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January 12, 2005

Press/Event Contact: Amanda Borichevsky, Texas Law Review, (512) 232-1287.
Press Contact:
Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

TLR Symposium: “Of Water Banks, Piggybanks, and Bankruptcy: Changing Directions in Water Law”

WHAT: Texas Law Review Symposium
WHEN: Fri., Feb. 4, 1 - 3:45 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 5, 9 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: UT School of Law, Eidman Courtroom.
COST: Free to the public; there is a registration fee for CLE credit.
CLE: 9 credits; Registration: $200 (by Jan. 28); $250 (after Jan. 28)

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Law Review will present its annual symposium, “Of Water Banks, Piggybanks, and Bankruptcy: Changing Directions in Water Law,” on Fri. and Sat., Feb. 4-5, in the Eidman Courtroom at UT Law. The symposium is dedicated to the memory of Professor Corwin W. Johnson, who died last year. Johnson taught water law and property law at the Law School for almost six decades.

This year’s symposium explores changing institutional responses to one of the most critical issues in Texas, in the southwestern and western United States, throughout the Americas, and in increasing parts of the world. The issue is the scarcity of fresh water and the increasingly complex management of its allocation and conservation under conditions of increasing, competitive, and unyielding demand.

The symposium brings together experts from multiple disciplines, including law, economics, political science, and environmental science. The participants include distinguished scholars and practitioners from the United States, Canada, South America, and South Africa. Featured contributors include: Professor Carol Rose (Yale Law School); Professor Joseph Sax (Boalt Hall, Emeritus); and Professor Barton Thompson (Professor and Director of Stanford Institute for the Environment).

The symposium will consist of three extensive exploratory conversations in plenary groups. It will draw on the various participants' specialized knowledge regarding efforts to allocate, to transfer, as well as to conserve particular bodies of water, including U.S. river systems; the Great Lakes; and the largest aquifer in the world.

There will be a session devoted to three case studies in water management, including discussion of the Imperial Valley transfer—the largest transfer in the world. The symposium will also explore efforts to re-structure planning and decision-making by particular institutions, such as general and specialized courts; the (U.S.) federal government; local, regional and international agencies; and public and private water markets. There will also be a session on international and trans-boundary issues that are currently being addressed in innovative ways.

For a detailed description of the symposium schedule, participants and registration information, please visit the Texas Law Review Symposium website at

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