously was an active member of the Federal Bar Association, serving on its national Board of Directors. In 2014, she received the Federal Bar Association President’s Award for leadership and extraordinary service, commitment, and guidance to the Federal Bar Association and its members.  She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan, a B.S. from Cornell University, and also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.


This event is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within Student Affairs at Utah Law.


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