TU College of Law Announces Inaugural Chesapeake Scholars

Friday, November 21, 2008

Students will receive scholarship assistance and educational opportunities as part of program pioneers by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the TU law school.

The University of Tulsa College of Law and Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced the inaugural class of Chesapeake Scholars at a press conference held at the law school on Nov. 14.

Steadman Upham, TU President and Henry Hood, Chesapeake Energy Senior Vice President, introduced the first students to take part in a new program designed to develop highly-trained energy law specialists.

The Five Chesapeake Scholars are:


  • Jason T. Arnold, a third-year law student from Los Angeles, Calif. He will graduate from the TU College of Law in May with a certificate in Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (REEL) from the National Energy-Environmental Law and Policy Institute (NELPI). He served as historian of the Environmental Law Society and serves as articles editor for the Energy Law Journal. He also has held professional positions in the field, such as working as a law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office working exclusively on energy and environmental matters, as well as assisting in Environmental Protection Agency cases. Last summer, Arnold was an intern in Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s land and legal department where he directly applied his REEL certificate training. He also has been an active member of the law school’s Board of Advocates and Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity. He volunteers with American Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
  • Sarah Lander Goss is a second-year law student from Lonoke, Ark. She discovered a passion for the energy field while serving as a disaster relief team member in Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  After working in environments without electricity, water or gas, Goss chose to pursue her new interest at The University of Tulsa College of Law. As a law student, Goss has been involved in Delta Theta Pi Law Fraternity, the Women’s Law Caucus, the Student Bar Association, served as secretary for the American Bar Association Law Student Division, is a candidate for Tulsa Law Review, and won the CALI Excellence Award for the highest grade in Legal Research and Writing.  She has worked as a congressional liaison assistant for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., as an intern at Gable Gotwals in Tulsa and as a legal assistant for Kathy W. Goss in Lonoke, Ark.
  • Jerrick L. Irby, a second-year law student from Jenks, developed an interest in the energy field while working as an audit intern for a public accounting firm during his undergraduate years. The interest was later strengthened while analyzing various energy-related transactions and investments as a revenue accountant for Samson Investment Company in Tulsa. As a student at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Irby is a two-time recipient of a Tulsa County Bar Foundation Scholarship, recipient of the John & Hazel Rogers Memorial Law Scholarship, TU Law School Ambassador, secretary for the Student Bar Association and is an active member of the Board of Advocates, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity, Christian Legal Society and The Federalist Society. He has worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Dana L. Rasure, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and as a law clerk for Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens in Oklahoma City and Strecker & Associates in Tulsa. He also volunteers with Oklahoma Special Olympics, Youth Services of Tulsa and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Jarred R. Kubat, a third-year law student Okeene, Okla., has hands-on experience in the energy field at many levels. His family has been in oil and gas for three-generations. The Eagle Scout has helped create wells and gas lines as a roustabout for Blue River Oilfield Construction out of Longdale, Okla., he has worked as a field operator for MarkWest Energy Partners in Elk City and is currently a landman for Jess Harris III, Inc. out of Oklahoma City. As a student at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Kubat works on the Energy Law Journal and won the CALI Award for achieving the highest score in Basic Oil & Gas. He also lends his free time to Iron Gate Ministry, feeding the homeless of Tulsa.
  • Daniel M. Phillips, a third-year law student from Cushing, Okla., learned a great deal from his father and grandfather, who both worked in the oil and gas industry. Throughout his law school career, he has worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Gordon D. McAllister, Jr. in Tulsa, as a research assistant to Professor Irma Russell, the director of the law school’s NELPI Institute, and as a land intern for Chesapeake Energy Corporation. As a law student, he is working toward a certificate in the REEL program and has won CALI Awards for Environmental Law and Basic Oil and Gas Law. He also serves as articles editor for the Energy Law Journal. He was a founding chairman of the Environmental Law Society, vice president of the Intellectual Property Group and an active member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity, Global Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Committee for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and the ABA Law Student Division. Upon graduation, Daniel will begin his career as an associate landman at Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Photos of the scholars can be attained by contacting Jimmy Hart in the office of University Relations at (918) 631-2568 to jimmy-hart@utulsa.edu.