John Robinson Jr.
John grew up on a saltwater farm along the coast of Maine. He spent most of his time in the woods or on the water and eventually studied forestry at the University of Maine, graduating with Honors in 2001.
After working for a decade, John studied law at the University of Utah College of Law. During school, John uncovered a passion for legal research and writing, and he's now an admitted law geek. He served as an executive editor of Utah Law Review, as president of the Natural Resources Law Forum, and as committee chair of the University’s Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund. During his second year, John was one of eight students selected (out of over 850 applicants) to serve in the US Environmental Protection Agency's Summer Honors Program in Washington, DC.
John also represented the University of Utah at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition in New York. Competing against 75 other law schools, his team won the David Sive Award for best brief in the nation and advanced to the competition's final round. John also won two best oralist awards during the competition. He received a Juris Doctor with High Honors in 2014.
Following law school, John served as an Assistant Attorney General and O'Hara Honors Fellow in the Utah Office of the Attorney General. While there, he worked on a number of appellate issues and was counsel of record on two winning cases, one in the Utah Supreme Court and one in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He left the Attorney General's Office to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen L. Roth on the Utah Court of Appeals and to pursue appellate practice.
University of Utah College of Law
Juris Doctor with High Honors, 2014
University of Maine
B.S. in Forest Ecosystem Science with Honors, 2001
Utah Court of Appeals
Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen L. Roth
Utah Office of the Attorney General
Assistant Attorney General & O'Hara Honors Fellow
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- The Binding Guidance Principle, 4 American Indian L.J. 1 (2016)
- Rural Ozone Pollution: New Science, Old Rules, 8 Appalachian Natural Res. L.J. 149 (2014)
- Airborne Emissions in the National Commons, Justist–Dateline (Jan. 21, 2014)
- Water Securities: Rights to Use, Used as Collateral, 2013 Utah L. Rev. 1725
- Case Note, Navajo Nation v. U.S. Dep’t of the Interior, 17 A.B.A. Water Res. Comm. Newsl., No. 1 at 16 (2015)
- Case Note, EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, 17 A.B.A. Air Quality Comm. Newsl., No. 3 at 4 (2014)