Advocates to Salute Oklahoma's Energy Future

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Energy Advocates are set to honor college students that will be the future of Oklahoma's energy industry. There will be scholarships given out to various students in the honor of many individuals, including Congresswoman Mary Fallin and Jim Stafford. Irma Russell, Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa and the Director of NELPI will be the keynote of the luncheon.

Energy Advocates are set to honor college students that will be the future of Oklahoma's energy industry. There will be scholarships given out to various students in the honor of many individuals, including Congresswoman Mary Fallin and Jim Stafford. Irma Russell, Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa and the Director of NELPI will be the keynote of the luncheon.

The Energy Advocates will host the last of the four Centennial events "A Salute to Oklahoma's Energy Present." The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st, at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club. A reception will be at 11:00am, followed by the luncheon at 11:30am. Irma Russell, Director of the National Energy-Environment Law & Policy Institute and Professor at the University of Tulsa is the scheduled keynote speaker.

Students to receive scholarships are: Christopher Bellman, Michael Bishop, Katie Chisholm, Michael Ott and Lindsey Owen - all are college students majoring in energy-related fields. Each recipient will receive a $500 scholarship.

Samson Investment Co. has sponsored a scholarship in the name of Congresswoman Mary Fallin, and David & Robin Guest have sponsored a scholarship in the name of Jim Stafford.

"Our energy industry's future depends on the college students who are currently being trained at our universities. We want to encourage these students to continue forward in areas of leadership in the industry," stated Mark Stansberry, President of the Energy Advocates.

For more information on the "Salute to Oklahoma's Energy Future, visit the official website at http://www.energypolicyconference.com. You may also call the Energy Advocates headquarters at (918) 599-7767 or contact by email at info@energyadvocates.org.

About The Energy Advocates: Since 1974, The Energy Advocates, a national organization, has provided energy education nationally. The Energy Advocates strongly support all forms of energy. Its primary mission is to inform the general public about our vital energy industry and energy policy issues. To learn more about energy issues, and The Energy Advocates, visit http://www.energyadvocates.org.

About Irma Russell: Professor Russell recently joined the faculty at the University of Tulsa College of Law as NELPI Professor and Director of The National Energy-Environment Law & Policy Institute. Professor Russell is the chair of the ABA Committee on Global Oil & Gas of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the committee that issues formal opinions as an interpretive aid to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. She is also a member of the Professionalism Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education. Her recent publication include: The Power Structure: Energy, Politics, and the Public Interest in the LNG Debate (forthcoming in the Houston Energy Law Journal), the second edition of a chapter on Issues of Legal Ethics in Environmental Justice Matters in Environmental Justice, an ABA book edited by Mike Gerrard, Beyond the Private Attorney General: Delegation of Enforcement of Environmental Permits (forthcoming in an IUCN publication), and The Lawyer as Public Citizen: Meeting the Pro Bono Challenge, 72 UMKC LAW REVIEW 1 (2004) (included in the Innovations in Pro Bono Practice Symposium). Professor Russell's recent publications include a book, Issues of Legal Ethics in the Practice of Environmental Law, available from ABA Publications and a chapter on Legal Ethics in The Law of Environmental Justice, a book published by the American Bar Association.

In practice, Professor Russell represented potentially responsible parties, government entities, lenders, and other clients in matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and on other environmental issues such as wetlands designation and site mitigation plans. She has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee, and as Section Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She was founding Chair of the Memphis Bar Association Environmental Law Section and also served as Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Section. Professor Russell is also a member of the American Law Institute, the Judicial Conference for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, and Phi Kappa Phi.

About IEPC: founded in 1992, the first IEPC was held at the University of Oklahoma. The conference has been hosted by The Oklahoma Royalty Company, The Energy Advocates, The State Chamber, The U.S. Department of Energy, Sarkeys Energy Center/University of Oklahoma, People to People International, The American Gas Association, and Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission. Mark A. Stansberry is the IEPC founder and President of the IEPC founding company, The Oklahoma Royalty Company.

Availability of reasonably priced energy is critical to economic and business development both in the United States and in other countries around the world. It also greatly impacts many other aspects of human development globally.

Past conference locations have included Washington, D.C., Tulsa, OK, and Denver, CO, and Dallas, TX.

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