Administrative Law Section

Kiva Bland Pierce, chair

The Twenty-seventh National Regulatory Conference (NRC) was held on May 19-20, 2009, in Williamsburg. The NRC is a jointly sponsored by the Administrative Law Section, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and the College of William School of Law. The program, “The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be,” focused on evaluating what lies ahead for utilities, industry, and ratepayers in today’s challenging times. The opening address was by Robert Bryce, author of Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence. Topic panels included the future use of fuel in Virginia, telecom regulations, frozen credit, integrated resource plans, and ethics family feud. Additionally, there is a reception for SCC commissioners, panelists, and attendees.

This is the largest program supported by the Administrative Law Section. This year, Vishwa B. Link spearheaded the NRC. Her efforts and the efforts of the volunteers on the NRC planning committee led to a successful program. As in recent years, the NRC is filling the space at William and Mary.

Newsletter

Ashley B. Macko continued to serve as newsletter editor. She prepared two editions of the Administrative Law News during the fiscal year. The September 2008 edition included articles on multijurisdictional mergers, the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line, the Natural Gas Conservation and Ratemaking Act, and nuclear waste in Virginia and the United States. The March 2009 edition featured numerous green — or resource-efficiency — articles, such as “It Isn’t Easy Being Green” and two articles on recent SCC rulings touching on that topic. One was on Virginia Natural Gas’s conservation and ratemaking efficiency plan, and the other on renewable options for customers of Dominion Virginia Power Company and Appalachian Power Company.

VSB Annual Meeting CLE program

Borden Ellis led the section’s support of a continuing legal education program at the VSB’s Seventy-first Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. This year’s program was “Megaprojects in an Uncertain Economy: Can Local Governments Afford Investment in Environmentally Beneficial Megaprojects in Recessionary Times?” The Administrative Law, Construction Law and Public Contracts, Environmental Law, and Local Government Law sections cosponsored the program. The panel presented opinions on the balancing of megaprojects for environmental, developmental, and public investments principles.

Section annual meeting

The Administrative Law Section’s annual meeting was held during the NRC. Attendance at the annual meeting has grown since it first was held during the NRC four years ago. The following officers were elected: Vishwa B. Link, chair; T. Borden Ellis, vice chair; Thomas C. Walker Jr., secretary; Ashley B. Macko, newsletter editor. Samuel R. Brumberg and Charlotte P. McAfee were elected to serve four-year terms.

Membership

The section had 459 members this year, which was a record number.

Updated: Aug 27, 2009