Water Sharing In The West

Western water law, based on prior appropriation, is not associated with a sharing mentality. Instead, it’s first in time, first in right, and the devil take the hindmost.

Join us as our esteemed panel of experts explore the multi-jurisdictional nature of water appropriation from historical pueblo water rights, to the Supreme Court’s recent Arizona v. Navajo Nation decision, to some cutting edge ideas on fair water allocation coming out of Orange County.

Welcome by Chief Judge Philip S. Gutierrez


WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 19
Reception at 5:00 pm | Program at 6:00

WHERE: The First Street U.S. Courthouse
350 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, California
& virtually over Zoom.

COST: Attendance is free!

CLE Add-On: $40

CLE Information & Materials

Sponsored by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association,
the California Lawyer’s Association Environmental Law Section, and the
L.A. County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.


ROBIN KUNDIS CRAIG is the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She specializes in all things water, including water law, and is the co-author of a leading water law textbook.

PETER L. REICH, J.D., Ph.D. is Lecturer in Law and Academic Director, Law & Communication Intensive, at UCLA School of Law.  His research focuses on constitutional and natural resources law in Latin America and the U.S. Southwest.  Reich’s most recent book is The Law of the United States-Mexico Border: A Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 2017).

SHELLEY SAXER, Laure Sudreau Chair in Law, has been a law professor at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law for over thirty years, teaching first-year Property, Land Use, and Environmental Law. She has co-authored the three books that she uses to teach these classes and has focused her scholarship on topics such as eminent domain, conflicts between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights.


1.0 hour CA CLE sponsored by Hughes Hubbard & Reed

CLE Materials:

Read the latest double issue of Western Legal History entitled “Water” for 14 terrific articles including from our program’s panelists.

Read Western Legal History Vol 33: Water

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*All programs will also be available virtually over Zoom.