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Dec. 8, 2011
Christine Morganti, (505) 797-6028

cmorganti@nmbar.org

What Every Practitioner Ought to Know About Oil and Gas

Albuquerque, N.M.—The State Bar of New Mexico Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Section will present New Mexico Oil and Gas: What Every Practitioner Ought to Know Dec. 16 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque.

Topics include New Mexico oil and gas production, oil and gas leases and protecting the client’s interests, regulatory initiatives from the Martinez Administration, hydraulic fracturing, and legal ethics and professionalism.

Presenters include the Hon. John Bemis, secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department; and Phil Brewer, Esq. In addition, three panels will lead discussions on topics of critical interest to practitioners.

Jennifer J. Pruett from the New Mexico Environment Department will moderate a panel on regulatory initiatives from the Martinez Administration. The panel will consist of Hon. John Bemis; Scott Hall, Montgomery & Andrews PA; Eric Jantz, New Mexico Environmental Law Center; and John Worrall, Manzano, Energy Partners, LLC.

Joshua Mann, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will moderate a panel on hydraulic fracturing, The panel will consist of Bruce Baizel, Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project; Steve Henke, president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association; and Mindy Kairis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Finally, Marte D. Lightstone of Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk PA will moderate a panel on legal ethics and professionalism. The panel will consist of William F. Carr, Holland & Hart LLP; John R. Cooney, Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk PA; and James M. Hudson, Hinkle Hensley Shanor & Martin LLP.

The New Mexico Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Section provides information and dialogue concerning issues affecting natural resources, energy and the environment. The section also seeks to provide practicing lawyers with an opportunity to share ideas, legal research and networking with the goal of providing the highest possible quality of legal services to New Mexicans in the areas of natural resources, energy and environment.

Visit http://www.nmbarcle.org/catalog.aspx?browse=ViewProg&catid=1603 to register and http://www.nmbarcle.org/additionalfiles/1603/CLE-NREEL-1216.pdf to view the full schedule.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.