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June 2022

LSU Law students attend annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute on Amelia Island

Three LSU Law Center students—James Anderson, Chancellor Cranford, and Amanda Johnson—attended the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute on Amelia Island, Florida from June 12-14, 2022. Professor Keith Hall, who serves on the organization’s Board of Trustees, also attended. The program included presentations on energy markets, oil and gas law, carbon capture and storage, the Clean Water Act, reduction of fugitive emissions of methane, pipeline cybersecurity, and renewable energy project development.

A group photo of the LSU affiliated attendees

From left to right: R. Neal Pierce (Steptoe & Johnson), Charlotte Pierce, Taylor McGuffee, James Anderson (LSU Law student), Chancellor Cranford (LSU Law student), Amanda Johnson (LSU Law student), Mark Heath (Spilman Thomas & Battle), Prof. Machelle Hall (LSU Law adjunct), Greg Ossi (Faegre Drinker), and Director Keith Hall (LSU Energy Law Center).

Professor participates in Energy Law meetings in Denver

Professor Keith Hall flew out to Denver, Colorado and participated in the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law’s quarterly Program Committee Meeting on June 9, 2022, and the organization’s quarterly Board of Directors Meeting on June 10.

Professor coordinates symposium on “Judges and the Environment”

Professor Nick Bryner served as an academic coordinator for the “Symposium on Judges and the Environment,” which was held in conjunction with the UN Stockholm+50 Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 2-3 and was attended by high court judges and Supreme Court justices from twenty-four countries.

Energy law organization grants scholarship to LSU student

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation has granted a scholarship to LSU Law student James Anderson for the 2022-23 academic year. Our congratulations to Mr. Anderson!

May 2022

25 graduating law students earn the Certificate in Energy Law and Policy

Twenty-five students in LSU Law School’s graduating class of 2022 earned the Energy Law and Policy Certificate. Congratulations to the following graduates:

LaQuin Andrus Hannah Greer Lauren Savoie
Tyler Bergeron Parker Hall Sidney Stephens
Valkyrie Buffa Karly Kyzar Gage Stewart
Tiffany Chaney Leigh Ann Lloveras Caroline Swanson
Alyssa Craton Connor O’Brien Avery Tennis
Marisa Del Turco Bradley Oster Shawn Waldron
Samuel Ducote Charles Peterson Benjamin Westra
Elizabeth Ferrier John Pipes
Michael Gorman Cory Robinson

LSU professors produce revised teacher’s manual for oil and gas casebook

Professors Keith Hall and LSU emeritus Professor Patrick Martin, along with their co-authors, completed a revised Teacher’s Manual for the new eleventh edition of their oil and gas law casebook, The Law of Oil and Gas: Cases and Materials, which was recently published by Foundation Press.

LSU professor continues to hold leadership role in Institute for Energy Law

Professor Keith Hall participated in the latest quarterly meeting of the Institute for Energy Law’s Executive Committee on May 18, 2022. During the meeting, he reported on the organization’s “Oil and Gas E-Report” publication. The day before, Professor Hall participated in a meeting to plan the Institute for Energy Law’s next annual energy law conference.

April 2022

Environmental Law Society hosts guest speaker

LSU’s Environmental Law Society hosted guest speaker Harry Vorhoff from the Governor’s Office on April 4. Mr. Vorhoff spoke on “Combating Climate Change: Louisana’s Climate Action Plan.”

69th Mineral Law Institute

LSU held its 69th Annual Mineral Law Institute on March 31 and April 1, 2022. More than 120 lawyers and landmen from Louisiana, Texas, and Colorado participated in the annual Institute, which was held in person at the LSU Law Center.

Professor speaks at conference hosted by Pace Law School

On April 1, Professor Nick Bryner spoke at the Pace Environmental Law Review Symposium on “Labor and Environment — Envisioning a New Green Deal.”

March 2022

Board of Directors meeting for the Foundation of Natural Resources and Energy law

Professor Keith Hall participated in the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law on March 25, 2022. Professor Hall is serving in his second one-year term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

JELR celebrates the year with a banquet

The LSU Journal of Energy Law held its annual banquet on the evening of March 31, 2022. The event recognizes current members of the Senior Editorial Board and marks the completion of the current issue of the journal.

*UPDATED* Mineral Law Institute website

The LSU Mineral Law Institute updated and revised its website. The updated website is located at

February 2022

Professor speaks at three energy law conferences in February

Professor Keith Hall spoke at three energy law conferences in February 2022. He provided a presentation on “Recent Developments in Energy Law” at the Institute for Energy Law’s 73rd Annual Energy Law Conference in Houston. He served on a panel that addressed carbon capture and storage in Louisiana at the Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans’ Annual Executive Night Seminar in New Orleans. And he spoke on “Carbon Capture and Storage Law: Public Policy and the Legal Issues” at the Journal of Energy Law & Resources’ Energy Transitions Symposium.

JELR hosts symposium on Energy Transitions

The LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources hosted an “Energy Transitions Symposium” on February 4, 2022. Speakers addressed a variety of topics, including the development of solar power in Louisiana, offshore wind energy leases, Louisiana’s decarbonization efforts, issues arising from the construction of new electricity transmission lines, the law and policy issues relating to carbon capture and storage, and legal challenges associated with building the infrastructure needed for energy transitions.

Students attend energy law conferences

LSU Law School students attended two energy law conferences in February 2022. Three LSU students attended the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law’s offshore oil and gas conference in New Orleans, and two LSU students attended the Institute for Energy Law’s 73rd Annual Energy Litigation Conference in Houston.

January 2022

Hall re-appointed as Editor-in-Chief

Professor Keith Hall was re-appointed to a two-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the Institute for Energy Law’s Oil & Gas E-Report, a quarterly newsletter that publishes articles of current interest to oil and gas practitioners.

Professor part of Commission for change

Professor Keith Hall attended and participated in the January 19, 2022 final meeting of the Risk Charge Commission, which was established by the Louisiana State Senate to study the oil and gas risk charge authorized by Louisiana Revised Statute 30:10 and to make recommendations regarding potential revisions.