December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009

Winter Workshops Hotel Cutoff Date – January 3, 2010
A reminder to call the South Seas Island Resort at 866-565-5089 by January 3 to reserve a room in the EMLF block for the 2010 Winter Workshops, Thursday, February 4 through Saturday, February 6.

You can also make your hotel reservation online at the EMLF website at and register online for the Winter Winter Workshops.

EMLF News Update
The December 2009 issue of the EMLF News, prepared by attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP, is now available on the EMLF website.

Best Wishes for 2010
Happy New Year to everyone!

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December 11, 2009

Holiday Office Hours
The EMLF office will be closed December 21-25, December 31, and January 1, 2010.

Winter Workshops on Energy Law
The 2010 Winter Workshops will be February 4-6 at the South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, Florida.  The complete program brochure, online registration, and online hotel reservations are available at  The EMLF room block will be released January 3, 2010 or sell-out, so be sure to reserve early.

New Member Welcome
The EMLF welcomes Sadler Law Firm LLP, 1900 West Loop South, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77027-3214 as a new member.  Sadler’s multistate practice is devoted entirely to the legal concerns of energy companies, with expertise in exploration, production, development, acquisitions, transactions, title work and litigation.  For more information go to

Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute
March 23-24, Washington, DC.  Edward M. Green, Program Chair, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC.  Program topics include Civil Penalty Case Backlog, Plan Approvals Under the Mine Act, ALJ Panel, Respirable Dust Panel, MSHA Enforcement – Inspection Issues: 1) 103(j) and (k) Orders and Accident Reporting under MSHA and State Law; 2) Handling Document Requests During Routine Inspections and 3) Documenting the Scene for Litigation; MSHA Enforcement – Litigation Issues: 1) Developments in the Law of Significant and Substantial, Unwarrantable Failures and Part 100 criteria; 2) Flagrant Violations and Defenses and 3) Use of the Pattern of Violations Process;  Primer on Section 105(c) Complaints and Temporary Reinstatement, and the Role of Technology in Mine Safety.  Watch the EMLF website for complete program brochure and registration information.

31st Annual Institute
May 9-11, 2010, Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida.  Sharon O. Flanery, Program Chair, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV; Frank Harrington, Coal Chair, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA; and Natalie Jefferis, Oil & Gas Chair, EQT Production, Pittsburgh, PA.

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October 24, 2009

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference Registration Nears 300
If you plan to attend the October 28-30 conference in Lexington next week, please register in advance by using the online registration form at or download the registration form and fax it to EMLF. The program begins Wednesday afternoon with the Oil & Gas Track, Thursday all day are General Energy & Mineral Law and ethics sessions, and Friday morning are concurrent sessions on Coal Law and Climate Change Mitigation.

Topic Deadline for 31st Annual Institute – November 5
The EMLF Executive Committee and Annual Institute Planning Committee meets November 9 in Clarksburg, WV, to select topics and speakers for the Annual Institute at Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL, May 9-11, 2010. Annual Institute Program chair is Sharon Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston, WV; Coal chair is Frank Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA; and Oil & Gas chair is Natalie Jefferis, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh, PA.

Deadline for topic submissions is Thursday, November 5. We encourage you to submit suggestions for topics to Sharon Daniels, covering any area of energy development, electric power, oil & gas, coal, environmental, landmen, and renewable energy, accompanied by a descriptive paragraph and suggestion for speakers who can make scholarly and balanced presentations.

Scheduled Programs

  • October 28-30, 2009, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY
  • February 4-6, 2010, Winter Workshops on Energy Law, Captiva Island, FL
  • March 2010, Mine Safety and Health Law, Washington, DC
  • May 9-11, 2010, 31st EMLF Annual Institute, Amelia Island, FL
  • August 1-4, 2010, Coal Law Short Course, WVU Law, Morgantown, WV
  • August 1-4, 2010, GHG Mitigation and Sustainable Energy, WVU Law, Morgantown, WV
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September 24, 2009

Early-Bird Registration Deadline Tomorrow
The discounted registration fee for the 34th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference ends at midnight on Friday, September 25. You can save $50 on each registration if you register online, fax your registration form with credit card number to 859.226.0485, or mail to EMLF postmarked on September 25.

Approximately 200 people are already registered for the October 28-30 program. To accommodate expected attendance, the program begins at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon with the Oil & Gas Track. General sessions and ethics will be all day on Thursday, followed by a reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with music by The Corduroy Road. On Friday morning there are concurrent tracks on Coal Law and Climate Change Mitigation, with the program ending at noon.

Sponsors for the Thursday night reception include Babst Calland Clements and Zomnir, Crowell & Moring, Dinsmore & Shohl, Huddleston Bolen, International Coal Group, Jackson Kelly, The John T. Boyd Company, Kentucky Coal Association, Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins, Rajkovich Williams Kilpatrick & True, Spilman Thomas & Battle, and Steptoe & Johnson. Additional sponsors are welcome at the $500, $750 and $1000 level.

EMLF Welcomes New Members
We’re pleased to welcome several new members. XTO Energy Inc., headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, has joined the Foundation, with Warren J. Ludlow, Vice President and Associate General Counsel as the main contact. Triana Energy, LLC, Charleston, WV has joined the Foundation, with Jim Jarrell, Vice President and General Counsel as the primary contact. The law firm of Bailey & Glasser LLP, Charleston, WV has also joined the EMLF, with Christopher Morris as the primary contact. Individual memberships include William C. Able, Lexington, KY, Landman; Worth Carlin, Range Resources, McMurray, PA, Landman; and Andrea McCardle, Wheeling, WV, Attorney at Law. Complete listings for these new members can be found online at the EMLF online membership directory.

Topic Solicitation for 2010 Annual Institute
The EMLF Annual Institute will be May 9-11, 2010 at Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida.

We invite you to submit topic proposals on any aspect of energy and mineral law by October 30, providing a brief description and any proposed speakers. The program chair is Sharon O. Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Charleston, WV; Coal Chair is Frank Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA; and the Oil & Gas Chair is Natalie Jefferis, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh, PA. We welcome all proposals for consideration, including but not limited to coal, natural gas, water law, climate change, renewable energy, electric power, real property, and ethics.

Program Schedule

  • October 28-30, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, KY
  • February 4-6, 2010, Winter Workshops on Energy Law, South Seas Resort, Captiva Island, FL
  • March 2010, Mine Safety and Health Law, Washington, DC
  • May 9-11, 2010, 31st EMLF Annual Institute, Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL
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May 28, 2009

Planning Luncheon for Kentucky Mineral Law Conference
A reminder that the planning luncheon for the October 28-30 Mineral Law Conference will be Tuesday, June 2 in Lexington. If you would like to attend, please contact EMLF and we will notify you of the time and location so we can finalize attendance for lunch.

We will be accepting topic and speaker proposals through June 1, so please send us your ideas for the program via email. This year the oil and gas track will be Wednesday afternoon, October 28; the general session topics will be all day Thursday, the coal track will be Friday morning with members of the Kentucky Coal Association attending, and the Friday morning breakout session will be a renewable energy track. We know it seems early to be working on the October program, but all topics and speakers must be confirmed and the brochure completed by the end of July.

The 34th Mineral Law Conference will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, and will be co-sited with the annual meeting of the Kentucky Coal Association. Marco Rajkovich, Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLC, Lexington, will serve as Program Chairman for the 34th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference. Ben Sullivan, EQT Corporation, Charleston, will serve as Oil & Gas Chair, and Brandy Anderson, Alliance Coal, LLC, Lexington, will serve as Coal Chair.

EMLF Board of Trustees Meeting – Election Results
C. David Morrison, Member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in its Charleston, WV office, became President of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation on May 18 at the 30th Annual Institute. David is chair of the firm’s labor department and has practiced labor and employment law for 25 years. He’s been very active in the EMLF, participating in the Energy Careers programs at law schools, serving on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and as Secretary and Vice President. A Georgetown, KY, native, David received a B.A. from Transylvania University and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky.

Kirsten L. Nathanson, partner in Crowell & Moring’s Environment & Natural Resources Group, Washington, DC, was elected Vice-President and President-Elect of the EMLF. Her practice primarily involves environmental litigation, enforcement defense, risk assessment, and regulatory counseling under all major federal environmental and public lands statutes, with particular focus on the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, NEPA, SMCRA, and CERCLA. Kirsten is a member of the Board of Trustees, was Chair of the Coal Track for the 30th Annual Institute, served on the EMLF Executive Committee, and has been a frequent speaker at EMLF educational programs and the EMLF Energy Careers programs at law schools. Kirsten graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1992 – cum laude and George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1998 – with high honors, and was elected to The Order of the Coif.

John T. Boyd II, President and CEO of the John T. Boyd Company, Pittsburgh, PA, was re-elected Treasurer of the EMLF. Mark E. Heath, Spilman, Thomas & Battle PLLC, Charleston, WV, was re-elected as Secretary of the EMLF. Timothy M. Miller, Robinson & McElwee, Charleston, WV, was elected as Assistant Treasurer. At-large Members of the Executive Committee are Stephen G. Allen, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Lexington, KY; Anna M. Dailey, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Charleston, WV; Blair M. Gardner, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV; Kenneth E. McDonough, American Electric Power, Columbus, OH; Benjamin M. Sullivan, EQT Corporation, Charleston, WV; and G. Brian Wells, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Lexington, KY.

Edward P. Clair, recently-retired Associate Solicitor for Mine Safety & Health, U.S. Department of Labor, was elected as an Honorary Trustee of the EMLF, in recognition of his cooperative efforts in the development of the Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institutes, co-sponsored by EMLF and USDOL in Washington, DC.

Newly-elected first-term members of the Board of Trustees are Matthew F. Burger, Chair, Energy & Natural Resources Group, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh, PA; Richard A. Farmer, NiSource Corporate Services Co., Charleston, WV; Judith P. Knapp, Vice President and General Counsel, Chevron Mining Inc., Englewood, CO; W. Henry Lawrence, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Clarksburg, WV; Suzan E. Moore, Associate General Counsel, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA; Robert D. Pollitt, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV; Joseph E. Reinhart, Chair, Natural Resources Development Group, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, Pittsburgh, PA; John E. Rhine, Rhine Ernest LLP, Evansville, IN; Arnold L. Schulberg, Attorney at Law, Hurricane, WV; and Allyn G. Turner, Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC, Charleston, WV.

Law Student Scholarship Awards
The recipients of the 2009-2010 EMLF Scholarship Awards were announced at the 30th Annual Institute, who collectively received $33,500 in scholarship money. A complete listing and article on the scholarship program can be viewed at

The John L. McClaugherty Award(s)
The Foundation’s most prestigious award for service to the EMLF and to the legal profession was given to Edward M. Green, Counsel in the Washington office of Crowell & Moring where he specializes in regulatory and legislative matters affecting the mining and natural resources industries.

Ed’s practice focuses on safety and health matters arising out of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. He is especially expert on complex occupational health issues relating to respirable dust, diesel particulate matter, silica, other airborne contaminants, occupational noise exposure, and the approval and certification of respirators.

Before joining Crowell & Moring in 1993, Ed had been an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior specializing in mining issues, and drafted many of the mine safety and health regulations still in force today. He served as a special counsel to the Secretary of the Interior, charged with focusing on legal issues relating to the controversial bills being considered by the Congress that were ultimately enacted as the Surface Mining and Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

Ed left government service in 1977 to join the American Mining Congress (a predecessor organization to the National Mining Association) where he served as general counsel and secretary. Ed is a past president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, and continues as a trustee and frequent speaker on mine safety issues. He received both his B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from Boston University.

In a break with tradition, the McClaugherty Award selection committee (comprised of past recipients Neal Pierce, Tim Means, Tom Lane, Russ Schetroma and Joe Zaluski) surprised everyone with a second presentation of the McClaugherty Award to Executive Director Sharon Daniels, in recognition of her service to the Foundation on the occasion of the 30th Annual Institute.

Before joining the EMLF in 1985, Sharon worked in Pittsburgh for Sam Douglass, the first president of the EMLF, where she noticed his presidential plaque and inquired about the organization. The EMLF was searching for a new Executive Director, and when her contract work for Sam was completed, she was hired as the new director of the EMLF with its offices then at the WVU College of Law.

Sharon attended Mount St. Scholastica College (Atchison, KS), the University of Salzburg (Austria), received a B.A. from Fort Hays State University (KS), and a J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma, after which she practiced oil and gas law in Oklahoma City before moving to Pittsburgh.

She’s admitted to practice in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, a member of the ABA – Section of Energy and Resource Law, Center for American and International Law, and the American Society of Association Executives.

Upcoming Events

  • Coal Law Short Course – August 2-6, 2009, Morgantown, WV
  • Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – October 28-30, Lexington, KY
  • Winter Workshops on Energy Law – February 4-6, 2010, Captiva Island, FL
  • 31st EMLF Annual Institute – May 9-11, 2010, Amelia Island Plantation, FL

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April 27, 2009

Hotel Cutoff Date at Hilton Oceanfront Resort – Tuesday, April 28
The cut-off date for accepting reservations for the 30th Annual Institute in the EMLF room block is April 28.  Call 1.800.HILTONS and ask for the EMLF room block rate.  If your requested room type is not available, please ask the hotel to make a note of your request in the event such rooms become available.

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference Planning Meeting June 2, 2009
The annual planning meeting in Lexington for the 34th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference will be Tuesday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  If you would like to attend the luncheon meeting, contact and we will provide you with the location. The October 28-30 Conference at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington begins Wednesday afternoon with the Oil & Gas Track, General Session topics follow on Thursday, and on Friday morning there will be concurrent Coal and Renewable Energy Tracks.  Please send topic proposals with brief description and any suggested speakers by Friday, May 29.

Tennis, Anyone?  Or Golf?
Sean Cassidy is coordinating a Round Robin Tennis Tournament during the Annual Institute on Sunday, May 17, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Palmetto Dunes.  The fee is $20 per person, and racquets can be rented for $5.  The deadline for holding the courts for EMLF is Monday, May 11, so please reply before that date if you want to participate. Payment will be made at the time of the tournament.

Golf Outing  – We still have 16 openings for the Sunday morning golf outing during the Annual Institute at the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes.  Tee times are from 9:20-10:16 a.m. at a cost of  $140.  You can contact Carolyn May at 859.231.0271 to register for golf, or register online for golf at  No refunds will be made after May 1 unless a substitution can be found.

Associate Solicitor Ed Clair, USDOL to Retire
After 35 years of service to the Secretary of Labor and the Mine Safety & Health Administration, May 1 will be the last day in the office for Ed Clair.  Ed has been instrumental in developing the Mine Safety & Health Law programs held in Washington, DC, which are co-sponsored by the EMLF and the USDOL. The EMLF Executive Committee has passed a Resolution recognizing the superior service of Ed Clair in providing educational programming with the EMLF on Mine Safety & Health Law.

Those of you wanting to contact Ed can do so at the following address through May 1:
Mr. Edward P. Clair
Associate Solicitor for Mine Safety & Health
USDOL / Office of the Solicitor
1100 Wilson Boulevard, 22nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22209-2296


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April 24, 2009

Early Bird Discount for Annual Institute Registration Ends April 15
Take advantage of the $100 savings if you submit your annual institute registration before April 16.  You can register online or download the registration form from the website and fax to 859.226.0485 or mail to EMLF, 340 South Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508.

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference Date Change

A reminder that the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference date has been changed to October 28-30, 2009 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington.  This year the conference will begin on Wednesday afternoon with the oil and gas track, continues on Thursday with general session topics, and runs through Friday noon with the coal track.  The conference is again co-sited with the annual membership meeting of the Kentucky Coal Association, whose members will join EMLF on Friday morning.  With this change, additional CLE hours will be available with no price increase. There will be no concurrent sessions – all registrants can attend all sessions, Wednesday afternoon through Friday at noon.

EMLF Coal Law Short Course
at WVU Law School – August 2-6, 2009
Morgantown, WV

Complete information on the EMLF’s Coal Law Short Course is now available at

The EMLF 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 the Coal Law Short Course, landmen, business persons and engineers wanting a better understanding of the laws and regulation of coal will find the program invaluable.

The short course begins with a 90-minute presentation on geology and mining techniques, followed by three days (21 hours) of classroom study, and concludes with an optional mining operations tour on August 6.

EMLF Program Schedule 2009-2010

  • May 17-19, 2009, 30th Annual Institute, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • August 2-6, 2009, Coal Law Short Course, Morgantown, WV
  • October 28-30, 2009, 34th Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY
  • February 4-6, 2010, Energy Law Workshops, Captiva Island, FL
  • May 9-11, 2010, 31st  Annual Institute, TBA
  • October 14-15, 2010, 35th Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY
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March 26, 2009

30th Annual Institute – May 16-19, 2009 – Hilton Head Island, SC
Program brochures are in the mail, but in the meantime you can register online online for the 30th Annual Institute, and make room reservations at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort. Program contains from 12-14.4 hours of CLE and credit will also be available from AAPL. A special feature will be a three-hour Monday afternoon workshop for landmen on Division of Royalties, conducted by Sean Cassidy, Greensburg, PA.

Deadline for EMLF Scholarship Applications – April 1, 2009
Scholarships totaling $32,500 are available to students attending EMLF member law schools. April 1 is the deadline for application form, official transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Go to the EMLF website to obtain the application form and all information. Scholarships will be announced at the 30th Annual Institute.

Nominations for the John L. McClaugherty Award
Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 recipient of the John L. McClaugherty Award, to be presented during the 30th Annual Institute. Nominations for the Award should be submitted by April 15 to the Executive Director, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 340 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508 or sent via email.

The McClaugherty Award recognizes outstanding service to the EMLF, the legal professional and the energy and mineral industry. Nominees for this award should exemplify high standards for commitment and accomplishment in promoting the goals of the EMLF. Active participation in the EMLF will be important criteria for this award. Past recipients are R. Neal Pierce, Thomas C. Means, Russell L. Schetroma, J. Thomas Lane and Joseph J. Zaluski.

Coal Law Short Course – August 2-6, 2009
Planning is nearly complete for the comprehensive Coal Law Short Course to be taught at West Virginia University College of Law this summer, with the following faculty now confirmed: Laura E. Beverage, Denver, CO; Richard J. Bolen, Huntington, WV; John T. Boyd, Canonsburg, PA; Professor Barlow Burke, Washington, DC; Timothy W. Gresham, Abingdon, VA; Warren J. Hoffmann, Lexington, KY; J. Thomas Lane, Charleston, WV; David J. Laurent, Pittsburgh, PA; Professor Patrick C. McGinley, Morgantown, WV; Thomas E. Meng, Lexington, KY; Kirsten L. Nathanson, Washington, DC; Christopher B. Power, Charleston, WV; John E. Rhine, Evansville, IN; Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Clarksburg, WV; C. Seth Wilson, Morgantown, WV; and John L. Woodrum, Washington, DC.

An optional tour of coal mining operations will be available on August 6. Watch the EMLF website for additional program details and registration information.

EMLF Board of Trustees Annual Meeting – Elections

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, May 18 for a luncheon during the Annual Institute, at which time the Nominating Committee will provide a slate of nominees for Trustees at Large, Officers and Executive Committee members. The Nominating Committee welcomes suggestions and expressions of interest from members interested in becoming involved in the governance of the Foundation. Correspondence to the Nominating Committee should be sent by March 30.

EMLF Update
The current issue of the EMLF Update contains an analysis of recent cases on energy law, prepared by the Energy Practice Group of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. Many thanks to the lawyers at Steptoe for this service, found in the What’s New section of the EMLF website.

Date for Mineral Law Conference Changed to October 28-30, 2009
Please change your calendars to show that the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington will be held two weeks later than originally scheduled. The conference will begin on Wednesday afternoon with the oil and gas track; the general sessions and joint reception with the Kentucky Coal Association will be on Thursday; and the coal track with the KCA will be Friday morning. No sessions will be held in Marriott’s climate-controlled tent this year.

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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.

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