Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
David Getches

This individual is no longer with the Law School.

Former Dean and Colleague David Getches passed away on July 5, 2011 after a brief illness. There will be a memorial service on Aug. 11.
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Water, Pollution Law; Environmental Law; Natural Resources; Indian Public Lands

Educational Background:
J.D.   University of Southern California Law School   1967  
A.B.   Occidental College   1964  

Bio:
David Getches was appointed Dean in July 2003. In his more than two decades at our law school, Professor Getches has become a national authority on natural resources and Indian law issues. His academic interests were prompted by his experience; prior to joining the faculty of Colorado Law School in 1979, he was the founding Executive Director of the Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund and spent several years in private practice. Professor Getches has had a prolific academic career. He has written casebooks, as well as books intended for a more general audience, and has published numerous articles and book chapters, including some written in Spanish and French. He has taken two leaves from the University of Colorado, first to serve as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 1983 to 1987, and then to serve as a special consultant to the Secretary of the Interior in 1996. His current research focuses on a variety of topics, including the United States Supreme Court's Indian law decision-making, changing patterns of governance in water law, the law of the Colorado River, and indigenous and water law issues in Latin America. Professor Getches is currently working on finding solutions to the ecological problems of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, grazing issues in the Colorado Plateau, acquisitions of rights to instream flows, and on federal legislation supporting tribal governance of Indian reservations. He intends to continue developing his work in the area of international water and indigenous issues, and hopes to write more publications for non-academic audiences.


Published Books

Water Law in a Nutshell, (Thomson/West, 4th ed.) (2009).
Getches (with A. Dan Tarlock, James N. Corbridge & Reed Benson), Water Resource Management: A Casebook in Law and Public Policy, (Foundation Press, 6th ed.) (2009).
Getches (with Charles F. Wilkinson and Robert A. Williams, Jr.), Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law, (Thomson/West, 5th ed. 2005).
Getches (with A. Tarlock & J. Corbridge), Water Resources Management, 5th ed., (2001).
Getches (with M. Solanes), Practicas Recomendables Para la Elaboracion de Leyes y Regulaciones Relacionadas con el Recurso Hedrico, (1999).
Getches (with C. Wilkinson & R. Williams), Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law, 4th ed, (1998).
Water Law in a Nutshell, 3rd ed., (1997).

Articles

What's New in Legal Education'Experiential Learning, 38 Colo. Law. 13 (Apr.) (2009).
Tribute, Professor Homer Clark: "Just Do It!", 78 U. Colo.L.Rev. 1 (2007).
Getches (with Charles F. Wilkinson & Robert A. Williams, Jr.), Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law, (5th ed. 2005).
Defending Indigenous Water Rights with the Laws of a Dominant Culture: The Case of the United States,, in Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity 44 (Dik Roth et al. eds., 2005).
Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Water Under International Norms, 16 Colo. J. Int'l Envtl. L. & Pol'y 259 (2005).
Getches (with Sarah B. Van de Wetering), Integrating Environmental and Other Public Values in Water Allocation and Management Decisions, in In Search of Sustainable Water Management: International Lessons for the American West and Beyond 69 (Douglas S. Kenney ed., 2005).
Interbasin Water Transfers in the Western United States: Issues and Lessons, in Water: Conservation, Reuse, and Recycling: Proceedings of an Iranian-American Workshop 233 (2005).
The Legacy of the Bush II Administration in Natural Resources: A Work in Progress, 32 Ecology L.Q. 235 (2005).
Getches (with Sarah B. Van de Wetering)., Protecting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Water, in In Search of Sustainable Water Management: International Lessons for the American West and Beyond 102 (Douglas S. Kenney ed., 2005).
Water Wrongs: Why Can't We Get It Right the First Time?, 34 Envtl. L. 1 (2004).
Constraints of Law and Policy on the Management of Western Water, in Water and Climate in the Western United States 183 (William S. Lewis, Jr. ed., 2003) (2003).
Impacts in Mexico of Colorado River Management in the United States: A History of Neglect, A Future of Uncertainty, in Climate and Water: Transboundary Challenges in the Americas (Henry F. Diaz ed., 2003). (2003).
Getches (with Jaime Palafox), Panel Discussion on the Future of the Colorado River Delta, 11 U.S.-Mex. L.J. 121 (2003).
Spain's Ebro River Transfers: Test Case for Water Policy in the European Union, 19 Int'l J. Water Resources Dev. 501 (2003).
Water Management in the United States and the Fate of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, 11 U.S.-Mex. L.J. 107 (2003).
Beyond Indian Law: The Rehnquist Court's Pursuit of States' Rights, Color-Blind Justice, and Mainstream Values, 86 Minnesota Law Review (2001).
The Unsettling of the West: How Indians Got the Best Water Rights, 99 Michigan Law Review 1473-99 (2001).
The Metamorphosis Of Western Water Policy: Have Federal Laws And Local Decisions Eclipsed The States' Role?, 20 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 3-72 (2001).
Grassroots Versus Waterlogging, 4 Great Plains Natural Resources Law Journal 1-10 (1999).
Dedication: Professor Albert E. Utton (1931-1998), 10 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law 1-6 (1999).
Colorado River Governance: Sharing Federal Authority as an Incentive to Create a New Institution, 68 Colorado Law Review 574-658 (1997).

Book Chapters

Getches (with A. Dan Tarlock), Water Law and Management: An Urbanizing and Greener West Copes with New Challenges, in The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy 316 (Lawrence J. MacDonnell & Sarah F. Bates eds., 2010).
Using International Law to Assert Indigenous Water Rights, in Out of the Mainstream: Water Rights, Politics and Identity (Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches & Armando Guevara Gil eds., 2010).
Getches (with others), Water Struggles and the Politics of Identity and Conclusions: Water Rights, Power and Identity, in Out of the Mainstream: Water Rights, Politics and Identity (Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches & Armando Guevara Gil eds., 2010)..
Foreword, in Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers (Univ. Press of Colo.) (2009).
Getches (Thomson Aranzadi), La Situacion en Estados Unidos de America: Deferencia Hacia Los Estados; Supremacia Federal, in Gestión del Agua y Descentralización Política (2009).
A Wealth of Water Law, Not a Drop of Justice: The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) and Chinatown (1974), in Screening Justice - The Cinema of Law: Significant Films of Law, Order and Social Justice (Strickland et al eds 2006).
La defensa de los derechos de agua indígenas con las leyes de la cultura dominante: el caso de los Estados Unidos, in Agua y Derecho: Políticas Hídricas, Derechos Consuetudinarios e Identidades Locales (Boelens, Getches, and Guevara eds. 2006).
Getches (with Boelens and Guevara), La gestión indígena y campesina del agua frente a las políticas hídricas de los países andinos, in Agua y Derecho: Políticas Hídricas, Derechos Consuetudinarios e Identidades Locales (Boelens, Getches, and Guevara eds. 2006).
Getches (with Guevara and Boelens), Conclusiones: La complejidad d la gestión de agua en los países andinos, in Agua y Derecho: Políticas Hídricas, Derechos Consuetudinarios e Identidades Locales (Boelens, Getches, and Guevara eds. 2006).