Wicked legal issues and uncertain scientific knowledge

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
Weekly Colloquium

Thursday, October 17, 2019
** Note location change this week **
4:00 pm in ENR2 Building, Room S107

** Catering from Seis Kitchen at 3:30 pm hosted by Science & Policy Bites **

Susan Ward Harris
State of Arizona, Office of the Attorney General
Special Master for the Gila River and Little Colorado River General Stream Adjudications

Abstract

This discussion will focus on the intersection of the legal system and science in the development of water law, as well as on the actions that lawyers and scientific experts can take to meet legal thresholds for admissible scientific evidence and more effectively present scientific research in the courtroom.

Bio

Susan Ward Harris is the Special Master for the Gila River and Little Colorado River General Stream Adjudications in Arizona. She co-authored Water Bankruptcy in the Land of Plenty (CRC Press, 2016) and participated in an international research project under the auspices of the European Union in partnership with educational institutions, including the University of Arizona, that focused on developing an interdisciplinary approach to water management. She received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College, J.D., cum laude from Arizona State University, LL.M., with Distinction from Georgetown Law Center, and M.S. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner in a private law firm and practiced for 20 years in the areas of complex business transactions, taxation, real estate, and probate.