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Lecture Series and Workshops

Energy Law Lecture Series

Each year, the Energy Law Lecture Series features six prominent speakers who deliver policy-oriented presentations on topics of current interest. The lectures are approved for one hour of Texas CLE credit and are streamed live through the Texas Tech Law website.

Our fall speaker line-up includes:

  • Cody Campbell, Founder of Double Eagle Permian (Tuesday, 9/11)
  • Glenn Hegar, State Comptroller (Monday, 10/29)
  • Anne Idsal, Regional Administrator at EPA Region VI (Monday, 11/19)

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Wayne Christian, Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Drew Darby, State Representative/Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee
  • Alex Epstein, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and Center for Industrial Progress President and Founder
  • Allen Gilmer, Chairman, Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) and President, Drillinginfo
  • Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal senior energy reporter and author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
  • Corey Goulet, TransCanada's president of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
  • Hunter Hunt, CEO of Hunt Consolidated Energy
  • Mark Mathis, filmmaker, speaker, author, consultant, including a screening of spOILed the night before at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Phelim McAleer, Producer/Director, including a screening of FrackNation the night before at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Shelby McCue '78, former land and compensation manager for ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Highlands Ltd.
  • Donna Nelson '86, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Carlos Ortiz, Mexico's director of information and energy studies at the Ministry of Energy
  • Ryan Sitton, Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Mike Smith, Director of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
  • Todd Staples, President, Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA)
  • John Walker, CEO, EnerVest and Member, Texas Tech University Board of Regents
  • Kathleen Hartnett White, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director, Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment and author of Fueling Freedom

Nuts-and-Bolts Workshops

“Nuts-and-Bolts” workshops familiarize students with the practical applications of energy law. Six energy practitioners are recruited each year to share valuable tips with the students on topics including title examination, oil-and-gas litigation, acquisitions and divestitures, oil-and-gas lease negotiation, exploration-and-production issues, and surface-owner challenges.

Our fall lecturers include:

  • Celia Flowers, Flowers Davis (Friday, 9/14)
  • Tom Zabel, Zabel Freeman (Friday, 10/5)
  • Sam Patranella '07, Luxe Energy (Friday, 11/9)

Previous guests have included:

  • Nick Brock '06, Chevron
  • Richard Brown, Brown & Fortunato
  • Greg Curry '89, Thompson & Knight
  • Stephanie Hall '97, Valero Energy
  • Scott Kidwell '92, Concho Resources
  • David Lauritzen, Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson
  • Curtis Leonard '79, ICA Energy
  • Jon Platt '09, Baker Botts
  • Stephen Robertson '07, Permian Basin Petroleum Association
  • George Snell, Steptoe & Johnson
  • John Stretcher '12, Legacy Reserves
  • Brian Sullivan, McElroy Sullivan & Miller
  • Barry Thomas '88, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Lauren Valastro '12, Kelley, Drye
  • Philip Weems '82, King & Spalding – retired

Important Links

For more information, please contact:

William R. Keffer
Associate Professor of Energy Law
Director of Energy Law Programs
(806) 834-3178
william.keffer@ttu.edu

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