College of Law

Great Lakes Water Conference

23rd annual great lakes water conference

"The Clean Water Act's Next Fifty Years"

Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Virtual Conference - Registration closed

The Clean Water Act, enacted in 1972, has entered its second half-century. The 23rd Annual Great Lakes Water Conference will explore recent developments and future possibilities, including how the Act may be—and should be—interpreted, enforced, and amended in the decades to come. This year’s conference will be conducted virtually as a live webinar.

The conference is sponsored by The University of Toledo College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

This event is approved for 2.5 hours of Ohio CLE credit, as a live interactive webinar, from the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Registration for this event is closed. 


    • Evan Zoldan, Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law
  • 9:35 a.m. – PANEL ONE
    • Robin Craig, Packard Trustee Chair in Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
    • Jennifer Scheller Neumann, Section Chief, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section
    • Jill Ryan, Executive Director, Freshwater Future
  • 10:55 a.m. – FIRST BREAK
  • 11:00 a.m. – PANEL TWO 
    • Kim E. Ferraro, Senior Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Center
    • Stephen M. Johnson, Professor of Law, Mercer University Law School
    • Noah Hall, Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • 12:15 p.m. - CLOSING REMARKS


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Historically, water law has been the province of lawyers and policymakers in the arid western United States. In recent years, however, lawmakers in the Great Lakes region have come to recognize the critical role that water management plays in securing a healthy and vibrant society over the long term. In recognition of this development, the College of Law and the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes sponsor annual conferences each fall on water issues of importance to the Great Lakes region and the nation. For more information, explore the conference brochure links below.

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