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2025 TJOGEL Symposium Overview

Presented by the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, the 2025 TJOGEL Symposium is on Thursday, January 23rd and Friday, January 24th.

This year's symposium will be in a "hybrid" format, with the Symposium being held in person at the Austin Public Library and streamed simultaneously on Zoom. That said, we encourage all participants to join us in person! Registration fees for in-person and Zoom participation are the same. By attending the entirety of the event, you will earn 15 CLE credits, including 3 ethics credits.


Please check back in for a full schedule and speaker's list. This year's program will feature a diverse range of speakers from all corners of the energy law industry. 

If you have any questions, please email

Symposium Registration  Fees:

Individual Registration without Texas Bar Energy Section membership

Individual Registration with Texas Bar Oil, Gas & Energy Section Membership

Individual Government Employee

Firm Group Registration (Up to 6)

Firm Unlimited Group Registration

Sponsor Firm Registration (Free with Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Sponsorship levels)


Register for TJOGEL's annual oil, gas, & energy law Symposium! Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of energy-related presentations from leading attorneys in the industry. Secure you and your firm's tickets now:

Registration Link

Last Year's TJOGEL
Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 22nd


8:15-8:45am                  Registration

8:45-9:00am                TJOGEL Opening Remarks

                                        Ethan Twining, TJOGEL Symposium Director


9:00-10:00am             Railroad Commission Update

                                        Alex Schoch, Scott Larson, Haley Cochran & Natalie Dubiel, 

                                           Railroad Commission of Texas


10:00-11:00am             The Inflation Reduction Act: Renewables and Beyond

                                        Becky Diffen, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

11:00-12:00pm            Unitization of Texas Oil Fields for Secondary and/or Tertiary Recovery from a

                                        Legal and Technical Perspective 

                                        Brian Sullivan, McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, LLP & The University of Texas

                                           Deacon Marek, PE, Cobb & Associates, Inc.

12:00-1:00pm              Lunch


1:00-2:00pm               The Proposed 2024 Changes to the Texas Disciplinary Rules

                                        Claude E. Ducloux, Law Offices of Claude E. Ducloux


2:00-3:00pm               Emerging Energy Trends: Corporate, Regulatory and Tax

                                        Stephen Boone, Emily Mallen, & Julia Pashin, Akin LLP


3:00-4:00pm               CCUS Transactions

                                        Danielle Patterson, Vinson & Elkins LLP


4:00-5:00pm               Litigating Energy Disputes in Federal Court

                                        Brandon Duke, Winston & Strawn LLP


Friday, February 23rd


8:00-8:30am               Registration

8:30-9:30am               Recent Trends in Upstream Oil and Gas A&D

                                         Austin Elam, Camie McKee & Bradley Potts, Haynes and Boone, LLP

9:30-10:30am             Interpreting Energy Contracts                                         

                                          Jason Newman & Tiffany Means, Baker Botts LLP


10:30-11:30am            RWI & Post-Closing Recourse in Large A&D Transactions

                                       Chris Heasley, P.C. & Lindsey Jaquillard, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

11:30-12:30pm            General Counsel Panel

                                       Catherine James, Kinder Morgan, Inc.

                                          R. Hewitt Pate, Chevron Corporation

                                         Moderated by  Professor Jack Balagia, The University of Texas School of Law



12:30-1:00pm             Lunch


1:00-2:00pm              Ethics Quiz—How Well Do You Know the Rules?

                                       Jonathan Smaby, Texas Center for Legal Ethics

2:00-3:00pm             The Law and Politics of the Energy Transition

                                       Professor David Spence, The University of Texas School of Law

3:00-4:00pm             The Quest for Lithium: California Dreamin' or the Key to the Magic Kingdom

                                       Rod Wetsel & Olivia Diaz, Law Office of Wetsel, Allen, & Lederle, LLP

4:00-5:00pm             How To Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims

                                        Sam Johnson, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP


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