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Baylor Law School's Environmental Forum to Focus on Water Law and Drought

Feb. 13, 2012

Baylor Law School's annual Environmental Forum will focus on Texas Water Law and the Drought. This year's speakers include Carlos Rubenstein, commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and Lyn Clancy, an attorney with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The forum will begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in room 127 at Baylor Law School.

Anne Idsal, executive assistant to the TCEQ chair, and Jason Hill of Lloyd, Gosselink in Austin and Baylor University School of Law liaison to the Law School Committee of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, also will attend and make comments and introductions.

Rubinstein was appointed to the TCEQ by Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 31, 2009. He was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate March 9, 2011. His term will expire on Aug. 31, 2015.

Along with his two fellow full-time commissioners, Rubinstein establishes overall agency direction and policy, and makes final determinations on contested permitting and enforcement matters.

He is a member of the Western States Water Council and the Environmental Flows Advisory Group. He also serves as the Texas representative on the Environmental Council of States and the Border Governors Conference Water Worktable. In addition, Rubinstein serves on the Governmental Advisory Committee that provides advice to the EPA Administrator on environmental concerns regarding NAFTA, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Prior to his appointment, Rubinstein had served as the TCEQ's deputy executive director since June of 2008. His responsibilities included assisting the executive director in all major capacities such as directing operations of all employees in 17 statewide offices, administrative oversight of agency budget, legislative activity, and implementation of agency policies.

Before his position as deputy executive director, Rubinstein was the director for the border and South-Central Texas area, and earlier was regional director for the Harlingen and Laredo offices. During this time, Rubinstein also served as the Rio Grande Watermaster, responsible for allocating, monitoring, and controlling the use of surface water in the Rio Grande basin from Fort Quitman to the mouth of the Rio Grande River. As watermaster, he was instrumental in finding a solution to Mexico's water debt to the United States. He also is a former city manager of Brownsville.

Rubinstein has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from The University of Texas-Pan American.

A frequent presenter on water rights, Clancy is Managing Associate General Counsel at LCRA and is editor-in-chief of the Texas Environmental Law Journal. Clancy served as chair of the Water Laws committee of the Texas Water Conservation Association and received the President's Award in 2007.

She holds a bachelor's degree in geography and geology from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in water resources management and water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Following law school, Clancy clerked for the Texas Supreme Court.

The Baylor Law Environmental Forum has been an annual event at Baylor Law School for more than 10 years. It is co-sponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (State Bar Section) and the Baylor Environmental and Natural Resources Law Society (BENRLS).

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