Job Posting

Job Posting: Law Teaching Fellow


The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) in Grundy, Virginia is hiring a Natural Resources Law Teaching Fellow to begin in the fall of 2019.  This is a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate or transitioning attorney with an interest in energy, environmental and/or natural resources law.  The Natural Resources Law Teaching Fellow will have primary administrative responsibility within ASL’s Natural Resources Law Center; will have the opportunity to conduct scholarship and engage in networking; will be expected to teach or assist in teaching at least one natural resources law related course in the spring or fall of 2020; and will have significant responsibility coordinating events sponsored by the ASL Natural Resources Law Center.  ASL has developed a recognized natural resources law program, and the Fellow will be an integral part of growing and implementing the components of that program.  The position offers flexible hours and the opportunity to perform many job duties remotely.


Job Description

 The Fellow will perform a wide variety of tasks under the broad supervision of the Director of the Natural Resources Law Center.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to assist in charting the direction of the Natural Resources Law Center and to shape this position accordingly.  The responsibilities of, and opportunities for, the Fellow position include the following:

  • Design and create marketing materials for use on the ASL web site, and recruitment and promotional efforts;
  • Assist in the instruction of natural resources law related courses, including leading the design and instruction of a course in the spring or fall of 2020;
  • Develop relationships with strategic partners in the energy, environmental and natural resources fields;
  • Coordinate seminars, speakers, events and field trips sponsored by the Center;
  • Maintain, identify and develop externship and competitive internship sites for law students in the summers, as well as scholarship opportunities;
  • Generate interest in energy, environmental and natural resources law among the student body, and coordinate with related student organizations;
  • Participate in the strategic planning efforts of the Natural Resources Law Center, including attending committee meetings;
  • Prepare reports for the ASL Board of Trustees and press releases on events and achievements within the ASL Natural Resources Law community;
  • Have the opportunity to contribute to the academic scholarship of Natural Resources Law professors, and to assist with class presentations and moot court teams; and
  • Have the opportunity to create one’s own academic scholarship, to attend and/or audit courses, and to attend conferences, field trips and other events (travel expenses to certain conferences are paid at the discretion of the Dean).


Candidate Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a J.D. degree with a demonstrated interest in energy, environmental and/or natural resources law.  The candidate should be creative, passionate and disciplined, with the ability to strategically formulate program components, complete tasks with minimal supervision, and follow through on networking and administrative aspects of projects.  The candidate should have the maturity to be able to coordinate with business and academic leaders, and to work independently.  The candidate must also be approachable by students and law school applicants.  Finally, the ideal candidate should have the desire and drive to carve out a niche for himself or herself in the law school and larger community, to shape the Fellow position, and to assume greater responsibility over time.


Salary and Hour Commitments

The Fellow is a 12 month position with an annual salary rate of $62,000.00.  This position is open until filled, with an expected start date in the fall of 2019.  This is a full-time position with benefits, and the Fellow is expected to spend at least two days per week working out of the Natural Resources Law office on campus, in Grundy, Virginia.


About ASL and the Natural Resources Law Program

ASL exists to provide opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation and serve as legal counselors, advocates, judges, mediators, community leaders, and public officials. We offer a nationally recruited, diverse, and well-qualified faculty, a rigorous program for the professional training of lawyers and a comprehensive law library. The program emphasizes professional responsibility, dispute resolution, and practice skills. The ASL community is an exciting, student-centered environment that emphasizes honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others. We also emphasize community service and provide a resource for people, the bar, courts and other institutions of the region.

ASL has developed an emphasis in Natural Resources and Energy Law, due in part to ASL’s location in southwestern Virginia, the heart of the Appalachian oil and gas and coal-producing region.  The ASL Natural Resources Law Program’s mission is to train attorneys to navigate the increasingly complex world of natural resources law in terms of energy production, conservation, and improving sustainability. At the center of this mission is ASL’s commitment to offer a place for rational discussion, intelligent debate, and collaboration to foster cutting-edge programs and innovative scholarship with the ultimate goal to make students more effective and scientifically grounded policymakers and advocates.

This institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, religion, national and ethnic origin, age, veteran status or political affiliation.


To apply

Please send cover letter, resume and list of references to the Office of Personnel by email at  Please, reference “NR Fellow Position” in your communications. For questions about this position, please contact Professor Mark (Buzz) Belleville at  



New book!


New book on the regulation of compliance and corporate criminal liability under Argentine and Comparative Law

Recently published in Spanish, “La responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas privadas por actos de corrupción. Su tratamiento en el Derecho Argentino y Comparado”) (Buenos Aires 2019. Erreius), was written by Argentine lawyers María Silvina Pfister and Rodolfo G. Papa.  


The book provides a complete description of key criminal, administrative, and commercial laws and regulations on corporate liability for corrupt acts at the domestic and cross-border levels. Since the enactment of a new corporate criminal liability act, private legal entities have become criminally liable for certain offenses committed against the national administration and for cross-border bribery.  


María Silvina Pfister graduated from the National University of Lomas de Zamora (summa cum laude), and has been awarded with a Master of Business Law degree (University of San Andrés).  


Rodolfo G. Papa graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (summa cum lande), and earned an LL.M, from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) (British Chevening Scholarship).  He is director of the international course “Legal aspects in the structuring and documentation of M&A deals in Latin America” (Euromoney Legal Training) and has taught in Lima, Perú, and Bogota, Colombia. As an international academic, he has published ten law books.  


Additional Information




Lanzamiento de un nuevo libro sobre el tratamiento del “compliance” y la responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas en el Derecho Argentino y Comparado

Recientemente, se ha publicado -en el mercado editorial Argentino- el libro titulado: “La responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas por actos de corrupción. Su tratamiento en el Derecho Argentino y Comparado” (Primera edición. Buenos Aires. Junio 2019), del sello Erreius, escrito por María Silvina Pfister y Rodolfo G. Papa.


Este producto es el resultado de una investigación académica de 5 años, que presenta una descripción integral de la normativa de fuente penal, administrativa y mercantil, en vigor a nivel nacional e internacional, para el combate contra el flagelo de la corrupción, tanto desde el sector público como privado, en este último caso, a partir de la vigencia de la ley 27.401, que por primera vez, responsabilizó penalmente -en forma independiente- a las personas jurídicas privadas locales por la comisión de ciertos delitos contra la Administración Pública y el soborno transnacional.


Finalmente, presentamos una síntesis de los antecedentes académicos y profesionales de sus autores.


María Silvina Pfister es abogada, graduada en la Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, con Diploma de Honor, y posee una Maestría en Derecho Empresario, de la Universidad de San Andrés. 


Rodolfo G. Papa, es abogado (Universidad de Buenos Aires. Graduado con Diploma de Honor). Master of Laws (LL.M) en Derecho Internacional Económico (British Chevening Scholarship). Universidad de Warwick (Inglaterra). Director del programa de capacitación: “Aspectos legales en la estructuración & documentación de operaciones de M&A en América Latina” (Euromoney Legal Training), dictado en las ciudades de Lima (Perú) y Bogotá (Colombia), respectivamente. Como académico internacional, ha escrito 10 obras jurídicas. 


Mayor Información



Press Release



The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is pleased to announce the election by the Trustees Council of the following slate of Officers, Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors, and Trustees-at-Large for 2019-2020.


OFFICERS 2019-2020


President            Rebecca W. Watson, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., Denver, CO

Vice President   Stuart R. Butzier, Modrall Sperling, Santa Fe, NM

Secretary            Michael J. Bourassa, Fasken, Toronto, ON

Treasurer           Scot W. Anderson, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Denver, CO




Reed D. Benson, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM

Monika U. Ehrman, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK

Jana L. Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, TX

Ann E. Lane, WPX Energy, Inc., Denver, CO

Matthew J. Salzman, Stinson LLP, Kansas City, MO

Carlos Vilhena, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brasilia, Brazil




Kevin C. Abbott, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

Juan Martin Allende, Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ana Elizabeth Bastida, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

Susan Miller Bisong, Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM

Joshua B. Cook, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Billings, MT

Robin Kundis Craig, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT

Michel E. Curry, Henry Resources LLC, Midland, TX

Ana M. Gutierrez, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Denver, CO

David B. Hatch, Holland & Hart LLP, Salt Lake City, UT

Alison J. Lacy, Fasken, Toronto, ON

Lamont C. Larsen, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, CO

Philip C. Lowe, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Lakewood, CO

Eric L. Martin, Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, OR

David W. Miller, Miller Land Professionals, LLC, Jackson, MS

Tara K. Righetti, University of Wyoming College of Law, Laramie, WY

Abby L. Risner, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., St. Louis, MO

Heidi K. Ruckriegle, WilmerHale, Denver, CO

Elizabeth A. Schulte, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Salt Lake City, UT

Shanisha Y. Smith, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Houston, TX

Sarah Sorum, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., Denver, CO

Robert L. Theriot, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, TX

Pilar M. Thomas, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, Tucson, AZ

Adam M. Vela, Cimarex Energy Company, Denver, CO

Stevia M. Walther, Denver, CO

Jeff Weems, Staff Weems LLP, Houston, TX


Press Release

University of Minnesota Law School Admitted as Constituent Law School


The Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (the “Foundation”) are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota Law School has been admitted to the Foundation’s Trustees Council as a new Constituent Law School.


Professor Alexandra Klass will be the first Trustee from the University of Minnesota. Professor Klass teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, tort law, and property law, She is a co-author of Energy Law: Concepts and Insights Series (Foundation Press 2017), Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing 2d ed. 2018), Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (Wolters Kluwer, 4th ed., 2018), and The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2017). Professor Klass was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010, and she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010-2012.


The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is a collaborative educational non-profit organization dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the law and regulations relating to oil and gas, mining, water, public lands, energy, and related areas of environmental and international law. The Foundation’s Constituent Organizations promote these educational objectives. 


The Trustees Council now includes 66 Constituent Organizations, including 34 law schools, 13 bar associations, and 19 oil and gas and mining associations.



Press Release

2019 Recipients of the CLYDE O. MARTZ TEACHING AWARD


The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Announces the 2019 Recipients of the CLYDE O. MARTZ TEACHING AWARD




primary mission of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is to promote the teaching of the law of oil and gas, mining, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, international, and other related areas of natural resources law. The greatest source of encouragement of knowledge of the law of natural resources development is through inspiration instilled by professors and other teachers of natural resources law.

Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award


Clyde O. Martz, the eighth president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, was a teacher whose casebook pioneered the teaching of the law of natural resources development as a whole, and who made many other contributions to the growth and stature of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the study of the law of natural resources development, including the editing of the first edition of the American Law of Mining. In 1993 the Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation established the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award to honor those who have performed meritorious teaching in natural resources law or development to students either in a classroom setting or at courses sponsored by the Foundation or other not-for-profit organizations. Excellence in teaching performance is the primary criterion for the award, and consideration is given to the fostering of a broad understanding of the law, mentoring of students, and innovative style.


The Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2019 recipients of the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award are K.K. DuVivier and James R. Rasband.


K.K. DuVivier


After practicing natural resources law with two Denver firms and working as an Assistant City Attorney, K.K. DuVivier joined the full-time faculty at the University of Denver in 1990. She has received a number of accolades for her teaching and scholarship at the University of Denver, including AALS DU Teacher of the Year, Mentorship Award, Hughes-Ruud Research Professor, and the Sturm Faculty Excellence Award for “Best Professor.” Professor DuVivier has served as the Director of the University of Denver’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and taught Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law, Civil Procedure, Mining Law, and Environmental Law. She also has taught energy and renewable energy courses as a visiting professor at Lewis and Clark Law School and at the University of Houston Law Center.


Professor DuVivier is the author of two books, THE RENEWABLE ENERGY READER (2011), and ENERGY LAW BASICS (Carolina 2017). She has served as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Natural Resources and Energy Section, Vice-Chair of the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee of the Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), and Vice-Chair of the Hard Minerals Committee of the SEER Section of the ABA. She continues to present in numerous national and international forums and has published over one hundred articles in bar journals and law reviews.


James R. Rasband


James R. Rasband joined the Brigham Young University (BYU) J. Reuben Clark Law School faculty in 1995. During his 25 years at BYU, Professor Rasband has been a renowned teacher, mentor, administrator, and leader, known by students and peers alike for his thoughtfulness, insight, and intellect. He has taught courses in water law, wildlife law, public lands and natural resources law, and international environmental law. His teaching awards have included BYU Law’s First Year Class Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Phi Alpha Delta, and his teaching evaluations have consistently been exceptional. He has also published many articles and book chapters on natural resources law. He is a coauthor, with James Salzman, Mark Squillace, and Sam Kalen, of NATURAL RESOURCES LAW AND POLICY (3d ed., 2016) and prior editions, an important casebook in the field.


Professor Rasband’s accomplishments in teaching and scholarship are all the more impressive given his overlapping administrative duties, first as the Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty for the University and the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs at the Law School, and then as Dean of the Law School from 2009 – 2016.   Most recently, he was the Academic Vice President for the entire University. He served as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for 23 years, and also served on its Board of Directors and on numerous committees, and was Chair of the Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute and Public Lands Chair of the 53rd Annual Institute. In April, Professor Rasband was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Job Posting

Job Posting: Executive Vice President, AAPL


The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the industry leader among professional associations supporting landmen, is now accepting applications for its executive vice president position. The association has more than 16,000 members across the United States and Canada, comprised of 41 affiliated local associations. The Executive Vice President is responsible for the general leadership and achievement of short‐term and long‐ term goals of AAPL pertaining to the overall operations, financial performance, human resources and growth in cooperation with the AAPL Board of Directors, Executive Committee, standing committees and NAPE Partners. The successful candidate will demonstrate many of the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required, (Business, Energy, or related field), Master’s or Law Degree desirable
  • 10+ years extensive executive management responsibilities
  • Advanced experience in voluntary, non-profit, and for-profit leadership
  • Energy industry experience preferred; landman experience a plus
  • Advanced experience in corporate strategic planning
  • Extensive public speaking experience
  • Senior executive experience in corporate financial planning and budgeting
  • Commitment to improving promotional and member services
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills
  • Action and goal oriented
  • Must have integrity, positive attitude, be mission driven and self‐directed
  • Steadfast adherence to AAPL's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice


Interested candidates should complete the AAPL Employment Application and submit it along with their resume, references and cover letter to EVP Task Force Chairman, David Cape, CPL (AAPL President 1998) at


The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, August 2, 2019.


To learn more about AAPL, please visit

Job Posting

JOB POSTING: Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center


The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is seeking an experienced energy innovator to become Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center.  


The Pace Energy and Climate Center is a unique energy teaching and policy program.  The Executive Director will lead the Center’s experienced and multi-disciplinary team and its students in energy proceedings in New York and throughout the Northeast and in regional efforts to promote energy efficiency and clean energy use.



Job Posting

JOB POSTING: Professor or Associate Professor of Law


The University of Oklahoma College of Law anticipates hiring up to two faculty members AY 2019-2020 in the following areas: (1) energy and natural resources law, with a focus on water law and energy-related regulation; and (2) health law, including with a focus on healthcare privacy, insurance/finance, ethics, and regulatory compliance. Secondarily, we are also interested in candidates who have a teaching interest in family law, professional responsibility, and criminal law.


JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Consistent with the mission and responsibilities of a top-tier public research university, we are interested in candidates who are (or have the potential to become) recognized scholars and teachers and who will participate actively in the life of the College of Law. As determined by qualifications and professional accomplishments, the position in energy and natural resources law may be accompanied by the award of an endowed chair.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, candidates should send CVs and expressions of interest to Ms. Melanie Tijerina, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019 or by email to  The College of Law will treat all applications as strictly confidential, subject only to requirements of state and federal law.


ABOUT OU: The state’s flagship law school, OU Law has distinguished itself as among the most innovative and prominent law schools in the region. In the last decade, OU Law has built world-class facilities incorporating advanced technology and inventive programs of study that have attracted exceptional students and faculty. In addition, OU Law has significantly expanded faculty resources, including a dramatic increase in endowed positions. These efforts contribute to OU Law’s strong and growing national reputation.


The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and employs more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best place to live” rankings. Visit and for more information.


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.


FURTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, please contact Faculty Appointments Committee at:  

Job Posting

Job Posting - Specialist Natural Resources Policy


Open: 5/8/2019 – 6/7/2019

Salary: $137,849 to $166,500 per year


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Resources, Science and Industry Division is seeking a Specialist in Natural Resources Policy to join its Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section. The specialist will cover natural resources policy with an emphasis on Native American or Native Alaskan issues. The candidate should understand all facets of these areas including the current status of lands, natural resources, and energy and mineral issues in a Native American or Native Alaskan context.


This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with natural resources policy issues with an emphasis on Native American or Native Alaskan issues. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.


The analyst will prepare authoritative, objective, and non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background reports on policies and programs pertaining to Native American or Native Alaskan issues; provide personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff throughout the legislative process on Native American or Native Alaskan policies, programs, and issues; and participate in or lead team research projects and seminars.


CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online


OGEL Call for Papers: Special Issue on Natural Gas Pipeline Construction and Regulation


Editors Tom Dimitroff and Kim Talus are preparing a Special Issue focusing on laws and contracts relating to the construction and operation of natural gas pipelines. Send your proposals to the editors at and OGEL Article Guidelines & Sample papers available upon request via  More info at