Strategic Committees

Strategic Planning

The strategic planning committee sets and monitors annual priorities derived from the IEL’s three year strategic plan. 

Kristi McCarthy
Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co.
Houston, TX


The programs committee reviews IEL conferences and events for quality, attractiveness and timeliness, reviews new programs proposed by other committees, and provides advice to program organizers.

Jana L. Grauberger
Liskow & Lewis
Houston, TX


The communications committee focuses on the use of the IEL’s website and social media to communicate with the IEL’s members and the wider community.

Luís Miranda
Miranda Law Firm
Houston, TX

Membership & Development

The membership & development committee both recruits new members of the IEL and reviews the existing membership structure to ensure its continued relevance and attractiveness.

Louis "Louie" Layrisson
Baker Botts, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Lauren Woodard
Shell Oil Company
Houston, TX

Academic Outreach

The academic outreach committee focuses on the IEL’s law school members, other academics, and law students, seeking ways to promote the teaching of energy law, and the choice of energy law as a career.

Prof. Frédéric G. Sourgens
Tulane University Law School
New Orleans, LA

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee leads IEL’s efforts to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community and to provide opportunities for diverse professionals within IEL and the profession.

At the end of 2020, the Committee proposed a pledge for leaders of the Institute for Energy Law to confirm their support of IEL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

The pledge is voluntary, but it is the hope of the committee that it will receive strong support from IEL leaders and members. The full text of the pledge is below. If you would like to virtually sign IEL’s Diversity Pledge, you may do so here.

In my role at the Institute for Energy Law ("IEL"), I recognize and value the benefits that diversity brings to IEL. Therefore, I am committed to IEL's goal of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in IEL's membership and the greater energy legal profession. I will strive to expand the inclusion of diverse lawyers within IEL by advocating for more opportunities in leadership roles and as Advisory Board members, speakers, and presenters. I am further committed to fostering a trusting and open environment for discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote these goals.

Murray Greene
Total Energies (US)
Houston, TX
Bianca Roberson
Shell USA, Inc.
Houston, TX
Rachel M. Scarafia
Jones Walker
New Orleans, LA