Energy Law Program at TU College of Law Expanding as part of NEPI

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The University of Tulsa College of Law has officially gained a new ally in its effort to establish one of the nation’s premiere energy law programs: the National Energy Policy Institute.

The University of Tulsa College of Law has officially gained a new ally in its effort to establish one of the nation’s premiere energy law programs: the National Energy Policy Institute.

The George Kaiser Family foundation and TU formalized a partnership to create NEPI on March 10, 2009. The institute will develop recommendation for a national energy policy that reduces dependence upon imported oil and the emissions of greenhouse gases. Additionally, NEPI seeks to position Tulsa as a research center of new energy technologies and policy options to stimulate the formation of companies in Oklahoma and elsewhere to provide high-quality employment and opportunities. This provides a substantial opportunity for our students to participate in cutting-edge research and analysis, as well as position themselves for challenging professional opportunities after graduation.

“There is a transition taking place in the energy industry to account for renewable energy policy,” Levit said. “The work NEPI is doing will help determine the direction of that change. Involving our students in the legal aspects of that work will be beneficial to the law school, NEPI, and society at large.”

Since 1976, the TU College of Law has collected its resources for the study of energy law under the National Energy Law and Policy Institute. Its mission will be expanded and the program will be rebranded as the Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Program. The rebranded program will maintain all of its current resources, including a partnership with the Federal Energy Bar Association, the Chesapeake Energy Scholars Program focusing on oil and natural gas, and publication of the Energy Law Journal and the Year in Review. It also will add a full-time senior-level faculty member specializing in energy law along with expansive resources of NEPI.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to take an active role shaping the future of the energy industry,” Levit said.

Contact:
Jimmy Hart
918-631-2568
jimmy-hart@utulsa.edu