Organized in 1955 as a non-profit Colorado corporation, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is a natural resources educational organization dedicated to providing scholarly research of the laws and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources. The goals of the Foundation are to foster and encourage a scholarly and yet practical study of the law and applicable regulations relating to oil and gas, mining, water, public land management, land use, conservation, environmental protection, and other related areas.
In fulfilling its goals, the Foundation carries out varied programs designed to interest corporate and private lawyers, landmen, management, government personnel, law faculty, students, and others involved in mineral and water resources. These programs include institutes, short courses, and workshops in various U.S., Canadian, and Latin American locations. The Foundation has developed and published the Gower Federal Services, the American Law of Mining (2d Edition), the Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, the Proceedings of its Annual Institutes, books, operational and model forms, substantive newsletters, and other special materials.
All institutes, short courses, treatises, and other publications are developed and presented by volunteers who are authorities in specialized areas of law. They are made possible only because of the dedication to the Foundation of experts who volunteer many hundreds of hours on RMMLF institutes, publications, forms, and other projects. These volunteers continue to serve the Foundation because of its reputation for striving to achieve balanced objectivity, practicality, and the highest quality in its many projects. In the process, a tremendous camaraderie and loyalty has developed among the Foundation’s constituency which dates back for many years.