For Immediate Release
Nov. 10, 2017
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law will honor Gregory L. Mahaffey, shareholder and president of the Oklahoma City law firm Mahaffey & Gore, P.C., with the Eugene Kuntz Award at the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Reception Nov. 16. The award recognizes Mahaffey’s many contributions to the energy industry and to oil and gas law in particular.
“We are thrilled to honor Gregory Mahaffey with this year’s Kuntz Award,” said OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “For nearly 40 years, he has worked diligently to advance oil and gas law in Oklahoma. His contributions to the legal field render him truly deserving of an honor worthy of the great Eugene Kuntz.”
The Eugene Kuntz Award is named for former OU Law dean and renowned oil and gas professor Eugene Kuntz. The award is presented annually in conjunction with the Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law and Policy, the largest conference in the nation focusing on oil and gas law. The conference, which will be held Friday, Nov. 17, is hosted by OU Law and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Energy and Natural Resources Law Section.
Mahaffey co-founded Mahaffey & Gore, P.C. in 1980. He concentrates his law practice on Oklahoma Corporation Commission matters and oil and gas litigation. He is past president of the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society, and he has presented papers and lectures to various bar associations and oil and gas landman associations in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.
Mahaffey has appeared before most of Oklahoma’s district courts, all of the federal district courts in Oklahoma, and the 10th Circuit and 5th Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals. He has also tried cases in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Mahaffey earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University and his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
OU Law is an international leader in oil and gas, natural resources and energy law. The school offers a Master of Laws degree in energy and natural resources through its John B. Turner LL.M. Program, along with certificates in both areas; and an online Master of Legal Studies degree in oil, gas and energy law. In addition to hosting the annual Eugene Kuntz Conference, OU Law is also home to the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J), the first journal of its kind.
For more information on the Kuntz Conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 325-9175.
Founded in 1909, the OU College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school. OU Law offers small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community; accomplished faculty with international expertise; and a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. The OU College of Law is the academic home of more than 700 students enrolled in the juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program, the master of legal studies program and various dual degree programs. For more information about OU Law, visit law.ou.edu.
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