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Energy and water are precious, global resources, and they are interconnected. Gain perspective on the global nexus of energy and water to outline trends while identifying technical and policy options that might mitigate the challenges. more »
Using a series of hypotheticals, explore a number of ethical issues that are especially pertinent to water law practitioners—including who is the client, the duty to disclose, and conflicts—with lessons on how clients and their counsel can minimize ethical, as well as legal, risks. more »
An overview of Texas water law cases, statutes, and regulations, including vocabulary and acronyms necessary to understanding Texas water law—designed for practitioners unfamiliar with the subject area, as well as non-lawyers, governmental officials, and engineers. more »
Session 1: Texas Case Law Update - Listen to an update on cases dealing with water-related issues in Texas.
Session 2: TCEQ: Regulatory Update - Explore the recent rule-makings, actions, and decisions of the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality relating to Water Law.
Session 3: PUC Update - The PUC assumed jurisdiction over water and sewer utility rates and CCNs two years ago. Has the change had the desired impact? Hear a summary of some important updates you will want to know about when managing rate applications, rate appeals, and CCN issues before the PUC.
Session 4: Texas Legislature: Water Issues in the 85th - A preview of water politics and policy for the 85th Texas Legislature.
Session 5: Federal Case Law Update - The federal courts have seen significant developments in the water arena, from the U.S. Supreme Court on down this year. Review the latest updates on major federal decisions and litigation, including the status of the Waters of the U.S. litigation, cross-border disputes, and more.
Session 6: The Texas Water Development Board SWIFT Program and Its Role in Implementing the Texas State Water Plan - Survey the highlights of the 2017 Texas State Water Plan and recent SWIFT program financing.
Session 7: State Water Plan Update - Take a look ahead to the fifth cycle of regional and state water planning.
Session 1: Legal Issues with Permitting Amenity Ponds - Amenity ponds are often constructed in new subdivisions for aesthetic, recreational, drainage, and irrigation purposes. Depending on the location and source of water for the pond, such as state-owned surface water, groundwater, storm water, or reclaimed water, the permitting requirements can vary greatly. Review the various permitting requirements and the legal hurdles associated with these ponds.
Session 2: The Prior Appropriation Doctrine: Still Appropriate for Texas? - In TCEQ v. Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas Commission for Environmental Equality (TCEQ) stated it needed the authority to amend the "first in time is first in right" rule, in order to protect public health and welfare. This position garnered numerous support from the amici. Hear experienced practitioners weigh in on the statement, and what it might mean for surface water rights in Texas.
Session 3: Desired Future Conditions: Will Process Changes Increase Accountability? - Through SB 660 (2011) and HB 200 (2015), the Legislature imposed new requirements for developing desired future conditions, including a best available science standard, and created an appeal process utilizing the state office of administrative hearings. Explore how these changes may affect groundwater conservation districts and their DFC decisions.
Session 4: Bush School Capstone Report: Reorganizing Groundwater Regulation in Texas - Review the regulatory practices of the local groundwater conservation districts, which concludes that Texas has a regulation-induced shortage of groundwater. Learn the four alternative regulatory options—based on four metrics—and find that substantial improvements are possible. more »
Session 1: Indirect Reuse of Water - Examine historically disputed issues regarding indirect reuse and learn some of the existing indirect reuse permits. Discuss more recent directions and questions regarding indirect reuse coming from the Brazos River Authority System Operation permit hearing.
Session 2: Direct Potable Reuse - Explore the technical, social, and regulatory issues associated with the implementation of direct potable reuse in Texas, including a discussion of several case studies. more »
Session 1: Here But For the Grace of God Go You: Why the Texas Lawyers Creed Matters to You - Learn how to be the opposing counsel your profession needs without compromising your ethical duties to your client—an autobiography of four family deaths in eleven months.
Session 2: A Change in Perspective: When the Lawyer Becomes the Client - The Commissioner discusses his experiences in transitioning from representing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to being the client of the Office of the Attorney General, including observations on the Open Meetings Act and ex parte issues.
Session 3: Communication and the Electronic Age - Considering what we know about government surveillance, can an attorney ethically use electronic communication to discuss confidential client information? Examine legislative responses to the Edward Snowden disclosures and discuss appropriate lawyer communication in the electronic age. more »