Bailey Schreiber, a third year law student enrolled in the 2014/2015 Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Clinic (EENR Clinic) appeared in front of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.
“Bailey’s appearance in front of the Commission is significant as it is the first, of soon to be many, appearances by EENR Clinic students in front of judicial and administrative bodies” mentioned Temple Stoellinger, one of the EENR Clinic instructors.
Bailey, with the help of Courtney Amerine, also a third year law student enrolled in the EENR Clinic, prepared materials for show cause hearings in front of the Commission. During her appearance before the Commission, Bailey presented the facts in two show cause hearings related to violations of Wyoming’s oil and gas flaring regulations alongside Commission attorney Eric Easton.
“Bailey and Courtney’s involvement in the show cause hearings represents the first time we have had law students practice before the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. They both did a great job and we look forward to future opportunities to involve EENR clinic students in Commission work and hearings” offered Easton.
During her appearance Bailey was asked and answered questions from the Commission, including a question from Wyoming Governor and Commission Chairman Matt Mead.
According to Bridgette Hill, Acting Chair of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments, the Commission was impressed by the quality of preparation of the EENR students. She says, “It was great to have a student before us who was clearly well prepared and informed. It is exciting to see law students interested in what the Commission does and get practical legal experience in this field.”
The EENR Clinic will continue to foster unique opportunities for the students to promote the real life legal practice experience necessary to prepare them to practice in the areas of energy, environmental, and natural resources law.
“The practical experience I gained is invaluable and I will carry it with me into the future,” Bailey remarks. “I am so grateful to be part of a law clinic that affords its students such enriching opportunities.”