Published: Feb. 21, 2019

The 2019 Martz Winter Symposium, hosted by the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (GWC) at the University of Colorado Law School, examined the changing landscape of public lands at a two-day symposium Feb. 28 and March 1.

Dan Gibbs

Dan Gibbs, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), kicked off the conference Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Wittemyer Courtroom with a discussion about DNR’s priorities under the Polis administration. Moderated by Alice Madden (’89), executive director of the GWC, the conversation included Gibbs’ thoughts around the future of oil and gas regulation and western water issues.


Sally JewellThe symposium continued March 1 with panel discussions and a keynote address by former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who spoke on "Shaping Public Lands for Future Generations: Respect, Collaboration, Law, Science and the Pursuit of Common Ground" from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Watch the conference recording (Secretary Jewell's remarks begin at 4:52:03)


Panelists included legal scholars and practitioners across a range of specialties, many of whom are working with members of the Colorado Law Review and the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review on upcoming articles. 

"Our goal is that the conversations over these two days and the forthcoming law review articles will generate long-term dialogues and solutions that can be implemented by practitioners on the ground, as well as inform law students and young lawyers," Madden said.

Speakers included:

  • David Adelman, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Robert Anderson, University of Washington School of Law
  • Marcilynn Burke, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Alejandro Camacho, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Ann Carlson, UCLA School of Law
  • Holly Doremus, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Sarah Krakoff, University of Colorado School of Law
  • Amanda Leiter, American University Washington College of Law
  • Justin Pidot, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JB Ruhl, Vanderbilt Law School
  • James Salzman, UCLA School of Law
  • Gerald Torres, Cornell Law School
  • Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado School of Law

About the Martz Symposium

Clyde O. Martz was a father of natural resource law in the U.S. He was an exemplary teacher, mentor, counselor, advocate, and professor of natural resources law for 15 years at Colorado Law. Martz was one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and of the law school’s Natural Resources Law Center, which later became the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment. In 1951, he assembled and published the first natural resources law casebook, combining the previously discrete subjects of water law, mining law, and oil and gas law. In 1962, Martz joined the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, where he took periodic leaves of absence to serve as the assistant attorney general of the Lands and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1967-69), a Colorado special assistant attorney general (1971-75), and as solicitor of the Department of the Interior (1980-81). He retired in the late 1990s and passed away in 2010 at the age of 89. The Martz Endowed Fund for Natural Resources Management was established in his memory and supports innovative programming at Colorado Law on best practices in natural resources management.