University of Oklahoma College of Law Professor Monika Ehrman was elected to the Board of Directors of Matador Resources Company. She was first appointed to the board in September 2019 and serves on the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, Operations and Engineering, and Prospect Committees.
Ehrman is professor of law and faculty director of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Center at the OU College of Law, where she leads the oil and gas and natural resources law program. She is also the faculty adviser to the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Journal, published by OU Law. Her scholarly interests rest within the area of oil and gas real property issues, the intersection between law and petroleum technology, and energy policy. Her courses include Oil and Gas Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Energy Negotiations, Property, and Oil and Gas Contracts. She teaches in the J.D. and graduate programs at the OU College of Law and in the Executive Energy Management Program at the OU Price College of Business.
Before joining the College of Law, Ehrman served as general counsel of a privately held oil and 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, 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 worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading. She is currently vice president of education for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and on the Executive Committee for the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, published by Oxford University Press. She received her bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta; juris doctorate from SMU Dedman School of Law; and master of laws degree from Yale Law School.
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What led you to OU Law? I have wanted to go to law school since I was a teenager. I was active in speech contests and enjoyed making oral presentations. When I was in high school, I would go downtown and watch some of the trials at the courthouse, so, I got acquainted with the courtroom rather early. I obtained a Navy scholarship to go to OU. I was a regular Navy midshipman then I served three years in the far east before coming back to law school. I wanted to attend law school and came back to OU.
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What led you to OU Law? OU Law has been part of my family since the 1920s. My great uncle was Dr. Maurice Merrill, a 1922 graduate of OU Law who then earned a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University in 1925. Merrill taught at OU Law for 30 years, published numerous seminal works in oil and gas law, constitutional law, administrative law and the law of Notice. While still in his twenties, Merrill published the seminal treatise Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Law, which has been a cornerstone of my cases. In law school, I lived with Uncle Maurice and marveled at his longhand scrawl which was literally final copy in its first draft form. In my mind, he will always be ten times the lawyer that I ever became.