Laurie Fowler, University of Georgia; Kevin L. Patrick, Patrick, Miller, Kropf, Noto; Bill Staudenmaier, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P
Laurie Fowler is associate dean of public service and external affairs at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. She is also on the adjunct faculty at the School of Law where she teaches the environmental law practicum. Laurie is the Director for Policy at the UGA River Basin Center and her research focuses primarily on the management of land use practices to protect water quality, supply and biodiversity. She also is the coordinator of The University Collaborative (TUC), a team of faculty and students at the major universities within the Apalachicola-Chattachoochee-Flint (ACF) basin (In the states of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia). The TUC provides technical and policy assistance to the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders, Inc.; their most recent work is a GAPs Analysis of Watershed Management Functions in the ACF. Laurie earned her LL.M. degree from the University of Washington, her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia and her B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
Kevin L. Patrick is a shareholder at Patrick, Miller, Kropf, Noto. The firm’s focus is on water rights, water transfers, water and waste water planning and development, and tribal water (See: www.waterlaw.com.) Kevin has argued numerous cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeal and state supreme courts and was lead counsel for Tarrant Regional Water District in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court last year. He received his J.D. from the University of Tulsa School of Law, National Energy Law & Policy Institute, and a B.A. from Virginia Tech. He is licensed in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a number of U.S. District Courts, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Sustainable Energy Resources Law Institute of the University of Tulsa and the Board of Advisors of the Bloomberg BNA Water Law & Policy Monitor. He is a frequent speaker on water planning and water rights related topics throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Kevin is a member of the Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas bars. He also is admitted to practice in the 10th Circuit as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Staudenmaier is a partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P in Phoenix, Ariz., where he practices water and natural resources law. Bill specializes in acquiring and protecting water rights for industrial, agricultural and municipal water users. Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and soil science from the University of Wisconsin, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Bill is a member of the Arizona bar. He also is admitted to practice in the 9th Circuit as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.