Audio CD + Course Book

Water Rights in California

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

January, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CA CLE - 6.00
From Event: Water Rights in California, held January 2018.

Program Description

The fight for "liquid gold" is getting ugly. With developers, government officials, energy companies, tribal leaders, utility companies, farmers and others putting water in their crosshairs, more and more attorneys are taking on these complicated cases. This focused legal program is packed with the latest and greatest legal strategies for protecting your client's water rights and use. Whether you're an experienced water law attorney or new to the practice area, this program will provide you with practical tools to tackle water law cases. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Prior Appropriation Water Law Made Simple
  2. Water Rights Evaluations
  3. Handling the Application, Lease, Transfer and Sale of Water Rights
  4. Handling Water Rights Disputes: Adjudication Procedures and Litigation Tips
  5. Current Issues, Legal Challenges and Recent Trends
  6. Ethics and Water Law

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 CA - Credit Approval Expiration 01/23/2020 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, Written by Jessica L. Diaz. Presented by Jessica L. Diaz in San Luis Obispo and Fresno.
    1. Water Law Fundamentals - A Brief Overview
    2. Determination/Allocation of Water Rights
    3. Water Law Terminology for Attorneys
    4. Overview of the Administrative System
    5. Visual Aids of State Water Bodies, Rivers and Streams - What Water is Being Disputed and Why
    10:15 - 11:15, Written by Amy Steinfeld. Presented by Amy Steinfeld in San Luis Obispo and Jessica L. Diaz in Fresno.
    1. Determining Validity/Ownership and Due Diligence Reviews
    2. Title and Survey Reviews
    3. Inspections
    4. Expert Witness Tips - Consulting with a Water Resources Engineer and Other Water Experts
    5. Applying Hydrology, Groundwater Modeling and Nanotechnology to Litigation Strategies
    6. Proving How Much Was Used, How Much They Need to Use and When They Started Using it
    7. Determining Future Supply
    11:15 - 12:15, Written by Raymond L. Carlson. Presented by Raymond L. Carlson in San Luis Obispo and Fresno.
    1. Applying for Water Rights - From Basic to Complex
    2. Leases
    3. Modifications
    4. Exchanges
    5. Transfers
    6. Purchase/Sale of Water Rights
    7. Negotiating and Drafting Agreements
    1:15 - 2:15, Written by Christopher R. Guillen. Presented by Christopher R. Guillen in San Luis Obispo and Raymond L. Carlson in Fresno.
    1. The Adjudication Process
    2. Ownership Disputes
    3. Condemnation Disputes
    4. Lease Disputes
    5. Opposing an Application for New Water Rights
    6. Modification Disputes
    7. Easement Disputes
    2:15 - 3:15, Written by Gregg Garrison. Presented by Gregg Garrison in San Luis Obispo and Fresno.
    1. Tribal Water Rights
    2. Hydraulic Fracturing- Water Use in the Oil and Gas Industries
    3. Current Water Quality Standards/Contamination Issues
    4. Drought Challenges
    5. Overcoming Ditch Company Challenges
    6. Local and Municipal Initiatives, Utilities and Development Projects
    3:30 - 4:30, Written by Cyrus Torabi. Presented by Cyrus Torabi in San Luis Obispo and Fresno.
    1. Multiparty Representation and Ethical Challenges
    2. Compliance Issues, Risks and Ethics
    3. Replacement Plans and Reclamation: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls

RAYMOND L. CARLSON is an attorney with Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd & Gin, L.L.P. His concentrations are water and business transactions, agricultural cooperatives, environmental, and government. Mr. Carlson earned both his bachelor's degree and master's degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law. Mr. Carlson has published articles on water law. (San Luis Obispo and Fresno locations)

JESSICA L. DIAZ is an attorney with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Ms. Diaz practices in the areas of water, land use, and real estate. In the water field, she works with both public agencies and private property owners on water rights disputes and transactions, regulatory compliance, and due diligence. Ms. Diaz also advises on issues related to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), diversion reporting requirements, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and general public law matters for water providers and other public agencies. She earned her B.A. degree from Harvard College and her J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Ms. Diaz is admitted to practice in both California and Alaska. (San Luis Obispo and Fresno locations)

GREGG GARRISON is the principal attorney with Garrison Law Corporation. His emphasis is in environmental law, international law, water law, and insurance law. Mr. Garrison also assists clients with transactional and litigation-related matters, including those related to endangered species, toxics, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He has extensive experience in cetacean laws in international marine sanctuaries, including the protection of the minke whales in Antarctica. Mr. Garrison also provides mediation services and has a certificate in dispute resolution from Pepperdine's renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is experienced in structuring settlements of complex cases involving multiple parties, interests, and statutes. Mr. Garrison also has extensive appellate court experience. He is licensed in California, Washington, D.C., New York, and Texas and represents domestic and international clients in both transactions and disputes in administrative, state, appellate, federal, and international courts. Mr. Garrison is a frequent water and environmental law lecturer and teaches environmental law and remedies as an adjunct professor. He earned his J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in international transactions. (San Luis Obispo and Fresno locations)

CHRISTOPHER R. GUILLEN is an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, in the Los Angeles office's natural resources practice group where he focuses on land use and water rights. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (Los Angeles) and The Associates’ Committee. He earned his B.A. degree, from University of California at Santa Barbara and his J.D. degree, from Loyola Law School. (San Luis Obispo location)

AMY STEINFELD is an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. She is a member of the water and public lands group. Ms. Steinfeld has specialized experience in Colorado River Issues and Endangered Species Act compliance. She represents public water agencies, special districts, private landowners and water utilities in both litigation and transactional matters. Ms. Steinfeld works on a broad range of water and land use issues, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, water rights permitting, administrative proceedings, complex groundwater adjudications, and water supply planning under SB 610/2210. She serves as a director for the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, which provides high-quality legal services in order to ensure that low-income persons and seniors have access to the civil justice system in times of crisis. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Steinfeld gained valuable experience in the environmental field, serving as the environmental director, and an environmental consultant and analyst for the California Safety Compliance Corporation. She traveled to 37 countries to conduct social and environmental audits of factories for large manufacturing companies. Ms. Steinfeld also developed an environmental audit tool and a forestry chain of custody audit. In addition, she has worked with the National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense. Ms. Steinfeld earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. degree from the University of Colorado Law School. She is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Her distinctions include the Pacific Coast Business Times, 40 Under 40, 2013; contributing editor, Association of California Water Agencies' Summary of Appellate Cases Decided by the Court, 2008-2010; lead articles editor, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, University of Colorado School of Law, 2004-2005; and president, Environmental Law Society, University of Colorado School of Law, 2003-2004. Ms. Steinfeld is a member of the Water Education Foundation, 2007 water leader; Santa Barbara Women Lawyers; Santa Barbara County Bar Association and Santa Barbara Young Professionals Club. (San Luis Obispo location)

CYRUS TORABI is a shareholder in the public law department of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, in Newport Beach, California. Mr. Torabi represents municipal bond issuers and underwriters in a variety of public finance transactions, with a particular focus on water districts, irrigation districts, and municipal water and wastewater utilities. He has experience in all areas of public finance and has acted as bond counsel and/or disclosure counsel in connection with bond financings or private placements for the cities of Oceanside, Salinas, Ventura, Santa Paula, Fountain Valley, Ontario, and Escondido; West Basin Municipal Water District; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Eastern Municipal Water District; Inland Empire Utilities Agency; Castaic Lake Water Agency; Westlands Water District; Santa Clara Valley Water District; El Dorado Irrigation District; Orange County Water District; San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District; East Valley Water District; and South Coast Water District, among others. Mr. Torabi earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of California and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. (San Luis Obispo and Fresno locations)

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Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of self-study credit, of which 1.0 hour will apply to legal ethics self-study credit. NBI, Inc. certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. NBI, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider - #53.

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