Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Three DU Law Professors Attend the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Meeting in Canada

The Sturm College of Law will be well represented at this week's 56th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, organized by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, meeting in Banff, Alberta, Canada, beginning tomorrow. Attending from the law school will be Fred Cheever, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Environmental Law, K.K. DuVivier, Energy and Mining Law Professor, and Jan Laitos, Natural Resources Law Professor.

The Sturm College of Law has a long and storied relationship with the Foundation, which is one of the world's preeminent organizations for considering issues related to minerals extraction, development, and management. In the late 1950s the law school was a founding member of the Foundation. Since then the law school has played a significant role in the Foundation including in recent years when Professors Cheever and Laitos have served as Trustees of the Foundation. Moreover, Professor Cheever currently chairs the Natural Resources Law Teachers Committee.

DU's strong relationship with the Foundation has been a key to the rich selection of courses and professors that students find at DU. For example, four speakers at this year's meeting in Banff have taught at the College of Law: Bob Bassett of Holland & Hart in Denver; James Cress of Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver; Florencia Heredia of HOLT Abogados in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and James Otto, an independent natural resources consultant in Boulder.

These relationships provide DU students a unique level of expertise and experience second to none among U.S. law schools. And to be sure, understanding and appreciating the complex relationships between environmental protection, on the one hand, and natural resources development, on the other hand, are more important today than ever before. A well-rounded environmental or natural resources professional must understand and take account of all of the key issues, and that is exactly what students find each and every day at DU.

To see a program summary for the 56th annual institute, please click here

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