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Supreme Court Appoints Stanford Professor As Special Master

Publication Date: 
October 21, 2008
Legal Times
Tony Mauro

The Legal Times reported that the Supreme Court of the United States appointed Professor Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr. as Special Master in a water rights case:

The Supreme Court on Monday morning appointed Stanford Law School professor Barton "Buzz" Thompson to be special master in the case of Montana v. Wyoming, a water dispute over the Yellowstone River compact of 1950. Montana claims its upstream neighbor Wyoming is taking more than its fair share of water as spelled out in the compact.


Professor Pamela S. Karlan is quoted commenting on the appointment:

Stanford colleague Pamela Karlan said of Thompson on Monday, "He's smart, fair, and a good listener, so combined with his expertise in property, water law, and natural resources law, he's a natural for this kind of work."