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JOB POSTING: Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center

06/10/2019

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.

 

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JOB POSTING: Professor or Associate Professor of Law

06/10/2019

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 mailto:mtijerina@ou.edu.  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 http://www.ou.edu/provost/flipbook and http://www.ou.edu/publicaffairs/oufacts.html 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: mtijerina@ou.edu.  

Job Posting

Job Posting - Specialist Natural Resources Policy

05/15/2019

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 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533035200.

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Job Posting: Attorney - State of Alaska

05/07/2019

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Civil Division has thirteen sections in offices throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska. The Department is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney to become members of our dynamic legal team. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative and professionally inspiring workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below. For more information about the Department of Law, please visit our website at www.law.alaska.gov.

Position 19-OG-01: Oil & Gas Section - Anchorage
Position open until filled


Job Description: The attorney hired for this position will represent and advise the State of Alaska in both litigation and transactional work concerning natural resource matters that involve significant state revenues and interests. The attorney primarily will represent and advise the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Revenue on a diverse range of legal matters, which may include leasing, permitting, tax, and royalties, and also will be responsible for providing aid to state agencies in legislative and regulatory matters, including the review, analysis, drafting, and promulgation of state statutes and regulations. The selected candidate will practice in the state and federal courts, including both trial and appellate courts, and before administrative agencies. Some travel may be necessary.

Qualifications: Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices. Qualified applicants must have excellent communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills, and good judgment. The ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast-paced work environment is essential. Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, and an interest in working on complex cases. Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work as a member of a team with minimum supervision. 

Contact: Individuals who would like additional information about this position may contact John Ptacin at (907) 269-5100 or by e-mail at john.ptacin@alaska.gov

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying by using the job number indicated on the recruitment announcement. Applications can be either emailed to civil.recruit@alaska.gov (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK  99501

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973. 

 
Job Posting

Job Posting - Enforcement Program Manager

05/03/2019

ONRR is looking for a Program Manager for the Office of Enforcement.

Position Title:              Program Manager

Series & Grade:          GS-0340-15   

Promotion Potential:   GS-15

Location:                    

Department of the Interior (DOI) 

Office of the Secretary (OS) 

Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) 

Coordination, Enforcement, Valuation & Appeals (CEVA),

Enforcement 

Lakewood, CO

Open:  May 03, 2019

Close:  May 16, 2019                        

MP: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/532628200

DE: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/532628400

For complete information on this vacancy please go to USAJobs at https://my.usajobs.gov/

If you do not have Internet access, you can call USAJobs at (478) 757-3000 or TDD (478) 744-2299. Please note that it is still your responsibility as an applicant to do your primary job searches through USAJobs, because that is the only official Department of the Interior vacancy distribution system.  While we will do our best to send out courtesy e-mail messages in a timely manner, we will not extend vacancy announcements if an employee does not receive/read this message; e.g., employee is on leave, in travel status, etc. 

Announcement

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

03/21/2019

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 tdimitroff@infradev.co.uk and ktalus@tulane.edu. OGEL Article Guidelines & Sample papers available upon request via info@ogel.org.  More info at https://www.ogel.org/news.asp?key=597.

Job Posting

JOB POSTING: Attorney, Natural Resources Section — Anchorage

02/19/2019

STATE OF ALASKA

DEPARTMENT OF LAW

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Civil Division has thirteen sections in offices throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska. The Department is looking for multiple talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorneys to become members of our dynamic legal team. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative and professionally inspiring workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for these positions on the closing dates listed in each job opening. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below. For more information about the Department of Law, please visit our website at http://www.law.alaska.gov.

 

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

 

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy.

Job Description: The attorney hired for this position will represent and advise the State of Alaska in both litigation and transactional work concerning natural resource matters that involve significant state revenues and interests. The attorney primarily will represent and advise the Department of Natural Resources on a diverse range of legal matters, which may include oil, gas, and mining leasing, permitting, tax, and royalties, state land and water issues, and also will be responsible for providing aid to state agencies in legislative and regulatory matters, including the review, analysis, drafting, and promulgation of state statutes and regulations. The selected candidate will practice in the state and federal courts, including both trial and appellate courts, and before administrative agencies. Some travel may be necessary.

     

Qualifications: Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices. Qualified applicants must have excellent communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills, and good judgment. The ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast-paced work environment is essential. At least three years of experience in natural resources issues and transactions, including state and federal litigation or administrative proceedings, is strongly preferred. Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, and an interest in working on complex cases. Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work as a member of a team with minimum supervision.

 

Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the November 2018 recruitment notice will automatically be considered for this vacancy and need not resubmit an application. 

 

Contact: Individuals who would like additional information about this position may contact Seth Beausang at (907) 269-5100 or by e-mail at mailto:seth.beausang@alaska.gov.

 

Application Instructions

 

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

 

Candidates who are interested in applying for these positions must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position(s) for which the applicant is applying by using the job number(s) indicated on the recruitment announcement. Applications can be either emailed to mailto:civil.recruit@alaska.gov (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

 

Office of the Attorney General

1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200

Anchorage, AK  99501

 

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

 

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.

Press Release

Donations of $120,000 Create the RMMLF’s New Frances Hartogh Diversity Outreach Scholarship Fund

02/15/2019

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (the Foundation) is proud to announce that Rob Risley, Senior Counsel at Freeport-McMoRan, has made donations to the Foundation’s scholarship program of $40,000 last year and $20,000 this year. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is generously matching these gifts through its Employee Matching Gifts program for total funding of $120,000.

 

Although most people know the Foundation for its Annual Institutes and its other high-quality conferences, the Foundation also has an Outreach Program, which provides almost $350,000 annually to further legal education in oil and gas, mining, energy, public lands, water, environmental, and related international law. This funding includes scholarships to law students interested in these areas of law, attendance at Foundation educational programs, networking grants to introduce students to practitioners and professionals, and grants to professors to fund research and scholarship.

 

The Foundation funds most of the Outreach Program from operations, but given current market conditions, it will need to rely on donations like those from Rob and the Freeport Foundation to maintain current funding levels.

 

Rob’s contribution will fund the new Frances Hartogh Diversity Outreach Scholarship Program. Under this Program, the Foundation will award scholarships each year to mineral law students who meet certain eligibility criteria, including the the potential to contribute to the mineral law community and potential to increase diversity in the practice of mineral law.

 

Rob said, “The Foundation has greatly enhanced my career and given me the opportunity to work closely with some amazing people. The Foundation doesn’t take policy positions, but it is the best and most effective place to educate lawyers and others who will make legal and policy decisions about mineral and other natural resources. The Foundation has an extremely important philanthropic function that is not well funded. I wanted to fund a new scholarship that recognizes the importance of both diversity and education in mineral law practice. Having worked with our Scholarships Committee for several years, I have the utmost confidence that the Committee will administer my gift with integrity and diligence.”

 

Rob made his gift in the form of appreciated stock, which he said “can be an incredible way to maximize a gift while getting great tax savings.” Rob also noted how thankful he was for the Freeport Foundation’s extremely generous matching program for employees. The Foundation will apply the Freeport matching gift to fund student scholarships.

 

About Frances Hartogh

We’ve named the newly funded scholarship program to recognize Frances Hartogh, the Foundation’s Associate Director and Director of Outreach. Frances graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1982, and began her legal practice with Colorado Interstate Gas, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She then became the Senior Counsel at Gold Fields Mining in Lakewood, Colorado. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Attorney General’s office before coming to work for the Foundation in 2009. Frances has been instrumental in the expansion of the Outreach Program and a leader in diversity outreach. Frances intends to retire in June, and to continue her 37 years of involvement with the Foundation into retirement.
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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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