The Department of the Interior in a Time of Transition: The Future of Oil and Gas Leasing, Public Lands, and Wildlife Law

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021


NADA WOLFF CULVER is the Vice President, Public Lands and Senior Policy Counsel at the National Audubon Society, where she leads Audubon’s public lands program and its efforts to defend and innovate implementation of bedrock wildlife conservation laws, as well as their implementation through on-the-ground decisions. Prior to joining Audubon, Nada was the Senior Counsel and Senior Director of Agency Policy and Planning at The Wilderness Society, providing technical advice and support to citizens and conservation groups working to protect their public lands, while influencing national policy. She helped to create The Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center, located in Denver, Colorado, which assists and encourages people to participate in land use planning processes and management decisions, including those addressing transmission, renewable energy, fossil fuel development and protection of wilderness. 



JONATHAN HUNTER is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Jones Walker. He advises oil and gas companies on energy and natural resources-related matters. Drawing on his thirty years of litigation, negotiation, and counseling experience, Jonathan guides E&P companies through matters arising under the numerous federal statutes that govern operations on federal lands onshore and offshore (including the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and offshore Alaska). Whether challenging regulatory enforcement actions, intervening in citizen suits brought under federal environmental statutes, defending qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act, or representing federal oil and gas lessees in governmental investigations, Jonathan has a long record of achieving excellent results for E&P companies operating on federal lands.


ROBERT C. MATHES (moderator)

ROBERT C. MATHES is a Managing Counsel – Rockies for Occidental Petroleum Corporation.  At Oxy Rob advises his clients on a wide variety of domestic oil and gas issues, corporate matters, and works on complex transactions including purchase and sale agreements and asset divestitures.  Prior to joining Oxy, Rob was a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado.  Prior to his time at Davis Graham &  Stubbs Rob was a Shareholder with the Firm of Bjork Lindley Little PC in Denver Colorado. At both Davis Graham & Stubbs and Bjork Lindley Little, Rob’s on public land law, including environmental compliance and federal land use and planning. Rob actively participates in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, having served as a Trustee of the Foundation from July of 2007 to July of 2010, and again from July of 2011 to July of 2014.  Rob is currently the chair of the Virtual Education Committee.  Rob has taught at the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course, was a past Chair of the Special Institute Committee, served as the Public Lands Chair for the 56th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in 2010. 



ANDREW EMRICH has represented clients in significant litigation in the areas of mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy projects. On the permitting side, Andrew advances his clients' projects through focused strategies to obtain expeditious and defensible permitting and regulatory approvals. When necessary, he helps clients challenge agency regulations and permitting decisions that obstruct energy development. He has extensive knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources litigation and federal agencies’ administrative and regulatory processes.



KATIE SCHRODER is a partner in the Natural Resources Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where her practice focuses on all aspects of energy development on federal lands. Ms. Schroder counsels clients on oil and gas leasing and development on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies. She helps clients navigate agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. She has extensive experience with the Endangered Species Act, including the process for listing species as threatened or endangered, the process for obtaining permits under section 10 of the Act, and the development of conservation agreements for candidate species. She also advises on federal royalty issues.



TEMPLE STOELLINGER joined the University of Wyoming in 2013. Temple has a dual appointment at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources where she is an Assistant Professor, and the College of Law where she is the Co-Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies. Before joining the University of Wyoming, Temple most recently served as the natural resource attorney for the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA). Through this role Temple provided legal advice and engaged in litigation on issues pertaining to energy and natural resource law of behalf of the boards of county commissioner in Wyoming’s 23 counties. Prior to working for the WCCA, Temple worked in the Projects and Technology Legal Department for Shell, International B.V. at their world headquarters in the Netherlands. From 2004-2010 Temple served as a natural resource analyst and advisor to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal where she had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of energy and natural resource issues of statewide, regional, and national significance.