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The Wallace Stegner Center’s faculty is actively engaged in a wide range of environmental and natural resources issues. Faculty research addresses such diverse topics as public land management, wildlife protection, international environmental law, law and science, water pollution, toxic and hazardous wastes, ecosystem management, land use, and others. The faculty regularly publishes its research in books and articles in law journals and other sources, participates in conferences and other forums, and engages in consulting, pro bono representation, service on public boards and commissions, and other public service activities.

Michele Straube

Founding Director (Retired)

Michele Straube

Founding Director (Retired)
Michele Straube was a practicing lawyer for more than 15 years, representing private and public sector clients. She has extensive experience with administrative agencies in their regulatory and enforcement functions. For the past 20 years, she has focused exclusively on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, facilitation, training, and collaborative problem-solving. Before coming full-time to the law school, Straube maintained a private mediation practice in which she designed and facilitated consensus-building processes and offered conflict management training. In addition to being on several national rosters for environmental third-party neutrals, she conducted mediations for the U.S. Postal Service REDRESS program, and was a long-term-care ombudsman for Salt Lake County. From January 2008 to August 2010, Straube directed Salt Lake Solutions, SLC Mayor Ralph Becker's collaborative government initiative. Salt Lake Solutions projects model collaboration by engaging all segments of the community to address difficult public problems. As an adjunct professor, Straube designed and taught Environmental Conflict Resolution, as well as Conflict Management, a course designed to introduce students to the broad range of conflict prevention, management and resolution options available in addition to litigation. Both courses are now offered spring semester in alternating years. She has also taught Conflict Management and Public Policy Collaboration as an Adjunct for the Masters of Public Administration Program. Straube joined the law school faculty in February 2012 as Director of the Wallace Stegner Center's Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDRP). The program promotes collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental conflicts. Focusing initially on environmental and natural resource conflicts in Utah, EDRP is building capacity for expanded and improved collaboration and mediation, while also documenting and shedding new light on the extensive collaboration efforts already occurring in Utah and the Mountain West.

Danya Rumore

Research Associate Professor of Law

Danya Rumore

Research Associate Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Dispute Resolution Program Research Assistant Professor of Planning
B.S., Oregon State University; M.Sc., University of Auckland, New Zealand; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Rumore’s work and research focus on supporting collaborative decision-making and stakeholder engagement in the context of science-intensive environmental, natural resources, and public policy issues. She is the Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in the Wallace Stegner Center, and a faculty member in both the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the City and Metropolitan Planning Department. Prior to joining the University of Utah, she was the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and an Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. She teaches courses on negotiation, dispute resolution, collaborative problem solving, facilitation, and leadership.
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Nedra Chandler

EDR Program Associate Director

Nedra Chandler

EDR Program Associate Director
Nedra Chandler joined the Stegner Center’s EDR program in October 2019. Since 1990 she has mediated or facilitated more than 300 complex environmental and public policy conflicts in the western U.S. and nationally. She has a Master of Arts in geography from the University of Washington. Nedra is a credentialed Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation; a mediator on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s National Roster of Conflict Resolution Professionals and Native Network; and a seasoned third-party workshop designer and facili-trainer.

Angela Turnbow

Program Manager

Angela Turnbow

Program Manager
Angela Turnbow is a Program Manager at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She provides support for the Masters of Legal Studies program, Utah Law Review, and the EDR Blog.

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