By CASEY JUNKINS
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A $250,000 donation by Chesapeake Energy will help the West Virginia University College of Law hold its National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition.
"We are deeply grateful to Chesapeake Energy for their generosity. It demonstrates their commitment to supporting legal education, especially in the extremely relevant area of energy law," said Joyce McConnell, dean of the College of Law at West Virginia University.
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake is the most active natural gas extractor in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle, and the only active driller in Ohio, Brooke or Hancock counties.
Established in 2011, the law school's competition highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. The first of its kind in the nation, the competition attracts teams from law schools across the country. Participants focus on an energy problem and hone their advocacy skills while networking with peers, government regulators and industry representatives.
The competition takes place March 14-16. Chesapeake is not the first natural gas and oil industry leader to donate to WVU. Last year, oilfield services giant Halliburton gave $10.2 million to the university's Department of Geology and Geography to train students searching for careers in the energy field.