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Law School cosponsors inaugural University of Texas Energy Forum, February 3-4, 2011

The University of Texas School of Law’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law is a major sponsor of the inaugural University of Texas Energy Forum, a student-initiated conference on February 3–4, 2011, that brings together a cross-section of the University of Texas’s faculty, students, and staff with industry, government, and NGO partners to explore today’s most pressing energy challenges.

“We’re very pleased to support the energy forum and look forward to the program,” said Melinda Taylor, director of the Center for Global Energy.  “The forum is an excellent example of the university’s and the law school’s commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to studying energy,” Created in 2009, the Center sponsors research and other initiatives designed to help solve the nation’s energy and environmental issues and equip students to become leaders in industry and government. 

Graduate students from disciplines including business, public policy, engineering, geosciences and law are hosting the event, which is open to the public. Admission is $25 students and $75 for faculty and staff. For other admission prices and to register, visit www.utenergyforum.com.

The event will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., on Thursday, February 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd., on Friday, February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event features four keynote speakers, including ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva; eight panel discussions with researchers and industry professionals (http://www.utenergyforum.com/agendapanels/panels); seven-minute “TED-style” talks; an academic research poster fair; and networking opportunities.  

The conference agenda and a list of speakers are available at www.utenergyforum.com. Speakers include Monty Humble, an adjunct professor teaching federal renewable energy policy at the Law School, who will join other panelists to discuss “Policy Tools to Advance New Energy Technology” on Thursday, February 3, from 4:35 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Humble, a 1976 graduate of UT Law, is also an energy project developer and was a partner at Vinson & Elkins for twenty-two years.

In addition to the Law School, other sponsors of the UT Energy Forum include Apache Energy, Booz & Co., Schlumberger, GE, Vestas, CLEAResult Consulting, Good Company, Cameron, Waste Management, Vinson and Elkins LLP, Wells Fargo, Energy Institute, McCombs School of Business, Energy Management and Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering, The McCombs Alumni Endowed Excellence Fund, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the School of Architecture, College of Natural Sciences, and the Jackson School of Geosciences.

For additional information about the UT Energy Forum, contact Cory Leahy at the Red McCombs School of Business, 512-471-3998, or Alanna Gino, 202-286-2498.

Contact:  Laura Castro, UT Law Communications, 512-232-1229, lcastro@law.utexas.edu, or J. Amber Ahmed, UT Energy Forum Steering Committee, jamberahmed@gmail.com.

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