The Burton Awards has announced that University of Wyoming graduate and current UW
Ruckelshaus Institute Conservation Fellow Travis Brammer is among 25 law student writers
selected for the Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award.
Brammer graduated in 2022 from the JD/MA dual degree program between UW’s College
of Law and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The award recognizes
Brammer for his article, “Using Land and Water Conservation Fund Money to Protect
Western Migration Corridors,” published in Volume 22 of the Wyoming Law Review.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was established by Congress in 1964 to
safeguard natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage and to provide recreation
opportunities. At no cost to taxpayers, the LWCF supports public access and protection
of national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other federal lands, as well as provides
for partnerships with landowners to support voluntary conservation activities.
In the article, Brammer shows that “without a need to change existing law or enact
new law, states and federal agencies can funnel significant money through the LWCF
to corridor conservation in an effort to create a comprehensive corridor conservation
The article further shows how wildlife migration corridors support Western economies,
ecosystems and culture.
Michael Smith, head of the College of Law’s legal writing program, nominated Brammer
for the award in consultation with Jason Robison, a faculty member in the law school’s
environmental, energy and natural resources program.
“I was impressed by his clear, concise language,” Robison says. “Travis makes a compelling
argument for protecting the routes game animals use for migrating between winter and
summer ranges. More than that, he presents a viable funding option for doing so. This
article is an exemplary piece of student scholarship that fits perfectly in the Wyoming
Before pursuing his law degree, Brammer served as the stewardship coordinator and
interim conservation director for the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. As the conservation
fellow in the Ruckelshaus Institute MacMillan Private Lands Stewardship Program at
UW, he continues to research issues related to stewardship of private lands, including
emerging conservation tools and policies.
“I gained an interest in private lands conservation while working on my family’s farm
and ranch in Sterling, Colo.,” Brammer says.
The Burton Awards program was established in 1999 to recognize accomplishments in
legal writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation and lifetime
achievements in the legal profession. Other award recipients include student writers
from Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Emory
University School of Law and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College
Brammer will be recognized at the 24th annual Burton Awards June 12 at the National
Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The event is presented by Law360 and co-sponsored
by the American Bar Association with the Library of Congress.