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Environmental Law program ranked #6 among public law schools and #16 among all law schools in U.S. News & World Report, and rated A+ by PreLaw Magazine.

Named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist, the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment offers students one of the top environmental and natural resources law programs in the United States. We also offer unparalleled access to the mountains, rivers, and desert landscapes that inspire us, and many students, to pursue environmental law.

Modern society has the power to profoundly alter our natural surroundings. From the carbon emissions of our fossil fuel-dependent economy to fragmentation of cultural and ecological landscapes through development, to conflicts over allocating scarce natural resources: we promote understanding of the relationship between environmental laws and social actions, the tradeoffs that we face in allocating scarce resources, and the opportunities to develop legal and policy institutions that can foster a more just, diverse, and equitable future.

The Stegner Center offers students a variety of educational opportunities, including a JD Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, an LLM degree, numerous substantive law courses, an Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, a Law & Policy Program, and a variety of public events and speakers at the College of Law.

The Stegner Center boasts a talented and diverse team of faculty members who are working to shape environmental law and policy, and who are committed to involving students in that work. Our faculty members serve on local and national NGO boards and advisory committees, collaborate with state and federal government officials to improve environmental policies, and they advocate in the courtroom and legislative chambers.

At the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment, we believe that well-conceived and carefully implemented laws and policies are the cornerstones of a just and equitable society, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit.


Wallace Stegner Center Receives Major Gift from C. Comstock Clayton Foundation

Oct 03, 2022

The S.J. Quinney College of Law is honored to announce that the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment has received a new […]

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White House Taps Utah Law Professor John Ruple for Council on Environmental Quality

Sep 26, 2022

  Ruple’s appointment adds his expertise in public lands and resources management to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which advises the president and […]

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Introducing the Gateway & Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative

Sep 26, 2022

By Jordan Katcher The Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program fosters a culture of collaboration around the environment, natural resource, and broader public […]

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Celebrating the Wallace Stegner Center’s New Faculty and Staff

Sep 22, 2022

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment welcomes the many new faculty and staff members who have joined us in the past […]

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The Wallace Stegner Center is proud to announce that our student team of Natalie Beal and Stephanie Hanawalt are the winners of the 2021 National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law. The National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court draws approximately forty teams from top environmental programs throughout the country. In the four preliminary rounds, three elimination rounds, and the final oral argument (which was made to four federal judges and broadcast live on YouTube), Natalie and Stephanie represented the S. J. Quinney College of Law with tremendous skill and professionalism.

Natalie and Stephanie’s success would not have been possible without the dedication, enthusiasm and support of their coach Nate Mitchell. Nate Mitchell is a shareholder at Snow, Christensen & Martineau and an alum of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has coached the Stegner teams for the WVU energy and sustainability competition for the past three years. His dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism are evident in the past performance of our teams, which have consistently been competitive, and in this year’s number one finish. This year’s team also benefitted from the many individuals who sacrificed evenings or afternoons serving as practice round judges, including (in no particular order): Alex Vandiver, Nate Broadhurst, Rob D’Andrea, Trevor Gruwell, Nathan Marigoni, David Mooers-Putzer, Dani Cepernich, Nathalie Skibine, John Robinson, Dick Baldwin, Douglas Crapo, Trevor Lee, Professor Adler, and Professor Keiter.


The strength of the Stegner Center’s moot court program, which annually sends teams to compete in both the WVU National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition and the Pace University National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, is due in no small measure to the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s legal methods and research professors, the appellate advocacy program, and the strong foundation created by past coaches for the Stegner Center Moot Court teams. These coaches include (in chronological order) Melissa Reynolds, Ben Machlis, Jennifer Horne, Bill Richards, Lincoln Davies, Jamie Pleune, Sarah Carlquist, and Bob Adler. Throughout the years, administrative support has been provided by Emily Alpin, Karen Fuller, and Suzanne Faddis.

Without the support of our donors, many of whom have supported our teams year over year, the Stegner Center would not be able to send student teams to both the WVU and Pace competitions. The Stegner Center truly appreciates our donors’ consistent commitment to this important student educational experience. Our most recent donors include the law firms of Clyde Snow & Sessions and Lear & Lear, the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section (ENREL) of the Utah State Bar, and individual donations (in alphabetical order) from Joe Amadon, Jennifer Bowen, Jason Groenewold, Joshua Johnson, Ben Machlis & Kristin Lindstrom, Walter Mason, Jessica Peterson McKinlay, Jim Moore and Kathryn Lindquist, Jamie Pleune, Helen Serrassio, Mark (Rod) Smith, Kate Tipple, and Peter Webster. On behalf of both current and future student competitors, we are most grateful.