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ASL Natural Resources Law Center Distinguished Speaker Series

The Appalachian School of Law Natural Resources Law Center has launched its Distinguished Speaker Series for 2016-17. The goal is to bring accomplished and knowledgeable legal practitioners to Southwest Virginia to present multiple legal perspectives surrounding energy, the environment, and natural resources. At the same time, the school seeks to increase awareness in these areas as future legal career paths.

The series will kick off on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM. ASL alumnus, Jen Shaver (’09) will present a summary of the class action litigation that has been filed on behalf of thousands of gas owners in southwest Virginia over royalty payments withheld from them due to an ownership dispute since the passage of the 1990 Oil & Gas Act. The litigation was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative series which brought light to the issue of the then $25M in gas royalties collecting in a state supervised escrow account. Ms. Shaver’s presentation will also include the events that led up to the filing of the class action lawsuits and discuss the course of the litigation since that time, including the procedural, administrative, and legislative events that have affected the litigation. More than six years after the first suit was filed, the legal battle continues.

Ms. Shaver is a distinguished practicing litigator with Virginia Gas Owners Litigation Group in Abingdon, VA. She has assisted in all aspects of civil suits and class action litigation representing natural gas owners in royalty litigation 
filed in federal and state courts.

The ASL Natural Resources Law Center’s mission is to train attorneys to navigate the increasingly complex world of natural resources law in terms of energy production, conservation, and improving sustainability. At the center of this mission is ASL’s commitment to offer a place for rational discussion, intelligent debate, and collaboration to foster cutting-edge programs and innovative scholarship with the ultimate goal to make students more effective and scientifically grounded policymakers and advocates.

For more information, contact Paul LaBarr: plabarr16@my.asl.edu.