Conflicting Interests Between Agriculture & Species Conservation

February 4, 2023

2023 California Water Law Symposium - Diverse Needs: Species Protection & Water Supply

Downey Brand partner and water law attorney Rebecca Smith will be taking part in the 19th Annual California Water Symposium on February 4th at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This year’s Symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act and the 40th anniversary of National Audubon and will feature speakers and practitioners at the intersection of water supply and species protection to assess California’s progress and envision paths for the future.

Rebecca’s panel discussion – titled Conflicting Interests Between Agriculture & Species Conservation – is organized by Stanford Law School and includes the following moderator panelists.

Downey Brand is a proud sponsor of this annual event. For more information and to register, visit the event website.


  • Vicky Espinoza, Strategic Restoration Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Keali’i Bright, Partner, Deputy Secretary for Climate and Energy, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Rebecca Smith, Downey Brand


  • Felicia Marcus, William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program, and attorney/consultant for the Water Policy Group