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Joro Walker

General Counsel

Program/Department: Healthy Rivers & Lakes, Western Lands, Vibrant Communities, Clean Air

Office Location: Utah

Area of Focus:

As the General Counsel to Western Resource Advocates, Joro works with program directors to identify appropriate opportunities throughout the region to leverage state and federal law to gain victories on land conservation, and air and water quality. She specializes in the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, for example by challenging proposed discharges that threaten Great Salt Lake ecosystems, contesting air quality permits issued to coal plants and oil and gas refineries and working to ensure that Utah quickly adopts and implements a plan that will bring the Wasatch Front into attainment with national health based air quality standards. Joro also uses Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act laws and regulations to curb unlawful oil shale and tar sands development and to protect the most sensitive habitats in National Forests from energy development and motorized vehicle abuse.


Joro joined Western Resource Advocates in 1999 as Utah Office Director. Previously, she worked at a private civil rights law firm specializing in federal inmate and First Amendment rights litigation and Utah constitutional and states civil rights law. She was also associate director of the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah College of Law. Joro was the 2005 U.S. winner of the Yves Rocher Foundation’s “Women of the Earth” award. In 2008, Joro received the Friend of the Lake Award for her efforts to protect Great Salt Lake and in 2013, the People’s Attorney of the Year Award for her Utah clean air advocacy.


Attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Arts degree in philosophy and law degree.

Favorite thing about the West:

Powder days in the Wasatch backcountry, Utah slot canyons, sunsets over Great Salt Lake, canyon country vistas, back packing above 8,000 feet and western birds and wildlife.

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