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2023 TJOGEL Symposium Overview

Presented by the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, the 2023 TJOGEL Symposium will take place on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24.


This year's symposium will be a "hybrid" format: the Symposium will be held in-person at the Austin Public Library and the Symposium will also be simultaneously on Zoom. However, we encourage all participants to join us in-person! Registration fees for in-person and Zoom participation are the same.


Please see below for a full schedule and speaker's list. This year's program features a diverse range of speakers from all corners of the energy law industry. 

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

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 23rd


8:30-8:45am                Registration

8:45-9:00am                TJOGEL Opening Remarks

                                        Sarah Kaplan, TJOGEL Symposium Director


9:00-10:00am             Commercial Contracts in the Renewable Natural Gas Space

                                        Chad Smith & Isaac Bate, Kirkland & Ellis


10:00-11:00am             The Impact of US Cabotage Law & the Jones Act on Offshore Wind

                                        Utsav Mathur, Norton Rose Fulbright

11:00-12:00pm            Cows, Trains and Gunpowder – Only in Texas Land Titles

                                        Richard Hemingway, Holland & Knight

12:00-1:00pm              Lunch


1:00-2:00pm               Your Brain on Ethics – How That Thing Between Your Ears Can Lead You Astray

                                        Jonathan E. Smaby, Beverly Bell Godbey, Kevin Dubose, & Robert A. Prentice,                                                                            Texas Center for Legal Ethics


2:00-3:00pm               Fossil Fuel Bans and the Energy Transition

                                        Omar Samji & Sarah George, Shearman & Sterling


3:00-4:00pm               Managing Joint Interests – A Legal and Accounting Perspective

                                        Phil Eisenberg, Locke Lord LLP & Mike Cougevan, Martindale Consultants, Inc.


4:00-5:00pm               Trending Issues in Oil and Gas Litigation

                                        David Leonard & Jeremy Walter, Gray Reed


Friday, February 24th


8:00-8:30am               Registration

8:30-9:30am               Cr

                                       David Leonard, Gray Reed

9:30-10:30am             Acreage Swaps: Commercial, Title and Tax Considerations

                                           Julia Pashin & Stephen Boone, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


10:30-11:30am            Ethics Jeopardy

                                       Claude Ducloux, Law Offices of Claude E. Ducloux

11:30-12:30pm            Railroad Commission Update – SB3 Implementation

                                       Alex Schoch, Haley Cochran, & Natalie Dubiel, Texas Railroad Commission



12:30-1:00pm             Lunch


1:00-2:00pm              The Energy Transition in the U.S.

                                       Professor David Spence, The University of Texas School of Law

2:00-3:00pm              Decommissioning Offshore Oil and Gas Structures: Plugging, Abandonment, and Litigation

                                       Geoffrey Harrison, Susman Godfrey

3:00-4:00pm              In-House Perspective

                                       Kelly Rose, ConocoPhillips

4:00-5:00pm              New Developments in Professional Responsibility and Legal Malpractice

                                       Professor Vincent Johnson, St. Mary’s University School of Law

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