University of Texas School of Law
43rd Annual Ernest E. Smith
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute
Houston Apr 14, 2017 Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast Apr 14, 2017
Conference Concluded
Webcast Replay Jun 9, 2017
$300 Individual
PRESENTED BY
The University of Texas School of Law
The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (OGERL
)

EVENT SPONSORS
Goldsmith, Bogisch & Chaires
Baker & Hostetler LLP


SPONSORS
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Jackson Walker LLP
Locke Lord LLP
McElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead, L.L.P.
McGinnis Lochridge
Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP

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Program Features
The Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute continues to be the definitive course for attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators and landmen. The Institute brings together a distinguished faculty of academics and practitioners for presentations on the latest oil and gas developments.

2017 program highlights include:
  • Professor Ernest E. Smith presents his annual Case Law Update.
  • Bart W. Huffman, Reed Smith LLP, and Will R. DaughertyBaker & Hostetler LLP, explore the ethical and legal obligations of attorneys and law firms to protect against cybersecurity threats including threats to client data and communications.
  • Brian SullivanMcElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead L.L.P., delivers the Railroad Commission Update.
  • Matt RayEnergy Transfer Partners, L.P., presents on Gas Exports to Mexico during the luncheon presentation.
  • J. Robert Goldsmith Jr.Goldsmith, Bogisch & Chaires, moderates a panel discussion of Legal and Regulatory Issues in Light of Current Drilling Technology with panelists Gregory S. MathewsChevron USA INC., and John B. McFarlandGraves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.
  • Hear Fun New Ways for Density and Proration Rules to Bust Your Lease with Brandon DurrettDykema Cox Smith.
Come a day early for Thursday's Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law—ideal for beginners or experienced practitioners seeking a refresher.

The Institute is jointly presented by The University of Texas School of Law and The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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5/26/17
Schedule

Friday Morning

Presiding Officer:
Michael D. Jones, Jones Gill LLP - Houston, TX

7:15 am

Houston Only

Institute Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.
 

8:05 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:15 am

1.00 hr ethics

Cybersecurity for Oil & Gas Attorneys: Understanding the Ethical and Legal Obligations

Explore the ethical and legal obligations of attorneys and law firms to protect client data and communications from the latest cybersecurity threats. 
 

Bart W. Huffman, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX
Will R. Daugherty, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

9:15 am

1.25 hrs

Case Law Update

Review recent decisions dealing with oil and gas leases, royalties, mineral conveyances, joint operating agreements, state regulation, and related topics.

Ernest E. Smith, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Railroad Commission Update

Brian R. Sullivan, McElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Production In Paying Quantities (PPQ)

BP v. Laddex—the Texas Supreme Court revisits the doctrine it created.
 

Charles "Skip" Watson, Davis, Gerald & Cremer - Austin, TX

12:00 pm

Houston Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Carroll G. Martin, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor

Goldsmith, Bogisch & Chaires

12:20 pm

0.50 hr

Gas Exports to Mexico

Fueling Mexico's evolving energy and power market from a commercial perspective.

Matt Ray, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. - Dallas, TX

 
12:50 pm
Break

1:05 pm

0.50 hr

Quench My Thirst: Water Rights in the Context of Water Treatment Technologies

Peter E. Hosey, Jackson Walker LLP - San Antonio, TX

1:35 pm

0.75 hr

Legal and Regulatory Issues in Light of Current Drilling Technology

Hear about allocation wells, production sharing agreements, field rules, and retained acreage clauses in the new horizontal drilling environment.

 

Moderator:
J. Robert Goldsmith Jr., Goldsmith, Bogisch & Chaires - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Gregory S. Mathews, Chevron USA INC. - Houston, TX
John B. McFarland, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX

2:20 pm

0.75 hr

The Statute of Frauds and Typical Leasehold Documents

The statute of frauds applies to oil and gas leasehold contracts, and the failure to satisfy its requirements may render an agreement unenforceable. Examine how the statute might be applied to typical leasehold documents—retained acreage clauses, farmouts, and AMIs.

W. Timothy George, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

3:05 pm
Break

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

Fun New Ways for Density and Proration Rules to Bust Your Lease 

Review and analyze three recent Texas cases affecting how “governmental authority” language in retained acreage clauses interacts with density and proration rules to determine how much acreage an oil and gas lessee may hold by production.

Brandon Durrett, Dykema Cox Smith - San Antonio, TX

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

Closing the Deal and Keeping the Taxman Waiting: Use of I.R.C. Section 1031 in Oil and Gas Acquisitions and Divestitures

Walk through a step-by-step guide to compliance with Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code to tie an asset disposition to a later acquisition of a replacement property as a tax-free exchange or to "park" an acquisition as a tax-free replacement property for assets subsequently disposed of. 

David G. Drumm, Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal LLP - Dallas, TX

4:15 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

We're Not Out of the Woods Yet: Selected Issues for Consideration in an Economically Stressed Environment

Discuss the issues facing exploration and production companies and pipeline companies in the event of an operator or non-operator bankruptcy. Learn about the tools available under the AAPL Model Form Joint Operating Agreement to help alleviate some of these problems.

Eric R. Goodman, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Cleveland, OH
W. John English Jr., Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

Will R. Daugherty
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX
David G. Drumm
Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal LLP
Dallas, TX
Brandon Durrett
Dykema Cox Smith
San Antonio, TX
W. John English Jr.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX
W. Timothy George
McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX
J. Robert Goldsmith Jr.
Goldsmith, Bogisch & Chaires
Austin, TX
Eric R. Goodman
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Cleveland, OH
Peter E. Hosey
Jackson Walker LLP
San Antonio, TX
Bart W. Huffman
Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX
Gregory S. Mathews
Chevron USA INC.
Houston, TX
John B. McFarland
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX
Matt Ray
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
Dallas, TX
Ernest E. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Brian R. Sullivan
McElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Charles "Skip" Watson
Davis, Gerald & Cremer
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Shonnie L. Daniel—Director
Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX
Jeff Weems—Co-Director
Staff Weems LLP
Houston, TX
Jonathan D. Baughman
McGinnis Lochridge
Houston, TX
Kevin M. Beiter
McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX
Gregory C. Cox
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX
Frank N. Cusimano III
Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
Houston, TX
Monika U. Ehrman
The University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
W. John English Jr.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX
Peter E. Hosey
Jackson Walker LLP
San Antonio, TX
Norma Rosner Iacovo
Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX
Michael D. Jones
Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX
Michael E. McElroy
McElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
M.C. Cottingham Miles
Martin & Drought, P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Ricardo E. Morales
Person, Whitworth, Borchers & Morales, L.L.P.
Laredo, TX
David Michael Patton
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX
Michael P. Pearson
Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX
April Rogers
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Ernest E. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
George A. Snell III
Snell Law Firm
Amarillo, TX

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Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Louisiana
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
North Dakota
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Ohio
6.50 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Pennsylvania
7.50 hrs  |  1.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive the Pennsylvania CLE Board Credit Request Form and approval documentation to self-report credit directly to the Pennsylvania CLE Board. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Other Credit

Certified Professional Landman (AAPL)
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Registered Landman (AAPL)
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Registered Professional Landman (AAPL)
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate Law
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Louisiana
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference.
North Dakota
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Pennsylvania – Expected
7.25 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Other States
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

Other Credit

Certified Professional Landman (AAPL)
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Registered Landman (AAPL)
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Registered Professional Landman (AAPL)
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate Law
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Louisiana
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference.
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other States
7.75 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

UT Law CLE

2017 Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 12, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for State Employee early registration: Apr 12, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 7, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 10, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 11, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 7, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 10, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

Webcast Replay

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jun 2, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jun 5, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

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Hotel / Venue

Houston

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

2222 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$179 room rate good through March 18, 2017 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

$10 daily self-parking; $16 overnight self-parking; $16 valet daily parking; $25.60 valet overnight

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