Public Utilities Commission General Counsel Responsibilities & Ex Parte Rules Refresher

Event Description

The Deadline to Register for this event is: May 13th, 2019

The PUC’s new General Counsel Ryan Barlow will speak about the different aspects of the General Counsel Position, including supervision of the legal staff and advising the Commissioners.  Barlow will focus a portion of the presentation on the Commission’s ex parte statutes and rules, which place significant limitations on how Commissioners and Commission staff can interact with parties and other participants.  He will present a refresher on the statutes and rules themselves, and then discuss some hypothetical situations about what ethical requirement and limitations are placed on Commissioners, staff, and lawyers who practice in the field.

The Public Utilities Section will briefly host their 2018-19 Annual Meeting and elections at the beginning of the program.

Please join us for registration and lunch beginning at 12:00 PM, with the Annual meeting at 12:15 pm followed by the CLE program from 12:30 – 1:30 PM.


Ryan Barlow | General Counsel | Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2012.  He clerked for Judge Kathleen Sheehy in Hennepin County District Court, and joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2014.  Ryan worked in the Residential Utilities and Antitrust Division for several years, representing the interests of residential and small business customers in a wide variety of utility proceedings before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  In 2019, Ryan joined the Commission as General Counsel.

CLE Credits:

0.5 Ethics CLE Credits and 0.5 Standard CLE Credits Arppoved | Event Code: 272867


Section Member:  $15.00
MSBA Member not in the section:  $20.00
Non-MSBA Member:  $25.00
Law Student: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE and get discounted future CLE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Kara Haro to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation via webcast is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE. 

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Questions? Contact Kara Haro  | 612-278-6329

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Kara Haro via phone or email:  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Ramsey County Room / Landmark Center Saint Paul, MN United States