At the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Continental Breakfast and Lunch Served)
Offered for 12 General CLE Credits
The Volume 22 Water Law Review Symposium will take place April 4 and 5, 2019, at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. We are dedicating this symposium to the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Water Rights Determination and Administration Act. The symposium will be slightly different from years past. The symposium and the spring issue will work in tandem, with select topics and papers from the symposium being published in a “spring plus” issue.
The theme for the symposium is the past, present, and future of the 1969 Act. The past section includes topics related to the history of the 1969 Act, the Act’s implementation, and some of the major changes and decisions that have shaped the current state of water law in Colorado. The present section focuses on current programs and major issues and questions that practitioners are grappling with. The future portion looks at issues that Colorado and the water community might encounter as we head into the next 50 years of water law.
This celebration of the 1969 Act is organized and made possible by the generosity and support of the Sturm College of Law, the Colorado Supreme Court, and Colorado Bar Association CLE.
Thursday, April 4 – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Locaton: The Sie Building: Josef Korbel School of International Studies – Maglione Hall
Pioneers of the Act
This panel leads off celebrating pioneers and key provisions of the 1969 Act.
Panel: Ken Wright, David Harrison, Bill Hillhouse, Jim Witwer, and Justice Greg Hobbs (Moderator)
6:15 – Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Vignettes About Practicing Under the Act
This panel continues the celebration with vignettes from water professionals who spent a career interacting with the statutory scheme.
Panel: Dick Wolfe, Carolyn Burr, David Robbins, and Kole Kelley (Moderator)
Friday, April 5
Location: DU Sturm College of law Room 165
8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kole Kelley, Dean Bruce Smith, and Professor Tom Romero II
Integrating Groundwater and Surface Water
This panel discusses the integration of ground water and surface water. Steve Leonhardt will discuss plans for augmentation under the 1969 Act; Andy Jones and Tom Cech will discuss the well crisis along the South Platte; and Bill Paddock will discuss the implementation of the 1969 Act in Division 3, with David Robbins (Moderating)
10:25 – Break
How About the Environment?
This panel will discuss the environmental considerations handled under the 1969 Act. Linda Bassi will discuss instream flow rights; Dan Luecke will be discussing National Environmental Policy Act and the Two Forks veto; and Trisha Oeth and Jen Mele will be discussing the intersection between water quality and water rights. Amy Beatie (Moderating)
Noon – Lunch
Engineering a Water Case and Ethical Considerations
This panel will discuss the ethical considerations of dealing with water engineers, how to engineer a water case, and the ethical considerations engineers go through while handling a water case.
Panel: Mark Palumbo, Steve Wittie, Cristy Radabaugh, Joe Tom Wood, and Kevin Rein (Moderating/Participant)
2:45 p.m. – Break
The Future of Water Law and the Pro Se Party
This panel is composed of five people that all have very different perspectives. For the future of water, the panel will discuss the day-to-day workings of the water court process (from Referee Susan Ryan’s perspective), ways to improve the process for engineers on the witness stand (from Eric Harmon’s perspective), the pro se party and what water law looks like from the law student perspective (from Lindsey Ratcliff’s perspective), the water law professor’s perspective (from Professor Tom Romero II’s perspective), and the beginning practitioner perspective (from Whitney Phillip’s perspective). Referee Susan Ryan (Moderating/ Participant)
Adjourn – 4:30 p.m.
For questions, please contact
Kole Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org