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://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.

Join EMLF!

Membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is open to anyone who is concerned with issues pertaining to the energy industry.

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