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ASL’s Professor Patrick Baker and 2010 ASL Alumni Blair N.C. Wood to Speak at Mineral Rights Seminar


ASL's Professor Patrick Baker and 2010 ASL Alumni Blair N.C. Wood will give a seminar in Roanoke, Virginia On October 10, 2013:  "Mineral Rights, What You Need to Know Now!" as part of the National Business Institute's Continuing Legal Education series. Also presenting are Timothy W. Gresham and Wendy Inge.

Amidst the changing landscape of mineral rights law, attorneys are fielding more questions than ever before. Attorneys need to be prepared to answer lease and royalty questions, handle clouds on titles involving mineral interests, and stay current on the latest issues regarding use of surface issues. The seminar will provide insight on effectively assisting clients with force pooling and unitization agreements and other practical tips for practicing attorneys, paralegals, government officials, engineers, title agents and developers.

Attendees are eligible for six (6) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and 0.60 International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET) credits by attending the seminar. During the course of the day, the presenters and attendees will:

  • Review methods to create ownership of mineral rights.
  • Examine mining/extraction rights and easements, effective negotiation of them including overcoming eminent domain and valuation issues.
  • Discuss how to resolve conflicts among owners, including use of surface and trespass issues.
  • Review the law of mine void and pore space as it pertains to natural gas and mining companies.
  • Discover the ins and outs of coal bed methane ownership and force pooling and unitization agreements.
  • Learn about the latest Virginia case law.
  • Effectively draft and negotiate mineral interest leases and royalties.
  • Discuss title problems left by old mineral rights leases and avoid the problems they cause.
  • Apply the Virginia Gas and Oil Act to current cases.

Online registration for the full-day, basic-to-intermediate level legal program is at: