Growing, Growing, Gone

April 11, 2014

Growing, Growing, Gone: Innovative Ideas in Resource Management for a Growing Population

Sponsored by the McGeorge Law Review at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. 

About the Symposium

For many years, the McGeorge Law Review has hosted legal symposia centered on issues of timely legal importance. Through topics like the legalization of marijuana, the jurisprudence of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the future of legal education, the McGeorge Law Review continues to bring together prominent scholars and practitioners to discuss diverse and fascinating legal topics.

This year, the McGeorge Law Review utilizes its location in California’s capital to pull together key policy makers, experts, and scholars to discuss California’s future. By 2050, California is estimated to have reached a population of 50 million residents. This symposium will discuss how we can proactively respond to a growing population through legal reform and careful planning to ensure that we do not overburden our natural resources.

About the Capital Lecture Keynote Sponsored by the Witkin Legal Institute

The keynote address will focus on water and sustainability. Dr. Gleick, President of the Pacific Institute, will share his insight into the problem of supplying clean affordable water to an ever growing population.

Video of the Symposium

About our Sponsor

LogoKronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard was established in 1959 with a focus on water and water-related resource law, since then Kronick has expanded into a full service law corporation with multiple locations and a diverse mix of private business and public sector clients throughout California. Kronick is a proud supporter of legal education for current and future attorneys. In addition to sponsoring this symposium, Kronick attorneys currently teach three courses at McGeorge School of Law: Representing Local Agencies — Advocate, Neutral Counselor, Risk Assessor by Mona Ebrahimi, The Business of Lawyering by Robert E. Murphy, and Local Agency Practice — Advice & Litigation by Leslie Walker and Hanspeter Walter.

MCLE Credit

This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of six and three-quarter (6.75) hours. The lunchtime keynote has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of three quarters (0.75) hour. McGeorge School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Professor Leslie Jacobs, Director of the Capital Center for Law & Policy
  • Ken Alex, Senior Policy Adviser to the Governor and Director of Governor's Office of Planning and Research

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Limited Land: How We Develop

There is general agreement that we need to be building "smarter": higher densities, more compact development, more mixed uses, and less vehicle dependence. Will the law get us there? Will the economic realities prevent the changes? And how do we ensure that these changes benefit all Californians?

  • Moderator: James "Jim" Andrew, Assistant Chief Counsel, California High-Speed Rail Authority
  • Professor Dorothy Glancy, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Professor Jeffrey Michael, University of the Pacific
  • Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Morning Networking Break

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Limited Land: How We Conserve

We have a fixed amount of land but many competing uses such as housing, transportation, commercial, industrial, agriculture, wildlands and working lands. As the population expands, how do we balance these and other competing uses?

  • Moderator: Phil Pogledich, Senior Deputy County Counsel, Yolo County
  • Professor Kalyani Robbins, University of Akron School of Law
  • Braiden Chadwick, Founding Partner, Mitchell Chadwick
  • Aimee Rutledge, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley Conservancy

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Capital Lecture Keynote Sponsored by the Witkin Legal Institute

  • Introduction by John Sprankling, Distinguished Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law
  • Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute

1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The Virtual River and the Importance of Conservation

California's limited water supply is already a great source of conflict. This panel will discuss ways to efficiently use our existing water sources.

  • Moderator: Honorable Ronald Robie, Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
  • Professor Paul Stanton Kibel, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Professor Jennifer Harder, UC Davis School of Law and McGeorge School of Law
  • Alf Brandt, Legislative Director, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon

3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Renewable Energy: What Is Possible?

A growing population means more demand for electricity. How do we provide that power without contributing to global climate change?

  • Moderator: Sue Kateley, Chief Consultant, California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
  • Professor K.K. DuVivier, University of Denver, Strum College of Law
  • Michael J. Levy, Chief Counsel, California Energy Commission
  • Kristen Castaños, Partner, Stoel Rives

5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

  • Professor Rachael Salcido, Faculty Adviser, McGeorge Law Review

5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hosted Reception (McGeorge House)

Sponsored by Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard