2023 Water Law Institute

November 2-3, 2023

The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law

Join Downey Brand water law attorneys Meredith NikkelRebecca Smith, and Austin Cho in Arizona on November 2nd and 3rd for the 2023 Water Law Institute. Meredith again serves on the program committee for this year’s event, featuring an excellent lineup of speakers who will highlight important insights and recent developments in water law, including issues of water acquisition and management, water quality, climate change and scarcity, regulation, and water litigation.

Produced by The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, attendees will learn and network in a collegial and scholarly environment with water lawyers and professionals from private practice, academia, government, tribes, private corporations, and nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Downey Brand Presentations

Becky Smith’s presentation, “Regulatory Barriers to Groundwater Recharge in High Precipitation Years, will examine the regulatory obstacles and opportunities associated with groundwater recharge projects in California, particularly during years of high precipitation. It will delve into the complex intersection of water rights, land use planning, environmental regulations, and infrastructure development and how lessons learned in California’s efforts to address variable water supply due to climate change offer valuable insights applicable to other Western states grappling with similar challenges.

Austin Cho and Meredith Nikkel’s presentation, “The Confluence – Navigating Ethical Considerations for Water Practitioners,” will examine the challenges associated with representing multiple clients in the water law field and the unique concerns that can arise when representing multiple public agencies or a combination of public and private clients. Austin and Meredith will also provide real-life examples that illustrate the importance of carefully addressing joint representation and potential conflicts to successfully navigate the surrounding ethical complexities.

To register and learn more, please visit the conference webpage.