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Oil and Gas Law (Lewis)
Fall 2019   LAW 985-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 253

Faculty
Christopher Lewis

Lecturer in Law

lewis@blankrome.com
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
15% Participation,
85% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This seminar is an introduction to oil and gas law and oil and gas disputes, with an emphasis on controversies emanating from hydraulic fracturing.

In this class, we will survey the evolution of oil and gas law, from common law doctrines defining and promoting the rights of mineral owners, to recent efforts to ban hydraulic fracturing through legislation, zoning, and tort litigation. We will also examine pipeline regulation and recent controversies affecting pipeline infrastructure development, including battles over eminent domain and conflicts between state and federal review of pipeline projects.

Our goal is to accomplish three learning objectives: (1) to provide students with a deeper and more refined understanding of the oil and gas industry and the legal theories underpinning its growth and development; (2) to explore the intense opposition to hydraulic fracturing and how various legal doctrines have been deployed to wage that opposition; and (3) to examine the interplay of law, economics, and politics in the shaping of the regulatory frameworks that govern oil and gas development.

Participants in the seminar will be expected to have taken basic courses in torts, property, and contract law.

Class attendance is mandatory and class participation will count for 15% of the grade. The remainder of the grade (85%) will be based on a paper due following the end of the class.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Property and Real Estate Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of property and real estate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of property and real estate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to property and real estate law; Demonstrate an understanding of how property and real estate law affect other areas of law.

Environmental Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of environmental law; Perform legal analysis in the context of environmental law; Communicate effectively on topics related to environmental law; Demonstrate an understanding of how environmental law affects other areas of law.

Administrative and Regulatory Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.


Textbooks

"Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law" by Lowe, et al.
Edition: 7th
Publisher: West
ISBN: 9781683288329
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