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Legal & Regulatory Conference Sessions—Tuesday P.M.

The following timeline is tentative; session times and titles may change as the program is finalized. Some session descriptions are still being finalized. Additional speaker names will be added as they are confirmed.

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Tuesday, October 22

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
General Session

  • Critical Energy Infrastructure: Define It to Protect It
    Keeping critical infrastructure secure while practicing open governance is often a challenge for public power utilities. Learn how critical infrastructure information is defined by legislative, regulatory, and industry practices and the limitations of such designations under the Freedom of Information Act and state public records acts. See if existing definitions can be extended to evolving technologies and cybersecurity assets. Discuss potential legislative and regulatory solutions to address gaps in protecting sensitive information.

    Robert S. Lynch, Robert S. Lynch & Associates, Phoenix, Arizona; and Sean Neal, Partner, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., Sacramento, California
     
  • Financing for Utilities Serving Rural Areas
    Low federal interest rates and an expanded definition of qualifying utilities mean utilities serving rural areas need to take a second look at historically underutilized financial assistance programs under the USDA’s Rural Utility Services program. Join us to review four RUS programs and the level of assistance and see if your utility and projects qualify. Get an overview of the RUS application, review, and approval processes and learn the unique terminology.

    Joseph Badin, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Rural Utilities Service Electric Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.; and Derek Dyson, Shareholder, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Ethics Session

Recent and Forthcoming Revisions to Ethics Rules
Learn from a former member of the Ethics Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources about recent changes and proposed reforms to the ethics rules for lawyers and judges. Topics will include communication about services, non-lawyers’ ownership of law firms, and ethical duties to address environmental concerns. See how these changes could impact attorneys representing public utilities and how you can be prepared.

Tom Lininger, Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon

3:45 p.m.
Adjourn for the day