Courtney Shephard is an associate in the Natural Resources Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where her practice encompasses public lands, energy, and water resources. Ms. Shephard advises energy clients operating on federal lands on a variety of matters, including leasing, royalty appeals, and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. Ms. Shephard also works with clients seeking to acquire, develop, and protect water supplies and water-related infrastructure in Colorado. She regularly represents clients in Colorado water court proceedings and in administrative appeals within the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, as well as before the Interior Board of Land Appeals.
Ms. Shephard received her J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2014 and her Master of Environmental Management, with an emphasis in environmental economics and policy, from Duke University in 2011. She served as editor-in-chief of Volume 85 of the Colorado Law Review and as an executive editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy from Colorado College.
Ms. Shephard was a Schlessman Executive in Residence at Colorado College for the 2018-2019 academic year and co-taught interdisciplinary climate change economics and policy courses as a visiting instructor. She has also guest lectured on Colorado water law and policy.
Ms. Shephard is active in a number of organizations that relate to her practice area. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy, and E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).
Recent Publications & Presentations
- “It’s Getting Hot in Here: BLM’s Evolving Obligations to Assess Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under NEPA,” Colorado Bar Association NREL CLE (2019); co-presented with DGS partner Katie Schroder
- “Endangered Species Act,” EUCI Course (July 2019); co-presented with DGS partner Katie Schroder
University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 2014
Duke University, M.A., 2011
Colorado College, B.A., 2009