The annual conference for the NJC-affiliated program Dividing the Waters is set for Nov. 1-4, 2017, at Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas. Registration is open, and a limited number of scholarships are still available.
The conference fee is $249. Lodging is provided for free at the Courtyard Waco thanks to funding from the Water Justice Fund.
Dividing the Waters prepares judges across the nation to apply law, science and good judgement to adjudicate water-related cases. Its annual conference is open to any judicial officers who hear water-law cases.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Groundwater Law in Transition.” The faculty, composed of scientists and judges, will focus on enduring and emerging conflicts over groundwater in Texas and throughout the West. As more surface water becomes fully committed, farms and growing communities have recently turned to groundwater, leading to conflicts over that water and land use.
The conference will begin with evening reception and will include a field trip to see firsthand how groundwater works and serves communities.