Professor Joseph A. Schremmer

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Assistant Professor of Law
Leon Karelitz Oil & Gas Law Professor

B.S., B.A., University of Kansas
M.B.A., University of Kansas
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
Member of the Kansas Bar

 Curriculum Vitae    UNM-DR   SSRN

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-5665
 Office: 2532


Joe Schremmer teaches courses on oil and gas law, commercial law, and property. He writes on issues of oil, gas, and mineral law and the nature and extent of property rights in the subsurface of land.

Schremmer joined the law faculty in 2019 following six years in private practice with small firms. Among many other areas of civil practice, Schremmer was a comprehensive oil and gas lawyer, representing numerous producers and royalty owners in litigation and transactional matters. He also served as general counsel for a privately held oil and gas exploration, production, and service company. He is a past president of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Section of the Kansas Bar Association. Before becoming a lawyer, Schremmer worked in a variety of jobs in the Kansas oil and gas industry, where he was born and raised.

Schremmer previously taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, teaching oil and gas law, and Washburn University School of Law, teaching environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry and mineral title examination. Schremmer was honored by the graduating class of Washburn Law as the 2019 adjunct professor of the year.

A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Schremmer was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Kansas Law Review and received the Samuel Mellinger Award as the top overall graduate in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service.


  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Advanced Oil and Gas Law
  • Property I
  • Secured Transactions


Book Chapters

Oil, Gas & Mineral Law, Kansas Annual Survey of Law (Kansas Bar Association 2019) (co-authored with Casey L. Jones & Charles A. Steincamp).

Oil & Gas (Kansas), Environment, Energy & Resources Law: The Year in Review (2018) (co-authored with Charles C. Steincamp).
Available at: American Bar Association


Pore Space Property, 2020 UTAH L. REV. (forthcoming fall 2020).
Available at: SSRN

Crystal Gazing: Foretelling the Coming Decade in Oil and Gas Law, 66 ROCKY MTN. L. INST. (forthcoming 2020)

Getting Past Possession: Subsurface Property Disputes as Nuisances, 95 WASH. L. REV. 315 (2020)
Available at: UNM-DR

Imputing Regulatory Failures in Oil and Gas Licensing: A Discussion and Proposal, 57 WASHBURN L.J. 265 (Spring 2018) (co-authored with Charles C. Steincamp)
Available at: UNM-DR

Private Enforcement of the Kansas Wage Payment Act, 62 U. KAN. L. REV. 1227 (June 2014) (co-authored with Sean M. McGivern)
Available at: UNM-DR

Avoidable Fraccident: An Argument Against Strict Liability for Hydraulic Fracturing, 60 U. KAN. L. REV. 1215 (June 2012).
Available at: UNM-DR

Bar & Trade Publications

Laches Held to Be a Cognizable Offensive (As Opposed to Defensive) Claim to Establish Title to Mineral Interests in New Mexico, OIL & GAS E-REPORT 12 (April 2020). Available at:

First Assignee of Oil and Gas Lease Loses Title to a Subsequent Assignee Under New Mexico’s Recording Statute Because of a Defective Notary’s Acknowledgment, OIL & GAS E-REPORT 14 (April 2020). Available at:

A New Associate’s Field Guide to Partner Compensation, J. KAN. B. ASSOC. 18 (October 2019).
Available at: UNM-DR 

Oil and Gas Secured Transactions in Kansas, J. KAN. B. ASSOC. 23 (November/December 2017).
Available at: UNM-DR 

The Fair Labor Standards Act: A Tool for Those Who Represent Employees, Claimants, and Plaintiffs, J. KAN. ASSOC. JUSTICE 18 (January 2014) (co-authored with Sean M. McGivern)
Available at: UNM-DR 

Popular Press

The Curious Policy Implications of In re SemCrude: Do Crude Oil Markets Need a Volcker Rule?, WASHBURN L.J. ONLINE (September 4, 2018).
Available at: UNM-DR 



Brief for the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association as Amicus Curiae, Jason Oil Co., LLC v. Little, (2018) (KAN. SUP. CT.  NO. 118,387).
Available at: UNM-DR


Leon Karelitz Oil & Gas Law Professor

Adjunct Professor of the Year, Washburn University School of Law, 2019

Super Lawyers Rising Star—Missouri and Kansas, 2018, 2019

President’s Award, Wichita Bar Association, 2019

Outstanding Service Award, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, 2019


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

Reprinted: 50 ROCKY MTN. MIN. L. FOUND. 141 (2013).