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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.

David Spence “Texas Local Control Bills Rankle Muni League,” (NGI’s Shale Daily)

The NGI’s Shale Daily quoted Texas Law Professor David Spence in an article about the bills recently introduced in the Texas legislature intended to thwart local municipality interference with oil and gas drilling, provoking the ire of the Texas Municipal League. While oil and gas law in some other states explicitly mentions that it is the last word on regulation of such matters and preempts measures enacted by local jurisdictions, Professor Spence told NGI’s Shale Daily: “You don’t really see anything like that in the Texas oil and gas law,” he said. “You don’t see that kind of strong, explicitly preemptive language in the law in the way it’s drafted now, which is probably why, given the Denton ban, you’re starting to see bills in the legislature to make it clear that the state oil and gas law preempts local bans.”

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.