South Carolina Law Review Symposium

Water “Law-gged”

The Muddy Relationship Between Water Law, the Environment, and Economic Development

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Friday, February 20, 2015

Strom Thurmond Law Auditorium
University of South Carolina School of Law
Columbia, South Carolina


The South Carolina Law Review is hosting a Symposium in 2015 titled “Water-Lawgged”: The Muddy Relationship between Water Law, the Environment, and Economic Development.  The event will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 19th, with a keynote address by Stanford University Professor Buzz Thompson, a leading expert in environmental and natural resources law and policy.  On Friday, February 20th, there will be three panel discussions. The first will focus on the effects of water law on the environment and economic development.  The second will focus on the evolving riparian and transitional issues affecting intrastate water allocation.  The third panel will discuss ongoing conflicts in the area of interstate water allocation.  These talks will be a great platform for the diverse group of panelists to provide a wide range of perspectives on these issues.   Additionally, on Friday there will also be an address from Duke University Professor Jim Salzman, a leading scholar on environmental issues.  We are extremely excited about this event as it promises to offer timely discussions of many current issues that have vast implications on the law across the country, our environment, and the development of our economy.  Finally, the Symposium will offer attendees six hours of CLE credit.


For more information about Volume 66’s Symposium, as well as sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact our Symposium Editors, Brittany Lins and Matt Orville, at symposium@sclawreview.org.  You can register for the Symposium by visiting https://secure.touchnet.net/C21544_ustores/web/ and clicking on “School of Law” on the right-hand column.



Thursday, February 19th

6:00 – 6:05 p.m. Overview of Events & Introduction
Emily Bridges, Editor in Chief, Volume 66, South Carolina Law Review
6:05 – 7:00 p.m. Symposium Keynote Address
Intro Remarks: Professor Josh Eagle, Soloman Blatt Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of LawBarton H. “Buzz” Thompson, Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law and Perry L. McCarty Director, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford School of Law
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Lobby of the University of South Carolina School of Law
Friday, February 20th
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Symposium Registration
Lobby of the Law Auditorium
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening RemarksEmily Bridges, Editor in Chief, Volume 66, South Carolina Law Review
Josh Eagle, Soloman Blatt Professor of Law University of South Carolina School of Law
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Panel: Water, Economic Development, and the Law: What Business Needs from Law and the Relationship between Economic Development and the Environment

Moderator: Nathan Richardson, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina Law School


  • Leighton Lord, Partner, Nexsen Pruet, LLC, Columbia, SC
  • Stephanie Yarbrough, Partner, Womble, Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Charleston, SC
  • Rebecca Haynes, Government Relations Director, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Randy Wilgis, Chief Solutions Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC, Camden, SC
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Panel: Intrastate Water Allocation: Evolving Riparianism and Transitional Issues?

Moderator: Carol Boggs, PhD, Director, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment


  • Dr. Reed Perkins, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Bo Abrams, Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
  • Mullen Taylor, Attorney at Law, Mullen Taylor, LLC, Columbia, SC
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch: On Your Own
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote: Jim Salzman, Samuel F. Mordecai Professor of Law and Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University School of Law
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Panel: Interstate Water Allocation: Ongoing Conflicts and States’ Options

Moderator: Terry E. Richardson, Jr., Partner, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, Barnwell, SC


  • The Honorable Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Gil Rogers, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta, GA
  • John B. Draper, Partner, Draper & Draper, LLC, Santa Fe, NM
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. South Carolina Law Review Alumni Happy Hour EventCola’s | 1215 Assembly Street | Columbia, SC 29201


You can register for the Symposium by visiting https://secure.touchnet.net/C21544_ustores/web/ and clicking on “School of Law” on the right-hand column.


Suggested Lodging

The Inn at USC
1619 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201-3809
(803) 779-7779
0.7 miles away
Columbia Sheraton
1400 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 988-1400
0.91 miles
Courtyard by Marriott
630 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 799-7800
0.1 miles away
Columbia Marriott
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-7000
0.9 miles away
Hitlon Columbia Center
924 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 744-7800
0.66 miles away



The South Carolina School of Law is located in the heart of Columbia with limited parking. We suggest parking either in Horizon Garage located on Main Street or Discovery Plaza Garage located on Park Street. There are also 2-hour meters on Greene Street and Devine Street and 5-hour meters on Assembly Street.


The South Carolina Law Review would like to extend its gratitude to our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

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