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Attorney Joseph Fitzsimons gives distinguished lecture at KBH Energy Center on balancing property rights, energy production, and the environment

Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons gave a distinguished lecture on April 7, 2015 at the KBH Energy Center at UT Austin. Fitzsimons gave an excellent overview of some of the key issues that landowners and oil and gas companies deal with in Texas and the challenges that accompany the presence of endangered species on the land, as well as other environmental concerns.

Joseph Fitzsimons (UT JD '85) gives a distinguished lecture at the KBH Energy Center
Joseph Fitzsimons (UT JD ’85) gives a distinguished lecture at the KBH Energy Center

Mr. Fitzsimons is a natural resources, oil and gas, and water law attorney at Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton PLLC in San Antonio, as well as third-generation South Texas rancher. He is a graduate of the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a past chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

View a PDF of Mr. Fitzsimon’s PowerPoint Presentation.

Texas Law Professor Alan Scott Rau, Renowned Scholar in Arbitration and Contract Law, Invited to Give Prestigious 2019 Lecture Series at Hague Academy of International Law

March 25, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Law Professor Alan Scott Rau, who holds the Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair in Law and is a renowned scholar in arbitration and contract law, was recently invited to give the prestigious 2019 lecture series at the Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Rau is first member of the current Texas Law faculty (and only the second in Texas Law history) to be invited by the Academy to give these prestigious lectures.

Professor Alan Scott Rau
Professor Alan Scott Rau

Established in 1923, the Hague Academy of International Law is a leading center for teaching and research in public and private international law. The mission of the Academy is to further the scientific study of the legal aspects of international relations.

Since the Academy does not have a permanent teaching staff, its scientific board, whose members are all internationally renowned legal scholars, invite academics, practitioners, and diplomats to teach courses. The board’s goal is to promote scientific knowledge of international law to further peace, development, and cooperation through its programs.

Among his many distinctions, Professor Rau was also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University School of Law in London last fall. During his visit to the Centre, Professor Rau gave a talk on “Different Cultural Models of Arbitration.”

Professor Rau gave a number of other presentations last year. In February, he delivered a presentation on “Arbitrators without Powers,” at the 17th Annual International Bar Association (IBA) International Arbitration Day in Paris. Two months later, he was in Miami discussing “Gap-Filling by Arbitrators,” at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Annual Conference. Professor Rau returned to Paris in May to talk about “Asymmetrical Arbitration Clauses” at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Institute Spring Conference and again in June to teach a special course on “Delimiting the Powers of Course and Arbitrators” at the International Academy for Arbitration Law. The Arbitration Academy was created to address the increasing demand for specialized teaching in international arbitration and provides advanced summer courses in Paris to students and young practitioners in international arbitration.

Professor Rau is an affiliated faculty member in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

View Professor Rau’s scholarly papers.

Honors Attorney Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 (Dallas)

The Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6 (Dallas, Texas), is pleased to announce its Honors Attorney Fellowship. This fellowship is for up to a two-year term, and the fellow is expected to commit to the full term. We anticipate the Fellowship will begin in the Sumer of 2015 and we may hire up to two fellows.

The EPA Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate who is a licensed attorney with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in a career in environmental law or the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. The Region offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a complex caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.


Recent law school graduates (e.g., 2013, 2014 or 2015) who are licensed attorneys with active bar memberships (any State, U.S. territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia) or attorneys who are completing a judicial clerkship and have passed the bar within 2 years are eligible to apply. Recent law school graduates who have not passed the bar may be considered but employment will be contingent on passing the bar. In addition, the candidate’s suitability for employment must be confirmed by a background investigation.


The salary will be at the GS-11 level (currently starting at $61,901). Full benefits are also provided. Relocation expenses are not authorized. This position is in the Excepted Service (and not in Competitive Service) and does not confer competitive status.

The Environmental Protection Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, minorities, attorneys with disabilities and veterans are especially encouraged to apply. If you qualify for veterans preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214(copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).

To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in environmental law, your resume, transcript of law school grades, proof of graduation, 3 references (name, email address and relationship) and proof of active bar membership to Regina Edwards-Washington, Program Analyst, U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave. (6RC-D), Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202-2733. Fax 214-665-2182.

KBH Energy Center holds Symposium on “The Geopolitics of Oil & Gas in the Americas” at UT Austin

The KBH Energy Center held a symposium on “The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas in the Americas” on Friday, February 20, 2015, at the AT&T Executive Education Center and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

Experts and leaders from business, government, and academia discussed the implications of Mexican energy reform for the United States, as well as regional transboundary-transnational issues, supply security issues, and governance in the context of energy development.

Featured speakers included Mexican Under-Secretary for North American Affairs Dr. Sergio M. Alcocer, former United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert W. Jordan, former United States Senator Mel Martinez,  and Dr. Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center.

In addition to being the KBH Energy Center’s inaugural event, the symposium was the capstone of a week-long, university-wide Energy Week of events sponsored by numerous academic departments and student organizations across campus. For more information about UT Energy Week 2015, please visit

On Thursday, February 19th, as part of UT Energy Week 2015, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL) held its 10th Annual Symposium. Speakers included recognized industry leaders from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Porter Hedges LLP. Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Christi Craddick and other regulatory officials also spoke. For more information about TJOGEL, please visit

On February 19th, the KBH Energy Center and TJOGEL cohosted a Symposium Dinner Celebration honoring outstanding achievements in the field of energy. The KBH Energy Center honored James J. Mulva with the 2015 Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business Award for Outstanding Leadership in Energy. TJOGEL honored Charles W. Matthews, Jr. with the 2015 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read Moving Forward with Energy: A Conversation with Kay Bailey Hutchison,” an article about the KBH Energy Center that appeared in the February 18, 2015 edition of McCombs TODAY.

For more information, including the symposium program, speaker PPT’s, and photos from the event, please visit

From left to right: School of Law Dean Ward Farnsworth, KBH Energy Center Associate Director Dr. John Butler, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, KBH Energy Center Executive Director Professor Melinda Taylor, and McCombs School of Business Dean Tom Gilligan.
From left to right: School of Law Dean Ward Farnsworth, KBH Energy Center Associate Director Dr. John Butler, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, KBH Energy Center Executive Director Professor Melinda Taylor, and McCombs School of Business Dean Tom Gilligan.

Texas Law students to compete in Vis Arbitral Moot later this month in Hong Kong

Each academic year, the KBH Energy Center sponsors a team in the premiere moot court competition focused on international dispute resolution, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

In March 2015, five students will compete on Texas Law’s team at the Vis Arbitral Moot in Hong Kong: Ashleigh Acevedo, Lauren Miller, Josh Nosal, David Presley, and Xin Zhang.

The team is being coached by Garrett Martin (UT JD ’14), a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas.

For more information, please visit