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​Eighth Energy Law Symposium:
The Future of Energy

March 23-24, 2017
Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

The energy industry in the United States and globally is facing multiple transitions and fluctuation. The downturn in the oil market ha​s caused numerous bankruptcies; OPEC recently agreed to reduce production; the US is now a net exporter of gas and refined petroleum products; energy from renewable sources in the US now surpasses ​16 percent of total generation; and the Trump presidency promises to create new opportunities and challenges for the industry.

In assessing these factors and projecting where the global energy regime might go, Texas A&M University will host the 2017 Energy Law Symposium on “The Future of Energy”. The symposium, scheduled for March 23–24, 2017, will convene industry experts, academic commentators and public officials to discuss a wide range of issues bearing on anticipated needs, policy challenges and proposed reforms in the U.S. and global energy markets. Panel, debate and keynote sessions will address legislative and regulatory priorities, power generation, allocation wells, transboundary resource management, environmental considerations, bankruptcy and much more. Please join us as we explore “The Future of Energy”.

12.75 CLE credit hours ​available.

Keynote and Distinguished Presentations

  • Christi Craddick, Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission
  • Jim Keffer, former Member and Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, Texas House of Representatives
  • Bruce Kramer, McGinnis Lochridge

Confirmed Speakers

  • Ronnie Blackwell, XTO Energy, Inc.
  • James Bradbury, James D. Bradbury PLLC
  • Bech Bruun, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board
  • David Cooney, Director of the Enforcement Section, Railroad Commission of Texas Office of General Counsel
  • Andrew Derman, Thompson & Knight LLP
  • H. Martin Gibson, Locke Lord LLP
  • Michael Goldman, Goldman Law, P.C.
  • Keith Hall, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Mineral Law Institute, LSU
  • Jose Luis Herrera, International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds
  • Richard Hyde, Executive Director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Russell Johnson, McGinnis Lochridge​
  • Warren Lasher, Director of System Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
  • Brian Lloyd, Executive Director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Greg Mathews, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
  • John Mitchell, Akerman LLP
  • Michael Nasi, Jackson Walker
  • Somnath Sinha, Ph.D, Energy & Technology Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Andrew Stakelum, King & Spalding
  • Harry Sullivan, Jr., Kosmos Energy
  • Jason Wilcox, Wilcox, Swartzwelder & Co.
  • Nawzad Yasin, Consultant, International Oil & Gas

Symposium Committee

Ronnie Blackwell, XTO Energy, Inc.
James Bradbury, James D. Bradbury PLLC
Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M School of Law
Michael Goldman, Goldman Law, P.C.
Harry Sullivan, Jr., Kosmos Energy
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M School of Law

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