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Presenter: Alan G. Hill and 3 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Denver, CO

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13863

Product Number: 16H COWLAWSR 2 9 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 7 hours in length and is available for $279 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:30 pm

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage          A. Hill

   Development of the common law of water rights

   Statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights

   Federal, state and local regulators

Understanding Colorado Surface Water Rights          A. Hill

   Ownership of surface water

   Regulation of surface water rights

   Obtaining surface water rights

   Application and permitting process

   Amending surface water rights

   Current issues in surface water rights

Understanding Colorado Groundwater Rights        A. Hill

   Ownership of groundwater

   Regulation of groundwater rights

   Obtaining groundwater rights

   Application and permitting process

   Current issues in groundwater rights

   Water well drilling laws and regulations

Changes and Transfers of Water Rights          M. Pemberton

   Change applications

   Historical consumptive use

   Non-Injury standard

   Recent case developments

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations          C. Krause

   Development of the law on water quality preservation

   State and federal water quality regulations

   Stormwater regulations

   Sewerage regulations

   Industrial and agricultural programs

   Public water supply

   Water wells

Energy Production: Potential Water Supply and Quality Issues         S. Klahn

   Water use in natural gas and oil production

   Regulations applicable to mines and wells

   Water use in renewable energy production

   Water need, supply options and challenges

   Potential risks to groundwater and surface water

   Pending enforcement cases

State and Regional Water Management and Planning          S. Klahn

   Comprehensive water planning

   Surface water resources

   Groundwater resources

   Regional water planning

   Interstate water compacts

   Recent developments

   Future projections and challenges

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation          C. Krause

   Ethical issues in water use

   Ethical issues in development

   Ethical issues in water transactions


Alan G. Hill

Mr. Hill has practiced law for more than 30 years and his practice emphasizes water rights litigation, and water rights development and protection, including acquisition and sale of water rights for a variety of long term clients. These clients include municipalities, special districts, developers, agricultural users and individuals. Mr. Hill’s experience includes obtaining water court decrees in Colorado’s special water courts for direct flow and storage rights, rights of substitution and exchange, approval of plans for augmentation and tributary and nontributary groundwater rights. He is a member of the Colorado and Denver bar associations (Water and Environmental Law sections), and he has practiced before the water courts in all seven Colorado water divisions, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Hill received his undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Sarah Klahn

Shareholder of Somach Simmons & Dunn, Denver

Ms. Klahn has more than 20 years’ experience trying complex water cases, including matters in state district and water court, federal court and before administrative agencies. Ms. Klahn’s clients include municipalities, ranchers and private entities in Colorado, New Mexico and Idaho. She has also litigated cases involving the extent of agency authority, state/federal jurisdictional questions, water quality, municipal law and taxpayer bill of rights (TABOR) issues. She is the editor of the water law chapter of Colorado Methods of Practice and the RMMLF Mining Law chapter on water rights, and she is one of the co-authors of Law of Water Resource Utilization.

Courtney Krause

Ms. Krause earned her J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, where she focused on environmental and water law. After law school, she served as legislative counsel to Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02) in Washington, D.C. In this role, she advised Congressman Polis on issues involving energy, environment, natural resources, land use, agriculture, and water law. Ms. Krause has experience negotiating complex matters with federal agencies, local governments, private entities, and drafting successful legislation, including the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act (H.R. 2337). Ms. Krause currently represents both public and private clients on a variety of water matters, including transactions and water court litigation.

Mitra Pemberton

Ms. Pemberton’s practice emphasizes natural resources law and water law. Her recent transactional work includes assisting a national corporation to successfully close a complex water transaction involving numerous sites and a diverse portfolio of water rights. Her litigation experience includes involvement in one of Colorado’s largest water rights change cases and the first recreational in-channel diversion claim on the Colorado River mainstem. Ms. Pemberton has extensive experience managing discovery in complex litigation, including electronic discovery disputes. In addition to representing clients in Colorado water courts, she has appeared on behalf of the City of Pocatello in the Idaho Snake River Basin Adjudication and Idaho and United States Supreme Courts on water rights-related matters. She is also involved in Idaho’s ongoing conjunctive management delivery calls, including involvement since 2008 in three seminal agency actions involving administration of conjunctively managed ground and surface water. Ms. Pemberton has lectured at numerous continuing legal education seminars regarding water rights sales and transfers.