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 11 - 14, 2020
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Registration for the 2020 Legal & Regulatory Conference will open in May 2020.

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


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]

Registration for the 2020 Legal & Regulatory Conference will open in May 2020.


The Legal & Regulatory Conference program offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday to Wednesday, October 12-14. Preconference seminars on Sunday, October 11, 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 12-14. 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 for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.

Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, October 11

8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Preconference Seminar

1:30 – 5 p.m.
Preconference Seminar

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Monday, October 12

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)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. 
General Session

10:45 – 11 a.m.

11 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

3:45 – 4 p.m.

4 – 5 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

8:30 – 9:30 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

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
General Session

10:45 – 11 a.m.

11 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Break with Sponsors

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
General Session

Wednesday, October 14

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

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
General Session

10:45 – 11 a.m.

11 a.m. – Noon
General Session


Thank You to Our Associate Sponsors!

Duncan & Allen logo      Spiegel and McDiarmid logo



Registration for the 2020 Legal & Regulatory Conference will open in May 2020.


Conference Fees

  • Association Members: $800
  • 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 $800 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): $350 
  • Nonmembers (half-day): $700

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 202-467-2965.

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. 5, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Oct. 5, 2020 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2020 Legal and Regulatory Conference and preconference seminars only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before Oct. 5 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 Services
American Public Power Association
2451 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-4804
[email protected]


Email [email protected].



The 2020 Legal & Regulatory Conference will take place at The Broadmoor.

At The Broadmoor, the spirit of the West inspires the adventurer within, providing endless opportunities to explore the picturesque mountains, streams, and canyons that have inspired generations. Whether you are interested in zip lining adventures and horseback riding, Colorado fly fishing, or an indulgent day at the spa, you’ll find endless activities for every age in every season. Experience an iconic Colorado Springs resort where personalized luxury offers an escape from the ordinary and modern details blend seamlessly with the timeless European elegance of our historic hotel.

The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

  • Group Rate: Rate will be available May 2020; A daily resort charge of $32/room is also additional to the room fee.
  • Check in: 4 p.m. / Check out: Noon
  • Main Telephone: 800-755-5011
  • Parking Fee: Self-Parking: $25 per night (with full in and our privileges): Valet parking $35 per night, per vehicle
  • In-Room Wireless: Complimentary standard wireless internet


  • Online reservation link
  • Group Code
  • Reservation Telephone: 1-855-634-7711
  • Reservation cut-off date: 

Reservations & Cancellations
The cut-off date to receive the Association group rate (plus tax) is Friday, September 18, 2020. 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 18, so early reservations are encouraged. The Broadmoor should receive all reservations no later than September 18.

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 202-467-2978 or [email protected].

The hotel is located approximately 10 miles from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), and 90 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN). 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 17-20, 2021
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside 
Savannah, Georgia

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.