John McAllen Scanlan
Region: Hill Country
Topics: Planning, Law, Government, Non-Profit, Environmental Defense
Mr. Scanlan is an Austin-based private attorney
lawyer, founder and director of the University of Texas legal clinic,
and attorney for the City of West Lake. The clinic was successful in
challenging public housing that had been sited for a hazardous
location. With his leadership, the City of West Lake maintained a
commitment to on-site septic systems, retaining a low-density,
low-runoff, development pattern.
In volunteer government service, he has sat on the
board of the Lower Colorado River Authority and on the Select
Committee on Water Quality Standards for Lake Travis and Lake Austin.
During his tenure, the LCRA dropped proposals for a lignite mine at
Cummins Creek and a dam at Shaws Bend. The Select Committee was
successful in banning point discharges to the Lakes Travis and Austin.
As a philanthropist and community leader, he has
also served on the boards of the
Defense, the Hill Country Foundation, and
Texas League of Conservation Voters,
and been active in developing KUT's public radio programming.
October 14, 2003
West Lake, Texas
Reels 2250, 2251, and 2252