A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag
12:00, Webinar link opens, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Event start, Zoom webinar link »
Paul Van Dam, former Utah Attorney General, will address two major projects of concern in southern Utah that affect all Utahns. The Lake Powell Pipeline would move over 82,000 ac-ft of water to Washington County, a county that uses over 300 gallons per capita per day and would cost all Utahns by tying up state money that could go to other needs. The Northern Corridor Highway would run through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, one of three NCAs in Utah and one of only fifteen NCAs in the country. Red Cliffs, visited by Utahns and visitors from across the nation and world, provides stunning views and is home to the Mojave desert tortoise and other threatened and/or endangered species. Twenty percent of Red Cliffs was destroyed in July 2020 by two human-caused wildfires.
1-hour CLE (pending). Free and open to the public.
Due to COVID-19, all Stegner Center events will be virtual during the Fall 2020 semester.
Paul Van Dam’s thirty-five year career as an attorney included serving as prosecutor, defense attorney, Salt Lake County District Attorney and Utah’s State Attorney General, from 1989-1992. Other law-related activities included serving as Chair of Utah’s Drug Task Force for the Statewide Association of Prosecutors, National District Attorney Association consultant, Chair of National Anti-Trust committee for the AG’s Association, and Chair of the Western Attorneys General Association. He was also in private practice for fifteen years during which time he was counsel for several health care corporations. Paul has a passionate interest in Utah’s lands where he has enjoyed many outdoor activities including professional river guiding on every river in Utah – including the Colorado River – and the Salmon River in Idaho. From 2008 to 2010 he was executive director for Citizens for Dixie’s Future, now Conserve Southwest Utah. Following that, Paul served as an advisor to the group from 2010-2018, when he became a board member. In addition, Paul is a professional musician. He has performed with several bands during his musical career and currently performs for veterans at the Ivins Veterans’ Home.
For questions about this event contact Chrystal (801) 213-1317.