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EMLF Member News


Pittsburgh Post Gazette Interviews EMLF President
Read the full text of the interview with Kevin Douglass

EMLF Committees to Meet During Kentucky Mineral Law Conference

Thursday, October 23 at Noon, the following committees will hold a luncheon meeting at the Hyatt Regency Lexington:

  • Membership Development Committee: Frank Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, and Joe Tarantelli, Chesapeake Energy, Co-chairs
  • Law School Outreach Committee: Natalie Jefferis, EQT Midstream, Chair
  • Programming Committee: Dan Wolff, Crowell & Moring, Chair
  • Governance Committee: Tim Gresham, Penn Stuart, Chair

These committees will implement the goals of the Strategic Plan, and are open to new members.  If you would like to join one of these committees, please contact Sharon Daniels by emailing or phone 859.231.0287.

Law Student Breakfast at Kentucky Mineral Law Conference

All law students attending the conference are invited to a get-acquainted breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, sponsored by Babst Calland at the Hyatt Regency.

New Members

EMLF Welcomes these new Sustaining Members:  Beckmen Law, P.C., Grapevine, TX – Scott R. Beckmen; Eclipse Resources, State College, PA; Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA and Pasadena, CA.  Many thanks to Tucker Arensberg, Pittsburgh, and Murray Energy Corporation in St. Clairsville, OH for increasing their memberships from Supporting to Sustaining Memberships.

Look for more information on the Welcome New Members page on the EMLF website.

Careers in Energy Law

The Energy Careers programs are in full swing at member law schools, staffed with EMLF volunteer speakers:

  • September 24, West Virginia University College of Law (completed)
  • October 1, Capital University School of Law, at 5:00 p.m.
  • October 2, Duquesne Law at Noon
  • October 9, Pittsburgh School of Law, at 12:30 p.m.
  • October 13, Appalachian School of Law, at 1:00 p.m.
  • October 29, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, at 5:00 p.m.
  • November 10, Penn State University Dickenson School of Law, at 12:45 p.m.
  • TBA, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Early Bird Rates to Expire

One more week to take advantage of discounted registration fees for Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – Register online at http://www.emlf.org by October 1.


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Sponsorship Opportunities for the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference

We invite you to support the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Kentucky Mineral Law Conference by purchasing one of the sponsor packages found at the EMLF website.

Held at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky, October 22-23, 2014, your support will enhance the enjoyment of everyone attending the conference. Attracting approximately 300 attendees, the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference is a perfect opportunity to introduce your firm or company to the eastern members of the energy and mineral bar.

To purchase or reserve a sponsorship, please contact Sharon Daniels at 859.231.0287 or email to sharon@emlf.org. All sponsorships may be purchased via credit card or check.

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Kentucky Mineral Law Conference Registration Opens

Registration is now open for the annual Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, October 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington.  Go to the EMLF home page at www.emlf.org where you can view the entire agenda, register online for the program, and make your room reservations at the Hyatt Regency Lexington.  Watch your mail for the print brochure, arriving in just a few days.

Special room rates are available for the EMLF room block at the Hyatt Regency, held through September 30 or sell-out.  The Mineral Law Conference is scheduled during Thoroughbred horse racing season at Keeneland Race Track, so hotel space will sell out very quickly.

The Program Chair for the conference is Timothy J. Hagerty, Frost Brown Todd, Louisville, KY; Coal Chair is Nick S. Johnson, Alpha Natural Resources, Julian, WV; and Oil and Gas Chair is Amber Nisbet Hodgdon, EnerVest Operating, LLC, Charleston, WV.

If you are interested in sponsoring a function during the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, go to the sponsorship page where you can review the variety of sponsor options.


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Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, October 22-23, 2014

Monday, July 21, is the deadline for topic submissions for the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, to be held October 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, KY.  Send your suggestions along with a brief paragraph describing the topic to sharon@emlf.org by close of business on Monday.

The planning meeting for this conference is Thursday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Lexington.  If you would like to attend, please email Sharon Daniels at sharon@emlf.org for the exact location, so we will have an accurate count for lunch. You can also obtain the call-in number to participate by phone if you are unable to attend in person.

The conference program chair this year is Tim Hagerty, Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, KY.  Amber Nisbet Hodgdon, EnerVest Operating in Charleston, WV, is the oil and gas chair, and Nick Johnson, Alpha Natural Resources, Julian, WV, is the coal chair.  In addition to coal and oil and gas, we encourage topic submissions on environmental, electric power and all energy issues, plus ethics, real property and title issues.

The October conference usually draws about 300 attendees and coincides with the last few days of the Fall Meet at Keeneland Race Track.  For that reason, hotels sell out quickly.  A block of guest rooms at the Hyatt will be held through September 30 for conference attendees.  Call the Hyatt at 800.233.1234 and identify yourself as attending the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference.


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Call for Topics for EMLF’s October Mineral Law Conference

The EMLF’s annual Kentucky Mineral Law Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington, KY, on October 22-23, 2014.  The planning meeting will be held in Lexington on Thursday, July 24.And don’t be misled by the name – the program covers legal issues in the Eastern U.S. and we expect over 300 attendees from energy producing states, including law students from EMLF member law schools.

We’re now accepting topic proposals on any subject related to energy production and use, including environmental regulations, transportation, midstream development, renewables, state climate initiatives, power generation, professional ethics, property and titles issues, etc.

Please submit your topics by email to Sharon Daniels at sharon@emlf.org by the close of business on Monday, July 21. You should include a brief descriptive paragraph of your topic, and indicate if you want to present the topic or you can propose a speaker other than yourself.  Please don’t send an elaborate outline of your proposal – just a brief description explaining the topic, no more than half a page.  We generally have over 50 topics to consider.

Keep in mind that all EMLF programs require written materials on each topic, in order to meet the Continuing Legal Education credit requirements of various states.

If you would like to attend the luncheon meeting on July 24, please let me know.  It is also possible to participate via conference call if you are unable to attend in person.

We hope you will help us make the 2014 Kentucky Mineral Law Conference a great success.  Thanks in advance for your topic submissions.

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Update on 35th Annual Institute Accommodations

Unfortunately, all rooms at The Greenbrier for the EMLF’s Annual Institute have now been reserved.  In order to be placed on a waiting list, please call the toll free number, 855.453.4858, and ask for Warren Ketterman.

For registrants who cannot get a room at The Greenbrier, the following hotels are nearby (about a 15 minute drive):

  • Historic General Lewis Inn – 888.697.5902
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg – 855.654.2060
  • Hampton Inn Lewisburg – 888.370.0981
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – 800.439.4745

If staying at another hotel, you can park for free at the train station across the street from The Greenbrier and can either walk across the street or call a shuttle from the Christmas Shop located there. You and your guest will have access to the restaurants (reservations suggested), lounges, golf course and casino, but will need to pick up a casino pass at the registration desk.  If making golf reservations, mention that you are with EMLF.  Please let us know if you will be needing a pass by calling Carolyn May at 859.231.0271 or emailing her, carolyn@emlf.org.

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EMLF Member News

Mine Safety and Health Law Special Institute
– April 22-23 in Washington, DC

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
and held at the USDOL Auditorium
200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear safety lawyers from the private bar and the Solicitor’s office discuss the big safety regulations facing the coal mining industry: MSHA’s Pattern of Violations rule, criminal investigations, commission litigation, MSHA’s authority to obtain medical and other documents in connection with “Part 50” audits,  and MSHA’s accident response and control order authority.  A panel of Administrative Law Judges from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission will provide “Tips for Commission Practitioners” to close out the first day.  The keynote speaker on Tuesday will be Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor, USDOL, Washington, DC.

Day 2 opens with a panel discussion of  ventilation plan approval and litigation, and the implications of the Seventh Circuit decision in Mach Mining for ventilation and roof control.  The “Flagrant Violations” session discusses the nuances of a repeated violation or a reckless flagrant violation, and what evidence is needed to establish either violation.  The final morning session covers refuge alternatives, a relatively recent requirement under the Mine Act effective at the beginning of 2014.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission will sit in special session at the USDOL auditorium to hear oral arguments in the cases of McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. and Jason Robinson v. Secretary of Labor, with Melanie Kilpatrick, Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, Lexington, KY, arguing for McCoy Elkhorn and Jason Robinson, and Cheryl C. Blair-Kijewski, USDOL, Office of the Solicitor, arguing for the Secretary.

If you have any safety issues in your mining operations, you should be at this program.  You will have the opportunity to meet and talk informally with 180 government attorneys and judges during the conference.  There is no fee for attorneys in the USDOL Solicitor’s Office or the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission to attend this program, to encourage the participation of the regulators and judges.  To register for this program before the early bird rate expires (April 10), go to http://www.emlf.org

We’re pleased to announce that a reception will be held at the law offices of Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.  We appreciate the generosity of Crowell & Moring and the following law firms in hosting this reception: Law Office of Adele L. Abrams, Dinsmore & Shohl, Hardy Pence, Jackson Kelly, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, Spilman Thomas & Battle, and Steptoe & Johnson.

Law Student Scholarship Deadline – April 10
All law students attending EMLF member law schools are eligible to apply for $50,000 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.  All information including application form is available on the EMLF website.  And yes, we do require an official transcript, not a photocopy of your transcript.

Nominations for John L. McClaugherty Award – April 15 Deadline
The McClaugherty Award was established by the Foundation in 2003 to honor the memory of John McClaugherty, partner in the Charleston, WV law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC, past president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, friend, colleague, philanthropist, and mentor to many young attorneys.

The Award is to honor an EMLF Member who exemplifies high standards for accomplishment and commitment to the EMLF, the legal profession, and the natural resources industry.

Nominations should be sent to Sharon Daniels, Executive Director, via email to sharon@emlf.org by April 15, 2014.

Special Institute on Development Issues in Major Shale Plays – May 1–2, 2014
The EMLF is pleased to co-sponsor this program with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, just as it did in 2010 when the dramatic growth in shale development was taking off.  The program will again be in Pittsburgh at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh.

You can register for the program via this link:  https://www.rmmlf.org/reg/REG_SP2.asp

35th Annual Institute
at The Greenbrier – June 1 – 3, 2014

And don’t forget to register for the Foundation’s 35th Annual Institute, held for the first time at the beautiful Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV.   Go to http://www.emlf.org for program brochure, online registration, and online hotel reservations.

You must be attending the Annual Institute to have a room in the EMLF room block, which will be released on April 17.


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Planning Luncheon in Canonsburg

CAIL’s 5th Law of Shale Conference

This year the Institute for Energy Law is moving its 5th Law of Shale Plays conference to Pittsburgh, and has invited the EMLF to be a co-sponsor.

We’re pleased to be part of this program on September 4-5, 2014 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, and invite you to join in developing the topics for this program.  Co-chairs are Barclay Nicholson, Norton Rose Fulbright, Kevin Cunningham with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., and Russell Schetroma with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

A planning luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 12 Noon until 2 p.m. at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright in the Southpointe Energy Complex in Canonsburg, PA.

Please go to this site to register for the buffet luncheon and meeting, or to suggest topics for consideration if you are unable to attend in person.  Space is limited, so please register early if you want to attend.

We look forward to bringing this conference to the northeastern U.S. in 2014, and hope you will be able to attend the program and participate in planning the topics.


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Annual Institute Sponsorship Opportunities Available

This year the Foundation has a variety of opportunities available for those members who are interested in sponsoring a function at the Annual Institute.  Details and donation amounts are available here.

The 35th Annual Institute will be held June 1-3, 2014 at the historic Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

Deadline for Law Student Scholarship Applications Is April 10

A reminder that just a few weeks remain to complete the scholarship application process to be eligible for $50,000 in scholarships awarded to law students attending EMLF member schools.

Complete information and scholarship application form is available at http://www.emlf.org

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, funded primarily through membership dues and revenues from educational programs. Scholarships are funded through membership dues, program revenues, and earnings from special memorial scholarships:

• Paul N. Bowles Scholarship – $1,000
• James H. Davis Scholarship – $1,000
• Sean Cassidy Scholarship – $2,000
• Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship – $2,000

Scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year will be announced at the 35th Annual Institute.

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35th Annual Institute at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV

Registration is now available for the 35th Annual Institute, June 1-3, 2014 at the historic Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.  Go to the EMLF home page at and select the Annual Institute link to register.  From that location you can also make your hotel reservation at the Greenbrier, read about the Greenbrier, and view the complete program brochure.  Special room rates are available, but be sure to ask for the EMLF block and make your reservations by April 17 in order to get the reduced rate.

The Annual Institute begins with a reception and dinner on Sunday evening, with invited guest speaker Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  The John L. McClaugherty Award, recognizing an EMLF member who has made outstanding contributions to the EMLF, the energy industry and the energy bar, will be presented.

The educational program begins Monday morning with a keynote address given by attorney Juan Carlos Machorro of the Santamarina y Steta SC law firm in Mexico City, and Commissioner Guillermo Zuniga Martinez of the Regulatory Commission of Energy, Mexico City,  explaining the landmark reforms taking place in Mexico’s oil and gas industry which will allow foreign investment and participation.

The two-day program provides 855 minutes of Continuing Legal Education – that’s 14.25 CLE hours in 60-minute states and 17.1 hours in 50-minute states – including 1 hour of ethics.  We’ve put together a very informative program with 37 speakers covering a myriad of topics to keep you up to date on energy issues.  On Monday there is a hosted luncheon with guest speakers John Sullivan and Cleve Glenn of K&L Gates talking about seismic events – earthquakes – and the possible link to injection wells and hydrofracturing.

The Program Chair is David Morrison, Steptoe & Johnson, Bridgeport, WV; Joe Tarantelli, Oil & Gas Chair, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, OK; and Eric Waller, Coal Chair, Patriot Coal Services, Charleston, WV.  Kurt Krieger is Midstream Chair, Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston, WV, heading up a new category of topics that address infrastructure issues related to shale development.

Topics for this program were generated at eleven (11) Regional Planning Meetings held throughout the EMLF service area in January and February.  It took a full page of the brochure to thank everyone who participated, so we hope you will plan to attend and enjoy all the topics on the agenda.  Many thanks to everyone who participated in this planning effort, and to the following people  for chairing a Regional Planning Meeting:  Laura Beverage, Jackson Kelly, Denver; Wyatt Hogan, Natural Resource Partners, Houston; Erin Magee, Jackson Kelly, Charleston, WV; Timothy Miller, Robinson & McElwee, Charleston, WV; Kirsten Nathanson, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; Barry Osborne, Range Resources, Canonsburg, PA; Brandon Renner, Jackson Kelly, Evansville, IN; John Rhine, Rhine Ernest, Evansville, IN; Brian Wells, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Lexington, KY;  Kevin West, Steptoe & Johnson, Columbus, OH; and Bill Williams, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co., Canton, OH.

The John L. McClaugherty Award

Ten years ago the first McClaugherty Award was given to Neal Pierce at the Foundation’s 25th Annual Institute at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.  The award was established to recognize the late John McClaugherty’s contribution as past president of the EMLF, and his continuing support through speaking, writing, chairing the Endowment fund drive, and remaining involved with the EMLF until his death.  John was not just generous to the Foundation.  He recognized the value of philanthropy and championed many worthy causes, including the Charleston, West Virginia, Symphony.  He was a mentor to many young lawyers, and never failed to encourage their participation in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.  When John died unexpectedly, the Foundation chose to establish this award in his memory.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Award, by sending a letter or email to Sharon Daniels at sharon@emlf.org.  The prior recipients of the McClaugherty Award comprise the selection committee, and the award will be announced at the June 1 dinner at the Greenbrier.  A crystal vase is presented to commemorate the award.


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