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Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Certificate (SERL)

The University of Tulsa College of Law is a leader in energy, environmental, and natural resources legal education through the SERL program. Students participate in a rigorous curriculum focusing on current international, national, state, and local issues taught by leading scholars in energy, environmental, and resources law and policy.

Degree Programs

The Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) program at TU Law offers an intensive curriculum focusing on energy, environmental, and natural resource law and policy. Legal and policy choices have far-reaching public health and economic consequences in today’s world. While each area has independent significance and importance, SERL’s primary focus is the nexus between energy and natural resources on one hand and the environment on the other. Accordingly, SERL is especially concerned with promoting laws and policies that encourage energy reliability, sustainable supplies of natural resources, and a healthy environment.

Accomplished by

  • An advanced curriculum in energy, environmental, and resources law
  • SERL policy reviews
  • The Energy Law Journal
  • ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Year in Review
  • SERL scholarship and research
  • The SERL Board of Visitors
  • Student-related activities
  • Public policy conferences and symposia
  • Community outreach


The SERL certificate will not be available to students who matriculate in the College of Law after fall 2019. Students who matriculate in fall 2019 must satisfy the requirements for the SERL certificate by the end of the spring 2022 term.

Bulletin/Catalog Information

Program Objectives

  1. To offer comprehensive training in the fields of energy, environmental, and natural resources law
  2. To produce nationally and internationally recognized scholarship and research that contributes to the public policy debate
  3. To facilitate communication among the many individuals, companies, organizations, and public bodies interested in energy, environmental, and natural resources, with the expectation that such communication will lead to more enlightened national and international laws and policies

SERL Partners

Board of Visitors

The Sustainable Energy and Resource Law Board of Visitors is comprised of energy, environmental, and natural resources professionals in the midst of prestigious careers.

Energy Law (Oil & Gas, Electric Power, Renewable Energy)

Private Practice

Jason Aamodt (JD ’96), Partner, Indian & Environmental Law Group, PLLC

Pamela Anderson (JD ’85), Shareholder, Hall Estill

Brendan Cook (JD ’81), Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Houston, Texas

Jim Roth, Director and Chair of Clean Energy Practice Group, 
Phillips, Murrah, PC

Thomas Schroedter (JD ’79), Shareholder, Hall Estill

John Williams (JD ’92), Partner, Connor & Winters LLP

Government Practice

Laurence Yadon, General Counsel of a major federal power agency

Corporate Practice

Angie Beehler (JD ’94), Former Senior Director, Energy Regulation/Legislation; 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Curtis Craig (JD ’80), Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Explorer Pipeline Company

Curtis Frasier (JD ’82), Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel; Shell Oil Company in the US, Royal Dutch Shell Upstream Business in Americas

Henry Hood, Former General Counsel & Senior Vice President – Land, Chesapeake Energy

Kirk Moore (JD ’81), Associate General Counsel, Noble Energy, Inc.

Stuart Solomon, President, Chief Operating Officer; AEP-Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Environmental Law

Private Practice

David Page (JD ’81), Of Counsel, Leach & Sulllivan, LLP

Non-Profit Advocacy

Kelly Hunter Foster (JD ’96), Senior Counsel, WaterKeeper Alliance; Former head of Environmental Division, Oklahoma Attorney General Office

Natural Resources (Water, Public Lands)

Private Practice

Kevin Patrick (JD ’78), Founding Shareholder; WaterLaw: Patrick, Miller, Kropf

Government Practice

Charles Babst, Jr. (JD ’91), Attorney-Advisor with a major federal natural resources management agency


Robert A. Butkin
Professor of Law, SERL Director, Energy Law Journal

Warigia Bowman
Assistant Professor of Law

Melissa J. Luttrell
Assistant Professor of Law

Judith V. Royster
Professor of Law

Rex J. Zedalis
Professor of Law


SERL provides editorial and staff support to the student editorial boards of two preeminent professional law journals in the energy/environment industry, the Energy Law Journal and the Year in Review. Students who work on these publications have the rare opportunity to enhance their academic experience and publish articles and reports of crucial interest to practitioners and students.