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KBA/KIOGA 39th Annual Oil & Gas Conference
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KBA/KIOGA 39th Annual Oil & Gas Conference


When: Friday, October 17, 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - Session - 9:00 - 4:10 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: Hyatt Regency
400 W. Waterman
Wichita, Kansas  
Dawn Phoenix

Phone: 785-861-8811

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri

8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m.
Kansas Oil and Gas Law: New Cases and Old Statutes
David E. Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka
This session examines recent Kansas case law of interest to the oil and gas lawyer and selected Kansas statutes that have been on the books for some time but still defy ready comprehension.

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Regulatory Update from the Kansas Corporation Commission
Ryan A. Hoffman, Conservation Division Director, Kansas Corporation Commission, Wichita
This presentation will review a recent decision involving allowables, update the status of the abandoned well plugging responsibility litigation, and provide a survey of what some states are doing regarding increased seismic activity and discuss potential Kansas action.

11:20 a.m.
Oil & Gas Title Examination Update 2014:  Unusual Title Issues & Anatomy of a Title Opinion
David E. Bengtson, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Wichita
John G. Pike, Withers Gough Pike Pfaff & Peterson LLC, Wichita
Tyler K. Turner, The Jeter Law Firm LLP, Hays
In this session, we will examine and discuss several new and unusual title issues that may be encountered while preparing title opinions in Kansas, including the impact of horizontal drilling on title opinions.  We will also discuss the meaning and importance the various subjects that are typically covered or not covered in drilling and division order title opinions, including the necessity for and purpose of "boilerplate" disclaimers and limitations in those opinions.

12:10 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.
Lesser Prairie Chickens: Are we endangering them or are they endangering us?
Chris Steincamp, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer L.C., Wichita
The presentation will focus on several areas:

1.        A Bird’s Eye view of the Endangered Species Act
2.       Status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken listing
3.       Status of the litigation currently surrounding the Lesser Prairie Chicken
4.       Impacts of the listing on Landowners and Farmers
5.       Impacts of the Listing on Oil and Gas Development
6.       Are there any good Prairie Chicken Recipes? Living in a post-listing world

2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Addressing the Elements: An Analysis of the Earth(quakes), Air, and Water Arguments Against Hydraulic Fracturing
Monika Ehrman, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK

A comprehensive review and response to the major arguments against shale gas development, including: (1) hydraulic fracturing causes earthquakes, (2) shale gas production leads to increased climate change effects, and (3) hydraulic fracturing causes groundwater contamination.

3:20 p.m.
Conflicts, Competency and Other Ethical Concerns (Ethics)
Jeff Kennedy. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer LLP,Wichita
Whether you are an experienced oil and gas lawyer or a general practitioner caught up the current boom to lease lands and drill horizontal wells, ethics issues related to potential conflicts of interest, the competence of lawyers in certain specialized areas are possible traps for the most honest and diligent lawyers.  This presentation will explore these issues through a series of hypothetical situations that will try to focus on practices that will help the attendee minimize risk.

4:10 p.m.


David E. Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka
Pierce is a professor at Washburn University School of Law where he teaches Oil and Gas Law, Advanced Oil and Gas Law, Energy Regulation, Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry, Drafting Contracts and Conveyances, Mineral Title Examination, and Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice. He is the Director of Washburn’s Oil and Gas Law Center and holds the Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law. He lectures and writes extensively on topics in oil and gas law, property, contracts, legal drafting, environmental law, and professional responsibility.

Ryan A. Hoffman, Conservation Division Director, Kansas Corporation Commission, Wichita
Ryan Hoffman graduated from Washburn University Law School with a certificate in Natural Resources Law in December of 2007. After law school, he completed a Legislative Fellowship for the 2008 Kansas Legislative Session. Hoffman then went on to serve the Kansas Corporation Commission as a Litigation Counsel for the Conservation Division for five years. He now serves the Commission as Director of the Conservation Division. Hoffman is currently serving as Past President of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Section of the Kansas Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for the Groundwater Protection Council, as the Associate Representative of Kansas on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and on the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity.

David E. Bengtson, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Wichita
Bengtson regularly represents oil and gas producers in nearly every aspect of exploring for, producing, selling, and transporting oil and gas. That experience includes oil and gas litigation, a state energy regulatory practice, and the negotiation and drafting of exploration agreements and transactional documents.

John G. Pike, Withers Gough Pike Pfaff & Peterson LLC, Wichita
Pike is a member of the Wichita law firm of Withers, Gough, Pike, Pfaff & Peterson LLC  (  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (Journalism, 1975) and the University of  Kansas School of Law (1978).  Since 1978, he has practiced primarily oil and gas law, particularly in the areas of title examination and practice before the Kansas Corporation Commission.  He is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association’s Oil, Gas and Mineral Section, and is a member of the Kansas Bar Association’s Title Standards Committee and the Kansas Electronic Recording Commission.  He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas bar associations, the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA) and the Wichita Association of Petroleum Landmen (WAPL).  He was a contributor to the Kansas Bar Association’s Kansas Oil and Gas Law Handbook and frequently speaks to professional groups on topics related to oil and gas law.

Tyler K. Turner, The Jeter Law Firm LLP, Hays
Turner is an attorney with the Jeter Law Firm, LLP in Hays, Kansas. His practice primarily focuses on oil and gas title examination and oil and gas curative measures. Mr. Turner is a graduate of Washburn Law School where he participated in Moot Court and the student chapter of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Prior to attending law school, he was a landman for J. Fred Hambright, Inc., where he negotiated leases for a variety of oil and gas companies in Kansas and Nebraska.

Chris Steincamp, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer L.C., Wichita
Chris has been involved in complex environmental litigation, regulatory matters and environmental issues in mergers and land transactions in Kansas and across the country. He has authored numerous articles on environmental law and oil and gas law and spoken at seminars on environmental compliance and litigation and energy-related topics. Chris authored the environmental law chapter of the Kansas Annual Survey of Law for 15 years and is one of the authors of the Kansas Bar Association Environmental Handbook. He is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.  Chris was born in Great Bend, Kansas, and received his B.S. degree in geology from Kansas State University in 1989 and Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Washburn University in 1993.  Chris is a licensed geologist and past Chairman of the Kansas State University Geological Advisory Council and past President of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association. He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member and officer of the Division of Environmental Geosciences. He also serves on the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce Water Resources Committee and is a member of the Wichita Area Petroleum Landmen and Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association (KIOGA). Chris has served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association, Sedgwick County Division, and is a past President of the Downtown Y’s Men’s Club of Wichita. He was selected for the 2003 Class of 40 Under 40 and the 2003 Class of Leadership Wichita. Chris has served on the Board of Directors of Wichita Festivals, Inc., and Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc. as well as the Dean’s Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. He served as a trustee for Leadership Wichita, and is the current President of Wichita Crime Commission. Chris was listed as “Best Lawyers in America” in environmental law and was selected the 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law.

Monika Ehrman, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK
Professor Ehrman joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 2013. Her scholarly interests lie in the area of oil and gas law, including perspectives on environmental impacts and energy policy.  Prior to teaching, she served as general counsel for a privately-held oil and gas company in Dallas; senior counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources, in Irving, Texas; and associate attorney in the Dallas office of Locke Lord LLP. Her practice included oil and gas litigation and transactions in such areas as the Eagle Ford Shale, Barnett Shale, Hugoton Basin, and Permian Basin. Prior to law school, Professor Ehrman worked as a petroleum engineer in the upstream, midstream, and pipeline sectors of the energy industry. In addition to her experience with the technical aspects of the industry, she also worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading. Professor Ehrman currently serves as an Editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter for the Institute for Energy Law and as a Trustee-at-Large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She performs pro bono work for Legal Aid of North West Texas.  Professor Ehrman received her LL.M. from Yale Law School, her J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, and her B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Jeff Kennedy. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer LLP,Wichita
Jeff Kennedy joined Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer in 1986, after beginning his legal career as Assistant General Counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission handling oil and gas and environmental matters.  In private practice, he has expanded his practice to focus on a wide range of energy and natural resource matters, including zoning and land use matters and commercial litigation, focusing upon real property issues.  He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1981 with a degree in journalism and obtained his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1984.  He is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations, and is past President of the Kansas Bar Association’s Oil and Gas and Mineral law section.  He is an editor and chapter author for the Kansas Bar Association’s Environmental Law Handbook and supplement.  He served on the Kansas Energy Council, a body charged with formulating a comprehensive energy plan for the State of Kansas, and for a number of years has been selected as one  of the Best Lawyers in America.

This program is being presented in partnership with the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association. (KIOGA)




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