March 20, 2017

ABA conference explores legal issues related to America’s water supply

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2017 — Current and former state and federal government officials will headline the 35th Annual Water Law Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources March 28-29 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

Stephen Samuels, former assistant section chief at the U.S. Department of Justice, will discuss current water litigation at the federal level in “Navigating Current Water Litigation: A Review of Key Water-related Cases Pending in the Supreme Court and Lower Courts” at 8:15 a.m. March 28.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, will deliver the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. March 28.

What:      35th Annual Water Law Conference
                Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

When:     Tuesday-Wednesday, March 28-29            

Where:    Loews Hollywood
               1755 North Highland Ave.
               Hollywood, CA 90028

Program highlights include:

“The Future of Indian Water Rights Settlements in an Age of Uncertainty” —Settlement has long been the preferred means of resolving Indian water rights claims. Traditionally, these settlements have required federal funding and congressional approval to build water infrastructure projects that convert “paper” rights into “wet” water for tribes, while preserving established non-Indian uses. Panelists will examine the outlook for settlements in the 115th Congress and the new administration.
March 28, 3:45 – 5 p.m.

“The Public Trust Doctrine: A Modern Debate Over a Classic Doctrine” — This interactive panel will discuss the public trust doctrine, which embodies the concept that states and their agencies should protect public environmental resources. Panelists will analyze how pending and anticipated litigation, as well as potential legislation, will test the limits and implementation of the doctrine in the future.
March 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m.         

For a complete list of conference panels and speakers, please click here.

This conference is co-located with the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 46th Spring Conference and the one-day Environmental Summit of the Americas on March 29, allowing media to cover all three events.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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