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January 18, 2008

The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law hosts third annual symposium on international issues and domestic investment

Leading academics, consultants, practitioners, and government officials will gather at The University of Texas School of Law for the third annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law CLE Symposium on January 24–25, 2008.The focus of this year’s symposium—which is free and open to the public—is split between international issues and investment in domestic projects.

The two-day Continuing Legal Education symposium is titled “International and Domestic Transactions: Taxation, Compliance, and Everything You Need to Know to Close the Deal,” and will be held in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom.

In conjunction with the symposium, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law (TJOGEL) will award the 2008 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Duke R. Ligon, a 1969 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. This prestigious award is given to a practitioner in the energy industry who has made a major contribution to the oil, gas and energy community and will be presented this year at the Journal’s annual banquet on January 24, 2008 at the UT Club in Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium. The award is named after Professor Ernest E. Smith, who is the Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law at UT Law.

Speakers at this year’s symposium include UT Law professors John Dzienkowski and Bob Peroni. Dzienkowski will give a presentation on energy law ethics and Peroni will discuss the prospects for fundamental tax reform and its effects on the energy industry.

Leslie Ritchie, editor-in-chief of the TJOGEL and third-year law student, explained that symposium speakers addressing international issues will talk about the basic fundamentals of international transactions, how to deal with the Foreign Corrupt Trade Practices Act, and PEMEX’s E&P Initiatives.

There will also be a panel discussion on Friday, January 25, 2008, with Texas and Mexico officials and practitioners about current initiatives to foster energy transactions between Texas and Mexico. Speakers on this panel will include Texas Railroad Commissioner Victor G. Carrillo.

The symposium sessions about investment in domestic projects will include a presentation regarding the Barnett Shale and discussions about theevolution of the accommodation doctrine and how it may apply going forward,urban drilling issues, prospects for fundamental tax reform, and business structures.

The 2008 Symposium is currently scheduled for 9.25 credits - 8.25 hours of CLE and 1 hour of CLE Ethics credit.

Attendance at the symposium and banquet is free, however registration for the events is requested. The banquet is free to all attendees, but please RSVP to Billie Ann Maxwell at by noon on Monday, January 21, 2008. To register for the symposium send an email to with your name, title, firm/employer, email address, and phone number.

The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law is the only entirely student-run energy publication in the country, as well as one of the largest student academic publications at The University of Texas School of Law.

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Press contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or

Event contact: Leslie Ritchie, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, (512) 294-3583.