Jun

07-08

General Counsel (Jun 07-08)

This forum provides a unique, collaborative space for engaged dialogue between energy company General Counsels. Content includes challenges common to all executives including managing legal teams, budget pressures, succession planning and risk management. In addition to sharing best practices for the traditional executive role, the program regularly invites guest speakers to discuss specific contemporary legal issues relevant to the energy industry and the effective use of outside counsel. Specific topics are chosen directly by program participants in advance of each meeting.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Michael O'Connor, Associate GM and Chief Legal Executive, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Salt River Project
    • 1500 N. Mill Avenue
      Tempe, AZ 85281
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of legal functions at WEI energy member companies. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and long-term relationship building.
       
      CLE and CPD credits are supported by this forum, depending on your state or province. Legal assistants should confirm with the WEI program manager for specific requirements

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $449 USD

    Registration includes access to all General Counsel agenda items, meeting materials, a networking dinner Thursday night as well as catered breakfast, lunch, light snacks and beverages at the meeting.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Joshua Baker, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.

Agenda

Thursday, June 7, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us at House of Tricks for a hosted dinner and discussion with fellow senior legal leadership. House of Tricks is just a few blocks from Tempe Mission Palms and is an award-winning favorite among locals and visitors alike:
114 E 7th St
Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, June 8, 2018

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

We will enjoy a hosted breakfast at Salt River Project.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome + Introductions

Join this roundtable session to discuss the most recent successes and setbacks experienced by attendees and their divisions.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

AM Roundtable

We reserve significant time on the agenda for open discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling and refined by the current issues shared during introductions and at Thursday’s dinner.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Updates with Regard to FERC
Speaker(s): Suedeen G. Kelly, Partner, Jenner & Block

Ms. Kelly is an internationally-recognized energy industry veteran and former Commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters such as electricity and gas markets, renewable energy, electricity transmission, hydro licensing, natural gas infrastructure, LNG, electricity reliability standards, carbon emissions, smart grid, energy efficiency and other issues. Ms. Kelly’s knowledge of the national electricity and natural gas industries includes significant experience in infrastructure development and operation, market structures and financial products, emerging technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes and domestic/international market interrelations. She is an experienced litigator on energy and environmental matters in federal and state courts.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PM Roundtable

We reserve significant time on the agenda for open discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling and refined by the current issues shared during introductions and at Thursday’s dinner.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Final Thoughts + Looking Ahead

We end the day with continued sharing of best practices.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $149 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until May 8, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Suedeen G. Kelly

Jenner & Block

Partner
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Suedeen G. Kelly is a highly recognized energy practitioner and former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters such as electricity and gas markets, renewable energy, electricity transmission, natural gas and oil infrastructure, LNG, electricity reliability standards, hydro licensing, carbon emissions, smart grid, energy efficiency and distributed generation.

Ms. Kelly’s knowledge of the national electric and natural gas industries includes significant experience in infrastructure development and operation, market structures and financial products, emerging technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes and domestic/international market interrelations. She is an experienced litigator on energy and environmental matters in federal and state courts.

Nominated by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to three terms as a FERC Commissioner, Ms. Kelly resolved 7,000 disputes with published Commission decisions and personally authored 100 separate statements during her tenure. She is credited with spearheading change in numerous regulatory policies, including transmission interconnection and planning reform, integration and deployment of renewables and smart technology into the grid, the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort, and natural gas quality standards.

Ms. Kelly has served as chair of energy industry practices at two international law firms. She served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator, and in 1999, she worked as a legislative aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. For more than 15 years, she was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she taught energy law, utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process. She also served as chairwoman and commissioner for the New Mexico Public Service Commission and was a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and US Environmental Protection Agency.