Dear Members and Other Constituents of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation,
These remain challenging times for many and we hope you and yours are in good health. Like most organizations, the leadership of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (the “Foundation”) has been closely monitoring the developments arising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The virus and the related economic impacts to travel, conferences, and the substantial drop in the price of oil has a tremendous impact on natural resource industries and their service providers, but also on legal education nonprofits like the Foundation. The Foundation’s DNA has historically focused on live natural resources programs that bring people together to foster collegiality and community. Unfortunately, the leadership of the Foundation has had to make difficult decisions resulting in the cancellation or postponement of many of our live 2020 and 2021 courses that were previously scheduled. These include the following:
The 67th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law (July 2021; being held virtually)
20th Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute (June 2021; being held in May 2022)
Special Institute on Public Land Law, Regulation, and Management (May 2021; being held in May 2022)
Special Institute on Natural Resources Litigation (May 2021; being held in May 2022)
Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment (April 2021; being held in April 2023)
Petroleum Marketing Attorneys Meeting (Feb. 2021; being held in Nov. 2021)
Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing and Development Short Course (Feb. 2021; being held in Feb. 2022)
Annual Water Law Institute (Nov. 2020; held virtually)
Oil and Gas Law Short Course (Oct. 2020; being held in Oct. 2021)
Special Institute on Oil and Gas Pooling and Unitization (Oct. 2020)
Short Course on International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts, and Negotiations – Parts 1 and 2 (Sept-Oct. 2020; being held Sept.-Oct. 2021)
66th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (July 2020; held virtually)
Special Institute on Oil & Gas Agreements: Purchase and Sale Agreements (May 2020)
Special Institute on Financing Oil & Gas and Mining Acquisitions and Projects (May 2020)
Despite the pandemic, we are working hard to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 by continuing to provide member value through means other than live programs. Some of these courses, such as the 66th Annual Institute, the 67th Annual Institute, and the Water Law Institute, have been or will be held virtually. The virtual 66th Annual Institute was completely free for members. The virtual 67th Annual Institute will also be free for members and will include up to 30 hours of CLE.
We have also significantly increased our virtual offerings, including webinars and virtual institutes, that have been attended by more than 4,000 members and other constituents since the pandemic began. We are also providing online on-demand natural resources education at discounted rates and in bundles, and continue to offer free publications and resources to members, such as our Mineral Law Newsletter, Water Law Newsletter, and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal, Natural Resources Law Network e-newsletter, and the papers from our 67 years of programs remain available on Westlaw, Lexis, and our Digital Library. We are continue to support our students and the natural resources programs at our constituent law schools by providing student scholarships, offering free online education to support virtual teaching, and providing grants for research and scholarship.
The good news is that we have the financial resources and a strategic plan to navigate these challenges. With the continued strong support of YOU, our members, we have the resources and resiliency to emerge from this crisis and continue our mission to further legal education in natural resources law, scholarship, and collegiality.
We welcome any thoughts or questions you might have on our COVID-19 response, which you may send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to continue to serve our members and constituency during these unprecedented times.
Stuart Butzier, President
Alex Ritchie, Executive Director