Leadership Class

The Institute for Energy Law is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 Leadership Class. This prestigious program is primarily for energy professionals who have been practicing in the energy field between three and twelve years. Class members will be selected by a committee after completing an application process.

Why Apply?

Through participation, class members will increase their knowledge of the energy industry, leadership, communication, diversity, and careers in energy. Participants will also discover their strengths and weaknesses, the traits of excellent leadership, and opportunities for success as energy professionals in today’s climate. In addition, class members will build strong bonds with their fellow class members, establish relationships with IEL leaders, and have increased opportunities within IEL.


Given the current uncertainty for in-person programs, the 2020-21 Leadership Class will feature more online programming and social events with plans for in-person programming, if possible, later in the year. Although we believe in-person events are important, our experience over the last two months with online programming and social events cause us to believe that the Leadership Class will be successful with increased remote programming and events. In some ways, the availability of remote programming and events will allow IEL to offer additional high-quality programming and valuable networking opportunities for the class given that our class members are typically from all over the country and world.

The program will begin with online programming and networking events in August 2020, and will feature online programming approximately every two weeks for the first few months and additional online education and social events for the remainder of the class. If the situation allows, we will host an in-person retreat in late September or October in either Houston or at IEL’s headquarters near Dallas.  Given the uncertainty that exists this year, the in-person retreat will not be mandatory if it occurs, but attendance will be strongly encouraged. We will provide ways to participate in the retreat remotely if in-person attendance is not possible.

Class members will be allowed to participate for free in the virtual Young Energy Professionals’ Transaction and Litigation Conferences in October and November. In addition, class members will be able to participate for free in either the Energy Transactions or Energy Litigation in-person conferences held in those same months. Class members may also attend IEL’s largest event, the 72nd Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, in Houston on February 18-19, 2021, and in the yet to be scheduled National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference in March or April 2021. 

The class will collaborate and develop its own class project. 

Costs & Direct Benefits

The program fee is $650, which provides individuals with the following direct benefits:

  • Associate Membership in IEL for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021
  • Participation in all Leadership Class Events, including an in-person or virtual retreat
  • Free registration to the 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference
  • Free registration to the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference 
  • Free registration for the 19th Energy Litigation Conference or the 2nd Energy Transactions Conference
  • Free registration to the virtual Energy Litigation 101 and Energy Transaction 101 conferences


To apply, please complete the application found at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VHGZJ95 and submit your resume to Ryan Frome at rfrome@cailaw.org. The application deadline is Friday, June 12, 2020.


If you have questions regarding the Leadership Class, please contact:

Vickie Adams
IEL Deputy Director