Texas Tech University

Current Faculty & Energy Law Advisory Board

Texas Tech Law's current Energy Law Program boasts faculty with backgrounds in energy, administrative, business, and other related areas of law.

Stephen Black, J.D., LL.M.

Professor of Law

Transactional Practice, Energy Law

  • Recent scholarship published in the Georgia State University Law Review and the top-100 journal Akron Law Review.
  • Served as principal shareholder in a boutique tax firm and represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state tax agencies.

William R. Keffer, J.D.

Professor of Practice; Director of Energy Law Programs

Courses: Oil & Gas Law I and II, Legislative Process, Oil & Gas Lease Negotiation

  • Contributing columnist to SHALE Magazine
  • Experienced Dallas-based practitioner; served as in-house litigation-management counsel for environmental safety and health at ARCO Oil and Gas Company; and focused exclusively on oilfield-pollution litigation for Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Dallas
  • Served in the Texas legislature from 2003–2007 as state representative from District 107
  • Serves on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association

M. Alexander Pearl, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Law; Director, Center for Water Law and Policy

Courses: Water Law, Advanced Water Law

  • Scholarship involving Texas groundwater and property rights in extracting groundwater from over-drafted aquifers published in the Environmental Law Journal
  • Clerked for the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate with Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C.

Tracy Hresko Pearl, M.Sc., J.D.

Professor of Law

Course: Environmental Law

  • Clerked for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Honorable Richard L. Williams of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and worked as a litigation associate with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.

Jorge A. Ramírez, J.D.

Walter and Anne Huffman Professor of Law

Course: NAFTA, Admiralty and Maritime Law, International Business Transactions, Human Rights, and Public International Law

  • Participating Editor of the Baltic Journal of Law & Politics (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • Experienced international lecturer, having taught dozens of law courses or seminars in Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Lithuania, and Mexico

Don R. Richards, J.D. '84

Adjunct Professor of Law; Partner, Richards, Elder & Gibson PLLC

Course: Texas Administrative Practice

  • Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Represents more than 40 local-exchange telephone companies and electric-utility cooperatives before the Texas legislature and the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and is General Counsel to the National Telecommunication Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Served as general counsel to the Texas Exchange Carrier Association and as past chairman of the Public Utility Section of the State Bar of Texas

Brie D. Sherwin, M.S., J.D. '01, Ph.D.

Professor of Law; Director, Dual Degree Programs and Concentrations

Course: Environmental Health Sciences

  • Scholarship involving trade-secret protection sought for the composition of hydraulic-fracturing fluid in the top-100 Ohio State Law Journal, and coal-ash waste in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal
  • Worked as an associate at one of the largest toxic-tort litigation firms in the country, representing individuals and communities affected by environmental contamination, and practiced environmental law at the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Victoria V. Sutton, M.P.A., J.D., Ph.D.

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor; Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development; Director, Law and Science Certificate Program

Course: Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Emerging Technologies

  • Environmental-law scholarship published in the top-100 American Journal of Law & Medicine
  • Served in the President George H. W. Bush Administration as Assistant Director in the White House Science Office and in the EPA, and in the George W. Bush Administration as Chief Counsel of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration in the Department of Transportation

Gary R. Terrell, J.D. '77

Adjunct Professor of Law; Partner, Key Terrell & Seger, LLP (Retired)

Course: Texas Land Titles

  • Practiced real-estate law, corporate law, probate law, commercial law, and commercial litigation with Key & Terrell, LLP in Lubbock
  • Former advisory board member for Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management

Roderick E. Wetsel

Adjunct Professor of Law; Partner, Wetsel, Carmichael & Allen, LLP

Course: Wind Law, Texas Mineral Titles

  • Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
  • Co-AuthorWind Law (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2015); Texas Business & Commercial Fundamentals of Wind Leasing Transactions (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2015)
  • Serves on the Texas Title Standards Joint Editorial Board of the State Bar of Texas

Other Faculty in the Energy Law Program

Richard W. Murphy, M.F.A., J.D.

AT&T Professor of Law

Course: Administrative Law

John L. Watts, J.D.

Professor of Law

Course: Agricultural Law

Advisory Group

Texas Tech Law's Energy Law Advisory Group is made up of alumni who meet to discuss relevant issues and enhancements to the energy-law program. The Advisory Group members serve as general counsel, practitioners, section heads, and owners of exploration and production companies.

  • Craig Adams '92 – Matador Resources
  • Doug Atnipp '85 – Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Charles Boettcher '99 – Waste Management, Inc.
  • David Copeland '82 – SM Energy Company
  • Michael Cuda '91 – K&L Gates LLP
  • Greg Curry '89 – Thompson & Knight LLP
  • Mike Curry '89 – Henry Resources, LLC
  • Mike Denham '99 – Quantum Energy Partners
  • Dan Fergus '83 – Fergus & Fergus, L.L.P.
  • Justin Furnace '04 – Hilcorp Energy Company
  • Mark Griffin '79 – Rip Griffin Companies
  • Stephanie Hall '97 – Valero Energy
  • Scott Kidwell '92 – Concho Resources
  • Jeff King '87 – K&L Gates LLP
  • Kiersten Kita '05 – HollyFrontier Corporation
  • Carol Leach '78 – Concho Resources
  • Curtis Leonard '79 – ICA Energy, Inc.
  • Cottie Miles '97 – Martin & Drought, P.C.
  • Hon. Donna Nelson '86 – Public Utility Commission of Texas (retired)
  • Jill Pennington '98 – Davis, Gerald & Cremer
  • Jon Platt '09 – Baker Botts LLP
  • David Poole '88 – Range Resources
  • Todd Spake '96 – Kelly, Hart & Hallman LLP
  • Corey Wehmeyer '06 – Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer P.C.
  • Ty Wood '06 – Attorney at Law, PLLC

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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