McGeorge School of Law

Water Organization Honors Student

May 22, 2009

Maria Milanes-Murcia, who received her LLM in International Water Resources in December and is working on her JSD, was honored recently by the American Water Resources Association.

Milanes-Murcia, a Spanish environmental law attorney who holds a Masters in Economics from New Mexico State University and is working on her Ph.D., was cited for her presentation at the AWRA Spring Specialty Conference in early May in Anchorage, Alaska.

“As you know, there were quite a few student competitors and many were impressive,” wrote Eran Hood, a University of Alaska professor who chaired the competition committee. “I’m delighted to inform you that after much deliberation your paper was among two winners chosen.”

Milanes-Murcia actually made two presentations at the AWRA conference. In addition to a paper about water resources in Sudan, she gave a comparative analysis of interstate water agreements in federal countries.

Milanes-Murcia is one of a select few attorneys who have navigated McGeorge’s rigorous program in International Water Resources Law. “I would eventually like to teach and to help people avoid water conflicts,” she said. “I want to be a law professor and be able to provide legal advice to countries around the world. I would like to thank Professor McCafferey, who is always so helpful and available.”