Friday, October 29, 2010

Leading Natural Resources Attorneys Steve Bain and Robert Bassett to Compare International Mining and Petroleum Law at Sturm College of Law Nov. 10

Two well-known attorney experts in international natural resources law, Steve Bain and Robert Bassett, will compare international mining law and international petroleum law on Nov. 10, 2010, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in room 125 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Both Mr. Bassett and Mr. Bain teach as adjunct professors in the College of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENRL) program. Mr. Bassett teaches "International and Comparative Mining Law" while Mr. Bain co-teaches "International and Comparative Petroleum Law" with Carol Harmon. These courses, which have been very popular among DU law students, are part of a wide selection of natural resources-related courses offered at DU.

Mr. Bassett, a partner at Denver-based Holland & Hart, practices natural resources and international law with an emphasis on the mining industry. In recent years he has handled projects as diverse as: mining counsel in financing of a major coal company merger, a major copper company, and a major lead producer; development of mine methane capture and use programs; acquisition of major copper, gold, and uranium mines and royalty interests in the U.S., Latin America, and Africa.

Mr. Bain, a partner at Denver-based Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, specializes in environmental and natural resources law and has significant experience with government negotiations. He has extensive experience in international law, especially in the former Soviet Union, and is past chair of the International Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Prior to joining his firm, he worked for two years in the Czech Republic as an advisor to the Czech Ministry of the Environment.

Don C. Smith, director of the ENRL program, said, "Students who have taken these courses from Adjunct Professors Bain and Bassett frequently say how valuable these courses are and point to the significant benefit from learning from industry leaders like Mr. Bain and Mr. Bassett. Their courses are clear examples of why many think at the ENRL program is the best of its kind in the U.S."

For more information about the event, please contact Carrie Golden at

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