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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.

Eligibility

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.

Salary

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.

2015-2016 Texas Law and TELA Energy Law Scholarship Competition

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:

The School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin (“Texas Law”) and the Texas Energy Law Association (“TELA”) are pleased to offer scholarships to students at Texas Law with a demonstrated interest in energy law. The number and dollar value of scholarships awarded by Texas Law and TELA will vary from year to year based on the funds available and the number of qualified applicants. Texas Law and TELA cannot guarantee that scholarships will be awarded every year.

Texas Law and TELA will together award at least two scholarships for the 2015- 2016 academic year. The scholarship recipients will be announced on April 16, 2015. The recipient will be recognized at the TJOGEL/TELA Spring Happy Hour on April 16, 2015 (please see the TJOGEL website for time and location). Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin and will be applied to tuition bills for the Fall 2015 semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Rising 2L and 3L students in good standing at the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin (dual degree students are eligible)
  • Students with a demonstrated interest in energy law
  • Students are eligible to receive Texas Law and TELA scholarships for more than 1 year, but they must reapply every year
  • Students who are not selected as scholarship recipients for their 2L year are highly encouraged to reapply for their 3L year

Instructions:

  • Please submit this application via email to Mauricio Pajón (mpajon@law.utexas.edu) or in person in Townes Hall (TNH) 3.119E no later than noon on Friday, April 3, 2015.
  • Typed applications are preferred.
  • Please fill in all blanks and include all of the materials requested.
  • Email any questions to mpajon@law.utexas.edu.

Download a PDF of the application:

2015-2016 TELA and Texas Law Energy Law Scholarship Application

For more information about the Texas Energy Law Association, visit www.texasenergylaw.org.

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.