Marquette Law School to host ‘Milwaukee 2025: Water, Jobs, and the Way Forward’

Oct. 31, 2019

Eckstein HallMILWAUKEE — The Water Law and Policy Initiative at Marquette University Law School will host “Milwaukee 2025: Water, Jobs, and the Way Forward,” a conference examining the progress on Milwaukee’s goal of becoming a water hub, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 8 a.m. in the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

The half-day event is expected to feature notable panelists such as Gov. Tony Evers, Mayor Tom Barrett, Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell, and Mark Mone, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Dr. Kris Ropella, dean of the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette, as well as representatives from The Water Council, Molson Coors, Badger Meter, Gener8tor, and Rapid Radicals Technology will also participate in the program.

Ten years ago, Marquette Law School convened a conference titled “Milwaukee 2015: Water, Jobs, and the Way Forward.” Participants mapped a pathway for Milwaukee to emerge as a worldwide water hub. As one local leader put it: “My dream is that by 2015, when people think water, they think Milwaukee.” A decade later, the Water Law and Policy Initiative will examine how far the region has come toward achieving that goal. The conference will also look forward to the coming decade and consider the next stage of the region’s development in the face of competition from other parts of the country that have the same objective.

A full list of scheduled presenters can be found on the conference web page. Registration is required for this free, public event.

Members of the media who are interested in speaking to one of the conference attendees should contact Kevin Conway in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or

Marquette Law School’s Water Law and Policy Initiative, led by Professor David A. Strifling, seeks to help establish Marquette University as a center for study, exploration, discussion and education concerning water issues. Using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, the initiative seeks, 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 the public to become better informed on legal and policy aspects of critical water-related issues.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region's leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or