Committees and Publications Opportunities

For more information about any of our committees, contact Jaleen Edwards, Director of Membership and Marketing. 

Committee Opportunities 

Annual Institute Program Committee

Determines subjects, authors, and speakers for the Annual Institute to ensure a high quality, engaging, and smoothly presented program. 

Audit & Risk Management Committee

Investigates and monitors the Foundation’s external auditors and audit results, accounting practices, internal controls, insurance, cyber-security, and other risk management systems.

Budget Review

Conducts a detailed review of the Foundation’s proposed annual budget, prepared by the Executive Director and Foundation staff, before submission to the Board of Directors.

Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award

Selects deserving teachers of natural resources law in accordance with the award selection criteria for the distinguished Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award.

Corporate Counsel Outreach Committee

Facilitates corporate counsel participation in Foundation governance, projects, and programs, and advises the Board, trustees, and staff on ways to meet the unique educational and other needs of corporate counsel.

Credentials Committee

Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board regarding new petitions for constituent organization status in the Foundation and periodically reviews the compliance of existing constituent organizations.

Financial Advisory Committee

Assists the Board of Directors of the Foundation in fulfilling its responsibilities for the prudent management and investment of funds entrusted to the Foundation by recommending investment policies, monitoring investment performance, providing investment recommendations, and overseeing compliance with the Foundation’s investment policy. 

Grants Committee

Supports the Foundation in fulfilling its mission by reviewing and approving applications by professors for grants to support their scholarship, research, writing, teaching, and innovation with respect to the study of natural resources law and related fields, including oil and gas, mining, energy, water, public land law, and related legal areas. 

International Committee

This committee is focused on the Foundation’s strategic plan objective to increase the participation and membership in the Foundation of natural resources legal and related professionals in countries other than the United States, with a particular emphasis on Latin America and Canada.

Law Student Programs Committee

Supports the Foundation in fulfilling its mission by reviewing and approving applications by students for travel funding to attend Foundation programs and providing guidance on ways to encourage student participation.   

Natural Resources Law Education Committee

Monitors the natural resources law courses offered at constituent law schools; gathers information, identifies options, and makes suggestions for the Foundation to facilitate, improve, and enhance course offerings and other opportunities for students.

Natural Resources Law Teachers Committee

This committee of law professors works together to plan, create, and facilitate programming for natural resources law teachers, encourage academic scholarship in natural resources law, and create a collegial community of natural resources law professors.

Nominating Committee

This committee of past Foundation presidents provides recommendations to the Trustees Council for the purpose of filling vacancies for Board and trustee positions

Publications Committee

Provides recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the Foundation’s publications, including approving new publications, examining the market for publications, and recommending changes to existing publications. 

Retirement Plan Committee

Monitors the performance of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Defined Contribution Plan to ensure investment-related decisions follow a prudent process including evaluating investment performance, making appropriate recommendations, and reporting periodically to the Board of Directors.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal Editorial Board

Reads, evaluates, and selects articles and papers for publication in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal.

Scholarships Committee

Evaluates applications and selects recipients of scholarships for law students interested in the study of natural resources law at the Foundation’s constituent law schools. The scholarship program aims to award mission-fulfilling academic scholarships to well-qualified students who have the potential to make a significant contribution to scholarship in natural resources law.

Site Selection Committee

Identifies, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the Trustees Council on potential sites and facilities for future Annual Institutes.   

Special Institutes Committee

Initiates, evaluates, and recommends to the Board of Directors new programs for Foundation special institutes. This committee also provides advice and recommendations to program chairs who are developing special institutes

Strategic Planning Implementation Committee

These ad hoc committees and task forces are engaged in implementing certain goals under the Foundation’s strategic plan, including increasing the diversity of our programs, increasing the diversity of our speakers, maintaining or increasing involvement of academics in our programs, evaluating the philanthropic model of our outreach programs, and looking at expanding to include programming in alternative and renewable energy.

Young Professionals Committee

Promotes the development and involvement of the Foundation’s young professional members (ten or less years of practice), preparing them for future leadership roles in the Foundation and in the natural resources industry.

Publication Opportunities

Each of the publications below is regularly looking for reporters (in the case of the newsletters) or update authors (in the case of the treatises). For more information about contributing to any of these publications, contract Margo MacDonnell.

American Law of Mining

This American Law of Mining, published by Matthew Bender and edited by the Foundation and containing over 200 chapters, is the preeminent treatise on mining and related law in the United States and Canada.  

Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases

The Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, published by Mathew Bender and edited by the Foundation,  is the definitive treatise on the law and regulations related to U.S. federal oil and gas leases and oil and gas development on federal lands.

Mineral Law Newsletter

The best source for comprehensive updates on current developments in case law, statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions in oil and gas and mining law and related federal and environmental issues.

Water Law Newsletter

The preeminent source for comprehensive updates on federal and state water law developments.