George Kaiser Family Foundation to Fund Faculty Position in Energy Law

Monday, September 14, 2009

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 When: 4 p.m. Where: John Rogers Hall, TU College of Law – Price & Turpen Courtroom 3120 E. 4th Place

The University of Tulsa College of Law will announce the creation of an endowed chair September 29 at 4 p.m. The George Kaiser Family Foundation provided the gift, which establishes an additional faculty position focusing on sustainable energy sources and emerging trends.

Scheduled to speak at the announcement are:
• George Kaiser, Tulsa businessman and philanthropist,
• TU President Steadman Upham, and
• Janet K. Levit, dean of the TU College of Law.

The announcement, which is open to the public, will be held in the Price & Turpen Courtroom. A reception will follow.

“The George Kaiser Family Foundation is committed to bringing top-notch talent to Tulsa and is furthering that goal through tremendous generosity to TU. The College of Law is thrilled to employ these resources to recruit an excellent scholar in energy law,” said Levit, specifically noting that part of their support will strengthen the law school’s Sustainable Energy and Resources Law Program.

Levit plans to have the position filled for the 2010-11 academic year. The professor will teach in the areas of energy policy, energy law as it applies to sustainability and renewable resources, public utility law and environmental law. The professor will also serve as a fellow of the National Energy Policy Institute, a partnership formed between the George Kaiser Family Foundation and TU charged with developing recommendations for a national energy policy to reduce America’s dependence on imported oil and its greenhouse gas emissions, among other initiatives.



Jimmy Hart