The Sagebrush Sentinel Award is given annually to an individual who has shown an outstanding commitment to preserving the environment. The award was established
in honor of Jon Marvel, the founding director of Western Watersheds Project. Jon’s steadfast and tenacious environmentalism changed the West, and has inspired many of us to continue challenging the status quo extractive vision that has been fragmenting and degrading the landscape for centuries.
It is with great pleasure and honor that we recognize Justin Pidot as the recipient of the 2016 Sagebrush Sentinel Award!
Pidot graduated from Stanford Law School, clerked at the U.S Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and litigated for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice before becoming a professor of law at Denver University. He has applied his powerful intellect to several important cases and graciously mentored new students of the law about how to responsibly apply legal tools towards change in the world.
In particular, Western Watersheds Project is indebted to Justin for his impressive legal representation and expertise defending our work in Wyoming. Western Watersheds Project immeasurably benefitted from Pidot’s pro bono representation both in challenging the State of Wyoming’s Data Censorship Statutes and defending Western Watersheds Project against a frivolous trespass suit in the state. The truth is, without Justin Pidot, Western Watersheds Project might be struggling to work in Wyoming but with his help we are on the offensive!