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Presenter: Christopher M. Gill, LEED® AP and 3 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Richmond, VA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14174

Product Number: 16H VAWLAWSR 9 9 RICH

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

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

Lunch (On your own):       12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:30 - 5:00 pm

Common Law Water Rights – Surface Water and Groundwater         H. Pollard V, J. Richardson Jr.

   Riparian rights in Virginia

   Common law groundwater rights in Virginia

   Other common law actions (pollution, obstruction of water, etc.)

Understanding Virginia Groundwater Rights         C. Gill

   Ownership of groundwater

   Regulation of groundwater withdrawal

   Application and permitting process

   Current issues in groundwater rights

Virginia Surface Water Withdrawal Permitting and Water Supply Planning          H. Pollard V

   Legislative policy

   Permit program

   Permit process issues and challenges

   Water supply planning

Current Issues with the Clean Water Act         J. Richardson Jr.

   The continuing saga: defining “Waters ofthe United States”

   “Waters of the State” in Virginia

   USACE v. Hawkes Co., Inc. (U.S. Supreme Court, May 31, 2016)

Water Utility Regulation         J. Ritter

   Types of water utilities in Virginia

   Scope of State Corporation Commission regulation

   Regulation of water utility rates

   Regulation of water utility service areas

   Current issues

Wastewater and Stormwater Discharges         H. Pollard V

   Wastewater discharge permit program

   Stormwater discharge program

   Recent developments

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation         J. Richardson Jr.

   Ethical issues in representing water clients

   Conflicts of interest

   Who is the client?


Christopher M. Gill, LEED® AP

Christopher M. Gill, LEED® AP, is a partner and chair of both the Real Estate and Environmental practice groups at Christian & Barton, L.L.P, in Richmond. He typically represents developers, landowners, local governments and government agencies in commercial real estate matters involving property transactions, rights, land use and a variety of environmental issues. In the past year he has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Super Lawyers and Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite in the real estate category. Mr. Gill earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Speaker Pollard

Partner at Williams Mullen

Mr. Pollard specializes in environmental law at Williams Mullen in Richmond. He has experience helping clients sort through issues related to water quality, wastewater, sewage, stormwater management, wetlands, water rights, solid and hazardous waste, Superfund, petroleum and chemical storage, air pollution, cultural resources, and species protection at federal, state and local levels. Mr. Pollard also has experience working for the Virginia Department of Waste Management/Environmental Quality as an enforcement specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law.

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., is an associate professor and the lead land use attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Mr. Richardson was an associate professor at Virginia Tech. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. He began his legal career in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Richardson presently serves on the board of directors of the American Agricultural Law Association and is the president-elect. Mr. Richardson previously served on the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. He was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach.

James G. Ritter

James G. Ritter is an associate in the Energy and Telecommunications practice group at Christian & Barton, LLP, in Richmond. He focuses on regulatory matters before state and federal administrative entities involving electric, natural gas, and water utilities and cable companies. Mr. Ritter also has experience working on behalf of telecommunications providers and local governments in Virginia. He earned his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.