March 01, 2014

Please join us for the 32nd Annual Water Law Conference

Rodney Smith and Robin Kundis Craig

We are pleased to invite you to the 32nd Annual Water Law Conference being held June 4–6, 2014, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. This year’s conference continues the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ three-decade tradition of addressing the most important and timely issues for the water resources community.

There will be exciting material for all areas of water law practice and all types of practitioners. For your day-to-day practice, a nuts-and-bolts presentation on aquifer mechanics will address what water lawyers need to know to effectively represent their clients. In addition, the ethics presentation will cover common scenarios and pitfalls to avoid in a water resources practice.

All attorneys and water managers will find helpful insights from the following sessions on

  • strategies for coping with aging water infrastructure challenges in the face of shrinking budgets,
  • how federal and state climate change regulation is likely to affect water users in all sectors,
  • the effects that energy development through hydraulic fracturing is having on water resources in several eastern and western water basins,
  • the latest developments in water-related takings, and
  • models for allocating interstate water resources.

New lawyers and law students will benefit not only from the aquifer mechanics and ethics panels but also the Tribal Water Law 101 session, which will introduce the basics of tribal water issues and set the stage for a more detailed discussion of the latest issues in tribal water settlements. Finally, the conference will explore issues important to the host community of Las Vegas, which provides a local example of how many of these complex interstate, supply, and infrastructure challenges must be addressed at the same time.

The location at the Red Rock Resort provides opportunities either to enjoy the beautiful sandstone scenery surrounding the resort or to venture into the exciting dining, shopping, and nightlife that Las Vegas has to offer. Las Vegas is also a great place for a vacation. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is minutes away, Hoover Dam is a short 45-minute drive, and Valley of Fire State Park is an hour away. The spectacular scenery of Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon National Parks is also within a day’s drive.

Plan now to join us for the 32nd Water Law Conference. The conference web page at has the latest information and will be updated as new information becomes available. Online registration through the website offers a convenient way to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you in June.

Rodney Smith and Robin Kundis Craig


Rodney Smith is an attorney in the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor. This article expresses Mr. Smith’s personal views and does not represent the views of the Department of the Interior or of the United States. Robin Kundis Craig is the William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Mr. Smith serves as chair and Ms. Craig serves as vice chair of the Section’s 32nd Annual Water Law Conference.