Contact: Laura Burns
Phone: 505.277.3253

Febrauary 17, 2014

February 26 CLE Lecture: Stephen Farris and Steve Hernandez to Discuss U.S. Supreme Court Case Texas v. New Mexico

The University of New Mexico School of Law Utton Center and the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program will host an evening Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lecture featuring Stephen R. Farris, Assistant Attorney General of New Mexico and Director, Water, Environment and Utilities Division, and Steven L. Hernandez, Esq. of the Law Offices of Steven L. Hernandez in Las Cruces, discussing the Supreme Court case of Texas v. New Mexico and other ongoing Rio Grande water cases.

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken: Texas can sue New Mexico for allegedly violating the Rio Grande Compact, but New Mexico will get its chance to end the litigation quickly. Texas v. New Mexico is not the only ongoing, high-stakes case over Rio Grande water, however. The outcome of these cases will be important for the entire state, but especially for water users in southern New Mexico along the Lower Rio Grande. This program features two experienced New Mexico attorneys who will offer very different views of Rio Grande water disputes.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at 5:15 p.m. in Room #2402, Bratton Hall, at the University of New Mexico School of Law. It is open to all students, faculty, members of the New Mexico bar, and the public. The support of the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section of the New Mexico Bar Association is gratefully acknowledged. Credit for 1.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education is available. No pre-registration is required. If any questions, please contact Laura Burns at 277-3253 or

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