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Energy Law and Policy Institute

2016 Energy Law & Policy Institute Conference

April 14-15, 2016, Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh

The U.S. energy economy is rapidly changing, with a move toward unconventional domestic fossil fuels, continued expansion of renewable energy generation, and new policies and shifts in the role of the U.S. in the international energy markets. The legal sector, policymakers, industry actors, and nongovernmental organizations are changing along with these evolving energy trends.

Please join Pitt Law for the Energy Law and Policy Institute to be part of the conversation surrounding cutting-edge issues in these areas and to learn from national and international experts about the current landscape of energy-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

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An Institute To Address The Region's Evolving Energy Landscape 

The Energy Law and Policy Institute was founded at Pitt Law in Fall 2015 and will develop new courses in the field of energy law, with a particular focus on helping students develop practice-ready skills.

The Institute will host major annual conferences that bring together law firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to address evolving issues in energy law and policy. The Institute aims to advance collaborative research and teaching initiatives in the field of energy law in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Swanson School of Engineering, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, among others.

Leading With Experience and Insight

The inaugural executive director of the Energy Law and Policy Institute is Kevin Abbott, senior energy law partner at Reed Smith LLP, adjunct professor, and a 1981 alumnus of Pitt Law.

Kevin Abbott has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in the oil and gas industry, including natural gas exploration and production companies, interstate pipeline companies, and utilities. He is currently advising natural gas exploration and production companies on issues related to exploration of Marcellus and Utica Shales in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York.

In addition to maintaining an active law practice, Abbott has also served in multiple leadership roles in the legal and business communities. He has taught oil and gas law at Pitt Law since 2012; served as a trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and as a member of the law school’s Energy Law Advisory Board; authored numerous publications in the area of energy law; and received numerous awards, including the Pittsburgh Business Times 2012 Leadership Award

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