The 63rd Annual Mineral Law Institute was held at LSU Law School on March 31 and April 1, 2016. The Mineral Law Institute, under the directorship of Professor Keith Hall, is the second oldest annual mineral law program in the country and draws oil and gas lawyers and landmen from Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and other states. Last year’s program drew more than 300 participants. The Mineral Law Institute plays an integral role in making LSU Law School a premier location for energy law education and scholarship. The brochure containing the program schedule and topics covered can be found here.
Gordon Polozola, General Counsel for NRG’s South Central Region visited the LSU Law Center on March 21, 2016. Mr. Polozola spoke to students on the intersection of electric power plant operations and emerging environmental and energy law issues. He and Teresa Houston (from NRG Human Resources) discussed employment opportunities for young lawyers with companies like NRG and how to best position oneself to enter the energy law field upon graduation. They also performed a mock interview with the students to give them insights into preparing for the job market. We appreciate Mr. Polozola, Ms. Houston, and NRG for investing in our students and in the Laborde Energy Law Center.
The John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, in conjunction with the Journal of Energy Law and Resources, held a writing workshop on March 7, 2016 for LSU Environmentors students. EnvironMentors* is a science and environmental science-based mentoring program, which works to support and strengthen high school student success in science and environmental fields. A select group of students from Scotlandville Magnet High School work one-on-one with a mentor to develop and conduct an environmental research project over the course of the academic year. Mentors guide their student through all stages of the scientific method including posing a question, completing background research, designing and conducting an experiment, and presenting the findings at the EnvironMentors Science Fair.
The writing workshop educated Environmentors students on the role of legal journals like JELR and on the importance of writing as a life skill. Students played a “grammar game” utilizing clicker polling technology to explore common grammatical mistakes in writing and how to avoid them. Students were also presented with their own copy of The Elements of Style and taken on a guided tour of the law center.
Thanks to all the mentors and JELR students who attended the program and helped make it a success.
*Interested in becoming a mentor? Contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Wind Energy Association will be holding its annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 23-26, 2016. You can register here.
About the American Wind Energy Association: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry – the country’s fastest growing energy industry. With thousands of wind industry members and wind policy advocates, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers.
The John P. Laborde Center hosted Professor Tara Righetti from the University of Wyoming Law School on Monday, February 22 as part of our “Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou” speaker series. Professor Righetti spoke on the topic: “The Merger of Trespass and Nuisance, and Potential Remedies Under Surface Damages Acts.”
The “Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou” speakers series has been funded from grants secured from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In past semesters, the Laborde Center has hosted Professor Uma Outka of Kansas Law School and Professor Alex Ritchie of the University of New Mexico Law School as part of the series.