Water Wars: Mediating Water Rights Disputes

Water Wars: Mediating Water Rights Disputes

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
4:00-5:30 PM, Reception to follow
Moore Room, Vanderbilt Law School

Sponsored by: Vanderbilt Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization (VADRO); Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program; Energy, Environment and Land Use Program

Moderator: Vanderbilt Law Professor Michael Vandenbergh


  • John Bickerman, Mediator and Arbitrator; Founder of Bickerman Dispute Resolution, PLLC.
  • Janet Neuman, Senior Counsel, Tonkon Torp, LLP; Retired Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
  • John Thorson, Water Law Attorney and Consultant; Ret. Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, California Public Utilities Commission

The panel discussion will focus on mediation as an avenue to resolve disputes over water use and allocation. Particularly, the panelists will share insights about their experiences in the field, the benefits and challenges of using mediation to resolve water-based conflict, and how they see the field of water dispute resolution evolving.