January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012

Published Thursday, January 5, 2012

Deadline for Topic Proposals
- 2012 Annual Institute in Charleston, South Carolina

Topic proposals for the June 24-26 Annual Institute should be submitted by email to sharon@emlf.org by close of business on Thursday, January 12, and contain a brief description of the subject matter and any suggested speaker for the topic – including yourself. The Annual Institute will have General Session topics and parallel tracks on Oil & Gas and Coal. General Session topics could include real property, contracts, ethics, power generation, land, workers comp, labor and employment – any aspect of an energy law practice that is not unique to one of the parallel tracks on coal or oil and gas.

In addition to the presentation at the Annual Institute, all speakers are required to write a law-review-quality chapter on their topic, to be published in Volume 33 of the Energy & Mineral Law Institute. If you would like to see what is expected of each author, you can preview chapters from previous volumes, available as "White Papers" on the EMLF website.

David Morrison at Steptoe & Johnson, Bridgeport, WV, is the Program Chair for the Annual Institute. The Coal Chair is Brian Wells, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Lexington, KY, and the Oil and Gas Chair is Russell Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson, Meadville and Canonsburg, PA.


Hotel Cut-off Date for Winter Workshops on Energy Law
– Wednesday, January 11

The Lago Mar Beach Resort room block will be released on January 11, so be sure to make your hotel reservations by calling 954.523.6511 and asking for the EMLF rate of $225 for a one-bedroom suite during the EMLF Winter Workshops, February 12-14. Direct flights to Fort Lauderdale are often offered over the winter months, so be sure to check smaller carriers for the best deals. The Lago Mar Resort is a family owned resort on a private beach located just 15 minutes from the airport, and about 5 minutes from Port Everglades.

Online registration for the EMLF Winter Workshops at the Lago Mar Beach Resort & Spa available at www.emlf.org.

The program opens Sunday evening with dinner at the Lago Mar featuring guest speaker Peter D. Robertson, Senior Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Washington, DC. Monday's speakers are Howard Gruenspecht, EIA; Michael Farina, GE Energy; Kurt Oehlberg, FBR Capital Markets; Bob Pusateri, CONSOL Energy; Jamie Heller, Hellerworx; Peter Diakov, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Paul Forward, Stifel Nicolaus and Co.; Jerry Eyster, GE Energy Financial Services; and Kirsten Nathanson, Crowell & Moring. Tuesday's speakers are David Ries, Thorp Reed & Armstrong (ethics); Matt Bosher and Edward Fuhr, Hunton & Williams; Jim Crews, MarkWest Hydrocarbons; Jonathan Forde, Statoil Gulf Services; Russell Schetroma and Armando Benincasa, Steptoe & Johnson; Robin Frederickson and Jeff Munoz, Vinson & Elkins; and Norman Herrera, Chesapeake Energy.

Approximately 13-16 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit is available, including 1 hour of professional ethics.


2012 Program Schedule
February 12-14
Winter Workshops on Energy Law
Lago Mar Beach Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, FL

May 10-11
Mineral Titles and Curative Issues
Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack
Wheeling Island, WV

June 24-26
33rd EMLF Annual Institute
Charleston Place Hotel
Charleston, SC

September 22
Mine Safety & Health Law
Wynn Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

October 24-26
Kentucky Mineral Law Conference
Lexington, KY