Awards for Exceptional Achievement
Every year, the IEL makes a number of awards to recognize exceptional achievement by in the energy industries.
The John Rogers Award
The John Rogers Award was established in 1969 in honor of John Rogers of Tulsa, Oklahoma and is presented annually during the Annual Oil & Gas Conference to a person associated with the petroleum industry in recognition of extraordinary professional and civic achievement.
Rogers, who died in 1977, was a longtime friend and Trustee of The Center. In 1968 he received the Hatton W. Sumners Award from The Center for his outstanding service to the administration of justice and the preservation of a democratic and constitutional form of government.
Of Rogers, it was aptly written that "he is an attorney and loves the law, but no profession could hold him captive, and his interests have taken him far afield." He was dean of the College of Law at the University of Tulsa, 1948-1956, and special lecturer, 1943-1962. Rogers served on the Oklahoma Board of Regents for Higher Education and was president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. In addition to honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Tulsa, Phillips University and John Brown University, he received the Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Oklahoma.
John S. Watson
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
San Ramon, CA
Every year, a distinguished legal practitioner or academic is selected to present the Deans of Oil and Gas Lecture at the Annual Oil & Gas Conference. A lawyer’s lecture for lawyers, the deans lecture is an opportunity for reflection and comment on a career in oil and gas law.
David E. Pierce
Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law
Washburn University School of Law
At the Annual Energy Litigation Conference each November, an award is made to an energy litigator whose achievements either in the course of his or her career or during a particular piece or series of litigation have won the admiration of his or her peers.
John P. Bowman
King & Spalding