LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Denise Fort

Denise Fort

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters community Lunch with a Leader will feature Denise Fort is 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Mesa Public Library.

Fort is an adviser to the Wallace Genetic Foundation and Emerita Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She resigned her position as a professor of law and director of the school’s Utton Center to focus on climate change and environmental advocacy, as a citizen (chair of the energy committee for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club; convener of activists, issue advocacy) and lawyer. At present she is working with a small group to raise awareness of threats to the environment and public health.

In past positions, Fort chaired the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission, by appointment of President Bill Clinton, which prepared a semi-annual report on western water policy. Fort also served as director of New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Division, as an attorney with New Mexico PIRG and Southwest Research and Information Center, and as executive director of Citizens for a Better Environment (CA). She was a member of the National Research Council’s Water, Science, and Technology Board and participated in NRC reports. Her research and publications address environmental law, water policy, river restoration, and climate policy. Other positions include experience in public finance as secretary of finance and administration for New Mexico and assistant Attorney General in the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. Contact: fortde@law.unm.edu 

New Mexicans cherish clean air, wildlife and access to magnificent places. The current administration in Washington, D.C. has repealed key protections for public lands, stopped implementation of regulations protecting the public from pesticides, and air and water pollutants. Most importantly, it has taken the United States out of the Paris Accords. Fort will lead a talk about what this war on the environment means for our country and what response citizens can make. And, maybe most importantly, what are our aspirations for our government? 

To order a lunch from the Co+op for $10, call Karyl Ann Armbruster by Jan. 13 at 505.231.8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com to hear the extensive choices for lunch. Purchasing a lunch is not a requirement to attend the meeting.