Mining Law, History & Practice
The course will require students to complete 3 short papers, spaced throughout the semester. Each assignment will be focused on a live legal issue in mining law, and will require the student to submit a minimum 5-page paper that provides both an overview of the issue and recommendations for the Commission and Judges. Several representative examples of such legal issues are: the question of tolling in Temporary Reinstatement cases under §105(c) of the Mine Act; the question of when accumulations violations under 30 C.F.R. §75.400 should constitute a “Significant and Substantial” violation; and how the requirements for finding a violation is “flagrant” in §110 of the Act differ from the requirements in a “Significant and Substantial” finding.
All students will be provided the same prompt for each assignment, and will be graded based on their research, writing, and organization. Each paper will be weighted equally.
It is strongly recommended that students take Administrative Law either prior to or concurrently with this course.