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UT Law CLE'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 features sessions on production and marketing; royalty disputes; co-tenancy; division orders; JOA; maintaining the secondary term of the lease; general surface usage; an overview of the Texas Railroad Commission; and more. Continue on to the 46th 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

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Ronnie Blackwell, Exxon Mobil Corporation - Spring, TX
  • 8:30 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:40 am
    0.75 hr
    Railroad Commission Regulation and Practice Update

    Glenn E. Johnson, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

    Address the recent changes in regulation of the oil and gas, and pipeline industries in Texas, with emphasis on issues regarding permitting of producing wells, the transfer of inactive wells, saltwater disposal well permitting, good faith claim to title disputes, natural gas flaring exceptions, and pipeline regulations.
  • 9:25 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    You Have an Oil Well, Now What?

    Michael L. Wiggins, William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc. - Dallas, TX

    Eddie Chiles once said, “If you don’t have an oil well, get one.” But what comes next? Is that revenue check correct? Are production volumes properly allocated? Bashed by an offset well? A review of issues encountered during the life of an oil or gas well.
  • 10:15 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:20 am
    0.75 hr
    Emerging and Re-emerging Issues in the Use of the Surface for Oil and Gas Operations

    Austin W. Brister, McGinnis Lochridge - Houston, TX

    Explore the nature and extent of the implied easement to use the surface, and a framework for analyzing the accommodation doctrine. Also hear a survey of emerging and re-emerging issues involving conflicting uses of the surface estate, including saltwater disposal operations, hunting operations, and subsurface easements. 
  • 11:05 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:10 am
    0.50 hr
    The Uses and Abuses of the Division Order

    Michael D. Jones, Jones Gill Porter Crawford & Crawford LLP - Houston, TX

    Neither a contract nor a conveyance, a shield but not a sword.
  • 11:40 am
    Break for Lunch (30 Minutes) - Presentations Resume at 12:10 p.m.

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Ronnie Blackwell, Exxon Mobil Corporation - Spring, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • Thank You to Our Sponsor

  • 12:10 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Communication with Opposing Counsel and Landowners

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

    Common law rules, the fields of tort and contract, as well as rules of professional ethics, govern a lawyer’s or landman’s negotiations on behalf of a client.  By remaining mindful of these rules, including how the rules differ depending on whether you are negotiating with opposing counsel or a landowner, you can stay out of trouble and better serve your client.
  • 12:55 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Post-Production Royalty Disputes

    Ricardo E. Morales, Person, Mohrer, Morales, Boddy, Garcia & Gutierrez PLLC - Laredo, TX

    With the ubiquity of custom oil and gas leases with complex royalty clauses, this presentation will discuss common post-production disputes that arise under these clauses and Texas courts’ recent attempts to resolve those disputes.
  • 1:45 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Introduction of Co-Tenancy Accounting

    William B. Burford, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Midland, TX

    An overview of the rights and obligations of mineral cotenants with regard to one another where there is no agreement between them, with particular focus on how a developing cotenant must account to an unleased or uncommitted mineral cotenant who does not participate in the cost of operating.
  • 2:20 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    Midstream 101: A Primer on Understanding Midstream Contracts and Identifying Key Issues

    Jesse S. Lotay, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX
    Co-Author:
    Yenmi Tang, Jackson Walker, LLP - Houston, TX

    Explore midstream transactions and the contracts commonly utilized in the industry to gather, transport, and process oil and gas. Work through commercial and regulatory considerations and key issues when drafting midstream contracts.
  • 2:55 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    JOA Negotiation: Operator and Non-Operator Perspectives

    Scott Lansdown, XTO Energy Inc. - Spring, TX
    Co-Author:
    Jeff Weems, Staff Weems LLP - Houston, TX

    Review key provisions of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen 610 Model Form Operating Agreement from both the operator’s and non-operator’s perspectives.
  • 3:45 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: Maintaining a Lease During the Secondary Term Under a Variety of Lease Provisions

    Paul B. Westbrook, Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

    An overview of how a lease is perpetuated during the secondary term under a variety of lease provisions, such as continuous operations, shut-in, dry-hole, reworking, pooling, continuous development, force majeure, paying quantities, and other common savings clauses.    
  • 4:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 4:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    Marketing Contracts

    Thomasine Lowry Pantazis, ConocoPhillips Company - Houston, TX

    A quick primer on practices for marketing crude oil and natural gas.
  • 5:10 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Austin W. Brister

McGinnis Lochridge
Houston, TX

William B. Burford

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Midland, TX

Keith B. Hall

Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA

Glenn E. Johnson

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Austin, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill Porter Crawford & Crawford LLP
Houston, TX

Scott Lansdown

XTO Energy Inc.
Spring, TX

Jesse S. Lotay

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Ricardo E. Morales

Person, Mohrer, Morales, Boddy, Garcia & Gutierrez PLLC
Laredo, TX

Thomasine Lowry Pantazis

ConocoPhillips Company
Houston, TX

Yenmi Tang

Jackson Walker, LLP
Houston, TX

Jeff Weems

Staff Weems LLP
Houston, TX

Paul B. Westbrook

Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
Fort Worth, TX

Michael L. Wiggins

William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Planning Committee

Ronnie Blackwell—Chair

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Spring, TX

Gregory C. Cox—Co-Chair

EOG Resources, Inc.
Houston, TX

Jonathan D. Baughman

McGinnis Lochridge
Houston, TX

Kevin M. Beiter

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

J. Byron (Trace) Burton III

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

Brandon Durrett

Dykema Cox Smith
San Antonio, TX

Monika U. Ehrman

The University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK

W. John English Jr.

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Jorge I. Gutierrez

Reed Smith LLP
Dallas, TX

Norma Rosner Iacovo

Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill Porter Crawford & Crawford LLP
Houston, TX

Carroll G. Martin

Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX

Michael E. McElroy

Austin, TX

Ricardo E. Morales

Person, Mohrer, Morales, Boddy, Garcia & Gutierrez PLLC
Laredo, TX

David Michael Patton

Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Houston, TX

William W. Pugh III

Liskow & Lewis
Houston, TX

Rachel Reese

R. Reese & Associates
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

Amarillo, TX

Jeff Weems

Staff Weems LLP
Houston, TX

Credit Info

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.
The University of Texas School of Law has applied for CLE approval with the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission (KSCLE). At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. A Notice of Accreditation/Affidavit will be provided at the conclusion of the conference. It is the responsibility of the attorney to complete and mail the Notice to the Kansas CLE Commission within 30 days after the program. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
​PLEASE NOTE: for Louisiana, the maximum that an attorney can claim for an online course is 4.00 hours. To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana 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 Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference.
As a Sponsor, The University of Texas School of Law conferences, live webcasts and webcast replays (on-demand) can be approved for MCLE credit by the New Mexico MCLE Board. The attorney can request individual credit for a course if he or she certifies that the course was beneficial to his or her practice of law by completing the MCLE_02 Form for conferences and live webcasts or MCLE_04 Form for webcast replays (on-demand). The attorney must request the credit within 30 days of attending the course.
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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
f 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
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.

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