On January 13, 2015, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Professor of Law, Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, was appointed by Gates Mills’ Mayor Shawn Riley, and the Gates Mills Village Council, as an inaugural commissioner in a newly created regional commission. The Regional Commission was convened and organized in Gates Mills to study and address issues concerning shale oil and gas exploration and development in the region. Robertson was invited to co-chair the commission’s committee on legal and legislative issues. The Regional Commission includes land conservancy representatives, experts in science, finance, and law, local government representatives, public safety officials, and others. Its mission is to consider legal, political, educational, sociological and legislative issues of concern to Gates Mills Village and the broader region within the Marcellus, Utica, and other geological formations, and to recommend prudent and legal actions.