Utton Center Staff

The Utton Center staff is dedicated to working on the projects and maintaining the mission of the Utton Center. The staff is comprised of the following individuals:

Adrian Oglesby, Director

Adrian Oglesby
Adrian Oglesby

Adrian Oglesby is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has worked as a water attorney for the last thirteen years. He has focused on river and riparian restoration, agricultural preservation, efficient water management, governmental accountability, and fish and wildlife conservation. He has advised irrigation districts, acequias, pueblo and tribal governments, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, farmers, environmental organizations and local water providers. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. He became director of the Utton Center on July 1.

Darcy Bushnell, Ombudsman Program Director

Darcy Bushnell
Darcy S. Bushnell, Program Director, Joe M Stell Water Ombudsman Program

Darcy S. Bushnell joined the Utton Center in December of 2007 as Program Director for The Joe M Stell Water Ombudsman Program. The Ombudsman Program provides impartial adjudication information and procedural guidance to unrepresented water right claimants to water rights in the state of New Mexico. Since the inception of the Program, it has continued to grow, having started out in the Lower Rio Grande adjudication and expanding into five adjudications in areas around New Mexico by 2008.

Darcy directs the daily operations of the Ombudsman Program and determines the direction of the Program in meeting its ever expanding requests for services. She works closely with the New Mexico courts and the Office of the State Engineer. She also participates in the UNM School of Law Natural Resources Program and in the Spring of 2009 co-taught the UNM Law School course, Practical Applications of Water Law.

The adjudications served by the Ombudsman Program include:

  • Lower Rio Grande Adjudication (LRG)
  • Nambe/Pojoaque & Tesuque Adjudication (Aamodt or NPT)
  • Rio Gallinas River section of the Pecos Adjudication (Lewis)
  • San Juan San Juan River Basin Adjudication
  • Zuni River Adjudication

Prior to joining the Utton Center, Darcy was a Staff Attorney with the Pecos River Adjudication Bureau at the Office of the State Engineer for four years. She participated in the adjudication of water rights in the Carlsbad Irrigation District, performed assessments of the Hondo River stream system and other subsections of the adjudication and assisted in the management of the Bureau. In this role, she had extensive contact with pro se defendants. After graduating from law school, Darcy served for thirteen years as Water Rights Adjudication Judicial Clerk for several members of the federal judiciary in New Mexico. She worked on the adjudications of several stream systems including Red River, Jemez, Taos, Zuni, Chama, Nambe-Tesuque-Pojoaque, Zuni and Truchas/Santa Cruz. As the Judicial Clerk she became very familiar with adjudication procedure, case management and water legal issues.

Darcy is a 1989 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1976. She is a member of the New Mexico State Bar Association.

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