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6th Annual
North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference

Staying Balanced in the Pivot: Legal Challenges of the Carbon Transition

April 28, 2022

Approved for 4.5 hours of Texas MCLE credit

University of Houston Law Center
Co-Sponsored with Blank Rome LLP, University of Calgary Law School,
Center for Global Law and Policy for the Americas

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Blackburn The Carbon Future Has Arrived 2022

McConnell-Nasi Slides 2022

McMonigle Presentation Outline

Sheila Hollis Keynote


9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:10

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Welcome to the Energy Pivot

Tracy Hester, UH EENR Center Faculty Co-Director

Susan Bickley, Blank Rome LLP

10:10 – 11:10

The International Perspective on the Carbon Pivot

Joseph McMonigle, Secretary General, International Energy Forum [introduced by Susan Bickley; followed by dialogue with Keith LeTourneau]

11:10 – 12:10

Emerging Opportunities From Carbon Management and Avoiding Transition Turmoil. Prof. Gina Warren, UHLC EENR Center (moderator)

Jim Blackburn, Rice University, Gulf Coast Carbon Exchange

Chuck McConnell, UH Center for Carbon Management in Energy, Carbon Sequestration and DAC Hubs in Houston Under the IIJA

Tom Kerr, World Bank, South Asia Climate Strategy Director, China and India After Glasgow

Frederick Lowther, Blank Rome LLP, Nuclear Energy’s Role in the Energy Transition

12:20 – 1:20

Keynote Speaker – Sheila Hollis, Executive Director, U.S. Energy Association [in dialogue with Brett Snyder, Blank Rome]

1:20 – 2:30

Lunch break

2:30 – 3:45

Discussions with Dean Leonard Baynes: Legal Needs for Energy Companies Moving Beyond Carbon.
Corporate General Counsel/Senior Executive Panel.

Dean Leonard Baynes, UH Law Center (moderator)

Ken Neikirk, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Helix Energy Solutions Group

Kay McCall, President and Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alliance Houston

Deonne Cunningham Nauls, General Counsel, GlidePath Power Solutions

Janet L. Carrig, former General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips

3:45 – 4:00

Concluding remarks