Laborde Center hosts Environmentors Writing Workshop
LSU Makes Top 10 List of LL.M.’s for Energy Law
National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference: New Orleans, March 31-April 1, 2017
PinkPetro’s HERWorld 17 at LSU Center for Energy Studies, March 8, 2017
64th Annual Mineral Law Institute: March 9 & 10, 2017

The John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, in conjunction with the Journal of Energy Law and Resources, held a writing workshop on March 11, 2017 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

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On March 9 and 10, the LSU Law Center hosted the 64th Annual Mineral Law Institute. 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. 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.

LSU Law Center’s LL.M. program has been ranked among the top 10 LL.M.’s globally for students interested in energy law, according to LLM Guide. The ranking states about LSU:

Although LSU does not offer a specialized LL.M. in Energy Law, LL.M. students can take a number of classes in the space. LSU hosts a number of energy law resources, including the Energy Law Center and the student edited LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources.

LSU Law joins domestic programs like those at California Berkeley, University of Texas, and University of Houston, as well as international programs at the University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Melbourne, University of Groningen, University of Calgary, and Queen Mary University of London on the list.

The ranking can be found here.

The 1st ever National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana March 31-April 1, 2017. From the Center for American and International Law website:

Designed primarily for energy attorneys under 40 years of age, this conference will (1) provide young energy professionals with opportunities to network with their peers from in-house and law firm environments to build relationships that will benefit them professionally, (2) provide significant hours of energy related CLE for a low price, and (3) provide professional development training that will help attendees to be better lawyers and to reach their goals. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Houston Young Lawyers Association and supported by BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, all of whom have agreed to send some of their young lawyers to the conference.

The conference substantive programming features over ten hours of CLE credits, including two hours of ethics CLE, as well as programs on networking, managing skills and reaching your career goals. The conference will also feature new Exxon Mobil Corporation General Counsel Randall M. Ebner as the keynote luncheon speaker.

Of course a young lawyers conference, especially one in New Orleans, would not be complete without opportunity to network and have fun. The program will start on Thursday, March 30th, with a Welcome Reception in the Briars Suite at Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street. On Friday evening, there will be an optional social event at Bourbon Vieux, which will feature a balcony over Bourbon St.

We hope to see you there.

You may register here.

Pink Petro’s HERWorld Forum is a live-broadcast, interactive forum on the state of the energy industry that will take place on March 8, 2017, at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast, and Environment Building at Louisiana State University. The event will take place from 7:30AM-5:00PM.

PinkPetro promotes interest among women, under-represented minorities, and young millennials in energy jobs. For any questions please contact Mallory Vachon, assistant professor at LSU’s Center for Energy Studies. She can be reached at or (225)578-8289.

The event agenda, registration, and other information can be found here.