December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011

Call for Topics – 2012 Annual Institute in Charleston, South Carolina
It’s time to start thinking about good topics for the EMLF’s 33rd Annual Institute, June 24-26 at the Charleston Place Hotel, 202 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.

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.

Topic proposals should be submitted by email by 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.

The Executive Committee meets January 17 to select the topics, so be sure to send in your suggestions by the January 12 deadline. Remember, this Annual Institute belongs to the Members, and we want to offer an educational program that will be timely and useful to you.

Winter Workshops on Energy Law – February 12-14, Fort Lauderdale
Online registration is now available for the EMLF Winter Workshops at the Lago Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale at www.emlf.org.

Along with changing to a Sunday through Tuesday format, the 2012 program is expanded to include international energy topics – coal export markets, investment opportunities in foreign coal projects, U.S. investment in overseas gas shale projects, and a session on the joint venture money pouring into the U.S. for domestic shale plays. The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act are covered, with tips on best practices to minimize risks in this evolving area.

The program opens on Sunday evening with a dinner 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.

There’s one hour of professional ethics, an update on project financing and some of the deals made during the past year; domestic coal production issues – higher coal mining costs, tighter air regulations, and the continuing battle over coal mining permits. You’ll hear an interesting presentation on a natural gas vehicle initiative to convert a fleet of 3,300 vehicles to run on natural gas, establishing pumps and refueling stations for public use that can ultimately lower emissions and decrease dependence on foreign oil. Approximately 13-16 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit is available.

The hotel room block will be released on January 4, so make your hotel reservations early by calling 954.523.6511 and asking for the EMLF rate of $225 for a one-bedroom suite. 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.

EMLF Holiday Hours
The Foundation office in Lexington, KY, will be closed December 26-30 and January 2 for the holidays. Best wishes and safe travel to everyone, and thanks for another great year for EMLF.

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September 27, 2011

Early Bird Registration Rates End 9/30 for Kentucky Mineral Law Conference
Be sure to register before October 1st when rates go up for the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, October 19-21 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. The complete program brochure, list of current registrants, registration form, and online registration are available at www.emlf.org.

Energy Careers Programs at EMLF Member Law Schools
EMLF’s series of programs for law students resumes September 28 at the WVU College of Law, the site of the first “pilot program” to attract law students to the practice of energy and mineral law.  Informal presentations by EMLF members give students a look at the wide variety of practice areas in energy law, as attorneys with varied backgrounds from corporate, in-house counsel and law firms talk with students about their ordinary day as an energy lawyer.  Additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed. Many thanks to everyone for their participation.

September 28, 2011 – West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV

  • C. David Morrison, Moderator, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Clarksburg, WV
  • Robert H. Beatty Jr., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Morgantown, WV
  • Natalie N. Jefferis, EQT Gathering, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
  • James M. Van Nostrand, WVU, Energy and Sustainable Development Law and Policy Center, College of Law, Morgantown, WV

October 6, 2011 – Duquesne University Law School, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Natalie N. Jefferis, Moderator, EQT Gathering, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
  • John T. Boyd II, John T. Boyd Company, Canonsburg, PA
  • David J. Laurent, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Martha Weigand, CONSOL Energy, Canonsburg, PA

October 6, 2011 – University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Natalie N. Jefferis, Moderator, EQT Gathering, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Panelists being confirmed

October 12, 2011 – Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA

Professor Michael Belleville, Appalachian School of Law

  • Vaughn R. Groves, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA
  • Frank N. Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA
  • Daniel B. Kostrub, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Wheeling, WV

October 27, 2011 – Washington & Lee University College of Law, Lexington, VA

  • Joel E. Symonds, Moderator, EQT Corporation, Charleston, WV
  • Panelists being confirmed

University of Oklahoma Offers LL.M. in International Energy, Natural Resources, and Indigenous Peoples
With Professor Owen L. Anderson as the Director, the University of Oklahoma College of Law inaugurated its new LL.M. program this fall in International Energy, Natural Resources, and Indigenous Peoples.

“The John B. Turner LL.M Program extends the University of Oklahoma’s long history of excellence and expertise in law relating to domestic and international energy law, natural resources law, and American Indian law and indigenous peoples law. Sustainable development of all forms of energy, water, and agricultural resources will continue to be challenging and vitally important to the global economy. Increasingly, development occurs on or near lands claimed by indigenous populations. While some native peoples may enjoy sovereign or quasi-sovereign rights to these lands, they often have little or no control, receive few benefits, and yet suffer the bulk of environmental and social problems that may arise. This program is designed to be flexible, allowing international and American students to study in all three areas or concentrate their studies in any one or two of these areas.” For more information, go to http://www.law.ou.edu/llm/

EMLF Welcomes New Members

Sustaining Members:

  • Antero Resources Corporation –

Denver, CO:  Max Green, Kevin Kilstrom, Brian Kuhn, Robert Muellery, Bill Pierini, Paul Rady, Chris Triml, Kenneth Vaughn, Glen Warren, James Woods, Steve Woodward

Ellenboro, WV: Gregory R. Barton, J. Kevin Ellis

  • Noble Energy, Inc. –

Houston, TX:  Aaron G. Carlson, Meghan C. Eilers, Arnold J. Johnson, Kirk A. Moore, John J. Sadar;

Denver, CO:  Denee A. DiLuigi, Robert G. Leo

Supporting Members:

  • BlackRidge Resource Partners LLC, Lexington, KY – William G. Barr, William B. Daugherty, William S. Daugherty

Individual Members:

  • Sherrie Armstrong, Bailey & Glasser, Charleston, WV
  • William Taylor Cornett, Appalachian School of Law, Cedar Bluff, VA
  • William Todd Forester, Forester Law Offices, Logan, WV
  • James R. Golden, Attorney at Law, Middlesboro, KY
  • Pamela Asher Gough, McGEOugh Land Services, LLC, Jasper, IN
  • Katrina Noel Harper, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, wV
  • Ulysses Jaen, Georg R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • Scott Kissee, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
  • Brent Krebs, Prairie State Generating Company, LLC, Marissa, IL
  • Steven M. Kresch, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • Dominique Ranieri, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
  • Brandy Sartin, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
  • Russell S. Shinevar, CPL, Lansing, MI
  • Joshua L. Somerville, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • Professor James M. Van Nostrand, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • Justin Williams, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • Matthew Willie, BYU Law School, Spanish Fork, UT
  • Brent Wolfingbarger, Pleasants Law Firm, PLLC, St. Marys, WV
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August 16, 2011

Back to School  – with $50,000
Going back to school is a little bit easier this fall for students receiving scholarships at EMLF member law schools, with $50,000 in awards mailed last week to the following students:  

  • American University, Washington College of Law –  Sean Tshikororo
  • University of Kentucky College of Law – Jesse Parrish
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law – Teresa Baumann, Ashley Miller, Keith Needham, and Bradley Secrist
  • University of Pittsburgh Law School – Joseph Schaeffer
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law – Ethan Wood
  • West Virginia University College of Law – Cole Bozic, Vanessa Baxter, and Courtney Richardson

Since the inception of the EMLF Law Student Scholarship Program, $432,000 has been awarded to law students who show the potential to contribute to the field of energy and mineral law.  Scholarships are funded primarily through EMLF membership dues, program revenues and memorial scholarships.

Law School Energy Careers Programs at Member Law Schools
Each fall EMLF members volunteer their time to speak on a law school panel about their energy and mineral law practices, in an effort to encourage law students to enter this practice.  

Most dates are not yet confirmed, but programs are usually scheduled at Appalachian School of Law (October 12, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.),  Duquesne Law, Pittsburgh Law School, University of Kentucky, Washington & Lee, and West Virginia University.  

Informal presentations give students an understanding of the wide variety of practice areas that come into play as an energy and mineral lawyer, usually about 10 minutes speaking time per panelist, with varied backgrounds from corporate, in-house counsel or law firms with coal, gas, oil, mine safety, and electric power careers.  If you would like to volunteer, please send your name to Sharon Daniels, and we will let you know the law school program schedules as they are confirmed.

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – October 19-21, 2011
The complete program brochure, registration form, hotel information, and online registration are now available at www.emlf.org.  The Kentucky Mineral Law Conference at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington coincides with fall Thoroughbred racing at Keeneland, so hotel space sells out quickly.   Make your hotel reservations early.

Justice Elizabeth McClanahan’s Virginia Supreme Court Investiture
The Virginia General Assembly has voted to elevate Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan from the Court of Appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court, for a 12-year term.  Elizabeth was active in the EMLF while in private law practice in Abingdon, VA, speaking, writing, and serving on the Scholarship and the Executive Committees.  Justice McClanahan invites friends and colleagues to attend her investiture on September 1, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court Building in Richmond, VA.  Prospective attendees should identify themselves for security purposes by sending an email.

EMLF Welcomes New Members
Law Firm Supporting Members:

  • Bailey & Wyant, P.L.L.C. – Jason S. Hammond, Charleston, WV
  • Cardo ENTRIX, Inc. -– Neal Brody, Los Angeles, CA; Michael B. McGinn, Barrington, IL; Jeffrey Davis, Salt Lake City, UT

Individual Members:

  • Rachel Ajasa, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA
  • Lydia M. Beirne, WV Land Services LLC, Charleston, WV
  • Safiya N. Boucaud, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Joseph Bunn, Jones & Associates, Charleston, WV
  • Gary Broadbent, Murray Energy Corporation, Alledonia, OH
  • Elisa Butler, Abstractor, Washington, PA
  • John Catsonis, Anchor OGM, Lakewood, OH
  • Kayla Cook, WVU School of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • Jason Cooper, Brighton Resources, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Robert DeSanto, Ashland County Park District, Ashland, OH
  • Carla Elmer, Land Management Services, Metairie, LA
  • Michael B. Gardner, Oxford Resource Partners, LP, Columbus, OH
  • Gene D. Emmons, The Rowe Law Firm, LLC, Linton, IN
  • Joseph L. Jenkins, WV Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV
  • Lori J. Mason, PBS Coals, Inc., Friedens, PA
  • Dawn J. McVicker, PBS Coals, Inc. Friedens, PA
  • Joseph R. Miller, Rhino Energy LLC, Lexington, KY
  • Clare Murray, McGill Faculty of Law, South Royalton, VT
  • Amy I. Pandit, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
  • John Pinson, Clean Gas, Inc., Hindman, KY
  • Chad Spence, Artex Oil Company, Marietta, OH
  • Simon Tolbert, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • W. Brent Williams, Huntington, WV

 

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June 8, 2011

Kentucky Mineral Law Planning Luncheon

Members are invited to submit topics for the October 19-21, 2011 Kentucky Mineral Law Conference at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY. A brief description of the topic and any proposed speakers should be emailed by June 15.

The topics and speakers will be selected at the June 20 planning luncheon in Lexington. If you wish to attend the luncheon meeting, please reply to this email and the time and location will be provided. The 2011 Kentucky Mineral Law Conference is chaired by Maureen D. Carman, Attorney at Law, Versailles, KY, and will begin on Wednesday morning with a full day oil and gas track, general sessions and ethics on Thursday, and coal track on Friday morning with members of the Kentucky Coal Association.

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June 1, 2011

Kentucky Mineral Law Planning Luncheon
Members are invited to submit topics for the October 19-21, 2011 Kentucky Mineral Law Conference at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY. A brief description of the topic and any proposed speakers should be emailed by June 15.

The topics and speakers will be selected at the June 20 planning luncheon in Lexington. If you wish to attend the luncheon meeting, please reply to this email and the time and location will be provided. The 2011 Kentucky Mineral Law Conference is chaired by Maureen D. Carman, Attorney at Law, Versailles, KY, and will begin on Wednesday morning with a full day oil and gas track, general sessions and ethics on Thursday, and coal track on Friday morning with members of the Kentucky Coal Association.

Tim Gresham Honored with Award at 32nd Annual Institute
The John L. McClaugherty Award for extraordinary service to the EMLF and to the legal profession was awarded to Timothy W. Gresham, partner in the Abingdon, VA, firm of Penn, Stuart & Eskridge. Recognized for his continuing service to the EMLF and for his years on the Executive Committee, then as Special Advisor to the EC, and as Foundation president, Tim was presented with the award by David G. Ries, the 2010 recipient of the McClaugherty Award.

Since its establishment at the Foundation’s 25th Annual Institute, the following EMLF members have been honored with the award: Edward M. Green, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; J. Thomas Lane, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, Charleston, WV; Thomas C. Means, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; R. Neal Pierce, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Columbus, OH; David G. Ries, Thorp Reed & Armstrong, Pittsburgh, PA; Russell L. Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Meadville, PA; Joseph J. Zaluski, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Lexington, KY, and Sharon J. Daniels, EMLF Executive Director.

$50,000 in EMLF Law Student Scholarships Announced at Annual Institute
The EMLF Executive Committee approved increasing the scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year from $30,000 to $50,000, due to a highly successful series of legal education programs during the year. The scholarship recipients were announced at the 2011 Annual Institute.

Every EMLF member can be proud of their support for this program – EMLF General Scholarships come out of the annual operating budget which includes your membership dues and revenues from educational programs. We have three memorial scholarships established in the memory of EMLF members: Paul N. Bowles, James H. Davis, III, and Mary Sue Schulberg.

The following scholarships were awarded:

American University, Washington College of Law: Sean S. Tshikororo – $6000 General Scholarship Fund

University of Kentucky College of Law: Jesse M. Parrish – $1000 James H. Davis III Scholarship and $3000 General Scholarship Fund

University of Oklahoma College of Law: Teresa B. Baumann – $5000 Presidents’ Scholarship and $1000 General Scholarship Fund; Ashley Nguyen Miller – $4000 General Scholarship Fund; Keith A. Needham – $6000 General Scholarship Fund; Bradley N. Secrist – $4000 General Scholarship Fund

University of Pittsburgh School of Law: Joseph V. Schaeffer – $4000 General Scholarship Fund

Southern Methodist University College of Law: Ethan M. Wood – $4000 General Scholarship Fund

West Virginia University College of Law: Vanessa A. Baxter – $1000 Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship and $3000 General Scholarship Fund; Cole F. Bozic – $1000 Paul N. Bowles Scholarship and $5000 General Scholarship Fund; and Courtney N. Richardson – $2000 General Scholarship Fund

Many thanks to the Scholarship Committee for their commitment to this project: Melanie J. Kilpatrick, Chair, Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLC, Lexington, KY; Robert E. Beck, Southern Illinois University School of Law at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL; Mark L. Belleville, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA; Joseph W. Dellapenna, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA; J. Richard Emens, Emens & Wolper Law Firm, LPA, Columbus, OH; Thomas C. Means, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC; Joseph K. Reinhart, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA; and Ernest E. Smith, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX.

John T. Boyd II Assumes Presidency of EMLF at Annual Institute
John T. Boyd II, President and CEO of the John T. Boyd Co., Canonsburg, PA, became the Foundation’s 31st president following the Board of Trustees election of new officers, Trustees at Large, and Executive Committee members.

Timothy M. Miller, Robinson & McElwee, Charleston, WV, was elected vice president and president-elect. Sharon O. Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV, is the new Treasurer, and Kenneth E. McDonough, AEP Service Corp., Columbus, OH, is the new Secretary.

Executive Committee members for 2011-2012 are Kevin K. Douglass, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA; Frank N. Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA; Erin E. Magee, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV; Benjamin M. Sullivan, EQT Corporation, Charleston, WV; G. Brian Wells, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Lexington, KY; Daniel W. Wolff, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; and past presidents Kirsten L. Nathanson, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC and C. David Morrison, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, WV.

Newly-elected first-term Trustees at Large:

  • Nicolle Snyder Bagnell, Reed Smith, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cameron S. Bell, Penn, Stuart & Eskridge, Abingdon, VA
  • W. Blaine Early, III, Stites & Harbison, Lexington, KY
  • Jeffrey K. Phillips, Steptoe & Johnson, Lexington, KY
  • David H. Thomason, Stoll Keenon Ogden, Henderson, KY
  • Christopher B. Wallace, Attorney at Law, Utica, NY


Scheduled Programs:
October 19-21, 2011
Kentucky Mineral Law Conference
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort
Lexington, KY

February 12-14, 2012
Winter Workshops on Energy Law
Lago Mar Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL

June 24-26, 2012
EMLF Annual Institute
Charleston Place Hotel
Charleston, SC

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April 12, 2011

Early Bird Registration for 32nd Annual Institute Ends April 15
Be sure you register this week so you can save $100 on the Annual Institute registration fee. Go to www.emlf.org to register online for the 32nd Annual Institute, May 15-17 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA.

Before you pay the general registration fee, check the online EMLF member directory and see if your firm or company is a member. If so, you will save another $150 on your registration fee.

Nemacolin Resort Extends Room Rate Through April 15
Though the Annual Institute print brochure shows an earlier cutoff date for the special room rates at Nemacolin Resort, you can still receive the discounted rate through April 15.

Go to www.emlf.org or call 800.422.2736 and ask for the very favorable EMLF group rate.

EMLF Law Student Scholarships – April 18 Deadline for Completed Applications
Law students are encouraged to make sure their scholarship applications are complete and all materials – including letters of recommendation – are submitted to the EMLF by Monday, April 18.

The application form and all scholarship information is on the EMLF website at www.emlf.org.

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference Re-scheduled for October 19-21, 2011
Mark your calendars for the annual Kentucky Mineral Law Conference at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington for October 19-21. The date has changed by one week so that conference attendees can opt to attend a home football game at the University of Kentucky, as well as enjoy the fall racing meet at Keeneland while in Lexington.

The program will feature a full day of oil and gas topics on Wednesday, October 19, the general session topics on Thursday, and the coal topics on Friday morning, when registrants will be joined by members of the Kentucky Coal Association and the Appalachian Chapter of SME.

Abstracting Titles in the Appalachian Basin Draws Big Crowd
Driven by the Marcellus shale development, the sold-out programs on Basic Abstracting and Intermediate Title Issues drew 454 abstractors, attorneys and landmen to the EMLF’s March 10-11programs in Southpointe, PA.

Speakers on Basic Abstracting, chaired by Arnie Schulberg, were Joyce Trew, EQT Producing, Pittsburgh; Tom Lane, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, Charleston, WV; Leslie Miller-Stover, Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston, WV; Joel E. Symonds, EQT Production, Charleston; James R. Witte, Glenville State College; Ryan T. Purpura, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh; Nathaniel Hunter, Spilman, Thomas & Battle, Pittsburgh; Jonathon Higie and Andrew Chumney, Peacock Keller & Ecker, Washington, PA; and Timothy Rounds, Jackson Kelly, Morgantown, WV.

The second program on Intermediate Title Issues was developed by Sean Cassidy of Cassidy & Associates, Greensburg, PA; Russell Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson, Meadville, PA; and Tom Lane of Bowles Rice, all of whom spoke and appeared on a title curative panel joined by James Adams of The Sadler Law Firm, Houston and Michael J. Barron, EQT Producing, Washington, PA. Paul J. Atencio and Bruce F. Rudoy, of Tucker Arensberg in Pittsburgh covered judicial sales and probate and intestate succession, and Justin Rubenstein of Burleson Cooke in Canonsburg covered tax sales.

Based on more than 100 evaluations turned in after the course, there’s still a need for more educational programs on these issues.

EMLF Welcomes New Members

Law Firm Sustaining Member:

  • K & L Gates LLP, Harrisburg, PA (Timothy Weston, main contact) 

Law Firm Supporting Member:

  • Walter Energy, Inc., Birmingham, AL, Guy W. Hensley, Walter J. Scheller, III
  • Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC, John D. Hoblitzel and John R. McGhee, Charleston, WV; Shannon P. Smith, Morgantown, WV 

Individual Members:

  • Austin Brewer, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Jeffrey Babcock, Seneca Resources Corporation, Williamsville, NY
  • Terrence Shea Cook, Attorney at Law, Richlands, VA
  • Tabitha D. Crotty, Harvey and Janutolo Law Offices, Morgantown, WV
  • Thomas Goodwin, Boehl Stopher & Graves, LLP, Louisville, KY
  • Dustin Hatherill, Geiger, Teeple, Smith and Hahn, L.L.P., Alliance, OH
  • Melissa J. Hoehn, Attorney at Law, PLLC, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Chad M. Kell, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX
  • Patrick McCaffrey, Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Columbus, OH
  • Daniel Nabuda, Brighton Resources, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Eric D. Owens, University of Pittsburgh College of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
  • William Radler, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Carol Resnick, Sewickley, PA
  • Brent Riggle, Mason Dixon Energy, Inc., New Concord, OH
  • Susan D. Scott, Western Land Services, Canonsburg, PA
  • George Shires, Hameline and Eccleston, LLP, Plano, TX
  • Kathleen Stealey, Parkersburg, WV
  • William G. Williams, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, Canton, OH
  • Steven Wolfe, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
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March 23, 2011

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Hotel Cutoff Date – Wednesday, March 30
Take advantage of the very favorable room rates available to Annual Institute registrants who make room reservations through March 30 at the five-star Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, PA. Call 800.422.2736 and ask for the EMLF group rate.

You can also link to Nemacolin room reservations via the EMLF website at www.emlf.org

Be sure to enter the special code when registering online to get the EMLF conference rate at the hotel: EN0511

Note: The resort fee of $15 per night is being waived for EMLF conference attendees but it will be automatically charged – and then credited to your account. You will not be paying the resort fee while attending the Annual Institute.

Abstracting Mineral Titles in the Appalachian Basin
A crowd of 456 abstractors, attorneys and landmen attended the EMLF’s March 10-11 programs in Canonsburg, PA, covering Basic Abstracting and Intermediate Title Issues, chaired by Arnie Schulberg, Attorney, Hurricane, WV. Basic Abstracting was taught by Joyce Trew, EQT Producing, Pittsburgh; Tom Lane, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, Charleston; Leslie Miller-Stover, Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston; Joel Symonds, EQT Production Co., Charleston; James Witte, Glenville State College, Glenville, WV; Ryan Purpura, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh; Nathaniel Hunter, Spilman Thomas & Battle, Pittsburgh; Jonathan Higie and Andrew S. Chumney, Peacock Keller & Ecker, Washington, PA; and Timothy Rounds, Jackson Kelly, Charleston.

Intermediate Issues in Mineral Title Examination was taught by Russ Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson, Meadville, PA; Sean Cassidy, Cassidy & Associates, Greensburg, PA; Paul Atencio and Bruce F. Rudoy, Tucker Arensberg, Pittsburgh; Justin Rubenstein, Burleson Cooke, Canonsburg, PA; James Adams, The Sadler Law Firm, Houston; Michael Barron, EQT Production, Washington, PA; Tom Lane, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, Charleston; and Christopher B. Wallace, Attorney, Utica, NY.

The EMLF program was held in conjunction with the monthly dinner meeting of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL. Many thanks to the firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC for hosting a pre-conference welcome reception for all Mineral Titles attendees in their new office location at 11 Grandview Circle, Suite 200, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

EMLF Law Student Scholarship Program – Deadline for Applications is April 18
At least $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to qualified students enrolled in EMLF Member Law Schools. Go to www.emlf.org for complete information on scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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February 4, 2011

Law Student Scholarship Program for 2011-2012
The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation fosters the study of energy and mineral law through its scholarship program for law students attending EMLF member law schools.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 academic year, with April 18, 2011, as the deadline for applications.

Complete information on the scholarship program, including the scholarship application and a list of EMLF member law schools, is available at www.emlf.org.

EMLF Educational Programs

  • February 10-12 – Winter Workshops on Energy Law, Lago Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • March 10 – Basic Abstracting, Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA (online registration available)
  • March 11 – Intermediate Issues in Title Examination, Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA (online registration available).
  • May 15-17 – 33rd Annual Institute, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA – mark your calendar and watch the EMLF website for details
  • October 12-14 – Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington KY – mark your calendar and watch the EMLF website for details

EMLF Welcomes New Members

Sustaining Members – Group

  • Atlas Energy, Inc., Moon Township, PA (Kevin D. Coleman, Counsel; Jeff Junstrom, Title Analyst; Jason Allen Levine, Contract Analyst; Alan B. Rosenthal, Assistant General Counsel)
  • Atlas Energy Resources, LLC, Moon Township, PA (Renee Anderson; Stacey J. Garvin, Vice-President, Land; Jim Kane, Title Analyst)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY (Sandra L. Flow, Jeffrey S. Lewis)

Supporting Members – Group

  • Barnes Dulac Watkins, Pittsburgh, PA (Anthony J. Cama, Donald T. Dulac, Jr., Kenneth J. Witzel)
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, PLLC, Pittsburgh, PA (Scott R. Dismukes), Charleston, WV (Stephen E. Hastings), Harrisburg, PA (Kevin J. Moody)
  • Lipari Energy, Inc., London, KY (David Stetson, General Counsel)

Individual Members

  • James W. Adams, Jr., Sadler Law Firm, Houston, TX
  • Lawrence D. Brudy, Lawrence D. Brudy & Associates, Inc., Wexford, PA
  • Sharon Carter, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rashmi Chopra, Student, Columbia Law School, New York, NY
  • David M. Cohen, Cohen Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, Blacklick, OH
  • Lynda M. Dupre, Attorney at Law, Ligonier, PA
  • Michael B. Gardner, General Counsel, Oxford Resource Partners, LP, Columbus, OH
  • Justine M. Guess, Manager of Title Research, Murray Energy Corp., Little Hocking, OH
  • Jaime Hickton, Student, West Virginia University College of Law, West Newton, PA
  • Anna E. Hodges, Student, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Jones, OK
  • Donald J. Kochan, Associate Professor, Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA
  • Kerry Leonard, Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Munhall, PA
  • Joshua H. Lewis, Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Barbara Miller, Lindley, NY
  • Michael J. Moran, Title Analyst, Brighton Resources, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Crystal D. Perkins, Perk Title & Research LLC, Georgetown, KY
  • Kip I. Plankinton, Kip I. Plankinton, P.C.,Dallas, TX
  • Marsha Ratliff Rosado, Shelbiana, KY
  • Heather N. Stites, Pittsburgh, PA
  • James W. Turner, Setliff Turner & Holland, Huntington, WV
  • Emily Wallace, Law Offices of Christopher B. Wallace, Utica, NY
  • Jessica L. Wiley, Setliff Turner & Holland, Huntington, WV
  • Robert Wolf, President, Vernazza Corporation, Plano, TX

For complete contact information for new members, go to the online membership directory.

EMLF Winter Workshops on Energy Law
We are pleased that OSM Director Joseph G. Pizarchik has confirmed his participation as a speaker at the Winter Workshops next week, shown on the program brochure as “invited.”

In conjunction with the Winter Workshops, the EMLF office will be closed February 8-11 and reopen on February 14.

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January 27, 2011

Abstracting Titles in the Appalachian Basin
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317
March 10, 2011– Basic Abstracting
March 11, 2011– Intermediate Issues in Title Examination

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is sponsoring two (2) separate programs on Abstracting Titles in the Appalachian Basin, with a primary focus on Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Thursday, March 10 is a basic abstracting course, explaining how you begin the process, the indicies you will need to pull, documenting the records you review, pulling all the information together, and finally reviewing a sample title opinion to see how your work is used in a title opinion.

For those wanting additional instruction, the March 11 program covers intermediate title problems, including such interpretive issues as the mineral/royalty distinction; Sheriff’s sales and other judicial sales; tax sales; probate and intestate succession. The afternoon of the second day is devoted to curing problems found during the title examination, with a panel of knowledgeable title attorneys analyzing a series of different title defects and offering their expertise on the appropriate cure.

Registrants may submit written questions in advance for the panel to consider by emailing them to info@emlf.org.

For complete program brochure and online registration, go to www.emlf.org.

Mandatory CLE and Professional Education Credit: EMLF programs are generally accredited by all states with Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements and by the AAPL. Application for credit has also been made to the National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA) and the National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (NALTA). Complete reporting information will be provided at the conference. The March 10 program contains 450 minutes of professional education; the March 11 program contains 345 minutes of professional education. For attorneys, full attendance at both programs provides approximately 14.7 hours of Continuing Legal Education in states which calculate 50-minute hours and 12.25 hours in states which calculate 60-minute hours.

The EMLF program is being held in conjunction with the monthly dinner meeting of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL, on Thursday March 10. Click here for more information.

Hotel Information:
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
1000 Corporate Drive
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Reservations: 724.743.5000

No room block is being held, but ask for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation rate of $109 standard and $119 suite based on availability.

The hotel has 175 guest rooms, so make your reservations early.

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January 6, 2011

EMLF Winter Workshops on Energy Law
February 10-12, 2011
Lago Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hotel Cutoff January 9
The EMLF room block at the Lago Mar Resort, 1700 South Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, will be held through Sunday, January 9, or sell out. Be sure to call 954.523.6511 to reserve your room for the Winter Workshops at the rate of $225 per night plus tax for a one-bedroom suite. Ask for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation room block.

Individual reservations may be canceled without penalty seven days or more prior to the confirmed arrival date. Cancellations occurring less than seven days prior to arrival date shall be charged a one night’s room occupancy and tax.

Lago Mar is just five miles north of the Fort Lauderdale airport (about a ten-minute ride), about 15 minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale and about 45 minutes from Palm Beach and Miami.

Early Bird Registration Ends January 20
Save $100 on the registration fee by registering on or before January 20. You may register online at www.emlf.org.

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