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Texas dinner marks milestone for International Energy Lawyers Program

UToday HomeMarch 15, 2013

A restaurant in Texas was the scene of a quiet but historic event on Feb. 19 as leaders from the law schools at University of Calgary and the University of Houston met with leaders from government, business and law to mark the one-year milestone for the Faculty of Law's innovative international energy law degree.

The dinner event at The Capital Grille in Houston was organized to bring together Houston-based executives from top energy companies and law firms, with founders of the unique dual law degree program developed by the universities of Calgary and Houston.

The International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP) allows students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees over four years, while dividing their time between University of Calgary Faculty of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. The event was hosted by Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Canadian consul general to south-central U.S.

Guests were law school deans Ian Holloway (Calgary), Ray Nimmer (Houston); legal counsel from energy firms Chevron Upstream and Gas, Enbridge Energy Company, ExxonMobil Corporation, Shell Oil Company, and TransCanada Corp.; and partners from legal firms Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, and Haynes & Boone LLP.

“This program is about expanding opportunities for students and providing them with the opportunity to develop specialized skills for our global economy,” said Holloway, dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. “Training the next generation of lawyers to be leaders in energy and natural resources law and will up us develop a sustainable and rational long-term energy policy.”


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