Riparian Water Rights: Vampires of Oklahoma Water Law


Gary Allison

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Allison’s lecture is entitled “Riparian Water Rights: Vampires of Oklahoma Water Law.” Allison is a fellow of the Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Program of the TU College of Law and the National Energy Policy Institute. His scholarship includes a casebook on regulated industries and numerous articles on constitutional law and energy policy. As special counsel to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, he helped organize and write a study of issues the OCC encountered in deciding whether to adopt various public utility standards proposed in the landmark Public Utilities Policies Act of 1978. Allison has been lead counsel on five State Supreme Court challenges to initiative petitions concerning state government reorganization, abortion rights, education reform, and congressional term limits. He also has been a Democratic nominee for Congress.

Also a TU alumnus, Allison earned a bachelor’s and law degree from TU in 1968 and 1972, respectively. He earned an LL.M. in 1976 in the area of economic regulation from Columbia University School of Law. He teaches constitutional law, water law, and regulated industries.