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. Since enrolling at the Sturm College of Law, Davis has focused primarily on water and natural resources law. His various internships at local private firms, as well as at the Colorado Supreme Court, have all exposed him to water and other related areas of law. This fall semester, Davis will spend part of his time 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

Gina is proud to serve as the Managing Editor for Vol. 18 of the University of Denver. Originally from England, Gina grew up in West Virginia and later in Florida. Gina loves Colorado and cannot wait to start her legal career here.

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

Emily is a St. Louis native. She moved to Colorado to attend CU-Boulder in 2007 where she earned a B.A. in Humanities and a minor in Geology. While Emily came to Colorado to enjoy the mountains and live music, she stayed to study Natural Resources Law at DU Law. In the year between attending CU and DU Emily traveled to Cambodia to help her sister establish a permaculture demonstration farm and teach sustainable agriculture. At DU, Emily served as an Academic Achievement Program student leader, an Executive Board member of the Land Use Law Society, and as a Water Law Review staff member prior to her election to the Editorial Board. She is very excited about this year’s Symposium on April 10, 2015. In her third year at DU Emily will work on an article with Professor Susan Daggett about local land use regulations as environmental laws and contribute to Professor Jan Laitos’s hornbook on Natural Resources Law. She will graduate in May 2015 with a J.D. and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Chris Butler

Business Editor

Chris Butler is pleased to serve as a Business Editor for Volume 18 of the Water Law Review. Chris received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to and during law school, Chris has worked as a Chemical Engineer for URS Corporation while attending DU's evening division. Chris has experience designing water treatment; oil and gas; chemical manufacturing; and nuclear facilities. Chris enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and hiking.

Dale Ratliff

Court Reports Editor

Dale Ratliff is excited to serve as a Court Reports Editor for Volume 18 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Dale earned a B.A. in Comparative Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA . Prior to law school, Dale spent twelve years working as professional fly fishing guide in western Colorado, Chilean Patagonia, and southwestern Alaska. During his time as a fishing guide, he developed a strong interest in water and water law. After his first year of law school at DU, Dale worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court. When not working on school or the journal, Dale enjoys chasing trout and spending time with his beautiful wife.

Ashley Basta

Court Reports Editor

Ashley Basta is thrilled to serve alongside Dale Ratliff as Court Reports Editor on the 17th 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 had a fantastic summer studying transitional justice in Guatemala and researching farm-to-school policies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ashley loves filling up journals, hanging out in her garden, and sleeping outside in beautiful places. ​

Meghan Leemon

Article Editor

Edgar Barraza

Article Editor

Edgar Barraza is delighted to serve as an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico (whose etymology is arguably “dry place”), Edgar has lived in Denver since age 11. He obtained a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Denver in 2010. In his first summer as a law student, Edgar joined Reilly Pozner as a summer associate and held that position until December of the same year. In the second semester of his 2L year, Edgar interned for the Honorable Jerry Jones of the Colorado Court of Appeals, and clerked for Lewis Roca Rothgerber in Denver. Enthralled by his experience in the judicial system, Edgar took to the courts again and spent his 2L summer as a judicial intern for US Judge Robert Blackburn of the District of Colorado. Outside of law school, Edgar volunteers as the coordinator of Judge Christine Arguello’s Dream Catchers, a group of practitioners and law students that seek to improve access to higher education (particularly legal education) for disadvantaged youth throughout the State by developing and implementing various pilot programs. In his rare moments of leisure, Edgar enjoys movie-going, reading, or just searching for the etymology of any quirky word that comes to mind.

Garrett Davey

Article Editor

Autumn Aspen

Article Editor

Autumn Aspen is excited to serve as an Articles Editor on the Volume 18 University of Denver Water Law Review. Although born and raised in Michigan, Autumn moved to St. Augustine, FL to attend Flagler College, where she received her B.A. in history and Spanish. In undergrad, Autumn also worked on a 76 foot schooner sail boat as a crew member. During her second summer at the University of Denver, Autumn worked for Oceana, an international non-profit organization, and she is currently working as an intern for the U.S. Department of Energy in Golden, CO. Autumn loves living in Denver and enjoys spending her free time in the mountains. She especially enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking and hopes to start whitewater kayaking soon.

Ashley Novander

Article Editor

Ashley is a native of Colorado's Front Range, having grown up on a small horse ranch in rural El Paso county. She studied Ecology and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, graduating magna cum laude for her honors thesis on the landscape impacts of invasive bullfrogs on the wetland ecosystems of Colorado. She lives with her husband Ken and two dogs and cat in Denver, though she hopes to practice in law affecting public wetlands management and sensitive species throughout the West

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

Peter Almaas
Kevin Boyle
Sarah Cassinis
Matthew Freemann
James Hanseen
Bradley Kloewer
Elizabeth Kutch
Rafael Mendez
Dane Mueller
Joshua Murphy
Lillie Parker
Joseph Risch
Erika Stokely
James K. Tart

Staff Editors

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