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Christopher S. Kulander, Ph.D., Granted Tenure at STCL Houston

The board of directors of South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) recently granted tenure to Christopher S. Kulander, Ph.D., professor of law and director of the school’s Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute.

Kulander — whose expertise includes domestic energy law, international energy law, mining law, oil and gas law, and property law — joined STCL Houston in August 2014.

“I am delighted to know that Chris has become a permanent member of the South Texas family,” said Don Guter, president and dean of STCL Houston. “He is, without question, one of the top three oil and gas law professors in the country, and our students pursuing careers in the energy industry have a distinct advantage learning under his extensive experience and direction.”

Before teaching, Kulander practiced full time for four years in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone’s Energy Practice Group, focusing on energy lending, finance, and bankruptcy. Prior to this role, he practiced for two years with Cotton & Bledsoe in Midland, Texas, focusing on oil and gas title and leasing.

Before earning a J.D. with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Kulander earned a Ph.D. in geophysics (petroleum seismology) from Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree in geophysics and bachelor’s degree in geology from Wright State University. 

After receiving his doctorate, he worked as a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

He has written and published in the fields of oil and gas law, land use control, American Indian law, geology, and petroleum seismology.

Christopher S. Kulander, Ph.D., professor of law and director of South Texas College of Law Houston’s Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute, recently earned tenure at Houston’s oldest law school.