Economics, Politics of Natural Resources to be Featured Topic of Law Symposium

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: March 14, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – The balance between development, politics, and natural resources will be the topic of a symposium hosted by the Texas Tech University School of Law March 20-21.

The event will feature speakers from private and public sectors and will explore how Texas and neighboring states regulate precious commodities, especially energy, water, and oil. Scholars, lawyers, judges, and agency leaders will discuss how the legal system protects diverse interests in a world with increasing demands and dwindling supplies.

Speakers will include: Hon. Brian Quinn, chief justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals; Larry R. Soward, commissioner of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Bill Warnick, general counsel for the Texas General Land Office; and Julie Caruthers Parsley, commissioner of Public Utilities Commission.

The event, titled Regulations & Resources: Balancing Our Economy and Our Resources, is presented by the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal and the Center for Water Law & Policy.

“It’s becoming increasingly important to examine how our legal system regulates the balance between our needs as a society and the availability of our natural resources,” said Augustus Campbell, managing editor of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. “What we want to do is have a thorough and informative multidisciplinary discussion of this balance.”

Bill Jeffery, former EPA attorney and visiting professor of law at Texas Tech, said issues surrounding economics and natural resources are increasingly necessary to discuss.

“The key to wise regulation and use of natural resources is finding the proper balance between human and environmental uses of those resources,” he said. “The public and private choices we make here in Texas must reflect both the long-range needs of the environment and the economic and other needs of the people.”

To register for the event, or for more information on speakers, visit
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CONTACT: Augustus Campbell, editor of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, 806-783-0038, or,