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ABOUT THE JOURNAL

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 1,300 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 BLOG.

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 SOCIETY.

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.

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

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OUR HISTORY.

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
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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

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

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Beirne, Maynard, & Parsons

Harrison, Bettis, Staff, McFarland & Weems

Hays & Owens

Jackson Walker

King & Spalding

PwC

Wagner & Brown Ltd.

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TJOGEL Events

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THE 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

The 2014-15 academic year marks TJOGEL’s 10th anniversary at UT Law. To celebrate this event, the Journal is hosting a 10th anniversary party on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Austin. The event will be a fun occasion for TJOGEL stakeholders to gather and celebrate all the Journal has accomplished in its short 10-year history!

LATEST POSTS FROM OUR BLOG

October 19, 2014

Perfecting a Security Interest in As-Extracted Collateral

On June 6, 2014, West Virginia modified the language of its statute regarding the duration of effectiveness of a record of a mortgage serving as a financing statement for as-extracted …

October 19, 2014

Does the Wind Energy Industry Need the Federal Tax Credit to Survive?

  The wind energy industry currently benefits from a federal tax credit that allows wind energy projects to reduce their federal taxes by 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced …

October 11, 2014

Economic and Environmental Implications of Mexico’s Energy Reform

Amber, Eli – Final Draft – Latest Updated Version, Blog, Mexico Energy Reform – EDITED.docx         In December 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto amended Articles 25, …

February 24, 2014

Texas Regulators and Lawmakers Seek to Solve Hydraulic Fracturing’s Water Problem

By Eli Amber – 2L   The United States has seen a resurgence in oil and gas activity due to hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting fluids containing 99.5 percent …

February 24, 2014

The Utica Shale: Finally Living Up to the Hype?

By Carly Gaines – 2L   In what has been one of the most anticipated, if not uncertain, areas of shale development for North America, the Utica Shale’s recent advancements …

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WE ARE TJOGEL

EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • D. Alex Robertson, Editor-in-Chief
  • Jaclyn C. Joseph, Managing Editor
  • Nils P. Swanson, Executive Editor
  • Michelle L. Hood, Chief Articles Editor
  • Aashish G. Kapadia, Recent Developments Ed.
  • Andrew S. Klein, Director of Submissions
  • William F. White, Symposium Director
  • Jennifer R. Gasser, Chief Financial Officer

BOARD OF ADVISORS

  • Jim Barkley, Baker Botts
  • John B. Connally IV, Vinson & Elkins
  • 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

EDITORIAL BOARD

  • Jessica E. Sewell, Assistant Managing Editor
  • Jonathan L. Seliger, Director of Public Relations
  • Barrett T. Robin, Director of Development
  • W. Jared Berg, Director of Development
  • Leslie G. Vaughn, Director of Media
  • Kate M. Juelis, Director of External Affairs
  • Articles Editors:
    • Michael H. Borofsky
    • Carly J. Gaines
    • Kallie A. Gallagher
    • Ian M. Lancaster
    • Patrick J. Samper
    • Cornelius M. Sweers
    • Mathew C. Usdin
    • Daniel H. Williams
  • Associate Recent Developments Editors:
    • Benjamin G. Goodman
    • Chris I. McAlister
  • Assistant Submissions Editors:
    • Guillermo A. Alarcon
    • Jordan H. Hahn
  • Symposium Associates
    • Chard L. Barton
    • Lisa A. Kollenberg
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ERNEST E. SMITH SELECTED WORKS

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

The Journal is currently working on the first edition of the Blackbook, an oil and gas-focused style and citation manual that will supplement the Greenbook Texas Rules of Form and serve as a practical and user-friendly industry directory. The Blackbook will set forth decisive citation form for industry-specific authorities not addressed by the Greenbook or Bluebook, and will also contain comprehensive lists of standardized abbreviations, terms, definitions, etc. often used to in oil and gas literature.  Coming spring 2015.

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ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

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 symposium@tjogel.org.

REGISTRATION.

To register for the 2015 TJOGEL Symposium, please use the following links:

SUBMISSIONS

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.

HOW TO SUBMIT.

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.

A NOTE ON EDITING.

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, Andrew Klein.

WHY PUBLISH WITH TJOGEL?

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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