March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

Published Friday, March 6, 2009

EMLF 30th Annual Institute – Hilton Head Island, SC, May 17-19, 2009
Join colleagues for two days of energy education (12-14.4 MCLE credits) at Hilton's Oceanfront Resort, and celebrate 30 years of service to the energy and mineral industry, complete with an oceanfront welcome party and live entertainment, golf outing, and Hilton Head Dine-Around.

Complete program brochure, online EMLF registration, and link to hotel reservations available at

EMLF Law Student Scholarship Applications – Deadline April 1, 2009
Scholarship awards totaling $32,500 will be available to students attending EMLF member law schools who are pursuing the study of energy and mineral law. Since the inception of the program, over $300,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Go to the EMLF website  to obtain the application form and all information. EMLF Member dues support $20,000 in student scholarships, with the following sponsored scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year:
    •     Arch Coal Foundation Scholarship – $2,000
    •     Foundation Coal Corporation Scholarship – $2,500
    •     James H. Davis Scholarship – $1,000
    •     Jan and Chester Keeton Scholarship – $5,000
    •     Mary Sue Schulberg Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
    •     Paul N. Bowles Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
    •     Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Scholarship – $1,000

Careers in Energy Law Programs
On March 5, students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law heard several EMLF members discuss their practice areas and the opportunities for young lawyers, and learned about the variety of issues which energy lawyers encounter in their daily practice. Pittsburgh lawyers participating in the EMLF program were Natalie Jefferis, EQT Corporation; Joe Reinhart, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir; and Arthur Wolfson, Jackson Kelly PLLC.

On March 11, Lexington lawyers will provide a similar program for students at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Participating in the program at UK are Brandy Anderson, Alliance Coal LLC, Mary Elisabeth Naumann, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Marco M. Rajkovich, III, Rajkovich Williams Kilpatrick & True, PLLC, and Joseph J. Zaluski, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

The purpose of the Careers in Energy Law programs is to familiarize students with the variety of practices areas that come into play when working in the energy industry, and to encourage students to consider entering this field of law. Students attending EMLF programs receive a complimentary student membership in the EMLF while they are law students, and learn about the EMLF and its educational programs and scholarships for law students.

EMLF Welcomes New Members

Judson K. Byrd
Flint Ridge Energy, Ltd.
581 Country Club Drive, Suite D
Newark, OH 43055

Anthony M. Gatti
Marquette Exploration LLC
2002 Timberloch Place
Suite 440
The Woodlands, TX 77380

James Scott Kreutzer
P.O. Box 130
Myra, KY 41549

Poe Leggette
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
Republic Plaza
370 17th Street, Suite 2150
Denver, CO 80202

Jennifer A. McNamara
5437 Fairmont Circle
Austin, TX 78745

Howard M. Persinger
Persinger & Persinger L.C.
101 Dickinson Rd.
P.O. Box 1258
Williamson, WV 25661

Helena Racin Smith
Napier & Associates, P.S.C.
819 North Main Street
P.O. Drawer 5087
London, KY 40745

John Rowe
The Rowe Law Firm, LLC
Rural Route 1, Box 988
Linton, IN 47441

EMLF Coal Law Short Course – August 2-6, 2009
Watch for details on this comprehensive course to be taught at the Radisson Waterfront Place Hotel and the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, WV.

This Coal Law Short Course is designed to give lawyers who are new to the practice of coal and energy law the tools to handle issues arising in both litigation and transactional settings. While the lawyer in practice 0-5 years will benefit from this short course, engineers, business persons and seasoned lawyers desiring a better understanding of the laws and regulation of coal will find the program invaluable.

The course begins Sunday evening, August 2 with a dinner at the Radisson Waterfront Place Hotel, followed by presentations on geology and an introduction to mining techniques.

The course moves to the law school Monday through Wednesday with the following sessions: Ownership Determination and Resolving Ambiguities; Mining Rights and Easements; Surface Support and Subsidence; Conflicts; Trespass and Damage Claims; Statutory Actions and Protections; Divided Ownership and Adverse Possession; The Coal Lease, Post Lease Conveyances and Termination; The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SCMRA); Clean Water Act and Amendments; Clean Air Act; Other Regulatory Programs Affecting Coal Mining; Mine Safety & Health Law; Black Lung (Coal Worker's Pneumoconiosis) and State Workers’ Compensation; The Business of Coal Mining; Labor: Union Free and Union Operations; and Contractor Issues & Employment.

The classroom sessions end Wednesday afternoon with a case study of a Coal Asset-Based Transaction, the theme of which will be woven through the daily classroom experience so attendees can learn how all the pieces fit together. On Thursday, there will be an optional tour of a coal mining operation and preparation plant.

Course coordinator is Stephen G. Allen, Stites & Harbison, Lexington, KY.

Contributions to the EMLF Mary Sue Schulberg Memorial Scholarship
Over one hundred friends and colleagues of the late Mary Sue Schulberg have sent contributions to the EMLF to establish a law student scholarship in her memory. Since the scholarship was announced in late December, the EMLF has received memorial gifts totaling nearly $14,000.

The family of Mary Sue Schulberg is deeply appreciative of the generosity of her friends and colleagues in the mineral industry. Gifts can still be made in care of the EMLF at 340 South Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508.