Young Natural Resources Professionals Coffee Break Series

  • 2021
  • Virtual

 Young Natural Resources Professionals Coffee Break Series Conversations with Industry and Foundation Leaders

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, and each of us has experienced our own unique set of challenges. These may include adapting to working remotely, trying to work while taking care of children, concerns about job stability given the economy and the volatility in energy prices, or adjusting to new expectations from your superiors or clients. 

Throughout 2021, the Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee will host an online networking opportunity for up to ten young professionals and students at each session to engage in conversation with an industry or Foundation leader about their career, how they overcame challenges, managed risk, defied conventional standards, and became the unique leader they are today. Take a break for an hour, grab a cup of coffee, and join us for an intimate conversation with a leader. There is no charge to participate in this program.


List of Dates and Presenters:

February 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm MST

Guest: Alex Nikolic | Partner | Fasken, Toronto
Alex Nikolic’s practice is focused on corporate and securities law. He regularly advises issuers, investment dealers, private equity and other investors in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Frequently assisting clients on debt and equity financings, both domestic and cross border, Alex also works on private placements, public offerings, private equity transactions, take-over bids, plans of arrangement, and joint ventures. He also provides advice on reorganizations and restructurings across a broad range of industries, as well as assisting with disclosure and governance matters, stock exchange requirements, corporate and other regulatory matters.

Acting for industrial, mining and technology clients on corporate acquisitions and related acquisition financings, Alex has also assisted with establishing and renewing financing programs including commercial paper programs and medium term note programs.


Host: Emilie Bundock | Partner | Fasken | Montreal
Emilie Bundock is a member of the firm’s Global Energy, Mining and Indigenous Law Practice Groups. Her practice focuses primarily on energy and natural resources development projects and on environmental law. She also advises clients on matters relating to Indigenous law, such as consultation and drafting and negotiating agreements with Indigenous communities. Over the years, she has developed an expertise in ethics and lobbying law and on various issues relating to corporate social responsibility.

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March 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm MST

Guest: Kevin Washburn | N. William Hines Dean and Professor of Law, Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA
Kevin Washburn joined Iowa Law as its 18th dean on June 15, 2018.  Most recently he was a Regents Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law and had served as its dean from June 2009 to October 2012, when he was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. He served in that role until January of 2016.

Washburn is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. He earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma and a JD from the Yale Law School. Prior to entering academia, he clerked for a judge on the Ninth Circuit, worked as a trial attorney and then a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as the general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission. As an academic, he has held faculty positions at Minnesota and Arizona, and taught for a year as a visitor at Harvard. He has taught and published casebooks in specialty subjects, primarily the law of gaming and gambling and federal Indian law.


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Past Programs


January 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm MST

Guest: Bruce Kramer | Of Counsel | McGinnis Lockridge, Houston, TX 

Host: Austin Brister | Partner | McGinnis Lockridge, Houston, TX


December 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST

Guest: Pilar Thomas | Partner | Quarles & Brady LLP, Tucson, AZ 

Host: Paul M.Tilley | Young Professionals Committee | Associate with DeConcini McDonaly, Yetwin & Lacy, PC, Tucson, AZ


November 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm MST

Guest: Marcilynn A. Burke | Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law | University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR 

Host: Anastasia "Stacie" Carter | Young Professionals Committee | Antero Resources Corporation, Denver, CO


October 16, 2020 

Host: Casey A. Furey | Young Professionals Committee | Associate with Crowley Fleck PLLP, Bismarck, ND

Guest: Suedeen G. Kelly | Partner | Jenner & Block, Washington, DC


September 18, 2020

Guest: Stuart R. Butzier | President of RMMLF | Shareholder with Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM

Host: Paul M.Tilley | Young Professionals Committee | Associate with DeConcini McDonaly, Yetwin & Lacy, PC, Tucson, AZ


August 21, 2020

Guest: Elisabeth Eljuri, Independent Arbitrator and Energy Consultant; and former Vice President, Chief Negotiator, and Chief Legal Counsel for Sierra Oil & Gas

Host: Martin Ferreira Pinho, Associate with Fasken, Vancouver, BC and Heidi K. Ruckriegle, Senior Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Denver, CO


July 17, 2020

Guest: Rebecca Watson, President, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Shareholder,  Welborn Sullivan Meck and Tooley, P.C., formerly the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management of the U.S. Department of Interior

Host: Casey Furey, Young Professionals Committee, Associate with Crowley Fleck PLLP, Bismarck, ND

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June 19, 2020

Guest: Alex Ritchie, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, formerly the Leon Karelitz Chair in Oil & Gas Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

Host: Zoe Lees, Chair of the Young Professionals Committee Principal Attorney at Xcel Energy

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