Nashville — 39th Annual Institute

Nashville — 39th Annual Institute

Nashville – 39th Annual Institute
It’s Annual Institute time in Nashville, and we’re kicking off at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, with a hosted reception for everyone at Marriott’s downtown Renaissance Hotel.
Educational sessions begin Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. and end Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.  Here’s the tentative list of topics:  on Monday, a panel on the #MeToo movement, Legislative Updates, Energy Law Update, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Actions, Private Information Best Practices for Energy Companies, and Cryptocurrencies.  There’s another a hosted reception Monday beginning at 5:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, there are breakout sessions:  tentative topics on the Litigation and Administrative track include the New Electricity Business, Pipelines, the NGA and Environmental and Land Use Laws, What to Do If the Coal Trains Don’t Arrive, Litigating Procurement Agreement Disputes, Post-Production and Affiliate Sales, and Use of a Company Representative in Litigation.
Also on Tuesday, the second breakout session tentatively includes Commercial and Title Issues: Value-based Lawyering in Negotiating Oil and Gas Leases, Wind Development, Quiet Title Actions, Deals Gone Wrong in the Coal Industry, and Boundary Line Disputes.  Both tracks on Tuesday end at 1:00 p.m. – time to explore Nashville.
Music is the common thread that connects all who come to Music City, so pack up your boots and immerse yourself in Nashville’s live music venues, Honky Tonks, or just plain  “Dives.”  Head for the south Broadway Historic District and the Honky Tonk Highway where families are welcome until 8 or 9 p.m., when most establishments start enforcing the over-21 rule.  One thing to remember while you’re on the Honky Tonk Highway: Wherever you land (and whenever: open 10am-3am), there’s never a cover charge and the music is always live. The performers get paid from the tips you deposit on your way out.
Watch for the full brochure. Early bird registration fees are in effect until May 25. Go to www.emlf.org to register and reserve accommodations.  The cutoff date for the discounted room rate/room block is May 14. You can also call directly to Marriott Reservations (staffed 24/7): 888.236.2427 and reference the EMLF 39th Annual Institute Meeting room block.
Schetroma Travel Scholarships to Nashville for Law Students
Learn how you can attend the Annual Institute in Nashville and get help with expenses.  The late Russ Schetroma, an oil and gas lawyer from Meadville, PA, established a fund so that law students could attend the EMLF’s Annual Institutes.  If you are a law student currently enrolled at an EMLF member law school, you are eligible to apply for reimbursement of transportation costs to Nashville by car or plane, up to three nights at Marriott’s Renaissance Hotel, plus a $200 meals stipend.
Download the PDF for full details.
Speaking of Law Student Scholarships . . . $30,000 is available for Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year
Law students studying energy, environmental, natural resources, and mineral law at schools holding membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation are eligible to apply.  Complete details and application form are available on the EMLF website at www.emlf.org
Deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.
Post Mortem on the Mine Safety and Health Law Conference in Washington, D.C.
What do you do when the federal government announces at 4:00 a.m. that it is shutting down all operations in Washington due to a winter storm, and you have a two-day CLE program starting in a few hours at the Department of Labor?
Undaunted by the circumstances, the program committee – Arthur Wolfson at Jackson Kelly, Donna Pryor at Husch Blackwell, and Jonathan Ellis at Steptoe & Johnson – quickly rallied and by conference call figured out a way to incorporate most of the topics of the first day into the second day schedule.  We lost a couple of topics in the process, including the ALJ panel and the oral arguments before the Review Commission, but according to the attendee evaluations, we still provided a quality program for attendees who were able to make the trip to D.C., despite all the cancelled flights and terrible road conditions.
Many thanks to our speakers who graciously adjusted to the new schedule, and special thanks to Carolyn May at EMLF for keeping registrants up to date on all the developments via email.
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