Leadership Class

Expanding off a very successful inaugural class in 2018-19, the Institute for Energy Law is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Leadership Class. This program is primarily for energy professionals who have been practicing in the energy field between three and ten years. 25 to 35 class members will be selected by a committee after completing an application process.

The Program

The program begins with a mandatory retreat in Houston on September 26-27, 2019. The program will have monthly remote or live programs in October through January. The class will have a special luncheon event at IEL’s 71st Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference in Houston on February 19-20, 2020. The program will conclude at the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference in March or April 2020 (conference site and dates still being confirmed). Attendance is mandatory at the retreat and either the 71th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference or the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, but recommended at all three. The class will be expected to participate in a class project of its own design.

The Application

To apply for the 2019-20 Leadership Class, please complete the application found at this link. The application deadline is Friday, May 31 at 5 pm Central.

Retreat Schedule

The retreat schedule is still being developed, but will likely begin around 10 a.m. on Thursday September 26, 2019, and conclude by 3 p.m. on Friday September 27, 2019.

General Benefits

Program participants will be introduced to unique leaders within and outside the energy industry. Through participation, class members will learn more about the energy industry, leadership, communication, diversity, and careers in energy. Participants will also learn about their strengths and weaknesses, the traits of good leaders, and opportunities for success as energy professionals. In addition, participants will build bonds with other class members and energy leaders, including IEL leaders.

Costs and Direct Benefits

The program fee is $650 (due after selection to the program and no later than August 1st). This cost provides individuals with the following direct benefits:

  1. Associate Membership in IEL for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020 (normally costs $650);
  2. Participation in All Leadership Class Events, including the Retreat;
  3. Free Registration to the 71th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference (free for Associate Members, otherwise usually $745);
  4. Free Registration to the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference (usually $255 to $295);
  5. Free registration to Houston General Counsel Forum, as well as the General Counsel Forums in Denver and Pittsburgh (usually $40 each); and
  6. Free registration to the Energy Litigation 101 and Energy Transaction 101 conferences (usually $150 to $250 each).

Class members are responsible for any and all travel costs.


Completion of the class is not the end. Instead, it is the beginning of what will hopefully be a long relationship with IEL and other class members. Class members are encouraged to serve on committees, to write for publications, and to participate in IEL programs. Our plan is to also develop alumni programs as more leadership classes are completed and to host special events for leadership class alumni.


If you have questions regarding the Leadership Class, please contact:

Vickie Adams
IEL Associate Director