Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Carla J. Urquhart

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Carla J. Urquhart

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Carla J. Urquhart, wise beyond her years and at the peak of her career, passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2015, due to complications from pneumonia. Coming of age in an era when it was relatively rare to have a true calling for the law, Carla was an exception. She thrived on energy law and her work reflected her brilliance and vigor.

Carla was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Her father, Earl, was in the United States Army for 26 years. Consequently, Carla attended school in many places, including Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Richmond, Virginia.

Carla graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her J.D. from Washington and Lee School of Law. A studio art major, Carla delighted in telling how her artist friends pegged her for a lawyer early on, peppering her with subtle comments like, "You think like a lawyer, you sound like a lawyer, are you sure you don't want to be a lawyer?" From 1994 to 1995, Carla was an assistant editor of Masthead: Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice.

Carla practiced corporate energy law with the firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Her first employer, Mark Williams, still remembers being so impressed by Carla that he offered her a position barely two hours after interviewing her. Carla was honored that her colleagues chose her to serve as chairperson of the energy division of the Virginia Bar Association. She co-taught corporate energy law for Michigan State University Law School students engaged in externships in Washington, D. …

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