Legal Program

June 9 - 12 | Exposition: June 10 - 12 | Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO | USA

This program is for water utility leaders and legal professionals focusing on current legal trends and developments across the water sector. The event will be followed by a networking reception for attendees to connect and build relationships.

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Attend on Tuesday or stay for the entire conference.


Registration Type Before April 24 After April 24
Legal Program Tuesday Only                                                                                 $660 $660             
Legal Program Full-Conference $850  $1,050

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This program will be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

Tuesday, June 11 

9:45 a.m.     
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Barbara Martin, Director of Engineering and Technical Services - AWWA
10:00 a.m. Water Rights and the West: A Discussion of Current and Future Challenges
A moderated panel discussion from the water utility, regulatory and legal perspectives on the current state of various water rights issues and actions in the Western U.S., including a focus on the Colorado River Basin, as well as water rights developments in Arizona and California.

Moderator: Jim Lochhead, Esq., General Manager & CEO - Denver Water 

Panelists: Cynthia Campbell, Esq., Water Resource Management Advisor - City of Phoenix, AZ 

Sarah Krakoff, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School 
11:30 a.m. Networking break
 Noon  Enforcement & Compliance at Today’s EPA: Insights for Water Utility Leaders 
An interactive exchange on the current enforcement and compliance landscape in the Trump Administration’s EPA − both at the Federal and regional levels and how water utilities can best navigate the changing focus and priorities of these regulations.

Legal Program Lunch Sponsored by Davis, Graham & Stubbs 

Moderator: Jessica Brody, Esq., General Counsel - Denver Water 

Panelists: Marcia Reuben, VP of Quality & Compliance, Inframark, N.A.(formerly Severn Trent, N.A.) 

Andrew Stewart, Esq. Partner, Sidley Austin, LLC (former head of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement)
1:30 p.m. The Legal Landscape for PFAs:  What You Need to Know Now
A moderated discussion of emerging issues utilities and regulators are navigating amidst growing public awareness of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in water supplies. Perspectives will include the legal and regulatory implications of PFAS contamination      

Moderator: Ken Sansone, Esq., Partner - SL Environmental Law Group, PC 


Alan Roberson, Executive Director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) 

Robert A. Bilott, Esq., Partner - Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP  
Steve VIa, Director of Federal Relations - AWWA (Invited)
Mike Fink, Water Superintendent for the City of Fountain, Colorado
3:30 p.m. Wrap up and Concluding remarks
4:00 p.m. Networking reception