EPIC Offers New Energy Law Course

News Release


Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center (619) 260-4589

Ashley Wood, Director of Communications, USD School of Law (619) 260-4097

USD School of Law Introduces New Course on Energy Law and Policy
San Diego-area energy attorneys teach students, providing an in-depth view of natural gas and electricity law

San Diego, Calif., August 28, 2006 — The Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), a nonprofit academic and research center at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, announces the launch of its new Energy Law and Policy course. This marks the first time a course focusing on energy law has been offered at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law.

“Energy is one of the most important issues of our time,” Kevin Cole, dean of the USD School of Law. “We want to help prepare students for the dynamic energy law field by providing students an opportunity to learn from experts in the field.”

Two San Diego-area energy attorneys will teach the course: John Leslie, a partner or Luce Forward’s San Diego office, and Don Liddell, a principal of Douglass and Liddell.

The Energy Law and Policy course traces the development of regulation throughout the past century focusing on key statutes, regulatory decisions and orders, as well as cases that shaped the way we regulate electricity and natural gas. Students also will discuss current energy issues, including the proposed Sunrise Power Link, regulation of greenhouse gases, and locating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the U.S. and Mexico.

“We have seen significant interest in energy law from both incoming and current students,” Scott Anders, director of EPIC. “Students that take this course and continue on to the energy law field will be more prepared than their peers who have not been exposed to the complexities of energy law.”

More information about the Energy Law and Policy course is available at EPIC’s site: www.sandiego.edu/epic.

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About EPIC
The Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) is a nonprofit academic and research center of the USD School of Law that studies energy policy issues affecting the San Diego region and California. EPIC integrates research and analysis, law school study, and public education, and serves as a source of legal and policy expertise and information in the development of sustainable solutions that meet our future energy needs.

USD School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 80 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.