The University of Tulsa College of Law is a natural geographic center for current sustainable energy and resources law and policy discussion and debate. In 2014 our Sustainable Energy & Resources Law (SERL) program marks its 40th year of academic leadership in energy, natural resources, and environmental law education.
Each year, SERL leaders at TU Law host conferences and symposia for our faculty, legal community, and students who are interested in entering a career in energy law. These events offer our faculty, students, alumni, and friends an opportunity to engage with national and regional leaders and participate in open discussions on a wide range of current international, national, and local issues.
Water Week featured five presentations from regional industry leaders, each highlighting a governmental failure in dealing with Oklahoma's water resources opportunities and challenges. Guest speakers were Montgomery Lair (JD '97), Trial Attorney with Brewster & DeAngelis, who spoke about the Fly Ash Disaster in Bokoshe, Oklahoma; Jeri Fleming (JD '06), Environmental Programs Manager for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, who spoke about how Oklahoma developed its current Comprehensive Water Plan; J. Berton Fisher, Ph.D., Earth Scientist at Lithochimea, LLC, who presented with Krystina Phillips, an environmental and water lawyer at the Environmental Law Center, PLLC, about the problems created by Oklahoma's strong defense of the rights of landowners to exploit groundwater in the aquifers below their property; Taiwagi Helton (JD '99),Indian and Environmental Law Professor at The University of Oklahoma, who presented on the water rights of Indian nations during the time of drought; and Robert Bowcock, a water resource management expert at Integrated Resource Management, LLC, who spoke about the hazards of chloramine in our drinking water.
The week was capped by a field trip to sites along the Illinois River, led by Ed Fite, Administrator for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission. TU Law students, along with students from Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University, and Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, learned best practices about how to manage non-point source runoff into the river. One of the sites is an area where the Oklahoma Department of Conservation is working to restore past damage to the river.
Water Week is co-sponsored annually by the TU College of Law Sustainable Energy & Resources Law (SERL) program, the Energy Law Journal (ELJ), and the Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law Society (REELS).
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TU College of Law, together with the Washington, DC energy law firm of Mogel & Sweet, hosted the second annual energy conference entitled New Developments in the Natural Gas Industry. Topics included challenges in the pipeline industry, recent changes in the energy storage industry, and state and federal regulatory responses to hydraulic fracturing.
The event attracted a capacity crowd to the law school’s Price & Turpen Courtroom. Speakers included leading practitioners, consultants, and industry executives from across the country: John C. Dill, Vice President, Government Relations, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; William A. Mogel, Partner, Mogel & Sweet, and founding Editor-in-Chief, Energy Law Journal; Berne Mosley, President, Energy Products Consulting, LLC; David Muchow, President and CEO, Power Anywhere; Terry D. Ragsdale, Shareholder and Director, GableGotwals; and Channing Strother, Counsel, Mogel & Sweet.
Last year’s conference highlighted emerging energy issues in the second Obama Administration.
I send you my best wishes and hope you have an enjoyable summer.
Janet K. Levit
Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair
The University of Tulsa College of Law