Monika U. Ehrman

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Faculty Director, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and
  • Energy Center


B.Sc. (Petroleum Eng.), University of Alberta, 2000

J.D., Southern Methodist University, 2005

LL.M., Yale Law School, 2014

Research Interests

  • Oil & gas real property issues
  • Domestic and international energy policy & geopolitics
  • Intersection of law and oil and gas operations or new technology


Monika U. Ehrman is Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center (ONE C) at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Her scholarly interests are in the area of oil and gas real property issues, the intersection between law and oil and gas technology, and energy policy. Her courses, past and present, include Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, Water Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Property, Oil & Gas Contracts, Oil & Gas Environmental Law, and Energy Negotiations. She currently teaches in the J.D. and graduate programs at OU Law and in the Executive Energy Management Program at the OU Price College of Business.

Prior to teaching, she served as general counsel of a privately-held oil & gas company in Dallas; senior counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources; and associate attorney at Locke Lord LLP.  Her practice experience includes oil and gas litigation and energy transactional work. Before law school, Professor Ehrman worked as a petroleum engineer in the upstream, midstream, and pipeline sectors of the energy industry. In addition to her experience with the technical aspects of the industry, she also worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading.  She is currently a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and a delegate on the Educational Advisory Board for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. In addition to serving on various oil and gas law committees, she also served as an Editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter for the Institute for Energy Law. She is the faculty advisor to the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J), published by The University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Professor Ehrman received her B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta; J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law; and Master’s in Law from Yale Law School. During law school, she was Research Assistant to Professor John Lowe at SMU and to the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

Additional Information

Courses Taught


  • Energy Law 6510
  • International Petroleum Transactions 6552
  • Oil and Gas Contracts 6550
  • Oil and Gas Environmental Law 6100
  • Oil and Gas Law 6540
  • Property 5234
  • Water Law 6580


  • Negotiations 6352

Awards & Honors

Faculty Impact Award, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2017

Career Paths in Energy Conference Award, Institute for Energy Law, 2017

Professional Associations

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Energy Bar Association

Society of Mineral Lawyers of Oklahoma City

American Association of Professional Landmen

Society of Petroleum Engineers

State Bar of Texas

  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
  • College of the State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

  • Energy Law Section
  • Environmental Law Section

Selected Speaking Engagements

Challenges Facing the Keep it in the Ground Movement, Energy Impacts Symposium, Energy Impacts Symposium, The Ohio State University & Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network, Columbus, OH (Jul. 2017).

Comparative Energy Production and Delivery, Panelist, 18th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation et al., Banff, Canada (Jun. 2017).

Seismic Activity Related to Oil and Gas Operations, 34th Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, State Bar of Texas CLE & Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Houston, TX (Sep. 2016).

Conflict and Cooperation: Energy Development on Federal Lands, Panelist, A Century of American Conservation: Reinvesting in the Stewardship of our National Parks, Public Lands, and Natural Resource Legacy, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT (Sep. 2016).

The Future of the Canadian Energy Sector in a Low Price Commodity Environment, Emerging Issues at the Intersection of Energy and Natural Resources, LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center et al., Baton Rouge, LA (Mar. 2016).

Global Energy Policy – Regional Focus on Latin America, Keynote Speaker, Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Cartagena, Colombia (Apr. 2015).

The Impacts of Fracking and the Way Forward, Panelist, New Directions in Environmental Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT (Mar. 2015).

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas

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United States Eastern District of Texas

United States Southern District of Texas

United States Western District of Texas

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