Gina S. Warren

Associate Professor of Law

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“The journey is much more important than the destination.”

Get to Know Gina S. Warren

What drew you to the law?

I have been a part of the legal community my entire adult life. I began working in a law firm when I was 20 years old, and I have continued to learn and grow in the law ever since.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Teaching is the best part of my job. I love my students, and I am passionate about transferring my knowledge to them. I understand everyone learns differently, and my goal is to utilize as many different teaching tools as possible so as to reach the maximum number of students.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

My hope is that students will learn the substance of the law, but also the practicalities of practicing law. My students draft legal documents, engage in think-tank activities and conduct and present in-depth research projects.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I was a litigator for Perkins Coie, a large international law firm based in Seattle, Washington. I represented many different business clients, but my main client was a large investor-owned public utility company. I practiced mostly energy and utility law before the courts and the public utility commissions.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I am passionate about traveling with my family. Every opportunity we have, we travel to a new place. I have been to 49 states (still hoping to see Alaska soon) and 22 countries. Not only is travel rejuvenating for us, it is also an opportunity to learn and understand other cultures. It informs my research, broadens our views and expands our network of fascinating people living all over the world.

What are your research interests?

My research explores the role of policy and regulation in the area of sustainable energy, with a focus on renewable energy, climate change and distributed generation.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Presentations

  • Invited Speaker and Faculty, “Contemporary Issues in Water Resources: U.S. Mexico Water, Food and Energy Nexus,” a study abroad program in Guanajuato, Mexico (Aug. 16-29, 2015). The study abroad program is co-coordinated by the TAMU Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program and the University of Guanajuato.
  • Invited Presenter, “Increasing the Potential of Small Hydropower Generation,” IWRA XVth World Water Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland (May 25-29, 2015)
  • Invited Presenter, “Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry,” Climate Change Symposium, Columbia University School of Law (April 2, 2015)
  • Invited Participant, Roundtable on Environmentalism and Animal Advocacy, co-sponsored by University of Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy and by Texas A&M School of Law, Tucson, Arizona (Feb. 6-7, 2015)
  • Invited Speaker, “Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry,” Texas A&M University Energy Club, College Station (Nov. 5, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry,” The Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School (Oct. 4, 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, “Oil & Gas Pooling,” State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law 101, Houston, Texas (Oct. 1, 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, “U.S. Shale Production and Lessons Learned,” Perez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina (July 30, 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, “The New Look of Sustainable Energy,” North Texas chapter of the Women’s Energy Network (Feb. 13, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Are Wind Farms Sustainable?,” Texas A&M Law School’s Journal of Real Property Law Symposium on Wind Farming: Obstacles to Planning and Development (Nov. 15, 2013)
  • Invited Speaker, “Oil & Gas Pooling,” State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law 101, Houston, Texas (Oct. 2, 2013)
  • Invited Speaker, “Allocating Transmission Costs: Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC,” Law Seminars International (Sept. 18, 2013)
  • Presenter, “The Future of Energy: The European & American Approaches,” Texas Wesleyan School of Law (April 22, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Hydropower: It’s a Small World After All,” Stetson University College of Law (April 4, 2013)
  • Invited Speaker, “The Oil and Gas Lease, Part IV: Other Clauses,” 2013 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute (March 21, 2013)
  • Presenter, “Hydropower: Time for a Small Makeover,” Great Lakes Water Resources Governance Symposium, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (March 1, 2013)
  • Lecturer, Energy Law Seminar, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (Summer 2011)
  • Presenter, “Climate Change from an Energy Law Perspective,” German American Lawyers Association, Dusseldorf, Germany (at the University of Dusseldorf) (June 28, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Climate Change from an Energy Law Perspective,” German American Lawyers Association, Berlin, Germany (at the U.S. Embassy) (June 16, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Climate Change from an Energy Law Perspective,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Feb. 5, 2011)

Expertise

  • Climate change law
  • Energy law
  • Water and energy law
  • Federal courts
  • Civil procedure
  • International law
  • Comparative law

Courses

  • Civil Procedure
  • Climate Change & Energy Seminar
  • Energy Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil & Gas Law

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2011-13)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
    Duquesne University School of Law (2010-11)

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Arizona

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-Faculty Advisor, Journal of Real Property
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Energy Law Association