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The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is published twice a year by students at the University of Texas School of Law.  The only entirely student-run journal in the country devoted exclusively to promoting scholarship in the energy legal field, TJOGEL has published over 3,800 pages of analysis of legal issues affecting the energy industry and has circulated over 9,000 copies to attorneys, professors, judges, law students, and industry professionals worldwide.


The TJOGEL Blog gives students and practitioners the opportunity to explore current topics and latest news in oil, gas, and energy law. The blog allows us to discuss recent developments, as they occur, in order to keep our readers informed of the latest issues in the field.


The Oil & Gas Law Society is designed to expose first-year law students to the energy legal community so that they can explore the various career paths and academic issues related to the energy practice. The Society helps second and third year students with an identified interest in energy law target specific career paths and industry practitioners who can help them jump-start a future career without the added obligations of editing requirements.


The Drill is our quarterly newsletter, which we publish to keep our readers informed of events and information about TJOGEL and our membership.



The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law was founded in 2005 to provide a platform for the scholarly discussion of emerging issues in oil, gas, and energy law. Each year, the student-run board works hard to maintain strict editing standards and expand our reach in the field. This year, we are proudly celebrating 10 years of publication by hosting a cocktail party for members and alumni of the journal.

Our mission is to provide energy professionals with relevant information on emerging issues in the dynamic field of oil, gas, and energy law, while cultivating the industry’s future leaders.

  • Connect students, alumni, and practitioners
  • Expand national presence
  • Develop superior content

Platinum Sponsors

Baker Botts

Bracewell & Giuliani


Jones Day

Latham & Watkins

Locke Lord

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Norton Rose Fulbright

Sidley Austin

Vinson & Elkins

Gold Sponsors

Andrews Kurth

Gray Reed & McGraw

Kirkland & Ellis

Pioneer Natural Resources

Porter Hedges

Scott, Douglass & McConnico

Silver Sponsors

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver

Jackson, Sjoberg, McCarthy, & Townsend

Kelly Hart & Hallman

Thompson & Knight

Watts Guerra

Bronze Sponsors

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Beirne, Maynard, & Parsons

Brandon Seale

Digital Blackacre Software

Harrison, Bettis, Staff, McFarland & Weems

Hays & Owens

Jackson Walker

King & Spalding


Wagner & Brown Ltd.



February 18, 2015

Nuisance Easements: The New Cost of Doing Business in the Oil and Gas Industry

With the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas operations have transitioned from a predominately rural venture to one that is present in some of the most …

February 18, 2015

Antitrust Reform and the Mexican Energy Industry

Mexico’s reform of its energy sector ends a nearly century-old monopoly in the oil and gas arena: foreign investment and production are allowed in Mexico for the first time in …

January 19, 2015

Hooks v. Samson: A Bold Prediction on Overcoming the Discovery Rule

Mineral owners across the state of Texas collectively hold their breath in anticipation of the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, Ltd.[1] The case arises from …

January 19, 2015

Exporting Condensates

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently issued private advisory opinions (AOs) approving two energy companies’ plans to export lightly processed condensate. This roused speculation as …

January 19, 2015

Denton’s Municipal Fracing Ban

On November 4, 2014, residents of Denton, Texas will vote on the state’s first ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracing”).[1] However, under state law, the Railroad Commission of Texas has jurisdiction …

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  • Jonathan L. Seliger, Editor-in-Chief
  • Jessica E. Sewell, Managing Editor
  • Cornelius M. Sweers, Recent Developments Editor
  • Michael H. Borofsky, Chief Articles Editor
  • Guillermo A. Alarcón, Director of Submissions
  • S. Cody Dreibelbis, Symposium Director
  • Patrick J. Samper, Administrative Editor
  • F. Adam Abulawi, Chief Financial Officer


  • Jim Barkley, Baker Botts
  • John B. Connally IV, Vinson & Elkins
  • D. Davin McGinnis, Scott, Douglass & McConnico
  • Robin S. Fredrickson, Latham & Watkins
  • Jay Kelley, JJL Interests, LLC
  • W. James “J.J.” McAnelly, Bracewell & Giuliani
  • David Patton, Locke Lord 
  • Commissioner David J. Porter, Railroad Commission of Texas
  • James L. Rice III, Sidley Austin
  • Omar Samji, Jones Day


  • Jingjing Liang, Assistant Managing Editor
  • Wilson B. Albright, Director of Public Relations
  • John L. Stavinoha III, Director of Development
  • Colin D. Mize, Director of Development
  • Soden T. Abraham, Director of Media
  • Daniel H. Temple, Director of External Affairs
  • Articles Editors:
    • Ard Ardalan
    • Erin M. Lee
    • Mary E. Proctor
    • Samantha M. Speakmon
    • William S. Stripling
    • Christopher E. Wood
  • Assistant Submission Editors:
    • Hunter Barker
    • Leslie A. Slaughter
  • Associate Recent Developments Editors:
    • David M. Howard
    • Daniel Hung
    • Rebekah J. Yurko
  • Symposium Associates
    • Christina H. Florey
    • Carson K. Glass
    • Sean B. Solis


A specialist in oil and gas law, Professor Smith is co-author of the leading casebook on Oil and Gas Law (West, 6th ed., 2013), and the leading treatise on Texas Law of Oil and Gas (3 volumes, 2nd ed., LEXIS, 1998-2013). He has also authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics in energy law. Selected Works is a compilation of just some of those articles.

In 2008 Professor Smith received the Massey Teaching Excellence Award. Earlier teaching awards include the Clyde Martz Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in 1998, and the Texas Excellence Teaching Award for the School of Law from the Ex-Students Association in 2000. In the same year, Annual Institute of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, which is co-sponsored by the Texas State Bar Section on Oil, Gas and Energy Law and the University of Texas School of Law was re-named the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute. The Ernest E. Smith Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law was established in 1994, and the Ernest E. Smith Professorship in Law was established in 1996. Professor Smith teaches classes in the areas of property, oil and gas, international petroleum transactions, and wind energy law. A former Dean of the Law School, Professor Smith has also been a Visiting Professor at several law schools including Harvard.

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This book is a testament to the widespread affection and respect for Professor Smith among students and the oil and gas bar. Five leading energy law organizations have come together to sponsor this publication. In addition, twelve editors from the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law worked over the past year to compile, cite- check, and reformat the articles.

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The Blackbook: An Oil and Gas Citation and Legal Research Guide

The Blackbook is an oil and gas citation and legal research guide intended to supplement The Bluebook and The Greenbook Texas Rules of Form. As a citation guide, The Blackbook demystifies oil- and gas-related citations by setting forth decisive citation form for industry-specific sources—many not addressed in The Bluebook or The Greenbook—and providing condensed guidelines for these citations. As a research manual, The Blackbook provides a sketch of legal research tools by outlining useful information sources, defining key terms and industry acronyms, describing the unique procedural rules of the Railroad Commission of Texas, and listing the largest oil and gas companies operating around the world.

Copies of The Blackbook: An Oil and Gas Citation and Legal Research Guide may be purchased by contacting


Each year, TJOGEL, with help from our sponsors, puts on a two-day symposium on current energy topics featuring presentations by prominent practitioners in the industry.

For more information, please contact our Symposium Director at


The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law welcomes the submission of articles, notes, and recent development pieces from judges, academics, practicing lawyers, and students. There is no limit on article length, but we aim to publish articles that can be read in one sitting. We accept student notes from students at the University of Texas School of Law and all other U.S. law schools. Recent Developments pieces should be around 10-15 pages and focus on recent issues in oil, gas, and energy law at the state, national, and international level.


All articles may be submitted by email to Director of Submissions, Andrew KleinAll submissions must be in Microsoft Word format.  The document should be single-spaced with footnotes rather than endnotes.  Citations should conform with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.) and, where applicable, The Texas Rules of Form (10th ed.).  There is no limit on article length, but we aim to publish articles that can be read in one sitting.

TJOGEL accepts submissions on a rolling basis, and we encourage authors to submit an article as early as possible to  ensure there is still space available.  If authors expect their submission to be ready on or close to the deadline, they should communicate with us as soon as possible and provide a working draft so that we can work with the author regarding the submission process.


The Journal aspires to keep editorial interventions to a minimum, namely, whatever is necessary for the sake of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We strive to preserve an author’s style and take great care to communicate with the authors regarding changes, suggestions, and feedback.  TJOGEL editorial board works with authors to provide individual attention, quick response to author questions, and communication regarding the editorial process every step of the way.


If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, please contact Director of Submissions, Guillermo A. Alarcon.


The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is the only student-run journal in the country dedicated exclusively to promoting scholarship in the energy legal field.  The Journal is widely recognized in Texas, as well as the U.S. and across the globe, as one of the premier journals for oil, gas, and energy law topics.

  • University of Texas Brand– You will be affiliated with one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions. The University of Texas is renowned for its leadership in Oil and Gas scholarship.  It is home to the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law as well as renowned casebook authors Ernest E. Smith and John Dzienkowski.
  • Huge Audience– The Journal reaches a targeted audience of oil, gas, and energy practitioners, academics, and judges.  Over 9,000 copies of the Journal have been circulated to attorneys, judges, professors, students, and industry practitioners worldwide.
  • Electronic Distribution– In addition to our print copy, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and the TJOGEL website host your articles, giving the legal and energy industry multiple avenues to access your work.
  • Outstanding Staff– Our select group of highly motivated UT Law students will work hard to make your article appear the way you envision.
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