Anne J. Schneider Fund Lecture Series


Anne J. Schneider Fund Lecture Series

Anne J. Schneider, one of California’s foremost water law attorneys, had been a partner at the Sacramento law firm of Ellison, Schneider & Harris since its founding in 1990. She passed away in 2010 at the age of 63, and this annual lecture series examining water law and policy was created in her memory.

In 2006, Anne received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Water Education Foundation. To learn more about Anne, read our Aquapedia entry on her life and career.

The goal of the Anne J. Schneider Fund Lecture Series was to encourage professional and personal commitment to water law and policy, and the conservation of our special landscapes, in memory of Anne Schneider’s lifelong devotion to these areas.

The lectures were free to participants and were brought to you by contributions to the Anne J. Schneider Fund through the Water Education Foundation (a 501c3) from 2012 to 2016.

Since 2017, the Fund continues to sponsor annual lectures through other organizations.

After each lecture from 2012 to 2016, the Fund made donations to these organizations:


Foundation Event

2016 Anne Schneider Lecture

Pat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and drought, was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anne Schneider Lecture on April 6.

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2015 Lecture

Dan Dooley, a distinguished policy leader and attorney known for successfully bridging the environmental and economic considerations, was the 2015 lecturer. He spoke on the ”The Future of Agriculture in the Central Valley.”


2014 Lecture

Professor Barton H. “Buzz” Thompson, Jr., distinguished member of the faculty of Stanford Law School, gave the 2014 lecture, “Thinking Big: Is It Time for Transformative Changes in California Water Policy?”

2013 Lecture

2013 Lecture

Professor Joseph Sax, distinguished member of the faculty of UC Berkeley Law School and former counselor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, delivered the 2013 lecture, “Learning from Failure: California’s 30-Year War in the Delta.”


2012 Inaugural Lecture

The Honorable Ronald B. Robie, California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, gave the inaugural lecture: “What Is, What Has Been, And What Ought To Be.”


Steering Committee

  • Arthur Baggett
  • Jennifer Bowles
  • Robert Donlan
  • Thomas Elson
  • David Guy
  • Jennifer Harder
  • Jeff Kightlinger
  • Robert Maddow
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Richard Roos-Collins