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BP America Donates $25,000 to UW’s Energy Law Center

August 5, 2014
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From left, Temple Stoellinger, deputy director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies (CLERR) at UW, and Jacquelyn Bridgeman, interim dean of the UW College of Law, meet with Cindy DeLancey, director of government and community affairs for BP in Wyoming. BP has given $25,000 to CLERR to develop a summer energy law institute at UW.

The University of Wyoming College of Law’s Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies (CLERR) recently received a $25,000 gift from BP America to develop CLERR’s summer energy law institute.

Launched in spring 2013, CLERR serves as the focal point for the many energy and natural resource initiatives at the College of Law. It develops new initiatives and outreach opportunities on the UW campus, in the state and in the Rocky Mountain region. CLERR is led by Professor Sam Kalen and Temple Stoellinger.

“We are delighted to have BP’s support,” Stoellinger says. “We intend to utilize the company’s generosity to expand our education opportunities focused on energy law through a summer energy law institute, which we plan to launch in 2015.”

The summer energy law institute will provide UW students, as well as other students from across the country interested in energy law, an opportunity to gain a specific energy law-focused education using Wyoming’s setting. UW faculty members and expert law faculty, from the energy industry and the legal community, will provide instruction on a variety of key energy law areas during the summer program.

“Wyoming is the perfect location for an energy law summer program,” Stoellinger says. “We can provide a hands-on, practical education on a wide variety of energy law topics, complementing the in-class academic instruction. With BP’s gift, we aim to provide a dynamic academic and practical energy law education that isn’t currently being offered elsewhere.”

Tony Attardo, BP’s Wyoming Basin manager, says the donation is part of BP’s commitment to higher education and to the communities where its employees live and work.

“BP is committed to the University of Wyoming and this region, and we’re proud to support the summer energy law institute,” Attardo says. “BP is the nation’s largest energy investor, and it’s in our best interest to help train the next generation of energy professionals through programs like these in Wyoming and across the country.”

More information about CLEER can be found at or by contacting Stoellinger at (307) 766-6450.

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