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Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Society

The stated mission of the Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Society (REELS) are “to promote the interests of conservation of energy and natural resources, sustainability of the environment and to explore the many ways the practice of law can help to achieve these goals.” REELS, a student organization for law students with interests in energy, resource, and environmental law, also provides fellowship among students and faculty, represents student needs and wants concerning energy and environmental issues, and provides a forum for the presentation of ideas to benefit the university community.

The organization’s main activities include arranging speakers, volunteering, networking, competing, and having fun. In 2021, REELS provided a broad showcase of possible careers to students that energy and environmental law professionals can practice.

Energy Law Journal

The Energy Law Journal (ELJ), one of a handful of peer-reviewed law journals, is a preeminent energy publication published by the Energy Bar Association in conjunction with The University of Tulsa College of Law. It provides thought-provoking and deeply researched articles by practitioners, academics, federal judges, high-ranking federal and state government officials, members of FERC and state regulatory commissions, and others.

Article topics include U.S. and international energy legal, policy, and economic issues and increasingly, issues at the intersection of energy, the environment, and climate change. The ELJ welcomes articles on emerging issues and significant developments affecting the energy industries.

The current issue — Vol. 42 (2) (2021) — includes articles such as The Precipice of Justice: Equity, Energy, and the Environment in Indian Country and Rural Communities 1, by Ann M. Eisenberg & Elizabeth Kronk Warner; Energy Storage and the Future of the Electric Market, by
Caroline Trum; and a timely student note by John Rubottom, National Ass’n of Regulatory Utility Comm’rs v. FERC: FERC Holds the Gates Open Fight to Grant Electric Storage Resource Access

First published in May 1980, the ELJ is published twice a year (May and November). It has about 2,000 subscribers, including all Energy Bar Association members and people from eight countries.  Electronic courtesy copies are distributed to the federal courts, federal lawmakers and policy-makers, and federal and state energy and environmental regulators, including FERC.

The Year in Review

The Year in Review is an annual publication for the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (ABA SEER) Law. The publication summarizes and reviews the previous year’s important developments in legal areas, such as air quality, environmental transactions and brownfields, water quality and wetlands, nuclear, oil and gas, mining, Native American resources, and water resources. The information is authored by practicing members and edited in conjunction with TU Law.

The publication is made available for the over 8,000 ABA SEER members following its release each year in April. This year’s publication will include summaries regarding important topics and their effects on environmental, energy, and natural resources law, such as President Biden’s Executive Orders, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Supreme Court’s ruling in high-profile water law cases.