Joseph A. Schremmer

  • Associate Professor of Law


B.A., University of Kansas, 2009

B.S., University of Kansas, 2009

M.B.A., University of Kansas, 2013

J.D., University of Kansas, 2013

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Research Interests

  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Property in Natural Resources


Joe Schremmer joined OU Law in 2023. He teaches courses in oil and gas, energy, and natural resources, as well as first-year property. His recent articles examine correlative rights, waste, property in pore space, and subsurface trespass. He is also a co-author of The Law of Oil and Gas: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press). Schremmer directs OU Law’s Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Center (ONE C).

Before joining OU Law, Schremmer was the Judge Leon Karelitz Oil & Gas Law Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before that, he practiced law in Wichita, Kansas for six years and was a partner with Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer, LC. His practice covered most aspects of upstream oil and gas production, including title examination, transactional work, practice before the Kansas Corporation Commission, and civil litigation. He was the president of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Section of the Kansas Bar Association and was recognized multiple times as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

In law school, Schremmer served as the editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review and received the Samuel Mellinger Award recognizing the top overall graduate in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Additional Information

Courses Taught


  • Oil and Gas 6540
  • Oil and Gas Contracts 6550 
  • Property 5234


Professional Associations

Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, Trustee

Institute for Energy Law at the Center for American and International Law, Advisory Board

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation

Kansas Bar

Selected Publications

The Concurrent Use of Land for Carbon Sequestration and Mineral Development, 75 Baylor L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2023).

Ad Coelum and the Design of Property Rights, 9 Tex. A&M J. Prop. L. 707 (2023).

Subsurface Trespass: Private Remedies and Public Regulation, 101 Neb. L. Rev. 1005 (2023).

A Unifying Doctrine of Subsurface Property Rights, 46 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 525 (2022).

Waste and the Governance of Private and Public Property, 93 U. Colo. L. Rev. 609 (2022) (with Tara K. Righetti).

Pore Space Property, 2021 Utah L. Rev. 1 (2021).

Regulating Natural Gas Venting and Flaring as Waste: A Review of the New Mexico Approach, 20 Oil Gas & Energy L. Intelligence 1 (2021).

Join with Me Won’t You: Civic Engagement, COVID-19, and the Millennial Generation of Law Professors, 69 J. Legal Educ. 689 (2020).

Crystal Gazing: Foretelling the Next Decade in Oil and Gas Law, 66 Rocky Mountain Mineral L. Institute 5-1 (2020).

Getting Past Possession: Subsurface Property Disputes as Nuisances, 95 Wash. L. Rev. 315 (2020).

Imputing Regulatory Failures in Oil and Gas Licensing: A Discussion and Proposal, 57 Washburn L.J. 265 (2018) (with Charles C. Steincamp).

Private Enforcement of the Kansas Wage Payment Act, 62 U. Kan. L. Rev. 1227 (2014) (with Sean M. McGivern).

Avoidable Fraccident: An Argument Against Strict Liability for Hydraulic Fracturing, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 1215 (June 2012).


Patrick H. Martin, Bruce M. Kramer, Keith B. Hall, Tara K. Righetti, and Joseph A. Schremmer, The Law of Oil and Gas: Cases and Materials (11th ed. Foundation Press 2021).

Advanced Introduction to U.S. Oil and Gas Law (Edward Elgar Pub. forthcoming).

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