The Foundation offers an array of invaluable programs and publications for lawyers, landmen, and others working in the oil and gas industry. Our conferences and publications are useful for those working in the U.S. – from the outer continental shelf to the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to the East Coast – and in Canada, Latin America, and across the globe.

Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institutes

  • One of the premier legal education events for natural resources lawyers and other natural resources professionals worldwide, this two-and-a-half-day event addresses a broad range of topics concerning oil and gas law, energy law, environmental law, public land law, and international law
  • A full day of oil and gas programming with an annual update, plus an additional section specifically for landmen

Special Institutes

  • Special Institutes cover numerous topics: the popular Oil & Gas Agreements series; mineral title examination; federal, Indian, and private royalty reporting; offshore; and more

Short Courses

  • Oil & Gas Law Short Course – 5-day course held each fall, alternating between Houston and Westminster, CO
  • Federal Oil & Gas Leasing Short Course – 4-day course held every other year in Westminster, CO
  • International Oil & Gas Law – Two consecutive one-week courses offered each fall in Houston, and a one-week version held each spring in a location outside the U.S.
  • Offshore Short Course – Comprehensive course offered every few years

Treatises and Books

  • Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases
  • Landman’s Legal Handbook
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • Proceedings of the Annual Institutes

Institute Manuals

  • Papers presented at Annual and Special Institutes – Indispensable references available as complete manuals (digital or hard copy) or as individual articles on the Foundation’s Digital Library, Westlaw, and Lexis
  • Manuals from Special Institutes such as the Oil & Gas Agreements series – Immensely practical resources

Gower Federal Services

  • Oil & Gas, OCS, and Royalty Valuation agency decisions and other materials


  • Mineral Law Newsletter
  • RMMLF Journal

Forms and Model Contracts

  • Rocky Mountain Unit Operating Agreement – Oil & Gas (Undivided Interest)
  • Rocky Mountain Unit Operating Agreement – Oil & Gas (Divided Interest)
  • Rocky Mountain Joint Operating Agreement – Oil & Gas
  • Gas Balancing Agreement
  • Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement