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Symposium: Oil & Gas Jurisprudence II

Washburn Law's Business and Transactional Law Center and the Washburn Law Journal are sponsoring "The Future Course of Oil & Gas Jurisprudence II" on October 2-3, 2009 to once again explore the fascinating discipline we call "Oil and Gas Law." Much has changed in 15 years; much has stayed the same.
  • Ten active oil and gas law professors teaching at U.S. law schools will assemble to explore the future of oil and gas jurisprudence.
  • Twenty renowned oil and gas practitioners will serve as responders and share their views, along with an audience that deals with oil and gas issues on a daily basis.

The attendees will meet in an environment where they can focus on oil and gas legal issues throughout the two-day event. The goal is to recreate the atmosphere described in the introduction to the 1994 symposium in the Washburn Law Journal:

Everyone attending the symposium agreed that it took on a life of its own as the program unfolded – resulting in an intellectual exchange of ideas similar to what, as one professor remarked, "one might witness among professors and practitioners discussing a Restatement Tentative Draft at an annual meeting of The American Law Institute." All attending agreed that the symposium was a success and, coupled with the articles contained in this issue of the Washburn Law Journal, will make a significant contribution to "The Future Course of Oil and Gas Jurisprudence."

As with the last symposium, the Washburn Law Journal will publish the symposium articles.

1994 Symposium

In 1994 oil and gas law professors came together at Washburn University School of Law to explore the future of oil and gas jurisprudence. They were joined in this effort by renowned practitioners who specialize in oil and gas law.

Each professor selected a topic in their area of interest, and each was assigned two practitioner "responders" who reviewed the professor's work in advance of the oral presentation and offer their insights following the professor's presentation. Following responder comments, audience members, comprised of invited oil and gas practitioners, government officials, the judiciary, and representatives of non-governmental organizations, had an opportunity to engage the professors.