University of Texas School of Law
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TX Credit Info:
8.00 hrs
TX Specialization:
Administrative Law
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
Real Estate Law
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2017

Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Houston Apr 13, 2017 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
$325 Individual  |  $375 after Apr 5

Live Webcast Apr 13, 2017
$300 Individual

Webcast Replay Jun 8, 2017
$300 Individual

Register

Also available as: eConference, Materials, In-House CLE

EVENT SPONSORS
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Goldsmith, Bogisch & Chaires

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

UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Program Features
UT Law's 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 four-session look at the oil and gas lease—classification, royalty valuation, implied covenants and other clauses—conveyancing, and the Joint Operating Agreement.

Continue on to the 43rd Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute for a full day addressing the latest in oil and gas developments.

UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

2/19/17
Schedule

Thursday Morning

Presiding Officer:
Jeff Weems, Staff Weems LLP - Houston, TX

7:30 am

Houston Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:15 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.50 hr

So You Want to Drill Your Own Oil Well? An Oil and Gas Drilling Primer

Hear an overview of the process of finding oil and gas and bringing it to the surface, as well as some of the needed agreements.

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

9:00 am

0.75 hr

The Rule of Capture, Correlative Rights and Principles of Conservation

Examine the effects of the Rule of Capture, and discuss well spacing, production limitations, pooling and unitization, and related environmental regulation. Hear a description of agency rules and regulations, rule-making and adjudication procedures, along with a judicial review of agency actions including the concepts of collateral attack, exhaustion of administrative remedies, primary jurisdiction, and standards of deference.

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

9:45 am
Break

10:00 am

0.75 hr

Interests in Oil and Gas

Hear an overview of the general types, characteristics and classifications of oil and gas interests.

Christopher S. Kulander, South Texas College of Law Houston and Of Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX

10:45 am

1.00 hr

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

Focus in-depth on how an oil and gas lease is classified in law and on the key clauses of the lease.

Owen L. Anderson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

11:45 am

Live Webcast, Webcast Replay Only

Break for Lunch - Presentation Resumes at 12:05 pm

11:45 am

Houston Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Jeff Weems, Staff Weems LLP - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor

Baker & Hostetler LLP

12:05 pm

0.75 hr

Texas Title Examination Standards: Introduction and Practical Exercises

Take a look at the use of Title Examination Standards to address common defects, exceptions and errors found in the chain of title to land. Explore the language of the standards, times when they are applicable, and the commentary of applicable law for each standard. Take part in a few practical examination exercises using actual situations encountered in title examination.

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

 
12:50 pm
Break

1:05 pm

0.75 hr

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. Focus on some of the principal phrases used to describe such obligations and how the Texas courts have interpreted them, and take a look at how that same language has been interpreted differently in other jurisdictions. Analyze the impact of division and transfer orders to determine how such instruments may affect the royalty obligations contained in the lease.

Monika U. Ehrman, The University of Oklahoma College of Law - Norman, OK

1:50 pm

0.75 hr

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part III: Implied Covenants

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

Keith B. Hall, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Baton Rouge, LA

2:35 pm

0.50 hr

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part IV: Other Clauses

Review other clauses in an oil and gas lease, including surface use clauses and riders, retained acreage and proportionate reduction clauses, and savings clauses such as continuous operations, dry hole, force majeure, and shut-in gas royalty clauses.

Thomas A. Daily, Daily & Woods, P.L.L.C. - Fort Smith, AR

3:05 pm
Break

3:15 pm

0.75 hr

Voluntary Pooling and Unitization

Review 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. Also, explore the voluntary unitization statute in Texas under which the Railroad Commission approves field-wide units, which may combine acreage from hundreds of different tracts and landowners for the purpose of second recovery or repressuring.

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

4:00 pm

0.75 hr

Oil and Gas Conveyancing

Explore 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

The Joint Operating Agreement (JOA)

Hear 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 exploration and production activities.

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

5:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Owen L. Anderson
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Laura H. Burney
St. Mary's University School of Law
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
Thomas A. Daily
Daily & Woods, P.L.L.C.
Fort Smith, AR
Monika U. Ehrman
The University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
Keith B. Hall
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Christopher S. Kulander
South Texas College of Law Houston and Of Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX
John S. Lowe
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX
Carroll G. Martin
Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX
Patrick H. Martin
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA

Planning Committee

Jeff Weems—Director
Staff Weems LLP
Houston, TX
Shonnie L. Daniel—Co-Director
Calpine Corporation
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

UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
8.00 hrs
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
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.  
Louisiana
8.00 hrs
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.
Ohio – Expected
7.25 hrs
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
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.
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)
8.00 hrs
Registered Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
Registered Professional Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
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
8.00 hrs
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
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.  
Louisiana
8.00 hrs
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.
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs
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.
Other States
8.00 hrs
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)
8.00 hrs
Registered Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
Registered Professional Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
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
8.00 hrs
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
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.  
Louisiana
8.00 hrs
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.
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs
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.
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)
8.00 hrs
Registered Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
Registered Professional Landman (AAPL)
8.00 hrs
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.  

UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 5, 2017
    Add $50 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 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

UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Hotel / Venue

Houston

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

2222 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
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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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UT Law CLE

2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

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