1st National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference

- in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the conference.

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

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. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Houston Young Lawyers Association and supported by BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, all of whom have agreed to send some of their young lawyers to the conference.

The conference substantive programming features over ten hours of CLE credits, including two hours of ethics CLE, as well as programs on networking, managing skills and reaching your career goals. The conference will also feature new Exxon Mobil Corporation General Counsel Randall M. Ebner as the keynote luncheon speaker.

Of course a young lawyers conference, especially one in New Orleans, would not be complete without opportunity to network and have fun. The program will start on Thursday, March 30th, with a Welcome Reception in the Briars Suite at Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street. On Friday evening, there will be an optional social event at Bourbon Vieux, which will feature a balcony over Bourbon St.

We hope to see you there.

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For more details, download the online brochure.

Conference Co-Chairs

Kathryn Zainey Gonski
Liskow & Lewis
New Orleans, LA
Jennifer Walter Mosley
Chevron
Houston, TX

Tuition

Note: Early registration pricing is available through March 13, 2017.

  • $295.00 - Regular Registration Fee (Regular Price: $325.00)
  • $270.00 - IEL Advisory Board Member (Regular Price: $300.00)
  • $270.00 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association Member, ABA Young Lawyers Division Member (Regular Price: $300.00)
  • $270.00 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee (Regular Price: $300.00)
  • $270.00 - CAIL Member or Member Employee (Regular Price: $300.00)
  • $270.00 - Government Employee (Regular Price: $300.00)
  • $270.00 - Full-time Law Student (Regular Price: $300.00)

Schedule and Faculty

Thursday, March 30, 2017

 6:30 - 9:30 pm


Welcome Reception

  • The Briars Suite at Pat O’Brien’s, 624 Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Located on the second floor above Pat O’s Courtyard, the Briars Suite is an elegant double parlor with private Bourbon Street Balcony. Join your friends (and friends to be) for light food and open bar at one of the best locations in New Orleans. This event is included in your conference registration.

Friday, March 31, 2017

8:30 am


Introductory Remarks

8:45 am


A Governmental Perspective on the Energy Industry and What the Future May Hold

  • Congressman Garret Graves, 6th District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA

9:15 am


Judicial Advice for Young Lawyers

This panel of judges will share their perspective on litigation and dispute resolution, the mistakes they see attorneys make, how attorneys can be more effective, a lawyer’s responsibility as an officer of the court and the lawyer’s responsibility to treat fellow lawyers and clients with respect and dignity.

Moderator:

  • Kathryn Zainey Gonski, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, Louisiana

Panelists:

  • The Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Hon. Mark L. Hornsby, US Magistrate Judge, Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • The Hon. Amos L. Mazzant, III, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman, Texas

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


A Peek Inside: Advice from Energy In-House Counsel

This panel of in-house counsel will provide advice on improving your practice skills and effectiveness in representing corporate clients, including improving communications with clients and efficiency. The panel will also provide advice regarding how to be an effective in-house attorney. The panel will also discuss the legal issues they are experiencing and what they expect in the near future. Finally, the panel will discuss the importance and responsibility of attorneys to treat each other, clients, and opposing counsel and clients with respect.

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Walter Mosley, Chevron, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Victoria Lazar, General Counsel, GE Oil and Gas, Houston, Texas
  • Walter Mayer, Deputy General Counsel, Halcon Resources Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • David Moyer, General Counsel, Chevron Latin America and Africa Exploration and Production, Houston, Texas
  • Daniel Ro-Trock, Senior Associate General Counsel, Transocean, Houston, Texas

12:00 pm


Lunch – A Fireside Chat with Exxon Mobil Corporation’s new General Counsel

Moderator:

  • David D. Meyer, Dean of Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Panelist:

  • Randall M. Ebner, Vice President and General Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Irving, Texas

Breakout Sessions - Room 1

1:30 pm


Upstream Acquisitions and Divestitures in the Current Economy

Our panel, combining the perspectives of in-house and outside counsel, will discuss topics relevant to practitioners working in the upstream oil & gas space in the current economy, including our views of the state of deals in the sector and what you need to know to best represent your clients.

  • Jonathan Ayre, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Jonathan C. Curth, Assistant General Counsel, Newfield Exploration Co., The Woodlands, Texas
  • Joe Roger, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Houston, Texas

2:15 pm


Taking it International: From Negotiation to Arbitration

Guidance for energy attorneys regarding international energy deals and disputes.

Moderator:

  • David H. Sweeney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Jamie Miller, King & Spalding, Houston, Texas
  • Joseph Ope, Counsel, Exploration / Upstream Ventures, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • C.E. Rhodes, Vice President, Legal – Commercial Strategy, Consulting Services, and Chemicals, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston, Texas

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


Coastal Erosion Litigation and the Impact on the Energy Industry

Our panelists will provide a perspective on the challenges the energy industry faces, current developments and the potential future of coastal erosion litigation.

  • Laura Springer Brown, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jennifer Ferratt, Chevron, Covington, Louisiana

4:15 pm


Trending Title Topics from Around the Country

The panel will present a high level overview of recent developments regarding key title issues, as well as state specific challenges, providing need-to-know information important for those working in major oil and gas producing plays, including Appalachia, the Mid-Continent, the Rockies, and Texas.

  • Benedict J. Kirchner, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Diana S. Prulhiere, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Denver, Colorado
  • Matthew S. Schlensker, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, The Woodlands, Texas

5:00 pm


Adjourn

Breakout Sessions - Room 2

1:30 pm


Getting Your Name Out There: Networking as an Energy Attorney

Advice and guidance on building a reputation and a professional network.

  • Kim A. Perret, Chief Marketing Officer, Jones Walker, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Elizabeth E. Klingensmith, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas

2:15 pm


(Ethics) - Don’t Click That: Know the Risks to Your Data

This session will explore cybersecurity and other vulnerabilities that cause a company or client’s data to be compromised or stolen and what the ethical rules require of you.

  • Blake A. Klinkner, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Cheyenne, WY

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


Managing to Manage

This program will provide guidance and tips to help attorneys be better managers of employees and projects

Moderator:

  • Jay E. Ray, Director, Institute for Energy Law, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas

Panelists:

  • Wendy Daboval, General Counsel and Vice President, Land, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
  • Judy Perry Martinez, Former VP and CCO, Northrop Grumman, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • John Y. Pearce, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett, New Orleans, Louisiana

4:15 pm


Reaching Your Career Goals

This panel will provide guidance on setting and obtaining your career goal: whether it is to make partner, succeed in-house, or be your own boss

Moderator:

  • Jay E. Ray, Director, Institute for Energy Law, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas

Panelists:

  • Nancy Scott Degan, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowtiz, PC, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Patrick A. Dunn, Shapiro & Dunn, PLLC, Austin, Texas
  • Kelly D. Herrera, Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm


Adjourn

7:30 pm - 12:30 am


Conference Social Event

  • Bourbon Vieux, 501 Bourbon St., New Orleans (Optional Event – Additional $50)

Join us for a buffet-styled dinner and open bar in the heart of the late night action on Bourbon Street. The social event will be held at Bourbon Vieux, which features private second floor rooms with a long balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. This location will allow attendees more opportunities for fun and networking with their fellow conference attendees and guests while offering a glimpse of the fun on Bourbon Street as the Friday night action gets going. The venue will also let attendees check out other venues along Bourbon Street while allowing them to return to our private venue to visit some more with their fellow attendees.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

9:00 am


Regulations and More Regulations: The New Norm

This panel will highlight and discuss important regulations in the oil and gas industry, including environmental, employment, transportation, offshore, and state regulations.

Moderator:

  • April L. Rolen-Ogden, Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette, Louisiana

Panelists:

  • Tokesha Collins-Wright, Kean Miller LLP, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • George D. Fatula, Bracewell LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul B. Simon, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Elizabeth H. Titus, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Denver, Colorado

10:30 am


Break

10:45 am


Energy Law Roundup

This panel will present and discuss important developments in energy law from various jurisdictions around the country.

Moderator:

  • Elizabeth A Och, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Denver, Colorado

Panelists:

  • Sarah Casey, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowtiz, PC, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jay Rothrock, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Mike Stewart, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Jesse J. Zirillo, Dickey, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11:45 am


Ethical Issues In Settlement and Mediation

This session will discuss ethical issues that arise in the context of settlement negotiations and mediation, including confidentiality, authority, communications and consultation with clients , and "ex parte" communications.

  • C. Davin Boldissar, Locke Lord LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Bradley C. Knapp, Locke Lord LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Hon. Robert Summerhays, Chief Judge, US Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana

12:45 pm


Adjourn

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, 800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112. Registrants should call 1.888.421.1442  and mention "IEL - Young Energy Professionals Law Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $199 ++ per night. The last day to obtain this special rate is March 15, 2017. The special room rate is available from March 30 – April 2.

BOOK HOTEL ONLINE

Our room block may be full and the hotel may be sold out for the evening of March 31st.  If so, there are many other hotel options nearby. The closest hotel with a price only slightly more than our room block is the Marriott Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville. Similarly, the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel across Canal is close by and appears to have rooms. If price is not as much of a concern, the Royal Sonesta and Hotel Monteleone are additional options near our hotel and social events. You may find other options via an Internet search.

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 9.25 hours, including 2 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901369276. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

The course was approved by the Supreme Court of Louisiana for a total of 9.25 hour(s) of credit, including 2.00 hour(s) of ethics, 1.00 hour(s) of professionalism, and 0.00 hour(s) of law office practice.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and 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. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum Sponsor (Exclusive) $8,000

  • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor in the conference brochure, which will be mailed and emailed to thousands of interested counsel and business leaders
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference program
  • Recognition on the conference website and via social media as a Platinum Sponsor
  • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor at the conference, including orally and via signage
  • 8 complimentary registrants at the conference
  • 1 seat at head table at luncheon
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Gold Sponsor - $4,000

  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor in the conference brochure, which will be mailed and emailed to thousands of interested counsel and business leaders
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference program
  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor on the conference website and via social media
  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor at the conference, including orally and via signage
  • 4 complimentary registrants at the conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Silver Sponsor - $2,000

  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor in the conference brochure, which will be mailed and emailed to thousands of interested counsel and business leaders
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference program
  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor on the conference website and via social media
  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor at the conference, including orally and via signage
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Exhibitor - $1,250 each
(Non-law Firms only)

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
IEL: +1.972.244.3421
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: iel@cailaw.org

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