December 12, 2006

December 12, 2006

Hotel Cut-Off for Winter Workshops – December 21
A reminder to make your room reservations at the Lago Mar Resort and Club in Fort Lauderdale to take advantage of the EMLF conference rate of $255 for reservations made through December 21.  Please call the hotel direct at 954.523.6511 and ask for the EMLF room block.

Winter Workshops on Energy Law – January 25-27, 2007
The Winter Workshops on Energy Law are January 25-27 at the Lago Mar Resort and Club, 1700 South Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Sessions cover electric power, coal, natural gas,  a full Friday afternoon session covering climate change and CO2 issues,  one hour of professional ethics, legal representation issues in mine safety cases, and a panel on financing energy projects.  The program has 710 minutes of continuing legal education — approximately 14.3 CLE credits in 50-minute states and 11.9 CLE credits in 60-minute states, including 1 hour of ethics.

Landman’s Special Institute – March 8, 2007
Mark your calendar for the Special Institute for Landmen at the Days Inn Convention Center in Flatwoods, WV, on March 8, in conjunction with the monthly dinner meeting of the MLB Chapter of Landmen.   Sean Cassidy is chairing this program, which focuses on selected provisions of  the oil and gas lease, coalbed methane lease, and issues related to descent and distribution.  Watch the EMLF website at www.emlf.org for more details and registration information.

28th Annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute – May 13-15, 2007
Charleston, South Carolina is the host city for the EMLF Annual Institute at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Charleston’s historic area on May 13-15.  Watch the EMLF website at www.emlf.org for more program details.

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November 30, 2006

Winter Workshops on Energy Law – January 25-27, 2007

The Winter Workshops on Energy Law are January 25-27 at the Lago Mar Resort and Club, 1700 South Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Holly Koeppel, CFO for American Electric Power, will open the program Thursday afternoon with her perspective on the state of the energy industry, followed by Tom Crawford’s (The c2group) take on the new Congressional makeup and the implications for the energy industry.

Sessions on electric power, coal, and natural gas follow, along with a full Friday afternoon session covering climate change and CO2 issues: pending litigation; possible carbon regulation schemes; emerging legal issues related to sequestration; technical issues related to injection and storage, and use of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. On Saturday morning there is one hour of professional ethics, legal representation issues in mine safety cases, and a panel on financing energy projects.

The program has 710 minutes of continuing legal education — approximately 14.3 CLE credits in 50-minute states and 11.9 CLE credits in 60-minute states, including 1 hour of ethics.

You can view the entire program schedule and register online at the EMLF website.

The Lago Mar Resort and Club is a premier Fort Lauderdale resort hotel located on the beach in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood, and has been awarded the prestigious Four Diamond Award and listed in the Conde Naste Gold List Edition as one of the World’s Best Places to Stay. It’s convenient to the airport and to Port Everglades. The EMLF has a conference rate of $255 for a one-bedroom suite at the Lago Mar for reservations made through December 21. Please call the hotel direct at 954.523.6511 and ask for the EMLF room block.

Landman’s Special Institute – March 8, 2007
The EMLF will sponsor a Landman’s Special Institute at the Days Inn Convention Center in Flatwoods, WV, on March 8, in conjunction with the monthly dinner meeting of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of Landmen.

Sean Cassidy is chairing this program, which focuses on selected provisions of the oil and gas lease, coalbed methane lease, and issues related to descent and distribution.

Speakers include Russ Schetroma, Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma & Schug, Meadville, PA; Tom Lane, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, Charleston, WV; George Mason, Attorney, Lexington, KY; Sean Cassidy, Cassidy Kotjarapoglus & Pohland, Greensburg, PA; John Heyer, Attorney, Olean, NY; Professor Cy Fox, University of Pittsburgh; and John Keller, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, Columbus, OH.

Watch the EMLF website for more details and registration information.

28th Annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute – May 13-15, 2007
Charleston, South Carolina is the host city for the EMLF Annual Institute at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Charleston’s historic area on May 13-15. David Morrison, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, is serving as the Program Chairman and is putting together a great program that is nearly complete.

Watch the EMLF website for more program details and registration information.

2007 Membership Dues Renewal Statements
Dues statements for 2007 are in the mail, and include a printout of each member’s information in the EMLF database for your verification. Be sure to send us any changes so the printed 2007 Membership Directory will be correct.

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November 3, 2006

Assistant Secretary Stickler to Speak
Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Richard Stickler will speak at the EMLF-USDOL Mine Safety & Health Law conference in Washington, DC on Nov. 14. The two-day program will be held at the USDOL Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW on November 14-15. Solicitor of Labor Howard Radzely opens with a presentation on legal and policy developments, followed by a series of sessions on the MINER Act – the Emergency Response Plan and Plan Approval Process, Mine Safety Rescue Technology, the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission’s Interim Final Rules on Emergency Plan disputes, and a panel of Administrative Law Judges discussing practice and procedure for issues relating to the MINER Act.

On the second day the Coal Mine Mapping Project, undertaken following the Quecreek Mine accident, will be updated, followed by a session on MSHA Accident Investigations and an update on recent judicial decisions, state safety legislation, and regulatory developments. On Wednesday afternoon the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission will sit in special session at the USDOL auditorium so that registrants can hear oral arguments in the Jim Walter Resources case.

You can still register online for the Mine Safety & Health Law program at the EMLF website. Be sure to register in advance for this program so your name will be on the EMLF registration list given to security officers at the USDOL and your entrance to the building can be expedited.

EMLF Energy Careers Programs
Many thanks to the EMLF members who participated in the Energy Careers programs at EMLF member law schools this fall. The EMLF sponsored programs for students at American University in Washington, DC with speakers Professor Barlow Burke, Washington College of Law, Kirsten Nathanson of Crowell & Moring, Margo Lopez with Ogletree Deakins, and Ron Meisburg, General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. Appalachian Law School students in Grundy, VA, (over 175 students attending) heard panelists Suzan Moore, Alpha Natural Resources, The Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan of the Virginia Court of Appeals, and Tim Gresham of Penn Stuart & Eskridge talk about their experiences as energy lawyers. A record 55 pizzas were served by EMLF to the students.

At West Virginia University, panelists were David Morrison, Steptoe & Johnson, Kirsten Nathanson, Crowell & Moring, and Cordell Pierce, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, a 2005 WVU grad and EMLF scholarship recipient. Natalie Anderson Jefferis, Equitable Production, David Laurent of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, and Sean Cassidy of Cassidy Kotjarapoglus & Pohland spoke to students at both Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, where Professor Cy Fox moderated the program and told students about the EMLF.

Next week is this fall’s final presentation, scheduled at Washington & Lee with Mary Beth Naumann of Jackson Kelly, Greg Ossi of Venable LLC, and Tim Gresham of Penn Stuart & Eskridge. Through these programs an estimated 250 law students have had the opportunity to talk to EMLF members about entering the field of energy law. It’s been a great program, and the EMLF thanks everyone who helped make it a success.

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September 11, 2006

EMLF October Educational Programs
Mineral Titles – October 4, 2006
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, KY Mineral Law Conference – October 5-6, 2006
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, KY

Hotel Cutoff Date for Marriott Room Block
September 13
A few guest rooms are still available for Thursday, October 5 in the EMLF room block at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington. Call 859.231.5100 and ask for the Mineral Law Conference room block.

Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute
November 14-15, 2006
USDOL Auditorium, 200 Constitution, Washington, DC
Co-sponsored by the US Department of Labor and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. Focus on legal issues under the MINER Act. The complete program may be viewed online.

Careers in Energy Law
EMLF members will speak at a series of programs at EMLF member law schools during October, designed to encourage law students to choose a career in energy and mineral law:

  • October 16, 2006 – West Virginia University College of Law, Davis Gallery
  • October 18, 2006 – Appalachian Law School
  • October 25, 2006 – American University, Washington College of Law
  • October 26, 2006 – University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • October 26, 2006 – Duquesne University College of Law

Texas Students Inaugurate New Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law
The new Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is published twice a year by students at the University of Texas School of Law, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705, with a subscription price of $30. The journal’s primary goal is to serve as training ground for a “new generation of energy attorneys.” Its Editor-in-Chief is a 2006 EMLF Scholarship recipient, Nicholas A. Franklin, and its Advisory Board includes Professor Ernest E. Smith, who represents the University of Texas on the EMLF Board of Trustees.

Volume 1, Number 1 features an article “Interpreting Oil and Gas Instruments” by Professor David E. Pierce of Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS. Other articles in the first issue are “The Compression of Natural Gas: Is it Production or Post Production? Is it Deductible from Royalties? If so, How Much?” by Jeffrey C. King; and “Remedies for Defrauded Purchasers of Oil & Gas Interests Under the Securities Laws,” by Nelson S. Ebaugh.

Additions to the EMLF Website
If you haven’t been to the EMLF Website lately, take a look – the members-only area now includes a section for posting news and a link to the members-only discussion group, as well as access to the White Papers. Also, there is an RSS news feed through Google that changes four times a day, tailored for topics that will interest EMLF members. Plus, there are search features now for both the White Papers and the membership directory.

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