State Conflicts over Water Supply with Burke Griggs

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Burke Griggs provides a riveting discussion on the state of water law, including some history and procedure involving interstate water disputes and a rundown on current Supreme Court of the United States water conflict litigation. Sprinkling in some of his personal experiences in significant interstate water disputes, Burke gives you a front line look at how these disputes shape up and some of the nuances involved. Burke holds several positions: Associate Professor of Law at Washburn University; Nonresident Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford; and affiliated researcher at the Bill Lane Center for the American West, also at Stanford, where he contributes to the Water in the West project.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • How the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) accepts original jurisdiction over disputes between states
  • How the number of cases involving water is trending before the SCOTUS
  • Burke’s theory on why the number of cases are trending the way they are
  • Burke’s insights into why a state’s constituents are not always aligned with that state in interstate water disputes
  • The Kansas v. Nebraska SCOTUS litigation in which Burke represented Kansas
  • The Florida v. Georgia SCOTUS litigation
  • The Texas v. New Mexico SCOTUS litigation
  • The Mississippi v. Tennessee SCOTUS litigation (and why this one is so unique)

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