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Lecture Series and Workshops

Energy Law Lecture Series

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 upcoming speaker line-up includes:

  • Jesse Pierce, Pierce, O'Neill (Monday, February 19, 2024)
  • Roe Patterson, CEO - Clear Well Dynamics (Monday, March 4, 2024)
  • Ken McQueen, Secretary of Energy and Environment – State of Oklahoma (Monday, April 15, 2024)

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Owen Anderson, University of Texas School of Law
  • Leslie Beyer, President of PESA - Petroleum Equipment & Services Association
  • Robert Bryce, author/lecturer
  • Cody Campbell, Founder of Double Eagle Permian
  • Cameron Chandler, Chandler Energy Resources; McCombs School of Business – University of Texas at Austin
  • Wayne Christian, Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Jack and Elizabeth Ames Coleman, Energy North America
  • Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Drew Darby, State Representative/Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee
  • John Davis and Keith Davis, Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation
  • Kirk Edwards, President and CEO – Latigo Petroleum
  • 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
  • Joey Hall, Executive Vice President of Operations for Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Glenn Hegar, State Comptroller
  • Hunter Hunt, CEO of Hunt Consolidated Energy
  • Anne Idsal, Regional Administrator at EPA Region VI
  • Karr Ingham, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
  • Hon. Phil Johnson '75, Former Justice – Supreme Court of Texas
  • Bill Magness, CEO of ERCOT
  • Mark Mathis, filmmaker, speaker, author, consultant, including a screening of spOILed the night before at Alamo Drafthouse; Clean Energy Alliance
  • Phelim McAleer, Producer/Director, including a screening of FrackNation the night before at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Brigham McCown, Senior Fellow and Director of the Initiative on American Energy Security
  • Shelby McCue '78, former land and compensation manager for ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Highlands Ltd.
  • Melissa Miller, CleanTX
  • Jason Modglin, President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
  • William “Billy” Murphy, CEO – University Lands - Austin
  • Donna Nelson '86, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Dana Newsome, Chairman, Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association
  • Carlos Ortiz, Mexico's director of information and energy studies at the Ministry of Energy
  • Steven H. Pruett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Resources LLC
  • Kathleen Sgamma, President – Western Energy Alliance
  • Ryan Sitton, Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Mike Smith, Director of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
  • Barry Smitherman, Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance
  • Todd Staples, President, Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA)
  • Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas
  • John Tintera, President of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
  • John Walker, CEO, EnerVest and Member, Texas Tech University Board of Regents
  • Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director of SMU's Maguire Energy Institute
  • Jim Wicklund, Stephens, Inc.
  • 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

“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 upcoming lecturers include:

  • Willie Hornberger, Jackson, Walker (Friday, February 2, 2024)
  • Jeff King, K&L Gates (Friday, March 8, 2024)
  • Cole Bryan, Cole Bryan, P.C. (Friday, April 12, 2024)

Previous guests have included:

  • Allyson Bazan, AG's Office, Ecology Division – State of Washington
  • Suzie Boyd, Caballo Loco Midstream
  • Nick Brock '06, Chevron
  • Richard Brown, Brown & Fortunato
  • Greg Curry '89, Thompson & Knight
  • Demetri Economou, Kane, Russell, Coleman, Logan
  • Brian Farabough, Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough
  • Bert Ferrara, General Counsel, Legacy Reserves
  • Caleb Fielder, Energy Litigator
  • Celia Flowers, Flowers Davis
  • Jonathan Grammer, Grammer Land & Exploration
  • Stephanie Hall '97, Valero Energy
  • Amanda Hanks, Chevron
  • John Hays, Hays Law Firm
  • Dave Helsabeck, EOG
  • Dan Hinkle, Energy Lobbyist
  • David Hopson, Partner, PetroCap
  • Jim Hund, WDJ Management Co.
  • Scott Kidwell '92, Concho Resources
  • Kiersten Kita '05, Associate General Counsel at HF Sinclair Corporation
  • Alex Kuiper, Kuiper Law Firm
  • Rick Lambert, Powell Law Group
  • David Lauritzen, Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson
  • Curtis Leonard '79, ICA Energy
  • Wes Lloyd '05, Freeman Mills PC
  • Deacon Marek, Senior Vice President at William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc.
  • Ray McKim, Steadfast Oil & Gas
  • Cottie Miles '97, Managing Partner of Martin & Drought, P.C.
  • Sam Patranella '07, Luxe Energy
  • Jon Platt '09, Baker Botts
  • Michael Powell, Energy Litigator
  • Wesley Ritchie, Jr. '18, Rash, Chapman
  • Stephen Robertson '07, Permian Basin Petroleum Association
  • Christina Sanders '12, NGP Energy Capital Management LLC
  • George Snell, Steptoe & Johnson
  • John Stretcher '12, Legacy Reserves
  • Brian Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Energy Sciences Inc.
  • Brian Sullivan, McElroy Sullivan & Miller
  • Barry Thomas '88, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Paul Turner, Hecate Energy
  • Lauren Valastro '12, Kelley, Drye
  • Philip Weems '82, King & Spalding – retired
  • Tom Zabel, Zabel Freeman

Important Links

For more information, please contact:

William R. Keffer
Professor of Practice
Director, Energy Law Programs
Janet Scivally and David Copeland Endowed Professor of Energy Law
Co-Director, MSIS in Energy Degree Program
(806) 834-3178