UNLV law professor wins Interior Department appointment

A UNLV law professor has been appointed by the Obama administration to fill a role at the U.S. Department of Interior.

Professor Bret Birdsong will serve as deputy solicitor for Land Resources at the U.S. Department of Interior, according to a news release from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Birdsong will lead a team of lawyers providing counsel to the Bureau of Land Management regarding its management of nearly 250 million acres of public land, which includes about 70 percent of Nevada’s land, the release says. He will be one of six deputy solicitors reporting to Hilary Tompkins, the Interior Department’s top lawyer.

His appointment begins July 15.