What is the Foundation

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) is a collaborative educational non-profit organization dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the law and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, and other related areas.

Our Trustees Council includes representatives from 30 law schools, 13 bar associations, and 19 mining and oil and gas associations.

Through our educational programs, we bring together lawyers, landmen, managers, government personnel, law faculty, students, and others involved in minerals, oil and gas, water, and other resources.  Our programs include:

  • Institutes, short courses, and workshops (domestic and international) focusing on relevant legal developments and issues
  • Publications such as the American Law of Mining (2nd Edition), the Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, the Proceedings of our Annual Institutes, the Gower Federal Services, the RMMLF Journal, Mineral Law Newsletter, Water Law Newsletter, books, model forms, and other special materials
  • The online Digital Library, which puts 61 years of scholarship at your fingertips
  • Grants to law schools and faculty
  • Special Project Funding for new and innovative projects in mining law, oil and gas law, energy law, water law, public land law, and related legal areas
  • Scholarships for qualified law students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in mineral resources law

Over the last half-century, the voluntary efforts of our members have built the Foundation into a global learning community of colleagues and friends, known worldwide for its expertise, objectivity, and practicality. 

As the Foundation enters its 62nd year, consider becoming a member and joining our growing network of individuals, law firms, companies, government agencies, and organizations dedicated to supporting legal scholarship in the mineral and natural resources community.

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