Green first Aggie law student selected for Energy Institute fellowship

July 9, 2014

Texas A&M School of Law student receives Energy FellowshipFORT WORTH, Texas - 2L Carla Green (pictured at left) is the first Texas A&M University law school student to be selected for an Energy Institute Fellowship sponsored by the Texas A&M University Energy Institute and ConocoPhillips.

The fellowship rewards “excellence in energy research, promoting future research important to our energy future and encourages students to pursue careers in energy.”

Green's application was among the top 10 selected from a pool of 62 applicants, representing 20 various Texas A&M graduate programs.

In the academic year ahead, Green will be engaged in researching the policy and history behind the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 and the implication of lifting restrictions on the exportation of crude oil from the U.S., according to faculty mentor, Professor Gina Warren. Her intent will be to identify the best energy policy model for the currently banned exportation process.

In response to the 1967 Oil Embargo, Congress banned the exportation of crude oil in 1975 by enacting the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Nearly 40 years later, many producers and policy makers are calling for Congress to lift the ban, Warren explained. This is due to the significant increase in national (and Canadian) production.

Green said, “It is my hope that my research could help inform federal policy makers of possible needed changes or reforms to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.” Her research is entitled "Is the Bakken Formation and Keystone Pipeline the Last Nail in the Coffin? Implications of Lifting the Forty-Year-Old Export Ban Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act."

Green credits Warren for her evolving interest in energy. “It was through Professor Warren’s Oil and Gas and Energy Law courses that my spark in this subject matter began,” she said. “I am proud to be a Texas A&M School of Law student, especially with the caliber of professors we have at our law school guiding us to wonderful opportunities like this one.”

Dean Andrew Morriss said, “We are incredibly proud of Carla for getting this prestigious fellowship. This demonstrates exactly the kind of faculty-student relationship that enables our students’ successes.”

Green is currently spending her summer in Dallas as an associate at Haynes & Boone, a renowned international firm that is known for its legal work in domestic and international energy. She is working on energy-related topics in the litigation and bankruptcy departments. She is the executive editor for the Law Review and a teaching assistant for Academic Support at the law school. She was also a mock trial winner as a 1L.

All of the fellowship recipients will showcase their research at an energy conference in College Station in the upcoming academic year.  The list of all the fellowship recipients is available on the Texas A&M Energy Institute's website.

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