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Water Court Practice | L47xx

This seminar will focus on practice in Colorado seven water courts and in the Colorado Supreme Court. Water Lawyer Susan Ryan will lead class members through the water court statutes, rules, forms, and pertinent case law. Class members will draft applications for conditional water rights, absolute water rights, changes of water rights, and augmentation plans, as well as statements of opposition to water court applications. They will also draft proposed water right findings of fact, conclusions of law, judgments, and decrees for each type of application. Guest engineers, lawyers, and Senior Water Judge Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. (retired Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court) will assist the class in understanding the hydrological, protection against injury, burden of proof, and water administration factors involved in cases before the water courts and on appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court. (Suggest taking Fundamentals of Water Law Course first, but not a prerequisite).

Prerequisites: Suggest taking Fundamentals of Water Law Course first, but not a prerequisite.
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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