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UPDATE- Future of the Energy Industry in Focus at Baker Botts, Rice University’s Baker Institute Forum

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HOUSTON, September 26, 2017 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, to co-host the first Global Energy Transitions Summit with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on Sept. 28, 2017. 

The summit is a forum for key industry leaders and decision makers to gain insight into the future of the energy industry and features more than a dozen prominent speakers from the oil, gas and power industries. 

Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Baker Botts LLP, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required. – UPDATE – Public registration for this event is currently at capacity. Those interested in being added to the waitlist can email [email protected] and will receive an email confirming their registration if space becomes available. Those who registered before Sept. 11 are guaranteed admittance and do not need to reconfirm. A live webcast will be available at the event page, The social media hashtag for the event is #BakerEnergy. 

Who: Featured keynotes for the program include former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the honorary chair of the Baker Institute and partner at Baker Botts, and Robert Johnston, the CEO of the Eurasia Group. 

Steven Miles, a Partner at Baker Botts and Chair of the Firm’s Energy Sector Committee, and Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, are the program chairmen. 

Andrew M. Baker, Baker Botts’ Managing Partner, will provide opening remarks. Additional Baker Botts partners across a number of firm offices and a variety of sectors participating on panels at the event, include: 

Global Oil - 8:45AM - 10:15AM CT
Jason Bennett, Partner, Co-Chair of Baker Botts’ Energy Department (Houston) 

Power - 10:15AM - 12:00PM CT 
Elaine Walsh, Global Projects Partner (Washington, D.C.) 

Global Gas - 1:30PM - 3:00PM CT 
Mollie Duckworth, (moderator), Corporate Partner (Austin) 

Global Energy & Technology - 3:15PM - 4:45PM CT 
Paul Morico, (moderator), Partner, Deputy Chair of Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property Department (Houston)

For the agenda and complete list of speakers, go to To schedule an interview with the panelists in advance and the day-of the event, please contact Brecke Boyd, [email protected]

What: Global Energy Transitions Summit. 

When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St. 

At the summit, speakers, including CEOs and other corporate leaders as well as industry experts in finance, investment and law, will address topics ranging from oil and gas to electricity, renewables and technology. In addition, panel discussions will examine ongoing energy transitions and how economics, policy and technology are driving change across all energy markets. 

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6327. 

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage. 


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