12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Holland & Hart (222 Main St #2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
Not only does the Yellowstone River Basin contain the world’s first national park, it also encompasses the reservations of four tribal sovereigns: the Crow and Northern Cheyenne in Montana and the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho in Wyoming. Montana v. Wyoming, 138 S. Ct. 758 (2018), marked the first occasion on which the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the interstate compact governing water allocation in the basin—the Yellowstone River Compact. Yet the decision raises more questions than it provides answers about the compact’s textual commitment to “equitable apportionment” as it pertains to the basin’s tribes.
Jason Robison, Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law
Professor Robison is a faculty member in the environmental, energy, and natural resources law program at the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Law. He joined UW as a visiting professor in 2013 and was promoted to full professor with tenure this year. Professor Robison has earned an S.J.D. and LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming a law professor, he held a variety of legal and policy positions with organizations such as the Harvard Water Security Initiative, Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, the University of Colorado’s Colorado River Governance Initiative, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Unit, and the Oregon Court of Appeals’ Motions Department and Office of Appellate Legal Counsel.
Professor Robison loves the American West. His research revolves around subjects that distinguish this inspiring region: American Indian law, public lands law, and water law. Among other projects, he serves as lead editor of a forthcoming volume focusing on the past, present, and future of Native Americans, public lands, and water in the Colorado River Basin upon the historic 1869 Powell Expedition’s sesquicentennial—Vision & Place: John Wesley Powell & Reimagining the Colorado River Basin. Professor Robison teaches regular courses in American Indian Law, Federal Courts, International Environmental Law, and Water Law & Policy. He is honored to serve on UW President Neil Theobald’s Native American Affairs Advisory Council, and to have received the Chief Washakie Foundation’s Distinguished Leadership Award this year for chairing the subcommittee that drafted the university’s first-ever Native American & Indigenous Affairs Strategic Plan. Professor Robison is also proud to be part of the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin.
The Young Scholars Program is designed to recognize and establish a relationship with promising scholars early in their academic careers. Recipients are selected based on their accomplishments, the quality of their academic work, and their promise in the field of environmental and natural resources law and policy. The Young Scholars Program was founded in 2005, with the generous support of the Cultural Vision Fund, which has provided annual support for this program. Young Scholars join the S.J. Quinney College of Law to deliver a Young Scholar Lecture at the College of Law, a Downtown CLE to practicing attorneys, and to meet with students. The Young Scholar lecture is published in the student-edited Utah Law Review.
The Young Scholar Program is supported by a generous donation from the Cultural Vision Fund.
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