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The Drought and Proposed Changes to Water Allocation
Key issues and implications

October 15, 2015

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, environmental and real estate professionals, corporate managers, governmental officials, Tribal representatives, resource managers, planners and anyone else involved in water issues and the drought

Why You Should Order

California is now well into its fourth year of historic drought conditions. The drought's impact on the state's $2.2 trillion economy, the seventh largest in the world, has been widely publicized. Less well known is its impact on the arcane system of legal rules governing the distribution and use of water throughout the state. The current drought is forcing government regulators and water users alike to question the efficacy of a legal system initially put into place nearly a century ago. The result will be changes in state water law and policy that Californians are only now beginning to appreciate.

In this ninety-minute, audio-only TeleBriefing, our panelists will discuss how the drought is affecting the regulation and enforcement of California's water rights system, including the implementation the state's new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). We hope you will join us for a very engaging discussion of these timely issues.

What You Will Learn

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

12:00 pm

The Drought and Proposed Changes to Water Allocation

Introduction & Overview

Kevin T. Haroff, Esq., Moderator, Managing Partner
Marten Law PLLC / San Francisco, CA

California Water Lawyer Perspective

Thomas M. Berliner, Esq., Partner
Duane Morris LLP / San Francisco, CA

Technical Consultant Perspective

John Lambie, P.G., Principal Groundwater Hydrologist
E-PUR, LLC / Portland, OR

Utility Commission/State Perspective

Stefanie Morris, Esq., General Counsel
State Water Contractors / Sacramento, CA

1:30 pm

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)



Individual rate: $195

Group rate: $130 per person attending on the same line

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

This TeleBriefing qualifies for 1.5 Washington CLE credits. For CLE credits in other states:

We will apply for credits in the following states: AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY (experienced attorneys only), OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY.

You can self-report for credits in: CO, DE, FL, HI, MT, and NJ.

CLE credits currently are not available in: DC, MA, MD, MI, OH, or SD.

If you need other types of credits, please call us at (206) 567-4490.


There is a $25 cancellation fee

Our Distinguished Panel

Kevin T. Haroff, Moderator, managing partner of Marten Law PLLC's San Francisco office, is experienced in representing Fortune 100 corporations, governmental entities, and private citizens in civil litigation and regulatory matters. Chambers USA has described Mr. Haroff as a "highly regarded litigator," with "great expertise and experience in more complex environmental matters." He was als recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his skills in environmental litigation.

Thomas M. Berliner, partner, Duane Morris LLP, is chair of the firm's Energy, Environment and Resources Practice Group and focuses on water, energy, environmental and governmental/municipal law and also is chair of the firm's Water Resources and Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice groups. Mr. Berliner's practice includes advising public entities and private clients on all aspects of water supply, hydropower, energy development, renewable and sustainable energy practices, natural resources and environmental compliance and litigation. Previously, he was General Counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

John Lambie is a licensed civil engineer in California, Oregon, and Washington states, a Professional Geologist and Engineering Geologist in California, and a Certified Water Rights Examiner in Oregon. Mr. Lambie has evaluated and modeled groundwater at the basin scale and site scale for a wide variety of water resource projects. The projects have ranged from municipal and industrial supply planning and evaluation, to water supply for habitat areas. Mr. Lambie has also worked on characterization and remediation of hazardous chemicals in soil and water under the federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, CERLCA, RCRA, NEPA, and correlative state laws.

Stefanie Morris, General Counsel, State Water Contractors, represents SWC in all legal matters and on legal and policy issues at public meetings, dealing with other public water agencies, and before the Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, and other regulatory agencies. Ms. Morris also manages and supervises outside attorneys engaged by SWC and works with the attorneys representing SWC member agencies. Specializing in California water law, she is experienced in water rights, groundwater adjudications, water quality, and water rights litigation.