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Celebrating 40 years, the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute continues to be the definitive course for attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators and landmen. The Institute brings together a distinguished faculty of academics and practitioners for presentations on the latest oil and gas developments.

2014 program highlights include:

  • Professor Ernest E. Smith’s annual Case Law Update
  • Panel discussion of the Klotzman decision
  • Exploring the New AAPL-610 Horizontal Model JOA Form
  • Additional Insured Provisions in Oil and Gas Contracts: Lessons Learned from Deepwater Horizon
  • Ethics: Multi-Jurisdictional Practices and the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Come a day early for Thursday's Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law—ideal for beginners or experienced practitioners seeking a refresher.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Michael D. Jones, Jones Gill LLP - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Houston Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    New Water Funding/Planning Legislation

    Russell S. Johnson, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

    Coverage of state funding for water resource development, the reorganized Texas Water Development Board, and other water legislation—what to expect in 2015.
  • 9:00 am
    Houston Only
    1.25 hrs
    Case Law Update

    Ernest E. Smith, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    A review of recent decisions dealing with oil and gas leases, royalties, mineral conveyances, joint operating agreements, state regulation and related topics.
  • 10:15 am
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Accommodation Doctrine

    Lisa K. Vaughn Lumley, Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP - Fort Worth, TX

    The balance of power in accommodation doctrine disputes after Merriman v. XTO.
  • 11:00 am
    Houston Only
    1.00 hr
    Production Sharing Agreements and Allocation Wells

    Moderator:
    J. Robert Goldsmith Jr., Goldsmith & Bogisch - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Bryan D. Lauer, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    John B. McFarland, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX

    This panel addresses the origin and evolution of production sharing agreements and allocation wells, conflicting interests of mineral owners and operators, as well as relevant case law and proceedings before the Railroad Commission of Texas.
  • 12:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Michael D. Jones, Jones Gill LLP - Houston, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:20 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Exploring the New AAPL-610 Horizontal Model Form JOA

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

    This presentation looks at the initial product of AAPL's JOA revision task force, highlighting changes and additions to the 1982 and 1989 forms appropriate for well development.
  • 12:50 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 1:00 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Mineral Co-Tenants

    Chris Aycock, Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC - Midland, TX

    This presentation explores the rights, duties and obligations among mineral co-tenants, including accounting for development costs and limitations on self-development of the jointly owned minerals.
  • 1:30 pm
    Houston Only
    0.75 hr
    Seven Changes in Oil and Gas Technology

    Sean T. Beiter, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

    Seven technological advances in the oil and gas industry that have provoked advancement in oil and gas law and changed the way we practice law, and how Texas law has responded to these advances.
  • 2:15 pm
    Houston Only
    1.00 hr ethics
    Multi-Jurisdictional Practices and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

    James C. Winton, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

    A focus on the Disciplinary Rules' prohibition of practicing in areas in which an attorney is not qualified, and civil and criminal statutes proscribing the practice of law in various states with active oil and gas practices without being licensed in that jurisdiction.
  • 3:15 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Additional Insured Provisions in Oil and Gas Contracts: Lessons Learned from Deepwater Horizon

    Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C. - Houston, TX

  • 4:00 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Adverse Possession in the Texas Oil Patch

    Jaime Santiago Rangel, The Rangel Law Firm, P.C. - Corpus Christi, TX

    A practical discussion about litigating adverse possession issues such as those that often arise when working with oil and gas leases, old chains of title, and old deeds and plats.
  • 4:30 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    To Ratify or Not to Ratify

    Jordan K. Mullins, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

    Factors a mineral owner should consider in deciding whether to ratify an oil and gas lease and the effects of ratification.
  • 5:00 pm
    Houston Only
    0.50 hr
    Mineral, Royalty or Something In-Between?

    William B. Burford, Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P. - Midland, TX

    A proper analysis of deeds conveying or reserving an interest—particularly a fractional interest—in minerals in order to determine the interest’s character and quantum, with an emphasis on recent developments.
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Chris Aycock

Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC
Midland, TX

Sean T. Beiter

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

William B. Burford

Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P.
Midland, TX

Thomas A. Daily

Daily & Woods, P.L.L.C.
Fort Smith, AR

J. Robert Goldsmith Jr.

Goldsmith & Bogisch
Austin, TX

Russell S. Johnson

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

Bryan D. Lauer

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

Lisa K. Vaughn Lumley

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP
Fort Worth, TX

John B. McFarland

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Jordan K. Mullins

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

Julia M. (Adams) Palmer

Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX

Jaime Santiago Rangel

The Rangel Law Firm, P.C.
Corpus Christi, TX

Ernest E. Smith

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

James C. Winton

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Michael D. Jones—Director

Jones Gill LLP
Houston, TX

Chris Aycock

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

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
The Woodlands, 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 28, 2014 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Conference Concluded
Video Replay: Dallas – May 9, 2014 – Cityplace Conference Center
Conference Concluded
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Houston
Last day for Individual early registration: Mar 19, 2014

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

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
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Mar 24, 2014

$50 processing fee applied

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
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 5, 2014

$50 processing fee applied

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

$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

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2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX
214.515.5100
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Complimentary Self-Parking

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