I wake each day torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savour the world. It makes it hard to
plan my day.

:: E. B. White

Owen Olpin

Born 1934: B.S. Brigham Young Univ. 1955; J.D. Columbia Univ. 1958; Phi Beta Kappa; Law Review; Order of the Coif; active member of bars of District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court; inactive member of California and Utah bars.

Private Practice: O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, CA 1958-70 and 1976-94. Practice included natural resources, public lands, water and environmental law.  Water practice ranged widely, incuding federal reserved and Indian water rights and the Law of the Colorado River. Retired as O’Melveny partner in 1994.

Academic Experience: Taught law at Univ. of Texas 1969-70, Univ. of Utah 1970-76, American Univ. 1987, and part time at Loyola Univ. and UCLA. Academic focus on natural resources, public lands, water and environmental law. At the Univ. of Utah held Farr Presidential Chair in Environmental Law 1973-76.

Public Service: Member of American Law Institute and past member of ABA where leadership positions were held in the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. Served for over two decades as public member of the erstwhile United States Administrative Conference, chairing the committee that fashioned the initial regulatory negotiation recommendation. In 1987 put reg-ned theory into practice by facilitating successful negotiation of draft regulations under asbestos in the schools legislation.

In 1987 appointed U.S. Supreme Court special master in Nebraska v. Wyoming, No. 108, Original, an action initiated by Nebraska against Wyoming, Colorado and the United States contesting rights to flows of the North Platte River system. Case resolved in 2002 when the Corurt approved a master recommended comprehensive settlement.

During the 1990s acted for the U.S. Interior Department in negotiations respecting the Little Colorado River water rights of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes and of the U.S.

During 2004 served as mediator in Arizona v. California, No. 8, Original, filed by Arizona in 1952 to determine state water rights in the Lower Colorado River Basin. The specific subjects of the 2004 mediation were the water rights claims of the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in Arizona and California. Full settlement was reached with both states, and Special Master Frank J. McGarr filed his report to the Court recommending approval of both settlements thereby bringing “to a resolution and close all of the issues involved in this case.”

Past service on boards of various non-profit organizations. Currently on the board of the Grand Canyon Trust based in Flagstaff, AZ, which works to protect and restore the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.