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ULS Spring Seminar

When: April 24
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Conrad Hotel
50 W Washington St
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Utility Law Section Spring Seminar

April 24, 2015 - Conrad Hotel, Indianapolis


Travel note: the FDIC Convention, which is expected to bring approx. 30,000 people, will be taking place during the Spring Seminar so we encourage you to make your travel plans to downtown Indianapolis accordingly.


7 hours of CLE (including 2 hours of Ethics) are being offered.


8:00 a.m. -  8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Featured Presentation:

Ethics Concerns for the Virtuous Lawyer (2 hrs Ethics)

Jack Marshall, President, ProEthics           

Special problems stalk a legal practitioner in a specialty practice, particularly those that involve government agencies and regulations. The Rules of Professional conduct in every jurisdiction still are strongly influenced by paragraphs and principles devised by general practitioners and criminal lawyers in 1908, decades before the dawn of many of the crucial issues, not to mention types of clients attorneys must deal with today. Legal ethics, once an area that moved with glacial speed, is now dynamic, changing significantly weekly and often daily. This presentation is a two hour interactive seminar, created especially for the ISBA Utility Law Section, that explores important developments in legal ethics, introduces useful tools for ethics analysis, and challenges participants with legal ethics problems requiring finesse, sensitivity, and a sound grounding in legal ethics and professionalism.

Among the topics explored:

Ex Parte issues in administrative practice

The Case of the Incompetent Pro Hoc Vice

UPL traps

Positional conflict

Personal conflicts

Disqualification issues

When loyalty and public duty clash

Technology developments and implications

Internal investigations

Recent developments of note

And more…

The core of the seminar is challenging hypotheticals, each concluding with multiple choice questions that allow participants to see the range of responses among their colleagues and that generate lively debate and discussion that uncovers related issues and ethics rules on the way to finding a solution.


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Program Break


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Water Infrastructure & Finance Act (.75 hr CLE)

Patricia Doersch, Of Counsel, Transportation, Infrastructure and Local Government Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs   

Aurel Arndt, Chief Executive Officer, Lehigh County Authority, Pennsylvania


11:30 a.m. - Noon                             

Legislative Update (.5 hr CLE)

Tim Rushenberg, VP, Indiana Energy Association  


Noon - 1:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Telecom Panel Discussion Concerning the Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure in Indiana (.75 hr CLE)

John Patten, Chief Operating Officer, Smithville Communications

Mayor Terry Seitz, City of Jasper

Mayor Huck Lewis, City of Lebanon

Geoff Schomacker, Office of Community Rural Affairs

Barry Umansky, Digital Policy Institute

Moderator: Karol Krohn, OUCC     


1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Innovative Customer Driven Generation (.75 hr CLE)

Rob Thredlkeld, Global Manager - Renewable Energy, GM   

Dave Shenefield, Site Manager, GM  


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Technical Roadmaps to an Uncertain Energy Future (.75 hr CLE)

Peter Schubert, Ph.D., P.E.

Director, Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, IUPUI     


3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program Break


3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Natural Gas Vehicles: Infrastructure & Incentives (.75 hr CLE)

Kellie Walsh, Executive Director, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition       


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Communicating with the Commission: Policies and Tips on Meeting and Corresponding with the Commission (.75 hr CLE)

Jeffrey Earl, Administrative Law Judge, IURC      

Beth Krogel Roads, General Counsel, IURC         


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   




The Early bird deadline ends Friday, April 3. The regular registration rate ends Monday, April 20. The late registration rate goes into effect on Tuesday, April 21.



Program materials will be available online for electronic download. An email will be sent to attendees on or before April 22 with a link to the materials. Additionally, attendees will receive a USB drive with the materials when they check-in on-site.



Refunds will be issued for cancellations received in writing on or before April 17, 2015 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after April 17, 2015 nor will they be given for

no-shows after the conference. If you are unable to attend but would like to send someone in your place, contact Sherry Allan at 317.639.5465.

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