President's Message


Thank you for exploring information about the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, a group of attorneys and other professionals who focus on legal issues related to the development and use of energy — from traditional extractive measures to emerging areas of the industry.  I am honored to be selected to lead an organization that has given me so much personally and professionally.

This is a challenging and transitional time for energy, but, as it has for over 38 years, the EMLF is dedicated to its mission to "foster the study of energy, mineral and natural resources law through quality, cost-effective and timely education; law student scholarships; and a continuing forum for the intellectually honest examination of the law."

In the coming year, we look forward to engaging our members in new and different ways in order to reach as many in the industry as possible. Look for some new additions to our Kentucky Mineral Law Conference in the Fall in Lexington. In Spring 2018 in Pittsburgh, we plan to offer a new program centered on the legal issues arising from the development of the petrochemical industry in Appalachia. My tenure will culminate at the Annual Institute, June 17-19, 2018, when we return to Downtown Nashville after a long absence. There, we will introduce a new strategic plan to carry the organization into the future.

Until then, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. We welcome your feedback because it is critical for the EMLF to best serve our membership and our industry. The EMLF has been an incredibly positive experience for me in the development of my career and the formation of genuine friendships. We want to ensure that your experience with the group is equally affirmative and that the Foundation is serving your needs and interests

So, whether you are a long-time member or completely new to the industry or our organization, please join us. The more diverse we are, the better we achieve our mission. We want to grow the Foundation and the industry with you.

Erin E. Magee
President, EMLF
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Charleston, WV