Mr. Duke Ligon to receive the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for
Oil & Gas Contributions
– On January 24, 2007, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law will award the
2008 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Duke R. Ligon, a 1969
graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. This prestigious award is
given to a practitioner in the energy industry who has made a major contribution
to the oil, gas and energy community.
1997-2007, Mr. Ligon served as general counsel and senior vice president for
Devon Energy Corp., one of the largest independent oil companies in the country.
Prior to joining Devon, Mr. Ligon spent 12 years practicing energy law, and has
held various leadership positions with the U.S. Departments of the Interior and
Treasury and the Department of Energy. Mr. Ligon was also awarded a Bronze Star
medal for his service as a captain in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence in
Vietnam. He currently works as Strategic Advisor for Love's Travel Stops &
Country Stores, as well as Executive Director of the Love's Entrepreneurship
Center at Oklahoma City University.
The Ernest E.
Smith Lifetime Achievement Award honors practitioners who have participated in
the advancement of natural resources law, policy or scholarship. The award is
named after Professor Ernest E. Smith, who is the Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair
in Natural Resources Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Considered
the preeminent specialist in oil, gas and energy law, Professor Smith co-authors
the leading casebook on Oil and Gas Law (West, 4th ed., 2002) and the leading
treatise on Texas Law of Oil and Gas (3 volumes, 2nd ed., LEXIS Law Pub.,
1998). Professor Smith also serves as a faculty advisor to the Texas Journal of
Oil, Gas & Energy Law, and will be in attendance when the Journal honors Ligon
at its annual banquet at the University of Texas Club on January 24, 2008.
Smith also serves as a faculty advisor to the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy
Law and will personally recognize Mr. Ligon at its annual banquet to be held at
the University of Texas Club on the evening of January 24, 2008. "Duke has had
an extraordinary career since graduating from Texas Law School. His name has
become virtually synonymous with success in the oil and gas industry. I am
especially proud to be able to list Duke as one of my former students and hope
that my class contributed in some small way to his success," says Professor
Mr. Ligon has
also served as a trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation since
2002. The third recipient of this prestigious award, Mr. Ligon joins former
Exxon General Counsel C. Kenneth Roberts and the late Frank Douglass, founding
partner of Scott, Douglass & McConnico, in receiving this honor at the Journal’s
Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law is the only entirely student-run energy
publication in the country, as well as one of the largest student academic
publications at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to publishing
articles on oil, gas and energy topics bi-annually, the Journal hosts a two-day
Continuing Legal Education symposium in conjunction with its banquet. This
year’s symposium is entitled, “International and Domestic Transactions:
Taxation, Compliance, and Everything You Need to Know to Close the Deal,” and
will be held in the Eidman Courtroom on January 24and 25, 2008.