Owen L. Anderson, Class of '74, Receives UND's Highest Honor - The Sioux Award

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UND School of Law graduate Owen L. Anderson was awarded the University of North Dakota Alumni Association & Foundation's highest honor, the Sioux Award, at a special award banquet held on October 10, 2013 at the Grand Forks Alerus Center. This award is an honor and tradition dating back to 1949, and is given by the foundation for achievement, service, and loyalty. The Sioux Award is recognition and honor for an individual and it embodies the history and tradition of the University of North Dakota. Since its inception, this distinguished award has been presented to leaders in government and business, to high achievers in the professions, and to alumni who have dedicated their lives to service for others.

Anderson earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from UND in 1971 and his J.D. from UND Law in 1974. Owen Anderson is the Eugene Kuntz Chair of Law in Oil, Gas and Natural Resources, George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and Director of the John B. Turner LL.M. Program in Energy, Natural Resources & Indigenous Peoples Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He teaches various oil and gas law courses at OU, including international petroleum transactions. He also regularly teaches at the University of Texas and at other universities on six continents. In 2011, he received the Clyde O. Martz Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

He has authored over 100 articles and is a co-author of International Petroleum Transactions; Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation; Cases and Materials on Oil & Gas Law; and the annual supplements to Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law. He is a contributing author to Waters and Water Rights and International Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation Agreements; an Editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter; and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Title Standards.

Professor Anderson is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; a Trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation; and a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Energy Law at the Center for American and International Law. Professor Anderson is a member of the American Law Institute, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Energy Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society, and the North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas bars. He is a Life Member of the Uniform Laws Commission.