Winter Workshops Registration

Winter Workshops Registration

 

Registration now open for Winter Workshops

The Winter Workshops on Energy Law are scheduled for February 10-12, 2013, at the Lago Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Both an e-brochure detailing topics to be covered and registration are now available online.

Cut-off date for the room block at the Lago Mar is January 9 so you should make your reservations soon.

The conference registration fee includes all educational sessions and materials, Sunday and Monday cocktail receptions, Tuesday mid-morning brunch and refreshment breaks. A CD with all PowerPoint presentations and written materials will be provided. Guest registration includes Sunday and Monday cocktail receptions and Tuesday mid-morning brunch.

There are a number of ways to find the conference e-brochure: click on the Fort Lauderdale artwork on the EMLF home page; or go to Programs menu on the home page and pull down to Register for Programs.

The conference consists of 600 minutes, including 60 ethics minutes (10 hours in 60-minute states and 12 hours in 50-minute states).

The registration process has changed with the new website. When you elect to register online, be sure to select the correct category (member or non-member). Anyone who works for a Sustaining Member of the EMLF qualifies for the member rate; for your convenience, there is a link to a list of the Sustaining Members so you can verify your eligibility for the member rate at a considerable savings.

Registering for multiple people at the same time is now easier – you can register up to four people at once and provide all their information. If you are just registering for one person, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the form in order to submit your registration.

The resort 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. Directions for driving from the Fort Lauderdale airport and directions for driving from I-95 can be found on the resort’s website.

EMLF has a room block at a rate of $225 for a one-bedroom suite. Rooms at that rate are available through January 9 or sellout. Be sure to ask for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation room block. The direct number for the reservations department is 954.523.6511 or 800-LAG-OMAR. 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.

 

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November 20, 2012

Call for Topics:  Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale

The EMLF will sponsor a two-day program “Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale” on April 15-16, 2013, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, 3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, Ohio.

We want your input to make this the best possible program for your needs.  EMLF members are encouraged to submit issues they are dealing with and would like to see addressed at this program. Please send suggestions along with the names of any prospective speakers to Sharon Daniels, Executive Director, via email to sharon@emlf.org by December 10.  Gregory D. Russell, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, Columbus, has been appointed to serve as Program Chair.

Applause for EMLF Volunteers:  Careers in Energy Law Programs a Big Success

Last week the fall series of programs for students at EMLF member law schools concluded, with presentations at Washington & Lee University and Penn State University on November 12.  At the Careers programs, EMLF members give panel presentations, discussing their particular practice area and how they happened to become energy and mineral lawyers.  Pizza is served, and it’s an informal opportunity for students to listen and ask questions about what they can expect if they choose this area of the law.  We estimate over 250 law students attended the six programs.

Natalie Jefferis (EQT) shared this email from Trisha Longenette, a student at Duquesne:

“Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me and other Duquesne Law Students at the Careers in Energy Law Panel this past Tuesday.  We all found the advice and information given during the panel discussion to be very engaging and it was exciting to be able to listen to a very knowledgeable, fun, and friendly group of people.  For me personally it was refreshing to hear how no one planned their paths but yet ended up in a rewarding career.  Although I have worked a number of years in the Title side of the industry, I have a strong desire to learn more about other areas and listening to each of the panelists’ stories impacted me in ways I could never explain. . . . “

Many speakers were returning to their alma maters for these presentations, making an extra special connection with the students.  A big thank you to the following EMLF volunteers who made these programs a success:

  • West Virginia University, October 8, David Morrison, Moderator, Steptoe & Johnson, Bridgeport, WV;  Andrea McCardle, Jackson Kelly, Morgantown; Cordell Pierce, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh; Tim Miller, Robinson & McElwee, Charleston; and Tom Rubenstein, Dinsmore & Shohl, Morgantown.
  • Appalachian School of Law, October 15, Frank Harrington, Moderator, Alpha Natural Resources, Bristol, TN; Professor Buzz Belleville, ASL; Jill Morgan Harrison, Alpha Coal Sales, Bristol, TN; Dan Kostrub, Steptoe & Johnson, Wheeling, WV; and Jonathan C. York, Abell & Associates, Kingsport, TN.
  • Duquesne University, October 16, Natalie Jefferis, Moderator, EQT Mid-Stream, Pittsburgh; Brian  Anderson, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co., Moon Township, PA; Kevin Douglass, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh; and David  Laurent, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh.
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, November 1, Natalie Jefferis, Moderator, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh; Britt Freund, Bowles Rice, Canonsburg, PA; Joseph Reinhart, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh; and Martha Weigand, CONSOL Energy, Canonsburg, PA.
  • Washington & Lee University, November 12, Joel Symonds, Moderator, Charleston, WV; Professor Albert Carr, W&L; Mary Beth Naumann, Jackson Kelly, Lexington, KY; and Matthew Tyree, Jackson Kelly, Charleston.
  • Penn State University, November 12, University Park Campus:  David Morrison, Moderator, Steptoe & Johnson, Bridgeport, WV; Natalie Jefferis, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh; and Robert Jochen, Reed Smith, Pittsburgh.   Carlisle Campus:  Maureen D. Carman, Moderator, Attorney, Versailles, KY; and Jeffrey W. Wagner, Pardee Resources Co., Philadelphia.

Upcoming programs – mark your calendars

  • February 10-12, 2013 – Winter Workshops on Energy Law, Lago Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  1.800.LAGOMAR by January 9 for reservations.
  • April 15-16, 2013 – Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale, Hilton Columbus Easton, Columbus, OH.
  • June 16-18, 2013 – EMLF 34th Annual Institute, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD.
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November 6, 2012

The new EMLF website has launched!

Go to http://www.emlf.org and see for yourself how the EMLF website has been revitalized.

The site features more graphics, better organization, better navigation, more search functionality and more complete member listings in the online directory.

The home page now features a series of large graphics that change automatically, providing a glimpse into the energy and mineral law industries. The extensive menu available on the home page is also available from every single page on the site; with just the click of a mouse you can easily navigate anywhere on the site – putting a wealth of information at your fingertips.

At the top of the home page – in the banner – there is a link to the online member directory as well as a log in for members for easy access to those frequently used links.

Membership directory

The revised membership directory can be searched by name, firm or state – or the first letter of a person’s last name or the first letter of a firm’s name. Listings include the member’s name, firm, email address, location, phone, fax and if available, a link to the member’s expanded information on his or her firm’s website.

White Papers

The White Papers – free to members – can be searched by keyword, author or category. And with a simple click of the mouse, papers are instantly available for members. Non-members will have the same search capability and a free preview of the first few pages of a chapter to determine if they want to purchase the white paper. Non-member orders will be filled manually, generally within the hour.

Navigation menus

There are four major menu categories: Membership, About EMLF, Programs and Publications. You can click on the main menu items for more information or just hover over the main categories and the drop down menus will appear.

Under Membership, you will find details about the EMLF, the membership directory and will be able to join the organization. Also available are past issues of the EMLF’s e-Newsletter.

About EMLF gives details about the leadership of the organization, including a searchable directory of officers, executive committee, trustees and other categories, along with links to the strategic plan and other documentation.

Under Programs, you will see a calendar of educational events with links to information about the programs, including online registration. Also available are links to past educational events that include the program brochures you might need to claim education credits, and registration lists to help re-connect with someone you met at an EMLF program. Also available are details about the EMLF’s extensive outreach to law school students through its law student scholarships and Energy Careers programs at member law schools.

Finally, the Publications category has the White Papers (for both members and the public) as well as materials for purchase from prior conferences.  The White Papers were written by speakers at the EMLF’s Annual Institutes, originally published in Energy & Mineral Law Institute, available online  from 1992 forward.  TheEnergy & Mineral Law Institute publication is a collection of chapters written by the speakers at the EMLF Annual Institutes

Registering for programs

The registration process for programs and purchases should be smoother. For EMLF members, the forms will be populated with their data (as long as it is current – and if not, it is simple to change). Registrations for multiple attendees will also be simplified.

What’s Happening

New to the site is What’s Happening – a section for member contributions (but open to public view) which will include announcements, notices, press releases and other commentary. EMLF members are welcome to submit materials (either in Word or PDF) by sending them to happening@emlf.org.

Contact the EMLF webmaster at michele@emlf.org if you have difficulties with the new website.

 

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September 6, 2012

 

Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute – September 22, 2012

Register through September 8 and save $100 on the Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute registration fee, co-sponsored by the EMLF and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Held the Saturday before MINExpo opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Mine Safety Special Institute will be at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and is chaired by Daniel W. Wolff, Crowell & Moring LLP.  Registration fee includes all meeting materials on CD, continental breakfast and breaks, and hosted luncheon.

Topics include the case backlog at the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission; criminal enforcement update; “flagrant” violations under the MINER Act;  new regulations – from financial and SEC reporting obligations to a litany of safety and health standards; MSHA’s authority to access documents and information from mine operators; discrimination under the Mine Act and a miner’s right to temporary reinstatement; the burden of proof for “significant and substantial” violations; and MSHA’s increased use of policy documents for enforcement purposes.

Speakers are drawn from industry, the private bar, the Office of the Solicitor of Labor, USDOL, and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

The program is accredited for approximately 6.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit in 60-minute states and 7.9 CLE credits in states calculating 50 minutes for an hour of CLE credit. For current registration list, program brochure and online registration, go to the EMLF website.

EMLF Law School Programs – Careers in Energy Law

Each year EMLF volunteers spend some time at member law schools, encouraging students to consider a career in energy law by giving several brief presentations on their daily work and showing students the wide variety of practice areas that energy lawyers enjoy.  Students also learn about the EMLF and student memberships, the availability of scholarships, and discounted and free registration at EMLF educational programs.  If you would like to speak at one of these programs, just contact sharon@emlf.org

So far the following Energy Careers programs have been scheduled:

  • October 8, 2012 – West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • October 15, 2012 – Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
  • October 16, 2012 – Duquesne University Law School, Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 1, 2012 – University of Pittsburgh School of Law,  Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 12, 2012 – Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA
  • November TBA – Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law, University Park, PA

EMLF Welcomes New Members

Bricker & Eckler LLP with offices in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio:

  • Matthew Warnock, 614-227-2388, fax: 614-227-2390, mwarnock@bricker.com, 100 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Glenn S. Krassen, 216-523-5469; fax: 216-523-7071, gkrassen@bricker.com,1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Suite 1350, Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Rob K. James, 216-523-5482; fax: 216-523-7071, rjames@bricker.com, 1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Suite 1350, Cleveland, OH 44114

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – October 24-26, 2012

The annual fall program moves to a new location this fall – the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington.

Co-chairs are Erin E. Magee, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV and Joseph A. Tarantelli, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, OK.  For complete program brochure, hotel information, and online registration, go to the EMLF website.

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August 15, 2012

 

Sixth Circuit Reverses Review Commission in Employment Discrimination Case

The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission’s decision that temporary reinstatement in an MSHA employment discrimination case under the Mine Act continues after the Secretary of Labor determines that no Mine Act violation occurred.

In reversing, the 6th Circuit stated “The instant case presents the issue of first impression of whether the Mine Act mandates than an employee’s temporary reinstatement continue after the Secretary determines that his complaint lacks merit.  We hold that the Mine Act does not require such continued temporary reinstatement.”

The case has been recommended for full text publication, and was submitted by Timothy W. Gresham at Penn, Stuart & Eskridge, Abingdon, VA.

EMLF and RMMLF Mine Safety and Health Law Special Institute September 22

The North Fork Coal case and other mine safety and health law litigation and regulation will be covered during the Saturday, September 22 program at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel.

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation are co-sponsoring a one-day Mine Safety & Health Law program in conjunction with the National Mining Association’s 2012 MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The lunch speaker will be Aric M. Pryor, President, Matrix Design Group, LLC, Newburgh, IN, giving an informative presentation on proximity detectors and their use in underground coal mines.  Held the Saturday before MINExpo opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute will be at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and is chaired by Daniel W. Wolff, Crowell & Moring LLP.

EMLF and RMMLF members can register through September 8 for $425. Registration fee includes all meeting materials on CD, continental breakfast and breaks, and hosted luncheon.

Programs topics include the backlog of cases at the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission and what is being done to address the problem; criminal enforcement update; “flagrant” violations under the MINER Act; panel discussion covering new regulations — from financial and SEC reporting obligations to a litany of safety and health standards; MSHA’s authority to obtain access to documents and information from mine operators that they are not required maintain either under the Mine Act or MSHA regulation; discrimination under the Mine Act and a miner’s right to temporary reinstatement; the burden of proof for “significant and substantial” violations; and MSHA’s increased use of policy documents for enforcement purposes.

Speakers are drawn from industry, the private bar, the Office of the Solicitor of Labor, USDOL, and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.  The program is accredited for approximately 6.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit in 60-minute states and 7.9 CLE credits in states calculating 50 minutes for an hour of CLE credit.

For complete information and online registration, go to the EMLF website.

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July 25, 2012

 

EMLF Elects New Officers, Executive Committee and Trustees

Timothy M. Miller, Robinson & McElwee PLLC, Charleston, WV, is the new president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, taking office at the Foundation’s 33rd Annual Institute in Charleston, SC.

Sharon O. Flanery of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in the Charleston, WV, office was elected Vice President and President-Elect; G. Brian Wells, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Lexington, KY, was elected Treasurer, and Kevin K Douglass of the Pittsburgh office of Babst Calland was elected Secretary.

Members of the Executive Committee elected for the coming year are Sandra K. Fraley, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City; Frank B. Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, Bristol, TN; Natalie N. Jefferis, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh; Erin E. Magee, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV; Russell L. Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Meadville, PA; and Daniel W. Wolff, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C. Past President Members are John T. Boyd II, John T. Boyd Co., Pittsburgh and Kirsten L. Nathanson, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC.

First-time nominees elected to the Board of Trustees:

  • Kevin L. Colosimo, Burleson LLP, Canonsburg, PA
  • Britt A. Freund, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP, Canonsburg, PA
  • Melanie J. Kilpatrick, Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLC, Lexington, KY
  • Brooks M. Smith, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, VA
  • Joseph A. Tarantelli, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK
  • James M. Van Nostrand, WVU Center for Energy & Sustainable Development, Morgantown, WV
  • R. Timothy Weston, K&L Gates LLP, Harrisburg, PA

Maureen D. Carman Receives McClaugherty Award

The Foundation’s highest honor for service to the legal profession, the natural resources industry, and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation was presented to Maureen D. Carman at the annual Board of Trustees meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, by Tim Gresham, recipient of the award in 2011.

The McClaugherty Award was established in 2003 to honor the memory of John L. McClaugherty, partner in the firm of Jackson Kelly, a founder and past president of the EMLF.

Maureen was selected as the recipient of the McClaugherty Award in recognition of her years of service as an officer of the Foundation and her many contributions to the organization’s programs.  She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and has worked in state government, as in-house counsel, and in private practice, now in Versailles, KY.  Throughout her career, Maureen has mentored many young lawyers and encouraged their participation in the EMLF.  She has chaired many EMLF educational programs, served on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Committee, and presented and written extensively for the EMLF in the areas of surety law and bankruptcy.  As noted in the presentation of the award, Maureen “continues to serve the Foundation in many invaluable ways that may escape the notice of most of us.”

Maureen joins a distinguished group of loyal EMLF members who are past recipients of the award: Edward M. Green, Timothy W. Gresham, J. Thomas Lane, Thomas C. Means, R. Neal Pierce, David G. Ries, Russell L. Schetroma, and Joseph J. Zaluski.

Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute – September 22, 2012

The EMLF and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation are co-sponsoring a one-day Mine Safety & Health Law program in conjunction with the National Mining Association’s 2012 MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The lunch speaker will be Aric M. Pryor, President, Matrix Design Group, LLC, Newburgh, IN, giving an informative presentation on proximity detectors and their use in underground coal mines.  Held the Saturday before MINExpo opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the program will be at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and is chaired by Daniel W. Wolff, Crowell & Moring LLP.

EMLF and RMMLF members can register at the early bird rate through September 8 for $425. The program is accredited for approximately 6.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit in 60-minute states and 7.9 CLE credits in states calculating 50 minutes for an hour of CLE credit.

For complete information and online registration, go to https://www.emlf.org/Content/safety_12.aspx
$50,000 in Law Student Scholarships Awarded at Annual Institute

The following members of the EMLF Scholarship Committee met to select the recipients of the scholarship awards: Melanie J. Kilpatrick, Chair, Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLC, Lexington, KY; Robert E. Beck, Southern Illinois University School of Law at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL; J. Richard Emens, Emens & Wolper Law Firm, LPA, Columbus, OH; Thomas C. Means, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC; and Joseph K. Reinhart, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh, PA.

The Committee announced the following recipients of the scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • Travis L. Brannon, West Virginia University College of Law – $10,000
  • Arthur Randolph Bridgens, Washburn University School of Law – $4,000
  • Brian C. Flanagan, Louisiana State University -$3,000
  • Brandon James Hauver, SMU Dedman School of Law – $5,000
  • Brandon Davis Kemp, The University of Oklahoma College of Law – $6,000
  • Zachary D. Morahan, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law – $3,000
  • Christopher Ryan Parsley, SMU Dedman School of Law – $5,000
  • Amber H. Russo, Appalachian School of Law – $5,000
  • Walton Christopher Shepherd, West Virginia University College of Law – $5,000
  • Jordan Christine Strauss, SMU Dedman School of Law – $4,000

Scholarships are funded by EMLF membership dues and the following sponsored scholarships:  Paul N. Bowles Scholarship, $1000; Sean Cassidy Scholarship, $1000; James H. Davis IV Scholarship, $1000; and the Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship, $2000

EMLF Educational Program Schedule

  • September 22, 2013 – Mine Safety and Health Law, Wynn Las Vegas
  • October 24-26, 2013 – Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Hyatt Regency Lexington
  • February 10-12, 2013 – Winter Workshops on Energy Law, Lago Mar Resort & Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • June 16-18, 2013 – 34th Annual Institute, Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel, Baltimore, MD

Included as a Service to the University of Oklahoma College of Law, an EMLF Member Law School

The University of Oklahoma College of Law is pleased to continue its multi-year hiring campaign to recruit top faculty to our flagship state law school. Over the past decade, the College of Law has built world-class facilities, attracted exceptional students and faculty, and dramatically increased endowed faculty positions and resources.  We are committed to building on this momentum and have openings for tenure-track positions or tenured positions at the ranks of Associate or full Professors.  We have a particular curricular need for faculty with expertise and interest in Natural Resources Law, Administrative Law, Energy Law, Water Law, Biotechnology Law, and Agriculture Law.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, a college town near Oklahoma City, which has been recognized nationally as one of the best places to live.  As an equal opportunity employer, the University encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would further diversify our faculty.  Applicants should possess a J.D. or equivalent academic degree, strong academic credentials, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Application review will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until filled.  The College of Law will participate in the AALS hiring process, but interested candidates may also apply directly by sending a cover letter and vitae to Dawn Tomlins [dtomlins@ou.edu], Assistant to the Faculty Appointments Committee, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Rd., Norman, OK 73019.

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May 31, 2012

 

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – October 24-26, 2012

The planning meeting for the October conference will be Thursday, June 7, in Lexington.  If you would like to attend the planning luncheon or participate by conference call, please reply to this email and I will send you time and location and the call-in number for the conference call.

The annual fall program will move this year to downtown Lexington at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, with guest room rates of $179.

Please remember to send your topic and speaker proposals by Wednesday, June 6, so they can be distributed prior to the planning meeting.  The Kentucky Mineral Law Conference topics include oil and gas, coal, electric power, labor and employment, ethics, and environmental and land issues.  The Coal Chair for the conference is Erin Magee at Jackson Kelly PLLC in Charleston, WV, and the Oil & Gas Chair is Joe Tarantelli with Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City.

33rd Annual Institute – June 24-26, 2012

Registration is still available for the Annual Institute at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC.  You can register online.

The program includes 2 hours of ethics, and approximately 13.6 hours of CLE in states which calculate 60 minutes to an hour, and approximately 16.4 hours of CLE in states which calculate 50 minutes for an hour’s credit.

Program chair is C. David Morrison, Steptoe & Johnson, Bridgeport, WV; Coal Chair is Brian Wells, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Lexington, KY; and the Oil and Gas Chair is Russell L. Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson, Meadville, PA.

The EMLF Board of Trustees meets Sunday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. and the Welcome Party for all registrants and registered guests is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Riviera Theater, with bluegrass/folk music by The Corduroy Road.  The EMLF Executive Committee meets Monday, June 25 at 5:15 p.m.   There is a 1-hour reception on Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. featuring the piano music of Davin Seamon, an attorney in Steptoe & Johnson’s Bridgeport, WV, office.

The current registration list for the Annual Institute is available on the website.

Mineral Titles Program Well Received – Materials Available for Sale

On May 10-11, a sell-out program on “Resolving Title Issues in Shale Development” was presented at the Wheeling Island Resort, in Wheeling, WV, in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the Benedum Chapter of the AAPL.  The program was chaired by Tom Lane of Bowles Rice, Charleston, WV, with an impressive faculty of experienced title lawyers taking the attendees through a maze of issues facing the title examiner.

If you were unable to attend the program, the materials are available for sale. You can choose from a package of notebook and CD with supplemental titles publications for $200 and the same package plus audio CDs of the two-day program for $300.

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Annual Institute Discounts End Friday

Annual Institute Early Bird Registration Discount Ends Friday, May 25

Annual Institute registration fees increase by $95 after May 25, so be sure to register online or mail your registration form to EMLF, 340 South Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508 or fax your registration to 859.226.0485.  Registration fees include all educational sessions, meeting materials and CD, welcome party at the Riviera Theater with live music by The Corduroy Road, June 25 reception at the Charleston Place Hotel, and continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.

The 33rd Annual Institute on June 24-26  is accredited for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and with the AAPL.  The program contains 820 minutes of MCLE, including 120 minutes of ethics.  This is 13.6 CLE hours in states calculating 60 minutes for a CLE hour and 16.4 CLE hours in states calculating 50 minutes for a CLE hour.

Charleston Place Hotel Room Block Release on May 25

Special room rates for EMLF Annual Institute registrants are available only through May 25th at the Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina.  The rate will be honored three (3) days prior and three days post meeting on a space available basis.  To reserve a room, call 800.831.3490 and ask Group Reservations for the EMLF rate of $230 single or double.

Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute on September 22 in Las Vegas

The EMLF and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation will co-sponsor a mine safety and health law program at the Wynn Las Vegas, in conjunction with MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012, the world’s largest and most comprehensive exposition dedicated to mining equipment, products and services, opening on September 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  All EMLF, RMMLF, and MINExpo attendees will receive a reduced registration fee.

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – Request for Topics

The 2012 Kentucky Mineral Law Conference in Lexington will be at a new location this fall – the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Lexington, October 24-26.  The program  begin on Wednesday afternoon and end at noon on Friday.  A planning luncheon will be held in Lexington in early June to review the topics and discuss prospective speakers.

To submit a topic for the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, please send via email to Sharon Daniels with a brief description of the topic and proposed speaker.  Deadline for topic submissions is Wednesday, June 6.  To see what topics have been offered at past Kentucky Mineral Law Conferences, go to Past Educational Events.

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April 5, 2012

Early Bird Discount Ends Friday for Mineral Titles Program

Save $100 by registering through April 6 for the May 10-11 program on “Resolving Title Issues in Shale Development” at the Wheeling Island Resort in Wheeling, WV. Go to www.emlf.org for complete program information and online registration.

This program will address intermediate and advanced title issues.

EMLF Law Student Scholarship Applications – April 20 Deadline

The deadline for scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is April 20. Complete information and application forms can be found on the EMLF website.

Sponsors for 33rd Annual Institute Welcome Party

We’re looking forward to the Foundation’s 33rd Annual Institute, June 24-26 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, and hope you’re planning to join us. Complete program information and online registration is available on the EMLF website at www.emlf.org

The Welcome Party will be Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the historic Riviera Theater, featuring music by The Corduroy Road, with their special blend of folk/bluegrass music – the group from Athens, GA, who entertained you at Amelia Island and Hilton Head.

If your firm or company is interested in becoming one of the Welcome Party sponsors on June 24, please let us know and we will email additional information to you. Please contact Sharon Daniels at sharon@emlf.org

John L. McClaugherty Award Nominations Open

The John L. McClaugherty Award is the EMLF’s highest honor and is awarded each year to a member who exemplifies high standards for commitment and accomplishment to the EMLF, the legal profession, and the natural resources industry. The late John McClaugherty was a partner at Jackson Kelly in Charleston, WV, where he fostered an interest in mineral law for a generation of attorneys. John was a nationally recognized coal lawyer, philanthropist and founding member of the EMLF who also served as its president. Nominations should be sent to the Executive Director, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 340 South Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508 or sent via email correspondence to Sharon Daniels, sharon@eml.org, with a brief recommendation for the candidate. Neal Pierce, the first recipient of the award, will chair the selection committee.

The Award will be announced at the Annual Institute in Charleston, SC, June 24-26. The 2011 recipient was Timothy W. Gresham, Penn Stuart & Eskridge, Abingdon, VA, who joined others who have received this honor: 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, Columbus, OH; David G. Ries, Thorp Reed & Armstrong, Pittsburgh, PA; Russell L. Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson, Meadville and Canonsburg, PA; and Joseph J. Zaluski, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Lexington, KY.

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March 9, 2012

Registration Now Open for Mineral Titles Program
Complete program brochure and online registration is available at www.emlf.org for the May 10-11 program on “Resolving Title Issues in Shale Development” at the Wheeling Island Resort in Wheeling, WV.

Who should attend: This program assumes an understanding of basic abstracting and title search principles and will address intermediate and advanced title issues to include standards for reasonable and diligent searches; resolving ownership and development issues, particularly those peculiar to horizontal and directional drilling; seeking solutions where gaps in the chain of title exist or where owners may be missing; analyzing impediments to development where co-tenancies exist and less than one hundred percent of the owners can agree on development; transfers of leases and the investigation necessary to determine the viability of existing leases; evaluating liens, and Dormant Mineral statutes. That’s day one.

The second day begins with Professor John Fisher and a panel of attorneys covering the process of tax titles in the four states encompassing the Marcellus and Utica shales. Additional topics are title to minerals under rivers, streams, railroads and public roads; use of affidavits and other means to prove title; recording requirements and local filing issues; and litigation as a curative tool for title issues.

The analysis under each of these topics will include the laws in the four-state region encompassed by the Marcellus Shale and Utica formations: New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.


EMLF Law Student Scholarship Program

A reminder that the deadline for scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is April 20.

Complete information and application forms can be found at on the EMLF website at www.emlf.org.

Any law student attending an EMLF member law school is eligible to apply for scholarship assistance from the EMLF. A minimum of $30,000 in scholarships funded by membership dues will be awarded, ranging from $1000-$5000. An additional $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded through the $5000 EMLF Presidents’ Scholarship award, the $2,000 Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship Award, and three $1000 awards: Paul N. Bowles Scholarship, the James H. Davis III Scholarship, and the newly-funded Sean Cassidy Scholarship.

A listing of all EMLF member law schools is available with the scholarship information on the website, including these new member law schools: University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO; Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA; and Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS.

EMLF Welcomes New Members
SUSTAINING MEMBERS
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Denver, CO: Lucy D. Arnold, Jennifer Cadena, Osborne J. Dykes, L. Poe Leggette, Bill Leone, Benjamin Vetter
New York, NY: Richard M. Farmer, Mark Tibberts

Canonsburg, PA: Amy L. Barrette, Michael Peter Gaetani, Kenneth Komoroski, Stephanie A. Lepore, Janet L. McQuaid, Jeremy A. Mercer, Matthew H. Sepp, Megan E. Smith Miller, Emily B. Thomas, Stephen F. Vogel

Dallas, TX: Benjamin L. Bossell

Houston, TX: Stephen C. Dillard, Deborah A. Gitomer, Barclay Nicholson, Craig S. Vogelsang, Mark R. Wasem, William D. Wood

SUPPORTING MEMBERS
Emens & Wolper Law Firm, LPA, Columbus, OH
J. Richard Emens, Sean Jacobs, Beatrice Wolper

Hendrickson & Long PLLC, Charleston, WV
Stephen E. Hastings, David K. Hendrickson, R. Scott Long

Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., Canton, OH
Nathan D. Vaughan, Gregory W. Watts, William G. Williams

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
* Mark Anthony Chapman, Vestavia, AL
* Jonathan Deem, Bailey & Glasser LLP, Charleston, WV
* Joseph P. DeWoody, Clear Fork Royalty LLC, Fort Worth, TX
* Cory Doggett, Aztec Drilling & Operating, LLC, Houston, TX
* Stephen H. Franko, Cipriani & Werner, PC, Scranton, PA
* Seth S. Gaskins, Point Pleasant, WV
* Dan Guida, Guida Law Offices, Weirton, WV
* Keith R. Hall, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC, New Orleans, LA
* Lisa Anne Houdyshell, White Oak Resources LLC, St. Louis, MO
* Amy E. Molloy, S.R. Law, LLC, Slippery Rock, PA
* Jacqueline B. Ponder, Solar Sources, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
* Caleb Raymond, Mason Dixon Energy, LLC, Cambridge, OH
* Jesse Raymond, Mason Dixon Energy LLC, Cambridge, OH
* Ryan Reaves, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., Canton, OH
* Jeffrey D. Roberts, Burns White LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
* Robert Scott, Commonwealth Coal, Richmond, VA
* Benjamin A. Valimont, M. W. Gary & Associates, LLC, Bethel Park, PA
* Blair N.C. Wood, The Creekmore Law Firm PC, Blacksburg, VA

STUDENT MEMBERS
* Kristi Britt, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX
* Eric Collofello, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Nicholas Fracassi, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
* Eric Warfield Freling, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Matthew D. Hardin, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
* Katrina Noel Harper, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* James R. Holt, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Tara M. Hopper, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Kenneth P. Johnson, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY
* Ann Kaluzavich, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Dennis B. Kittle, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Jordan Michael Kurth, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Neil Lepore, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Trisha R. Longenette, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* George McIntyre, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Niquaise Y. Moore, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK
* Sean O’Rourke, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Sunu M. Pillai, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Amber Russo, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
* Luke Swain, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY

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