Monika U. Ehrman

  • Professor of Law
  • Faculty Director, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and
  • Energy Center

Education

B.Sc. (Petroleum Eng.), University of Alberta, 2000

J.D., Southern Methodist University, 2005

LL.M., Yale Law School, 2014

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Research Interests

  • Oil & gas real property issues
  • Domestic and international energy policy & geopolitics
  • Intersection of law and oil and gas operations or new technology

About

Monika U. Ehrman is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center (ONE C) at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Her scholarly interests are in the area of oil and gas real property issues, the intersection between law and oil and gas technology, and energy policy. Her courses, past and present, include Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, Water Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Property, Oil & Gas Contracts, Oil & Gas Environmental Law, and Energy Negotiations. She currently teaches in the J.D. and graduate programs at OU Law and in the Executive Energy Management Program at the OU Price College of Business.

Prior to teaching, she served as general counsel of a privately-held oil & gas company in Dallas; senior counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources; and associate attorney at Locke Lord LLP.  Her practice experience includes oil and gas litigation and energy transactional work. Before law school, Professor Ehrman worked as a petroleum engineer in the upstream, midstream, and pipeline sectors of the energy industry. In addition to her experience with the technical aspects of the industry, she also worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading.  She is currently a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and Vice President Education for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. In addition to serving on various oil and gas law committees, she also served as an Editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter for the Institute for Energy Law. She is the faculty advisor to the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J), published by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Professor Ehrman received her B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta; J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law; and Master’s in Law from Yale Law School. During law school, she was Research Assistant to Professor John Lowe at SMU and to the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

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Publications

Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law

West 7th ed. 2018

(with Jon S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, Ernest E. Smith, David Pierce, and Chris S. Kulander)

Application of Natural Resources Property Theory to Hidden Resources

(forthcoming 2019)

NYU Int'l J. Commons

(invited for symposium at NYU Law School for panel moderated by Michael Heller)

A Call for Energy Realism: When Immanuel Kant Met the Keep it in the Ground Movement

2019

2019 Utah L. Rev. 435

One Oil and Gas Right to Rule Them All

forthcoming Spring 2018

55 Houston L. Rev. __

Symposium, Reclaiming Energy Efficiency in an Age of Petroleum Exclusion

2018

71 Ark. L. Rev. 481

(invited symposium article)

Symposium, The Future of the Canadian Energy Industry in a Low Price Commodity Environment

2017

2 LSU J. Energy L. & Reg. 263

Earthquakes in the Oilpatch: The Regulatory and Legal Issues Arising out of Oil and Gas Operation Induced Seismicity

2017

33 Ga. State L. Rev. 609

Lights Out in the Bakken: An Analysis of Flaring Regulation and its Potential Effect on North Dakota Shale Oil Production

2014

117 W. Va. L. Rev. 549

The Next Great Compromise: A Comprehensive Response to Opposition Against Shale Gas Development Using Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States

2014

46 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 423

Competition is a Sin: The Evaluation and Effects of a Natural Gas OPEC

2006

27 Energy L.J. 175

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Courses Taught

J.D.:

  • Energy Law 6510
  • International Petroleum Transactions 6552
  • Oil and Gas Contracts 6550
  • Oil and Gas Environmental Law 6100
  • Oil and Gas Law 6540
  • Property 5234
  • Water Law 6580

M.L.S.:

  • Negotiations 6352
  • Oil & Gas Law 6512

Awards & Honors

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Educator of the Year, 2019

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Professor-in-Residence, 2018

Faculty Impact Award, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2017

Career Paths in Energy Conference Award, Institute for Energy Law, 2017

Institute for Energy Law, Conference Award, Co-Chair of Hartrick Symposium: Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector, 2017

Professional Associations

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Energy Bar Association

Society of Mineral Lawyers of Oklahoma City

State Bar of Texas

  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section

Dallas Bar Association

  • Energy Law Section

Selected Speaking Engagements

Hidden Resources, Natural Resources Law Teachers Workshop, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Monterey, CA (Jul. 2019).

Hidden Resources, Early-Career Energy Scholars Workshop, The University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO (Jun. 2019).

Mineral Development: Challenges & Opportunities in the Era of “America First,” Nineteenth Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Panelist, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation et al., Banff, Canada (May 2019).

Energy Poverty, International Petroleum Scholar Workshop, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Houston, TX (May 2019).

The Human Right to Energy, UT Energy Institute Lecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (Apr. 2019).

Mismatched Property Rights to Landscape-Level Resources: Legal and Customary Solutions, NYU School of Law Classical Liberal Institute & University of Indiana Ostrom Workshop, New York, NY (Apr. 2019).

International Human Rights and Energy, Energy Law and Policy Institute Conference, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (Feb. 2019) [keynote].

Yale Environmental Dialogue Workshop, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT (Feb. 2019) [commenter].

Energy Realism, Law in the Post-Truth Era Symposium, Washburn University School of Law & The Washburn Law Journal, Topeka, KS (Nov. 2018) [keynote].

Creation of a Subsurface Accommodation Doctrine for the Infernos Commons, Celebrating Commons Scholarship Conference, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (Oct. 2018).

Subsurface Accommodation Doctrine, Global Land and Resources Colloquium, The University of Calgary Faculty of Law & The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK (Oct. 2018) (with Greg Alexander).

Newtonian Ad Coelum and Einsteinian Subsurface Accommodation Doctrines, Summer Works in Progress Symposium, UCLA, The University of Colorado & Duke University, Santa Barbara, CA (Aug. 2018).

Subsurface Accommodation Doctrine, Natural Resources Law Teachers Workshop, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Victoria, BC (Jul. 2018).

Climate Change Litigation and its Impacts on Energy Poverty, Climate Change Litigation: Trends, Policy Implications and the Way Forward, Aarhus University Department of Law, Aarhus, Denmark [remote] (Jun. 2018).

International Petroleum Production and the Leave it in the Ground Movement, International Petroleum Scholar Workshop, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, London, UK (Apr. 2018).

The Evolution of Subsurface Mineral Trespass, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability Colloquium Series, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (Mar. 2018).

Environmental Protection: Carrots or Sticks, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (Mar. 2018) [commenter].

Environmental and Energy Justice Issues Arising out of Hydraulic Fracturing and Domestic Oil & Gas Development, New Directions in Environmental Law, Panelist, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT (Mar. 2018).

Parallel Challenges Faced by the Agricultural and Energy Industries, Rethinking Law in a Nexus Future: Governing Energy, Water, Food and Climate Challenges, Arizona State University, King’s College London, University New South Wales, Phoenix, AZ (Jan. 2018).

Refocusing Anti-Petroleum Industry Efforts on Consumer Demand, Arkansas Law Review Symposium, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR (Oct. 2017).

Global Land & Resources Colloquium, University of Alberta Faculty of Law, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, University of Oslo, Washburn University School of Law, Norman, OK (Oct. 2017) [with Carol Rose].

Energy Policy, Law, and Security: The Challenges Facing the Keep it in the Ground Movement, Texas A&M Conference on Energy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Sep. 2017).

Eliminating Implied Covenants in the Oil and Gas Lease, Oklahoma Junior Scholars Conference, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK (Jul. 2017).

Challenges Faced by the Keep it in the Ground Movement, Natural Resources Law Teachers Workshop, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Santa Fe, NM (Jul. 2017).

Challenges Facing the Keep it in the Ground Movement, Energy Impacts Symposium, The Ohio State University & Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network, Columbus, OH (Jul. 2017).

Challenges Faced by the Keep it in the Ground Movement, Junior Energy Scholars Workshop, The University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO (Jun. 2017).

Comparative Energy Production and Delivery: Supply Side, Eighteenth Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation et al., Banff, Canada (Jun. 2017).

Challenges Facing the Keep it in the Ground Movement, OU Law Pretenured Workshop, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK (Apr. 2017).

The Impracticability of the Keep it in the Ground Movement, North American Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Symposium, University of Houston Law Center & University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Houston, TX (Feb. 2017) [invited].

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