ROBERT L. HARRIS

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Robert L. Harris is a native of eastern Idaho and joined Holden, Kidwell, Hahn & Crapo, P.L.L.C. after graduating from law school in 2004 from the University of Idaho.  Since that time, he has practiced primarily in water, natural resource, environmental, real property, and adoption law.  He also continued his education after law school and obtained a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho in 2007.

 

Mr. Harris has extensive experience before the Snake River Basin Adjudication Court to resolve or contest adjudication of water rights.  He has also represented farmers, developers, and canal companies in contested cases before the Idaho Department of Water Resources.  In addition, he has assisted clients with obtaining water rights through the water right permitting process, changing elements of their water rights to meet evolving demands, obtaining water bank approval for temporary water uses, and assisted in other water law related matters.  He has also frequently assisted clients with ditch and canal easement disputes, real property and land use matters, as well as environmental disputes primarily related to the federal Clean Water Act, including resolution of Clean Water Act violations pertaining to wetlands.

 

Mr. Harris has also assisted numerous families through the adoption process, which includes termination proceedings, finalization proceedings, contested adoptions, interstate adoptions, and the process to obtain certificates of foreign birth in Idaho.  In addition to this adoption work, he volunteers as an attorney for the Judicial District VII CASA Program.  In 2011, Mr. Harris received the Idaho State Bar Denise O'Donnell-Day Pro Bono Award for the 7th Judicial District for this work.

Education

  • University of Idaho
    J.D., 2004
    Editor-in-Chief, Idaho Law Review
  • University of Idaho
    M.S. in Environmental Science, 2007
  • Utah State University
    B.S. in Biology, 2001
  • Ricks College
    Associates in Arts/Sciences, 1999

Practice Areas

  • Water Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Property Law

Admissions and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 2004
  • Idaho State Bar, 2004
  • United States District Court for the District of Idaho, 2004
  • Idaho State Bar Section Memberships
    • Water Law
    • Real Property
    • Environmental/Natural Resources

Of Note:

  • Recipient of the Idaho State Bar 2011 Denise O'Donnell-Day Pro Bono Award for the 7th Judicial District.
  • Author: Narrowing the Local Public Interest Criterion in Idaho Water Right Transfers, 39 Idaho Law Review 714 (2003).
  • Recipient of ITLA Law School Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing, August 2002.