Spanish and English Water Law in the American Southwest: A Case Study for Litigation and Public Policy Today (H7)

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 18, 2017: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Coordinator/Moderator: Laura Ray, Cleveland State University Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library
Speakers: Jane Cohen, University of Texas at Austin Texas Law; Charles Porter, St. Edward’s University

Track: Reference, Research & Client Services

Water law has been a “hot topic” in the American southwest since its Spanish colonization. This area of law has become increasingly important throughout the United States as federal and state governments and courts grapple with aging infrastructures, suburban sprawl, pollution, and climate change. This program will examine the Hispanic antecedents and adoption of English common law concepts in Texas water law. Focusing upon ground water ownership, as well as prior appropriation and riparian doctrines for the use of surface water, it will provide a case study for water rights litigation issues and the development of equitable public policy for water use today. This program is sponsored by the LHRB-SIS.

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