Water policy is in flux now and attorneys are often in the center of change. This seminar will consider subjects such as water transfers, tribal water rights, the interrelationship of water quality and water allocation schemes, the role of the federal and state governments, the protection of biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems, and groundwater policies. If there are additional topics that interest people in the class, we will try to develop them. Students will write research papers, which may satisfy the Law School's writing requirement. The class is open to second and third year students and will be particularly appropriate for those who have taken other resource and environmental law classes. With permission of the instructor, it is also open to enrolled graduate students from other departments.
I chaired the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission that examined many of these issues. I am continuing to work with New Mexico organizations on creating state restoration programs. My academic writing is primarily in this field. I welcome the opportunity to work with a small group of students in developing new ideas and perspectives on this topic.
Water expertise will grow more important every year! This class will give you the broad perspectives necessary to help in the solution of societal and ecological challenges.