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November 5, 2003
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Electricity Blackout Topic of Gifford ABA Talk
May Chairs 2003 ABA Administrative Law Conf. Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The former chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Progress & Freedom Foundation President Raymond L Gifford, will join other national experts Thursday, November 6 on a panel entitled, “BLACKOUT! The Aftermath for Energy Regulators.” The panel is part of the American Bar Association’s 2003 Administrative Law Conference sponsored by the Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, held Thursday and Friday at the new Washington Convention Center.

The BLACKOUT! panel will examine the implications of the August blackout on pending energy legislation and the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the states, the transmission organizations, and the market in setting energy policy. Other panelists include Terri Moreland, director of federal affairs, California Independent System Operators, Cynthia Marlette, General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Patrick McCormick III, partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP, and Sheila Slocum Hollis, managing partner – Washington, D.C. Office, Duane Morris LLP. Gifford testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about electricity policy earlier this year.

Randolph May, PFF senior fellow and director of communications policy studies, is chair-elect of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and the overall program chair for the 2003 Administrative Law Conference. Other speakers at the conference include Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy; FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle; John Graham, Administrator of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; Ted Kassinger, General Counsel, Department of Commerce; Bryan Tramont, FCC Chief of Staff; and Joe Whitley, General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security. For registration and other information, see the ABA web site.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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