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2016 Water Law




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2016 Water Law Fundamentals

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, as well as non-lawyers, governmental officials, and engineers, Water Law Fundamentals provides an overview of Texas water law statutes, regulations, and cases, including vocabulary and acronyms necessary to understanding Texas water law. INSTRUCTORS: Doug Caroom is a partner with Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specializations for Administrative Law.  With more than 40 years of experience in Texas, Doug practices in the areas of water and environmental law, administrative law, and public law. He assists municipalities, river authorities, and water districts in all phases of regulation. Lyn Clancy is a Senior Water Policy Advisor and the Managing Associate General Counsel with the Lower Colorado River Authority and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Environmental Law Journal. With 15 years of experience in water rights and water policy in Texas, Lyn also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Water Conservation Association. Jim Mathews is a founding partner of Mathews & Freeland, LLP, and has been practicing law in Texas since 1973.  Jim has extensive experience with water rights and water quality matters, and served as an Assistant Attorney General and the Chief of the Environmental Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office prior to entering private practice. more




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2015 Water Law

UT Law’s Texas Water Law Institute brings together regulatory agency members, water law practitioners and experts from around the state to discuss the latest information and developments in Texas water law and planning.   The 2015 program highlights include: Texas State Senator (District 28), Charles Perry, provides his inside perspective on the policy rationale and legislative intent behind recent water-related legislation enacted by the 84th Legislature Current developments around the rule defining “waters of the U.S.” A review of recent taking litigation and analysis of its impact on groundwater regulation A look at the past, present and future of the Texas Water Development Board by Former Chairman, Carlos Rubinstein Discussion on select water rights permitting issues—water conservation considerations; plus impacts of regional planning  decisions on permitting and financing Tips for developing accounting plans, including guidance from the TCEQ An analysis of the impact of climate change on water planning and management, with Ronald A. Kaiser, Chair of the Texas A&M University Water Program Case law updates highlighting key surface water and groundwater cases; as well as additional legislative developments addressing water issues Texas Water Law Overview with Jim Mathews and Doug Caroom Earn up to 15.50 hours CLE credit including 2.00 hours ethics credit more




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2014 Water Law

UT Law’s Texas Water Law Institute brings together regulatory agency members, water law practitioners and experts from around the state to discuss the latest information and developments in Texas water law and planning. The 2014 program features: Chairman Carlos Rubinstein provides an update on the new Texas Water Development Board and implementation of HB-4 for financing the State Water Plan Chairman Bryan Shaw discusses the TCEQ’s response to the challenges posed by the Texas drought A look at water conservation and implementation challenges in Texas and across the nation An overview of current brackish groundwater regulations, with focused attention on the development and ongoing implementation of San Antonio’s brackish groundwater project A review of Day and Bragg and the implications for Groundwater Conservation Districts An exploration of the concerns surrounding the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water supply and quality A discussion of the draft USACE/EPA rule defining "waters of the U.S.” Expected changes resulting from transfer of water utility regulation to the Public Utility Commission of Texas Case law updates highlighting key surface water and groundwater cases; as well as a look at what’s ahead this legislative session to address water issues Conflicts of interest for water lawyers Texas Water Law Overview with Jim Mathews and Doug Caroom Earn up to 15.75 hours of CLE credit including 1.50 hours of ethics more




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2013 Water Law

The Texas Water Law Institute offers the latest information on the drought and its effect on water law and planning issues, from regulatory agency members, water law practitioners and experts from around the state. The 2013 program features: Chairman Bryan Shaw on drought planning and response at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Carlos Rubinstein on the future of the reorganized Texas Water Development Board The history of drought in Texas and the drought outlook for 2014, as well as its potential impact on the Texas economy Drought from a hydrologist's perspective: how drought affects water planning and permitting  Ethical issues in expert testimony: engineers, experts, and protecting client privilege Finding and financing water for your project: the factors challenging water supply across the state Development of brackish groundwater and interstate and international water projects Analysis of the latest water law cases and what passed and what didn't in the 83rd Texas Legislature Changes resulting from transfer of water utility regulation to the Public Utility Commission of Texas Wednesday evening’s Texas Water Law Overview with Jim Mathews and Doug Caroom Earn up to 15.75 hours of credit including 1.50 hours of ethics. more




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2012 Water Law

Don’t miss the Texas Water Law Institute—hear the latest updates and what to expect in the 83rd Legislature from regulatory members, attorneys and experts from around the state. The 2012 program features: TCEQ Issues and Updates: Commissioner Carlos Rubenstein on the latest issues faced by the TCEQ, plus coverage of water curtailment rules and the priority system Water law legislation in the 83rd Session with Sen. Kel Seliger, Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Eddie A. Lucio, III, Natural Resources Committee Desired Future Conditions: Remixed, Remade and Remodeled (Available Groundwater) Desalination: Technology, benefits, legal obstacles and success stories GCDs: Survey of rules and regulatory approaches, procedural rules and contested cases, and governance issues SB3: A mid-course evaluation of how it’s working, and resolving in-stream flow conflicts with ADR Ground and Surface Water Issues in the Western States with Justice Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Wednesday evening’s Texas Water Law Overview with Jim Mathews and Doug CaroomEarn up to 15.25 hours of CLE credit including 1.50 ethics hours. more



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2011 Water Law

The Texas Water Law Institute brings together members of state regulatory agencies alongside water law experts and attorneys to examine and discuss current water law issues and updates. This year’s conference features a wide range of renowned speakers and topics, including Timothy Brown’s updates on groundwater issues in the 82nd legislative session, Doug Caroom and Jim Matthews presenting their annual Texas Water Law Overview, Rep. Allan Ritter, Chair of the Texas House Committee on Natural Resources, and Hon. Edward G. Vaughan, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, offering their perspectives on water supplies and infrastructure, and much more. more



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2010 Water Law

The Texas Water Law Institute brings together members of state regulatory agencies with water law experts and attorneys to examine timely water law issues from around the state. The 2010 Institute highlights include The Texas Water Development Board's Role in Implementing Desired Future Conditions; impending legislation with Sen. Troy Fraser and Rep. Bill Callegari; Carlos Rubenstein, Commissioner of TCEQ, on Lessons Learned from the 2008-09 Drought; TCEQ's environmental flows process; regional water planning and much more.  more



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2009 Water Law

Experts and practitioners cover hot water issues from around the state. This year's program's highlights include Commissioner Jerry Patterson's update from the Texas General Land Office, water marketing, groundwater management issues, and more. more



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2008 Water Law

The Institute provides substantive information and practical advice for the complex area of water law. Institute highlights include "Texas Water Law Overview"; legislative issues and development with notable speakers Rep. Bill Callegari, Sen. Robert Duncan, and Sen. Glenn Hegar; groundwater issues and development; and big picture issues on water development. The Water Law Institute has timely topics for practitioners of all experience levels. more



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2007 Water Law

Join attorneys, consultants, engineers, regulators and TCEQ commissioners at the Texas Water Law Institute. The conference opens with an optional water law primer, then leads into sessions on recent legislation; case law; groundwater issues; future challenges and solutions; and more. more



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2006 Water Law

Join attorneys, consultants, engineers, local regulators, and TCEQ commissioners at the well-known Texas Water Law Institute. The conference opens with an optional water law primer; then leads into sessions on upcoming legislative issues; groundwater; buying and marketing/selling water; reservoir and stocktank issues; valuing water rights; and more. Other highlights include comprehensive panel discussions on the role of conservation, current developments with CCNs, and how municipalities deal with special purpose districts. more



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2005 Water Law

Join attorneys, consultants, engineers, county judges and commissioners at the well-known Texas Water Law Institute. more



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2004 Water Law

Join attorneys, consultants, engineers, county judges and commissioners at the well-known Texas Water Law Institute, offered this year by The University of Texas School of Law. more



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