University of Texas School of Law
2011
Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
Houston Apr 7, 2011 Hyatt Regency
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Video Replay: Dallas May 19, 2011 Cityplace Conference Center
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Presented by
The University of Texas School of Law
The Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas


UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Program Features
The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law brings together a distinguished faculty of both academics and practitioners for a series of presentations designed to provide a comprehensive overview of oil and gas legal issues.

The program opens with the definitive primer on how to drill an oil or gas well and continues with sessions on the Rule of Capture; oil and gas interests; a three-session look at the oil and gas lease including classification, royalty valuation and implied covenants; conveyancing; and the Joint Operating Agreement.

Continue on to the 37th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute.

UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

12/15/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning

Presiding Officer:
In Houston: Aaron G. Carlson, Houston, TX

7:30 am

Houston Only

Fundamentals Registration Opens

Inclues continental breakfast.

8:15 am

Houston Only

Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Houston Only

So You Want to Drill Your Own Oil Well? A Hands-On Oil and Gas Drilling Primer

An overview of the process of finding oil and gas, and bringing it to the surface.

Frank N. Cusimano III, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company - Houston, TX

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Houston Only

The Rule of Capture, Correlative Rights, and Principles of Conservation

An examination of the effects of the Rule of Capture, which has led to extensive regulation of oil and gas drilling and production by state and federal agencies, as well as a discussion of well spacing, production limitations, pooling and unitization, and related environmental regulation. The procedures for establishing units under leases, by separate contract and through agency orders are outlined. Agency rules and regulations, rulemaking and adjudication procedures are described, as well as judicial review of agency actions, including the concepts of collateral attack, exhaustion of administrative remedies, primary jurisdiction, and standards of deference. Also discussed are the effects of conservation regulation on leases and term interests.

Patrick H. Martin, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Baton Rouge, LA

9:45 am

Houston Only

Break

10:00 am

0.75 hr

Houston Only

Interests in Oil and Gas

A look at the types, characteristics, classification, and ownership issues.

Laura H. Burney, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX

10:45 am

1.00 hr

Houston Only

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part I: Classification, Scope of Grant, and Duration

This presentation focuses on how an oil and gas lease is classified in law, and on the key clauses of the lease. Pooling and royalty clauses are covered in later sessions.

Christopher Stewart Kulander, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX

Thursday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
In Houston: Aaron G. Carlson, Houston, TX

Houston Only

Luncheon Presentation

11:45 am

Houston Only

Pick up Box Lunch

Included in conference registration.

12:00 pm

0.50 hr

Houston Only

Texas Title Examination Standards: Introduction and Practical Exercises

A look at the use of Title Examination Standards to address common defects, exceptions, and errors found in the chain of title to land; plus the language of the standards, times when they are applicable, and the commentary of applicable law for each standard. Included in the presentation are some practical examination exercises using actual instruments pulled from public records.

Allen D. Cummings, Law Offices of Allen D. Cummings - San Antonio, TX

12:30 pm

Houston Only

Break

12:45 pm

0.75 hr

Houston Only

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part II: The Royalty Clause in an Oil and Gas Lease

In Texas, the calculation of the royalty obligation created under an oil and gas lease is determined by looking at the specific language contained in the royalty clause. This session focuses on some of the principal phrases used to describe such obligations and how the Texas courts have interpreted them, and takes a  look at how that same language has been interpreted differently in other jurisdictions. Finally, the impact of division and transfer orders are analyzed to determine how such instruments may affect the royalty obligations contained in the lease.

Patrick H. Martin, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Baton Rouge, LA

1:30 pm

0.75 hr

Houston Only

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part III: Implied Covenants

An outline of the law of implied covenants, including duties imposed, standards applied, and remedies available.

Elizabeth N. Miller, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

2:15 pm

0.75 hr

Houston Only

Voluntary Pooling and Unitization

This session covers (1) the typical pooling clause in an oil and gas lease which allows the lessee to combine acreage under one lease with acreage underlying adjacent tracts, and (2) the voluntary unitization statute in Texas under which the Railroad Commission approves fieldwide units which may combine acreage from hundreds of different tracts and landowners for the purpose of second recovery or repressuring.

Jacqueline L. Weaver, University of Houston Law Center - Houston, TX

3:00 pm

Houston Only

Break

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

Houston Only

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part IV: Other Clauses

A review of other clauses in an oil and gas lease, including retained acreage, proportionate reduction, warranty, assignment, continuous operations, surface use clauses or riders, force majeure, shut-in gas royalty, subrogation, and offset clauses.

J. Byron (Trace) Burton III, Uhl, Fitzsimons & Jewett, PLLC - San Antonio, TX

3:45 pm

1.00 hr

Houston Only

Oil and Gas Conveyancing

This session describes the terms used to convey mineral and royalty interests and the issues that arise in drafting and interpreting these conveyances.

Laura H. Burney, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX

4:45 pm

0.75 hr

Houston Only

The Joint Operating Agreement (JOA)

An overview of the important components of a JOA, completion of and additions to the form JOA, and issues that arise in the application of the JOA provisions to everyday exploration and production activities.

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

5:30 pm

Houston Only

Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Laura H. Burney
St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
J. Byron (Trace) Burton III
Uhl, Fitzsimons & Jewett, PLLC
San Antonio, TX
Allen D. Cummings
Law Offices of Allen D. Cummings
San Antonio, TX
Frank N. Cusimano III
Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
Houston, TX
Christopher Stewart Kulander
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX
John S. Lowe
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX
Patrick H. Martin
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Elizabeth N. Miller
Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Jacqueline L. Weaver
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Aaron G. Carlson—Chair
Houston, TX
Jonathan D. Baughman
McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore LLP
Houston, TX
Timothy R. Brown
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
The Woodlands, TX
William B. Burford
Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P.
Midland, TX
Frank N. Cusimano III
Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
Houston, TX
Monika Ehrman
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Irving, TX
Peter E Hosey
Jackson Walker
San Antonio, TX
Norma Rosner Iacovo
Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX
Michael D. Jones
Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX
Hollis L. Levy
The University of Texas School of Law
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 Bissell & Liddell LLP
Houston, TX
Michael P. Pearson
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX
George A. Snell III
Snell Law Firm
Amarillo, TX
Hon. Rick G. Strange
11th Court of Appeals
Eastland, TX

UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
8.00 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Oil, Gas and Mineral 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
8.00 hrs
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.  
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

Registered Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
9.50 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
8.00 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Oil, Gas and Mineral 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
8.00 hrs
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.  
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

Registered Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
9.50 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.  

UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Mar 30, 2011
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 1, 2011
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 4, 2011
    $50 processing fee applied

Dallas

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 11, 2011
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 13, 2011
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 16, 2011
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Hotel / Venue

Houston

Hyatt Regency

1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX
713-654-1234

Accommodations

$199.00 good through Mar 7, 2011

Parking Information

Valet $15 per day / $25 Overnight, Self Parking is available in nearby lots and garages

Dallas

Cityplace Conference Center

2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX
214.515.5100
Map

Parking Information

Complimentary Self-Parking

UT Law CLE

2011 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

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