The Water Law Review is pleased to announce the addition of a new Advisory Board Member, Mr. Jason Turner, Esq. of the Colorado River Water Conservation District.
Mr. Turner grew up in upstate New York and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton N.J., a small music conservatory, for four years (1990-1994). He then received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Rutgers University (2000) and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 2004. Prior to law school, Mr. Turner worked in the wine industry in New York, New Jersey, and Oregon. Prior to taking his position with the River District, he was with the law firm of White & Jankowski in Denver, where he represented public and private clients in all manner of water rights transactions and water court litigation. He became Associate Counsel for the Colorado River Water Conservation District in 2008.
Mr. Turner also served on the Water Law Review while attending DU Law. He recalls that his favorite part of serving on the Journal was his interactions with the other editors and staff, many of whom he remains close with today. The Water Law Review has changed since his graduation in 2004, and Mr. Turner believes that one of the most positive changes he has seen is the fact that the Editorial Board and staff of the Water Law Review are reaching out and better utilizing its Advisory Board members.
Mr. Turner said that he first became interested in water law from his experiences in the law school classroom. “We had a brief section in my first year Real Property class on water rights in Colorado which I found very interesting; after that it became my focus.” He said, “I also had the great pleasure of taking water law at DU with Professor Emeritus John A. Carver, Jr. which solidified my interest in the practice.”
Allison Altaras, Volume 16 Editor-in-Chief of the Water Law Review, remarked “We are very fortunate to have Jason on our Advisory Board. His personal familiarity with the Journal’s work combined with his West Slope perspective adds even greater depth to the expertise of our Advisory Board.”
Outside of work, Mr. Turner spends time with is wife Sonya and their two sons, Alden and Chapin. His favorite outdoor activities include trail running, mountain biking, back country skiing, and fly fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Please join us in welcoming Jason Turner to the Water Law Review Advisory Board.