Law Seminars International Presents: The Twentieth Annual Two Day Conference on

Water Law in Washington
New regulatory, legislative and case law developments

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)



June 2 & 3, 2011
Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, environmental and real estate professionals, corporate managers, governmental officials, tribal representatives, resource managers and planners

Why You Should Order

The legal, policy, and environmental landscape for Washington and Pacific Northwest water law continues to evolve. Building on prior years' conferences, the Washington Water Law conference will explore current policy priorities in Olympia beginning with a special opening address by Maia Bellon, incoming Director of Ecology's Water Resources Program. We will provide a legislative update and discuss litigation developments at all levels, including a special panel on the Washington Supreme Court decision upholding Washington's controversial Municipal Water Law. Attendees will hear about such regionally hot issues as Washington's stock watering and domestic well exemptions from water right relinquishment, stormwater discharge conflicts with irrigation water rights in Oregon, and Columbia River Basin water marketing and trust management programs. We will provide a status report on adjudications in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. Finally, we will conclude with an ethics presentation on conflict of interest issues.

This conference brings together experts from a variety of perspectives and disciplines to share their experiences, challenges, and success stories regarding the evolving water rights landscape. The program also includes critical updates and thought-provoking discussions for water law practitioners, water users and resource managers.

We hope you can join us in Seattle for a timely, in-depth discussion about water, one of our most critical resources.

~ Kathryn L. Gerla, Esq. and Jeff B. Kray, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn



Agenda

Thursday, June 02, 2011

7:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 
8:00 am

Introduction and Overview

Kathryn L. Gerla, Esq., Senior Assistant City Attorney, Program Co-Chair
Seattle City Attorney's Office / Seattle, WA

Jeff B. Kray, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

 
8:15 am

Optional Bootcamp Session: Water Law 101

This pre-conference session will provide participants with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of water law, in order to prepare them for the more sophisticated discussions of the conference panels that follow.

Jeff B. Kray, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

 
9:15 am

Special Opening Address by the Incoming Director of the Water Resources Program

Agency policy priorities and structural changes coming out of the 2011 legislative session

Maia D. Bellon, Incoming Water Resources Program Manager
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA

 
10:00 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

 
10:15 am

Guidance from Other States: Potential Models for Resolving Washington Issues

Addressing emerging conflicts among environmental, municipal and agricultural interests

David C. Moon, Esq., Editor
The Water Report / Eugene, OR

 
11:00 am

Recent Washington Decisions and Pending Cases to Watch

Pollution Control Hearings Board

Kathryn L Gerla, Esq., Assistant City Attorney, Program Co-Chair
Seattle City Attorney's Office / Seattle, WA

Superior and Appellate Courts

Stephen H. North, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA

 
12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

 
1:30 pm

Municipal Water Rights

Supreme Court Decision and implications

Adam Gravley, Esq.
GordonDerr LLP / Seattle, WA

Alan M. Reichman, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA

Kristen L. Boyles, Esq., Staff Attorney
Earthjustice / Seattle, WA

 
3:00 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

 
3:15 pm

Update on the 2011 Legislative Session: What Happened and What's Likely to Happen Next

Overview of proposals and outcomes: Water rights processing legislation; fee proposals and other legislative proposals; what passed and what did not pass; what was settled and what was left for next year

Kathleen Collins, Esq., Government Relations Consultant
Capitol Strategies / Olympia, WA

Travis H. Burns, Policy Analyst, Legislative Lead, Water Resources Program
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA

Mo McBroom, Esq., Policy Director
Washington Environmental Council / Seattle, WA

Dawn Vyvyan, Esq.
Attorney at Law / Seattle, WA

 
5:00 pm

Adjourn Day 1

 

Friday, June 03, 2011

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

 
8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Kathryn L Gerla, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Assistant City Attorney
Seattle City Attorney's Office / Seattle, WA

Jeff B. Kray, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

 
8:45 am

Issues with Exemptions

Stock watering cases

Janette Brimmer, Esq., Staff Attorney
Earthjustice / Seattle, WA

Mary Sue Wilson, Esq., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Ecology Division Chief
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA

Residential development and groundwater cutoffs: Kittitas County rulemaking, impact of the moratorium on the rulemaking for cutoffs and implications for future cutoffs

Joe Mentor, Esq.
Mentor Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA

Mary Sue Wilson, Esq., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Ecology Division Chief
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA

 
10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

 
10:30 am

Stormwater Discharges and Conflicts With Irrigation Water Rights

Municipal discharges creating water of lower quality water; adverse impacts on downstream use; proposed legislation in Oregon as a potential solution

Douglas W. MacDougal, Esq.
Marten Law PLLC / Portland, OR

 
11:00 am

Managing Transitions in Water Usage: Water Marketing and Water Trust Program for the Columbia River

Putting water into trust to avoid relinquishments during the transitional period; relationship between trust transactions and water market transactions; role of the Columbia as a test for developing new market concepts

Thomas McDonald, Esq.
Cascadia Law Group PLLC / Olympia, WA

Peter Schwartzman, Principal Hydrogeologist
Pacific Groundwater Group / Seattle, WA

 
12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

 
1:15 pm

Status Report on Pacific Northwest Adjudications

Relationship between adjudications and Tribal treaty rights: Case study of the Klamath adjudication in Oregon

Mason D. Morisset, Esq.
Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville / Seattle, WA

Potential impact of renegotiating the Columbia River treaty with Canada

Derek Sandison, Director, Office of Columbia River
Washington State Department of Ecology / Wenatchee, WA

 
2:45 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

 
3:00 pm

Ethics for Water Practitioners

Thomas M. Pors, Esq.
Law Office of Thomas M. Pors / Seattle, WA

 
4:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

 


Cost

Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $670 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $595. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation

There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.5 WA CLE including 1 ethics credit. WA Real Estate and AICP credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.





Faculty Bios

Kathryn L. Gerla, Program Co-Chair, a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the Seattle City Attorney's Office, practices environmental law. Previously, she was a member at Foster Pepper PLLC, and a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the State Attorney General's Office, where she represented the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources.

Jeff B. Kray, Program Co-Chair, partner at Marten Law PLLC, focuses on water resources, water quality, and complex environmental litigation, including CERCLA site remediation. He advises businesses on water quality permit compliance and defense matters, stormwater pollution prevention, and the transference of water rights.

Maia D. Bellon, Special Address, is currently Deputy Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology's Water Resources Program, assuming Program Manager responsibilities at the end of June, 2011. Previously, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Ecology Division where she provided client advice and litigation support for the Water Resources Program.

Kristen L. Boyles, staff attorney in the Seattle office of Earthjustice, focuses on protection for Pacific Northwest salmon, the Klamath River Basin, other endangered species, water quality, roadless areas, and forest ecosystems in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Janette Brimmer, Staff Attorney at Earthjustice, focuses on water law, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species and Clean Air Act issues.

Travis H. Burns, Policy Analyst and Legislative lead, Water Resources Program, Washington State Department of Ecology, focuses on water resource related legislation, instream flow rule adoption, and program policy development.

Kathleen Collins, Government Relations Consultant at Capitol Strategies, provides lobbying and policy development services for private and public clients focusing on water resources.

Adam Gravley, partner at GordonDerr LLP, focuses on water rights and resources and infrastructure needs of business, local government and individual clients.

Douglas M. MacDougal, partner at Marten Law PLLC, focuses on water rights and natural resource issues, including CWA and ESA cases, representing clients in water rights contested cases, permitting and regulatory matters.

Mo McBroom, Policy Director, Washington Environmental Council (WEC), oversees legislative, litigation and campaign strategies, from land use to clean water, and has led efforts to enact environmental legislation affecting Puget Sound.

Thomas McDonald, partner, Cascadia Law Group PLLC, focuses on water resource management, water rights and water quality, and the ESA. Previously, he was Section Chief, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Ecology.

Joe Mentor, principal with the Mentor Law Group PLLC, focuses on water and natural resources development. He has represented Skagit County on water resource issues and instream flow litigation and Suncadia on groundwater mitigation banking.

David C. Moon is Editor of The Water Report, a professional newsletter covering water rights and water quality issues in the West. Previously, he practiced water law in Oregon and Montana.

Mason D. Morisset, Senior Director at Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville, focuses on litigation of treaty rights, federal Indian rights and natural resource matters. He has successfully argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court: Antoine v. Washington (1975) (Treaty Hunting Rights) and Washington v. Fishing Vessel Association (1979 ) (the "Boldt" fishing rights decision).

Stephen H. North, Assistant Attorney General, Water Resources Section, Ecology Division, Washington State Office of the Attorney General, provides client advice and litigation support on water rights permitting, changes and transfers of water rights, exempt wells, municipal water rights, trust water rights, relinquishment and instream flow rulemaking.

Thomas M. Pors, principal at Law Office of Thomas M. Pors, focuses on water rights permitting and appeals, water transfers, water system planning, water quality issues, real estate transactions, regulatory compliance, land use permitting and litigation.

Alan M. Reichman, Assistant Attorney General for the Ecology Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, is Section Manager for Water Resources and lead counsel in the Department of Ecology's Water Resources Program.

Derek Sandison, Director, Washington State Department of Ecology's Office of Columbia River, manages large-scale water supply development projects in eastern Washington, including the Odessa Special Study and Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan.

Peter Schwartzman, Principal Hydrogeologist at Pacific Groundwater Group, focuses his work on hydrogeologic site assessments, regional groundwater resource evaluations, water-supply development, modeling and contaminant hydrology.

Dawn Vyvyan, of The Vyvyan Law Office, focuses on government relations, Indian law, land use and natural resource law.

Mary Sue Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Ecology Division Chief, leads a team in legal work involving environmental regulation and water resource management.

Firm Links