On Monday evening my ASU colleague Joe Feller was struck by a car and killed while jogging. Joe, a natural resources scholar who engaged in impact environmental litigation, was an ADR skeptic (at best) who thought collaborative processes were being used to subvert the protections offered by the country’s natural resource laws. He expressed his views as part of a UNLV symposium about water issues in the west in Collaborative Management of Glen Canyon Dam: The Elevation of Social Engineering Over Law, 8 NEVADA L.J. 896 (2008). Joe was not a shrinking violet and knowing his stance on
environmental ADR I suggested that he be a part of the panel “Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR): A Report Card” at the AALS meetings in January. As anticipated, Joe made the presentation worth the price of admission. His contrarian view lit up the room, causing most speakers to deviate from their prepared remarks, and even resulted in Lawrence Susskind saying that
collaborative procedures should not have been used in the situation Joe was describing. Now that’s saying something.
Since many of our readers were at that panel, I mention his passing here. There’s much more to say about him, but we’re too far in the grieving process to do him justice at this time. However, there’s a great remembrance by one of his colleagues in the environmental community that’s worth a read.
It goes without saying, but should be said – Joe you will terribly missed.