About

The one-day Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law brings together a distinguished faculty of academics and practitioners who provide a comprehensive overview of oil and gas legal issues.

The program opens with “The Top 10 Things Your Momma Never Told You about Oil and Gas Leases” and continues with sessions on surface rights v. mineral rights, Farmout Agreements, oil and gas marketing issues, drafting tips, and more.

Continue on to the one-day Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute for further coverage of these issues and more.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Day 1 Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    In Houston: Frank N. Cusimano III, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Houston Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Houston Only
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    Houston Only
    1.00 hr
    The Top 10 Things Your Mom Never Told You about Oil and Gas Leases

    M.C. Cottingham Miles, Martin & Drought, P.C. - San Antonio, TX
    Katrina B. Mohrer, Person, Whitworth, Borchers & Morales, L.L.P. - Laredo, TX

    Learn ten of the top current issues that lessors and lessees should consider when negotiating oil and gas leases.
  • 9:30 am
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Surface Rights/Access v. Mineral Rights

    Bruce M. Kramer, Of Counsel, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

    Over the past 75 years, the relationship between a severed mineral owner and the surface owner has undergone substantial change. This presentation analyzes both the historical antecedents and the present jurisprudence regarding the implied easement of surface use.
  • 10:15 am
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Overview of Railroad Commission Regulations

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

    A look at what the Railroad Commission does and does not do.
  • 11:15 am
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    The Farmout Agreement

    Mark K. Boling, Southwestern Energy Company - Houston, TX

    A review of the basic elements of a Farmout Agreement and a discussion of the key issues that should be addressed in drafting and negotiating a Farmout Agreement.
  • Day 1 Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    In Houston: Frank N. Cusimano III, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company - Houston, TX

  • Houston Only
    Luncheon Presentation

  • 12:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Pick up Box Lunch

    Included in course registration.
  • 12:30 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Better, Faster, Cheaper? Today’s Drilling Environment

    Mark A. Houser, EnerVest, Ltd. - Houston, TX

    This session covers the current drilling/operations environment as well as some of the new technologies that are driving today’s oil and gas activities. Also covers the impact of new drilling and completion technology on the U.S. gas supply.
  • 1:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 1:15 pm
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Basic Oil and Gas Taxation

    R. Richard Coston, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. - Houston, TX

    Federal income tax issues encountered in common oil and gas transactions.
  • 2:00 pm
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Drilling Contracts and Master Service Agreements

    William W. Pugh III, Liskow & Lewis - Houston, TX

    Risk allocation issues in drilling contracts and master service agreements are often the most difficult issues. This session provides a broad overview of the indemnity and insurance provisions and some of the important pitfalls.
  • 2:45 pm
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Basic Environmental Law for Oil and Gas Lawyers

    Susan G. Zachos, Law Offices of Susan G. Zachos - Austin, TX

    An overview of federal and state agency jurisdiction and the primary environmental law programs affecting oil field operations and cleanup in Texas, and drafting tips on how to avoid pitfalls when negotiating environmental provisions in contracts.
  • 3:30 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Division Orders

    Michael D. Jones, Jones Gill LLP - Houston, TX

    The uses and abuses of the Division Order—neither a contract nor a conveyance, a shield but not a sword.
  • 4:15 pm
    Houston Only
    1.00 hr
    Issues in Marketing Production

    Amy L. Hoff, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
    Kathleen C. Lake, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX

    An overview of natural gas and crude oil marketing issues, including drafting principles for crude oil sales contracts, natural gas sales contracts and gas gathering agreements, and issues related to laws and regulations applicable to oil and gas marketing.
  • 5:15 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Operator Duties to Non-Operators

    John S. Lowe, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law - Dallas, TX

    A review of the standard of conduct the operator owes non-operators, the relationship of the parties, and the effect of exculpatory language found in model forms.
  • 5:45 pm
    Houston Only
    Adjourn Fundamentals Primer

Conference Faculty

Mark K. Boling

Southwestern Energy Company
Houston, TX

R. Richard Coston

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Amy L. Hoff

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Mark A. Houser

EnerVest, Ltd.
Houston, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX

Bruce M. Kramer

Of Counsel, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Kathleen C. Lake

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

John S. Lowe

Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX

M.C. Cottingham Miles

Martin & Drought, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Katrina B. Mohrer

Person, Whitworth, Borchers & Morales, L.L.P.
Laredo, TX

William W. Pugh III

Liskow & Lewis
Houston, TX

Brian R. Sullivan

McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Susan G. Zachos

Law Offices of Susan G. Zachos
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Frank N. Cusimano III—Chair

Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
Houston, TX

Timothy Ray Brown

Houston, TX

William B. Burford

Midland, TX

Laura H. Burney

San Antonio, TX

Aaron G. Carlson

Houston, TX

Monika Ehrman

Irving, TX

Charles W Gordon IV

Corpus Christi, TX

Norma Rosner Iacovo

Arlington, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX

Hollis L. Levy

Austin, TX

M.C. Cottingham Miles

Martin & Drought, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Ricardo E. Morales

Laredo, TX

David Michael Patton

Houston, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Houston, TX

George A. Snell III

Amarillo, TX

Hon. Rick G. Strange

Eastland, TX

Fabené J. Welch

Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
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.  
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.  
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
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.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
MCLE Credit
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.  
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.  
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
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.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Houston – Apr 8, 2010 – Hyatt Regency
Conference Concluded
Video Replay: Dallas – May 19, 2010 – Cityplace Conference Center
Conference Concluded
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Houston
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Mar 31, 2010

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 2, 2010
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 5, 2010

$50 processing fee applied

Dallas
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 10, 2010

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 12, 2010
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 14, 2010

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

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1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX
713-654-1234

Accommodations

$199.00 good through Mar 9, 2009

Parking Information

Daily Valet $12; Overnight Valet $25

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2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX
214.515.5100
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