Conference

Legal & Regulatory Conference

An unparalleled professional development and networking opportunity for energy attorneys and regulatory personnel to get updates on federal legislative and regulatory changes impacting public power.
October 17 - 20, 2021
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside

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The Legal & Regulatory Conference is an unparalleled professional development and networking opportunity for energy attorneys and regulatory personnel. Join us to get updates on federal legislative and regulatory changes impacting public power. Ask colleagues how they deal with the legal issues you contend with every day.

 Get critical information and insights on the key issues you're facing: 

  • Federal legislative and regulatory updates
  • Labor and employment law updates
  • Supreme Court and admin law decisions
  • Energy imbalance markets
  • Transmission incentives
  • Federal communications laws
  • Renewable energy mandates
  • Legal ethics

Who Should Attend

  • In-house and general counsel
  • Outside counsel
  • Regulatory affairs specialists
  • Compliance officers
  • Senior and mid-level utility managers
  • Elected and appointed officials who oversee utility policy

More information

Registration Information
Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information
Phone: 202-467-2976; Email: [email protected]

Billing Information
Phone: 202-467-2967; Fax: 202-495-7467; Email: [email protected]

The 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference program will be available in July.

Program

The Legal & Regulatory Conference offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday to Wednesday, October 18-20, 2021. Preconference seminars on Sunday, October 17, are a great value-add.

The 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference program will be available in early summer. Review the 2020 Legal & Regulatory Conference Program for a better idea of what kinds of topics you may see.

Breakout Sessions

Benefit from engaging breakout sessions led by industry experts and public power colleagues. Take home actionable ideas and tactics.

Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot and you can go to any sessions you like. Browse sessions below or download the program PDF [coming soon] for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.


Agenda

PRECONFERENCE SEMINARS

Preconference seminars offer longer class times, smaller class sizes, interactive formats, and experienced instructors. Dive deep into hot topics to add value to your conference experience.

Each preconference seminar requires separate registration. Participants will receive digital access to class materials about 1 week in advance, which they can choose to print or download before the meeting (no additional charge). There is an additional $25 fee if you would like to receive a printed copy of the handouts at the meeting. When you register, you will have an option to register for just the course, or the course with printed materials. 

Sunday, October 17

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Pole Attachments: Making Sense of the Legal and Regulatory Tug of War
As certain stakeholders push for increased and expedited broadband deployments in the wake of Covid-19, other entities continue a parallel effort at the federal and state level to regulate access to utility poles for fiber and small cell wireless deployments. Examine the latest key federal and state legal and regulatory developments that could affect who has access to public power utility poles and streetlight poles, the timeframe for deployment, and the allowable rates for these attachments.  

Jim Baller, Partner, and Sean Stokes, Partner, Keller & Heckman

1:30 – 5 p.m.      
Keeping Pace with Cybersecurity Regulation and Privacy Laws
Get a detailed rundown on how recent cybersecurity compromises have prompted regulatory scrutiny and how public power utilities can and will need to respond to these actions. Then, discuss the practical realities of keeping pace with other evolving operational and legal implications – including how to scale programs to mitigate ongoing cybersecurity risk at any size utility. Finally, dive into how data security and privacy laws are changing and the associated latest best practices for preserving the confidentiality of utility data and customer information.
Topics include:

  • How cybersecurity compromises have grown in scale and changed in nature
  • How recent federal regulatory actions affect public power utilities
  • Scaling systems and protocols based on utility size
  • Identifying cyber risks via an inventory of critical infrastructure and related mitigations
  • Confidentiality concerns associated with cybersecurity and what legal provisions need to be explored

Shari Gribbin, Managing Partner, CNK Solutions; Latif Nurani, Partner, Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP; and Brandon Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP

5 – 6:30 p.m. 
Welcome Reception
Reconnect with friends, engage with new colleagues, and meet public power’s supporters, advocates and champions that can help you succeed.


Monday, October 18

7 – 8:15 a.m.
Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast
Grab your continental breakfast and join a lively discussion to connect with other women in public power about common challenges and opportunities working in the industry.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Get energized for the day ahead with your peers at this informal breakfast.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
 

Opening General Session (no CLEs) 

joy ditto      colin hansen     jim robb

  • Welcome
    • Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association (APPA)
  • Board Chair Address 
    • Colin Hansen, Executive Director, Kansas Municipal Utilities; Chair, American Public Power Association 
  • Keynote Address    
    • Jim Robb, President/CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corp.      

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Employment Law Challenges: The “New Normal” and the New Administration

Jonathan Mook, Partner DiMuro Ginsberg, P.C.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15 – Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Impacts of Order 2222 on Public Power

    Terry Jarrett, Partner, Healy Law Firm
     
  • Purchasing Practices in the Wake of Winter Storm Uri

    James Bertrand, Partner, Stinson LLP and Kurt Strunk, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Glick's First Several Hundred Days

    Adrienne Clair, Partner and Matthew Rudolphi, Partner, Thompson Coburn
     
  • Compliance Basics for Public Power

    James Miskiewicz, Deputy General Counsel, Long Island Power Authority, New York

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • The Evolving Environmental Justice Landscape: Public Power in Focus

    Hilary Jacobs
    , Associate, and Julius Redd, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
     
  • Current Legal Challenges Standing Up and Operating Community Choice Aggregations

    Sean Neal, Shareholder, Duncan Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke

3:45 – 4 p.m.
Break

4 – 5 p.m.
Attorney Wellness: What Does the Buzzword Really Mean?

Lynn Garson, Counsel, Baker Hotstetler

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception
Enjoy some food, drinks, and down time with the friends and colleagues you already know, and grow your network of public power contacts.


Tuesday, October 19

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Power up with coffee and connections at this informal continental breakfast

Legislative Update
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President, Government Relations & Counsel, American Public Power Association    

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Break

10 – 10:45 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions

  • Carbon Pricing and Implications for Your Utility 

    Josh Adrian, Partner, and Rebecca Shelton, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
     
  • Ransomware Session

    Derek Dyson, Partner, and Barry Lawson, Regulatory Policy Director, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. 
Break

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Legal Implications of Distributed Generation

    Sylwia Dakowicz, Associate and Peter Scanlon, Shareholder, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke
     
  • Legal Issues Involved in Implementing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program  

    Nancy Harvey, Director of Civil Rights & Inclusion, New York Power Authority

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Federal Regulatory Update

John McCaffrey, Senior Regulatory Counsel, American Public Power Association

2– 2:30 p.m. 
Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • The Transmission Agenda

    Randolph Elliott, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP; and Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies, LLC
     
  • Environmental Regulations in the Biden Administration

    Amy McDonnell, Of Counsel, Duncan & Allen

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. 
Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Boards Gone Wild: What Do You Do When Board Members Act Badly?

Bill Coletti, Founder and CEO, Kith


Wednesday, October 20

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Power up with coffee and connections at this informal continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • FERC Exercise of Section 211A Authority

    David Fitzgerald, Shareholder, Davison Van Cleve; and Debra Roby, Chair, Energy Practice Group, Jennings Strouss

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Break

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Unethical Bias: ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) Means Discrimination in Your Legal Department May Result in Professional Discipline (Ethics Session)

Delia Patterson, SVP Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel, American Public Power Association; and Todd Stanton, Principal, Stanton Law LLC

10:30 a.m.
Adjourn

Registration

Register now!

Registration Fees

  Register by September 17 After September 17
Member $875 $925
Nonmember $1,750 $1,800

Members of the American Public Power Association receive the member rate. In addition, lawyers who currently represent public power utilities, joint action agencies, or state/regional associations that are Association members may also receive the member rate. Contact Ana Mejia to request a code so you can register online and receive the member registration rate on your conference registration. Be sure to mention which public power utilities, agencies or associations you represent in your email.

Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $875 on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2944 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Group Discounts
Save money on each registration for the Legal & Regulatory Conference when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save! 

Number of registrants Discount
(per person)
Member
Registration Fee
(per person, before Sept. 17)
1-4 n/a $875
5-10 $50 $825
11-15 $100 $775
16+ $150 $725

Contact [email protected] for more information and to request the group registration form to receive this special discount.  

Preconference Seminar Registration Fees

Each preconference seminar requires separate registration. Fees increase by $50 after September 24th. 

Participants will receive digital access to class materials about 1 week in advance, which they can choose to print or download before the meeting (no additional charge).

There is an additional $25 fee if you would like to receive a printed copy of the handouts at the meeting. When you register, you will have an option to register for just the course, or the course with printed materials. 

  Members Nonmembers
  Register by
Sept. 17
After
Sept. 17
Register by Sept. 17 After
Sept. 17

Pole Attachments: Making Sense of the Legal & Regulatory Tug of War (seminar with electronic materials)

$350 $400 $700 $750
Pole Attachments: Making Sense of the Legal & Regulatory Tug of War (seminar with printed materials) $375 $425 $725 $775
Keeping Pace with Cybersecurity Regulation and Privacy Laws (seminar with electronic materials) $350 $400 $700 $750
Keeping Pace with Cybersecurity Regulation and Privacy Laws (seminar with printed materials) $375 $425 $725 $775

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy
Registrants who cancel in writing on or before MondayOctober 11, 2021 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 11, 2021 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before October 11 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Requests must be made in writing to: [email protected]

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

Registration Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2978

Program Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2976

Sponsor Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2944


 

Hotel

The 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference will take place at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia.

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District
400 W. River Street
Savannah, GA  31401

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District is the pinnacle of luxury in the Hostess City. Located within Plant Riverside District, Savannah’s iconic entertainment destination, walkable attractions and amenities include dynamic restaurants and lounges, upscale retail and live entertainment. Once a power plant on the Savannah riverfront, the hotel retains the Power Plant's architectural character, with historic details throughout the property with more than a dozen restaurants including three rooftop bars, an upscale retail and an art galleries along acres of the Savannah Riverwalk.

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (912) 373-9100
  • Group Rate: $269 (Single/Double) per night (plus 13% tax, $5.00 State Transportation Tax per room, per night, and $1.00 City Transportation Tax per room, per night)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: September 24, 2021
  • Reservation Telephone: (912) 373-9100
    • Group Code: American Public Power Association
  • Online Reservation Linkhttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: $45 per night (Self-parking/Valet)
  • Internet access: Complimentary wireless internet in sleeping rooms

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate September 24, 2021. The room blocks may sell out before September 24, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

Scam Alert

Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

All participants in the 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference must agree to adhere to APPA’s safety protocols for the meeting, and all applicable state and local guidelines. These protocols may include wearing a mask at all times in public areas; engaging in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices; submitting to daily health screenings and temperature checks; and not attending the conference if you are ill, actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Safety protocols will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Legal & Regulatory Conference?

October 17-20, 2021
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside 
Savannah, Georgia

What is the policy on refunds, cancellations and attendee substitutions?

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, October 11, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 11 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by October 11 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected].

Can I earn educational credits for attending this virtual conference?

Yes, you can earn the following kinds of educational credits for attending live sessions during the conference:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Status of Applications for CLE Accreditation

The American Public Power Association will apply for Continuing Legal Education accreditation in the following mandatory CLE states: Alabama, Alaska*, Arkansas, California* (pending), Colorado, Delaware, Florida (pending), Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine*, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana*, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey*, New Mexico, New York*, North Carolina (pending), North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia (pending), Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

*States denoted by an asterisk (*) will accept CLE credit hours for courses or activities held in and approved by other MCLE jurisdictions. The American Public Power Association may not explicitly apply for CLE accreditation in these states if they have reciprocity with the state in which the meeting is being held. The Association will provide any necessary documentation to receive CLE credit in these states. If you have any questions, please contact Ana Mejia at [email protected] or 202/467-2976.

The number of CLE credits varies by state and is decided by each state bar association.

(For the Legal & Regulatory Conference, total Ethics hours are included in the total number of Approved CLEs. Preconference workshops have not been approved for any Ethics credit.)

**Please note that you will only be able to earn educational credits (including CLEs) for the sessions you attend live during the virtual conference. We are not able to offer certificates for educational credits for any session recordings you watch later.

Are meals included?

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee:

  • Sunday - Welcome Reception
  • Monday - Continental Breakfast; Reception
  • Tuesday - Continental Breakfast
  • Wednesday – Continental Breakfast

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

Is there international registration?

Online meeting registration is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. International registrants must provide a signed registration form — signed by the authorized cardholder — if paying with a credit card. Email the completed registration form to [email protected].  

Alternatively, you could send a check from a U.S. bank payable to American Public Power Association. Please mail completed form with full payment to our bank lock box:

American Public Power Association
P.O. Box 418617
Boston, MA  02241-8617

How can I present at the conference?

We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. To submit your idea for consideration, complete this form. Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. Ideas will be kept on file for a full year, so if the agenda for the conference has already been determined, your ideas will be considered for the next year’s event, or in case any space opens up in the current year’s program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.

What is the APPA Code of Conduct for meeting attendees?

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

More questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2976.