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2015 California Water Law Symposium Proceedings


Attached is the final version of the Proceedings of the January 2015 California Water Law Symposium held at Golden Gate University School of Law. 

We would like to thank Trimble for sponsoring the publication.

We would also like to thank Kurt Lighthouse for the graphic design work and Ginny Parsons for the painting.



11th Annual Symposium

Wasted Water:
Reasonable Use Law in 21st Century California

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco, CA


Thank you everyone for attending the 2015 Symposium! All materials, including a full transcript of the proceedings, will be posted in the near future.


We are proud to announce that our keynote speaker will be Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board.

This year’s Symposium will address current and future water issues in California, focusing on opportunities for collaboration in water management, and exploring possible resolutions to issues that will shape the future of our state with the theme of "Wasted Water: Reasonable Use Law in 21st Century California." 

The program will tackle a variety of issues through the lens of managing water efficiently and sustainably under the Reasonable Use Doctrine. Panels will cover a range of topics, including efficiency in urban water use, pricing and incentives as a means of limiting use, sustainable groundwater management, and the role of Reasonable Use in agricultural sector. The Symposium is a collaborative, student-led effort between Golden Gate University School of Law; UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall); UC Davis School of Law (King Hall); UC Hastings College of the Law; University of San Francisco School of Law; and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Every year, the Symposium brings together academics, practitioners, policymakers, scientists, community members, and students to hear from leading professionals on pressing water issues.

 If you have questions about the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Co-Chairs at

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