News Types: Press Releases

Chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission Gives KBH Center Distinguished Lecture, Strengthens Relationships Between Mexico and Texas

On March 27, 2017, Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, Chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission, gave a lecture at the McCombs School of Business, as part of the KBH Center’s Spring 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Garcia’s presentation was titled, “Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission: Challenges and Opportunities in Reforming the Energy Industry,” and focused on Mexico’s energy reform, which, in terms of scope, depth, and space of implementation, has been ranked as the most ambitious energy system transformation worldwide in a long time. Chairman Garcia said during his presentation that the United States, Canada, and Mexico must collaborate to develop policies and regulations that make the North American energy opportunity a reality. Through this collaboration, he added, North America could become a relevant energy hub, considering its natural resource and infrastructure base across energy markets. In Mexico, for example, the energy reform has laid the foundations for an open and competitive natural gas market, and the CRE is continuously working to provide a regulatory framework that encourages natural gas production integration ties between Mexico and the U.S. Through its energy reform, Chairman Garcia emphasized, Mexico is taking steps in the right direction in terms of strengthening its transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption frameworks. Recent legal reforms and policies are designed to reinforce the rule of law and enable a more attractive business environment.

As part of his visit to UT, Chairman Garcia also met with Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas and Greg Fenves, President of The University of Texas at Austin.

Download a PDF of Chairman Garcia’s PPT Presentation.

Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, Chairman of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission, met with Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas. "A Texas-Mexico energy partnership is important to our mutual success, Chairman Craddick said.
Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, Chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission, met with Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas. “A Texas-Mexico energy partnership is important to our mutual success,” Chairman Craddick said.
Chairman Garcia and President Fenves discussed areas of collaboration between Mexico and UT.
Chairman Garcia and President Fenves discussed areas of collaboration between Mexico and UT.
Chairman Garcia with Dr. John Butler, the Associate Director of the KBH Center, and Professor Melinda Taylor, the Center's Executive Director.
Chairman Garcia with Dr. John Butler, the Associate Director of the KBH Center, and Professor Melinda Taylor, the Center’s Executive Director.

Texas Environmental Law Journal Convenes Symposium on Energy, the Environment, Law & Policy Under a New Administration

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the Texas Environmental Law Journal convened a symposium titled, “What Comes Next: Energy, the Environment, Law & Policy Under a New Administration.” The symposium was held at the University of Texas School of Law. Bob Sussman gave the morning keynote. Mr. Sussman is the principal in Sussman and Associates, a consulting firm that offers advice and support on energy and environmental policy issues to clients in the non-profit and private sectors. Panel 1, which was moderated by Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, was titled, “What Comes Next for Energy Innovation.” Panel 2 analyzed the future of federal regulatory policy. Panel 3 explored the future of state and local approaches/solutions. Panel 4 looked at the future of climate change and the law.

Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, moderates a panel on the future of energy innovation under the Trump Administration. Panelists included James Coleman (SMU Law), David Hart (George Mason Center for Science and Technology Policy), Brewster McCracken (Pecan Street), and David Spence (The University of Texas at Austin).
Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, moderates a panel on the future of energy innovation under the Trump Administration. Panelists included James Coleman (SMU Law), David Hart (George Mason Center for Science and Technology Policy), Brewster McCracken (Pecan Street), and David Spence (The University of Texas at Austin).

Texas Law Students Awarded Scholarships to Attend 2017 Earth Day Texas Legal Symposium in Dallas, TX

Five of our law students have been awarded scholarships to attend the Earth Day Texas Legal Symposium, to be held at Fair Park in Dallas April 20-21. The students are Tyler Allard (JD Candidate, 2017), Claire Krebs (JD Candidate, 2019) Lauren Loney (JD Candidate, 2017), Shadi Rafeedie (JD Candidate, 2017), and Newton Tamayo (LLM Candidate, 2017). The symposium includes a series of discussions of environmental thought leaders with diverse perspectives on legal issues relevant to reconciling environmental protection and economic development, issues of particular interest in today’s political climate. The Symposium’s Friday luncheon keynote speaker is anticipated to be Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will discuss  “Objectives and Goals of the New Administration. ”At the Thursday evening session and dinner, General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.), CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates, will discuss “Climate Change as a Major Security Concern.” Topics and speakers are listed on the Earth Day Texas/Legal Symposium website. Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the KBH Center, will moderate a panel on Friday morning titled  “Reconciling energy and economic development with protection of the public health and the environment.”

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David Spence, Monty Humble, “Wind Energy Takes Flight In The Heart of Texas Oil Country” (All Things Considered, NPR)

On March 8, 2017, All Things Considered, NPR quoted Professor David Spence and Professor Monty Humble in a story about Texas defying expectations of conservatism and renewable energy. “For a land owner, a ranching family to have the opportunity to produce oil and gas or the opportunity to have a wind turbine or a solar farm, it may well mean that another generation can remain on the land,” Humble says.

When Gov. Perry signed into law a 2005 bill to build transmission lines connecting the windy plains to population centers like Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, he made every Texas citizen pay for it in their energy bills. “It’s a full socialization of the costs,” Spence says. “We don’t use that word in the public discussion. But, yeah, we socialize the costs across all Texas ratepayers.”

KBH Center’s LL.M. Concentration in Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law Featured in LLM GUIDE’s Top 10 Lists for 2017

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LLM GUIDE—the top web destination for LL.M. applicants—has today launched a series of new Top 10 Lists that allow prospective LL.M. applicants to more quickly browse programs by the concentration and career path they are interested in. The KBH Center’s LL.M. Concentration in Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law has been featured as one of the top LL.M. Programs for Energy Law.

These pages include editorial shortlists of the “top” law schools in specific areas. These editorial lists consider concentrations, existing rankings, and other factors to help future LL.M. students find some of the best law schools for careers in various areas of law.

Please visit the LLM GUIDE Top 10 Lists page to see the first 11 Top 10 Lists, including top LL.M. programs for International Tax Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Banking/Finance Law, among others (see the full list below).

Started in 2001, LLM GUIDE is the premier online source for LL.M. applicants, and lists over 2,500 LL.M.s and other programs offered by law schools all over the world. The site also hosts an active discussion forum, and regularly publishes news and articles for people interested in or applying to LL.M. programs.

LLM GUIDE’s 2017 Top 10 LL.M. Lists: