Honoring Contributors to the Field and Supporting Legal Scholars

The Legacy Scholarship Fund was established to recognize in perpetuity both living and deceased leaders, Foundation members, and other contributors to the natural resources, energy, and mineral law field and community of lawyers, academics, and professionals.  All funds that honor someone in the Legacy Scholarship Fund will be restricted for scholarships to law students who express an interest in natural resources, energy, mineral, or related fields of law. The Foundation has a diligent Scholarships Committee that evaluates every applicant for their interest in the field, their leadership ability, and their financial need.

The Foundation and its Trustees Council and Board of Directors honor the following leaders and contributors to the natural resources, energy, and mineral law field and community:

Founding Honoree

Joe Rudd – Joe Rudd was a prominent natural resources attorney who practiced in Anchorage, Alaska. Over his 20-year legal career he was involved in significant ways with nearly every aspect of the development of Alaska natural resources law and with the Foundation. Upon his untimely death in December 1978, his colleagues, friends, and family paid tribute to Joe by establishing a scholarship fund in his name to be administered by the Foundation. Read more about Joe and his support of the Foundation.


Richard (Dick) H. Bate – Richard (Dick) Bate was a long-time member of the Foundation and a distinguished figure in the field of natural resources law, serving as Executive Director of the Foundation, as a Foundation Trustee, and an esteemed presenter and author. Read more about Dick’s history with the Foundation and his dedication to natural resources law.

Catherine (“Cassie”) J. Boggs – Catherine “Cassie” J. Boggs has been a force in the world of mining law and international development. A trailblazer and a true leader, Cassie's legacy is one of remarkable achievements and lasting impact. Her career and involvement with the Foundation is characterized by her unwavering dedication to excellence in natural resources and international law. Read more about Cassie and her impact on the profession and the Foundation.