The University of Utah’s Board of Trustees recently bestowed the honorary title of Distinguished Professor upon S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Robert B. Keiter. The title recognizes Keiter’s lifetime achievement in the field of natural resources and environmental law.
“I’m honored, in the midst of so many talented colleagues at the Quinney College of Law, to receive this recognition,” Professor Keiter said, “and I’m looking forward to more productive years ahead.”
Keiter is the Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, and he teaches Natural Resources Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Federal Courts at the College of Law. Keiter also serves as the Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.
He is currently writing a book about the national park system. His published books include Keeping Faith With Nature: Ecosystems, Democracy, and America’s Public Lands (Yale University Press, 2003); Reclaiming the Native Home of Hope: Community, Ecology, and the West (1998); Visions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante: Examining Utah’s Newest National Monument (1998); The Wyoming State Constitution: A Reference Guide (1993); and The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Redefining America’s Wilderness Heritage (1991). He has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles on public lands and natural resource law, many addressing the topic of ecosystem management.
Keiter holds a J.D. degree with honors from Northwestern University and a B.A. with honors from Washington University. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Boston College, and Southwestern University, and served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. He serves as a Trustee of the National Parks Conservation Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.
In his free time, Keiter enjoys snowshoeing and hiking with Labrador Retrievers in the Wasatch Mountains.