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2013 BLS Public Utility Law Institute

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Friday, November 15, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

The Public Utility Law Committee of the NYSBA Business Law Section is pleased to present its:
2013 Public Utility Law Institute

November 15, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm

New York State Bar Center | One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

6.5 Total MCLE Credits: 4.5 in Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 in Ethics and Professionalism
This program is not transitional and therefore is not suitable for newly-admitted attorneys (admitted under 24 months)

Attend this special full-day institute for the most up-to-date information on today’s issues in the public utility law arena. Hear from top practitioners in the field, and stay current on the critical issues that affect your practice.

We are pleased to be joined by Audrey Zibelman, New York State Public Service Commission Chairwoman, as our keynote luncheon speaker.


Note: Updates from original announcements are reflected below, due to speaker changes


9:00-9:05 am 
Welcome and Introductions

9:05-11:15 am
Cyber Security

• Carl Patka – New York Independent System Operator, Inc.
• William Pelgrin – President and CEO, Center for Internet Security

Includes discussion on: Advanced Persistent Threat: Why You May Be a Target; framework for enforceable electric industry reliability standards under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and actions taken by the FERC and NERC to implement this framework; reviews NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards applicable to the electric industry, and the evolution of these standards in response to industry and policy maker concerns. The NYISO will review its CIP compliance and enterprise security philosophy and strategy; will discuss recent developments in Washington addressing cyber security, including the Presidential Executive Order and Policy Directive and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Utility/Business Ethics

• Kathleen Burgess – Secretary, New York State Public Service Commission
• Terryl Brown - Partner, Harris Beach PLLC

Includes discussion on: Ethical Compliance for New York State regulated utilities; necessity for public utilities to be knowledgeable about the requirements of laws including the Lobbying Act, General Municipal Law and Campaign Finance Law, in addition to Public Service Law  § 15, Public Officers Law §§ 73 and 74. Includes Ethics from a Regulator’s Perspective, Brief Overview of Applicable Statutes, Gift Framework, and Best Practices.

12:15-1:15 pm Lunch (provided)
Keynote speaker: Audrey Zibelman – New York State Public Service Commission Chairwoman

1:15-2:55 pm
Energy Efficiency/Distributed Generation

• Franz Litz – Executive Director, Pace Energy & Climate Center
• Greg Hale – Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, New York State Governor’s Office

Includes an introduction of the New York Green Bank; Energy Efficiency in New York: Midcourse Status Report of '15 by 15'; An update on progress toward '15 by 15'; and Legal and regulatory tools for commissioners and advocates

2:55-3:10 pm
Refreshment Break

3:10-4:00 pm
Ethical Considerations in Adhering to FOIL, Open Meetings Law, and Personal Privacy Protection Law

• Robert Freeman – Executive Director, Committee on Open Government

Includes discussion on such questions as: Enabling a government to discuss its litigation strategy in private so as not to enable its adversary to take advantage in a manner disadvantageous to taxpayers; Would it be reasonable or ethical to require the government to divulge its collective bargaining strategy in public?; Would it be ethical to disclose information obtained from a private company when disclosure would cause injury to its competitive position?; Would it be ethical to require public discussion if safety would be compromised?; Would it be ethical to disclose an unsubstantiated complaint or allegation pertaining to a public employer prior to any finding of misconduct?


General Registration: $115*
Business Law Section Members: $90

Register online, or call the State Bar Service Center at 800-582-2452 during business hours and reference event code BU2200NO13.

* SPECIAL OFFER for current NYSBA members who are not members of the Business Law Section: Receive a year of membership in the Business Law Section FREE with registration (a $25 value). Your membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2014, provided continuous NYSBA membership.

Questions? Contact BusinessLaw@nysba.org

The New York State Bar Association’s Meetings Department has been certified by the NYS Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program will provide you with a total of 6.5 CREDIT HOURS: 4.5 in AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, and 2.0 in ETHICS. This program is not transitional and therefore is not suitable for newly-admitted attorneys (admitted under 24 months).

DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may receive financial aid to attend this program. Under this policy, anyone who requires financial aid may apply in writing, not later than ten working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. For more details, please contact: Stephanie Bugos, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or sbugos@nysba.org.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be received by November 12th for a refund of registration fees.

New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact the State Bar Service Center at 800-582-2452.