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Susan  Sakmar

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Susan L. Sakmar

Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar

Susan L. 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 left to pursue a career in law.  Prior to teaching, she was an attorney in the commercial litigation department the San Francisco law firm 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 had 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 2012-2013 by leading international publisher Edward Elgar, Ltd. (UK). 

Her most recent article, The Global Shale Gas Initiative: Will The United States Be The Role Model For The Development Of Shale Gas Around The World? was published by the Houston Journal of International Law (Vol. 33, No. 2) in Spring 2011 and is available at

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.