Presents the EENR Speaker Series for Fall 2015

"EPA's Clean Power Plan and the Future of Texas Energy"

Michael Nasi
Jackson Walker L.L.P.

The Honorable
Charles D. McConnell

Executive Director, Energy and Environmental Initiative,
Rice University

Rich Alonso
Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Friday, September 11, 2015
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

University of Houston Law Center
211 TUII (2nd Floor)
Boxed lunches will be served.
1 Hour CLE Credit (no ethics)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally released its Clean Power Plan, a mammoth rule that will require substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The Plan takes a sweeping approach that far exceeds EPA’s prior regulatory strategies to urge our nation’s power grid away from coal and other fossil fuels. The rule will obviously have enormous implications for Texas' power supplies, energy producers and consumers, and state autonomy. Please join our panel of top-flight experts to review what the Clean Power Plan will mean for Texas and the legal challenges that await it.


"Best Practices for Shale Development in Australia and Lessons for Other Countries"

Dr. Tina Hunter

Reader in Energy Law,
Centre for Energy Law, Aberdeen University

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

University of Houston Law Center
209 BLB (2nd Floor)
Boxed lunches will be served.
1 Hour CLE Credit (no ethics)
Please RSVP to

Dr. Tina Hunter is a Reader in Energy Law at the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law, where she teaches and researches in the areas of national and international petroleum law and policy, with a focus on unconventional and Arctic petroleum regulation and governance. She has presented at over fifty conferences on three continents and has consulted to governments, industry groups and NGOs in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the UK, Russia, Poland and Canada. In June 2014, Dr. Hunter participated in an unconventional gas learning symposium at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Before joining Aberdeen University in 2015, Dr. Hunter was the inaugural Director of the Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law at the University of Queensland. She has authored or edited several books, including the upcoming Handbook of Shale Gas Law and Policy (Intersentia), Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector (Edward Elgar 2015) and Petroleum Law in Australia (LexisNexis). She has studied marine sediments, geology, political science, applied science, and law, having completed her Ph.D at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Her talk today derives from her work with the South Australian Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects, the Western Australian government, and the working group for the Queensland Modernising Queensland Resources Acts Program.

The EENR Center Speaker Series is made possible through the generous support of Blank Rome LLP, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Vinson & Elkins LLP, and the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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Map and Directions

The University of Houston Law Center is located off of Interstate 45, just south of downtown Houston.

To reach the Law Center from I-45 northbound, take the Elgin-Cullen/Lockwood exit, turn left at the light, and proceed under the freeway to the traffic light at Entrance 18 where you will take a left. Take a left at the first inner-campus road and follow it as it turns right and deposits you at a four-way stop.  Turn left, and the Law Center buildings will be on your left, with metered parking available to your right in Parking Lot 19B.

To reach the Law Center from I-45 southbound, take the Spur 5 exit and follow it to the first stop light  (University Drive).  Turn right, and proceed past the Campus Wellness Center to the stop light (Calhoun).  Turn right, and proceed past Calhoun Lofts to the last entrance on your left before Calhoun “dead ends.”  Parking Lot 19B is on your right, with the Law Center complex flanking the bronze statue of Albertus Magnus. Metered parking is available.

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Click here for an interactive campus map to help you locate the Bates Law Building, Parking Lot 19B, the East garage, or the Visitor's parking garage.

Visitor Parking

Visitors have two parking options:

  • Meters – Lot 19B. Visitors may park at the meters located in the Law Center's parking lot (locate Lot 19B, here) with a valid receipt of purchase displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. In addition, there are several metered parking spaces (2 hours maximum) located on the south side of Lot 19B, close to the Calhoun Lofts.
  • Parking Garages. Visitor parking is also available in the Welcome Center parking garage located on University Drive and Calhoun Road, the East garage on Calhoun north of University, and at the UH Hilton located on University Blvd. Locate these garages here. Both are a short walk from the Law Center. Garage parking is $2 per hour, maximum $8 per day.

UH Parking & Transportation. For more information, please visit the main campus Parking & Transportation site.