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ULS Fall Seminar

7.8 hrs. CLE/1 hr. Ethics

9/15/2016 to 9/16/2016
When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: Blue Chip Casino Hotel
777 Blue Chip Dr.
Michigan City, Indiana  46360
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Sponsored by the ISBA Utility Law Section




Schedule of Events



Thursday, September 15, 2016


9:30 a.m. –     Registration Opens


10:00 a.m. -    Roll Out of IURC Electronic Filing System & Changes in IURC Procedural Rules

10:45 a.m.      (.75 hr CLE requested)

                        DeAnna Poon, Assistant General Counsel, IURC


10:45 a.m. –   Appellate E-Filing (1 hr CLE requested)

11:45 a.m.      Kevin Smith, Church Church Hittle and Antrim

          Maggie Smith, Frost Brown Todd


11:45 a.m. –   Utility Law Updates (.5 hr CLE requested)

12:15 p.m.      Joseph Rompala, Chair, Electricity Division

                        David Veleta, Chair, Gas Division

                        Bob Johnson, Chair, Telecommunications Division

          Jennifer Washburn, Chair, Utility Services/Consumer Division

                       Tabitha Balzer, Chair, Water/Sewer Division


12:15 p.m. –   Lunch and Annual Section Meeting and Election of Secretary/Treasurer

1:15 p.m.        Nikki Shoultz, Chair, Utility Law Section


1:15 p.m. –     Knowledge is Power:  The Clean Power Plan in Region V (1 hr CLE requested)

2:15 p.m.        Delanie Breuer, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice

          Michael Byrne, Legislative Liaison, Michigan Agency for Energy 

          Doug Scott, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute

          Nicholas Kile, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Moderator) 


2:15 p.m. –     PHMSA Rulemaking on Gas Transmission and Gathering Lines (.75 hr CLE requested)

3:00 p.m.        Jill Fortney, Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago

          Paul Drucker, Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago


3:00 p.m. –     Break

3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. –     From Voice to Video (1 hr CLE requested)

4:15 p.m.       The FCC has upgraded its focus on universal service and redirected its efforts from voice to broadband as many

                        rural and low-income lag in availability and/or penetration rates.  What are the initiatives and legal obstacles that

                        confront this transition from both an industry and regulatory perspective? Why do so many consider ubiquitous

                        broadband deployment to be essential to Americans?

                       Heidi Lankau, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

                       W. Karl Wardin, Executive Director, National Regulatory - Retail AT&T Services

         James Wilson, Telecom General Field Representative for Indiana & Kentucky, USDA Rural Utilities Service

         Clay Miller, Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn (Moderator)


4:15 p.m. –     Break

4:45 p.m.


4:45 p.m. -      Meet in Hotel Lobby for Bus to Cubs Game (note: the Cubs Game is an additional registration fee)


6:30 p.m. -      Rooftop at Wrigley Field (Dinner & Beverages provided)


7:05 pm -        Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers


The bus will return to the hotel following the game at approx. 11:30 p.m.


Friday, September 16, 2016


8:00 a.m. –     Hot Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. –     Bidding Energy Efficiency & Demand Response into MISO & PJM (.75 hr CLE requested)

9:45 a.m.        Stephen Moritz, President and CEO, Encentiv Energy

          Gregory Poulos, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC, Inc.


9:45 a.m. –     Flint: Could it Happen Here? (1 hr CLE requested)

10:45 a.m.      Mary Hollingsworth, Drinking Water Branch Chief, Office of Water Quality, IDEM

          Chris Kolb, President, Michigan Environmental Council


10:45 a.m. –   Break

11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. –   Hackers Targeting Lawyers: Ethical Duties to Guard Client Information (1 hr Ethics requested)

Noon              Drew Simshaw, Staff Attorney & Clinical Teaching Fellow, Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown Law



Pricing Information



Early Bird

(by 7/15)


(7/16 - 9/8)


(9/9 - 9/14)

ISBA Utility Law Section Member $225 $250 $275
ISBA Non-Utility Law Section Member $250 $275 $300
ISBA Member Government Employee $150 $175 $200
ISBA Member Law Student $50 $75 $100
Non-ISBA Member $525 $550 $575
Cubs Game (Registered Attendee) $50 $60 $75
Cubs Game (Guest Registered Attendee) $120 $130 $145


Registration fees include CLE programming, USB Drive with materials, Thursday lunch, Friday breakfast, and refreshment breaks. The Cubs game registration includes transportation to/from the Rooftop at Wrigley Field as well as Dinner and Beverages.


Cancellation Policy


A $25 service fee will be applied to cancellations received on or before 9/8/16. No refunds on cancellations received after 9/8/16 (see exception for Cubs game below). If you send someone else in your place, please provide ISBA with that person’s name. Cancellation for the Cubs game registration must be received before 8/15/16 in order to receive a refund.


Hotel Information


Blue Chip Casino

777 Blue Chip Drive

Michigan City, IN 46360


The ISBA rate at Blue Chip is $89/night (Blue Chip Tower) or $99/night (Spa Tower). Call 888-879-7711 and press #2 to make your room reservation. To take advantage of the ISBA special room rate, your reservation must be made by September 2, 2016 and you must refer to the code: ISBA915.

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