Overview

The 2018 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law—ideal for beginners or seasoned 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, and perpetuation and termination; risk allocation; division orders; drafting for subsequent operations in the JOA; redetermination, perfection, and bankruptcy in the oil field; title opinions for all stages of production; an overview of the Texas Railroad Commission; and more.

Continue on to the 44th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute for a full day addressing the latest in oil and gas developments.

This program 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.

Event Schedule

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

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Katy Pier Moore, Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer PC - San Antonio, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Houston Only
    Fundamentals Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Drilling Contracts and Master Services Agreements
    Drilling contracts and service contracts are the most common agreements involved in oilfield operations and risk allocation issues. Focus on getting the right indemnity and insurance provisions for your company and avoiding potential pitfalls involving enforceability and indemnity structure. Learn about specific concerns relating to use of the IADC Onshore Drilling Contract form.

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

  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    A Primer on Marketing Oil and Gas
    Discussion of the basic concepts associated with a producer’s marketing of its oil and gas production, including overviews of (a) the applicable provisions of UCC Article 2, (b) the basic provisions of the Conoco general terms and conditions applicable to sales of crude oil as well as the standardized LEAP “master” form agreement for crude oil and refined petroleum products, (c) the provisions commonly found in contracts for the purchase of natural gas by gatherers and processors, as well as by gas marketers utilizing the standardized NAESB “master” form agreement for natural gas, and (d) applicable regulatory principles.”

    Michael P. Pearson, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX

  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Protecting the In-House Attorney Client Privilege
    A practical overview of the attorney-client privilege as it applies to in-house counsel communications. Hear best practices for protecting communications, common pitfalls, and real world hot topics. Focus on “intermingled” legal and business communications, investigations, and multi-jurisdictional disputes, as well as discovery and litigation planning and management.
    This session was originally scheduled on Thursday, April 19th at 12:20 p.m.

    Jonathan R. Childers, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Michael K. Hurst, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Jervonne Newsome, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Understanding Revisions to The Texas General Land Office Lease Form
    A brief history of classifications of state and a discussion on how recent trends in field rules, allocation wells, and valuation methods have impacted the State Lease form.

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

  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Basic Causes of Action and Defenses in Litigating Land Titles
    Find the right procedure and the right remedy to protect your client's rights.

    Richard F. Brown, Brown & Fortunato, P.C. - Amarillo, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in Fundamentals registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
    Baker & Hostetler LLP

  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    What You Need to Know About the Railroad Commission of Texas
    An overview of oil and gas drilling, production, environmental and pipeline regulation by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
    ‚ÄčThis session was originally scheduled on Thursday, April 19th at 10:15 a.m.

    Tim George, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Are We There Yet - Beginning and Termination of the Oil and Gas Lease
    Examine the commencement of the term of the lease and its termination.
     

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

  • 2:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    A Bankruptcy Primer for the Practitioner
    Review the rudiments of the powers of the Bankruptcy Court under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code and the need for perfection of title and liens under Texas law; the asset sales process under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code with a focus on survival of pre-bankruptcy liens and obligations; and a preference action and an action asserting that a transaction was a constructive and actionable transfer in fraud of creditors.

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

  • 2:50 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Perfection and Recording: Practical Title Issues
    The public records doctrine is the cornerstone for perfection of title, liens and security interests relating to oil, gas, and mineral interests. Hear about the public records doctrine, the electronic signature laws, the bona fide purchaser doctrine, and perfection of title, liens and security interests under traditional title law and the Texas Business and Commerce Code.

    Jasper Mason, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Denver, CO
    George A. Snell III, Snell Law Firm - Amarillo, TX

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Division Orders
    The uses and abuses of the Division Order. Neither a contract nor a conveyance, a shield but not a sword.

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

  • 4:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Basic JOA
    Discuss the purposes for a Joint Operating Agreement, its basic structure and issues that arise in its interpretation.
     

    Jeff Weems, Staff Weems LLP - Houston, TX

  • 4:45 pm
    Adjourn Fundamentals

Conference Faculty

Richard F. Brown

Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Amarillo, TX

Jonathan R. Childers

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX

W. John English Jr.

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Tim George

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

Eric R. Goodman

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Cleveland, OH

Mark A. Havens

Texas General Land Office
Austin, TX

Peter E. Hosey

Jackson Walker LLP
San Antonio, TX

Michael K. Hurst

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX

Jasper Mason

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Denver, CO

Jervonne Newsome

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP
Dallas, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

William W. Pugh III

Liskow & Lewis
Houston, TX

George A. Snell III

Snell Law Firm
Amarillo, TX

Jeff Weems

Staff Weems LLP
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Katy Pier Moore—Chair

Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer PC
San Antonio, TX

Jeff Weems—Co-Director

Staff Weems LLP
Houston, TX

Kevin M. Beiter

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

J. Byron (Trace) Burton III

Uhl, Fitzsimons Jewett & Burton, PLLC
San Antonio, TX

Gregory C. Cox

EOG Resources, Inc.
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, LLP
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

William W. Pugh III

Liskow & Lewis
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

Dick Watt

Watt Thompson & Henneman LLP
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.  
No Additional Credit 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.
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 State Bar of New Mexico within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
No Additional Credit Information.
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.
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.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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
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.
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.
UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission (KSCLE) within 30 days after the conference. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to LSBA within 30 days after the conference.
UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of New Mexico within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Attendees must self-report their attendance to North Dakota using the course number assigned. If you have any questions please contact Laura Tolin - ltolin@law.utexas.edu.
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.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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
Following the webcast, UT CLE will send attendees a certificate of attendance with the AAPL course number and reporting information included.
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Following the webcast, UT CLE will send attendees a certificate of attendance with the AAPL course number and reporting information included.
http://www.landman.org/home
Following the webcast, UT CLE will send attendees a certificate of attendance with the AAPL course number and reporting information included.
http://www.landman.org/home
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.

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

Key Dates

Houston – Apr 19, 2018 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
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Live Webcast – Apr 19, 2018
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Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 11, 2018

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Apr 11, 2018

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Apr 11, 2018

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 13, 2018

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Last day for cancellation: Apr 16, 2018
Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 11, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Apr 11, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Apr 11, 2018

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 13, 2018

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Apr 16, 2018

Venue

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

$179 room rate good through April 2, 2018 (subject to availability). 

Book your room online here or call the reservations department at 855.463.3091 and reference the 2018 UT Law Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute. The reservations link will be active until the room block is full or the cutoff date of April 2, 2018, whichever comes first. 

Parking Information

Self-parking $10 daily; $16 overnight
Valet $16 daily; $25 overnight
(rates subject to change)
 

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