DO NOT USE Trial Practice in the Water Courts: Trying Your Water Law Case - Video Replay Denver

Co-sponsored by the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Bar Association
Our first course devoted to the practicalities of trying your water court case. Burdens of proof, evidence needed, making a clear record, preserving issues for appeal, and motions are included in the discussion. PLUS, seasoned practitioners and officials will treat you to mock trials of water rights issues routinely heard by water courts. And, don’t miss the end of the day session during which your colleagues will share the takeaway points.    
Register now for this special CLE opportunity!  
Want to better manage your water law case before trial, too? Order the home study of our October 11, 2019 program!  
- Better understand and gain insights on trying cases in Colorado’s unique water court system
- Hear experts on best practices in the trial phase as to burdens of proof, evidence, making a clear record, preserving issues for appeal and motions      
- Mock trials plus a wrap-up session with colleagues

8:30 AM  
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Extended by Honorable Monica M. Márquez
9:10 AM
Burdens of Proof: Different Claims and Cases
- Elements
- What Works
- What Doesn’t Work
Presented by Stuart B. Corbridge, Esq., Jennifer M. DiLalla, Ph.D., Esq., and Michelle Cunico Johnson, P.E.
Moderated by James Witwer, Esq.
10:10 AM
Networking Break
10:25 AM
- Documentary evidence — pitfalls and opportunities
- Testimony of experts versus lay witnesses
- Using cross-examination to support your case
- Deploying rules of evidence effectively
Presented by Ema I.G. Schultz, Esq., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Water Resources Unit, Water Conservation Unit, and David Halford, Esq.
Moderated by Sarah A. Klahn, Esq.
11:25 AM
Making a Clear Record and Preserving Issues for Appeal
- Keys to getting exhibits and testimony into evidence
- Other to do’s in the trial court to prepare for a potential appeal
- What does the appellate court consider to be a “clear” or helpful record?
Presented by Peter Ampe, Esq., Bradley C. Grasmick, Esq., Kevin J. Kinnear, Esq. and Justice Gregory J. Hobbs (ret.)
Moderated by Casey S. Funk, Esq., In-House Counsel, Denver Board of Water Commissioners
12:25 – 1:30 PM
Lunch on Your Own
1:30 PM
Motions: Who Can File What, When to Use, When to File
Presented by Julianne M. Woldridge, Esq., David M. Shohet, Esq., and
the Honorable Larry C. Schwartz, Judge, Water Division 2 (pending availability)
Moderated by Justice Gregory J. Hobbs (ret.)
2:20 PM
Mock Trial: Conditional Water Rights
- Direct exam and cross exam
- Expert Testimony
- What works? What doesn’t work?                                                                                                                               
Presented by Julianne M. Woldridge, Esq., David M. Shohet, Esq., Gary B. Thompson, P.E., and the Honorable Larry C. Schwartz, Judge, Water Division 2 (pending availability)
3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:10 PM
Mock Trial: Change/Augmentation of a Water Right
- Direct examination and cross examination
- Expert Testimony
- What works? What doesn’t work?                                                                                                           
Presented by Sarah Klahn, Esq., Philip E. Lopez, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Dean Santistevan, P.E., Assistant Division Engineer, Division 1 (South Platte River Basin), and Joseph (Jody) B. Grantham, Hearing Officer, Colorado State Engineer's Office/Colorado Ground Commission, Denver, CO
3:50 PM
Takeaways: Helpful or Surprising Insights and More Offered During the Day
Presented by David F. Bower, Esq., Jason M. Brothers, P.E., Jennifer M. DiLalla, Ph.D., Esq., Alison I.D. Gorsevski, Esq., and Karoline M. Henning, Esq,
Moderated by John J. Justus, Esq.
4:20 PM
Location Information
S1 - East Huddle Room
1290 Broadway Street, 17th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
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Registration Fees
Non Member $489.00
CBA Member $389.00
CBA Water Law Section Member $329.00
Paralegal/Legal Support Staff $247.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $164.50
  • General Credits: 7.00
  • Ethics Credits: 0.00
Start Date - End Date
May 26, 2020
Start Time - End Time
9:00 AM - 4:20 PM
Event Location
S1 - East Huddle Room
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