|J.D., 2009, University of Texas School of Law|
|B.S., 2004, University of California at Berkeley|
|B.A., 2004, University of California at Berkeley|
Member, Water Education Foundation, Water Leaders Class of 2012
Contributing Editor, Association of California Water Agencies' Summary of Appellate Cases Decided by the Court, 2010
Editor in Chief, Texas Environmental Law Journal, 2008-2009
President, Texas Law Fellowships, 2008-2009
|Santa Barbara County Bar Association|
Courtney represents public and private sector clients in the water industry. Her practice covers a broad range of water issues, including water rights permitting, regulatory compliance, and basin management planning.
During law school, Courtney gained practical legal experience, especially in the areas of water law and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), through her summer associate positions at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Remy Thomas Moose and Manley. Courtney also served as a law clerk for the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin, Texas.
Prior to attending law school, Courtney was an associate project manager for River Rock Development Company in Sacramento, California where she worked with land developers, homebuilders, and public agencies on real estate and land use issues.
Courtney is conversationally fluent in German.
|Represent the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History before the City and County of Santa Barbara regarding their master plan project for updating and expanding the museum property and facilities, providing CEQA, land use, and real estate counsel.|
|Represent Children's Museum of Santa Barbara on real estate, land use, redevelopment, and CEQA issues associated with the construction of a 17,000 square foot museum, designed to LEED Silver standards, in the City of Santa Barbara's downtown El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District.|
|Representing Golden State Water Company in adjudication of the Los Osos groundwater basin in California, including development of a Basin Plan. The Basin Plan is an innovative water resources plan that includes significant projects related to urban water use efficiency improvements, groundwater treatment, water reuse and recycling, prevention of seawater intrusion and establishment of a water market and watermaster.|
Publications & Presentations
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|"California's Rainwater Recapture Act Lets State Residents Capture, Use Harvested Rainwater," Co-Author, LexisNeixis Emerging Issues Law Community Blog, February 4, 2013|
|"Water in Southern California: Legal, Regulatory & Policy Issues," Speaker, American Ground Water Trust’s Ground Water Institute for Teachers, November 9, 2011|
|"Public Service and Ethics: A Closer Look," Ethics Trainer, Association of California Water Agencies’ Spring & Fall Conferences, 2011|
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