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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.

4th Annual Carver Colloquium
Fracking Bans & Setbacks: An Unconstitutional Takings?
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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A Takings is the seizure of private property or a substantial deprivation of the right to its free use that is caused by government action. This year’s event will debate the issue of whether or not proposed fracking bans and setbacks constitute a takings.

Wayne Forman

Wayne Forman
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wayne Forman is a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he represents clients in all aspects of Colorado water law, land use litigation, condemnation and environmental law and litigation. He represents private and public clients throughout Colorado on water rights matters and has extensive experience in land use litigation and water quality and wetlands matters. Mr. Forman was a member of the litigation team that won dismissal of a gas transportation antitrust case, and has represented an energy company in a challenge on state and federal preemption grounds to County regulations governing oil and gas operations.

Patrick McGinley

Patrick McGinley
Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law
West Virginia University College of Law

Patrick C. McGinley is the Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law at West Virginia University where he has been a member of the law faculty since 1975. His work focuses on environmental and natural resources law, human rights, access to government information and constitutional takings jurisprudence. He has served as Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and as co-editor of the multi-volume treatise Coal Law & Regulation and editor of the Annual Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation. Mr. McGinley is a recipient of the Cary Rydberg Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Interest Advocacy, the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Justice’s Foundation’s Public Justice Achievement Award, and he has been recognized by the Environmental Policy Institute.

Jan Laitos

Moderator: Jan Laitos
John A. Carver, Jr. Chair
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Jan Laitos holds the John A. Carver Jr. Chair at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is a Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Law Review; a regional board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute; and Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law foundation. He was Vice Chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. In 1996, he was given the University of Denver’s distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2005, he was selected a “DU Law Star.” He has worked as a consultant on several cases decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Federal appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Idaho Supreme court, and the Colorado Supreme Court, and on several petitions before the United States Supreme Court.

3rd Annual Carver Colloquium—The Colorado Compact: Effective or Obsolete?
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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?

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