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

Jennifer Najjar


Jen is honored and excited to serve as the Volume 19 Editor-in-Chief University of Denver Water Law Review. Jen 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. Since enrolling at the Sturm College of Law, Jen has focused on water and natural resources law. She has served as an extern for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Colorado Court of Appeals. She has also worked as a clerk with a private law firm in Denver, the Colorado Attorney General's Office--Consumer Protection Unit and most recently, the United States Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division. A Santa Fe, New Mexico native, Jen will clerk after graduation for the Honorable Barbara J. Vigil, Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. In her free time, Jen enjoys attending comedy shows and playing intermural sports.

Allie Robinette

Managing Editor

Allie is a 3L and excited to serve as a managing editor for Volume 19 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Allie attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri for her undergraduate degree. After living abroad in Lugano, Switzerland to study International Environmental Policy, Allie returned to Denver for law school and to pursue environmental law. She has worked with a small non-profit land trust, the U.S. EPA, and will be working at the Colorado Administrative Courts this fall. When not studying or working on the journal, Allie enjoys coaching gymnastics, sewing, baking, and camping.

Emily Miller

Managing Editor

Emily Miller is pleased to serve as a Managing Editor for Volume 19 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. This past summer, she interned in the County division of the Denver District Attorney’s office. In her free time, Emily enjoys yoga, skiing, and listening to comedy podcasts.

Aubrey Bertram

Production Editor

A born-and-raised Denver, Colorado native, Aubrey Bertram is honored to serve as Volume 19's Production Editor for the University of Denver Water Law Review. Aubrey studied Biology, Statistics, and Geography at the University of Wyoming ("UW"). She studied abroad in New South Wales, Australia and Andhra Pradesh, India while at UW. Aubrey has also traveled to Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and worked at two wildlife rescue centers in Cambodia and Thailand. Aubrey has interned with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Wilderness Society, Metro Volunteer Lawyers, and Sustainable Development Strategies Group while in law school, as well as worked in the Environmental Law Clinic and on the Tribal Wills Project. She is on the executive board of the Natural Resource and Environmental Law Society and the president of the Native American Law Students Association at Sturm College of Law. Aubrey is a research assistant to Professor Annecoos Wiersema on international wildlife law issues and a student leader in the Academic Achievement Program. She will graduate this spring with a J.D. certificate in International Law and an LL.M. in Natural Resource and Environmental Law and Policy. A true Colorado native, you can find Aubrey running, camping, hiking, skiing, gardening, or enjoying a local craft beer in her free time with her two cats and two dogs.

Blaine Bengtson

Symposium Editor

Blaine is excited to serve as the Symposium Editor for Volume 19 of the University of Denver Water Law Review Editorial Board. He was born and raised in Salina, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas ("KU") with degrees in Environmental Studies and Public Administration. While attending KU, Blaine was inspired to pursue natural resources, land use, and environmental law at Sturm College of Law because of his research on Kansas' "minimum desirable streamflow" and "intensive groundwater use and control area" policies, which are both used to manage the state's rapidly depleting water resources. Blaine also enjoyed the opportunity to spend one summer in Germany studying the way that European cities incorporate sustainability into their use of the land and natural resources. This year, Blaine looks forward to planning the 2016 Symposium, as well as serving as President of the Land Use Law Society. Baline enjoys spending any free time in the mountains with his siblings and his two-year-old nephew. He will graduate in May of 2017.

Ashley Basta

Business Editor

Ashley Basta is thrilled to serve as Business Editor on the 19th Volume of the University of Denver Water Law Review. She grew up in Denver, studied a little bit of everything while living at a co-op in Boulder, and found her niche in service-learning around social and environmental justice. She is interested in food law and policy, indigenous rights, and civil rights. A Student Attorney with the Environmental Law Clinic this year, Ashley loves filling up journals, hanging out in her garden, and sleeping outside in beautiful places.

Kylie Wyse

Court Reports Editor

Kylie Wyse is excited to serve alongside Chris Ainscough as Court Reports Editor for Volume 19 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Kylie earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University. Before coming to law school, she volunteered in Ecuador and Peru teaching English, working at a daycare, and helping preserve the ecosystem in the Galapagos. Serving as a staff editor sparked her interest in water law and she has enjoyed her time on journal. In her free time, Kylie likes to snowboard, see live music, and enjoy the outdoors.

Christopher Ainscough

Court Reports Editor

Chris is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a court reports editor for Volume 19 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Chris attended the Colorado School of Mines as an undergraduate, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Chris is a licensed professional engineer, and a 2L evening student at Sturm College of Law. He enjoys studying issues related to water law because of the inherent intersections with engineering, natural resource development, energy, and the environment. In the few spare hours between law school and work, Chris enjoys experiencing the magnificent playground that is Colorado, with his wife, two kids, and the dogs.

Victoria Hambley

Article Editor

Victoria is excited to serve as an Articles Editor for Volume 19 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Victoria is a 2L originally from Arcadia, California. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English, where she found her passion for researching and writing. Victoria realized she also had a passion for the outdoors while running cross country and track in college. She came to Colorado to pursue both of these passions and explore a career in environmental law. Victoria gained valuable experience this summer as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Energy and hopes to use her refined legal writing skill set and knowledge about contemporary issues in environmental law to enhance the journal this year.

Bruce Walters

Article Editor

Bruce Walters is thrilled to serve as an Articles Editor for Volume 19 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Bruce earned a B.A. at the University of Colorado at Boulder in History and Medieval Studies. A Colorado native, he has lived all across the State, and his interests in water and environmental law stem from his avid interest in the outdoors, and the conservation of its many amenities. While a student at the University of Denver, Bruce has served as a law clerk for Denver Water, and has researched the effects of outdoor recreation on public lands, particularly in wilderness areas. When not in the library, Bruce enjoys mountaineering across Colorado’s abundant peaks, and fly-fishing its many distinct rivers.

Garrett Davey

Article Editor

Garrett Davey comes to Sturm College of Law from Brooklyn by way of the University of Kansas, where he earned a M.A. in Modern European History. He holds a B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in English and History, and a M.S. from PACE University in Secondary Education. Garrett has held a variety of jobs, but specializes in education and community outreach and development. He hopes to practice environmental law, specifically in the energy and natural resources sector. Garrett is married and has two dogs, a Miniature Pinscher and Belgian Malinoix, who occupy most of his time and energy. He is an avid snowboarder, moving to Colorado for fresh pow and bluebell days. He is also an avid soccer fan and proud supporter of Arsenal FC.

Matthew Kilby

Article Editor

Matthew was born in Buckinghamshire, England, and lived primarily in Gloucestershire until 1999. He moved to Oregon in 1999, where he lived until he moved to Denver to attend law school. His legal interests include Indian law, water law, and corporate law. He received his BA in Anthropology from Portland State University. His work background includes everything from courier, to archaeologist, to work in plush toy distribution and sales. He has worked on excavations in Oregon, Washington, and Lincolnshire, England. Matthew enjoys traveling, especially in England, and Central Europe. He also enjoys long road trips across the United States. He has a passion for football and soccer, and is an avid supporter of the Oregon Ducks and Arsenal Football Club.

Patrick Mayfield

Article Editor

Patrick is a native Kansan, raised in Kansas City. He attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Philosophy. In 2013, Patrick moved to Denver to attend law school. At Sturm College of Law, Patrick has served on the executive board of the Land Use Law Society, as well as a staff editor for the University of Denver Water Law Review prior to his election to the editorial board. Patrick enjoys good barbeque, camping in the mountains, and traveling to new places.

Lauren Bushong

Online Content Editor

Lauren is a 3L, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended California State University, Fullerton where she played Division I basketball and majored in English and Psychology. Last year she was a student-attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic and spent this summer in Taos, New Mexico working with the Western Environmental Law Center. This fall she will be interning with Defenders of Wildlife and be on the board of the University of Denver's Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society and Native American Law Students Association. In her free time, Lauren enjoys working out, spoiling her goddaughter, and reading, especially modernist literature.

Greg Palsbo

Sources Editor

Greg grew up in Washington, D.C. and received his B.A. in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon. Last summer he clerked for an Administrative Law Judge in Anchorage, Alaska and he fulfilled his dreams of walking on a glacier and visiting the town of Barrow. In addition to his Sources Editor duties, Greg is also a student attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic. In his free time, Greg likes to hike with his friends and watch anime.

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.

Fred Cheever

Faculty Advisor

Federico Cheever is Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After graduating from Stanford University (B.A./M.A. 1981) and UCLA (J.D. 1986), and clerking for Judge Harry Pregerson of United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Los Angeles (1986-1987), he came to Denver as an Associate Attorney for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (1987-1989). Between 1990 and 1993, he was an associate at the law firm Faegre & Benson, in Denver, doing commercial and environmental litigation. He began teaching at the University of Denver College of Law in 1993 specializing in Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Land Law, Land Conservation Transactions, and Property. Professor Cheever served as the Hughes/Rudd Research Professor at the University of Denver College of Law 2002. He briefly left Denver in 2000 to be a Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He served as a Visiting Professor at Northwestern Law School, Lewis & Clark College during the summer of 2005. In 2007 he was a visiting research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT. From 2005-2007 he served as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines, teaching Environmental Law. In 2006 he was selected DU Law Star for excellence in teaching. In 2011, the students of the College of Law chose Prof. Cheever the Most Outstanding Faculty Member for that year. Professor Cheever writes extensively about the Endangered Species Act, federal public land law and land conservation transactions. He has recently co-authored a natural resources casebook, Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases, with Christine Klein and Bret Birdsong (3rd ed. 2013). Between 2009 and 2014, Professor Cheever served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Law.

Justin Pidot

Faculty Advisor

Justin Pidot graduated with high honors from Wesleyan University before attending Stanford Law School, where he graduated with distinction and was editor in chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Professor Pidot clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty, he was an appellate litigator at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he presented argument in more than a dozen federal appellate cases and acted as the staff attorney on two cases before the United States Supreme Court. Professor Pidot also completed a fellowship at the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute. Professor Pidot’s scholarship and teaching focus on environmental law, natural resources law, and federal courts.


Senior Staff Editors

Tim Berrier
Lauren Collins
Neillie Fields
Daphne Hamilton
Robert Montgomery
Joshua Murphy
Katy Rankin
William Tilton
Kobi Webb

Staff Editors

Tucker Allen
Josh Boissevain
Heather Campbell
Monica Cueva
K.C. Cunilio
Lanna Giauque
Brian Hinkle
Jana Houghteling
Stephen Klein
Kelly Ledoux
Megan Livingston
Christopher McGowne
Joshua Oden
Robert Petrowsky
Whitney Phillips
Sarah Rice
Arthur Sayre
Dana Showalter
Jackson Zoellner

Advisory Board

  • Amy Beatie

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

    Holland & Hart
  • James Corbridge

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

    Attorney at Law
  • John M. Dingess, Esq.

    Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C.
  • Harrison C. Dunning

    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

    Denver Water
  • David Robbins, Esq.

    Hill & Robbins, PC
  • Susan Ryan, Esq.

    Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite
  • Janice Sheftel, Esq.

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

    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
  • Retired Justice Gregory Hobbs

    Sturm College of Law faculty as Distinguished Jurist in Residence and co-director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Program
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law