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​10th Annual Energy Law Symposium

Energy Law Currents: From the Ground Up

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February 21-22, 2019
Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
6 CLE credit hours available

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The world of energy law is fast-paced and ever-changing. Texas A&M School of Law’s annual Energy Law Symposium offers the perfect forum to help you stay up to date with recent developments and network with thought leaders in the field. Our 10th anniversary edition, titled Energy Law Currents: From the Ground Up, sheds light on the latest trends in energy law and policy, including the hydrocarbon industry’s engagement with local communities, diverging state and regional approaches to electricity governance, and regulatory challenges posed by the proliferation of variable renewables in the U.S. power mix, among others.

The annual ​symposium, hosted by the School of Law’s Program in Natural Resources Systems, brings together thought-leading academics, industry professionals, city officials and legal practitioners for an in-depth discussion of current and future trends in energy law. The ​symposium continues to expand in size and scope thanks to the School of Law’s diverse and forward-thinking faculty, as well as the ​school’s dedicated partners. Specifically, the Program in Natural Resources Systems gratefully acknowledges financial support from XTO Energy and Freeman Mills PC.

We are pleased to offer interested practitioners up to 6 credits of continuing legal education (CLE).

Registration options include one or two day and CLE credit. Current ​students, ​faculty, and ​staff from all educational institutions are welcome to attend the Symposium at no charge, and should be ready to present their academic identification at the registration table upon arrival at the Symposium. All attendees (fee-paying & free) must register.

Panel Topics

  • Clean Energy Technologies – Growing Pains or Coming of Age?
  • The Hydrocarbons Industry and its Relations with Local Communities
  • Between Markets and Regulation – Electricity Governance in Transition
  • Energy Law & Policy in Cross-Disciplinary Context
  • Careers in Energy Law

Keynote Presenters

  • Hari Osofsky, Dean, Penn State Law
  • Gerry Borghesi, Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil

Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

  • David Adelman, Professor, University of Texas School of Law
  • Bobby Ahdieh, Dean, Texas A&M School of Law
  • Susan Alvarez, Assistant Director, Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability
  • Mark Barteau, Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University
  • Vanessa Casado Perez, Associate Professor, Texas A&M School of Law​
  • Lincoln Davies, Professor, University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law
  • Sony Dhaliwal, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting
  • Ariel Dulitzky, Clinical Professor, University of Texas School of Law
  • Gabriel Eckstein, Professor, Program in Natural Resources Systems Director, Texas A&M School of Law​
  • Joel Eisen, Professor, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Guillermo Garcia Sanchez, Associate Professor, Texas A&M School of Law
  • Michael Green, Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Peter Hays, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Nick Hofmann, Associate General Counsel, Atmos Energy
  • Steve Kibbee, Atlantia Offshore​
  • Wesley Lloyd, Of Counsel, Freeman Mills, PC​
  • Kathryn Malmgren, Senior Director, Oncor
  • Cody Miller, Co-CEO and General Counsel, Dale Operating Company
  • Jonas Monast, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Felix Mormann, Professor, Texas A&M School of Law​
  • Uma Outka, Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Heather Payne, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Kent Portney, Professor and Chair, Texas A&M Bush School of Government & Public Service
  • Steve Puller, Professor, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University
  • Emily Statton Smith, Senior Counsel, Legal, Pioneer Natural Resources​
  • Harry Sullivan, Executive Professor, Texas A&M School of Law​
  • Kristen van de Biezenbos, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
  • Matt Wolcott, Of Counsel, Freeman Mills PC

Symposium Committee

  • Felix Mormann (Chair)
  • Gabriel Eckstein
  • Guillermo Garcia
  • Wesley Lloyd


Presented by the Texas A&M
Program in Natural Resources Systems
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Organized with the support of
XTO Energy

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