Conflict Resolution Speaker Series: Renowned Environmental Lawyer Richard Roos-Collins

As part of our Conflict Resolution Speaker Series, the OSU Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders is proud to present a seminar by renowned environmental lawyer and negotiator Richard Roos-Collins!  We are thrilled to have the opportunity (courtesy of an OSU Educational Activities Grant) to bring such a formidable expert to speak on the OSU campus!  Mark your calendars, because this will be a BIG event!

  • Speaker: Richard Roos-Collins, environmental lawyer (see bio below)
  • Presentation title: Developing collaborative solutions to complex, multi-party disputes – case studies in the Klamath Basin and California Bay-Delta
  • When: April 12, 5:00pm
  • Where: Owen 103, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

About Richard Roos-Collins

Since 1991, Roos-Collins has represented conservation and fishing groups, public agencies, and property owners in cases to restore aquatic ecosystems in a manner that contributes to sustainability of our power supplies and economy. Richard emphasizes settlements and other collaborative solutions to complex multi-party disputes. Most recently, Richard represented American Rivers in the Klamath Negotiations and was a lead drafter and negotiator of the Klamath Agreements.

He represents California Trout in the Mono Lake Cases (1991–present), which established a rule of law that water rights must protect public trust resources. Roos-Collins is a founder  and a director of Hydropower Reform Coalition (Washington, D.C.); Chairman of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (Portland, ME); and Co- Chair, Agricultural Water Management Council (Sacramento, CA). He was a member of the Delta Stewardship Council (2010), deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice (1989–1991), and attorney- advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel (1986–1989).

Roos-Collins teaches Water Resources Law and Policy at USF School of Law. Richard graduated from Harvard Law School (1986, honors) and Princeton University (B.A., 1975, high honors).

For more info:

If you are interested in meeting with Roos-Collins during his visit, or have any questions, please contact Kara DiFrancesco (


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