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 20 - 23, 2019
Portland, Oregon

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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: 

  • Employment law update
  • Cybersecurity services contracts
  • Harassment in the workplace
  • Renewable development
  • Cyber risk implications
  • Crisis communications 
  • Federal securities laws
  • Politics in the workplace
  • Critical energy infrastructure
  • Climate change legislation
  • Transmission report
  • Wildfire risks
  • State environmental energy policy
  • 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

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More information

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

Hotel Information:
Phone: 202-467-2941; 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]

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The Legal & Regulatory Conference program offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday to Wednesday, October 21-23. Preconference seminars on Sunday, October 20, are a great value-add. Learn more about each of these offerings.

Preconference Seminars

Hone your skills at preconference seminars. Longer class times, smaller class sizes, interactive formats, and experienced instructors help you add value to your Legal and Regulatory Conference experience. Add one or both seminars to your registration to sharpen your skills and knowledge. 

Separate registration and fees are required for each seminar.

    Breakout Sessions

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

    Breakout sessions are offered on Monday through Wednesday, October 21-23. Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot and you can go to any sessions you like. Browse last year's sessions below or download the program PDF for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.

    Agenda at a Glance

    Sunday, October 20

    8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    8:30 a.m. – Noon
    Preconference Seminars

    • Pole Attachments: Navigating New Federal and State Rules

    1:30 – 5 p.m.
    Preconference Seminars

    • EIM in the West: Regulatory Framework, Operations and Practice
    • Environmental Issues Roundtable FREE!

    5:30 – 7 p.m.
    Welcome Reception

    Monday, October 21

    7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Conference Registration

    7 – 8:15 a.m.
    Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Continental Networking Breakfast

    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    Opening General Session (no CLEs)

    • CEO Address: State of Public Power
      • Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association
    • Keynote Address
      • Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

    9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

    9:45 – 10:45 a.m. 
    Employment Law Update

    10:45 – 11 a.m.

    11 a.m. – Noon
    Breakout Sessions

    • Compensation for Customer-Owned Transmission: Challenges and Emerging Solutions
    • Cybersecurity: Managing Supply Chain Risks and Contracts

    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch on your own

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Clearing the Air on Regional Haze
    • Managing Utility Liability in Health Claims 

    2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Changing Perspectives on Federalism: Protecting State Environmental Energy Policy 
    • Managing the Impact of the #MeToo Movement

    3:45 – 4 p.m.

    4 – 5 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • California Wildfires: Feeling the Heat
    • Renewable Projects: Business Models and Best Practices

    5 – 6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 22

    7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
    Continental Networking Breakfast

    8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
    Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update

    John McCaffrey, Regulatory Counsel; Delia Patterson, SVP Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel; and Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, American Public Power Association

    9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

    9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Transmission Report: FERC Impact on Costs and Infrastructure

    10:45 – 11 a.m.

    11 a.m. – Noon
    Breakout Sessions

    • Not If, but When: Understanding Cyber Risk Implications and Covering Your Assets
    • Municipal Securities: The Backstory and Compliance Tips 

    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch on your own

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Critical Energy Infrastructure: Define It to Protect It
    • Financing for Utilities Serving Rural Areas

    2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
    Break with Sponsors

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
    Recent and Forthcoming Revisions to Ethics Rules 

    Wednesday, October 23

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Networking Continental Breakfast

    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • How States Are Addressing Climate Change
    • Crisis Communications: The Court of Public Opinion

    9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
    Politics at the Water Cooler: What's NSFW?

    10:45 – 11 a.m.

    11 a.m. – Noon
    One-Client Lawyers: Avoiding the Consigliere Dilemma


    Thank You to Our Associate Sponsors!

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    Conference Fees

    • Association Members: $825
    • Nonmembers:  $1,600

    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 an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $775 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2944, or email [email protected] to learn more.

    Preconference Seminar Fees

    Preconference seminars require a separate registration fee. 

    • Association Members (half-day): $400 
    • Nonmembers (half-day): $750

    You can register for preconference seminars at the same time that you register for the Legal & Regulatory Conference.

    Conference Mentor Program

    If you're a first-time attendee, or the only one from your organization, pair up with a seasoned conference-goer who'll show you the ropes. Your mentor will meet you at the Sunday Welcome Reception and stay in touch with you throughout the conference.

    Want to have a conference mentor or serve as one? Select the check-box on the online or PDF registration form or contact us at [email protected], or call 202-467-2976.

    Guest Registrations

    Conference registrants may bring a guest to the receptions. Guests do not need to register.

    Cancellation, Refund and Substitution Policy

    Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday Oct. 14, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Oct. 14, 2019 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2019 Legal and Regulatory Conference and preconference seminars only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before Oct. 14 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

    Requests must be made in writing and mailed or emailed to: 

    Meeting Service
    American Public Power Association
    2451 Crystal Drive
    Arlington, VA 22202-4804
    [email protected]


    Email [email protected].



    The 2019 Legal & Regulatory Conference will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown.

    Located on the serene waterfront of the Willamette River, the Portland Marriott Downtown, reflects the vibrancy of the city and is surrounded by Portland hot spots, including over 60 breweries. Whether you're watching ballet performances, cheering for the Trail Blazers, touring Pittock Mansion or strolling in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, guests are close to their favorite attractions. Discover the Portland possibilities with a unique date in Lan Su Chinese Garden, at the Oregon Zoo or with an excursion to Powell's Books, one of the country's best-known independent bookstores

    Portland Marriott Downtown
    1401 SW Naito Pkwy
    Portland, OR 97201

    • Group Rate: Single/Double $229 per night (plus tax, 15.3%)
    • Check in: 4 p.m. / Check out: Noon
    • Main Telephone: 503-226-7600
    • Parking Fee: Valet parking $44 per night, per vehicle
    • In-Room Wireless: Complimentary standard wireless internet


    • Online reservation link
    • Group Code: 2019 Legal & Regulatory Conference
    • Reservation Telephone: 1-877-901-6632
    • Reservation cut-off date: September 27, 2019

    Reservations & Cancellations
    The cut-off date to receive the Association group rate (plus tax) is Friday, September 27, 2019. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before September 27, so early reservations are encouraged. The Portland Marriott Downtown should receive all reservations no later than September 27.

    Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial responsibility for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

    Hotel Scam Alert
    Make your reservations only through the American Public Power Association website. 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 group codes provided in directly from the Association—in conference brochures and the website at

    If you require additional assistance with housing, contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

    The hotel is located approximately 12 miles from the Portland International Airport (PDX). Please visit the hotel web site for information regarding directions and parking.

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

    Contact us at [email protected].

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where and when is the next Legal & Regulatory Conference?

    Next year’s Legal and Regulatory Conference will take place:

    October 11-14, 2020
    The Broadmoor

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    What educational credits are available?

    Academy events include the following opportunities for educational credits:

    • 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*, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, 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, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, 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.)

    All sessions are intermediate-level, group-live offerings with no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. Areas of study will be listed on the Verification of Attendance form, or are available upon request. Credit hours for individual sessions are denoted in the session description, where applicable. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, contact [email protected].

    Learn more about continuing education units offered. 

    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. Fax the completed registration form to 202-495-7484 or emailed it 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

    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.

    I am interested in presenting at the conference — how can I do that?

    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 for the upcoming program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.

    More questions?

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