UM Law School to Host 38th Public Land Law Conference

September 26, 2019

MISSOULA – Distinguished speakers from across Canada and the U.S., including a Canadian Supreme Court justice, will gather at the 38th Public Land Law Conference at the University of Montana in October.

Held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-4, the conference will take place in UM’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law. This year’s theme is “Carved by Glaciers: Stewardship Across the Northern Rockies,” and the event will be held in partnership with the University of Calgary School of Law and hosted by UM’s School of Law Public Land & Resources Law Review.

During the conference, speakers will compare the countries’ legal approaches to environmental regulation, energy development and infrastructure, climate change, wildlife corridors, water management, fisheries and indigenous rights in the Northern Rockies. Canadian Supreme Court Justice Russell S. Brown will provide an opening keynote.

The agenda includes an optional field trip to the Bitterroot Valley from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, followed by Brown’s keynote on “Judicial Review in Environmental Matters in Canada” and a reception. On Friday, speakers from Canada and the Pacific Northwest will deliver talks throughout the day.

The Thursday keynote and Friday educational sessions are free to students and the general public. The optional Thursday field trip with Continuing Legal Education content is $35, and the keynote and sessions are $150 for lawyers seeking CLE.

All educational sessions take place in School of Law Room 201. For the full schedule and updates and to view hotel room blocks, visit


Contact: Christina Tin, events and facilities manager, Alexander Blewett III School of Law, 406-243-6169,