College of Law Professor Tara Righetti Appointed Trustee


In recognition of her expertise in the field and proactive involvement with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Professor Tara Righetti has been appointed a trustee-at-large. With an impeccable reputation, she has established herself as a go-to expert in the field, and a tremendous asset in the region.

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is a collaborative, educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the laws and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, energy, public lands, water, environmental and international law. In her capacity as a trustee-at-large, Professor Righetti will help to advise the Board of Directors leading the Foundation.

“Professor Righetti has distinguished herself as a rising star in the field of oil and gas law,” says Alex Ritchie, Executive Director of the RMMLF. “She also gives willingly and enthusiastically of her time to educate the community of natural resources professionals and landmen on complex oil and gas issues. The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation greatly appreciates the service she has provided to our organization and is honored to have her on our Trustees Council.”

Prior to her career in academia, Righetti served as CEO and general counsel of a privately owned upstream oil and gas company. Since joining the University of Wyoming in 2014, Professor Righetti has been diligently working to provide important research for her discipline, informative resources for the Wyoming natural resources community, and educational opportunities for students. She serves on the Executive Committee of Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL), and is a certified professional landman. Appointed in a joint capacity to the College of Law, the College of Business, and the School of Energy Resources, Professor Righetti carries the responsibility of a dedicated researcher and educator, as well as serving as the Director for the Professional Land Management Program.

Some of her current projects are reflective of her drive and passion for the exploration of energy issues. She recently presented a paper at the 64th Annual Institute of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, held in Victoria, British Columbia. Her paper entitled, “Environmental Considerations in Oil and Gas Conservation and Permitting,” will be published in the forthcoming Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute Proceedings later this fall.

Additionally, Professor Righetti gave a presentation at the WAPL Educational Seminar on August 2nd in Sheridan, Wyo. A non-profit, the WAPL is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the profession of land work in mineral exploration. Her presentation focused on Wyoming’s Split Estate Act and Royalty Payment Act.

Professor Righetti will also be hosting a RMMLF Young Professionals Workshop in the fall. The workshop will allow attorneys, students, and other interested parties to participate in a video-linked presentation and networking event to learn about interesting topics in energy and join the community of young practitioners around the country. (More details on the event will be forthcoming on the College of Law website).

“I am truly honored to be serving as a trustee-at-large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation,” says Righetti. “I look forward to the opportunity to be more active in the Foundation and to contribute to the important educational work it does for our students and the industry.”

The College of Law commends the RMMLF on their selection of Professor Righetti to be part of the Trustee Council. We are extremely proud of her hard work and achievements.


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