TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW - EENRS STUDENT SETH BOETTCHER

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Dec 19, 2019 11:33:49 AM

During summer 2019, Seth Boettcher (3L) interned with the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas, secured, respectively, through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and the Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Section of the Texas State Bar.

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, NRS, EENRS, students, Seth Boettcher

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW - EENRS STUDENT ALEXANDRA LIZANO

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Dec 19, 2019 10:53:01 AM

Alexandra “Ally” Lizano (3L) spent her 1L summer as a law clerk for the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD).  She was placed in the Natural Resources Section (NRS) field office in Sacramento, California. For Lizano, the placement worked out perfectly since she is originally from California and was able to learn from some of the best environmental lawyers currently representing the United States. 

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, NRS, EENRS, students, Alexandra Lizano

Texas A&M University School of Law - EENRS Student Highlights

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Nov 21, 2019 1:13:48 PM

Alexandra “Ally” Lizano (3L) spent her 1L summer as a law clerk for the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD).  She was placed in the Natural Resources Section (NRS) field office in Sacramento, California. For Lizano, the placement worked out perfectly since she is originally from California and was able to learn from some of the best environmental lawyers currently representing the United States. 

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, NRS, EENRS, students, Seth Boettcher, Alexis Yelvington, Alexandra Lizano

Q&A with Alumnae Stacie Dowell, Associate Counsel with the Trinity River Authority

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Nov 21, 2019 1:01:54 PM

Stacie Dowell has been working for the Trinity River Authority (TRA) since 2012, when she was hired as a paralegal. Having graduated from Texas A&M School of Law in 2017, she is now an associate in that legal department. In her role, she encounters a  wide variety of legal issues spanning contract, employment, business, property, and water law.

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, NRS, EENRS, community, Stacie Dowell, Trinity River Authority

Alumnus Scott McDonald is EPA Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Branch Chief, Water Enforcement Division

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Nov 21, 2019 10:39:51 AM

Scott McDonald graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Finance in 1988 and later attended Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law). McDonald began his career practicing corporate law with firm in Round Rock, TX before joining the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)’s Litigation Division in 1999.  In this role, he handled cases involving water, air, and waste for two-years in Austin, Texas, followed by two-years in TCEQ’s Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Office. In 2002, Mr. McDonald began working for EPA Region 6 in the Office of Regional Counsel, Enforcement Division, where he dealt with the  Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and RCRA (hazardous waste statute).  Since 2006, he has served as the Water Branch Chief for Region 6.

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, NRS, EENRS, students, alumni news, Water Enforcement, Scott McDonald

Texas A&M Students Participate in Mock Negotiations with SMU Law in New International Oil & Gas Negotiations Course

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Nov 21, 2019 10:32:44 AM

This semester, eight upper level students are participating in the school’s first International Oil and Gas Negotiations course, led by Professor Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez. The course features an experiential component where students participate in mock negotiations with a parallel class being taught at Southern Methodist University by Executive Professor Harry Sullivan, who teaches at both law schools. In the class, students will learn the basics of international petroleum transactions, as well as how international oil companies draft contractual provisions, negotiate deals with governments, and adopt best practices in their operations. Also, this course provides hands-on, practical negotiation experience through a series of simulated exercises where students role-play as lawyers representing clients on different sides of an acquisition of oil and gas exploration rights in a foreign country.

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, Guillermo Garcia, NRS, EENRS, faculty and staff, Guillermo Garcia Sanchez, Harry Sullivan

Ann Drumm of Citizens' Climate Lobby Presents on Carbon Pricing

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Nov 21, 2019 10:26:57 AM

On September 26th, the Texas A&M EENRS Law Program hosted Ann Drumm from Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). CLL is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies for addressing climate change.

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Topics: Texas A&M University School of Law, Natural Resources Systems, NRS, EENRS, faculty and staff, Ann Drumm, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

TAMU Law Student Highlights

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Aug 10, 2019 5:05:33 PM

PUBLICATIONS

Isaac Olson’s (3L) article, “New Challenges to Transboundary Unitization in the Gulf of Mexico,” was selected for publication in the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law. The article discusses the impact of new technology on oil companies’ ability to drill at deeper ocean depths to tap offshore reserves. Offshore drilling poses problems where oil reserves hundreds of miles from shore cross an international boundary line. Olson explains that while American courts typically apply the rule of capture to determine who owns the subsoil resources, international law requires countries to work together to maximize the efficient, safe extraction of the resources. In 2012, the United States and Mexico drafted a treaty that would govern the unitization of an offshore transboundary oil field. Today, Mexico’s energy laws are very different, a new administration threatens to unravel recent liberal reforms and the 

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Topics: NRS

TAMU Law Faculty Engage with Energy Institute at Energy, Law & Policy Workshop

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Aug 10, 2019 4:57:42 PM

On April 30, Texas A&M Law faculty met with members of the Texas A&M Energy Institute to discuss opportunities to collaborate at the Energy, Law and Policy Workshop. Among other issues, participants discussed potential joint and dual degrees and certificate programs, research collaborations, student scholarships, and related topics. Two distinct research topics and one academic area were identified as opportunities for further engagement.

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Topics: NRS

Entrepreneurial and Legal Aspects of the Oil & Gas Industry with Skip Alvarado

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law NRS Program on Aug 10, 2019 4:55:40 PM

Mr. Skip Alvarado visited Texas A&M School of Law to speak with students and faculty members about his 50-year career in the oil and gas Industry. Since graduating from Texas A&M University in 1968 with a degree in Architectural Construction, Alvarado has led an exciting career distinguished by his leadership in extinguishing more than 700 oil and gas fires in Kuwait lit by retreating Iraqi forces during the first Gulf War. 

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Topics: tamu law, NRS

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