September 2014 News

Washburn Law students, Professor David Pierce, and alumni attended the 60th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in scenic Vail, Colo., on July 17-19, 2014. A few attendees traveled from as far away as Thailand and Australia to join the nearly 1,200 participants from around the world.

"The Foundation’s Annual Institute provides students with the very best of environments to reflect on the sort of lawyer they want to be upon graduation,” said Professor Pierce. “Students attend classes with lawyers, many who have decades of experience but who continue the quest for knowledge in an effort to perfect their craft as natural resource professionals.”

Washburn Law was represented by 16 students, who were among the 76 in attendance. Grants totaling $3,362.91 from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and $2,000 from Washburn Law’s Oil and Gas Law Center covered students’ travel, lodging, and registration expenses.

“My experience at the RMMLF institute was fantastic. It was very insightful listening to the ‘top’ attorneys talk about prevalent issues in the oil and gas industry,” said Aaron Othmer, J.D. Candidate '15, Topeka. “From flaring and venting, to unitization and pooling, to interstate compacts, they covered it all. The lectures gave me a sense of what oil and gas attorneys are facing now and what they will more than likely be facing in the future. The RMMLF experience is definitely the best experience I've had in law school, hands down."

Numerous opportunities were available for students to interact with lawyers during the Institute. Lawyers made up 73% (887) of the people in attendance. “Students also had the opportunity to observe lawyers who are as energized and passionate about their work and profession today as the day they entered practice,” Pierce added.

An alumni reception was held at Vail Chophouse featuring a magician.

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