Environmental Law - Law School - Lewis & Clark


Peter Monson ’82 was appointed by Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper to the board of commissioners for Clear Creek County. Peter entered the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Section Honors Program immediately after graduation, and then worked in the DOJ Indian Resources Section until his retirement.Peter was appointed Managing Attorney of the Denver Field Office in 1998 and Assistant Section Chief for the Indian Resources Section in 1999. He successfully litigated numerous and complex lawsuits involving water rights, hunting and fishing rights, land claims, mineral and oil and gas issues, Indian gaming, environmental issues involving Indian lands and natural resources, and defense of federal agency actions.Peter has received numerous awards for his work, including a Citation of Commendation from the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, in February 2001 for his work in the Snake River Basin Adjudication, and theAttorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial Litigation in 1995 for outstanding work in United States v. Washington, United States v. Oregon, and the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Idaho.