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February 9, 2007

Press Contact:Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or
Event and Press Contact: Bert Mayer, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, 401-339-3436,

Emerging Energy Technologies Symposium, Feb. 15–16

Second Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law CLE Symposium

WHAT: Symposium on Emerging Energy Technologies
WHERE: Eidman Courtroom, The University of Texas School of Law
WHO: Free and open to the public.
WHEN: Feb. 15–16, 2007

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AUSTIN, Texas—Leading academics, consultants, practitioners and government officials will gather at The University of Texas School of Law for the Second Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law CLE Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 15, and Friday, Feb. 16. The symposium is open to the public at no charge.

The symposium will address the legal implications of emerging energy technologies including wind, wave, solar, hydro, and nuclear energy, liquefied natural gas, biodiesel, and renewable diesel. The symposium is part of Oil & Gas Week 2007 sponsored by the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law during Feb.–14–16.

All sessions will be held in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom. Free admission and registration begins at 8 a.m. with symposium opening remarks beginning at 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. On-line registration is requested but not required. For maps and directions to the Law School go to:

“We wanted to build on the success of last year’s LNG Symposium by broadening the subject matter to include other emerging technologies that are beginning to affect the industry,” Symposium Director Greg Jantz, a student member of the Journal's editorial board, explained. “Topics include new energy sources as well as new methods for using more traditional fossil fuels.”

“Our objective as a journal is to bring together legal professionals from around the nation and to facilitate these kinds of diverse, cutting-edge discussions about the future of Energy Law. This symposium will accomplish precisely that,” said Editor-in-Chief Brandon Seale of the Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law at UT Law.

Symposium speakers include attorneys from Baker Botts; Bracewell & Giuliani; Fulbright & Jaworski; Hunton & Williams; Porter & Hedges; Vinson & Elkins, and The Law Office of Carloyn Elefant. They also include an international LNG consultant; professors from The University of Texas and the University of Houston; Commissioner Victor Carrillo of the Texas Railroad Commission, and Commissioner Jerry Patterson of the Texas General Land Office.

The symposium is sponsored by the student-edited Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, and will include presentations and panel discussions over the course of two days.

Thursday presenters will include Professor Jacqueline Weaver from the University of Houston, who will introduce and discuss the current state of oil; Carolyn Elefant, who will address wave and tidal energy sources; and Jay Kipper, a geologist from the University of Texas working on the state’s FutureGen proposal. They also include Ben Israel, an attorney with Bracewell & Giuliani, who will survey developments in alternative energy sources and examine their effects on the energy field; and Professor Ernest Smith from The University of Texas will consider advances in wind energy. Girard Miller from Fulbright & Jaworski will analyze current litigation trends; and Jay Kelley from Vinson & Elkins will present on wind energy.

Friday presenters will include Steve Krebs from Baker Botts, who will survey issues in wind, solar, and biofuel; Saby Ghoshray, an international LNG and GTL consultant who has worked with large oil companies including Marathon Oil and will address issues in LNG; Joel Goldberg from Porter & Hedges, who will discuss landfill gas projects; and Jo Ann Biggs from Hunton & Williams, who will address issues in nuclear energy. Texas Railroad Commissioner Carrillo will participate in a panel discussion along with Professor David Spence from The University of Texas, and Jim Barkley from Baker Botts, considering regulatory challenges of emerging energy technologies. Commissioner Patterson from the General Land Office will address wind energy from a regulatory perspective. The Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Brandon Seale, will conclude the symposium with final remarks.

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