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Legal scholar to deliver Distinguished Public Lands Lecture

Friday, February 26, 2021

LAWRENCE — Legal scholar Justin Pidot will explore the law and policy surrounding natural resources law topics when he delivers the Distinguished Public Lands Lecture at the University of Kansas School of Law this spring.

Pidot will present “Protecting Sacred Lands and the Bears Ears National Monument” at 4:30 p.m. March 9 via Zoom. The lecture is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Pidot is a professor of law and the co-director of the environmental law program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Pidot has recently been appointed general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He will make remarks in his personal capacity as a scholar and not as a representative of the federal government.

"KU Law is pleased to be able to have Professor Pidot speak to our community based on his extensive public lands experience and representation of tribes,” said Uma Outka, associate dean for faculty and William R. Scott Law Professor at KU Law.

Pidot previously served as the deputy solicitor for land resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Obama administration and as an appellate lawyer at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He clerked for the Hon. Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and completed a fellowship at the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute. He received his juris doctor from Stanford Law School and his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University.

This lecture is made possible with support from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the KU Environmental Law Society and the KU Native American Law Students Association.