Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector

Law School Symposium
Co-Hosted by the University of Houston Law Center

- in Houston, Texas, USA

University of Houston
Student Center South
4455 University Dr.
Houston, Texas 77204

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Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the University of Houston Law Center

Sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center

This annual symposium follows a career theme for new law graduates and young attorneys interested in working in the energy industries. Enhanced informal networking opportunities will be available during the symposium where attendees will be able to talk with the industry participants one-to-one or in small groups.

Conference Co-Chairs

Curtis R. Frasier
Shell Midstream Partners, GP
The Woodlands, Texas

Gina S. Warren
Associate Professor of Law
The University of Houston Law Center
Houston, Texas


  • University of Houston
    Student Center South
    4455 University Dr.
    Houston, TX 77204


  • $0 - Current Full or Part-Time Law Students
  • $0 - Law Professors
  • $25 - IEL Young Energy Professional Members
  • $25 - IEL Advisory Board Members
  • $25 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $25 - Lawyers licensed less than 6 years
  • $50 - All others

Schedule and Faculty

Friday, April 13

6:00 - 7:30 pm


  • Dean’s Downtown
    316 Main
    Houston, TX 77002

Saturday, April 14

8:30 am

Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks from UHLC, EENR and IEL

  • Dean Leonard Baynes, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX
  • Victor Flatt, EENR Faculty Director, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX
  • Vickie Adams, Associate Director, Institute for Energy Law, Plano, TX

9:15 am

Energy Overview

  • Curtis Frasier, Chairman, Shell Midstream Partners, GP, The Woodlands, TX

9:45 am

Upstream Panel

Moderator: Ashley Hallene, Senior Landman, Alta Mesa Holdings, LP, Houston, TX


  • Louis E. Layrisson, III, Baker Botts, L.L.P., Houston, TX
  • Li Moneypenny, Shell Oil Company, Houston, TX
  • Joseph Ope, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, TX

11:00 am


11:15 am

Midstream Panel

Moderator: H. McCaleb “Mac” Marshall, Porter Hedges LLP, Houston, TX


  • Michelle T. Boudreaux, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, Houston, TX
  • Fermeen Fazal, Vice President and Chief Counsel, UniversalPegasus International, Houston, TX
  • Will Hickman, Senior Legal Counsel, LNG, Shell Oil Company, Houston, TX

12:30 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm

Current State of Legal Energy Jobs

Moderator: Ann-Margaret Dudley, Associate Director for Admissions, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas

  • Robert Croyle, Major, Lindsey & Africa, Houston, TX
  • Leslie Goldman, Major, Lindsey & Africa, Houston, TX

2:00 pm

Downstream Panel

Moderator: Pamela Nelson, General Counsel, Shell Trading (US) Company, Houston, TX


  • Emily Leung, Managing Counsel, BP America Inc., Houston, TX
  • Kirsten Polyansky, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, TX
  • Sarah Tomalty, Compliance Director, Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC, Houston, TX
  • Phyllis Y. Young, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Houston, TX

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Offshore/International Panel

Moderator: Steven P. Otillar, White & Case LLP, Houston, TX


  • Beatriz Maney, Entoro Capital, LLC, Houston, TX
  • Yuliya D. Marcer, Senior Counsel, BP p.l.c., Houston, TX
  • James Roach, Senior Tax Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, TX
  • Ash Shepherd, Land & Business Development Manager, Talos Energy LLC, Houston, TX

4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Professor Gina S. Warren, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX

Overnight Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express Downtown
1810 Bell Avenue
Houston, TX 75003

All reservations must be made individually by calling directly to the hotel at 713-652-9400. Individuals must identifying the group name “IEL-Career Paths”, arrival and departure dates OR providing Agent with Group’s ID/Code or by visiting;

Book Hotel Online
*The above link will automatically provide the negotiated group rate*

Rate: $119+/night , standard room
Cutoff 3/15/18

Nights Available: April 13, 2018; with limited availability before and after

Other Information

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