Administrative Law Section

Vishwa B. Link, chair

28th National Regulatory Conference

The Twenty-Eighth National Regulatory Conference was held May 20-21, 2010, in Williamsburg. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Administrative Law Section, the State Corporation Commission, and the College of William and Mary School of Law. The program, “The Future for Utilities: Science or Fiction?,” explored the promises for the future of the energy and telecommunications industries through technological and market innovation. The opening address was given by William Tucker, author of Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Long Energy Odyssey. Panels discussed smart grid technology from the energy and telecommunications perspectives, sustainability, and an evaluation of electric utility integration into PJM Interconnection, and the program included an ethics presentation played as the game Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The program was approved for eight hours of Virginia Continuing Legal Education credit, including two hours of ethics credit. The program also included a commissioners’ reception.

The conference, the largest program supported by the Administrative Law Section, was spearheaded this year by T. Borden Ellis. His efforts and the efforts of the volunteers on the conference planning committee, led to an extremely successful program that gained much praise from the attendees. As in recent years, the conference is filling the meeting space.


Ashley B. Macko continued to serve as newsletter editor. She prepared one comprehensive edition of the Administrative Law News during the fiscal year. The May 2010 edition included articles on State Corporation Commission approval of a recent utility rate case, transmission planning in the federal context, SCC review of energy conservation and demand-side management plans and programs, transmission line siting, financing authority, truth-in-billing, rulings in a recent discovery dispute, and appellate review of a recent generation plant approval.

Brown Bag Lunch CLE

The Administrative Law Section, through Kiva B. Pierce, hosted a free Brown Bag Luncheon CLE for its members. Titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Practicing Before Administrative Law Judges,” the program featured administrative law judges from the SCC, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Workers’ Compensation Commission. The program, approved for one hour of CLE credit, was well attended.
VSB Annual Meeting CLE Program

Thomas C. Walker led the section’s support of a CLE program at the VSB’s Seventy-Second Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. This year’s program was “The Chesapeake Bay & the New Federal Initiative: What Does It Mean for Virginia?” The Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Local Government Law sections sponsored the program. The panel presented opinions on new federal responses and their effect on environmental and administrative law in the commonwealth as they relate to the Chesapeake Bay. The program was approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.

Section Annual Meeting

The Administrative Law Section’s annual meeting was held during the National Regulatory Conference. Attendance at the annual meeting has grown since it began being held during the conference five years ago. The following officers were elected: T. Borden Ellis, chair; Thomas C. Walker Jr., vice chair; Louis R. Monacell, secretary; and Ashley B. Macko, newsletter editor. Elected to four-year terms on the section’s board of governors were Ashley B. Macko, Ann Berkebile, and Kristian M. Dahl. Mark C. Shuford was elected to a one-year term.


The section had 448 members this year.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011