February 11, 2016
McGeorge School of Law hosted the 2016 Municipal Law Institute Symposium - Ensuring
Integrity in 21st Century California: Water & Public Works in Our Arid State - on
Friday, Feb. 5. The full-day program featured five panels of experts, and Sacramento Bee senior writer Dale Kasler gave a keynote talk about "Explaining the Drought."
James C. Sanchez, City Attorney, City of Sacramento, introduced the symposium with Dean Francis J. Mootz III, McGeorge School of Law. The first panel focused on "Navigating the Labyrinth: What Public Agency Attorneys Need to Know About Water Rights and Drought," with panelists Jennifer Harder, Assistant Professor, McGeorge School of Law; Michael Lauffer, Chief Counsel, SWRCB; and Meredith Nikkel, Downey Brand.
Panel two explored "Balancing Water Supply and Growth in Good Times and Bad," moderated by Holly Whatley, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC with panelists Jim Moose, Remy Moose & Manley; Eric Robinson, Kronick Moskovitz; and Jennifer Harder.
"21st Century Gold: The Quest for New Supplies," was the topic of panel three, moderated by Holly Whatley, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC with panelists Joel D. Kuperberg, Partner, Rutan & Tucker. LLP; Bruce Marlow, Board Member, WaterFX; and Alf Brandt, Principal Consultant, California State Assembly.
Dale Kasler, Senior Writer, Sacramento Bee, gave a talk to explain the drought as the lunch keynote, sponsored by the Witkin Legal Institute. McGeorge Capital Initiatives Director Steve Hansen, '11, facilitated audience questions during the keynote.
Panel four covered "The New Economic Reality: Maintaining Long-Term Solvency for Water Utilities," with panelists Tim Bittle, Director of Legal Affairs, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; Michael G. Colantuono, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC; and John H. Minan, Professor, University of San Diego School of Law.
The final panel delved into "Topical Ethics Issues in Water and Public Works," with panelists Gary S. Winuk, Esq., Of Counsel, Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP and Adjunct Professor at McGeorge; Brian Lau, Staff Counsel, California Fair Political Practices Commission; and Shawn Mason, City Attorney, City of San Mateo.
The symposium was co-presented by the Municipal Law Institute of the League of California Cities, the McGeorge School of Law Capital Center, the County Counsels' Association, and the State Bar of California.