Mineral Title Examination CLE

About the Course

Washburn University School of Law presents a continuing legal education (CLE) program focusing on the law and practice of oil and gas title examination from January 14-16, 2015.

An essential component of oil and gas development is determining ownership of the land where drilling will take place and the proper distribution of production proceeds. These tasks are accomplished through the legal opinions lawyers prepare based upon identification and interpretation of documents in the appropriate chains of title. This course examines the law and technique of mineral title examination and the preparation of title opinions. The focus of the CLE is on Kansas oil and gas title issues, although the faculty will offer comparative observations regarding oil and gas title examination issues and techniques in many different states, including title issues impacting state, federal, and Indian lands. There will also be a presentation on preparing opinions for other minerals, such as coal and gold.

The course is presented over a three-day period.

  • Day 1 (Wednesday, January 14, 2015) is a basic overview of oil and gas law with a particular focus on Kansas law.
  • Days 2 (Thursday, January 15, 2015) and 3 (Friday, January 16, 2015) focus on specific title issues examiners encounter and how to approach the issues and the title examination process and technique.
    • Day 2 concludes with a practical exercise where students break up into small groups and conduct a records search and create a chain of title.
    • Day 3 concludes with a practical exercise where students, in the same small groups, work through the documents identified during the Day 2 chain of title exercise. The documents are interpreted, using the principles learned during the course, to identify surface and mineral ownership and defects in title requiring curative attention.

The CLE will be held at Washburn University School of Law in Room 102. Participants will meet each day from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and have the option to attend one, two, or all three days.

Professor David Pierce, Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law and Director of the Oil and Gas Law Center, is the program coordinator and will be a presenter. He will be assisted by a number of other practitioners.

Course Schedule

See the course schedule and list of faculty (66 KB PDF).

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General Information

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015

Washburn University
School of Law - Room 102
Parking: north, south and east of the law school.
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Registration Fee:
» $600 all days
» $200 Day 1 only
» $200 Day 2 only
» $200 Day 3 only
See registration form.
See Washburn W-9 (taxpayer ID).

Program fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission, written materials, lunch, and reception.

Registration Deadline:
Registrations will be accepted until all seats are full. Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the CLE.

Donna Vilander
(785) 670-1105
or from 12/19/2014-1/4/2015
Shawn Leisinger
(785) 670-2464
(note that Washburn Law is closed from 12/25/2014-1/4/2015)

CLE Credit:
Each day accredited by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission for 8.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics on Wednesday and Friday, for a total of 24.0 hours if attending all days.

If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration at least two (2) business days prior to the seminar, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs:
If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

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This CLE is being offered in conjunction with the law school's January 2015 Mineral Title Examination course. In previous years Mineral Title Examination course students took the course for law school credit while practicing lawyers took the course for CLE credit. The mix of students and lawyers, together with Professor Pierce and the 20+ practicing lawyers teaching the course, create a working environment that attendees find very conducive to learning the legal principles, skills, and practical information necessary to address oil and gas title issues.

Space is limited and CLE enrollment will be accepted until available classroom space is filled.

Washburn University School of Law
Continuing Legal Education
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1105
cle [at] washburnlaw.edu