October 2, 2010

EMLF Volunteers Visit Law Schools
“Careers in Energy Law” programs at EMLF member law schools are in full swing in October, providing law students with a look at the variety of practice areas for the energy lawyer.

Established to encourage more students to enter this field of law, the Foundation works with Career Services at various law schools, providing a panel of EMLF lawyers to talk about their work and give students an opportunity to ask questions about career choices. This is the fifth year of providing Energy Careers programs at EMLF member law schools, and we’re starting to see the results.

Here’s a look at the fall schedule:

October 6 – Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA – 2:30 p.m.
Moderator, Sharon Daniels, EMLF; Speakers: Professor Buzz Belleville, ASL; The Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan, Court of Appeals of Virginia; Sharon Pigeon, Office of Attorney General, VA Department of Mines & Minerals, Big Stone Gap, VA; and Benjamin G. Hadary, VP and Deputy General Counsel, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA

October 18 – Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA – Noon
Moderator, Sharon Daniels, EMLF; Speakers:  Professor Albert V. Carr, Washington & Lee; Mary Beth Naumann, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Lexington, KY (W&L alum); Gregory J. Ossi, Venable LLP, Vienna, VA (W&L alum); Joel E. Symonds, EQT Corporation, Charleston, WV

October 21 – University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA – 1:00 p.m.
Moderator,  Natalie N. Jefferis, EQT Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Speakers: John T. Boyd II, President & CEO, John T. Boyd Co., Canonsburg, PA; Craig L. Mayer, General Counsel,  Penn General Energy, Warren, PA; and Donald C. Bluedorn, II,  Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, Pittsburgh, PA

October 21 – Duquesne University Law School – 5:00 p.m.
Moderator:  Natalie N. Jefferis, EQT Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Speakers:  Kevin K.  Douglass, Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA;  David J. Laurent, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Pittsburgh, PA; Craig L. Mayer, General Counsel, Penn General Energy, Warren, PA; and Professor Gina Warren, Duquesne University Law School

November 3 – West Virginia University College of Law – Noon
Moderator:  Sharon J. Daniels, EMLF; Speakers:  Thomas J. Allen, Dominion Resource Services, Inc., Clarksburg, WV; Blair M. Gardner, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV;  Benjamin M. Sullivan, EQT Corporation, Charleston, WV; and Carol Ann Marunich, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Morgantown, WV

EMLF Welcomes New Members
The energy law firm of Burleson Cooke L.L.P, Houston Pennzoil Place, 711 Louisiana Street, Suite 1701, Houston, TX 77002,  has recently joined the EMLF as a Sustaining Member, adding the following attorneys to the EMLF member roster:  Robert S. Ballentine, Randy Burton, Gary V. Johnson, and Richard L. Burleson, Houston, and Dr. Claude E. Cooke, Conroe, TX.  Burleson Cooke has recently expanded to the Pittsburgh area, opening an office at Southpointe Center, 501 Corporate Drive, Suite 210, Canonsburg, PA 15317, with attorneys Kevin L. Colosimo, Keith A. Zabela, and Michael K. Vennum.

John J. Hedges, Land Agent with Oxford Resource Partners, Central City, KY, and to Stephen Zamansky, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Essar Minerals, Inc., Scott Depot, WV, who have joined the Foundation as individual members.  The University of Houston Law Center is the EMLF’s newest member law school.

Kentucky Mineral Law Conference
Registration reaches 260 for the 35th Annual Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, October 13-15 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, KY.

Solicitation for Topics – EMLF Annual Institute – May 15-17, 2011
Please send your suggestions for topics and speakers to sharon@emlf.org for  the EMLF Annual Institute at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in Farmington, PA. A brief description of any topic related to oil and gas, coal, environment, energy, labor, real property, power generation, land, mineral titles, mine safety, etc. should be sent no later than October 29 for consideration as an annual institute topic.

Speakers at the Annual Institute are required to complete a publishable chapter for the Energy & Mineral Law Institute publication, which is due at the time of the Annual Institute.  Program Chair for the Annual Institute is Frank B. Harrington, Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Abingdon, VA; Nicolle S. Bagnell, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, is Oil and Gas Chair; and Daniel W. Wolff, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC, is the Coal Chair.

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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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