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January 13, 2009

Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium, January 22–23, 2009

On January 22–23, 2009, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL) will host its 2009 Oil, Gas, & Energy Law Symposium. This year’s Symposium will examine the latest and most interesting topics in energy law, including urban drilling, new developments in energy transactions, and regulatory updates.

“Instead of focusing on a particular theme this year, we listened to past attendees who said they wanted to hear about a variety of current issues in the energy industry, and we sought to bring in the best people on each of those topics,” TJOGEL editor in chief Becky Diffen said. “We are very proud of our diverse array of speakers and topics and feel that this year’s Symposium will provide something for everyone.”

Scheduled speakers on the first day of the symposium include UT Law Professor John Dzienkowski, who will lecture on energy law ethics, and Dick Watt, past president of the Oil & Gas Section of the State Bar of Texas and now a partner at Houston-based Watt Beckworth Thompson & Henneman, who will discuss “Recent Cases & Developments in Oil & Gas Law.”

Speakers on the second day include Flip Whitworth of Austin firm Scott Douglass & McConnico, presenting a lecture on “Horizontal Drilling in Urban Areas”; Jeff King of K&L Gates, who will discuss oil and gas law in the Marcellus Shale states; and a panel on urban drilling presented by Martin Garza of K&L Gates and Bryn Meredith of Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam.

The symposium will not focus only on oil and gas law. “We wanted to provide attorneys and students with the opportunity to hear what’s happening in other areas of the energy industry, Diffen said. “We have topics covering carbon sequestration, the ERCOT electric market, Competitive Renewable Energy Zones being built to provide transmission for wind farms, SEC Rules relating to oil and gas, and the ways in which MLP entity structures are being used for energy projects.”

Diffen also said TJOGEL will hold its annual banquet in conjunction with the symposium, at which the journal will award the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Bledsoe of Midland’s Cotton Bledsoe.

Attendees can earn up to twelve hours of clinical legal education credit, including one hour of ethics credit. The symposium will be held in the Thompson Conference Center, across the street from the Law School at 2405 Robert Dedman Drive.

Registration information, schedule, and a list of speakers can be found at Please note that this web page is best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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