The University of Denver Water Law Review

About Us





The University of Denver Water Law Review is an internationally circulated, semi-annual publication that serves as a high-quality forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and legal and policy analyses concerning water law.

First published in 1997, the Water Law Review is a practical resource for lawyers, policy makers, and students. Our continued involvement in the water law community allows us to stay current on developing water issues. Every issue includes up to date articles on developing water law issues, as well as several other useful and interesting resources such as biographies of water practitioners, book notes, conference reports, and coverage of water cases from all U.S. federal and state courts.

The Water Law Review is a student run journal. Students are responsible for the production of the journal, from the solicitation of articles to the final content editing and publishing. Students gain valuable experience in legal research, writing, management, and water law from their involvement on the Water Law Review.

Mission Statement





The Water Law Review seeks to provide a unique, high quality forum for sharing ideas, information, legal analyses and policy analyses concerning water law issues. It is the intent of the editorial board and staff to make the Review a valuable resource for the practitioner, the scholar, and the policy maker.

The Review primarily emphasizes water law issues; however, we understand that nothing exists in isolation, neither in law nor in nature. Therefore, it is the express policy of the Review to solicit and to publish scholarly works that discuss water law as it affects and is affected by related areas, legal or otherwise. To that end, we remain pleased to present articles by nationally recognized experts, practitioners, officials, scholars, and others involved in the fields of water law and water planning.

We do not restrict the Review’s coverage to any one jurisdiction. We live in a highly complex global community where water remains one of the most critical components. The more ideas and information we share, the more successful we will be when managing today’s problems and tomorrow’s challenges. Therefore, we invite our readers to submit articles that address the full range of issues in water law and water management from any geographical location.

Editorial Board





Davis Wert

Editor-in-Chief

Davis is honored and excited to serve as the Volume 18 Editor-in-Chief. A Denver native and fourth-generation Coloradoan, Davis grew up spending his summers at camp in the foothills and his winters at Winter Park for ski lessons. He attended Denver East High School, graduating in 2007. Davis then went to Colgate University in snowy Hamilton, New York, where he majored in History and minored in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. After college and prior to law school, Davis returned to the Denver sunshine and spent a year working as property manager at Geneva Glen Camp—his childhood summer camp outside of Denver—and as a legislative aide at the Colorado General Assembly. Since enrolling at the Sturm College of Law, Davis has focused primarily on water and natural resources law. He has interned with Burns, Figa & Will; the Colorado Supreme Court; and most recently with Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer & Freeman. He will also spend the fall semester with the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Office of the Attorney General, and after graduation will clerk for the Honorable Brian D. Boatright of the Colorado Supreme Court. Davis enjoys running (particularly the Bolder Boulder), skiing, playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking in the mountains (he’s tackled eighteen “14ers” to date), and homebrewing. After college and prior to law school, Davis returned to the Denver sunshine and spent a year working as property manager at Geneva Glen Camp—his childhood summer camp outside of Denver—and as a legislative aide at the Colorado General Assembly. Since enrolling at the Sturm College of Law, Davis has focused primarily on water and natural resources law. He has interned with Burns, Figa & Will; the Colorado Supreme Court; and most recently with Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer & Freeman. He will also spend the fall semester with the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Office of the Attorney General, and after graduation will clerk for the Honorable Brian D. Boatright of the Colorado Supreme Court. Davis enjoys running (particularly the Bolder Boulder), skiing, playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking in the mountains (he’s tackled eighteen “14ers” to date), and homebrewing.

Gina Tincher

Managing Editor

AaronBrunskill

Managing Editor

Aaron Brunskill is excited to serve as an Article Editor on the Volume 17 University of Denver Water Law Review. Aaron, a Colorado native, graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. During his first summer at DU, Aaron worked for the Office of General Counsel for Colorado State University, and is currently a 2L intern with the honorable Judge Robert L. McGahey Jr. of the Second Judicial District. When he can make it outside of the school building, Aaron enjoys country swing dancing, snowboarding, and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

Jen Najjar

Production Editor

Jen Najjar is excited to serve as the Production Editor on the Volume 17 University of Denver Water Law Review. Jen, a Santa Fe, New Mexico native, graduated from Claremont McKenna College (CMC) with a B.A. in Government and a Sequence in Leadership. At CMC Jen lettered in varsity soccer and basketball. During the first half of her 1L summer at DU, Jen externed for the Honorable Mary H. Murguia of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During the second half of her summer, Jen interned as a summer associate in the environmental department of a law firm in downtown Denver. In her free time Jen enjoys attending comedy shows and playing intermural sports.

Emily Dowd

Symposium Editor

Chris Butler

Business Editor

Dale Ratliff

Court Reports Editor

Ashley Basta

Court Reports Editor

Meghan Leemon

Article Editor

Edgar Barraza

Article Editor

Garrett Davey

Article Editor

Autumn Aspen

Article Editor

Ashley Novander

Article Editor

Emily Miller

Article Editor

Emily Miller is pleased to serve as an Articles Editor for Volume 18 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Emily spent much of her youth south of Denver, in Castle Rock, Colorado. She earned her B.A in political science at Northwestern University and her M.A. in classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After her first year of law school, Emily worked as a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix of the District of Colorado, and as a research assistant for DU Law Professor Debra Austin. When not in the journal office, Emily can be found advocating for prisoners’ rights in DU Law’s Civil Rights Clinic. In her free time, Emily enjoys yoga, skiing, and listening to comedy podcasts.

Allison Robinette

Online Content Editor

Lauren Hammond

Sources Editor

Tom I. Romero, II

Faculty Advisor

Professor Romero teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West, Latinos and the law, school desegregation in multiracial contexts, property, land use, water law, and urban development and local government in the United States and Latin America. His work on such topics have appeared in the Colorado Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the New Mexico Law Review, the Albany Law Review, the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, the Oregon Review of International Law, and the Chicano-Latino Law Review, among others. His most recent scholarship can be found here. Professor Romero recently published an article on the relationship between Water law and Critical Race Theory in the Denver University Water Law Review which is being re-published in the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review. Currently, Dr. Romero is revising a book manuscript on multiracial formation and the law in post-World War II Denver, Colorado; where among other aspect of the analysis, he extensively explores the role of metropolitan water development in Keyes v. School Board No. One, 413 US 189 (1973) (the first non-Southern school desegregation case to reach the United States Supreme Court). In addition, Dr. Romero is collaborating with the Sturm College of Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic to modernize the corporate documents of acequia associations working in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.

Staff







Senior Staff Editors

Devon Bell
Nathanial C. Brown
Sarah Cassinis
Amy Wegner Kho
Skylar Marshall
Sarah McGrath
Emily Murphy
Christine Romo
Heidi Ruckriegle
James K. Tart
Holly Taylor

Staff Editors

Peter Almaas
Autumn Aspen
Edgar Barraza
Ashley Basta
Daniel Birney
Kevin Boyle
Garrett Davey
Emily Dowd
Michael Edlen
Matthew Freemann
Lauren Hammond
James Hanseen
Gabriel Kester
Bradley Kloewer
Elizabeth Kutch
Meghan Leemon
Rafael Mendez
Emily Miller
Dane Mueller
Joshua Murphy
Jennifer Najjar
Lillie Parker
Dale Ratliff
Joseph Risch
Nicholas Rising
Allison Robinette
Erika Stokely
Gina Tincher

Advisory Board





  • Amy Beatie

    Executive Director
    Colorado Water Trust
  • William H. Caile, Esq.

    Holland & Hart
  • James Corbridge


    Professor
    University of Colorado, 
School of Law
  • John J. Cyran


    Water Referee
    Colorado Water Division 1
  • John M. Dingess, Esq.


    Duncan, Ostrander &
 Dingess, PC
  • Harrison C. Dunning

    Professor
    University of California at Davis
 School of Law
  • Barbara J.B. Green, Esq.

    Sullivan Green Seavy, LLC
  • David Hallford, Esq.


    Balcomb & Green, PC
  • Stephen Leonhardt, Esq.

    Burns, Figa & Will, P.C.
  • Jim Lochhead

    CEO/Manager
    Denver Water
  • David Robbins, Esq.


    Hill & Robbins, PC
  • Susan Ryan, Esq.

    Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite
  • Janice Sheftel, Esq.


    Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP
  • A. Dan Tarlock


    Professor
    Chicago–Kent School of Law 
Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Jason Turner, Esq.

    Associate Counsel
    Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Dick Wolfe, P.E.

    State Engineer

    Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Dr. Patricia Wouters

    IWRA Board of Directors
    Director, Water Law and Policy Programme, 
University of Dundee, Scotland