Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on the New

Water Law in the Inland Northwest
Eastern Washington; Northern Idaho; Western Montana

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

March 17 & 18, 2011
Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, real estate and environmental professionals, governmental officials, consultants, tribal representatives, public interest advocates and anyone else interested in water resources, water rights, water supply and sustainability.

Why You Should Order

Water laws govern our most important natural resource. In the Inland Northwest of Idaho and Washington, water resource issues abound. Declining aquifers, stressed streamflows, water user conflicts, municipal water supply, water quality clean-ups, tribal water rights, and exempt wells all exemplify emergent problems in the water law field.

The distinguished faculty presenting at Water Law in the Inland Northwest will provide important information relating to general stream adjudications, including lessons learned from past adjudications in the Yakima, Snake and Montana river basins that provide precedent for upcoming and ongoing adjudications in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Conference faculty will present the latest news and nuts and bolts information about the Rathdrum and Spokane adjudications.

Several panels will examine practical solutions for water supply conflicts, including water re-use rules, water banks and exchanges, trust water rights, and water markets. Distinguished public officials will present information on state policies relating to transboundary water management, the recent Lummi Nation v. State of Washington decision, and water sustainability programs. We hope to see you there.

~ Rachael Paschal Osborn, Esq. and Douglas J. Siddoway, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Thursday, March 17, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Rachael Paschal Osborn, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Center for Environmental Law & Policy / Spokane, WA

Douglas J. Siddoway, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Randall | Danskin / Spokane, WA

8:45 am

Recent Stream Adjudications: What Went Well and Not? What are the Lessons for Future Adjudications?


Sidney Ottem, Esq., Deputy Director for Administration, Office of the Solicitor
Department of the Interior / Washington, DC

Montana stream adjudications

Peter G. Scott, Esq.
Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman, PLLP / Helena, MT

Snake River Basin

Jerry Rigby, Esq.
Rigby, Andrus & Rigby, Chartered / Rexburg, ID

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Pending Stream Adjudications: How Are the States Planning to Approach Them?


Fred Rajala, President
Rajala Environmental / Spokane, WA

Christopher M. Bromley, Esq., Assistant Section Chief, Water Resources Section
State of Idaho, Office of the Attorney General / Boise, ID

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Special Address: Water Resource Management at the Boundaries

Maia D. Bellon, Esq., Deputy Program Manager, Water Resources Program
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA

2:00 pm

Case Law Trends: Overview of What's Been Resolved, What's Still in Play, and How the Pieces Fit Together

Washington: WSU, Lake Roosevelt Drawdown, MVID; KCCC-Futurewise

Jeff B. Kray, Esq.
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA


Douglas J. Siddoway, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Randall | Danskin / Spokane, WA

3:15 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:30 pm

Water Rights and the Constitution

Lummi Nation v. State of Washington

The Hon. Laurel H. Siddoway, Esq., Judge, Court of Appeals: Division III
Washington Court of Appeals / Spokane, WA

4:15 pm

Water Quality Update in Washington and Idaho

Developments in Washington: 2011 legislative session; Ecology's Water Quality Trading program; Spokane TMDLs and NPDES permits; Developments in Idaho: 2011 legislative session

Carrie E. Holtan, Esq., Assistant City Attorney, Environment/Utilities Practice Group
Office of the City Attorney / Spokane, WA

5:00 pm

Reclaimed Water Rulemaking

Intersection between reclaimed water regulations and water rights impairment, policy on rainwater harvest, water reuse solutions

David Monthie, Esq., Regional Water Policy Analyst
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks / Seattle, WA

5:30 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Randall | Danskin


Friday, March 18, 2011

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Exempt Wells: How Are the Issues Playing Out?

Stock water permit exemption

Janette Brimmer, Esq., Staff Attorney
Earthjustice / Seattle, WA

Kittitas County

Joe Mentor, Jr., Esq.
Mentor Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA

Chamokane Creek/Anderson case

Shannon D. Work, Esq.
Shannon D. Work, PC / Coeur d'Alene, ID

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Adapting to Climate Change through Innovations in Water Management:

What climate change will bring to Inland Northwest waters

Rachael Paschal Osborn, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Spokane, WA

Trust water rights & water banks/exchanges

Philip Wickstrand Dufford, Esq.
Attorney / Bellevue, WA

Water Conservation Initiatives

Janet Nazy, Executive Director
Partnership for Water Conservation / Seattle, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Regional Groundwater Issues


Stan Miller, Senior Scientist and Principal
Inland Northwest Water Resources / Spokane, WA

Odessa Subarea

Guy J. Gregory, L.G., L.Hg., Technical Unit Supervisor, Water Resources Program
Washington State Department of Ecology / Spokane, WA

Pullman/Moscow/Palouse Basin Aquifer

Steve Robischon, Executive Manager, Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee
University of Idaho / Moscow, ID

3:15 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:30 pm

Special Address: Water Sustainability in the 21st Century

Managing municipal water supply to achieve conservation targets, protect rivers and meet future community needs

The Hon. Mary B. Verner, Mayor
City of Spokane / Spokane, WA

4:00 pm

Ethics: Representing Multiple Parties in Water Cases

J. Todd Taylor, Esq.
Randall | Danskin / Spokane, WA

Stephanie R. Taylor, Esq.
Randall | Danskin / Spokane, WA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $795 with a group rate of $695 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $530. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $397.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13 WA CLE credits, including 1 ethics, WA RE 15.5 and AICP 13 (including 1.5 law). Credits are pending for: ID CLE 13 (including 1 ethics). Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Rachael Paschal Osborn, Program Co-Chair, is Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the public interest in fresh water resources of the Columbia watershed and Western Washington. She is a public interest/environmental lawyer and teaches water law at Gonzaga Law School.
Full bio and contact info for Rachael Paschal Osborn at Center for Environmental Law & Policy

Douglas J. Siddoway, Program Co-Chair, is a principal of Randall | Danskin in Spokane, Washington. Although primarily a corporate finance and securities lawyer, he also represents private and public clients throughout the region in natural resource and land use matters, including water law.

Maia D. Bellon, Special Address, Deputy Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology's Water Resources Program. Prior to joining Ecology, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Ecology Division where she provided client advice and litigation support for the Water Resources Program.

The Hon. Mary B. Verner, City of Spokane, directs the activities of the City's 2,000 employees and manages a $600 million annual budget. The Mayor has a broad range of experience in business, law, planning, policy development, program design, and management.

Janette Brimmer, Staff Attorney at Earthjustice, focuses on Water Law, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species and Clean Air Act issues.

Christopher M. Bromley is the Assistant Section Chief of the Water Resources Section, Office of the Attorney General, State of Idaho.

Philip Wickstrand (Wick) Dufford, Attorney, focuses on water law. He was in the Attorney General's Office representing the Department of Ecology and was on the State Pollution Control Hearings Board, and was an Associate Professor at Gonzaga Law School. He has been acting as a Land Use Hearing Examiner, and was one of the original board members of the Washington Water Trust.

Guy J. Gregory, L.G., L.Hg., Technical Unit Supervisor, Washington State Department of Ecology, Water Resources Program, is responsible for technical assessment of water supply issues in Eastern Washington. He led Washington's effort on the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer study.

Carrie E. Holtan, Assistant City Attorney, Environment/Utilities Practice Group, Office of the City Attorney, Spokane, focuses on water quality.

Jeff B. Kray, partner at Marten Law, focuses on water resources, water quality, and complex environmental litigation, including CERCLA site remediation.
Full bio and contact info for Jeff B. Kray at Marten Law Group

Joe Mentor, Jr., principal with the Mentor Law Group PLLC, focuses on water and natural resources development. He has represented Skagit County on water resource issues and instream flow litigation and Suncadia on groundwater mitigation banking.

Stan Miller is a Senior Scientist and Principal of Inland Northwest Water Resources, a consulting business that focuses on water quality and resource management issues. He formed INW Water Resources after working at Spokane County, focusing on groundwater protection and water resources.

David Monthie is Regional Water Policy Analyst, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. He has helped develop and implement King County policies on a variety of water resource management issues.

Janet Nazy is Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Conservation, a 6-year old nonprofit organization whose mission is to actively engage the Puget Sound region in conservation efforts generating measurable water savings that support communities, provide long-term economic benefits and protect watersheds.
Full bio and contact info for Janet Nazy at Partnership for Water Conservation

Sidney Ottem, is Deputy Director for Administration, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior. He previously served as Court Commissioner for the Aquavella adjudication, Yakima County Superior Court, and was a judicial representative on the Water Disputes Task Force and a member of Dividing the Waters, an organization of judges/masters overseeing stream adjudications.

Fred Rajala, President, Rajala Environmental, a Spokane-based consulting firm that assists water users and stakeholders in water right permitting matters, research of existing water rights, and preparation for adjudications. He was with the Washington Department of Ecology as water permit writer, policy analyst, conservancy board liaison, and in the Yakima adjudication and Spokane and Colville pre-adjudication offices.

Jerry Rigby, attorney, Rigby, Andrus & Rigby, Chartered, focuses on water law and rural electrification/cooperative law. He has represented some of Idaho's largest water users, and represent Idaho water users on the Idaho State Water Board and various other boards and committees.
Full bio and contact info for Jerry Rigby at Rigby, Andrus & Rigby, Chartered

Steve Robischon, Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho, is the Executive Manager of the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee and serves as an Assistant Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute.

Peter G. Scott, partner at Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman, PLLP, emphasizes government relations, energy, land use, water rights and natural resources. He is a regulatory and litigation counsel for municipalities, special districts, companies and private landowners throughout the Columbia River Basin.
Full bio and contact info for Peter G. Scott at Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman, PLLP

The Hon. Laurel H. Siddoway, Court of Appeals: Division III of Washington Court of Appeals, Spokane, is experienced in commercial litigation and media, including positions at law firms and as in-house counsel to businesses. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University.

J. Todd Taylor, Randall | Danskin, focuses on taxation, corporate and business law, estate planning, and tax exempt organizations.

Stephanie R. Taylor, Randall | Danskin, focuses on taxation, estate planning, probate and trusts, business transactions, and corporate law.

Shannon D. Work has practiced Indian law in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, appearing in various tribal, state and federal forums, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has represented numerous tribes including the Spokane, the Nez Perce, the Coeur d'Alene and the Kootenai, focusing on tribal natural resource matters, including land and water rights claims.