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Academic, policy, and industry professionals explore energy transition business obstacles and opportunities at University of Houston Law Center event

8th Annual North American Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Conference is on April 18

HOUSTON, April 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy and legal experts will examine the challenges and prospects of carbon capture, infrastructure repurposing, and a resilient electricity grid during the University of Houston Law Center's 8th Annual North American Environment, Energy and Natural Resources event on Thursday, April 18.

Catarina Gonzales will deliver the conference keynote. Gonzales was appointed a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioner in February, having previously served as a budget and policy advisor for the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott.

EENR co-director, Professor Gina Warren told us that EENR is "thrilled to host everyone again – for the 8th year in a row. Not only do we have an amazing lineup of speakers, we are excited to award the inaugural EENR Scholarship ($10,000) for best environment, energy, and natural resources article written by an UHLC student."

The panel topics will include a Fireside Chat with Jon Niermann, discussions on the business of energy focusing on the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), carbon capture, and the energy transition, as well as a conversation with corporate general counsel and senior executives.

The speakers and panelists presenting are:

  • Chinonso Anozie, Assistant Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law
  • Leonard Banes, Dean, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair, Professor of Law, UHLC
  • Susan Bickley, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Gregory Brown, General Counsel, Evolution Well Services LLC
  • Carrie Clark, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Black Stone Minerals
  • Andrew Cross, Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP
  • Deonne Cunningham Nauls, General Counsel, Skylar Capital Management LP
  • Catarina Gonzales, Commissioner, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Tracy Hester, Associate Instructional Professor of Law, EENR Co-Director, Founding Co-Director for Carbon Management in Energy, UHLC
  • Cody Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, SCS Technologies LLC
  • Keith Letourneau, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • David Mora, Vice President, Carbon Solutions, NextDecade
  • Linda Primrose, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
  • Michael Sanders, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Gina Warren, Professor of Law, A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Studies and EENR Co-Director, UHLC

Co-sponsors of the event are the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, UH Energy, Blank Rome LLP, Susan Bickley and Gina S. Warren.

The conference will be in-person at the University of Houston Law Center, 4170 Martin Luther King Blvd, on Thursday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central time with a reception to follow. Participating attorneys will receive 3.75 hours of Texas MCLE credit.

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University of Houston Law Center media contacts: Carrie Anna Criado, UH Law Center Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-2184,; Bonnie Buffaloe, Communications Manager, 713-743-9137,

About the University of Houston Law Center
The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is a dynamic, top-tier law school located in the nation's 4th largest city. UHLC's Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Part-time programs rank in the U.S. News Top 10. It awards Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees, through its academic branch, the College of Law. The Law Center is more than just a law school. It is a powerful hub of intellectual activity with more than 12 centers and institutes that fuel its educational mission and national reputation. UHLC is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. 

About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with an enrollment of more than 47,000 students. 

SOURCE University of Houston Law Center