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Marquette Law School hires Strifling as director of expanded Water Law and Policy Initiative

Strifling, a 2004 graduate of the Law School and 2000 graduate of Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering, becomes the initiative’s inaugural director.

By - Sep 24th, 2015 11:39 am
David Strifling. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

David Strifling. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University Law School has appointed David Strifling to oversee an expansion of its Water Law and Policy Initiative, in support of the university’s broader efforts to help the Milwaukee region continue to lead on water-related research and governance issues.

Strifling, a 2004 graduate of the Law School and 2000 graduate of Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering, becomes the initiative’s inaugural director. Strifling, an adjunct professor of law at Marquette, also has a master’s degree in law from Harvard.

Funding for the expanded Water Law and Policy Initiative comes through support from Marquette’s Strategic Innovation Fund and from the Law School’s Annual Fund.

“Ensuring the availability of clean water is one of the most pressing issues we face as a society,” said Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation at Marquette. “The Law School’s appointment of David Strifling to oversee an expansion of the Water Law and Policy Initiative is a significant step in Marquette’s plans to play a critical role in the initiatives that are making Milwaukee a world water hub.”

The expanded initiative is an extension of the Law School’s efforts over the past decade. It also is a response to Marquette President Michael R. Lovell’s call for greater engagement by the university with matters involving water. The initiative was one of 38 projects led by Marquette faculty, students and staff across a variety of disciplines that President Lovell announced in June as the university’s first-ever strategic innovation fund awardees.

“Dave Strifling’s full-time work leading an expanded Water Law and Policy Initiative will help establish the Law School and, more broadly, Marquette University as a center for study, exploration, discussion, and education concerning water issues,” said Joseph D. Kearney, Dean of Marquette University Law School. “As we observe the course of events in California and other parts of the world, it seems difficult to imagine a problem more intractable or more universal. Indeed, Pope Francis recently cautioned in an encyclical that water is ‘a fundamental right,’ and he called for all interested parties to engage in ‘an open and respectful dialogue’ about relevant policies and laws.”

Using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, the initiative will seek, among other things, to assess the legal and regulatory aspects of water policy, to pursue opportunities for information exchange and collaboration within and outside the university, and to provide the means for those involved in Milwaukee’s water initiative to become better informed on legal and policy aspects of critical water-related issues.

Strifling has served as an adjunct professor at the Law School for several years while practicing law at Quarles & Brady. He previously taught at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He has extensive practical experience in both environmental law and environmental engineering and holds active licenses in both disciplines.

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