Energy Law

6th National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Registration Open

Tickets to the optional dinner are sold out.

MCLE Credit will be available

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Overview

Designed primarily for energy attorneys under 40 years of age, this conference will (1) provide young energy professionals with opportunities to network with their peers from in-house and law firm environments to build relationships that will benefit them professionally, (2) provide significant hours of energy related CLE for a low price, and (3) provide professional development training that will help attendees to be better lawyers and to reach their goals.

Conference Co-Chairs

Edward M. Duhé, Jr.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Spring, Texas 

Tod J. Everage
Kean Miller LLP
New Orleans, Louisiana

Kelly D. Perrier
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuition

Note: Early registration pricing is available through September 14, 2022.
  • $305 - Regular Registration Fee (Regular Price: $335)
  • $270 - IEL Advisory Board Member (Regular Price: $300)
  • $270 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member (Regular Price: $300)
  • $270 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee (Regular Price: $300)
  • $270 - Government Employee (Regular Price: $300)
  • $125 - Full-time Law Professor (Regular Price: $125)
  • $125 - Full-time Law Student (Regular Price: $125)

Schedule and Faculty

Tuesday, October 4

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

The Attic at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, 2nd Floor, 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Wednesday, October 5

7:45 a.m. Registration


8:35 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome, Overview and Introductions


8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Navigating the Energy Landscape – How Do We Stay Relevant? (Non-CLE)

The cyclical nature of the energy industry, coupled with geopolitical dynamics, societal and investor expectations, have produced a fair share of opportunities and challenges for the energy sector. May-Yee Ng will share some of the key themes, trends and learnings from both her work and personal experiences.

  • May-Yee Ng, General Manager, Competitive Intelligence, Chevron, San Ramon, California

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Shifting Ground: Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing of Federal Lands

The U.S. Department of Interior’s approach to leasing of federal lands for oil and gas production has changed dramatically over the past decade, with current policies and actions giving rise to a flurry of litigation. This session will provide an overview of the regulatory framework for both onshore and offshore federal land leasing and how recent litigation and legislation could change the future of the leasing program.

  • Elizabeth Leoty Craddock, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Sarah Y. Dicharry, Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Peggy M. Welsh, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett, New Orleans, Louisiana

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. BREAK


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Update

A panel discussion on the current active projects in the CCUS space, the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on the industry and the top legal issues facing project developers.

Moderator: Sara Mouledoux Glover, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Denver, Colorado

Panelists:

  • Caleb J. Madere, Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Megan S. Haines, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mark D. Poehlmann, CCUS Land Manager, Shell USA, Inc., Houston, Texas

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Insights from the Inside

This panel features tips and insights from young lawyers who have moved in-house in the past year. Led by a moderator who moved back to private practice, the panel will discuss the challenges they experienced in the transition and share “insights from the inside,” including what they wish they knew about client service when they were in private practice, tips for young lawyers on effective internal and external communications, and the importance of treating both clients and opposing parties with respect.

ModeratorAshley J. Nguyen, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Chynna Anderson, Counsel, Entergy Services, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Courtney Campion, Attorney, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, Texas
  • Elizabeth Wilson, Assistant General Counsel, ADT Solar, New Orleans, Louisiana

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Leadership Luncheon Series – Featuring A Fireside Chat with Travis Torrence (Non-CLE)

Travis Torrence serves as Global Litigation Bankruptcy & Credit Team Lead at Shell USA, Inc., where he manages a team that handles all bankruptcy and credit legal issues for Shell’s business units in the United States and Canada. Travis is also a member of the Board of Directors of Premium Velocity Auto LLC, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Shell. He is a two-time recipient of the Global Shell plc Legal Leadership Team Award, which is the highest level of recognition within Shell Legal. Travis graduated from Yale Law School in 2005 and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Communication and Political Science from Tulane University. Travis began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Travis currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Foundation, Chair of the Yale Law School Fund Board, Secretary of the Hollyfield Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Alley Theatre. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts and the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work. He is the 2022 Grand Marshal of Houston’s LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration.

Interviewer: Bianca Roberson, Legal Counsel – Contracts and Procurement, Shell USA, Inc., Houston, Texas

Interviewee: Travis Torrence, Global Litigation Bankruptcy & Credit Team Lead, Shell USA, Inc., Houston, Texas


1:30 – 1:45 p.m. BREAK


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Offshore Wind - Auction and Permitting Process, Regulatory Jurisdiction, Installation Hurdles

The session will examine wind leasing opportunities in state and federal waters and will give folks an overview of the immense opportunities for wind development in the Gulf of Mexico. State and federal leaders will discuss the topic and will weigh in on ports and manufacturing capabilities.

ModeratorBrad Lambert, Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Panelists:

  • Lindsay Cooper, Project Manager for the Louisiana Climate Initiative, Office of the Governor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tershara Matthews, Chief, Emerging Programs in the Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Rep. Joseph A. Orgeron, Ph.D., State Representative, Louisiana District 54, Golden Meadow, Louisiana

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Anatomy of a Midstream Contract

This session will introduce the audience to the makeup of midstream contracts, including commercial arrangements, land acquisition, joint ventures, etc. . . . . The discussion will provide a framework understanding of counsel’s approach to these contracts which must balance the demands of commercial pressures as well as future operations. The panel will present experiences highlighting the need for careful consideration of certain provisions in midstream contracts.

  • Rebekah R. Bennett, General Counsel, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company LLC, Spring, Texas
  • Matt Eagan, General Counsel, Ocelot Energy Management LLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Matthew D. "Matt" Simone, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, Louisiana

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK


3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Legislation and the Practice of Law

The panel will discuss the role changing legislation has on the practice of law. They will discuss their paths to government relations, along with the legislative process and the impacts of this process on advocating for clients.

  • Jeff Copeskey, State Government Relations Manager – Southern Region, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jessica Anne Mandel, Principal, Miller Strategies, LLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Meghan Thacker, Vice President, Federal and State Affairs, HBW Resources LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Succeeding as a Foreign Energy Lawyer in the U.S. Market (Non-CLE)

This panel of foreign-born energy lawyers will discuss their stories and share their own experiences working in the U.S. energy market. They will also provide guidance on obtaining success as a young energy professional and discuss the required skills and traits for a successful career.

Moderator: Luís Miranda, Miranda Law Firm, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Nadege A. Assale, Assistant General Counsel, W&T Offshore Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Peter Dumanauw, Special Advisor – Cross Regional Support, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
  • Catalina Niño, Managing Counsel, Wood, Houston, Texas

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Ticketed Optional Reception & Dinner

Tujague’s Restaurant, 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Thursday, October 6

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Data Blowouts: Managing Confidential Data and Trade Secrets in the Energy World

Data breaches and trade secret theft at energy companies can cost millions, expose companies to liability, and destroy business reputations and market strength. Since the Pandemic, these companies face even greater exposure as critical infrastructure regulations tighten and employees access company data on vulnerable home devices and networks. In this presentation, thought leaders will discuss the emerging cybersecurity and trade secret threats to energy companies, how these companies can safeguard their most valuable information, and legislative and regulatory responses.

  • Jessica C. Engler, CIPP/US, Kean Miller LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Miles O. Indest, McGuireWoods LLP, Houston, Texas

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Fuel up on Facts: What’s Driving Oil and Gasoline Prices? (Non-CLE)

In this session, the speaker will provide an overview of the recent historical trends in crude oil and gasoline prices, discuss the factors that drive the prices of these commodities such as supply, demand, geopolitics among others; and discuss future risks and considerations that could impact these prices.

  • Bharat Ramkrishnan, Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting, Washington, D.C.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Environmental Justice & ESG: Key Legal Issues, Future Impacts

Environmental Justice is at the forefront of policymaking, agency enforcement, permitting, community activism, shareholder activism, and civil litigation. This panel features a discussion about the key environmental justice issues of today and tomorrow.

Moderator: Marcella C. Burke, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Erich J. Almonte, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Valerie Black, Assistant General Counsel and Legal Policy Researcher, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Kelly Herrera, Director of Public Policy, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. BREAK


11:15 – 11:45 a.m. From Poop to Profits – Unconventional Renewable Energies (Non-CLE)

The session will provide a brief introduction into the uncommon forms of renewable energy. It will focus on a basic understanding of several technologies, their energy lifecycle, an overview of key contractual concepts, and fundamentals behind each revenue stream. Attendees will walk away with an ability to broadly understand various renewable energy sources for professional conversation.

  • Tyler M. Abadie, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, ABADIE, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Recent Developments in Legal Ethics

A survey of recent rule making, cases, ethics opinions, and related developments in legal ethics, malpractice, and professional responsibility. The presentation will focus heavily on ethical issues facing lawyers working as in-house counsel.

  • Dane S. Ciolino, Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, Louisiana

12:45 p.m. Adjourn

Overnight Accommodations

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Dates available: October 3-8
Book by: September 12

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CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 7.5 hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174170906. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. Attorneys filing by self-submission in certain states may be required to pay an additional fee. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Wednesday Night Optional Reception and Dinner Sponsor (Exclusive) - $6,000 (SOLD)
Tujague’s Restaurant
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Welcome Reception Sponsor (Exclusive) - $6,000
The Attic at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
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Wi-Fi Sponsor (Exclusive) - $4,000 - SOLD
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Day 1 Breakfast Sponsor (Exclusive) - $3,000 - SOLD
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Day 2 Breakfast Sponsor (Exclusive) - $3,000 - SOLD
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  • Recognition from the podium at start of 2nd day of conference
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Lanyard Sponsor (Exclusive) - $3,000 - SOLD
  • Sponsor name contained on conference lanyard
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  • 2 complimentary registrants at conference, including Wednesday’s reception and dinner
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference
Notepads (Exclusive) - $3,000 (SOLD)
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Conference Materials Sponsor (Exclusive) - $3,000 (SOLD)
  • Single page company/firm advertisement showing through back of packet containing conference related material
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Charging Station (Exclusive) - $3,000
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Hosted Luncheon Sponsor - $2,000 each
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  • 1 complimentary registrant at the conference, including Wednesday’s reception and dinner
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference
Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) - $1,500 each
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