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The Carver Colloquium is an annual event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and Jan Laitos, the John A. Carver, Jr. Chair at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Held each fall term, the Colloquium features two leading legal or planning scholars from the land use, environmental and natural resources law fields. The Colloquium presents divergent or alternative viewpoints on cutting-edge issues in these fields in a point-counterpoint format.

3rd Annual Carver Colloquium
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Room 165
6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Hoover signing 1922 Colorado River Compact

Negotiated almost a century ago, the Colorado River Compact allocates water supply among many of the western states, but it may be outdated. The Compact overestimated the amount of water available from the Colorado River, seeming to benefit Arizona, Nevada, and California at the expense of Upper Basin states like Colorado, and failed to anticipate current and future demands on the River that have been exacerbated by climate change. Is the Compact still relevant or should we throw it out and start over?

Please join us at the Denver Law School on Tuesday, November 12th for a rousing debate between our distinguished speakers about the Colorado Compact: Effective or Obsolete?

Jim Lochhead

Jim Lochhead
CEO and Manager of Denver Water.
Jim Lochhead is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost water rights and natural resources attorneys. He is the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He also was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he worked on issues relating to water rights, interstate water matters, Endangered Species Act, public lands and natural resources, zoning, land use and real estate development. Mr. Lochhead received his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology in 1974 and his law degree in 1978, both from the University of Colorado.

tom I. Romero, II

Tom I. Romero, II
Assistant Provost of IE Research and Curriculum Initiatives for University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Professor Romero is an Associate Professor of Law and is Affiliated Faculty with the Department of History. He teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West, land use, water law, and urban development and local government on has published extensively on such topics in the nation’s top law reviews. One of his publications, The Color of Water: Observations of a Brown Buffalo on Water Law and Policy in Ten Stanzas, surveys the relationship between water development and racial inequality. Professor Romero also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Denver Water Law Review and was recently appointed as Assistant Vice-Provost for IE Research and Curriculum Initiatives for the University of Denver.

January 2013: Local Regulation of Oil & Gas Production
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The 2013 Carver Colloquium featured a debate between UCLA Professor Robert Freilich and Dan Domenico, the Colorado Solicitor General. The Colloquium focused on the challenges facing local governments regarding oil and gas drilling and production in their communities, in light of the traditionally dominant regulatory role played by state authorities, such as the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission.

October 2011: The Governance of Renewable Energy Transmission
The 2011 Carver Colloquium featured former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. and Robin Kundis Craig, Associate Dean of the Florida State University College of Law, who presented two models of governance to overcome this challenges of energy transmission.

The Carver Colloquium is presented by:
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Lincoln Institute of Land Policy