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UW SER to Host Rocky Mountain Professional Landman Conference April 29

March 14, 2022
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The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) will host the Rocky Mountain Professional Landman (PLM) Conference Friday, April 29.

The in-person forum seeks to bring together industry professionals and PLM alumni in the Rocky Mountain region to showcase the esteemed profession; discuss current topics and issues facing the industry; and explore career paths and opportunities for future graduates.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the UW Conference Center, located at the Hilton Garden Inn at 2229 Grand Ave.

James Devlin, the current president of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), will headline the event as the keynote speaker.

“We are honored to have Mr. Devlin join us for the conference,” says Kami Danaei, SER academic director. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such positive engagement from AAPL as well as the involvement from the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL), our industry advisory board and prominent land professionals in the state and region. This event is bringing together notable figures in a very robust and successful profession that is key in Wyoming.”

The agenda also will feature prominent industry professionals including John Litynski, from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, and Randall Luthi, chief energy adviser to Gov. Mark Gordon. Additionally, the conference will include panel discussions that explore the land industry as well as new opportunities in Bitcoin; hydrogen; carbon capture, utilization and storage; and renewables.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register and for details — including the agenda, speaker bios, and travel and accommodation information — visit the event website. The program also has been approved for 3.75 continuing education credits through AAPL.

SER will host a networking reception Thursday, April 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in UW’s Energy Innovation Center. The reception will include a tour of the facility. All conference registrants are invited to attend and connect with current UW students, as well as other industry professionals.

The PLM program at SER is an interdisciplinary degree that exposes students to many different disciplines including law, business, mathematics and environmental science. It is one of only 10 undergraduate programs accredited nationally by AAPL.

The program specifically trains graduates to determine mineral and surface ownership, prepare necessary reports and serve as the public-facing agent for mineral and energy development lease negotiations. Students are equipped for a career addressing the business and legal challenges within the industry.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our PLM program to other students on campus,” Danaei says. “Outside of working as a land professional in the energy industry, there are many other great career options that stem from this degree. It is by far the best pathway to law school, a career as a commercial or residential real estate agent, rights-of-way specialist and much more. We encourage everyone who is interested — including students in other degree programs — to attend.”

The forum is presented in collaboration with the Student Chapter of Energy Resources on campus. It is co-sponsored by WAPL and the Wyoming law firm of Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP.

For more information, call Christine Reed, SER outreach director, at (307) 766-6708 or email christine.reed@uwyo.edu.

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