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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 14, 2009


Posted: 4/14/2009

JOHN LESHY, THE HARRY D. SUNDERLAND DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF REAL PROPERTY LAW AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HASTINGS COLLEGE OF LAW TO SPEAK TO THE MORRIS K. UDALL FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND GUESTS ON THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009

John Leshy, the Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law, will address the Morris K. Udall Foundation Board of Trustees and guests at a dinner at the Manning House in Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday, April 16, 2009.

Nationally known for his expertise in federal lands, natural resources, water, and American Indian Law, during his career, Leshy has worked in academia, with various government agencies, and for nationally respected nonprofit organizations. He has acquired valuable experience and an insider's perspective on numerous important and contentious issues across the country. His talk at the Udall dinner will focus on politics and land conservation in a global climate change era.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Leshy litigated civil rights cases for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and then moved to the Bay Area to work for the Natural Resources Defense Council. After another stint in Washington. D.C., as the Interior Department's associate solicitor for energy and resources, he began his law teaching career at Arizona State University.

In 1992, he returned to Washington, D.C., as special counsel to the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Leshy then joined the Clinton administration as Interior Solicitor, becoming the second-longest serving solicitor in the department's 160-year history. He joined the faculty at the University of California Hastings College of Law in 2000.

In 2008, Leshy led President Barack Obama's Interior Department transition team.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency based in Tucson, Arizona, and overseen by a board of trustees appointed by the President of the United States. The Udall Foundation was established in 1992 by Congress to honor the late Morris K. Udall's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives. Congressman Udall championed the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, using his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance and national environmental policy.

The Udall Foundation operates scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs for studies related to the environment and Native American issues, as well as the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, which provides mediation and related services to assist in resolving environmental disputes all over the United States. The Foundation also operates the Parks in Focus program that works with Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to connects under-served youth with nature through the lens of a camera.

For additional information about the Morris K. Udall Foundation and its programs, please visit www.udall.gov.


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