Strategic Committees

Strategic Planning

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

Michael B. Bennett
Eversheds Sutherland
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.

Omer F. "Rick" Kuebel, III
Locke Lord LLP
New Orleans, LA


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.

Eric Camp
Decker Jones, PC
Fort Worth, 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
Co-Chair, Membership & Development Committee, Institute for Energy Law
Liz Klingensmith
Co-Chair, Membership & Development Committee, Institute for Energy Law

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. Gina Warren
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX

Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity and 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.

Kimberly Phillips
Shell Oil Company
Houston, TX