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December 13, 2005

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Brandon Seale, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, (210) 313-3441 or

1st Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law CLE Symposium: “Legal Challenges to Liquefied Natural Gas”

What: CLE Symposium: “Legal Challenges to LNG”
Where: Eidman Courtroom, The University of Texas School of Law
Who: The Symposium is open to the public, free admission, applicable CLE charges may apply
When: January 26–27, 2006. Keynote Address by FERC Commissioner Suedeen Kelly, Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m. Closing Keynote by Akin Gump attorney, John Cogan, Jr., Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas—Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Suedeen Kelly will deliver the keynote address at the First Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law CLE Symposium on January 26-27, 2006. Leading practitioners, consultants, academics, and state and federal officials will gather at The University of Texas School of Law to address emerging legal challenges to the development, construction, and financing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.

“LNG is one of the hottest topics in the energy industry today, yet it is a topic that very few people know anything about,” said Symposium Coordinator Brandon Seale.

“Our symposium is intended to both soften the reflexive skepticism toward LNG on the one hand while educating the sometimes uninformed exuberance on the other,” added editor-in-chief Nic Franklin.

Symposium presenters and panelists include attorneys from Vinson and Elkins, Hunton and Williams, Akin Gump, Jackson Walker, King and Spalding, and Bracewell and Giuliani, as well as consultants from Navigant Consulting, professors from The University of Texas, and Commissioner Victor Carrillo from the Texas Railroad Commission.

The symposium is sponsored by the student-edited Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, and will be centered around two panel discussions. The first, scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, January 26, will focus on the regulatory and administrative aspects of the permitting process and the larger policy debate surrounding the siting of LNG receiving terminals. The second, scheduled for the morning of Friday, January 27, will discuss financing and deal structuring for domestic and international LNG projects.

The Keynote address will be delivered by Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC) Suedeen Kelly on Thursday afternoon on the role of the federal government in permitting and facilitating the construction of LNG receiving facilities. The symposium will close with a look at historic and recent trends in LNG offered by Akin Gump partner John Cogan, Jr.

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