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Announcement

JOB POSTING: Utah Mining Association President

11/02/2018

The Utah Mining Association (UMA), Utah’s leading voice of the mining, mineral processing, and industry service members for 103 years, is searching for a new president. A qualified candidate will be a demonstrated leader with impeccable professional and personal conduct; have professional experience preferably with a trade association, in mining or mining related industries, or with legislative and regulatory lobbying; have strong communication skills; have experience with budgeting and business management; and have relationships with the Utah mining industry or Utah elected officials.

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and their resume by November 30, 2018 to:

Search Committee
Utah Mining Association
mining@utahmining.org

Letters of recommendation and an in-person interview may be requested.

 

Job Description

The Utah Mining Association (UMA), currently comprised of over 95 mining, mineral processing, and industry service members, is, and has been, the leading voice of the mining and mineral processing industry in the State of Utah since 1915. The UMA’s core mission is to advocate for and advance the mining, mineral processing, and support industries; educate government leaders, officials, and the public on the importance of mining in Utah, and promote a culture of safety, sound environmental practices and networking among its members. The UMA is seeking a new President.

The President is the chief executive of the UMA. Reporting to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the UMA. The President serves as the primary spokesperson of the UMA and manages a small staff.

 

THE PRESIDENT’S CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • With the Executive Committee and Board of Directors develop the UMA’s priorities and strategic plan and regularly review, assess, and report to the Executive Committee on the performance of the UMA
  • Develop and operate within a budget
  • Manage the UMA’s investments and finances as directed by the Executive Committee, and report to the Executive Committee
  • Undertake advocacy and lobbying activities on issues important to the UMA in Utah, at the federal level, and as directed by the Executive Committee
  • Serve as industry representative to, and as needed testify before, state, local, and federal legislative and regulatory bodies
  • Work with other national and state mining associations and serve as UMA’s representatives in national and regional industry efforts to accomplish UMA’s federal policy objectives
  • Develop working relationships with elected and appointed officials and key professionals in Utah’s Governor’s office, legislature, and regulatory agencies
  • Develop working relationships with Utah’s Congressional delegation and staff
  • Develop working relationships and work collaboratively with business and association allies
  • Develop, direct, and participate in UMA’s education and public outreach efforts
  • Organize, attend, and oversee the UMA’s Annual Meeting, UMA fundraising events, and quarterly meetings of the Executive Committee
  • Engage with the UMA’s members and learn their changing needs and interests
  • Retain and expand UMA membership
  • Energize and motivate membership participation in the UMA’s activities, events, fundraising campaigns, and committees
  • Manage UMA’s standing committees and work with the standing committees to develop, propose, and communicate policies and positions to the Executive Committee and UMA members as appropriate
  • Travel, as needed, on behalf of the UMA to accomplish the objectives of the UMA
  • Manage UMA staff
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Executive Committee

THE PRESIDENT’S EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • A College degree
  • Significant experience in government or media relations, advocacy, or legal, ideally with a major trade association
  • An in-depth understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes
  • Strong leadership
  • Impeccable professional and personal conduct with demonstrated qualities, including but not limited to, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, candor, and respect for the rights of others
  • Familiarity with budgeting, financial statements, and business management
  • Experience managing personnel helpful

THE PRESIDENT’S KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • An ability to work in a collaborative manner
  • An ability to work as a team player in a small office
  • A desire to support environmentally and socially responsible natural resource development
  • A desire to influence public policy issues affecting Utah’s mining industry
  • An understanding of the importance of Utah’s mining and mineral processing industry to the State of Utah and the United States
  • Knowledge of mining and the many legal and policy issues affecting mining operations throughout the mine life cycle
  • Ability to speak publicly, positively engage a variety of members of the media, engage in community outreach and advocacy

COMPENSATION:

  • Market-based salary, negotiable based on education, experience, and other qualifications
  • Generous benefits package

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • The President works in an office environment with frequent local and national travel for meetings at third party locations, with the ability to work remotely expected.

 

Announcement

University of Calgary Faculty of Law Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law

10/09/2018

If you’re looking to expand your practice in natural resources, energy or environmental law, but don’t have a lot of time for continuing education, consider UCalgary Law’s post-baccalaureate certificate in natural resources, energy and environmental law. Four courses (completed within three years) will allow you to enhance your knowledge and provide more value for your firm.

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Job Posting

JOB POSTING: Attorney/Development Staff - Western Resources Legal Center

08/16/2018

The Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC) is an independent 501(c)(3) legal education organization. WRLC provides law students with quality instruction and excellent opportunities to develop their legal skills and knowledge of natural resources and environmental laws through the legal representation of clients active in natural resources related industries.  Our program helps lead law students to careers as attorneys and policymakers with an appreciation for the challenges faced by, and the importance of, natural resource industries.

 

We are seeking to add a dynamic and driven lawyer to assist in three key areas.  We are seeking an Attorney/Development Staff member to enthusiastically help with teaching, fundraising, development, and litigation. The position will also support the legal education program by working with law students on related practical legal skills.  The position will also assist in representing clients in litigation and regulatory and policy issues (including areas such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and National Environmental Policy Act).  Finally, the position will assist the Executive Director in maintaining and developing a national network of donors and supporters of the WRLC mission.

 

WRLC is a small collegial team.  We offer a great opportunity to work on a variety of issues and active practice in federal district courts, circuit courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court on precedent-setting issues.  Salary $75,000-$100,000 DOE.

 

Requested Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5+ years demonstrated legal experience in natural resources related field.  Prior federal litigation experience is strongly preferred. 
  • Dedication to WRLC’s educational mission. 
  • Excellent public speaking, advocacy, and writing skills.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with donors, students, law school faculty, and board members. 
  • Travel regularly for conferences, association meetings, and court appearances. 
  • Superior time management skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet litigation deadlines, and skill in analyzing and drafting complex legal arguments.
  • Must be admitted to at least one state bar. 
  • A strong interest in teaching law students how to advocate on behalf of natural resource users.

 

To Apply – Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: ABruner@wrlegal.org, with the subject line “Job Application: Attorney/Development Staff.”  Applications will be considered October 1 or until the position is filled. 

 

Equal Opportunity Policy – WRLC seeks to build a diverse and highly qualified staff and encourages applications for employment from all qualified individuals.  WRLC does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical disability, veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Job Posting

JOB POSTING: Attorney Advisor (General) - Dept. of the Interior

08/15/2018

The Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor has two vacancies for the position of Attorney-Advisor (General) in its Lakewood, Colorado office.

As an Attorney-Advisor (General) with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Rocky Mountain Region, Federal and Indian Royalties Section, located in Lakewood, CO your specific duties will include:

 

1. Provide a full array of legal services to the offices and programs of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) with particular emphasis on legal issues related to the appropriate interpretation and implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), 30 U.S.C. §§ 1701-59; the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, 30 U.S.C. §§ 181 et seq.; and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1331-1356b. Accordingly, some familiarity with the federal laws governing the leasing of federal and Indian minerals and the accounting for, and collection and disbursement of, royalties from federal and Indian mineral leases is highly desirable. Moreover, familiarity with the general principles of federal Indian law is preferable.

 

Regularly work with ONRR to develop and formally promulgate regulations implementing FOGRMA; regularly represent ONRR in administrative appeals before the Hearings Division of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and before the Interior Board of Land Appeals; and regularly provide litigation support to the Department of Justice when rules, administrative decisions or actions are challenged in federal court.

 

Provide both oral and written advice to ONRR on a wide variety of matters, including questions related to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Accordingly, some knowledge of federal administrative law is highly desirable for this position.

 

Assist ONRR and the Department of Justice in developing, reviewing, filing, and proving up the United States’ claims in bankruptcy proceedings of entities whose assets include interests in federal or Indian mineral leases.

 

2. Coordinate with colleagues and other offices in the Office of the Solicitor to ensure that legal advice provided is consistent and uniform and reflects the priorities of the Department of the Interior and the Secretary of the Interior.

 

3. Review proposed legislation and testimony on proposed legislation related to the ONRR’s offices and programs and assist with responses to Congressional document requests.

 

The incumbent will report directly to the Assistant Regional Solicitor for Royalties; will meet regularly with the Assistant Regional Solicitor to discuss pending matters; and will keep the Assistant Regional Solicitor apprised of all potentially controversial matters or matters of national significance.

 

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND applicants must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

 

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Job Posting

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE AT ENSafrica (SOUTH-AFRICA)

08/14/2018

Internships are regularly available for South-African as well as Foreign law students who have completed their legal education in English, French, or Portuguese in the offices of ENSafrica (Johannesburg or Cape Town).

 

Overview of ENSafrica

With over 620 practitioners and more than 200 executives, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm. The firm has a breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, including tax law, IP/IT law and forensics.

 

The firm was established over 100 years ago, making it one of the oldest full-service law firms in Africa and offers clients country-specific knowhow which covers:

  • business investment, risk and economic profiles;
  • African cultural and social customs; and
  • the continent’s legal, IP and tax systems.

 

The firm is divided in 4 major Business Units ((1) Corporate and Commercial, (2) Banking and Finance, (3) Energy, Mining and Infrastructure and (4) Dispute Resolution, and has offices in South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda, Mauritius, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana.

 

ENSafrica also operates in other African countries with its team of multi-qualified and multilingual lawyers, in particular in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

 

The firm has practitioners qualified to practise the law of all the countries where it is established, and also has an international English law practice and a French law practice, with a team of French qualified lawyers who have transactional expertise in Francophone countries, as well as practitioners, who are qualified to practise OHADA law.

 

In addition, the firm’s Portuguese-speaking lawyers assist clients in Lusophone Africa, in particular Angola and Mozambique, while its dedicated China department consists of Mandarin and Cantonese- speaking practitioners who are focused on Chinese entry and expansion strategy into Africa and vice versa.

 

Administrative conditions applicable to internships

 

Location : Main office of ENSafrica, 150, West Street, Sandton, South Africa ; an internship in the Cape Town office of ENSafrica may also be envisaged

 

Duration : 3 months (renewable)

 

Remuneration : internships are available for students who are not yet qualified to practise law as legal practitioners in their home-jurisdiction ; therefore, they cannot be offered employment contracts or be employed and salaried like employees of ENSafrica ; however, they can enter into an internship agreement and an internship indemnity is available.

 

Supervision : students admitted to complete an internship at ENSafrica are supervised by one or several executives (partners) and internship statements or other evaluation / reference documents can be delivered at the end of the internship.

 

Immigration requirements and visas : foreign students are required to apply and obtain a temporary internship visa or student visa from the South African Embassy located in their country of residence prior to the commencement of the internship.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Legal research (collecting and gathering legal sources of information)
  • Legal research in comparative law research centres and academic institutions of South-Africa
  • Analysing probable outcomes based on legal precedents
  • Attending independently to high level research
  • Maintaining an up-to-date comprehensive knowledge of developments in the relevant areas of law and disseminate that information
  • Drafting country profiles, research notes, synoptic tables, powerpoint or excel presentations
  • Assisting executives / partners with preparation of training and/or other presentations
  • Assisting executives with the drafting of brochures, tenders, proposals, bids)
  • Legal translations from English to French and from French to English
  • Legal translations from English to Portuguese and from Portuguese to English

 

Academic qualifications

 

  • At least a bachelor’s degree (LLB) or a master’s degree (LLM) in law or equivalent degree from a reputable law school established in an Anglophone jurisdiction (South-Africa, Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Malta, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand), a Francophone jurisdiction (Canada, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Lebanon) or a Lusophone jurisdiction (Portugal, Brazil, Macau, Angola or Mozambique).
  • If possible, academic training completed with another degree in accounting, tax, economics, business administration, commerce, political science, international relations or languages.

 

Academic training

 

  • Prior legal training in one or several of the following legal specialisms :
  • public international law-private international law -international commercial arbitration-international law of the sea-international comparative law-European comparative law-African comparative law- corporate and commercial law-competition law-property law-land law-engineering and construction law-banking and financial law-mining and petroleum law, natural resources law, energy law- international trade and competition law-IP/IT law-environmental law-employment law-international taxation-corporate taxation-resource taxation-forensics.

 

Languages (ESSENTIAL)

 

Fluency in at least two of the following languages : English, French, Portuguese

 

Other skills needed

 

  • A prior knowledge or interest for international and comparative business law and Africa
  • Strong analytical skills
  • The ability to self-regulate; and
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to handle high volumes of research as well as meet deadlines with the view to adding value to the business by delivering the required results
  • Ability to assist with knowledge transfer to professionals and take advantage of team interactions
  • Ability to produce consistent high quality legal research
  • Display honesty and integrity at all times

 

Contacts: gblanc@ensafrica.com

 

Announcement

Future of Mining Americas

08/01/2018

On October 29-30, 2018, Mining Magazine and Mining Journal will host an event in Denver -- The Future of Mining Americas. This conference has been created to connect C-suite, Heads and Managers of Mine Operations, METS and Support Services from top enterprises around the globe to debate and define the current and future mining landscape across the Americas and follows on from the success of the inaugural Future of Mining Sidney which brought together over 400 mining professionals in an immersive two day event.

 

Expert speakers will include leaders from across the industry in an agenda curated through the knowledge capital of our trusted globally renowned Mining Magazine and Mining Journal editorial teams.

 

The Future of Mining will address the key strategic and operational questions that matter from project/operations level management through to the boardroom. This event is designed to step away from the traditional transactional conference model to provide a transformational experience.

 

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Press Release

Election of Officers, Members-at-Large of the Board, Honorary Trustees, and Trustees-at-Large

07/27/2018

July 18, 2018 - 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, Honorary Trustees, and Trustees-at-Large for 2018-2019.

 

OFFICERS 2018-2019

President            William B. Prince, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Secretary             Joel O. Benson, David Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, CO

Treasurer            Rachael E. Salcido, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS-AT-LARGE 2018-2019

Khaled Abdel Barr, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC

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

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

Hadassah M. Reimer, Holland & Hart LLP, Jackson, WY

Matthew Salzman, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Kansas City, MO

Neil G. Westesen, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Bozeman, MT

 

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Steven P. Ruffatto, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Billings, MT

Mary Viviano, Golden, CO

 

TRUSTEES-AT-LARGE 2018-2019

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

John W. Andrews, Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., Salt Lake City, UT

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

Susan Miller Bisong, Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM

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

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

Timothy C. Dowd, Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK

Pedro Freitas, Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Michael A. Gheleta, Somach Simmons & Dunn, Boulder, CO

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

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

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

M. Benjamin Machlis, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Carolyn L. McIntosh, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Denver, CO

Margaret L. Meister, Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM

Wells S. Parker, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Salt Lake City, UT

Scott Regan, Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation, Denver, CO

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

Heidi K. Ruckriegle, WilmerHale, Denver, CO

Marcelle F. Shoop, National Audubon Society, Salt Lake City, UT

Juan Sonoda, Beretta Godoy, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

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

Stevia M. Walther, Denver, CO

 

Press Release

ADMISSION OF A NEW CONSTITUENT LAW SCHOOL

07/27/2018

July 18, 2018 - The Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation are pleased to announce that the following new Constituent Law School has been admitted to the Trustees Council:

 

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SCHOOL OF LAW

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 mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, and other related areas.  The Foundation’s Constituent Organizations promote these educational objectives.

 

The Trustees Council now includes 65 Constituent Organizations: 33 Law Schools, 13 bar associations, and 19 mining and oil and gas associations.

Press Release

2018 Recipients of the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award

07/27/2018

July 18, 2018 - The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation announces the 2018 Recipients of the CLYDE O. MARTZ TEACHING AWARD:

JOHN C. PECK, of the University of Kansas School of Law

and

NIGEL D. BANKES of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law

 

A primary mission of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is to promote the teaching of the law of mining, oil and gas, 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 of natural resources law 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 2018 recipients of the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award are John C. Peck and Nigel Bankes.

 

John C. Peck

John C. Peck is the Connell Teaching Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law. John is widely recognized as a dedicated teacher and one of the leading authorities on water law in the United States. John’s teaching combines immense expertise with humility and a keen interest in learning from his students. John is a recipient of the Moreau Award that recognizes teachers who are exceptionally dedicated to supporting their students, the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence, and the coveted campus-wide W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Throughout his career, John has educated Kansas legislators and governors, and countless Kansas practitioners, on water law, and has been the principal author of numerous statutory changes in Kansas water law since the 1970s. Also significant, he has educated several generations of Kansas judges on water law, on both the overall statutory and common-law structure and the finer points. John has twice served as the Water Section Chair for Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institutes, represented the University of Kansas as a Constituent Law School Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for 11 years, and since 1978, has diligently served as the Kansas Reporter for the Foundation’s Water Law Newsletter. John has taught and practiced water law with a combination of unexcelled expertise, practice experience, and good humor.

 

Nigel D. Bankes

Nigel D. Bankes is the Chair of Natural Resources Law and Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. For more than three decades, Nigel has taught a broad range of courses in natural resources law, including oil and gas law, natural resources law, administrative process, aboriginal law, and international energy and environmental agreements. He is extremely well-regarded for his teaching, having twice received the Harold Tidswell Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 and 2013. He has supervised and mentored more than 40 graduate students who have completed theses in natural resources law and nine LL.M students that have completed major research papers. He has also devoted a significant amount of his time and energy to educate the legal community, as a regular presenter at the Canadian Energy Law Foundation annual conferences and short courses on energy and oil and gas law, as an editor and member of the Editorial Board of several journals, including the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, the Yearbook of Polar Law, and the Journal of World Energy Law and Business. He was the Canadian Oil and Gas Law Reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Mineral Law Newsletter for five years and presented papers at both Annual and Special Institutes. Nigel has excelled in teaching and legal scholarship and has been a dedicated educator of the legal community.

 

 

Announcement

2018 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees

04/30/2018

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) announced today the 2018 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, represent exploration, extraction, management, education, and research and development in the U.S. mining industry. Their contributions have had significant and lasting impacts on the mineral and mining industry; these individuals were selected for being mavericks, thought leaders, researchers, educators, mentors, wealth builders, and philanthropists.

 

Professor John M. Guilbert, Dr. Leo J. Miller, Robert E. (Bob) Murray, and Douglas (Doug) B. Silver will join 240 other mining industry luminaries when formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on September 29th, 2018. Additionally, the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award will be presented to the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. The 31st Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, CO.

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