Ruth Musgrave has worked in wildlife and conservation law and policy for over two decades. She founded in 1990 and was director of the Center for Wildlife Law at the Institute of Public Law, University of New Mexico School of Law until it closed in August 2011. She managed numerous projects concerning wildlife and biodiversity law, including training, youth education, facilitation, legal and policy research, drafting legislation, analysis and publication.
Musgrave is co-author of the Federal Wildlife and Related Laws Handbook and the State Wildlife Laws Handbook, and was editor of the Wildlife Law News Quarterly and the online â€œWildlife Law News Weekly Alertsâ€ from 1993 to 2011. She has been a Visiting Associate Professor and an Adjunct Professor and at the University of New Mexico School of Law, teaching wildlife law, biodiversity and the law, advocacy, and intellectual property law. She is trustee of the Frances V.R. Seebe Charitable Trust, and sits on the board of directors of several wildlife organizations.
Ruth holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The Colorado College, Colorado Springs. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was lead articles editor for the Natural Resources Journal. She clerked for Chief Judge Oliver Seth of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico; served as general counsel to the New Mexico Medical Society; and was in private practice for almost ten years before founding the Center for Wildlife Law.
Musgrave is currently the president of Wildlife Policy Consulting Associates based in Olympia, Washington, advising agencies and nonprofits on wildlife and environment policy issues.