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UNM Law School professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Reed Benson

Contact: Tamara Williams
Phone: 505.277.9504

September 8, 2015

Reed Benson

Reed Benson, Weihofen Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, has been named Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Water and the Environment at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

The prestigious award from Fulbright Canada allows Benson to conduct his research, guest lecture, and mentor students at one of Canada’s most influential research universities for the Fall 2015 semester.

“Having spent my career working on issues of water and the environment in the Western U.S., I am thrilled to be spending the semester at the University of Lethbridge, which emphasizes research on these same questions,” said Benson.

He is examining dam and reservoir operations, and whether they may be revised to address changing needs and values and mitigate the impacts of climate change. With a focus on laws, policies, and institutions, Benson is studying proposed and actual changes to water operations in Alberta as compared to the western U.S.

“Western Canada is increasingly facing water scarcity, both in the current drought and in the longer term,” said Benson. “Management of scarce water supplies has been an issue in the American West for a long time, and I am grateful for the chance to learn more about how the Canadians are approaching these challenges.”

At the UNM Law School, Benson teaches courses relating to water law, natural resources, and administrative law, and chairs the school’s Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program. He has published nearly thirty articles on western water law and policy, focusing largely on environmental issues and federal water project operations, and he is a co-author of the Water Resource Management casebook from Foundation Press.

About Fulbright Canada

Fulbright Canada is a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange.

About the University of New Mexico School of Law

The UNM School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (JD) program and certificates in Indian Law and in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. New Mexico’s only law school offers a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and is known nationwide for its pioneering, required Clinical Law Program. Frequently rated as one of the most popular and most diverse law schools in the country, the UNM Law School is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).