CapLaw Students Energized for Career Success

11/14/2013  - 

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Natural gas production is booming in Ohio. Sitting atop the Utica and Marcellus shale deposits, Capital University Law School recognizes the opportunities presented by a thriving energy sector. Recently, the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), the Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy at Capital University Law School and the law school co-hosted the EMLF Energy Careers Program at Capital University.

The event allowed students to tap into the expertise that surrounds them in the capital city and learn more about pathways into energy law and policy careers.

“I’m glad that Capital provides the opportunity to learn from people working in the fields we study in the classroom,” said Corey D. Steinmetz ’14, who attended the event. He was drawn to the panel by a desire to be part of a growing Ohio industry. Most interesting to him, he said, was “how varied each panelist’s background was and the circumstances that brought them into the oil and gas industry.”

Sheila Gartland, a partner in the energy and real estate group at the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease and, moderated the event. The rest of the panel included Ken McDonough, Assistant General Counsel at American Electric Power Service Corporation; Kathy Milenkovski, an environmental lawyer with Steptoe & Johnson in Columbus; and Matt Warnock, a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Energy and Public Utilities group and co-chair of the firm’s Shale Task Force.

The panelists discussed their path from law school graduation to their present position in the energy sector. A lively discussion included a wealth of information about what sorts of jobs are in demand within Ohio legal-energy sector, including oil and gas abstractors, title attorneys, “landmen” or in-house attorneys for an energy firm, and regulatory positions, among others. Each panelist detailed what a student could expect working as a lawyer or legal expert within the energy sector in Ohio.