2015 Summer Convention

The 2015 Summer Convention returns to Sun Valley on July 29th! We hope that you and your families will join us for this tradtional gathering. Please return to this site or our Facebook Summer Convention page to get the latest news as the program schedule, special events, and keynote speakers are announced!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW! Sun Valley Resort has moved to online reservations for their properties. You have the option to make reservations by visiting the Sun Vally site at https://www2.sunvalley.com/trip-planner/groups/USB/ or to download the 2015 Summer Convention Room Reservation Form (PDF), complete it, and send it in by fax or mail.

Justice Kennedy Professor Gilles Lund
Anthony M. Kennedy
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court
Dr. Robert R. Gillies
Professor of Climate in Plants, Soils and Climate, Utah State University; Director – Utah Climate Center; State Climatologist - Utah
Thomas Lund
Professor of Law at the S. J. Quinney College of Law,
University of Utah

Justice Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California, July 23, 1936. He married Mary Davis and has three children. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1961–1963, as well as in Sacramento, California from 1963–1975. From 1965 to 1988, he was a Professor of Constitutional Law at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He has served in numerous positions during his career, including a member of the California Army National Guard in 1961, the board of the Federal Judicial Center from 1987–1988, and two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, subsequently renamed the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, from 1979–1987, and the Committee on Pacific Territories from 1979–1990, which he chaired from 1982–1990. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975.

President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat February 18, 1988. 

Dr. Robert R. Gillies grew up in Scotland. He received his masters in geography from the University of Glasgow, and studied meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University. He was a research associate at Penn State while working on a PhD in meteorology and remote sensing from the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Gillies joined the faculty of Utah State University in 1996 with a joint appointment in the departments of Geography and Earth Resources and Plants, Soils and Biometeorology. In 2006, Dr. Gillies became the director of the Utah Climate Center, where he set a new course for the center by making the center’s databases of Utah climate information accessible on-line. Dr. Gillies is an author or co-author of dozens of refereed journal articles and official reports. He has conducted numerous presentations within the State of Utah, as well as at national and international venues in the science behind inversion prediction, climate precipitation cycles (particularly for the Intermountain West) and, global climate change.

Thomas Lund, a Professor of Law at the S. J. Quinney College of Law,
University of Utah, was educated at Horace Mann School, Harvard
College, Columbia Law School, and Oxford University. An Environmental
Affairs review of Lund’s 1980 book American Wildlife Law described him as
“probably the leading authority on the history of wildlife law.”

Lund has written about medieval law for many years. His varied approach
includes a beginner’s guide to the medieval Year Book reports, The Modern
Mind of the Medieval Lawyer, an exhortation that a fourteenth century Chief Justice be exhumed for educational purposes, Medieval Law Should Be
Taught, and a comical self-portrait disguised as a bogus memoir, Confessions of a Medieval Jewish Lawyer.

Lund’s book The Creation of the Common Law: The Medieval Year Books Deciphered was published this year. Stephen Presser, Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History at Northwestern, has written “This amazing and delightful book will be of profound interest to anyone who has ever believed that the
rule of law is about more than the arbitrary machinations of politicians. Simply stated, Thomas Lund has given us one of the most important works on law in this generation.” According to William Chester Jordan, Chair of the History Department at Princeton, “The book is altogether a stunning achievement.”