Image of drillerThe Louisiana 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. In 2016 the Sixty-third Annual Institute was held at the LSU Law Center, drawing over 200 lawyers, landmen, and industry executives from several states.  In addition to consideration of important developments in the law of oil and gas at the annual program, the Mineral Law Institute sponsors other continuing education programs at the Law Center and cooperates with energy related research and educational programs at Louisiana State University. Projects of the Mineral Law Institute presently being implemented include a collaborative Louisiana Mineral Law Treatise, publication of a periodic Louisiana Mineral Law Newsletter, publication of the proceedings of recent Mineral Law Institute programs, and sponsorship of student scholarships for mineral law studies.  The planning and activities of the Mineral Law Institute are supported by a Mineral Law Institute Council comprised of leading members of the oil and gas legal community of Louisiana, Texas, and of other producing states.

Patrick S. Ottinger named Chair of Mineral Law Institute Advisory Council

Keith Hall, Director of the Mineral Law Institute, has named Patrick S. Ottinger of Lafayette as Chair of the Mineral Law Institute’s Advisory Council.  Announcing the appointment on October 28, 2016, Hall stated:

“Pat Ottinger has been a longtime and active member of the Advisory Council.  He has spoken at the Annual Institute on several occasions, and he did a first-class job on each of those occasions—both with his presentation and also by submitting a thorough, scholarly paper.  In addition to the papers he has prepared for the MLI, Pat has written several excellent articles for the Louisiana Law Review and LSU’s Journal of Energy Law and Resources.  Pat has taught as an adjunct at LSU for the past twenty years—teaching Mineral Rights on numerous occasions and more recently an Oil & Gas Seminar.  He is the author of ‘Ottinger: A Course Book on Louisiana Mineral Rights’ and also ‘Louisiana Mineral Leases: A Treatise,’ which was published just a few months ago by Claitor’s.  In addition, Pat authored two chapters in the ‘Louisiana Mineral Law Treatise.’  And of course, he is one of Louisiana’s most prominent oil and gas practitioners.

“Pat has also served LSU, the practicing bar, and the community in many other ways.  Just a few of the numerous possible examples that I could list are that he has served (and is serving) on several committees for the Louisiana Law Institute, and that he is a former President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and also a former President of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.

“As we continue preparations for the 64th Annual Mineral Law Institute, which will be held March 9-10, 2017, I look forward to working closely with Pat to make sure that we have another great program and that the MLI continues to be a premiere oil and gas conference.”

John Perez Graphics & Design makes donation

John Perez Graphics & Design, which does an excellent job with graphics and animations related to the oil and gas industry, recently donated the use of certain graphics and animation to LSU to boost the oil and gas program.  In particular, the firm donated use of graphics illustrating salt domes and animations explaining secondary recovery, enhanced oil recovery, salt water disposal, and steam assisted gravity drainage projects.  The Mineral Law Institute thanks John Perez Graphics & Design for its generous support.

67th Annual Mineral Law Institute
Dates: April 2-3, 2020

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