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KBA/KIOGA 42nd Annual Oil & Gas Conference
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Approved for 7 hours including 1 hour of ethics CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Friday, October 6, 2017
Check-in: 8:00 a.m. - Session - 8:30 - 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: Hyatt Regency
400 W. Waterman
United States
Contact: Nancy Burghart

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Electronic program materials can be emailed to you at no cost.  A limited number of paper materials will be available for purchase at the program for $30. Please let the KBA representative know your preference.
Approved for 7 hours CLE credit including 1 hour of ethics in Kansas and Missouri.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. • Check-in & Hot Breakfast
8:30 a.m. • Recent Developments in Oil & Gas Law of Interest to Kansas Practitioners
Prof. David E. Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka
Professor Pierce will review recent case law developments that are of particular interest to Kansas oil and gas lawyers and operators.
9:20 a.m. • The New AAPL 2015 JOA
Dorsey T. Roach, CPL, UnitPro Land Consultants, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
 All of the horizontal drilling provisions found in the new AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Operating Agreement will be identified and discussed. In addition to horizontal drilling, the 2015 JOA also made modifications and added new provisions dealing with payment of royalties, various title matters, operatorship issues, matters related to operations, and use of emails for sending proposals and making elections that will also be identified and discussed.


10:10 a.m. • Break  
10:25 a.m. • A Practical Overview of Joint Operating Agreements:  Why to have one, how to customize it, and frequent issues for litigation.
David Bengston, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Wichita
Aaron K. Friess, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Bismark, ND

This presentation will address significant issues that arise when parties are considering  whether to use a joint operating agreement, negotiating the terms of the joint operating agreement, and subsequently applying and litigating the provisions of a joint operating agreement.  The presentation will explore both the operator’s and the non-operator’s  reason for using a joint operating agreement.  Additionally, it will address inadequacies  of the joint operating agreement and common modifications or additional provisions to  the model form joint operating agreement from the perspective of both operators and  the non-operators.  Finally, the presentation will discuss the commonly-litigated  provisions of the joint operating agreement.

11:15 a.m. • COPAS
Karla Bower, Consultant, Houston TX
This session will provide attendees with information on COPAS and its influence on the industry, as well as provide an overview of the 2005 COPAS Model Form Accounting Procedure and some 
common issues that arise in negotiating and applying the form.

12:05 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
The Robert L. Gernon Award Presentation from the Kansas CLE Commission  
1:05 p.m. • Kansas Corporation Commission Regulations of the Oil & Gas Industry: Enforcement Policy and Practices

Ryan Hoffman, Director, Wichita
Jon Myers, Litigation Counsel, Wichita
This topic explores common regulatory violations over which the Commission has jurisdiction, how to avoid such violations, the process by which Commission Staff handle  such violations, and the administrative process once a penalty order has been issued. 

1:55 p.m. •  Royalty Mispayments from Multiple Perspectives

Joe Schremmer, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer, LC, Wichita
 Mike Lygrisse, Division Order Analyst, Coffeyville Resources, Refining and Marketing, LLC, Kansas City
Seth Jones,  Kramer, Nordling & Nordling, LLC, Hugoton
This session will discuss rights, remedies, and liabilities for royalty mispayments  (overpayments and underpayments) from the perspective of payees and royalty owners, lease operators, and first purchasers of oil and gas. The discussion will encompass common law liability for mispayments and the contractual arrangements by which partiesallocate the risk of mispayment, including division orders. It will also address the practical and strategic considerations involved in handling mispayments from the perspective of royalty owners, operators, and purchasers, including a “how to” lesson on auditing pay stubs. 

2:45 p.m. • Break
2:55 p.m. • Ethic for Oil-Patch Lawyers and the Landmen Who Tolerate Them

Anthony T.  Hunter, Attorney at Law, Wichita
This session will be an overview of the common threads running through both the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct and the American Association of Professional Landmen Standards of Practice. Concepts of competence, conflicts and candor underpin the ethical obligations of both attorneys and landmen and both should be aware of where those rules overlap and where they diverge. Participants will learn the rules that correspond to each profession's ethical obligations and hear some real world examples where they would apply. Rules covered: 1.7-1.14 (Conflicts), 2.1, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 7.1, 8.1 (Honesty/Candor), 1.1 (Competency), KS Supr. Ct. R. 801-811 (Continuing Education)

3:30 p.m. • Adjourned

Registration pricing  for this seminar: (Lunch is included in registration fee)
KIOGA/EKOGA Member Registration         $245
KBA OGM Section Member Registration    $

 KBA Member Registration    $275
Non-member Registration    $345
Paralegal Registration          $205

 Paper Materials (Optional)   $30


Social Event

We are hosting a sponsored social event the night before the program (Thursday, October 5) at:
Hinkle Law Firm LLC
1617 N. Waterfront Parkway

Suite 400
Wichita, KS

The social will be held from 6-8.  Hors d’oeuvres and beer tickets will be provided.  Please check the appropriate box on the registration form if you will be able to attend.



Sponsors include:





 Professor David E. Pierce


Presenter Information

Professor David E. Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka

David Pierce is a professor of law at Washburn University School of Law where he teaches courses on oil and gas law, contract law, and property law. He holds the Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law. 







Dorsey T. Roach, CPL, UnitPro Land Consultants, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Dorsey attended the University of Oklahoma where in 1977 he received a B.B.A., majoring in Petroleum Land Management (PLM). Upon graduating, Dorsey began his career with Exxon Corporation where he was trained and specialized as a pooling and unitization landman. Since 2009, Dorsey has been owner/manager of UnitPro Land Consultants, LLC in Oklahoma City where he offers expert witness services for litigation involving land contracts, assists companies in structuring, preparing and/or negotiating their drilling deals and related contracts, and presents seminars for AAPL and other industry organizations. Dorsey has been a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) since 1977, and a Certified Professional Landman (CPL) since 1986. Since 1984, he has been an instructor for AAPL's CPL Review courses and Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) seminars. He has authored papers and delivered hundreds of presentations and seminars to numerous industry-related organizations. From 1983-2009, he was an adjunct professor with the University of Oklahoma, and Tulsa University Energy Management Programs. From 1986-1989, Dorsey served as chairman of the AAPL 1989 JOA Revision Committee. From 2011-2015, he also served on the AAPL JOA Task Force that drafted the new AAPL 1989 Horizontal JOA, and the new AAPL 2015 JOA. He was recently designated to chair a new drafting committee for AAPL that is charged with drafting a first-ever model form Participation Agreement.


David Bengston, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Wichita

Bengtson has many years of experience representing oil and gas companies in nearly all aspects of their business, including litigation, transactional matters, title opinions, and regulatory issues. His litigation experience ranges from the defense of statewide royalty owner class action lawsuits to routine lawsuits over operational and contractual matters. His regulatory experience ranges from complex multi-party field rules hearings to routine regulatory filings and applications. His transactional experience includes due diligence, purchase and sale agreements, joint exploration agreements, and farmout agreements. He also has extensive experience in preparing drilling and division order title opinions.




Aaron K. Friess, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Bismark, ND
Aaron Friess is an attorney in Stinson Leonard Street's Oil & Gas Practice Group, and is based in the Bismarck, North Dakota office.  He is licensed in both North Dakota and New Mexico, and his practice encompasses all facets of oil and gas law, including transactions, litigation, and regulatory practice before administrative agencies.  Aaron is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has written and presented on oil and gas topics at multiple special institutes hosted by RMMLF. He is also a past recipient of the David P. Phillips Scholarship, the Foundation's highest award for academic excellence. Aaron is also a member of the Landman's Association of North Dakota and the New Mexico Landman's Association.




Karla Bower, Consultant, Houston, TX
Karla Bower is a Joint Interest Consultant at large independent E&P company based in Houston. She joined the company in 1979 after graduating from the University of Kansas.  Most of her career has been spent in various joint interest positions, coordinating issues involving Land and Joint Interest Accounting.  She currently advises the company’s business units across the U.S. on joint interest matters and provides guidance on emerging issues in the industry.  Karla was a member of the Board of Directors for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies, Inc. (COPAS) from 2004 through 2009, and was the association’s President in 2007.  She also served on the Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston (PASH) Board of Directors, and chaired the PASH and COPAS Joint Interest Committees.  As a member of both COPAS and AAPL, she has been COPAS' liaison to AAPL for many years.  Karla co-led the task force that developed the COPAS 2005 Model Form Accounting Procedure and COPAS 2012 Deepwater Model Form Accounting Procedure, and has participated on numerous other COPAS task forces.  She was the recipient of the COPAS Eagle Award in 2011 in recognition of her commitment and contributions to COPAS. 


Ryan A. Hoffman, Director Conservation Division, 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 was a Legislative Fellow in Topeka for the 2008 Kansas Legislative Session and then joined the Kansas Corporation Commission as Litigation Counsel for the Conservation Division. He now serves the Commission as Director of the Conservation Division. Ryan is a Past President of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Section of the Kansas Bar Association and is currently serving as a member-at-large. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Groundwater Protection Council, as the Associate Representative to Kansas on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission where he is the Chair of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Oil and Gas Advisory Committee and served on the Kansas Force on Induced Seismicity. Ryan is also an Adjunct Professor at Washburn University School of Law for the Oil and Gas Conservation Course.



Jonathan R. Myers, Litigation Counsel, Kansas Corporation Commission, Wichita

Jon Myers joined the Kansas Corporation Commission as Litigation Counsel in 2013. Since then, he has represented Commission Staff in over 2,700 matters docketed with the Commission. Jon graduated magna cum laude from Washburn University School of Law, where he earned certificates with distinction in Advocacy, Law & Government, and Natural Resources Law.





Joshua D. Wright, Litigation Counsel, Kansas Corporation Commission, Wichita

Joshua D. Wright joined the Kansas Corporation Commission as Litigation Counsel in March of 2017. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2009 and previously served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office and as an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Wichita.





Joe Schremmer, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer L.C., Wichita 
Schremmer is a partner at Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer, LC. Joe received his B.S. degree in Journalism and B.A. degree in Political 
Science in 2009, and his M.B.A. in 2013 from the University of Kansas. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013. Upon graduation from law school, Joe was inducted into the Order of the Coif and received the Samuel Mellinger Award as the most distinguished student in the combined areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. During law school, Joe served as the Editor in Chief of the Kansas Las Review. Joe currently serves on the executive committee of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Section of the Kansas Bar Association as a member at large, and is a co-author of the Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law chapter of the Kansas Bar Association’s Annual Survey of Law. 





Michael T Lygrisse, Division Order Analyst, Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing, LLC, Kansas City

Michael is a Division Order Analyst for Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing, LLC. He started with Coffeyville in 2016 after graduating Washburn University School of Law where he received a certificate in Oil and Gas Law. Michael oversees setting up ownership and maintaining ownership on primarily Kansas lease that Coffeyville purchases from, as well as leases in Oklahoma and Nebraska. Michael hold and maintains a license to practice law in Kansas, but is not currently practicing.   






Seth Jones, Kramer, Nordling & Nordling LLC, Hugoton

Seth Jones joined the firm of Kramer, Nordling, and Nordling LLC, in Hugoton, Kansas, as an associate in the Fall of 2016. Seth is enjoying a general practice, although he plans to focus his practice in the areas of oil, gas, and energy law primarily representing land, mineral, and royalty owners in matters ranging from royalty disputes to lease negotiations. Seth graduated from Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas, with a certificate in oil and gas law.  He currently serves as Assistant Executive Secretary for the Southwest Royalty Owners Association, and has made several presentations for that group since last Fall. Seth also performs title and probate work.







Anthony T.  Hunter, Attorney at Law, Wichita 

Tony is a solo practitioner in Wichita focusing exclusively on oil and gas issues. He has worked as a field landman, title examiner, and as counsel for administrative hearings.  His current projects include spacing and pooling issues, joint operating agreements and title litigation.