Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Scalia will provide the keynote address at the Snake River Basin Adjudication Reception & Dinner More

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Celebration of the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication

August 25-26, 2014
Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise Idaho

The University of Idaho College of Law, Idaho Supreme Court, and Kempthorne Institute are pleased to announce a celebration of the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Boise, Idaho August 25−26, 2014. This historic adjudication of surface and ground water rights in Idaho will be celebrated with a full-day conference on topics related to the adjudication and water rights in Idaho on Monday August 25.

Monday evening, we are proud to welcome U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as our featured keynote speaker at a reception and dinner where there will be a ceremonial signing of the final decree.  On Tuesday morning the conference will conclude with a water policy panel hosted by Governor Dirk Kempthorne and sponsored by the Kempthorne Institute.

Registration Cost

Type of Registration Fee
Attending Conference Monday and Tuesday
Attending Conference plus Reception and Dinner Closed
Attending Conference Monday Only $100
Attending Conference Tuesday Only $20
Attending Monday Reception and Dinner Closed
Law Students - Conference and Dinner Closed
Dinner Table Sponsorship (8 attendees per table) Closed

CLE Credit

7.75 continuing legal education credits approved by the Idaho State Bar for Monday's conference. 2.5 credits pending approval for Tuesday's policy panel.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 25th

8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Chief Justice Roger Burdick, Idaho Supreme Court
8:45 a.m.
Why was the SRBA Necessary? (Discussion of why the SRBA was recommended as part of the Swan Falls Settlement and the perceived benefits of the adjudication).
Moderator: Randy Stapilus−Author, Owner/Publisher Ridenbaugh Press, Editor/Publisher of several monthly newsletters, including SRBA Digest
Justice Jim Jones, Idaho Supreme Court
James Tucker, Attorney, Idaho Power Company
9:30 a.m.
Case Management – What worked and what didn’t work?
Moderator: Randy Stapilus
Panel Discussion: Chief Justice Roger Burdick; Senior Judge Barry Wood; Judge John Melanson; and Judge Eric Wildman
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
IDWR’s Technical Advisor Role (Discussion of technology, dispute resolution, directors' reports, service of process, etc.).
Moderator: Gary L. Spackman, Director, IDWR
David B. Shaw, P.E.
David Tuthill, Ph.D., P.E., Former IDWR Director
Garrick Baxter, Deputy Idaho Attorney General, Water Resources Section Chief
11:45 a.m.
Lunch and Retrospective on Western Adjudications
Moderator: Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
John E. Thorson, Federal Water Master, First District Court, Washington
Justice Gregory Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court
1:30 p.m.
Native American Reserved Water Right Settlements
Moderator: Steven C. Moore, Native American Rights Fund
Professor Francis E. McGovern, Duke University School of Law
Terry Uhling, Counsel J.R. Simplot Company
Pamela Williams, Director, Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office
Professor Jeanette Wolfley, University of New Mexico School of Law
2:30 p.m.
Basin Wide Issues – Review of Major Issues (including non-tribal federal claims)
Moderator: Professor Barb Cosens, University of Idaho
Travis Thompson, Barker, Rosholt & Simpson, LLP
Jeffrey Fereday, Givens Pursley, LLP  
Chris Bromley, McHugh Bromley PLLC
Randall Bramer, USDA Office of General Counsel
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m.
Wrapping up the SRBA
Moderator: SRBA Special Master Brigette Bilyeu
Judge Eric Wildman, Presiding Judge, SRBA
Clive Strong, Deputy Idaho Attorney General, Chief, Natural Resources Division
4:15 p.m.
Post Decree Implementation:  Conjunctive Management
Moderator:  SRBA Special Master Theodore Booth
Karl J. Dreher, P.E., D. WRE., Former IDWR Director
Senior Justice Gerald Schroeder, Idaho Supreme Court
5:00 p.m.
Conference Concludes
6:00 p.m.
Appetizers and no-host bar
7:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and
Signing of a final unified Decree

Tuesday, August 26th

8:30 a.m.
Policy Panel underwritten by the Kempthorne Institute and former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne
The distinguished panel will discuss the policy and politics of water from a national and global perspective.  What is the future of water policy in the United States and Indian Country, and can our national experience and lessons learned be successfully exported to add value globally?
Moderator: Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman
Panelists: Chief Allan, Chairman, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Michael Bogert, Former Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior
Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior (invited)
Larry Craig, United States Senator (Ret.)
Bob Iacullo, Executive Vice President, United Water
Ted Kulongoski, Former Governor of the State of Oregon
Arturo Sarukhan, Former Mexico Ambassador to the United States
*breakfast is included