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Energy Management Program Attends 2017 Winter NAPE Expo in Houston for 4th year

The Energy Management Program attended the 2017 Winter NAPE expo in Houston for the 4th year.  A group of 4 students from the program joined EMP staff for the 2-day event.  The students were given the opportunity to network with industry professionals, attend presentations, and learn about opportunities within the industry.  Given the broad spectrum of attendees at NAPE, EMP students were able to interface with individuals in their desired sector within energy- ranging from service providers to midstream companies, governmental organizations, and beyond.  The students truly enjoyed the event and appreciated the opportunity to have 1-on-1 time with professionals in the energy industry.  As a result of EMP supporting networking events such as this, several students from the 2016 cohort secured internships for 2016-2017.

EMP students Juan Villarreal, Mac Bolton, Daniele Brambilla and John Fuentes with UT football player Vince Young.
EMP students Juan Villarreal, Mac Bolton, Daniele Brambilla and John Fuentes with UT football player Vince Young.

KBH Center Convenes Second Annual Symposium on The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry

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ABOUT THE EVENT
The centerpiece of our programming this year was the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium, which took place on February 10, 2017. The title of the symposium was “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: Peak Oil or Peak Demand – What’s the Horizon?” and featured some of the nation’s leaders in the oil and gas sector. Energy experts Congressman Joe Barton and API President and CEO Jack Gerard gave the keynote addresses, Barry Smitherman (Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas) gave a presentation on the implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration’s Energy Agenda, and industry leaders Scott Sheffield (Pioneer), David Baldwin (SCF Partners)Tom Petrie (Petrie Partners), and Sir Simon Mayall (Greenhill) also spoke. The oil and gas industry is grappling with external factors – lower commodity prices attributable to abundant new supplies of gas and oil, coupled with slowed economic growth in China and elsewhere – that are putting pressure on the industry’s traditional business model. In addition, the energy industry itself is changing as a result of improved drilling technologies, the viability of alternative energy sources, and global pressure to reduce carbon emissions. The industry experts at this conference discussed these factors and others, as well as their perspectives on the likely impacts of the new President’s energy policy on the industry. Over 250 people attended the event.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and symposium speaker Barry T. Smitherman (Former Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission), who gave a presentation on Implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration's Energy Agenda.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and symposium speaker Barry T. Smitherman (Former Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission), who gave a presentation on Implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration’s Energy Agenda.
The first panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on Thriving in the New Commodity Price Dynamic.
The first panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on Thriving in the New Commodity Price Dynamic.
The second panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on The Impact of Geopolitical Developments on the Oil and Gas Sector.
The second panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on The Impact of Geopolitical Developments on the Oil and Gas Sector.

About UT Energy Week 2017 
The KBH Center Symposium was part of UT Energy Week (February 7-10, 2017). Attended by nearly 1,000 people in 2017, UT Energy Week is a week-long Energy Week of events sponsored by numerous academic departments and student organizations across campus. Learn about UT Energy Week 2017.

SPEAKERS
Congressman Joe Barton
Barry Smitherman, Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas
Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets & US Economics, BP America Inc. 
Scott Sheffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources Company 
David Baldwin, Co-President, SCF Partners 
Tom Petrie, Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC 
Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute 
Sir Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor, Greenhill & Co. International LLP 
Gabriel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Renewables North America 
Jon Olson, Department Chair and Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

PROGRAM
Download a PDF of the symposium program.

PRESENTATIONS
Download a PDF of some of the presentations.
Mark Finley
Tom Petrie
Gabriel Alonso

Guests at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium included lawyers, businesspeople, and policymakers.
Guests at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium included lawyers, businesspeople, and policymakers.
Law students in the KBH Center's LL.M. (Master of Laws) Concentration for in Global Energy had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium.
Law students in the KBH Center’s LL.M. (Master of Laws) Concentration for in Global Energy had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium.

2017 KBH CENTER-TJOGEL ENERGY BANQUET
On February 9, 2017, the KBH Center, in collaboration with TJOGEL (the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law) held a banquet to honor U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (UT, B.A. in Civil Engineering, 1975) and Ms. Sylvia Kerrigan (UT, J.D., 1991). The KBH Center presented Secretary Tillerson with the 2017 KBH Center Award for Outstanding Leadership in Energy. TJOGEL presented Ms. Kerrigan with the 2017 Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Kerrigan also serves on the Executive Council of the KBH Center. Over dinner, more than 350 guests listened to University Leadership, including Dr. Dan Jaffee, Vice President for Research, and Ward Farnsworth, Dean of the School of Law, discuss the current state of energy research at The University of Texas at Austin – the premier energy university in Texas, the U.S., and the world. Download a PDF of the banquet program.

KBH Center Leadership: From Left to Right: Executive Council Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Executive Council member and Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sylvia J. Kerrigan, Executive Council Co-Chair Sam L. Susser, Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the KBH Center, and Dr. John Butler, the Associate Director of the KBH Center.
KBH Center Leadership: From Left to Right: Executive Council Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Executive Council member and Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sylvia J. Kerrigan, Executive Council Co-Chair Sam L. Susser, Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the KBH Center, and Dr. John Butler, the Associate Director of the KBH Center.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: W. Matt Ralls, Dan O. Dinges, Co-Chairs Duke R. Ligon and Sam L. Suser, Joseph C. Dilg, Rad Weaver, and Richard K. Mcgee.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: W. Matt Ralls, Dan O. Dinges, Co-Chairs Duke R. Ligon and Sam L. Suser, Joseph C. Dilg, Rad Weaver, and Richard K. Mcgee.
Second Annual KBH Center Symposium Planning Committee: From Left to Right: Executive Council members James Lloyd Loftis, Dan O. Dinges, and W. Matt Ralls.
Second Annual KBH Center Symposium Planning Committee: From Left to Right: Executive Council members James Lloyd Loftis, Dan O. Dinges, and W. Matt Ralls.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Co-Chair Sam L. Susser.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Co-Chair Sam L. Susser.

SPONSORS
Patron
Dan O. Dinges and W. Matt Ralls
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

ExxonMobil

Sponsor
Bracewell LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Supporter
Joseph C. Dilg

Greenhill & Co., Inc.

Holland & Knight LLP

Sylvia and Matt Kerrigan

Duke R. Ligon

Sam L. Susser

Thompson & Knight LLP

Ashley and Rad Weaver

CONFERENCE CONTACT
Mauricio Pajon

Professor Owen Anderson, the KBH Center’s Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar, Speaks on Most Important Issues Currently Facing the Oil and Gas Industry

In addition to moderating the panel on allocation and psa wells at the 12th Annual TJOGEL Symposium last week, Professor Anderson co-taught seminars on negotiating contracts in the international petroleum sector and on the differences between domestic and international petroleum law and contracting on February 14th at NAPE in Houston.

He will also attend the annual meeting of the Board of Editors of the Oil and Gas Reporter on February 16th and attend the Institute for Energy Law’s 68th Annual Oil & Gas Conference on February 16th-17th in Houston.

J.D. Student Sarah Brown Awarded Scholarship By State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Section

On February 6, 2017, the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Section awarded a $1,000 scholarship to J.D. candidate Sarah Brown. The Section awards a scholarship to the highest-grade student in each basic Oil, Gas & Energy Law class at each of the accredited law schools in Texas. Ms. Brown earned the highest grade in Professor Ernest Smith’s Fall 2016 Energy Law course.

Ms. Brown is a third-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. She looks forward to a litigation practice at a national law firm upon graduation from law school. She is passionate about her studies and enjoys applying lessons learned in the classroom to real-world experience. Ms. Brown is a Dean’s Scholarship recipient, a Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Staff Editor, as well as Texas Business Law Director of Development. Last summer, she was a Summer Associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP.

The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of oil, gas and energy resources law by (1) monitoring legal developments, (2) providing education, (3) encouraging and facilitating practice in the area and (4) promoting ethics and professionalism; in each case coordinating as appropriate with similar professional organizations.

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Student Scholarship Program

Student Scholarship Program

Created in 2009, the AIPN Scholarship Program awards well-qualified students in financial need who possess the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of international oil and gas negotiations. Up to 16 scholarships are awarded annually in honor of long-time member and contributor Gordon Barrows. Each scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, split $2,500 for each semester, and paid directly to the winner’s university. Scholarship applications are reviewed annually by committee.

Qualified applicants may be working towards an energy, commercial or law degree, but must be attending a university that supports the AIPN by having a professor on AIPN’s Education Advisory Board, which comprise:
Agostinho Neto University (Angola)
Colorado School of Mines
Coventry University
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Qatar University
Queen Mary University of London
Rice University
Rio de Janeiro State University
Robert Gordon University
Rutgers University

Southern Methodist University
Strathmore University

Texas A&M University
Texas Southern University
The IFP School (France)
Texas Tech University
University of Alberta

University of Bonn

University of Calgary

University of Dundee

University of Eastern Finland

University of Houston Law Center

University of Lagos
University of Marmara
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas at Austin
University of Tokyo, School of Law
University of Tulsa
University of Western Australia
Uppsala University
The following criteria will be used by the Scholarship Committee:
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of international oil and gas negotiations
  • Academic ability
  • Leadership and negotiation ability
  • Year in school
  • Financial need

2017 Scholarship Program

2017 Briefing Document

2017 Application

2017 Reference Letter of Recommendation

Deadline to apply: April 28, 2017

Winners Announced: On or around June 5, 2017

Questions? Please contact education@aipn.org