AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF
Introduction to Field Land Practices
Registered Professional Landman Review & Exam
July 12-13, 2007
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
The American Association of Professional Seminar Schedule
Landmen invites you to attend its Introduction Day 1
to Field Land Practices Seminar and RPL
Review & Exam to be held at the University of 7:45am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
Oklahoma, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma 8:15am-4:45pm: Seminar
Memorial Union, 900 Asp Avenue, Norman, Real Property Law & Land Descriptions
Oklahoma 73019. This two day seminar will be Contract Law
presented on Thursday and Friday, July 12-13, Conveyancing
2007 from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM. Oil & Gas lease
The AAPL Introduction to Field Land Practices Ethics
seminar is a two-day program designed for the Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch on your own
six-month to five year landman and is well suited 4:45pm-6:00pm: AAPL hosted reception
for both the field landman and the in-house
landman wanting to learn more about field land Day 2
practices. It can serve as a primer for those
starting out in field landwork, as a refresher and 7:45am: Continental Breakfast
general review for the more experienced 8:30am – 10:30 am – RPL Exam
landman, or as an opportunity for the company 8:15am-4:30pm: Seminar
landman to learn more about field landwork. Running Title, Title Opinions & Curative
The material presented will build on the Document Preparation
foundation acquired on-the-job and will solidify
Negotiating the lease
skills recently acquired. It is also suitable for
those interested in learning some of the basics
of Landwork and what a landman does. This is a Ethics
basic but fast-paced, interactive course, Landman and the Industry
designed to equip the beginner landman and Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch on your own
others with the knowledge necessary for
success. The course is NOT intended to qualify Welcoming Reception
attendees to be a landman but will introduce AAPL and the OU Energy Management
them to the basic principals and practices of the Students invite you to attend a welcoming
profession. reception following the first day of the seminar.
This event will be held in the Baird Lounge, 2
The first day covers details about the very floor in Oklahoma Memorial Union.
basics of land work – real property and contract
law, land descriptions, conveyancing, the oil and A bound book of class materials will be provided
gas lease, basic interest calculations, and to all participants. The registration fee for AAPL
ethics. This day also covers the review members is $300, for non-members $400. There
material included on the RPL Exam. That is no extra fee for those taking the exam. The
exam will be offered the next morning at the registration fee for the Day 1 Review and RPL
hotel. The second day consists of discussion Exam ONLY is $175. Each registrant should
and examples of conducting courthouse record bring a basic hand-held calculator.
checks, preparing oil and gas documents (lease,
draft, purchase report), conducting a title exams, Accreditation: This program is accredited by
submitting a lease package to a client, on-line AAPL for thirteen CPL, RPL, or RL continuing
resources for landmen, professional decorum, education credits, including one ethics credit.
and ethical situations.
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Instructors Course Outline
Curtis D. Horne, CPL Real Property Law
Curtis D. Horne began his career as an The course starts with a thorough discussion of
independent landman in Oklahoma in 1981, and the types of property, various methods of
has experience in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas acquiring title, the types of deeds and the
and Montana. His firm, Curtis D. Horne & attributes of warranty and special warranty
Associates, LLC, has offices in Houston and deeds, the types of ownership and important
Fort Worth, providing clients throughout Texas differences, including life estates and
with a full range of field land services. He is a remaindermen. This section also includes a
member of the American Association of review of the requirements to record documents
Professional Landmen, the Houston Association and the various recording statutes. The section
of Professional Landmen, the Ark-La-Tex concludes with a brief discussion of the primary
Association of Professional Landmen and the real property law differences between Louisiana
Montana Association of Professional Landmen. and other states.
Curt is an instructor for the AAPL Certified Land Descriptions
Professional Landman Exam Review, the AAPL This section discusses the three primary types
Introduction to Field Land Practices, and the of US land descriptions: Rectangular Survey
AAPL Basic Land Seminar. He currently serves (Township-Range), Metes and Bounds (and how
as Chairman of the AAPL Certification to plat), and the various Texas land descriptions.
Committee, is a member of the AAPL Education
Committee, and is very active in AAPL and local Contract Law
associations. Curt was the recipient of the 2002 The discussion on Contract Law will cover the
Field/Independent Landman Award from the basic elements of a contract, the types of
AAPL. contracts, requirements of a valid contact and
the penalty for breach, offers and termination of
offers, the legal capacity to enter into a contract,
S. Craig Young, CPL and the impact of fraud and misrepresentation in
Craig Young is a graduate of Texas Tech negotiating a contract (oil and gas lease).
University, and has been operating as an
independent landman out of Abilene, Texas, for Conveyancing
more than 25 years. Craig formed a partnership How do we know who has the authority to lease
with W. Glen Shedd, CPL, in 1991 and has been and who has the right to receive royalties from
operating as Young & Shedd since. Prior to this, production? This section will cover the basics of
he was a landman for Pennzoil Producing determining mineral and royalty ownership and
Company in Shreveport, Louisiana, covering includes a discussion of the “Duhig Rule” used
parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas and all in interpreting conveyances. A number of hands-
of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. He then on problems help solidify the material presented.
covered the Gulf Coast area of Texas. Craig
also formed his own corporation in 1980 to Oil & Gas Lease
handle exploration and petroleum land Starting with a review of the history of the oil and
management. gas lease and the implied covenants of under
the lease, this section continues to a complete
Craig is a former AAPL president (2003-04 term) review of each major clause of a typical oil and
and has served AAPL in several other gas lease. The section is concluded with a
capacitates, including first vice president, series of questions that address most lease
regional director, chairman and assistant maintenance questions. A fully “marked-up”
chairman for the AAPL certification committee lease is included for easy reading and
He is a member of the Abilene and Permian interpretation.
Basin Landmen’s associations, having served as
both a director and president of the Abilene APL. Interest Calculations
How do you calculate gross and net acres,
He also served on the board of directors of the bonus payments, rental payments? How do you
West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association calculate a mineral interest? Net revenue
and on the advisory board for the Petroleum interest? Working interest in a lease or well?
Land Management Program at Texas Tech This section will cover these definitions and,
University. through a series of simple to complex problems,
show how to make the various calculations.
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Running Title – Courthouse & Abstract Plant Internet Tools
The previous sections laid the foundation for all This section will introduce participants to some
facets of landwork. The next sections will cover of the useful tools available on-line. Many links
the basics for working in the “field”. are found on the AAPL website and many more
are discovered everyday. Some sources are
In this section, we cover the elements of available at no charge and others require a fee
determining ownership by use of courthouse and before use.
abstract plant records – “checking records”.
While this can in no way replace actual “hands- Ethics
on” work in the courthouse, we will review the This section covers the AAPL Code of Ethics
terms and practices necessary to begin a title and Standards of Practice which are the basis of
search. The basic definitions of a lease check, conduct, business principles, and ideals for all
mineral take-off, and title check are discussed, AAPL members. Since there are no licensing
along with the various sources of information. requirements for landmen and since
There is discussion of the distinction between a membership in AAPL is voluntary, these ethical
tract index and a grantor-grantee index. We also standards are a key element of AAPL
present a discussion on the basics of Runsheet membership and being a professional landman.
The Landman & The Industry
Title Opinions What does the industry expect of the landman?
This section introduces the participant to the use What do landowners expect? What is proper
and generation of title opinions and the role of etiquette for working in the “field”, the
the landman in obtaining necessary title curative courthouse, abstract plant, visiting a landowner,
documents. Two articles present information and more?
relative to Texas and Oklahoma laws, even
though there are many similarities between the Glossary
two, and to most other jurisdictions. The workbook includes an extensive glossary of
many terms the field landman must know to
Document Preparation conduct daily business.
After gaining an understanding of the various
clauses of the oil and gas lease, this section Bibliography
covers the basics of how to prepare the lease for The workbook lists a number of publications that
execution by the mineral owner. Included are should be a part of every land professional’s
examples of how to style the named lessors, the resource library. Many are out of print but used
lessee, the consideration, the description, the copies are often available on-line and from other
estimate of acreage, the rental information (if sources.
applicable), and the signature block. There is
also an extensive overview of the various RPL Examination
addendum clauses that may be required to The RPL Examination will cover the course
complete the lease agreement. These are material in Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 14.
presented with a strong caveat that all are
dependent upon the lease form used and must RPL Examination Results
be approved by the lessee or client. Results of the exam will not be disclosed
until the RPL application is completed and
Lease Negotiations approved by AAPL.
This section covers the basics of negotiations
with the landowner and suggestions for
contacting the owner and making a deal.
After completing the title search, determining
mineral ownership, preparing the lease, and
obtaining a signed document the lease and
associated materials must be transmitted to the
client or company land department for further
processing. Most companies have very specific
guidelines for the lease package and expect all
documents to be included, in prescribed order.
This section will discuss the general items
normally included in the transmittal package.
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General Information Hotels: Area hotels include:
Residence Inn by Marriott Norman
Accreditation: This program is accredited by 2681 Jefferson St. (405) 366-0900
AAPL for thirteen CPL, RPL, or RL continuing Holiday Inn Norman
education credits, including one ethics credit. 1000 N Interstate Dr. (405) 364-2882
Hampton Inn Norman
Transfer Registrations: All requests to transfer 309 Norman Center Ct. (405) 366-2100
registrations and all refund requests will be Fairfield Inn
assessed a $25 administrative fee. 301 Norman Center Ct. (405) 447-1661
Cancellations and transfer requests must be Days Inn
submitted in writing. AAPL retains cancellation 609 N. Interstate Dr. (405) 360-4380
rights. In the unlikely event of cancellation, Sooner Hotel & Suites
AAPL will attempt to notify all pre-registrants. 300 Kellogg Dr. (405) 329-2270
AAPL is proud to offer high-quality educational Sooner Legends Inn and Suites
opportunities such as this at significantly lower 1200 24 Ave. SW (405) 701-8100
costs to its members. For membership (corner of I-35 & Lindsey)
information, please contact the AAPL www.soonerlegends.com
headquarters at the number provided below.
Please make your own reservations.
Late Registrations: After June 28, 2007, the
registration fees are $350 for AAPL members Seminar Location
and $450 for non-members. University of Oklahoma, Meacham Auditorium,
Oklahoma Memorial Union
Registration Cancellations: Refunds, less a 900 Asp Avenue
$25 administration fee, will be given for Norman, OK 73019-4052
cancellations received by 3:00 PM on Thursday,
June 28, 2007. No refunds will be given
thereafter, although substitution of attendees
may be made by contacting AAPL. A written
request must follow a telephone cancellation.
Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive a
copy of the written materials.
Cell Phones: As a courtesy to others, please
turn cell phones off or place them in “manner”
Register Early: This class will sell out quickly so
prompt registration is essential. Once the
maximum is reached we will place you on a
wait-list in the event of cancellations.
Calculator: Each registrant should bring a basic
Registration 7:45 – 8:15 AM
Lectures: 8:15 AM -4:30 PM
Mariah Martin – 817-847-7700
Richard Rosprim – 817-491-2878
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Registration Form – AAPL Introduction to Field Land Practices Seminar
To register for the Introduction to Field Land Practices Seminar complete this registration form (a form is
also on the AAPL website - www.landman.org) and return it with your payment to:
AAPL, 4100 Fossil Creek Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137,
Fax a completed form with credit card information to 817-847-7704.
Seating is limited to the first 200 paid participants - confirmations upon payment only.
The registration fee for AAPL members is $300 (includes the optional RPL Exam) and $400 for non-
members. Please indicate if registering for the RPL Exam.
Registration for the RPL Review and Exam ONLY – Day 1 Review – is $175
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