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The LSU Mineral Law Institute was created in 1953 as an annual continuing legal education program. The goal of the Institute is to promote an understanding of the mineral law of Louisiana and neighboring states, and to facilitate the development of the law through educational activities.  The last two Annual Institutes were held virtually because of COVID concerns.  The last in-person Annual Institute, in 2019, was the Sixty-sixth Annual Institute.  Fracking Rig in Corn FieldIt was held in Baton Rouge, drawing nearly 200 lawyers, landmen, and industry executives from several states.  The 2020 and 2021 programs were held in a webinar format due to restrictions on in-person meetings at LSU during the COVID pandemic.

In addition to hosting the Mineral Law Institute’s annual conference, the Mineral Law Institute publishes a newsletter and has sponsored the publication of a treatise on Louisiana Mineral Law.

69th Annual Mineral Law Institute Held in Person at LSU Law School on March 31 and April 1, 2022

The Annual Mineral Law Institute is the second oldest annual oil and gas law conference in the country.  The 69th Annual Mineral Law Institute was held in person on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2022 at LSU Law School.  More than 120 lawyers and landmen from Louisiana, Texas, and Colorado participated.

The Annual Institute included presentations on

  • Recent Developments in Mineral Law
  • A comparison of remedies for breach of oil and gas leases in Louisiana and Texas
  • The effect of market volatility on the “paying quantities” analysis under oil and gas leases
  • A primer on drilling a well
  • The rules governing reporting of spills and emergency response
  • Current trends in renewable projects
  • A panel discussion of the perspectives of oil and gas companies’ in-house counsel
  • Restrictions on assignments of oil and gas leases
  • Carbon capture and storage regulations and trends
  • An update on legacy litigation and coastal land loss litigation
  • A comparison of Louisiana and Texas oil and gas regulations

Distinguished Service Award

During the 69th Annual Mineral Law Institute, Keith Hall (Director of the Mineral Law Institute) presented the Mineral Law Institute’s Distinguished Service Award to Patrick S. Ottinger.  Mr. Ottinger previously served as Chairman of the Mineral Law Institute’s Advisory Council, has presented papers at the Annual Mineral Law Institute on nine occasions, taught Mineral Rights as an Adjunct Professor at LSU for more than a decade, published several articles on oil and gas law in the Louisiana Law Review, published multiple articles on energy law in LSU’s Journal of Energy Law and Resources, and published two books on oil and gas law.


Keith B. Hall, Director
Phone: 225-578-8709

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