Our Mission

The Public Land & Resources Law Review ("PLRLR") supports scholars and practitioners as a catalyst for research, publication, and engagement on important issues in public lands, natural resources, environmental, and Indian law.

Our Work

The PLRLR is a student-run law review based at the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett III School of Law ("ABIII"). Every year, PLRLR staff and editors collaborate with practitioners, professors, and policy makers from around the country to procure, polish, publish, and promote world-class legal writing via case summaries and case notes, articles, editorials, blog posts, and original research.

If you are interested in contributing work to an upcoming volume or for online publication, we'd love to hear from you!

History of the Public Land & Resources Law Review

First published in 1980 under the guidance of renowned Montana law Professor Margery Hunter Brown, today the ABIII Public Land & Resources Law Review's annual publication circulates to more than 300 libraries, universities, databases, and individual attorneys across the country. The PLRLR also compiles special editions to cover particularly timely/complex issues or highlight work from one notable author.

Since 1978, beyond writing, editing, and publishing, Public Land & Resources Law Review staff also organize and run the biennial Public Land Law Conference. Standard events include panel discussions, lectures, and Q&A sessions featuring scholars, scientists, professors, and politicians connected to the conference topic. The most recent conference also featured an all-day field trip visiting both historic sites and real-world examples of several issues discussed in depth during the subsequent days' sessions.

Recent Public Land Law Conference themes have included "Balancing Act & Paradigm Shift "The Role of Public Lands in America's Energy Future" (2013); "Transcending Boundaries: Achieving Success in Cooperative Management of Natural Resources" (2015); "Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era" (2017); and "Carved by Glaciers: Stewardship Across the Northern Rockies" (2019), in partnership with the University of Calgary Law School. Attorneys, academics, professionals, students, and even community members are encouraged to attend; CLE credits are typically available for lawyers in attendance.

Contact Information

Email: plrlr@umontana.edu

Address: Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

    Attn: Public Land and Resources Law Review
    32 Campus Dr.
    Missoula, MT 59812