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12th Annual

Montana Water Law

September 12 & 13, 2012 -- Helena, MT










Order today and get 50% off downloadable products or 25% off printed homestudies.
Downloadable content must be viewed by September 13, 2013.

Prices currently listed on the website reflect the discount.

If you are involved in any way with water in Montana, you will want to join Program Co-Chairs John E. Bloomquist, a partner at Doney Crowley Payne Bloomquist PC, and Holly J. Franz, a partner with Franz & Driscoll PLLP! Along with an outstanding faculty they will cover the following topics:

  • Summary of the 2013 Proposed Legislation
  • DNRC Permits and Change Authorizations
  • Indian Water Rights
  • Federal Clean Water Act Case & Policy Update
  • Water Court Update
  • Issues Regarding Adjudication of Water Rights
  • Reflections on Water Law: Lessons Learned
  • Water Rights Case Update
  • Fracking
  • Enforcement of Agency Decisions
  • Montana Water Rights Valuation
  • Ethical Considerations: Conflict of Interest in Water Right Cases
We have recently changed our On Demand program so attendees
can view across more platforms. Check the new system requirements.

Check the credits section for homestudy credits available for the On Demand.
This seminar must be downloaded and viewed before it expires on September 13, 2013.
For questions call 800-574-4852 or email to

Credits: See the credit section for full information
MT CLE – Up to 5.0 Self-Study Hours are Available
WY CLE - 10.75 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics Credits
ID CLE - 10.75 CLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics Credits
WA MCLE - 11.0 Hours of Self-Study Credit, including 1.0 Hours of Ethics Credit
Engineer/Land Surveyor or Architect - May Qualify

Who Should Attend:
Attorneys/Legal Staff
Farmers & Ranchers
Water & Irrigation Managers
Government Officials
Government Planners
Estate/Financial Planners


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Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012
8:15Optional Session: Water Rights 101
A Water Rights Primer on Research and How to Work Up a Water Rights Case
Bloomquist Law Firm PC
9:00Welcome and Introduction of Day One
Bloomquist Law Firm PC
9:10Summary of the 2013 Proposed Legislation
Montana Legislative Environmental Policy Office
9:45DNRC Permits and Change Authorizations
New Application Process; Revision of Rules to Accommodate the New Process
Montana Trout Unlimited
Water Rights Bureau Chief
Montana DNRC
11:00Indian Water Rights
Tribal Perspective: Who Owns the Water? When were the Lands Released? General Objections; Adjudication Process; Issue Remarks
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
U.S. Department of the Interior; Regional Solicitor’s Office
12:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00Federal Clean Water Act Case & Policy Update
CWA Case Update; State Case Update; Update on Rules at Both National and State Level
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
1:45Water Court Update
Adjudication Progress Update; Cases of Significance
Montana Water Court
2:45Issues Regarding Adjudication of Water Rights
Municipal Water Rights; Irrigation District Rights; Water Service Project Water Rights
Moore O’Connell & Refling PC
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Williams & Jent PLLP
3:45Reflections on Water Law: Lessons Learned
Water Quality and Water Permitting in Montana
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Montana DNRC
4:30Adjourn for Reception & Networking
Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012
9:00Welcome and Introduction of Day Two
Franz & Driscoll PLLP
9:10Water Rights Case Update
Franz & Driscoll PLLP
Water Rights; Water Quality; Municipal Water Rights to Sell Water for Fracking; Where/How to Get a Secure Water Supply
Crowley Fleck PLLP
Water Resources Div. Admin.
Montana DNRC
11:15Enforcement of Agency Decisions
When is Enforcement of an Agency Decision Necessary? What Decisions are Ripe for Enforcement? How can the Agency Decision be Enforced?
Ferguson Law Office PLLC
Montana DNRC
12:15Lunch (on your own)
1:15Montana Water Rights Valuation
State Wide Water Right Valuation & Valuation of Access to Water Supplies – Montana Trust Land Management Division
Lotic LLC
DMS Natural Resources LLC
2:15Ethical Considerations: Conflict of Interest in Water Right Cases
Litigation before the Water Court; Adjudication; Potential Conflicts with Water Permitting
Garlington Lohn Robinson PLLP


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John E. Bloomquist, Program Co-Chair, is the founder of Bloomquist Law Firm PC. He is a former Water Master with the Montana Water Court and emphasizes water, public lands, natural resources, real estate, administrative, and governmental relations law in his private practice. He has been a lecturer for several continuing legal education courses in Montana on the subject of water rights and water quality law.

Holly J. Franz, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Franz & Driscoll PLLP where she practices in the areas of water rights and government relations. She served as vice-chair of the Water Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources and is a contributor to the Section’s publication “Year in Review”.

Stan Bradshaw is the counsel to Trout Unlimited's Montana Water Project, where he spends a substantial part of his time working within the DNRC change process, seeking State approval of changes to instream flows under Montana’s instream flow leasing statute.

Stephen R. Brown is a partner with Garlington Lohn Robinson PLLP, where he concentrates his practice in environmental, natural resources, and energy law, with particular emphasis on water rights, oil and gas and environmental cleanup and compliance matters. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law in Portland, OR.

John B. Carter has represented the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation on treaty rights, natural resources, jurisdictional disputes and water rights matters since 1983.

John Chaffin has been an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 29 years. After an initial two years in Washington, D.C., he has spent the rest of his career in Billings where he advises the BLM, BIA, FWS, NPS, and Reclamation on water rights and water administration issues.

Reneé L. Coppock is an attorney with Crowley Fleck PLLP. She has practiced in the areas of agricultural law, water law, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, commercial litigation and environmental law since joining the firm in 1987.

Chris Corbin is the founder of Lotic LLC, a water rights marketing and management company. He has provided consultation on water banks, water rights asset management, water marketing plans, water capital improvements, water rights audits and valuations, mitigation plans, and water rights brokerage.

Michael J.L. Cusick has been a member of the Bozeman law firm of Moore O’Connell & Refling PC for 13 years. He practices in the areas of water rights adjudication, water law, and real estate.

Tim Davis is Administrator of the Water Resources Division at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He oversees a dedicated staff who protect Montana’s 350,000 filed water rights & review applications for new water rights appropriations.

David Dennis is the Water Quality Act attorney for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, he advises the Standards, Permitting and Enforcement Divisions with respect to Water Quality Act issues, as well as litigating all claims brought by ar against DEQ involving Water Quality Act questions.

John Ferguson founded Ferguson Law Office PLLC in 2007 and his offices are located in Missoula, Montana. He concentrates his practice in the areas of water, construction, and employment law and provides criminal defense representation as a contract attorney for the Public Defender’s Office.

Millie Heffner is the Water Rights Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. She has been with the Water Rights Bureau since 2008 and has been working for the DNRC since 2005.

Joe Kolman is Director of the nonpartisan Environmental Policy Office of Legislative Services, where he has worked for ten years. He is staff for the Environmental Quality Council and the Water Policy Interim Committee.

Hon. Russ McElyea was appointed to the Montana Water Court in 2012. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a partner with Moore O’Connell & Refling PC, and Chief Operating Officer of Moonlight Basin. He has been practicing law since 1989.

John North has served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality since that department’s creation in 1995. Prior to this, he was Chief Legal Counsel for the Montana Department of State Lands.

Kevin R. Peterson, an attorney with DNRC, emphasizes regulatory enforcement of the Montana Water Use Act and other water resource issues for DNRC. He has an extensive research background in the biological sciences and agriculture. He has practiced in Montana, Minnesota and is licensed with the USPTO.

Roselyn Rennie is an attorney advisor with the Office of the Solicitor. Since 2001, she has been designated as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and provides legal representation to the Department of the Interior agencies in the Montana General Stream Adjudication.

Mary H. Sexton is the Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that, she was the administrator and education director for The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Swamp Preserve. She was a County Commissioner for six years, and taught at Hamilton High School.

Deborah M. Stephenson founded DMS Natural Resources LLC (DMS) in 2011. She has advised and handled transaction negotiations for over 200,000 acre feet of water. She has developed financial models to evaluate farm and ranch investments for over 140,000 acres across Nevada, California, Montana, and Washington.

Matthew W. Williams is a partner with Williams & Jent PLLP. For over 26 years, his practice has heavily emphasized water and environmental matters in both judicial and administrative contexts.


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This seminar is approved for the following credits

This course has been approved by the Montana State Bar for a total of 10.75 CLE credits including 1.0 ethics Credits. Up to 5.0 self-study hours are available.

This course is approved by the Wyoming State Bar for 10.75 CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics CREDITS.

This course is approved by the Idaho State Bar for 10.75 CLE credits including 1.0 ethics credits.

This course has been approved for 11.25 hours of Washington MCLE credits, including 1.0 hours of ethics credit by the Washington State Bar. Self-Study credit may be available.

This course has been approved for 11.0 hours of Washington MCLE self-study credit, including 1.0 hours of ethics credit by the Washington State Bar.

MT Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors
This course may qualify for architect, engineer and land surveyor credit through the Montana Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

If this seminar has not been approved for the credits you require, let us know and we will look into it for you.

Information on Continuing Education Credits


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Attorney $525.00
2 or more $475.00
Government / Non-Profit $425.00
New Associate $390.00
Other Professionals $390.00
Other Professionals $375.00
Other Professionals $375.00
Other Professionals $375.00
Student $327.00
Other Professionals $275.00
Day One $387.00
Day Two $318.00
All Sessions $112.00
All Sessions $412.00
All Sessions $412.00
All Sessions $62.00
All Sessions $262.00
On Demand Session 1 $15.00
On Demand Session 2 $20.00
On Demand Session 3 $26.00
On Demand Session 4 $26.00
On Demand Session 5 $20.00
On Demand Session 6 $20.00
On Demand Session 7 $26.00
On Demand Session 8 $20.00
On Demand Session 9 $25.00
On Demand Session 10 $26.00
On Demand Session 11 $26.00
On Demand Session 12 $30.00
On Demand Session 13 $30.00

Fee Description

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your tuition less a $50 cancellation charge if we receive your cancellation by 9/6/2012.


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This seminar is being held at:
Great Northern Hotel
835 Great Northern Blvd.
Helena, MT 59601-3315
Phone: 406-457-5500
Please call the hotel for directions/questions. A block of sleep rooms has been set aside at a reduced rate until 8/20/12. Mention “The Seminar Group” to receive the discounted rate.
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