Law Seminars International Presents:

The Second Annual Intensive Seminar on

Hydrology and the Law

Using the science for resolving water rights and water supply issues

July 13, 2016

Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe - NM


Who Should Order

Attorneys, consultants, agency and Tribal representatives, property owners, and anyone else involved with water issues in New Mexico

Why You Should Order

This intensive one-day seminar is designed for legal and technical water practitioners. This year's focus will explore how the disciplines of law and hydrology interact -- or don't.

Introduced with an overview of how these topics have inter-related in New Mexico, panels will address the view from the courts applying old precedents to new science, issues relating to the wide range of meanings for the word "conservation", and a practical case study regarding the Navajo settlement in Northern New Mexico.

Join us for this informative nuts and bolts approach.

~ Martha C. Franks, Esq., Abramowitz, Franks & Olsen, and Jay F. Stein, Esq., Stein & Brockmann, P.A., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • How the law interacts with hydrology and how hydrology interacts with the law
  • New technologies and old laws
  • Post-settlement administration of Navajo water rights
  • Hydrological innovations
  • Presenting hydrological developments to the courts
  • Water conservation obligations and incentives in New Mexico
  • The Navajo Settlement: What does it settle?


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

8:00 am


8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Martha C. Franks, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Abramowitz, Franks & Olsen / Fort Collins, CO

Jay F. Stein, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Stein & Brockmann, P.A. / Santa Fe, NM

8:45 am

How the Law Interacts with Hydrology and How Hydrology Interacts with the Law

James C. Brockmann, Esq. , Moderator
Stein & Brockmann, P.A. / Santa Fe, NM

Hydrologic considerations for ground and surface water management in water administration

Eluid L. Martinez , President
Water Resources Management Consultants, LLC / Santa Fe, NM

Matching law and science - the challenge of two ways of thinking

Martha C. Franks, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Abramowitz, Franks & Olsen / Fort Collins, CO

10:15 am


10:30 am

New Technologies and Old Laws

Hydrological innovations that have shaped New Mexico's water law

Christopher Vigil, Esq. , Staff Attorney, Water Rights Adjudications
New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts / Santa Fe, NM

The Judicial perspective on reviewing hydrological innovation

Richard C. Bosson, Esq. , Former Justice
New Mexico Supreme Court / Santa Fe, NM

The technological perspective on presenting new hydrological developments to the courts

John Shomaker, Ph.D., CPG , President, Senior Principal Hydrogeologist
John Shomaker & Associates Inc. / Albuquerque, NM

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Water Conservation Obligations and Incentives in New Mexico

The meaning of "conservation" in the world of water

John Longworth, PE , Director of the Technical Division
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer / Santa Fe, NM

Agriculture's view: Water conservation practices in the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

Mike A. Hamman, P.E. , Chief Executive Officer/Chief Engineer
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District / Albuquerque, NM

The municipal view: Water conservation practices in the City of Santa Fe

Marcos D. Martinez, Esq. , Assistant City Attorney
City of Santa Fe / Santa Fe, NM

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

The Navajo Settlement: What Does it Settle?

An overview of the terms of the settlement and how the parties got to that point

Arianne Singer, Esq. , Deputy General Counsel
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer / Santa Fe, NM

Potential issues relating to the validity of the Settlement and the implications for near-term and long-term implementation

Victor R. Marshall, Esq.
Victor R. Marshall & Associates P.C. / Albuquerque, NM

Post-settlement administration of Navajo water rights: Measurements and mechanisms

Jason John , Principal Hydrologist
Navajo Department of Water Resources / Fort Defiance, AZ

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Martha C. Franks, Program Co-Chair, partner, Abramowitz, Franks & Olsen, was formerly with the Office of the New Mexico State Engineer, and the Office of the Solicitor of the United States, advising the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on water questions. She entered private practice in 2000, and practices water law exclusively.

Jay F. Stein, Program Co-Chair, founding member of Stein & Brockmann, P.A. (formerly Simms & Stein, P.A.), is a New Mexico Board Certified Specialist in Water Law and his practice is limited to water law. He works in administrative, district court, and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts, primarily in New Mexico.

James C. Brockmann, moderator, Stein & Brockmann, P.A., is a Certified Water Law Specialist and his firm represents many of the major municipalities in New Mexico, national and international corporations, homeowners, subdivisions, developers, and farmers and ranchers.

Richard C. Bosson, Former Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court, has been a member of New Mexico Judiciary for over 21 years including 13 years on New Mexico Supreme Court and 2 years as Chief Justice until retirement. During that time he was author of several significant opinions on New Mexico water law.

Mike A. Hamman, P.E., Chief Executive Officer/Chief Engineer, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is experienced in engineering and water resources management with extensive knowledge of New Mexico water resource development projects and issues. Previously, he was the Area Manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Jason John, Principal Hydrologist, Navajo Department of Water Resources, oversees the daily operations and projects administered by the Water Management Branch including the implementation of several projects related to the San Juan River Basin in the New Mexico Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

John Longworth, P. E., Director of the Technical Division, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, is experienced with interstate compacts, water right applications process, adjudications within state and federal courts, complex water settlements, development and implementation of water policy constrained by political, technical and legal considerations.

Victor R. Marshall, Victor R. Marshall & Associates P.C., represents more than 20 community ditches and acequias on the San Juan River, with more than 10,000 water owners.

Eluid L. Martinez, President, Water Resources Management Consultants, LLC, is a registered Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor and consultant in water rights, water rights administration and water management issues.

Marcos D. Martinez, Assistant City Attorney, City of Santa Fe, and counsel for the City's Public Utilities Committee, which oversees the acquisition and development of water rights for the City as well as the physical supply of wet-water, the treatment of waste-water, its discharge, and effluent re-use in the city.

John Shomaker, Ph.D., CPG, President, Senior Principal Hydrogeologist, John Shomaker & Associates Inc., is experienced in New Mexico geology and hydrogeology as Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and as Geologist with the (then) New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources.

Arianne Singer, Deputy General Counsel, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, has represented the State in the Aamodt, Taos and Navajo water rights settlements and is also involved in the litigation and settlement negotiations of the water rights claims of other Pueblos and Tribes in adjudications in the State.

Christopher Vigil, Staff Attorney, Water Rights Adjudications, New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, focuses on water law and federal Indian Law.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 6.5 NM MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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