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
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.