April Events at the Utton Center

April 29, 2024 - Sairis Perez-Gomez

This past month, the Utton Center truly sprung into action!

The Utton Center proudly hosted four events alongside the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program as a part of our ongoing mission to provide educational events for UNM Law Students and the public.  

First, was a Lunch and Learn on Climate Litigation with Patrick Parenteau, Professor Emeritus at the Vermont School of Law. Professor Parenteau engaged UNM Law Students using three recent, pertinent, and real-world examples of Climate Litigation. He then expertly explained the successes of flaws of those litigations. Professor Parenteau then returned to present a CLE entitled, The Supreme Court and the Future of Environmental Law. During both talks, Professor Parenteau provided those in attendance with insights on the past and current states of environmental law.  

Our third event was another lunch and learn with guest speaker Professor Melinda Morgan, J.D. Professor Morgan presented on the Intermountain West Transformation Network, and specifically what tools exist to combat and mitigate the growing threat of wildfires in the American Southwest. We were so excited to see that this event drew in law students of all levels.   

Lastly, UNM Law Professor Reed Benson taught a CLE course entitled What is Public?: Recreational Stream Access Rights in New Mexico and the Mountain West. As an avid kayaker himself, Professor Benson used his own and other examples of stream access right infractions, obstacles, and changes in New Mexico and the American Southwest. Students and the public were able to ask Professor Benson questions after the presentation and a lively discussion followed. 

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!