New Title Course a Great Success

The IEL's first Texas Mineral Title Course took place in Houston on May 2 and 3, 2013. Over 200 attendees enjoyed presentations on the whole gamut of Texas title examination from an incredibly experienced faculty - described by some as the "deans of Texas title practice" - over a period of two days. The large audience reflected the increase in title examination work over the last few years as a result of the shale revolution in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. One of the speakers, Mark Leaverton, commented that a few years ago all of the attorneys in Texas specializing in title could have fitted into his bedroom, and having an entire conference hall filled with title specialists was a quite amazing change.

Course co-chairs Kerry Kilburn (Kilburn Law Firm) and George Snell (Steptoe and Johnson) were pleased with the success of the course, and with the attention paid by the audience to all the topics. Their aim had been to provide a valuable source of reference for Texas attorneys for years to come, and the speakers had contributed high quality papers for the benefit of attendees. The course was also videotaped, and, after processing, course sessions and the attendant papers will be available for individual purchase through the IEL website.


Mark Leaverton addresses the audience on the history of Texas title law, with program co-chairs George Snell (left) and Kerry Kilburn looking on


Charlotte Meyer discusses pooling issues