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Law Student Opportunity: STEPHEN E. HERRMANN ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING AWARD

The American College of Environmental Lawyers announces its annual Stephen E. Herrmann Environmental Writing Award for the 2016-17 academic year.  The Herrmann Award is a stipend of $3,500 to the author of the winning submission (whether an article, note, case comment or essay) and $500 to the submitting law journal. The winner of this year’s Herrmann Award will be invited to present his or her submission to the Fellows at the 2017 ACOEL Annual Meeting in Charleston.

We urge College members – particularly our members in academia – to spread the word on this opportunity.  In addition to the amount of the award, those interested should know the following:

  • Submitting Candidate Notes/Articles:  Student-edited law journals or equivalent publications published by accredited U.S. law schools are eligible to submit annually a single candidate article, note, case comment or essay selected for its ability to promote understanding of legal issues in the broad field of environmental law, including natural resources law and/or environmental or resources aspects of energy law.
  • Evaluation Criteria:  The prize will be awarded to the author of a student article, note, case comment or essay published by the submitting law journal during the current academic year, or scheduled for publication in the next academic year, that in the judgment of the ACOEL best presents a current topic within the broad field of environmental law.  Submissions will be judged based on originality, quality of research, presentation and writing, and significance of contribution to the field of environmental law.  Entries will be judged by the ACOEL Stephen E. Herrmann Award Committee.
  • Submission Logistics:  Those interested in participating should email one electronic copy of their submissions to the Stephen E. Herrmann Environmental Writing Award, ACOEL, using same as the email “Subject” line, c/o J.B. Ruhl and Mary Ellen Ternes with the email addresses below.  Entries must be received no later than June 10, 2017.  Each entrant should include with the entry a cover letter or e-mail message stating the name of the submitting law journal, email address(es) of author (with post-graduation email address(es) if applicable), year of author’s graduation, and a statement that the submission was not written as part of paid employment.

Anyone having questions about the award or process for submitting a piece for consideration should contact J.B. Ruhl (jb.ruhl@Law.Vanderbilt.Edu) or Mary Ellen Ternes (Maryellen.ternes@earthandwatergroup.com). To ensure a prompt response, please reference the Stephen E. Hermann Environmental Writing Award in your communication.

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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KBH Energy Center Releases This Week’s Upcoming Events Newsletter for Spring 2017

View the KBH Energy Center’s weekly Upcoming Events Newsletter for Spring 2017.

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Law Student Opportunity: 2017-2018 Ernest and Paula Smith and TELA (Texas Energy Law Association) Energy Law Scholarships – – Deadline Extended Until Friday, March 24, 2017

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:

The School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin (“Texas Law”) and the Texas Energy Law Association (“TELA”) are pleased to offer scholarships to students at Texas Law with a demonstrated interest in energy law. The number and dollar value of scholarships awarded by Texas Law and TELA will vary from year to year based on the funds available and the number of qualified applicants. Texas Law and TELA cannot guarantee that scholarships will be awarded every year.

Texas Law and TELA expect to award at least two scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship recipients will be announced via email in late March 2017. The recipient will be recognized at the TJOGEL / TELA Spring Happy Hour on March 30, 2017. (Scholarship recipients will receive an email with the time and location of the TJOGEL / TELA Spring Happy Hour.) Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin and will be applied to tuition bills for the Fall 2017 semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  •  Rising 2L and 3L students in good standing at the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin (dual degree students are eligible)
  •  Students with a demonstrated interest in energy law
  •  Students are eligible to receive Ernest and Paula Smith and TELA scholarships for more than 1 year, but they must reapply every year
  •  Students who are not selected as scholarship recipients for their 2L year are highly encouraged to reapply for their 3L year

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Please submit this application via email to Mauricio Pajón (mpajon@law.utexas.edu) no later than noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Note that the deadline has been extended until Friday, March 24, 2017.
  • Typed applications are preferred.
  • Please fill in all blanks and include all of the materials requested.
  • Email any questions to mpajon@law.utexas.edu

Download a PDF of the application.

For more information about the Texas Energy Law Association, visit www.texasenergylaw.org.