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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, “Moving Forward with Energy: A Conversation with Kay Bailey Hutchison,” (McCombs TODAY)

UT Energy Week concluded Feb. 19-20, 2015 with an inaugural symposium and gala hosted by the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, a newly formed collaboration combining the resources and missions of energy initiatives from the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin.

Named for former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the KBH Energy Center will sponsor research, host lectures and conferences, and develop innovative curriculum and learning opportunities leading to energy careers.

McCombs TODAY sat down to ask Senator Hutchison about the new center and her interest in driving energy innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.

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 http://energyweek.utexas.edu.

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 http://tjogel.org.

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 tinyurl.com/o86u5nm.

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 tinyurl.com/ml3o277.

Kelly Haragan, “Legal groups help Hillcrest residents fight bridge proposal,” (KRIS Corpus Christi News)

The recent proposal to construct a new bridge to replace the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi continues to face severe opposition from Hillcrest residents. Though the bridge proposal won’t require the demolition of homes, the overall impact has many residents looking to move. KRIS Corpus Christi News discusses the ongoing tussle in a recent article and quoted Texas Law Clinical Professor Kelly Haragan, who supports the views of the residents. Professor Haragan said “We do plan to challenge that decision unless there’s more mitigation that really addresses the concerns of the neighbors.”

Jaime Spellings (UT JD ’86) gives Distinguished Lecture on Practicing Tax Law at the Largest Corporation in Americas, ExxonMobil

On February 5, 2015, Jaime Spellings (UT JD ’86) gave a Distinguished Lecture on Practicing Tax Law at the Largest Corporation in America, ExxonMobil. He also discussed careers at ExxonMobil.

Mr. Spellings is Vice President and General Tax Counsel at ExxonMobil.

He is also an adjunct professor in the KBH Energy Center and serves on the Center’s Advisory Council.

View speaker bio and supplemental materials.

ExxonMobil VP & General Tax Counsel Jaime Spellings gives distinguished lecture on practicing tax law at ExxonMobil.
ExxonMobil VP & General Tax Counsel Jaime Spellings gives distinguished lecture on practicing tax law at ExxonMobil.