MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) recently donated $28,000 to the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at WVU.
The chapter raised the funds at its fourth annual Charity Clay Shoot, Dinner and Auction. It was the second year in a row that the event’s proceeds were donated to the veterans clinic, totaling $50,000 to date.
“I am so thankful for the support and enthusiasm that surrounds this event and its cause,” said Anthony Romeo, founder of the shoot, a veteran and an employee at Northeast Natural Energy. “A huge thank you to everyone that was able to make it to the shoot, to our sponsors, and to the volunteers that make it all possible.”
The shoot was sponsored by Lennington, Gratton, & Alexander LLP and supported by 27 oil and gas companies and service providers. It was held at at Hunting Hills in Dilliner, Pennsylvania.
The funds will support the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic’s pro bono legal services for former service members. That work includes litigation before administrative agencies and courts on benefits, discharge upgrades, employment claims and other civil and criminal matters.
“As a law school graduate and a veteran who works in the oil and gas industry, this event makes me proud,” said Michael Kalany '10, a veteran who volunteered at the event. “Proud to see our industry coming together to raise money so that the law school can continue to serve West Virginia veterans who need legal help. ”
The 2017 Michael Late Benedum Chapter is comprised of 1,500 land professionals engaged in the oil, gas, and mineral industries throughout the Appalachian Basin.