the university of texas at austin



David B. Spence

Professor, Law, Politics & Regulation

Co-Director, Energy Management & Innovation Center

McCombs School of Business, Dept. of Business, Gvoernment & Society.

Univ. of Texas School of Law

University of Texas at Austin








Spring 2014

·        GOV 312:  Washington Campus Program


Other courses:

·        Energy Law (LEB, PA, EER)

·        Energy Law (Law School)

·        Law, Ethics and CSR


Office Hours   by appointment




  • Mail: B6000, CBA 5.202, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
  • Office: CBA 5.254, 512.471.0778
  • Fax: 512.471.0587
  • Email:


Short Bio:  click here

CV:  click here



Prof. Spence’s SSRN page


Selected Publications

·         Federalism, Regulatory Lags, and the Political Economy of Energy Production, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 161:431-508 (2013).

·         The Transformation of American Energy Regulation and the Problem of Market Power (with Robert Prentice), Boston College Law Review, 53:131-202 (2012).

·         Can Law Manage Competitive Energy Markets?, Cornell Law Review 93: 767-817 (2008).

·         Sarbanes-Oxley as Quack Corporate Governance:  How Wise is the Received Wisdom? (with Robert Prentice), Georgetown Law Journal 1843-1909 (2007).

·         A Public Choice Progressivism, Continued, Cornell Law Review. 87:397-448 (2002).

·         The Shadow of the Rational Polluter, California Law Review. 89:917-98 (2001).





Summer Business Law Program, Edinburgh, Scotland link here to program web page


Energy Insights, McCombs Energy Management & Innovation Center Blog

UT Law Energy Center