Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies at University of Texas

 

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Duke Ligon is a seasoned executive in the energy sector who worked as the general counsel and vice president of Devon Energy in Oklahoma City until his retirement in 2007. An active member of the business community, Duke Ligon serves on the executive council for the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Center for Energy, Law & Business. The organization offers a variety of opportunities for students at the University of Texas (UT) School of Law, such as the Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies (GPPES).

Using UT’s authority in energy-related topics, the program provides students with an interdisciplinary experience designed to broaden their understanding on the energy sector. Students will learn how to address energy issues from an overall policy perspective and receive the necessary training to enhance their attractiveness to government agencies, nonprofit institutions, and the private sector. The GPPES enables students to create their own educational program by choosing from a wide range of energy-related courses and pursuing specific interest areas.

All GPPES students must also take Energy Technology and Policy, a gateway course that focuses on economic and environmental issues concerning emerging and traditional technologies. In addition, students attend weekly symposiums featuring presentations on concerns and developments in the energy sector. The program culminates with an energy-oriented research project.

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The Meaning of Bronze Stars

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Bronze Star Medal
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University of Texas School of Law graduate and highly-experienced energy sector executive Duke Ligon has resided in Oklahoma City for most of his life. Mr. Ligon is the CEO of Mekusukey Oil Company, a mineral management company he founded in Oklahoma City. Before beginning his executive career, Duke Ligon was a captain in the US Army and received a Bronze Star Medal in recognition of his service.

Bronze Stars are awarded to service members who perform acts of heroics or merit during military ground operations. The award was first instituted in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bronze Stars can be awarded directly to veterans of combat, to their families, or to soldiers of foreign armies who supported the US in a ground battle.

Bronze Stars have a distinct design. The striped ribbon contains the colors blue, white, and scarlet red. The medal itself is cast in bronze in the shape of a five-pointed star.

Oil and Natural Gas See Positive Outlook for 2018

Duke Ligon - Diverse Experience as Oklahoma City Oil Executive
Duke Ligon, Oklahoma City

A longtime Oklahoma City business leader, Duke Ligon has brought together diverse aspects of oil and natural gas, finance, and law over his decades of entrepreneurial experience. Duke Ligon has extensive knowledge of natural resource exploration and extraction spanning Oklahoma and Texas and has served on the board of enterprises such as Vantage Drilling Company and Panhandle Oil and Gas, Inc.

Recent news has brought attention to positive momentum for the U.S. oil and gas sector, with gas prices rising toward peaks not seen since 2014. An Oil & Gas 360 article described a particular surge in natural gas consumption, with several export terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG), including at Cove Point in Maryland, set to open in the next year. Exports to Mexico through Texas are also a critical part of this, with the Sur de Texas pipeline set to open in the latter half of 2018. With approximately 13 gigawatts of capacity from conventional steam coal plants set to retire, LNG-powered plants are expected to pick up the electricity production slack.

The Dallas News also reports that surges in oil prices are already having a positive impact on the state coffers. In particular, prices per barrel, driven to historic lows by fracking, are now on the rebound, with crude’s benchmark price breaking the $60-a-barrel barrier and continuing to rise.

A University of Texas Law Area of Concentration

 

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A longtime executive in the oil and gas industry, Duke Ligon is an Oklahoma City-based businessman who recently joined Peter J. Solomon Company as senior advisor. Duke Ligon also serves as an advisory board member for the University of Texas at Austin Law School’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law.

In partnership with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, the center offers a law degree concentration in global energy, international arbitration, and environmental law that combines critical discussion, collaborative research, policy analysis, and hands-on experience in urgent areas of natural-resource and energy policy. In addition to offering students the flexibility to combine three distinct areas of education, the center produces the UT Law Grid blog, which has fostered vital debate in contentious areas such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The center also facilitates the Distinguished Lecture Series, in which visiting speakers cover important topics in global energy and environmental law. Notable past speakers include Mexican senator Ninfa Salinas Sada, who spoke on the future direction of Mexico’s environmental and energy sectors.