Professor Burke recently returned from her service as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Professor Burke teaches courses in Environmental Law and Property. She received her A.B. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School where she was an editor for both the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Yale Journal of International Law. She also served as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and law school classes.
After graduating from Yale, she clerked for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia. Following her clerkship, she joined the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. During her four years at the firm, her practice focused on environmental law, antitrust, and civil and criminal litigation.
Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Bray received his J.D. from the Yale Law School, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. While at Yale, he served as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal and also worked on the Yale Journal on Regulation. Professor Bray teaches and writes in the areas of property, land use, and natural resources.
Prior to joining the faculty of the Law Center, Professor Bray worked as a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP. His work at the firm covered a wide variety of litigation, including state and federal trials and appeals on behalf of low-income tenants in association with various public interest organizations. Immediately after law school, Professor Bray clerked for Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Jennifer B. Coffman of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Bush writes and lectures on antitrust law & economics and regulated and deregulating industries with particular focus on electricity markets.
Professor Bush received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, where he received a Teaching Fellowship, the Graduate Research Fellowship, and an award for outstanding teaching. While completing his J.D. at Utah, he consulted on issues regarding state deregulation of electric utilities, interned at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, taught various economics courses, and received a Marriner S. Eccles Fellowship in Political Economy.
After receiving his J.D., Professor Bush served as an Attorney General's Honor Program Trial Attorney at the Antitrust Division's Transportation, Energy, & Agriculture Section, where his primary focus was the investigation of mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets. In 2001 Professor Bush returned to Utah as a Visiting Associate Professor, where he taught antitrust, law & economics, business organizations, and professional responsibility and consulted on numerous antitrust matters.
Julián Cárdenas García is a Venezuelan attorney and Doctoral Fellow at the Research Center on Investment and International Trade Law (CREDIMI) at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Prior to this position, he served as career diplomat at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nearly six years, working on sovereign boundary issues and multilateral affairs related to the Organization of American States and the United Nations.
Professor Cárdenas has developed a scholarly activity between France, the US and Latin America within the last five years working research on international petroleum transactions and investment law. He was Visiting Scholar at the University of Houston Law Center and has presented the results of his research at the UH Law Center, Cornell University Law School, Sciences Po – Paris, and the CEPMLP of the University of Dundee.
He currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor, Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar, at the University of Houston Law Center where he lectures on Transnational Petroleum Law in Latin America. His research focuses mainly in three issues: international investment law, comparative international law and transnational petroleum law. He has published and presented a number of papers and arbitration decision comments on these topics published at the Houston Journal of International Law and the Journal du Droit International, Clunet.
He completed his Law Degree and a B.A. on International Relations at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and holds a Master of Laws in Arbitration from the Sorbonne University - Paris II Pantheon-Assas, and a LL.M. with a Certificate in Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston Law Center.
Professor Cárdenas has been violinist of different symphony orchestras in Venezuela and France, and currently he continues playing at the Texas Medical Center Symphony Orchestra in Houston.
Professor Weaver is an alumna of the Law Center, having graduated magna cum laude in 1975. In 1977 she joined the faculty and has taught courses in Oil and Gas, Energy Law and Policy, International Petroleum Transactions, Natural Resources, Water, and Environmental Law. She won the University of Houston Teaching Excellence award for 2005-2006.
Professor Weaver is a co-author of the leading treatise on Texas oil and gas law and of the casebook titled "Energy, Economics and the Environment." She has written numerous articles on oil and gas law and energy policy, including an article on Enron's effect on energy markets. She is a co-author on the third edition of the casebook titled “International Petroleum Transactions” (forthcoming 2010, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation). She also wrote several chapters in the treatise “International Petroleum Exploration & Exploitation Agreements (2d ed. 2009, Barrows Publishing). She was the Director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project in 1990-1991, blending academic and organizational skills to draft a model petroleum code for the new Russian Federation, with the participation of the World Bank, the European Bank, major oil companies, and Russian academics and officials.
Bret Wells is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Wells has been an adjunct professor with the University of Houston Law Center since 2005 and was an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999 where he taught international taxation. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center as an Assistant Professor of Law, Mr. Wells served as Vice President-Treasurer and Chief Tax Officer for BJ Services Company. BJ Services Company was a component of the S&P 500 Index prior to its acquisition by Baker Hughes on April 30, 2010. In his capacity with the company, Mr. Wells was the executive officer responsible for all treasury and tax matters for the company and reported directly to the Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure, the company made several large public debt offerings, engaged in significant stock repurchases, and renegotiated its major credit facilities. Prior to joining BJ Services in 2002, Mr. Wells was an Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Tax Counsel at Cargill, Inc. where he was responsible for various international and domestic tax planning matters. Prior to joining Cargill, Inc. in June 1993, Mr. Wells was a tax associate with the law firm of Baker & Botts, L.L.P. from April 1990 to May 1993 where he specialized in federal income tax matters.
Professor Sakmar is licensed to practice law in California and has over 20 years experience working in a variety of legal, corporate, nonprofit, and academic environments. She started her professional career as an accountant for Chevron Corporation in San Francisco, California and after being admitted to the California Bar, was an attorney in the commercial litigation department of the San Francisco law firm of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon where she represented clients in a variety of complex litigation cases. After leaving practice, she taught International Trade Law under the WTO as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and served on a number of non-profit environmental boards, including board chair for the Jane Goodall Institute.
She currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor, Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar, at the University of Houston Law Center where her scholarly activities are focused on global natural gas markets with a particular focus on LNG and global shale gas development. She has published and presented a number of papers on these topics and her most recent book Energy For The 21st Century: Opportunities And Challenges For Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be published in 2013 by leading international publisher Edward Elgar, Ltd. (UK).
She holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, a J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA., and a business degree (B.Sc.) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Director, EENR Center
Tracy Hester is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and he currently is the Director of UHLC's Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Center. Professor Hester joined the faculty after serving as a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani and leading its Houston office's environmental group for over 15 years. Professor Hester focuses his research on legal issues raised by environmental compliance policies and enforcement. He has worked extensively on climate change compliance and liability as well as the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and renewable energy.
Professor Hester is currently a member of the governing Council for the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, and has served in several other ABA leadership roles (most recently as Chair of the Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee). He is also vice-chair of the Greater Houston Partnership's Environmental Policy Advisory Committee. He was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004.
Professor Hester received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1986 and his B.A. with high honors (Phi Beta Kappa) from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to Bracewell, he previously worked at the law firms of Sidley & Austin and Baker Botts LLP.
Susan D. Maples
Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar
Susan Maples is a Natural Resource Governance Fellow in the Office of the Legal Adviser to the President of Liberia, H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Her portfolio in this position primarily consists of issues related to the foreign investment and concessions, but extends to any issue the President may need legal advice on, including questions of the extent of executive power, interpretation of treaties with other nations, and Constitutional questions. Analysis of legal questions pertaining to natural resource concessions and reforms of the legal framework governing these sectors have been her primary responsibilities, as have the negotiations and renegotiations of natural resource contracts. The latter includes the renegotiation of a Production Sharing Contract for an offshore oil block to a major IOC.
Prior to this position, Maples was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Columbia Law School from 2007-2011, first at the Human Rights Institute and then at the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment. Her research and law and policy advising has primarily focused on comparative and critical analysis of oil, gas, and mining contracts and legal frameworks from a broad range of perspectives: business, human rights, good governance and sustainable development. She has worked in over 25 countries, providing trainings, lectures, and legal and policy support to parliaments, Governments, and citizens in resource rich countries. She has analyzed numerous laws and contracts in the oil, gas, and mining sectors and was the co-author of the recent Revenue Watch Institute publication Contracts Confidential: Ending Secret Deals in the Extractive Industries, which has been translated into Russian, Kazakh, Spanish, and French. She was also a contributor to the forthcoming study, Resource-Based Sustainable Development in the Lower Zambezi Basin.
Maples' current research interests are in comparative Constitutional analysis of the governance of natural resources. Comparative analysis of oil, gas, and mining laws and contracts continues to be a core research interest.
Maples received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2006 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the Parker School Foreign and Comparative Law Achievement Award. She was the Executive Editor of the Human Rights Law Review. Prior to receiving her J. D., she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia in 2003, earning a B.A. in Philosophy, a Minor in English and a Certificate in Global Studies.
Stephen Arbogast served from 1999-2004 as the Treasurer of Exxon Mobil Chemical Company and has over thirty years of experience in finance working with Exxon Corporation and Exxon Mobil Chemical. While Treasurer of Chemicals, Mr. Arbogast held positions that included Director of Qenos (Australia's sole manufacturer of polyethylene, a joint venture with Orica PLC), Director of Dexco (a joint venture with Dow Chemical), and Director of Al Jubai Petrochemical Company in Saudi Arabia. Other former positions included Vice President of Finance for SeaRiver Maritime Inc. (the former Exxon Shipping Company), Treasurer for Exxon Capital Corporation, Finance and Planning Manager for Esso Brasileira de Petroleo in Brazil, and Treasurer of Esso Central America, Panama, and Mexico.
Currently serving as an Executive Professor of Finance at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, Professor Arbogast's teaching career has focused on International Finance, Project Financing and Business Ethics. In addition to authoring over fifty case studies based on his experiences at Exxon Mobil, he has previously taught at both Fordham University's Graduate School of Business in New York and Rice University’s Jesse Jones Graduate School of Management in Houston.
Professor Arbogast has authored articles on the energy industry focusing on the future of the U.S. Gulf Coast Refining and Petrochemical industries. He also is the author of Resisting Corporate Corruption, Lessons in Practical Ethics from the Enron Wreckage, M & M Scrivener Press, 2008. His most recent publication is Project Financing & Political Risk Mitigation: The Singular Case of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, University of Texas School of Law, Volume 4, #2, 208-2009.
Professor Arbogast currently serves as Principal Investigator on a study for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Preferred Paths for Commercializing Pyrolysis Oil at Conventional Refineries. In 2008 he was appointed to NREL’s Biofuels Advisory Panel.
Robert S. Ballentine, LL.M.
Burleson Cooke L.L.P.
711 Louisiana, Suite 1701
Houston, Texas 77002
Mr. Ballentine is a partner with the energy law firm of Burleson Cooke, L.L.P. He has 25 years of commercial litigation experience, primarily concerning disputes over upstream and midstream energy contracts, such as exploration agreements, joint operating agreements, wellhead sales agreements, gas processing (keep whole and percent of proceeds) contracts, natural gas purchase & sales agreements, MODU maintenance, service agreements, natural gas and gas liquids transportation agreements, natural gas processing agreements, and related contracts. In addition, he has engaged in a significant regulatory practice focused primarily on the natural gas pipeline, telecommunications and electric power industries, including administrative law and litigation, and certificate applications before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also has represented energy clients in complex litigation, including derivative and class actions in both state and federal courts, as well as litigation over state, federal and private mineral royalty claims, natural gas measurement False Claims Act qui tam litigation, natural gas processing, gas plant and gas pipeline litigation and arbitrations, as well as electric power contract disputes. He has litigated toxic tort and product liability matters, as well as Sherman Act antitrust claims, shareholder derivative, and securities litigation. He has represented clients in tax litigation, real estate and pipeline condemnation matters, and mineral partnership disputes and prepared appellate briefing concerning various energy-related issues pending before state and federal courts of appeals. He has also represented clients in admiralty litigation, as well as in a wide variety of adversary proceedings before United States bankruptcy courts.
Representation of corporations, other business entities and individuals in matters regarding environmental law with emphasis on compliance and auditing, enforcement representation (both civil and criminal), litigation, legislative and regulatory issues.
Benthul & Woodruff, LLP 2000 – 2005
Founding partner of law firm representing companies and individuals in matters regarding environmental law (compliance and auditing, enforcement representation (both civil and criminal), litigation, legislative and regulatory issues) and in admiralty/maritime matters.
Gilpin, Paxson & Bersch 1994 to 1999
Represented industrial and commercial clients in civil matters, civil and criminal enforcement issues, permitting and real estate acquisitions.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 1972 to 1994
Deputy Regional Counsel; Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Management; Deputy Director, Management Division; Chief, State Programs and General Law Branch; Office of Regional Counsel: Chief, Legal Branch, Enforcement Division and Staff Attorney
Visiting Professor, University of Houston Law Center, Teaching Environmental Law, Liability Management and Criminal Environmental Law (1992-1994, as an EPA assignment)
Theodore R. (Ted) Borrego attended law school at University of Oklahoma's College of Law, where he graduated in 1974, having been appointed to the Law Review. He began his career with Vinson & Elkin in 1974, where he spent five years concentrating principally in the area of oil and gas law. After leaving Vinson & Elkins, Mr. Borrego practiced in Wichita Falls with the firm of Sherrill & Pace, and later, with Johnson & Swanson in Dallas. While at Johnson & Swanson, the firm grew from 125 lawyers in a single city to over 350 lawyers in multiple locations (and, in the process, changing its name to Johnson & Gibbs). Mr. Borrego was in charge of the oil and gas practice of the firm, and expanded it with the firm's growth He also served on the Management Committee and the Technology Committee, where, along with other lawyers, he oversaw the implementation of a large scale network. In 1993, Mr. Borrego decided that the administrative burdens of overseeing a department and management were interfering with his desire to practice law, so he left Johnson & Swanson (Johnson & Gibbs). Since 1993, other than a short period of time spent as in house counsel with a major independent, he has essentially been a solo practitioner.
Mr. Borrego's practice has been concentrated in the area of oil and gas exploration and development, both in the domestic area (offshore and on shore) and in foreign areas. He has advised clients in all states where production exists as well as having advised clients in over sixty different countries. His website is at www.explorationlaw.com.
After graduation from Texas Tech University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Bill Cason worked his way through the technical ranks of Conoco with wide ranging assignments all over the world, including serving as team leader for numerous upstream and downstream engineering projects, and as the budget coordinator for all Conoco’s refineries. He was assigned as Conoco’s representative on the Auto – Oil task force, a multi-disciplinary team assisting the EPA with research into clean motor fuels. This task force was manned by representatives of all US automakers and Major producers of motor fuels. As a member of the Task Force he interacted extensively with representatives of the Government and the auto industry.
Bill shifted his career path in 1993, pursuing a long held ambition of being a lawyer who understood oil and gas from the bare drill floor to the gas pump. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996. While at U of H Bill served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the U of H Law review, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barons.
After passing the bar exam Bill joined the firm of Mayor, Day, Caldwell and Keeton, focusing his practice on all legal aspects of oil and gas exploration, both in the United States and internationally. In 1998 Bill joined Ocean Energy, where he served as inside counsel on a wide range of projects worldwide including domestic and international acquisitions and dispositions, multiple service agreements in multiple jurisdictions and languages, litigation (including both ICC and LCIA) and compliance related issues, such as the FCPA, internal controls, SEC and FERC issues. In 2005 Bill joined Anadarko as the head of their legal function in London, England with responsibility for supervising and executing the legal support to all of Anadarko’s interests in Africa and the Middle East, as well as special projects in Indonesia and Malaysia. In particular, Bill has spent extensive time counseling clients on the ground in Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Angola, Mozambique and Indonesia.
Bill joined Gaither Petroleum as General Counsel for Gaither and its affiliates and subsidiaries in October, 2008 bringing his hands-on, pragmatic problem solving approach to their operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Houston Law Review and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Energy Services, Inc, a generator sales, service and rental company with offices in Houston, San Antonio and Springfield, Missouri. Bill is fluent in French, and enjoys flying and fishing (including the building of custom fishing rods) as his hobbies. He is happily married to his one and only wife of 23 years, Martha. He and Martha have three children aged 19, 17 and 16.
Sashe D. Dimitroff
Haynes & Boone
Sashe Dimitroff is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property. He has significant experience in technology disputes, breach of contract & commercial fraud matters, international dispute resolution, oil & gas litigation, environmental disputes, and mass toxic tort. He has also developed “preventative law” strategies for various corporations to avoid future claims and in preparing them to defend various claims should they arise.
Sashe is a member of Texas Bar, the American and the International Bar Associations, and the American Society of International Law. He clerked for the Hon. Howell Cobb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 1992-93. While at the University of Houston Law School, Sashe served as Executive Editor for the University of
Houston Law Review. He is also an appointed member of the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules that is responsible for revisions of the Rules of Practice in civil actions and the related statutes of Texas.
Charles graduated from the University of Houston Law Center. He has a Masters in Conservation from University College London.
Before entering the legal field, he worked for five years in Greece as a program leader on environmental projects that protected sea turtles and marine mammals in coastal areas. During this time, he participated in extensive efforts to design and establish protected areas, eventually resulting in a new National Park. As an independent consultant, he researched and wrote comprehensive management plans for seven Mediterranean protected coastal areas under contracts with the World Wildlife Fund and European Union funded initiatives.
Charles is a member of the Texas Bar and is admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston law Center, where he teaches a classes in Texas Coastal and Ocean Law, Environmental Law, and Practice of Environmental Law.
Charles represents clients in state and federal court, and in matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Previous cases include challenges to air permits, Clean Air Act citizens suits, Endangered Species Act litigation, and NEPA litigation.
Kathleen C. Lake
Kathleen C. Lake is a partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. For over 30 years, Kathy’s practice has focused on state and federal utility law and energy regulation, energy transactions, and administrative law and litigation. Kathy has broad experience with all segments of the domestic energy industry, having represented producers, interstate and intrastate gas pipelines, electric cooperatives, electric utilities, marketers, end-users, and financial institutions active in the industry.
Before practicing law in Houston, she earned her A.B. magna cum laude, from Middlebury College, and her J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review, and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi. Kathy is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation (Life Member); Houston Bar Foundation; Texas Law Review Association (Life Member); American, Energy, and Houston Bar Associations; and College of the State Bar of Texas, 2005 – present. She is admitted to practice in Texas (1980); U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits.
Kathy has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America in energy law, in 2010 and 2011; Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the US Best of the Best in energy and natural resources law, 2010; Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in business law in 2011;and Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Vinson & Elkins
Henry has extensive experience in the regulatory, policy and transactional aspects of the natural gas and electric industries. He has represented clients before federal and state agencies and courts, has assisted in the development of energy policy initiatives and has participated in the structuring and negotiation of domestic and international energy transactions.
Henry came to Vinson & Elkins in 1973, became a partner in 1979, and became chair of the Energy Regulation Practice in 1990.
Bill Moore is a 1978 graduate of Harvard College and a 1981 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. He has performed domestic offshore commercial negotiations for Exxon, Conoco, BP, Unocal, NorskHydro, and Statoil, where he is now employed. He has also worked Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil and Trinidad. He was the principle drafter of the 2000 AAPL Model Form Deepwater JOA, the 2003 AAPL Model Shelf Operating Agreement and the 2007 Model Deepwater JOA. He is a frequent speaker on offshore JOAs and their exhibits. He has made presentations at OCS workshops, CLE seminars, COPAS meetings and International Oil Scouts Association conferences.
In his course on deepwater Gulf of Mexico, he will be focusing on practical applications of the regulations and instruments that affect the exploration, appraisal and development of hydrocarbons in that region.
Norman J. Nadorff
Norman Nadorff is Senior Counsel for BP Angola and has resided in Luanda since 2006. Norman has served as an oil and gas attorney in various regions, primarily Latin America, Southeast Asia and West Africa for Conoco, ARCO and BP. He works effectively in Spanish, Portuguese and French, and is conversant in Indonesian. Norman’s Exploration and & Production experience includes two expatriate assignments in Indonesia. He was also a legal advisor to ARCO's Treasury Department (Los Angeles) in the mid-90's and at one stage provided legal services to BP's solar energy division. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations.
Soon after arriving in Angola, Norman conceptualized and helped obtain BP funding for the creation of a post-graduate Oil and Gas Law, Policy and Economics program at the national law school which has graduated approximately 75 professionals in three sessions. Norman assisted with the recruitment of international instructors for the Program and with the design of its curriculum. He has also taught contract drafting and anti-corruption law in the Program and spearheaded several well-attended symposia and an international mock arbitration. More recently, Norman was instrumental in the creation of a similar recurring course at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University College of Law for which he teaches drafting and negotiating international oil and gas agreements. Norman lectures frequently on a wide range of topics around the world and in Angola.
Norman received his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law (1980). He also holds an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and a B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), both from Saint Louis University (1975, 1976). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (1974) and was a Fulbright Fellow in Law in Brazil (1980-1981) during which time he published an article entitled “Habeas Corpus and the Protection of Political and Civil Rights in Brazil, 1964-1978.” He is admitted to practice law in Ohio (1980) and Texas (2002). Norman is a former Director-at-large of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and former Co-Chair, Scholarships. Norman was recently appointed to the Board of Advisors of the AIPN’s Journal of World Energy, Law and Business.
James W. Skelton, Jr. is an international oil and gas lawyer who is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of the State of Texas (1976), and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (1978). Mr. Skelton devoted the bulk of his career to working for ConocoPhillips Company, formerly named Conoco Inc., as a specialist in international petroleum transactions from 1980 until he retired in 2008. Since then, he has served as Of Counsel to The Stinemetz Law Firm, where his practice is focused on both international and domestic oil and gas transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures. His international practice has taken him to more than 35 countries in the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe and South America.
Mr. Skelton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University (1968), a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law (1975) and a Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies from New York University (1978). He has published over a dozen articles and book reviews for legal periodicals, and has made many presentations at international legal conferences in Houston, Dallas, London and Moscow. Mr. Skelton has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
In the Fall Semester of 2008, Mr. Skelton resumed his association with the University of Houston Law Center as an Adjunct Professor and began teaching a new course called Energy Law: Emerging Markets. His previous teaching experiences at the Law Center included teaming with Professor Jacqueline Weaver in 2003 to teach International Energy Transactions, as well as teaching Legal Communications II in the Spring Semesters of 1980 and 1981. In addition, Mr. Skelton has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Houston Journal of International Law since 1980, and served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board from 1999 to 2010. He also served as a Director of the E&P Licensing Group for the University of Houston's Russian Petroleum Legislation Project in the early 1990's.