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Have you ever wanted to get more involved with the behind-the-scenes work of your LAPL?  Well, you are in luck…

The LAPL holds elections every Spring to determine the makeup of the next year’s Executive Committee, and ballots will be going out soon.  While we have candidates for all of the positions listed below, we would like to encourage anyone interested to throw his or her hat in the ring. 

1st Vice President

2nd Vice President



LAPL Director (2)

AAPL Director


This is by no means a negative reflection on our current slate—it’s just that some have been volunteering for quite some time and it’s always a good idea to cycle in new energy, ideas and opinions.

Yes, there is a time commitment, but you will have the opportunity to get involved in exciting activities and substantial decisions affecting the future of our Association.  I hope you will give it serious consideration.

If you are interested, or simply have questions, please contact Thomas Simon (337-501-8667) or Bill Justice (337-278-4918) prior to 5:00 p.m. Monday April 25 (yes, that’s this coming Monday).

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AAPL Director’s Report – March 2011 Board of Directors Meeting

The March, 2011 AAPL Board Meeting proceeded without incident under the capable direction of current AAPL President Steve Wentworth.  We received reports on Winter NAPE 2011, which showed a rebound by tying the 2008 record of 15,700 attendees.  With 1,640 booths, the NAPE Conference, Heroes Luncheon and International Forum, visitors had plenty to occupy their time and certainly got their money’s worth.

The operational changes that we voted onin 2009 have been in place for over a year now, and I am even further convinced that those changes were appropriate.  Allowing Robin Forte to concentrate his efforts on NAPE, and bringing in Marty Schardt to run the numerous other aspects of the AAPL has put the entire enterprise on a new footing--poised for both growth and servicing of the membership.  On the other hand, as these significant changes have been taking place, some differences have arisen between Robin Forte and the AAPL Executive Committee which will require arbitration to settle.  We expect everything to be resolved in the next month or two and will provide more details at that time.

Due largely to the financial success of NAPE, the AAPL’s finances remain strong enough to carry out its mission of serving the industry through education, representation and networking opportunities.  Along with the dedication to rebuild (see below), the AAPL is greatly expanding educational opportunities through Field Landman seminars.  You can find more information about these seminars in Landman magazine, or by calling either the AAPL or contacting me.

One change of significance to many LAPL members is the relaxing of the requirement that RPLs have a college degree.  Please feel free to call me or refer to for full details.

The IT/Website committee has been very active in its endeavor to rebuild from the ground up, with the goal of creating a website capable of meeting and exceeding the numerous and various needs of the AAPL membership.  Being on the committee, I can confirm that this challenge is being taken very seriously, and that we fully expect to end up with an application that every landman will want to visit at least once per day.

I have just recently been appointed to the AAPL Public Lands Committee.  Please feel free to contact me with either questions or information that will be valuable to fellow AAPL members.

The AAPL Annual Meeting is coming up in early June and being held in Boston.  I strongly recommend that every AAPL member take advantage of the opportunity to network, receive continuing education credits, and enjoy the many attractions of a city like Boston.

For information, questions or concerns, I can be reached at 337-231-5877 or

Bill Justice

AAPL Director – Region I - Lafayette

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Thursday, May 5, 2011, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Acadian Village for LAPL Members, Spouses and Guests


ALL YOU CAN EAT SELECT CRAWFISH, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Free Beer, Soft Drinks & Bottled Water


DJ & Live Musician Matt Castille


$25.00/person in advance, $40.00/person at the door


Funds generated by this event will be donated by LAPL to the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC), Miles Perret Cancer Services and the LAPL Scholarship Endowment Fund.





Facility - $1,200

Exclusive key recognition as a FACILITY SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on FACILITY SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

Facility Sponsorship Award

8 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award


Platinum - $1,000

Key recognition as a PLATINUM SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

Platinum Sponsorship Award

6 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award


Gold - $500

Key recognition as a GOLD SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on GOLD SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

4 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award


Silver - $300

Key recognition as a SILVER SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on SILVER SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

2 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award


Bronze - $150

Key recognition as a BRONZE SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on BRONZE SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

1 ticket to the Crawfish Boil



Make all checks payable to LAPL and return to Sarah E. Richard, 141 Ridgeway Drive, Ste. 102, Lafayette, LA 70503.  (337-945-7528)


Tickets available for sale and pick up from the following:


Keith Dronet

Art LeBlanc & Assoc.

Oil Center

200 Heymann Blvd.

Lafayette, LA 70503



Tim Ledet                                                                              

Mack Energy Co.                                                                   

5000 Amb. Caff. Pkwy                                 

Building 15A                                                                         

Lafayette, LA 70508                                                                         



David Orgeron

PetroQuest Energy

400 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.

Lafayette, LA 70508





David P. Orgeron (337) 262-8151 (

Sarah E. Richard (337) 945-7528 (   

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The link below provides information and a copy of the registration form for the May 20, 2011, educational seminar to be held at A'la Carte.


Spring 2011 Seminar
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Click on the link to get information and a copy of the entry form for the 2011 LAPL Golf Tournament.


Golf ad
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Please note that the LAPL March evening meeting will be held Friday, not Thursday as printed in the current issue of the newsletter.

Social begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m., Don's Seafood, downtown. Martin J. Schardt, AAPL Excutive Vice President, is the scheduled speaker.

LAPL will give away two tickets to our annual crawfish boil and a chance to win a free membership for next year. You must be present to win.

Plan on staying for Downtown Alive!

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Be sure to go to the job bank to check out several new job postings.
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Director’s Report

December, 2010

The December, 2010 AAPL Board Meeting took place earlier this month and went smoothly, with mostly routine items being discussed and voted on.  With NAPE right around the corner, there was much discussion about its sound financial shape and anticipated increase in exhibitors and attendees.  In addition to the usual catalyst role of providing a forum to facilitate deals, NAPE 2011 will once again feature a full-day conference entitled “Hot Prospecting in Unconventional Times”.  The full-day format was introduced at Summer NAPE 2010 and sold out quickly.

For those not familiar with the NAPE American Heroes Luncheon, it raises money to support severely wounded American veterans and is pleased to feature special guest LeAnn Rimes.  I urge everyone to sign up for this worthy and inspirational event.

AAPL President Steve Wentworth of EOG Resources will be the speaker at the January LAPL luncheon.  Steve has already demonstrated leadership and effectiveness as AAPL President and I hope everyone will come out to hear him speak.

AAPL’s education calendar is impressive with classes scheduled all over the country.  A complete list of upcoming events is available at  Speaking of the website, I mentioned previously that both Richard Hines and I are serving on the IT/Website committee, the mission of which is to redesign and rebuild the AAPL’s website from the ground up.  We are making tremendous progress and I am excited about how the vision is coming together.  Steve Wentworth and the entire Board of Directors are squarely behind this effort to create the best possible venue for landmen of all experience and responsibility levels.  A questionnaire was sent out to all members last week, so please take the opportunity to be heard.

For questions or concerns, I can be reached at 337-231-5877 or

Bill Justice

AAPL Director – Region I - Lafayette

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Don't forget to check the job bank on a regular basis.  Another job posting was just added today.
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Everyone was a winner at the LAPL Kickoff Party.  We are proud of our New Orleans Saints and proud of our members.

Check out the slideshow and see the pictures that capture the spirit of the night.  Pool winners, door prizes and great food provided by the Bayou Bistro.

We would like to especially thank our sponsors, for without them it wouldn't be possible:


  Beta Land Services, L.L.C.

  TotaLand Technologies, Inc.

  SunCoast Land Services, Inc.



  Ottinger Hebert, L.L.C.

  C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, Inc.

  Mantra Land Services, L.L.C.

  Stone Energy Corporation



  Keith Hebert

  Reagan Energy Services, L.L.C.

  Oil Land Services, Inc.

  J.P. Hesterly, Jr., Inc.




2010 LAPL Kickoff Party and Membership Drive
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2010 Kickoff Party and Membership Drive

9/9/10 - Saints vs. Vikings

Get your tickets now!  $5 in advance (through 9/7/2010, $10 after)

via PayPal (you must have a PayPal account)

  go to

    select "Send Money"

    LAPL's account is

or mail check to:

  LAPL, P.O. Box 53491, Lafayette, LA  70505

Door prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres and limited open bar!

First 100 to show up get 1 entry each on 3 football pools (must be present to win).

Click on the Event link or download the flyers to get more info.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our sponsors make this event happen!

We have 2 commitments at the Championship level, and 4 at the Gold level.

See attached form to participate.  Contact Bill Justice at 337-231-5877 or for more info.


Kickoff Party Flyer 2010 (small)
Kickoff Sponsorship Flyer
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·         Fort Worth, Texas

·         Relocation assistance available


Compensation Package:

·         Generous salary plus bonus opportunity

·         Excellent benefits package


Privately held oil and gas company is seeking a results oriented Senior Landman with proven technical and business qualifications as follows:

·         Skilled in directing property acquisition and divestiture projects, negotiating purchase and sale agreements, preparing property exhibits, and coordinating integral data from various corporate departments.

·         Comprehensive background in hands-on technical collaboration with engineering/science professionals and key contributions in development of property packages.

·         Extensive experience in business planning/development, integrated project management, contract negotiation/administration, asset allocation, and loss prevention.

·         Versatile and solution oriented professional with keen business instincts; ability to plan and orchestrate complex projects concurrently.

·         Work closely with Land Manager in negotiation, preparation, and execution of oil and gas agreements. Prepare, review, and revise legal contracts for the exploration and production of oil and gas, i.e. operating agreements, farmout agree­ments, unit agreements,  confidentiality agreements, oil and gas leases, and assignments of leasehold interest.

·         Advise peers regarding participation in outside generated prospects and prepare agreements with third party operators.



·         A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Petroleum Land Management or closely related field preferred.

·         10+ years work experience in a comparable oil and gas land position.

·         Certified Professional Landman a plus.

·         Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and South Texas land experience preferred.

·         Self-motivated with ability to work efficiently, set priorities and interface with owners, partners, and in-house staff.

·         Team player with strong interpersonal skills.

·         Proficient analytical skills with accuracy/attention to details a must.

·         Strong written and oral communication skills.

·         Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel and land systems.




Theresa Myers, PHR

Director of Operations

J MAR & Associates

7161 Bishop Rd. Suite G220

Plano, TX 75024


972.732.1378 fax

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Job Opportunity is awaiting.  Send your resume' to:

Office Manager,  P.O. Box 52928, Lafayette, La  70505.

For more information see the Job Bank link. 

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Get ready.  The Saints' first game of the 2010 season is going to be a Thursday night rematch of the NFC championship.

Plan to join your fellow LAPL members at the Bayou Bistro, where we'll have lots of TVs, food and drink, and free football pools.

More details to follow later.  It's going to be a great game and a great time.
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Seeking Title and ROW agents for work around the Shreveport, LA area.

Holland Acquisitions
309 West 7th Street, Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Bus  (817) 698-9393
Fax  (817) 698-9396

Thank You,

Wayne Janca
Holland Acquisitions

Managing Landman
Cell: (817) 205-8821



Holland Acquisitions Job Posting
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The Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen is pleased to announce our

Spring 2010 Educational Seminar


Friday, May 14th, 2010 ~ 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Petroleum Club


Coordinated by Ottinger Hebert, LLC ~ Moderated by The Larry Hebert



Schedule (Subject to Change)



7:30 – 8:00

Registration ~ coffee, fruit & pastries provided




8:00 – 8:15

Opening Remarks



8:15 – 9:15

“Severance of Title From the USA and State of Louisiana – and why that is important to Title Approval”


William H. Mouton Law Offices

By William H. (Billy) Mouton

9:15 – 10:15

“Special Status Lessors and Leasing Situations”


Onebane Law Firm, APC

By Thomas G. Smart

& Craig A. Ryan

10:15 – 10:30




10:30 – 11:30

“What Does the State Own?”

Making Sense of the Red River Rollercoaster


Mayhall & Blaize, LLC

By Scott R. Patton

11:30 – 12:00

Break ~ Self Service Buffet



12:00 – 1:00



Babineaux, Poche’, Anthony & Slavich, L.L.C.

By Ted M. Anthony


1:00 – 2:00

“Subsurface Water Rights”



Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, L.L.P.

By Nicole Duarte & John W. Kolwe

2:00 – 2:15




2:15 – 3:15

“Legal Issues in Drilling Horizontal Wells”

Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, L.L.P.

By Joseph C. Giglio, III


3:15 – 4:15


Recent Developments in Louisiana Case Law




Liskow & Lewis, A P.L.C.

By Jeffrey D. Lieberman

4:15 – 4:30

Closing Remarks




Registration fee is $70.00 for LAPL members in good standing and $90.00 for all others.  Registration includes refreshments, seminar materials & lunch.  Seating is limited and the deadline for registration is May 11th, 2010.  A late fee of $25.00 will be assessed to any registration postmarked or received after May 11th, 2010.  Please make your check payable to LAPL and return with registration to: 


Angela R. Benedict, CPL, LAPL Education Chairman

PO Box 51721, Lafayette, LA 70505



Spring 2010 Educational Seminar


Name:                                                                                      Company:                                                                                            


Daytime phone:                                                                     Email:                                                                                                    

Please circle all that apply:   CPL   CPL/ESA   RPL         Certification Number:                                                                        

Contact Angela R. Benedict at 337-230-7682 or if you have any questions.


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Hey everyone.  I know we just finished our own LAPL Golf Tournament, which was a tremendous success (thanks Buster), but we've got another excuse to hit the links!

The Lafayette Geological Society's tournament is this Friday, May 7 at the Wetlands golf course.  All the pertinent info is in the attached documents.

They've been a great support to LAPL causes in the past, so let's return the favor and have some fun doing it.  It's also a great opportunity to network with our cousins in the industry.

Hope you can make it!


Entry Form 2010
Golf Tournament Participation letter
Sponsor Letter 2010