America’s Energy Plan – Houston, TX

The Thurgood Marshall Law Review (Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law) invites participation from scholars, researchers, and practitioners in its Symposium: America’s Energy Plan: From Dinosaurs to the Next Generation—Evolution or Extinction. Accepted papers will be published in the spring 2012 issue. The date for the symposium has not been set. Abstracts are due Sept. 1, 2011.

The Thurgood Marshall Law Review hopes to provide a forum for thought-provoking dialogue by leading experts from within and outside the United States on what has become a major concern. Potential issues include, but are not limited to:

  • What is the top priority for future discussion of energy policy?
  • What is the role of law, including courts, regulators, and legislators, in facilitating or hindering inclusive dialogues on energy production, transmission, regulation, and consumption?
  • Who and what are necessary to foster a complete and productive discussion on energy?
  • What is the future of oil and gas? What resources and innovation are needed to take exploration to the next level?
  • What is the projected cost of future exploration for oil and gas? (e.g. costs-financial, social, environmental)
  • What are alternative methods to fueling American and foreign economies?
  • How do we address the national security, foreign policy and international legal issues surrounding energy supply and demand?
  • What are the environmental and human impacts of conventional energy sources?
  • What are the legal issues or other hurdles with renewable energy?

Other topics that are relevant to this conversation are welcome. Proposals should be in abstracts of 1,500 words or less and submitted no later than September 1, 2011 by 5:00 pm.

Please send your abstract accompanied by a cover letter and curriculum vitae to tmsllawreview [at] or mail to:

Thurgood Marshall School of Law
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, TX 77004

Selected authors are required to submit their first drafts by November 15, 2011. Please contact Candace Carpenter, Lead Articles Editor, with questions at tmsllawreview [at]

We are also requesting that individuals who submit an article for publication participate in our Spring Symposium as a speaker. However, this is not mandatory. Further, anyone who is not interested in submitting an article but would like to make a presentation at the Symposium, should please contact Whitney White, Symposium Editor, for further details at tmsllawreview [at]

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