Richard H. Bate

Richard (Dick) H. Bate, a distinguished figure in the fields of law, land management, and legal education was a beloved member of the Foundation community and left an indelible mark through his professional contributions and his dedication to various committees, trustee roles, and as an esteemed author and faculty member.

Richard H. Bate, throughout his illustrious career, demonstrated unwavering commitment to his profession and the betterment of his community. His impact was felt across various spheres of law and land management:


  • Richard served as a dedicated member of the PLRLD (Public Land and Resources Law Digest) Editorial Board, first from 1978 to 1981, then as the Chair from 1981 to 1984, and continued as an esteemed member from 1984 onwards. His leadership and insights significantly contributed to the field of public land and resource law.
  • His influence extended to the Site Selection Committee, where he held the Chair position from 1977 to 1982 and resumed this role from 1983 to 1989. His work in site selection played a pivotal role in determining the locations of numerous Annual Institutes. 
  • Richard actively participated in the 25-Year History committee in 1978-1979 and took the lead as the Landmen's Section Chair during the 39th Annual Institute in 1993.
    Trustee Roles:
  • He served as the Executive Director from 1967 to 1970, making significant contributions to the ongoing legacy of the Foundation.
  • From 1972 to 1976, he held a position as a Trustee representing the Colorado Bar Association, solidifying his commitment to the legal profession.
  • Richard Bate continued his service as a Trustee-at-Large from 1976 to 1980 and received the honorary title of Trustee in 1994, recognizing his longstanding dedication to the Foundation and the field of natural resources law.

Author and Faculty Member:

  • Richard Bate was a respected author and faculty member, contributing valuable insights to the legal community. He wrote on various topics including mineral exceptions and reservations, title examination, curative statutes, and land title examinations.
  • His role as a faculty chair for the Basic Oil and Gas Law Short Course from 1990 to 1991 showcased his leadership and expertise in the field.
  • He also authored and revised chapters in the LFOGL (Landman's Field Operations and Guidelines) publication, notably Chapter 20, which pertained to Federal Land Records and Title Examinations.

Richard's commitment to education and legal practice was further exemplified by his contributions to institutes and annual conferences. Notably, he co-authored papers and lectures on topics such as strip searches for leasing minerals, title defect curing, and exotic easement problems for title examiners.

Richard H. Bate's legacy is marked by his enduring dedication to the legal profession, land management, and education. He touched the lives of many and left an indomitable imprint on the fields he so passionately served. He will be remembered not only for his professional accomplishments but also for his warmth, integrity, and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.