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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

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October 25, 2016

Quack Quack: Is The Prairie-Chicken Problem Back? Update on the Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Efforts

In September 2015, a Western District of Texas court vacated the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”)’s designation of the lesser prairie chicken (“prairie chicken”) as “threatened” under the …

October 25, 2016

Amazon Announces New Texas Wind Farm Project

Amazon recently announced the company’s largest renewable energy project to date, a new wind farm in Texas. The objectives are to realize Amazon’s goal and company-wide initiative of promoting long-term …

May 8, 2016

Ladra v. New Dominion: Opening the Door to Tort Liability for Earthquake Damage Caused by Energy Companies

As someone who attended college at the University of Oklahoma, I can attest to the exponential rise in earthquakes in the state first-hand. In fact, I am willing to bet …

May 8, 2016

BP Oil Spill: Despite Unprecedented Research and Analysis, Severity of Environmental Impact Still Uncertain 6 Years Later

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which for 87 days in 2010 leaked millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf Coast of Mexico, …

May 8, 2016

Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure: A Brief Comparison of State Disclosure Requirements

Introduction Advancements in hydraulic fracturing have fueled the domestic oil and gas industry in recent years. According to the Energy Information Administration, fracking now accounts for more than half …

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  • Wilson B. Albright, Editor-in-Chief
  • Rebekah J. Yurco, Managing Editor
  • Colin D. Mize, Chief Financial Officer
  • Mary E. Proctor, Chief Articles Editor
  • Leslie A. Slaughter, Recent Developments Editor
  • A. Hunter Barker, Director of Submissions
  • Mohammed Al-Hendy, Symposium Director
  • Erin M. Lee, Administrative Editor


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


  • Montana J. Ware, Assistant Managing Editor
  • Elizabeth P. Furlow, Assistant Administrative Editor
  • Jack E. Chadderdon, Director of Development
  • A. John Ellis III, Director of Development
  • Daniel Cadis, Director of Media
  • Articles Editors:
    • Ard Ardalan
    • Chase M. Hudson
    • Ethan J. Levinton
    • C. Frank Mace
    • Samuel A. Spiers
    • Janie W. Zilkha
  • Assistant Submission Editors:
    • William S. Bentley
    • Morgan C. Moore
  • Associate Recent Developments Editors:
    • Aaron A. Browne
    • Christina H. Florey
  • Symposium Associates
    • Camie N. Carlock
    • Genevieve D. Tarlton


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



February 9th-10th, 2017

The two-day event will feature dynamic speakers and leaders from various sectors of the energy industry. The Symposium will take place in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, located on the University of Texas campus, at 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78712. Please see the attached program for details. 

If you have any questions, please email the Symposium Director, Mohammed Al-Hendy, at 

The Journal looks forward to seeing you in February 2017!



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 the Director of Submissions, Hunter Barker.  All 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, Hunter Barker


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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