Faculty Highlight: Tara Righetti

Professor Tara Righetti, who serves in a dual appointment to the College of Law and the Righetti-pic-2School of Energy Resources (SER), has been appointed as the new Director of the Professional Land Management program for SER).

Her primary responsibilities include administrating the Professional Land Management degree program, interfacing the regional and national professional landman associations, expanding the internship program, and facilitating collaborative academic initiatives with other UW departments and colleges. Additionally, Righetti is tasked with enhancing partnerships among private sector companies, public and governmental entities, and other academic institutions relative to energy education opportunities.

“I am honored to serve in this new position,” she says. “It is a natural fit given the nature of my dual appointment with the College of Law and the School of Energy Resources. I am excited to facilitate new pathways for law students to pursue careers in energy, and for Landman students to gain a valuable exposure to the legal side of the industry.”

According to Dean Klint Alexander of the College of Law, “Professor Righetti has been incredibly effective in terms of outreach and exposure for the College of Law.  Her appointment will enhance the College of Law’s collaboration efforts with the other schools and strengthen the law school’s program in energy and natural resources law for our students.”

In addition to her new duties in the School of Energy Resources, Righetti continues to promote outreach on behalf of the University of Wyoming College of Law. She recently was invited to speak at the LSU  Paul M. Hebert Law Center on February 22, 2016.

Righetti spoke as part of the “Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou” speaker series and gave a lecture on “The Merger of Trespass and Nuisance, and Potential Remedies Under Surface Damages Acts.”

The presentation was very well received and the College of Law is looking forward to future collaboration between their growing energy programs.