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Trees to torts: Rising 3L Natalie Merline pursues interest in environmental justice

Jun 24, 2024

Rising 3L Natalie Merline earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and says she always assumed she would work within science. While earning her undergraduate, however, she couldn’t see a clear career path within science.

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Joining ELI’s Summer School Series

Jun 17, 2024

According to Alice Cooper, “School’s out for summer.” But that refrain is a bit outdated. For the past few summers, the Environmental Law Institute has been hosting the Summer School Series for those who see the leisurely summer schedule as a chance to get ahead.

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The power of “Yes and…”

Jun 01, 2024

“Yes, and” thinking is a mindset and way of speaking that reflects the simple but profound fact that the world is complex, and seemingly contradictory things can—and do—coexist. 

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Environmental Justice Clinic students recognized with CLEA awards for outstanding clinical and externship students

May 31, 2024

Congratulations to recent graduates Ashley DelBalzo, Caitlin Imhoff, and Olivia McQuarrie, who were recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) as Outstanding Clinical and Externship Students.

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The power of “the BOP” when dealing with conflict

May 01, 2024

In this blog, I want to build on those ideas by explaining a key source of power in negotiation and conflict situations: your ability to understand and exercise what I call the BOP–your “best option possible.”

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H.J.R. 26 and Utah’s breach of fiduciary duty to the children of Utah

Apr 29, 2024

This post is an excerpt from a larger work-in-progress examining the history of the administration of Utah’s trust lands and the contexts in which that administration has been legitimately advanced and at other times impaired by non-trust considerations.

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College of Law remembers Professor Emeritus Bill Lockhart

Apr 22, 2024

Professor Emeritus William (Bill) J. Lockhart, who taught at S.J. Quinney College of Law for nearly 50 years, passed away April 16, 2024, at age 90.

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A legal analysis of the Public Lands Rule

Apr 19, 2024

On April 18, 2024, the Bureau of Land Management finalized the Conservation and Landscape Health Rule, a long-awaited rule more commonly referred to as the Public Lands Rule. The purpose of this rule is to advance the BLM’s stewardship mission by focusing on the health and resilience of ecosystems across public lands managed for multiple use and sustained yield.

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Professor Brigham Daniels interviewed by media about endangered bird and its impact on Great Salt Lake conservation efforts

Apr 04, 2024

Professor Brigham Daniels, director of the Great Salt Lake Project, was recently interviewed by The Salt Lake Tribune and ABC4 about the petition to protect the Wilson’s phalarope, a shorebird, under the Endangered Species Act.

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Don’t give up your power when dealing with conflict

Apr 01, 2024

Over my many years of doing conflict resolution and collaboration work, it has become very clear to me that we have a serious problem with power. People involved in conflict often describe themselves as powerless. Or they ask questions such as “How do you negotiate with people who have more power than you?” or “What do I do if they have all of the power?” Or they wonder how parties can collaborate when there are serious power imbalances.

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Thinking beyond the law: Environmental Justice Clinic

Mar 04, 2024

A new clinic at the University of Utah’s S. J. Quinney School of Law is training students to think beyond the law when it comes to matters of environmental justice.

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Register now for the annual Wallace Stegner Symposium, held March 14-15, 2024

Mar 03, 2024

At the 2024 Wallace Stegner Symposium held March 14-15—convened by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment—experts from a wide range of disciplines will explore the challenges of the global transition to carbon-neutral energy, along with related sustainability, environmental, and human health concerns.

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Great Salt Lake and the law: Great Salt Lake Project wades through murky policy questions and legislation

Mar 02, 2024

In response to the relentless decline of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, several University of Utah legal scholars have launched a campaign to advise the public and policymakers on ways to avert the lake’s ecological collapse, along with a slew of economic and environmental consequences.

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Commitment: A core conflict competency

Mar 01, 2024

Over the past year, I have published a series of blogs exploring the key skills that are necessary for making conflict productive, or what I call the core “conflict competencies.” Prior blogs have explored the conflict competencies of calm, curiosity, compassion, creativity, courage, and communication. In this blog, I want to explore one final core conflict competency: commitment.

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Stegner Center 2023-2024 Programs

Feb 29, 2024

The Stegner Center had a robust lineup of programs this year, attracting over 1500 online and in person registrants. As noted in this newsletter, the […]

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Environmental Dispute Resolution Program Update

Feb 29, 2024

The Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program fosters a culture of collaboration around environmental, natural resource, and broader public policy issues by helping […]

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Law & Policy Program Update

Feb 29, 2024

Law & Policy Program by the numbers 4 articles published in top tier environmental law reviews | 2 invitations to testify before Congress on recent […]

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Climate Change Law and Policy Seminar Field Trip

Feb 29, 2024

Professor Lingxi Chenyang recently took her Climate Change Law and Policy seminar on a field trip to Beaver County, Utah to see Utah FORGE, the […]

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Stegner Center Student Team Wins Best Brief at Pace Moot Court Competition

Feb 29, 2024

The College of Law’s Stegner Center student team of Lauren Cormany, Olivia Hope McQuarrie, and Carter Moore won “Best Brief for Petitioners” at the 2024 […]

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Natural Resources Law Forum 2023-24 Activities

Feb 29, 2024

The Natural Resources Law Forum has enjoyed a productive year of events and community-building, with the goal of helping students network and learn about the […]

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Great Salt Lake legislative update: Feb. 27, 2024

Feb 27, 2024

In each week’s report, we will identify the most impactful bills (favorable or unfavorable) that could significantly affect Great Salt Lake.

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