6th Annual Energy Symposium

The Texas A&M Law Review’s 6th Annual Energy Symposium was a success. The Symposium contained a series of panel presentations and discussions with scholars and practitioners in the Energy Industry. The Symposium focused on cutting-edge developments in the law, and promoted a think-tank approach to advancement in the area.

March 20-21, 2014 | 8:00am – 5:15pm


Texas A&M University School of Law

1515 Commerce Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76102


Opening  Remarks By:

»»    Judge Debra H. Lehrmann, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

»»    Betsy Price, Mayor, City of Fort Worth


Special Presentation: “A Conversation with John Sharp“

»»    Featuring John Sharp, Chancellor, The Texas A&M University System, and Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief & CEO of The Texas Tribune



The Symposium also featured discussions of the following topics:


Deals That are Getting Done and Key Overlooked Problems

   »»    Jason A. Schumacher, Partner, Dentons


An Environmental Dream or a Regulatory Nightmare?

In Pursuit of a New Public Trust Through Hydraulic Fracturing Law and Regulation

   »»    Professor Joshua P. Fershee, West Virginia University College of Law


Ethical Considerations in Energy Transactions

   »»    Jared Vitemb, Associate, Littler Mendelson PC

   »»    Celeste Yeager, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC


International Trade Perspectives in Energy Law

   »»    Phillip D. Vasquez, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

   »»    Larry B. Pascal, Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP

   »»    Ariel Ramos, Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP


Practical Lessons in Oil & Gas

   »»    Alan Bush, Owner, Bush Law Firm PC

   »»    Ian Ghrist, Owner, Ghrist Law Douglas Ghrist PLLC


Title Issues

   »»    Justin R. Foster, Senior Associate, Vural Law Firm PLLC

   »»    Timothy M. McKeen, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

   »»    Brian J. Pulito, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC


Financial Transactions in the Oil & Gas Market

   »»    Demetra Liggins, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

   »»    Christopher Kulander, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law


Energy Litigation Topics

   »»    Judge Bob McCoy, Justice, Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas

   »»    Dr. Ryan Malphurs, Senior Litigation Consultant, Courtroom Sciences, Inc.

   »»    Lori A. Dawkins, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

   »»    Matthew D. Stayton, Partner, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP


Environmental Concerns with Fracking

   »»    John J. Meadows, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

   »»    Jeffrey King, Shareholder, Winstead PC

   »»    Carl Doré, Owner, Doré Law Group


Eminent Domain

   »»    Bernard Booth, Partner, Adams & Reese LLP

   »»    Michele McCain, Partner, Adams & Reese LLP

   »»    Brigham McCown, Owner, McCown PC


Energy Investing

   »»    Arthur J. Wright, Senior Counsel, Thompson & Knight LLP

   »»    Lucas A. LaVoy, Associate, Thompson & Knight LLP

   »»    Brad D’Amico, Partner, Cantey Hanger LLP