EMLF Member News – EMLF Establishes Legacy Fund

EMLF Member News – EMLF Establishes Legacy Fund

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation has established a Legacy Fund, initially for the purpose of accepting memorial contributions honoring Russell Schetroma, a Steptoe & Johnson lawyer who died in his sleep on March 12 in Houston.  The Legacy Fund is created to provide a vehicle for members and friends wanting to make living and testamentary contributions to the EMLF and as a way to permanently recognize and honor living or deceased members for their contributions to the EMLF.

Absent specific restrictions placed on the use of funds donated by members or friends, the Legacy Fund will be invested and used at the discretion of the Executive Committee, with special consideration given to (a) providing stipends for law students for research and writing, (b) funding research, presentations and writing by professors or other recognized speakers, and (c) law student scholarships.

Russ Schetroma epitomized the mission of the EMLF through his unwavering commitment to thoughtful and intellectually honest legal scholarship in the areas of energy, mineral and natural resources law.  Russ was a frequent speaker and contributor at EMLF Annual Institutes, and authored these chapters for the Energy & Mineral Law Institute:  Quiet Title Actions: Tools to Address Select Appalachian Title Defects (2013); General Reflections Upon the Evolving Eastern Oil & Gas Lease (2009); Conflicting Rights and Interests Among Oil and Gas Lessees, Surface Owners and Other Interest Holders (2003); and Oil, Gas and Mineral Titles: A Short Analysis of Available Curative Actions for Common Title Defects (1999).

It is hoped that the stipends for law students and funding for research and writing provided for in the Legacy Fund will foster the kind of study and analysis which came to be identified with Russ Schetroma.

Tom Lane chaired the small group of colleagues who recommended how donations to the Legacy Fund would be used.  Many thanks to Kevin L. Colosimo, Kevin K. Douglass, John K. Keller, and C. David Morrison for their work.

Gifts can be made to the EMLF Legacy Fund at 340 South Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508, with the notation that the gift honors Russ Schetroma.  One hundred percent of the contributions will be invested in the fund to ensure Russ’s contributions to the EMLF and natural resources legal scholarship are permanently recognized.

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Appalachian Basin Midstream Assets – Save $100 by registering through April 1

Register now for the EMLF’s Appalachian Basin Midstream Assets Special Institute, April 20-21, 2015, while early bird discounts still apply.  The program is at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe (1.724.743.5000), 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA.

You can register online at the EMLF website at www.emlf.org, where you will find the complete program brochure and other information, including the list of current registrants.  Co-sponsors of the program are the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the Southern Gas Association.  Members of these organizations may register at the EMLF member rate.

The program begins with an overview of the industry, and explains the demand for new midstream infrastructure.  Program topics include the regulatory framework for the midstream sector, transportation safety issues, and the complex web of environmental regulations that applies to midstream projects; buying, siting, and zoning midstream facilities, right of way acquisition, and Master Limited Partnerships and the outlook for MLPs in light of the fall in oil prices.  That’s just the first day.  The luncheon speaker on Day 1 is Michael Krancer, a prominent and popular speaker and writer who is recognized for his practical thought leadership on a wide range of energy policy issues, including the emerging global geopolitical importance of Pennsylvania shale gas and energy resources.

The second day provides an overview of gas gathering agreements, natural gas liquids, litigation update, dealing with FERC regulated pipelines, wage and hour issues, and the all-important concern with cybersecurity:  how vulnerable are midstream gathering, transmission, and distribution assets?  The program closes with one hour covering ethical issues related to internal corporate investigations.

We invite member law firms and companies to sponsor the social functions at the meeting.  As a sponsor, your firm’s name will be displayed on the screens in the meeting room before the conference and during breaks.  It will also be displayed on a poster display in the registration and break areas throughout the conference and reception.  Current sponsors are Babst Calland, Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins, and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

There are two levels of sponsorships:  2-Day Break Sponsorship for $1500 and/or Reception Sponsorship for $1000.  To purchase a sponsorship, please contact Sharon Daniels or Carolyn May at 859.231.0271, or send an email to sharon@emlf.org or carolyn@emlf.org

Your registration fee includes all educational sessions and speaker materials, continental breakfasts, breaks, and luncheons on Monday and Tuesday, with a hosted reception on Monday.

The program is accredited for 16.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit in “50-minute states” and 13.75 hours of CLE credit in “60-minute states,” including 60 minutes of ethics.  Complete information for reporting your credits will be available at the conference.  Conference materials are provided electronically on USB drive and online at the EMLF website.  You may wish to print materials ahead of time from the EMLF website if you want a hard copy.   Wi-Fi will be available in the meeting room so you can access the materials online during the meeting if you wish to do so.

We hope you will join us in Canonsburg for the EMLF’s program on Appalachian Basin Midstream Assets.  Remember the savings if you register early!

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EMLF Remembers Russ Schetroma

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation lost a great friend and colleague last week when Russ Schetroma died peacefully in his sleep in Houston. A quiet ending for a dynamic personality that challenged thinking among his colleagues and helped shape energy law in the Appalachian Basin and beyond.

Russ was an esteemed partner with the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson PLLC and a nationally recognized attorney in the natural resources field of law.

For those of us closest to the EMLF, we knew Russ as a devoted member of our organization since its inception.  Russ’s knowledge of the history of the EMLF was unparalleled and he most recently shared his EMLF recollections as a featured speaker at the 35th Annual Institute dinner at the Greenbrier in 2014.  Russ’s commitment to the energy bar, the EMLF and the legal profession was recognized a few years ago when he was awarded the Foundation’s most prestigious award, the John L. McClaugherty Award for service to the community, the EMLF and the legal profession.  Russ was a long time member of the EMLF board of trustees and a current executive committee member.  He will be missed.

Russ epitomized the mission of the EMLF through his intense and unwavering commitment to thoughtful and intellectually honest legal scholarship in the areas of energy, mineral and natural resources law.  Russ was a part of every mineral title program that the EMLF ever sponsored.  He had a way of speaking which captured his audience, no matter how obscure the legal issue he was exploring, and his reputation brought speaking invitations from all over the country.  Russ was a frequent contributor to EMLF Annual Institute publications and a regular speaker at EMLF conferences.

His published EMLF articles over the years from Annual Institutes included exemplary coverage of diverse issues:  Quiet Title Actions: Tools to Address Select Appalachian Title Defects (2013); General Reflections Upon the Evolving Eastern Oil & Gas Lease (2009); Conflicting Rights and Interests Among Oil and Gas Lessees, Surface Owners and Other Interest Holders (2003); and Oil, Gas and Mineral Titles: A Short Analysis of Available Curative Actions for Common Title Defects (1999).   Russ relentlessly identified new and cutting edge legal issues of importance to our membership.

The EMLF intends to honor and preserve Russ’s memory.  We plan to recognize Russ’s contributions to the EMLF through the creation of a fund in his name.  A small group of colleagues within the EMLF will thoughtfully examine the most appropriate uses for a “Russ Schetroma Memorial Fund.”  We intend to announce the details concerning the fund at the 36th Annual Institute on June 21 – 23, 2015 at Amelia Island, Florida.

Please consider making a donation to the EMLF in memory of Russ.  Gifts can be made payable to the EMLF at 340 South Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508, with the notation that it is for the Russ Schetroma Memorial Fund. One hundred percent of the funds received will be invested in the fund to ensure Russ’s contributions to the EMLF and natural resources legal scholarship are permanently recognized.

Kevin K. Douglass, EMLF President
Sharon J. Daniels, EMLF Executive Director
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Arrangements have been finalized in Meadville for Russ’s funeral. The funeral will be held at the Stone United Methodist Church, 956 South Main Street, Meadville, PA at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20.  A period of visitation will be held at the church from 9:30-11a.m. that morning.  The funeral service will be followed by lunch at the church. The church is located at the south end of Meadville’s town square (Diamond Park).  There is limited street parking available around the church, as well as around Diamond Park and the side streets coming off of the square, so allow yourself time to locate parking. If you plan to attend the lunch, please email Tracey Korrell so that we can provide the church with an approximate number of attendees

 

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Sponsorships Available for Midstream Conference – April 20-21, 2015

We invite you to support the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on Understanding Appalachian Midstream Assets. The Midstream conference will take place April 20-21, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  As a sponsor, your firm’s name will be displayed on the screens in the meeting room before the conference and during breaks.  It will also be displayed on a a poster display in the registration and break areas throughout the conference and at the reception.

There are two levels of sponsorships.

2-Day Break Sponsorship………………$1,500
Reception Sponsorship………………….$1,000

To purchase a sponsorship, please contact Sharon Daniels or Carolyn May at 859.231.0271 or email sharon@emlf.org or carolyn@emlf.org.

We have representatives from many midstream companies and law firms registered for this conference, and your support will enhance the enjoyment of all attendees.

The “Early Bird” registration fee for the Special Institute on Understanding Appalachian Midstream Assets will extend through April 1.  The fee increases after that date.  Be sure to register soon to take advantage of the discounted rate.  We hope to see you April 20-21 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Moot Court Judges Needed

Just in from Jamie Van Nostrand, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Center for Energy & Sustainable Development.

Judges needed this week for the energy moot court

The WVU College of Law is hosting the fifth annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition on March 12-14 in Morgantown. We have 25 teams from throughout the country registered for the event, which is our largest field. With the greater number of teams, we have added a fifth preliminary round.

We need judges for the competition, particularly on Thursday and Friday, in Erickson Alumni Center. Because of the fewer number of teams competing on Saturday, our need for judges is not as great but we are still looking for some.

The competition begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, with three preliminary rounds on the first day. The second day also starts at 8:30 a.m., with two additional preliminary rounds in the morning, followed by the Sweet Sixteen round in the afternoon. Saturday the field is pared from the Elite Eight to the Champion, which will be determined in the final round at 2:30 p.m..

Earn WVCLE Credit

This year, we are pleased to be able to present a Judges Workshop this year, which will provide an opportunity to earn two West Virginia CLE credits during mid-day sessions on Thursday and Friday, for a total of four credits. The Judges Workshop which will include presentations by four different faculty members affiliated with WVU Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

How to Be a Judge

If you are available to be a judge, please email WVUMoot@mail.wvu.edu or contact Samantha Stefanov at 304.293.0064. If you cannot commit to an entire day, that is fine; we would appreciate even half a day.  On Thursday morning, for example, you could judge two preliminary rounds between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For Thursday afternoon, the Judges Workshop runs from 12:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the third preliminary round and a concluding reception. A similar schedule is in place for Friday, with the option of participating for only a half day.

Thanks for your consideration. Please let either Samantha or me (James Van Nostrand) if you have any questions. Also, feel free to forward this email to colleagues who may be interested in this opportunity.

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Reminder: Regional Planning Meetings Start

As a reminder, the Regional Planning Meetings for EMLF Annual Institute begin this week.

If you would like to attend one of the regional planning meetings to generate topics for the EMLF Annual Institute, just contact the individual host via email and copy sharon@emlf.org. All meeting times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.

  • February 4, Charleston, WV at Jackson Kelly at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Erin Magee, email: emagee@jacksonkelly.com
  • February 5, Canonsburg/Southpointe, PA at Burleson LLP at 11:45 a.m., (lunch will be served) hosted by Kevin Colosimo, email: kcolosimo@burlesonllp.com
  • February 5, Columbus, OH at Steptoe & Johnson at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Kevin West, email: kevin.west@steptoe-johnson.com
  • February 6, Bridgeport, WV at Steptoe & Johnson at 11:30 a.m. (lunch will be served), hosted by David Morrison, email: dmorrison@steptoe-johnson.com
  • February 6, Lexington, KY at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Brian Wells, email: bwells@wyattfirm.com
  • February 9, Canton, OH at Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty at 1:00 p.m., hosted by Bill Williams, email: bwilliams@kwgd.com
  • February 10, Denver, CO at Jackson Kelly at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, hosted by Laura Beverage, email: lbeverage@jacksonkelly.com
  • February 11, Washington, D.C. at Crowell & Moring at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Dan Wolff, email: dwolff@crowell.com
  • February 11, Pittsburgh, PA at Babst Calland at 9:00 a.m., hosted by Joe Reinhart, email: jreinhart@babstcalland.com; call 412.586.1334 to participate via conference call.
  • February 12, Evansville, IN at Rhine Ernest at 1:00 p.m. Central, hosted by Stan Ernest, email: sernest@rhine-ernest.com
  • February 12, Houston, TX at K&L Gates at 9:00 a.m. Central, hosted by John Sullivan, email: john.sullivan@klgates.com

The EMLF 36th Annual Institute will be June 21 – 23, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida.

Program Chair is Dan Wolff, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; Oil & Gas Chair is Joe Reinhart, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh; and Coal Chair is Shane Harvey, Jackson Kelly, Charleston, WV

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Denver Regional Planning Meeting Time Change

The Denver Regional Planning Meeting for the EMLF Annual Institute has had a time change – it is now 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time, Noon Eastern, on February 10 at Jackson Kelly, hosted by Laura Beverage, email: lbeverage@jacksonkelly.com.

The EMLF 36th Annual Institute will be June 21 – 23, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida.

Program Chair is Dan Wolff, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; Oil & Gas Chair is Joe Reinhart, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh; and Coal Chair is Shane Harvey, Jackson Kelly, Charleston, WV.

 

 

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Regional Planning Meetings for EMLF Annual Institute

If you would like to attend one of the regional planning meetings to generate topics for the EMLF Annual Institute, just contact the individual host via email and copy sharon@emlf.org. All meeting times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.

  • February 4, Charleston, WV at Jackson Kelly at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Erin Magee, email: emagee@jacksonkelly.com
  • February 5, Canonsburg/Southpointe, PA at Burleson LLP at 11:45 a.m., (lunch will be served) hosted by Kevin Colosimo, email: kcolosimo@burlesonllp.com
  • February 5, Columbus, OH at Steptoe & Johnson at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Kevin West, email: kevin.west@steptoe-johnson.com
  • February 6, Bridgeport, WV at Steptoe & Johnson at 11:30 a.m. (lunch will be served), hosted by David Morrison, email: dmorrison@steptoe-johnson.com
  • February 6, Lexington, KY at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Brian Wells, email: bwells@wyattfirm.com
  • February 9, Canton, OH at Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty at 1:00 p.m., hosted by Bill Williams, email: bwilliams@kwgd.com
  • February 10, Denver, CO at Jackson Kelly at 10 a.m./MT – Noon/ET. Eastern, hosted by Laura Beverage, email: lbeverage@jacksonkelly.com
  • February 11, Washington, D.C. at Crowell & Moring at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Dan Wolff, email: dwolff@crowell.com
  • February 11, Pittsburgh, PA at Babst Calland at 9:00 a.m., hosted by Joe Reinhart, email: jreinhart@babstcalland.com; call 412.586.1334 to participate via conference call.
  • February 12, Evansville, IN at Rhine Ernest at 1:00 p.m. Central, hosted by Stan Ernest, email: sernest@rhine-ernest.com
  • February 12, Houston, TX at K&L Gates at 9:00 a.m. Central, hosted by John Sullivan, email: john.sullivan@klgates.com

The EMLF 36th Annual Institute will be June 21 – 23, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida.

Program Chair is Dan Wolff, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC; Oil & Gas Chair is Joe Reinhart, Babst Calland, Pittsburgh; and Coal Chair is Shane Harvey, Jackson Kelly, Charleston, WV.

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EMLF Law Student Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for $50,000 in scholarship awards for students at EMLF member law schools.

Go to the scholarship information page for complete information and to download the application form.  Scholarships will be awarded to students studying energy, environmental, natural resources, and mineral law at schools holding membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.

The deadline for applications is April 27, 2015.  Scholarship recipients will be announced during the EMLF 36th Annual Institute on June 21-23.

Special Institute on Appalachian Midstream Assets

Note: the dates have changed; the program is now April 20-21.

The EMLF is sponsoring a program on the oil and gas midstream industry, April 22-23, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg/Southpointe, PA.

Topics include FERC jurisdiction, safety regulations, environmental regulations, land use and planning, pipeline rights of way, ownership structures, Fair Labor Standards Act, insurance and indemnity, cyber threats and liability, litigation update, business considerations for regulated and non-regulated assets, gas gathering agreements, and natural gas liquids processing agreements.

Watch the EMLF website for complete information and online registration.

Call for Annual Institute Topics

Create the program you want for the 36th Annual Institute, June 21-23, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Amelia Island, Florida. Each year topics are generated by EMLF members who submit their ideas to the program committee, chaired  this year by Dan Wolff at Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC, with Coal Chair Shane Harvey at Jackson Kelly, Charleston, WV, and Oil and Gas Chair Joe Reinhart, Babst Calland in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Program Committee and the EMLF Officers and Executive Committee will meet together in mid-February to select the topics and speakers.

Deadline for topics is Tuesday, February 10.  Submit suggestions to Sharon Daniels at sharon@emlf.org, covering any aspect of energy development, natural resources, ethics, electric power generation, oil & gas, coal, environmental, renewables, land and real property.

Your topic suggestion should include a brief description and any suggested speaker (including yourself), who can make a scholarly and balanced presentation.  Each speaker at the Annual Institute is required to provide written materials which meet various state Continuing Legal Education requirements.

In addition, each speaker must write an original law review quality chapter for publication in Volume 36 of the Energy & Mineral Law Institute.

EMLF Welcomes New Members

Individuals:  Michael Scott Blevins, Hayden Harper Energy, Hindman, KY; Lance K. Brubaker, The NLS Group, Columbus, OH; Thomas A. Hill, Eric Petroleum Corporation, Austintown, OH; Beth R. Minear, Contract Land Staff, LLC, Charleston, WV; Sam Petsonk, Mountain State Justice, Charleston, WV; Nathan D. Vaughan, Dover, OH; Guillermo Zuñiga, Energy Regulatory Commission, Mexico City, Mexico

Law School Member:  Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA

Law Students: Mariah J. Aubrey, Appalachian School of Law; Carl D. Ballard, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Phillip L. Blevins, Appalachian School of Law; Charles P. Campisano, Capital University Law School; Stella O. Chukwueme, Penn State Dickinson School of Law; Aaron T. Epstein, South Texas College of Law; Charlotte M. Goudeau, LSU Law Center; Amy P. Normand, Appalachian School of Law; Charles M. Woner, West Virginia University College of Law

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