Overview

The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law—ideal for beginners or experienced practitioners seeking a refresher—assembles a distinguished faculty of experienced practitioners for a series of presentations designed to provide practical and detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, and opportunities facing attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators and landmen.

The program features sessions on production and marketing; oil and gas leases including classification and administration, perpetuation and termination, and implied covenants; risk allocation; division orders; drafting for subsequent operations in the JOA; perfection of oil and gas interests; title opinions for all stages of production; an overview of the Railroad Commission of Texas; and more.

Continue on to the 40th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute for a full day addressing the latest in oil and gas developments.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Chris Aycock, Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC - Midland, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Houston Only
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:35 am
    Houston Only
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:45 am
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    You Have Drilled Your Well, Now What?
    Pitfalls to avoid when completing your well. Production and marketing of oil, natural gas and liquids, how that is accomplished and what to worry about while you are doing it.

    William D. Griffin, Griffin Consulting - Houston, TX

  • 9:30 am
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Lease Perpetuation Issues
    An examination of the commencement of the term of the lease and its termination.

    Peter E. Hosey, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - San Antonio, TX

  • 10:15 am
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Administering State Leases and Relinquishment Act Lands
    Classification of state lands and accompanying lease forms; plus key differences in maintaining a state oil and gas lease.

    Mark A. Havens, Texas General Land Office - Austin, TX

  • 11:00 am
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Implied Covenants
    A review of the law of implied covenants and its application to the oil patch.

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

  • 11:45 am
    Houston Only
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Chris Aycock, Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC - Midland, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:05 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Horizontal Update: The Resurgence of the Permian Basin

    Scott D. Sheffield, Pioneer Natural Resources Company - Irving, TX

  • 12:35 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 12:45 pm
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    What You Need to Know about the Railroad Commission
    An overview of the oil and gas drilling, production, environmental and pipeline regulation by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

    W. Timothy George, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

  • 1:30 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Basics: Perfection in the Oilfield
    A general discussion regarding perfection of your client's interest, lien or security interest in oil, gas and other minerals.

    W. John English Jr., Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

  • 2:00 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Same Title, Different Opinion
    A discussion of the various types, and differences between, title opinions utilized in all stages of the production of oil and gas.

    Rhodes W. Hamilton, Hamilton & Squibb, LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 2:30 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 2:45 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    The Application of the Statute of Frauds in Oil and Gas Transactions
    An overview of the interaction between the Statute of Frauds and the practice of oil and gas law in Texas.

    Joe Fenley Flack III, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

  • 3:15 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Division Orders
    A discussion of the origins, uses and the statutory provisions governing division orders.

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

  • 3:45 pm
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Drilling Contracts and Master Service Agreements
    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 important pitfalls to avoid.

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

  • 4:30 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Joint Operating Agreement: Subsequent Operations
    Proposals for operations after the initial well, the rights, duties and expectations of the parties, and a comparison of vertical and horizontal well issues.

    Michel E. Curry, Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC - Midland, TX

  • 5:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Adjourn Fundamentals

Conference Faculty

Michel E. Curry

Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC
Midland, TX

W. John English Jr.

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Joe Fenley Flack III

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

W. Timothy George

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

William D. Griffin

Griffin Consulting
Houston, TX

Rhodes W. Hamilton

Hamilton & Squibb, LLP
Dallas, TX

Mark A. Havens

Texas General Land Office
Austin, TX

Peter E. Hosey

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
San Antonio, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX

Elizabeth N. Miller

Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

William W. Pugh III

Liskow & Lewis, APLC
Houston, TX

Scott D. Sheffield

Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Irving, TX

Planning Committee

Chris Aycock—Director

Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC
Midland, TX

Jonathan D. Baughman

McGinnis Lochridge
Houston, 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

CERES Resource Partners, L.P.
Dallas, TX

W. John English Jr.

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Ronald O. Holman

Holman Robertson Eldridge
Dallas, TX

Peter E. Hosey

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
San Antonio, TX

Norma Rosner Iacovo

Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX

Sarah Dotson Mathews

Husch Blackwell LLP
Kansas City, MO

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

J. Derrick Price

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

George A. Snell III

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Amarillo, 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.  
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.
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.
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.
This course will qualify for self-reporting credits with PELS (TX Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) - please see the education form log below to keep track of your credits in the case of an audit. When you select this credit type in the webcast, you will receive a downloadable Certificate of Attendance with date and course information for your records.

https://pels.texas.gov/downloads/TBPE_CEP_Log.pdf
https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/CE_CLE-0.pdf

Use this link to obtain the TREC MCE form for self-reporting your TREC credit.  UT Law CLE will provide a Certificate of Attendance at the conference.
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.  
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.
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.
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.
This course will qualify for self-reporting credits with PELS (TX Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) - please see the education form log below to keep track of your credits in the case of an audit. When you select this credit type in the webcast, you will receive a downloadable Certificate of Attendance with date and course information for your records.

https://pels.texas.gov/downloads/TBPE_CEP_Log.pdf
https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/CE_CLE-0.pdf

Use this link to obtain the TREC MCE form for self-reporting your TREC credit.  UT Law CLE will provide a Certificate of Attendance at the conference.

Key Dates

Houston – Mar 27, 2014 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Conference Concluded
Video Replay: Dallas – May 8, 2014 – Cityplace Conference Center
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Houston
Last day for Individual early registration: Mar 19, 2014

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Last day for Group 10% (5-9) (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Mar 19, 2014

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Last day for Group 20% (10+) (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Mar 19, 2014

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Mar 21, 2014

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Last day for cancellation: Mar 24, 2014
Dallas
Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 30, 2014

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group 10% (5-9) (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Apr 30, 2014

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group 20% (10+) (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Apr 30, 2014

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 2, 2014

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: May 5, 2014

Venue

speaker

2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
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Accommodations

$195 room rate good through March 12, 2014 (subject to availability). 

Click here for online reservations.
Please refer to the UT Law School Oil, Gas & Mineral Law program when making reservations by phone.

Parking Information

$10/day self-parking;  $16/day overnight self-parking
$16/day valet parking; $27/day overnight valet parking

speaker

2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX
214.515.5100
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Parking Information

Complimentary Self-Parking

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