At this conference, other panels will highlight ethical red flags for public lawyers, hot topics in smart growth and green building, financial challenges to local government and updates to disaster law from the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act. Special guest Gary King, attorney general of New Mexico, will provide opening remarks at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 27
The Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM
Program highlights include:
“Water Is for Fighting: Land Use and Water in the Time of the Drought of the Century” — This discussion will focus on the current system of water allocation, emphasizing continuing Texas/New Mexico litigation over allocation of Rio Grande water between those two states; the Native American perspective on regional water issues; and utilization of Rio Grande water and underground water to meet the water needs of a large city.
Oct. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
“Interplay of Tribal Law and Municipal Law” — There are still differences of opinion in Western states concerning Native American and “Anglo” issues, particularly involving who owns the water, who can regulate land and prosecute wrongdoers on native land, and most recently, where do children of a native parent belong. This panel includes representatives from both sides of the issues.
Oct. 25, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
A complete agenda can be found online.
For media credentialing, please contact Kati Rutherford at Kati.Rutherford@americanbar.org. This event is free and open to members of the press.
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