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Laborde Energy Law Center to Host Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou Lecture

Professor Frédéric G. Sourgens will present this year’s “Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou” lecture series. The lecture will take place at the LSU Law Center at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 5 in the Robinson Courtroom. Parking is available at The Garage at Union Square; located on East Campus Drive (behind Barnes & Noble Bookstore).

Prof. Sourgens is a Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law and serves as the Director of their Oil and Gas Law Center. He is a globally recognized authority on the intersection between international energy law, international dispute resolution, and the transnational law of globalization. In addition to his numerous publications, he serves as Editor in Chief of InvestmentClaims (Oxford University Press) and is on the Advisory Board of the American Review of International Arbitration published by Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Washburn, Prof. Sourgens was an associate in Milbank LLP’s Washington, D.C. office and an associate in Norton Rose Fulbright LLP’s Houston office. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and recipient of its Council of Barristers Inaugural Alternative Dispute Resolution Award for Coaching Excellence. Professor Sourgens is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy. He holds a candidatus magisterii degree in Latin and Philosophy from the University of Oslo (Norway), and a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration) from the University of York (UK). He received his J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School.

R.S.V.P. for “Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou” 

June Highlights

Elias Medina, a rising 3L LSU Law student, was awarded a scholarship by the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. This is the second scholarship that he has received from a mineral law organization.

Professor Keith Hall represented LSU at the 40th Annual Energy and Mineral Law Annual Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as at the organization’s Board of Trustees meeting, June 9-11, 2019.

Professor Keith Hall and his wife hosted a dinner at their home for a delegation of South Koreans who are visiting the United States on a tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department to study natural gas issues.  Professor Nicholas Bryner also attended the dinner, which was held on June 23, 2019.

Professor Hall will teach at a 2-day oil and gas symposium June 27-28 in Georgetown, Guyana.

May Highlights

Four students received the Graduate Certificate in Energy Law & Policy at the 2019 LSU Law Commencement held on May 24, 2019. They are:

  • Gregory Barro, Jr.
  • Jacob Cunningham
  • Kevin Ellis
  • Marina Wilson

Professor John Costonis’s article “The BP MDL and Its Aftermath: Whither OPA’s Displacement Jurisprudence?” was published in the 93 Tulane Law Review 511 (2019).

Elias Medina, a rising 3L LSU Law student, was awarded a scholarship by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Professor Keith Hall represented LSU at the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ annual International Petroleum Summit in Houston on May 22-23, 2019.

Professor Hall spoke on the subject of Brent crude at an international petroleum scholars workshop on May 24 in Houston.

Professor Nicholas Bryner attended the 19th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers held May 29-31 in Missoula, Montana.

April Highlights

Professor Keith Hall served as a panelist that examined the issue of “Dutch Disease and the Resource Curse” at the International Oil, Gas and Mining Conference on April 10, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Hall recently served on a panel that discussed coastal and land loss litigation at the LSU Center for Energy Study’s annual oil and gas symposium on April 17, 2019 in Baton Rouge.

March Highlights

Professor Keith Hall spoke on the subject of implied covenants in oil and gas leases at a conference hosted by the University of Texas on March 28, 2019 in Houston.

The Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture was held on Wednesday, March 13th at 4:00 in the Robinson Courtroom. This year’s visiting professor was Monika Ehrman, Associate Professor of LawFaculty Director, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center at The University of Oklahoma’s College of Law, who spoke on the topic “Energy as a Fundamental Human Right.” A reception was held in the student lounge following Professor Ehrman’s lecture.

The 66th Mineral Law Institute was held March 14th and 15th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge.

February Highlights

Professors Keith Hall and Pat Martin represented LSU Law School at the Institute for Energy Law’s Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference in Houston on February 21-22, 2019.

The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources 2019 symposium, Decommissioning From Shore to Offshore, was held February 15, 2019 in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center.

LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources Presents a Symposium on Decommissioning: From Shore to Offshore

January Highlights

Professor Keith Hall served as Co-Chair of “The Law of Fracking” two-day conference held January 23 and 24, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Nine LSU Law School students attended, making LSU the school with the most students present.

Professor Hall pictured with students.


December Highlights

Professor Keith Hall spoke on the subject What is a “landman”? What can they do? Ethics Involved in Using a Landman at a University of Texas Bar Association CLE on oil and gas issues in Austin, Texas on December 5, 2018.