Please Note:  On-site parking may be limited on Thursday due to multiple conferences taking place at the venue. Please plan accordingly.

Overview

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 opens with the definitive primer on how to drill an oil or gas well and continues with sessions on the Rule of Capture, Texas Title Examination Standards, oil and gas interests and conveyancing, the Joint Operating Agreement, voluntary pooling and unitization, and the Railroad Commission. Also learn all you need to know about an oil and gas lease with a four-session series, including classification, royalty and other clauses and implied covenants.

Continue on to the 45th 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:
    Gregory C. Cox, EOG Resources, Inc. - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Houston Only
    Fundamentals Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 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
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Oil and Gas Lease, Part I: Classification, Scope of Grant and Duration
    An in-depth focus on how an oil and gas lease is classified in law and on the key clauses of the lease.

    John Beckworth, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
    Materials By:
    Owen L. Anderson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

  • 11:00 am
    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, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

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

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Gregory C. Cox, EOG Resources, Inc. - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
    Baker & Hostetler LLP

  • 12:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Overview of Railroad Commission Regulations
    Review the important Railroad Commission rules and the recent amendments to the rules.

    Brian R. Sullivan, PE, McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, LLP - Austin, TX

  • 12:50 pm
    Break

  • 1:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    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. Royalty terms in the lease such as "market value at the well" or "amount realized" establish how the royalty payor must measure and calculate royalty, and what post production costs can be allocated to the lessor interest. Review some of the principal phrases used to describe such obligations and how the Texas courts have interpreted them, and examine how that same language has been interpreted differently in other jurisdictions. Also analyze the impact of division and transfer orders and royalty payment statutes on royalty obligations contained in the lease.

    Tara Righetti, University of Wyoming College of Law - Laramie, WY

  • 1:50 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Oil and Gas Conveyancing and Interests in Oil and Gas
    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

  • 2:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    The Oil and Gas Lease, Part III: Implied Covenants
    Examine the law of implied covenants, including the duties imposed, elements necessary to establish a claim, and remedies and defenses available.

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

  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Voluntary Pooling and Unitization
    Review voluntary pooling as authorized 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 numerous tracts and leases for the purpose of enhanced recovery or re-pressuring operations.

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

  • 4:15 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

  • 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 Fundamentals

Conference Faculty

Owen L. Anderson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

John Beckworth

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

Attorney at Law
Austin, 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

Keith B. Hall

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

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

Tara Righetti

University of Wyoming College of Law
Laramie, WY

Brian R. Sullivan, PE

McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, LLP
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Gregory C. Cox—Chair

EOG Resources, Inc.
Houston, TX

Katy Wehmeyer—Co-Chair

Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer PC
San Antonio, TX

Kevin M. Beiter

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

J. Byron (Trace) Burton III

Uhl, Fitzsimons Jewett & Burton, PLLC
San Antonio, 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 Porter Crawford and Crawford LLP
Houston, TX

Kathleen E. Magruder

BP Energy Company
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 Frank & Carver LLP
Houston, TX

Jeff Weems

Staff Weems 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 – Mar 28, 2019 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
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WEBCAST – Mar 28, 2019
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Last day for Individual early registration: Mar 20, 2019

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Mar 22, 2019

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Last day for cancellation: Mar 25, 2019
WEBCAST
Last day for cancellation (full refund): Mar 22, 2019

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Last day for cancellation: Mar 25, 2019

Venue

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2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
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Accommodations

$172 room rate good through March 6, 2019 (subject to availability). Reference "UT Law 2019 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law" when you make your reservation. 

Parking Information

$10 daily self-parking; $16 overnight self-parking; $16 valet daily parking; $25 valet overnight 

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