3L Jamie Carpenter Publishes Article in Denver Water Law Review, Presents at Water Resources Conference

Jamie Carpenter, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, recently received notice that her article, “Pre-Statutory Water Right Claims in Utah: Uncertainty in the Administration of Water Rights,” will be published the June issue of the Denver Water Law Review.

According to the abstract, Carpenter’s article “addresses the history of Utah water law as it relates to the recognition of pre-statutory water right claims and examines the number of claims on record with the Utah Division of Water Rights that have not been subjected to judicial or public review. Additionally, this paper addresses the limitations on the administrative and judicial powers to evaluate the validity of pre-statutory claims and the types of evidence which can support a claim to pre-statutory water use.  The research supports a strong public policy interest in authorizing the state engineer to ascertain and regulate pre-statutory claims through administrative actions.”

Carpenter originally wrote the article for Professor Robert Adler’s Water Law class.

Carpenter’s paper also was chosen for presentation at the American Water Resources Association’s 6th Annual J. Paul Riley AWRA-Utah Section Student Conference and Paper Competition, to be held April 7 in the Layton Auditorium of the Meldrum Civil Engineering Building on the U campus. The presentation is open for students and the public to attend.