Recently, Bernhardt was at the center of an Interior non-decision on the approval of a Native American casino in Connecticut. What’s your favorite thing to do in Bristol? Use our Premium/VIP Service to contact David Bernhardt by email now. Continued Lobbying After Officially Vowing to Stop, New Files Show", "Interior Dept. I’ve been in Bristol ever since! Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt", "House Oversight Committee threatens salaries of Interior staff who block interviews", GAO Rules Interior Violated Law By Shifting Funds To Keep Parks Open During Shutdown, "GAO: Trump administration violated law to keep parks open during shutdown", "GAO: Interior broke law in reopening parks during shutdown", "Trump says 'nothing's a hoax' about climate change", "State of the Union 2020: President Trump's designated survivor is Interior Secretary David Bernhardt", "Pendley stays on as Bureau of Land Management head", "BLM officially establishes Grand Junction as headquarters", "Trump administration announces plans to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge", "Race Riot Site Added to African American Civil Rights Network", "Flight 93 Remembered "They saved our capitol": Trump Salutes heroes of Flight 93 on 9/11 anniversary", United States Secretaries of the Interior, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Presidential line of succession in the United States of America,, George Washington University Law School alumni, United States Deputy Secretaries of the Interior, Solicitors of the United States Department of the Interior, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 November 2020, at 00:36. [19] By April 2017, he was on a $20,000-a-month retainer for Westlands. Sie haben unterschiedlichste Erfahrungen, berufliche Qualifikationen und bringen kulturelles Wissen aus diversen Hintergründen mit. 2 spot at Interior", "Recording Reveals Oil Industry Execs Laughing at Trump Access", "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration", "As Interior Secretary Swaggers Through Parks, His Staff Rolls Back Regulations", "Trump Appoints Valley Water District's Lobbyist to Interior Department Post", "Ex-water district lobbyist nominated for Interior Department post", "INTERIOR: Deputy nominee still advising Calif. water district - Tuesday, July 18, 2017", "Trump's pick for a top Interior post has sued the agency on behalf of powerful California water interests", "Senators press interior nominee on science and climate", "US Interior Department nominee: Trump 'perspective' should outweigh climate science whenever possible", "Senate confirms Trump's nominee for No. There’s quite a lot to do at the moment and there are jobs have to be done! This is our blog site, where you can also find resources, videos and podcasts! He left high school early, earning his GED, then his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Coloradoin 1990. [29], In April 2019 it was reported the Inspector General opened an investigation of Bernhardt. You don’t even have to go there for an event! I currently have 24 personal tutees and I want to find the time to support all of them too.

He was born and raised in Switzerland and worked as a software developer before coming to Bristol to start his PhD. I liked Bristol so much I decided to stay on. I think everyone is qualified to do that!

Sitting around worrying about it and making posts online complaining about the terrible things that are happening without talking to others doesn’t help. [4] He left high school early, earning his GED, then his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.

He graduated with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1994 and is admitted to various state and federal court bars. Bernhardt has failed to provide public documents and skirted meetings with Congress while working to roll back public land and wildlife protections that may benefit former clients. I recently had meetings with all my final years to ask about how their degree is going and how they are coping in general. Does Bernhardt have a Department of Interior reorganization plan or will he follow his predecessor's footprints in an empty outline that would disrupt critical work and be costly to taxpayers? However, over here, if we give you an offer to study at an institution, you are most definitely going to graduate. [25], On July 24, 2017, the Senate confirmed Bernhardt's nomination by a vote of 53–43. Only four days after his confirmation, Bernhardt, himself, became the subject of several ethics investigations concerning his dealings with former clients- Halliburton, among others. I’m actually more optimistic than the media, perhaps, but my personal feeling is that we will be ok. [5][16], Bernhardt served as DOI Solicitor until 2009. He was a shareholder at the Colorado law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck,[1] he began working for the United States Department of the Interior in 2001,[2] and served as the department's solicitor from 2006 to 2009, among other roles. degree in 1985 at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. His downfall was brought about in part by his involvement in a sweetheart real estate deal that his family’s foundation was pursuing with private developers, including the Chairman of Halliburton.

[1], In 2011, Bernhardt filed a lawsuit for Westlands that "sought to force the feds to make good on a commitment to build a multibillion-dollar system to dispose of the poisoned water" resulting from toxic irrigation in the Westlands district. Secretary Bernhardt, too, has expressed support for reorganization the Interior but he has yet to produce a well-founded plan or purpose. I caught up with David to talk about his path into academia and his passion for teaching…. [10], In May 2019, the House Oversight Committee was investigating whether Bernhardt was complying with record-keeping laws.

Halliburton is one of Bernhardt’s former clients and is included on his ethics recusal. There’s no tuition fees or strict admissions process either, which means that when you apply to university, anyone is guaranteed admission. [19], Until resigning by early 2017, he was on the board of the Center for Environmental Science Accuracy and Reliability. He was born and raised in Switzerland and worked as a software developer before coming to Bristol to start his PhD. In 2009, Bernhardt returned to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, and became the head of its natural resources lobbying shop, where his clients included oil, gas, and mining companies. Reorganization of the Interior was pursued vigorously by his predecessor. [21], Until the end of 2016, Bernhardt remained an attorney and lobbyist for the San Joaquin Valley's Westlands Water District. Raised in Rifle, Colorado, Bernhardt earned a B.A. For many years, and I should actually start doing it again, I went hiking. Get in Touch. In July 2017, Bernhardt was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Interior. We need to have discussions about what we might disagree on instead of ignoring each other’s concerns. Come To David’s BoB Talk on the 26th of March at 1pm: BILT Student Fellow 18/19 working on the project ‘Empowering Students to Impact their Teaching and Learning’. In 1995, David Bernhardt completed a Bachelor of Science in Commerce at Santa Clara University. I love to get to know my students as people! My dad’s side of the family were mostly farmers and council employees. [11][14], Tenure at Interior Department under George W. Bush administration, Tenure at Interior Department under Trump administration, United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration, "Conservationists alarmed by Trump Interior nominee", "Lawyer-lobbyist for Colorado firm is Trump's pick for No. [19] Cadiz later refuted that Bernhardt had lobbied directly for the company, though environmentalists at the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity suspected Bernhardt's involvement when the DOI changed its views to be positive towards the project in March 2017. in political science with a minor in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1990. This interview was carried out by Corrie Macleod, a Student Fellow. in Economics and Political Science. [5] In that role, he was in charge of overseeing staffing in the DOI along with Devin Nunes. [17], Through Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Bernhardt represented San Joaquin Valley's Westlands Water District in "a lawsuit that sought to undo court-imposed protections for endangered salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta". In the 1990s, he worked for U.S. Representative Scott McInnis, a Grand Junction Republican. My mum told me about the university experience in the UK which was very different to how things worked in Switzerland. He currently serves as the 53rd United States Secretary of the Interior. It made me feel like I was doing something right as a personal tutor and I want to continue supporting my students in that way. [13], As part of his 2017 Senate confirmation hearing Bernhardt had submitted a written statement saying, "I have not engaged in regulated lobbying on behalf of Westlands Water District after November 18, 2016." I  grew up in Switzerland, completed my undergraduate degree there, then I worked for close to a year as a software developer. I then came over here to do a PhD. One month later, Bernhardt was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.

As a PhD student, I was part of the hiking club committee. In March 2019, The New York Times disclosed documents that show he had been working as a lobbyist for the Westlands Water District at least as late as April 2017. [11] Bernhardt's clients included Halliburton, Cobalt International Energy, Samson Resources, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Small Group Teaching (for those who are new to it), ‘Students, Researchers’ – our first undergraduate research journal, In 1983, he graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a B.A. During his time in office he has received criticism for using his position to enact some of the policies he worked for while a lobbyist for Westlands Water District. Former Secretary Zinke was the subject of 17 investigations. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar Association later that year. If you go to a Swiss university, polytechnic school, or a skilled apprenticeship, you get told to consider other academic options or choose different education schemes if you don’t perform well enough. [37], Bernhardt relocated the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colorado, on August 11, 2020. Later, through the 2017 bill HR 1769, Westlands agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for forgiven debt and long-term access to water from Central Valley Project facilities.

[14] Early in his career with the DOI, he was deputy chief of staff and counselor[3] to then-Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton.

[15] He was the DOI deputy solicitor at the time.

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