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
After each lecture from 2012 to 2016, the Fund made donations to
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.
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.”
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?”
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.”