Faculty Enrichment - John Leshy "Our Common Ground" - CANCELED


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm


BSL Faculty Lounge / Zoom


Faculty Enrichment Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Hyflex)

Faculty Lounge / Zoom (link below)

John D. Leshy

Emeritus Harry D. Sunderland and Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law

UC Hastings


“Our Common Ground”

America’s public lands include more than 600 million acres of forests, plains, mountains, wetlands, deserts, and shorelines. In this book, John Leshy, a leading expert in public lands policy, discusses the key political decisions that led to this, beginning at the very founding of the nation. He traces the emergence of a bipartisan political consensus in favor of the national government holding these vast land areas primarily for recreation, education, and conservation of biodiversity and cultural resources. That consensus remains strong and continues to shape American identity. Such a success story of the political system is a bright spot in an era of cynicism about government. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about public lands, and it is particularly timely as the world grapples with the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

John Leshy became deeply involved with America's public lands soon after his graduation from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  He was solicitor for the U.S. Department of Interior from 1993 to 2001, is co-author of the standard textbook on public land and resources law (Federal Public Land and Resources Law), and has written and lectured widely on public lands. He is an emeritus professor, at the University of California Hastings College of Law, San Francisco.