How Lawyers Can Understand Cybersecurity, Technology, and Data Within the Context of the Energy Transition

Event Description

Online registration is closed.  To register, email Tram Nguyen at or you can register at the door.

MSBA Public Utilities Section, MSBA Tech Law Section, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law Co-Sponsored Half Day CLE

Registration and lunch will begin at 12:00 pm. The program will begin at 12:30 pm.  Box lunches will be provided to those that attend in person. Special meal requests need to be received no later than May 19th.

Please join the MSBA Public Utilities Law and Tech Law Sections for a discussion with experts from around the country on how to get a handle on how laws around cybersecurity, technology, and data affect the energy transition.

We are especially delighted that we have two incredible Keynote Speakers that will join for a moderated discussion following their remarks. Neil Chatterjee is a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Prior his service as Chairman, Neil served as an advisor to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). He currently serves as a Senior Advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells. We are also excited to welcome Eric Stephens, Executive Director Security Controls and Engagement at Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). Eric has deep experience with legal, regulatory, and cybersecurity issues and has served previously as the Deputy General Counsel at MISO as well as Vice President Compliance North America at Direct Energy.

This event will be in-person for local participants and remote for greater Minnesota. We encourage local participants to attend in person to network with colleagues and law students.

Keynote Speaker 1 : Neil Chatterjee, Senior Advisor in the Washington, D.C. Office of Hogan Lovells
Keynote Speaker 2 : Eric Stephens, Executive Director Security Controls and Engagement, MISO

Following the second Keynote the speakers will engage in a moderated discussion about the topic of cybersecurity, technology, and data and the opportunities and risks within the context of the energy transition and other current events and trends.

Panel I: Closing the Digital Curtains, How to Manage Customer and Systems Information in the Age of Big Data
Access to reliable system data is recognized as a key to decarbonizing the grid. However, there are significant data privacy and access concerns around certain types of public access. This panel of data security and privacy experts will explore the current legal frameworks related to grid privacy data. Moreover, the panel will tackle some of the problems related to opening up and possibly standardizing data access for both private and public access.

Brad Hammer, Vakaris Law
Chris Villarreal, President, Plugged in Strategies
Annie Levenson-Falk, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens Utility Board
Holly Lahd, Energy Manager, Meta (Facebook)

Panel II: Working out the Grid, Lessons Learned from NERC’s Grid Security Exercise
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Grid Security Exercise (GridEx) happens every two years across North America. The Gridex simulation allows utilities and organizations like ISOs to test their response and recovery from simulated, coordinated, cyber and physical security threats and incidents. Hear from a panel of experts, including a Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner about the GridEx experience and how it prepares interested parties for future threats to the grid.

Commissioner John Tuma, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Joe Kelly, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, MN Dept. of Public Safety
Blake Stave, MPA, CEM Senior Enterprise Resilience Program Manager, Xcel Energy
Marc Child, Director of Information Security Assurance, Great River Energy

Panel III: Practicing Moore’s Law, How to Advise Energy Clients when the Grid and Technology Are Developing So Rapidly
The first panel will look at how attorneys can advise energy clients in an industry that is going through unprecedented change. Coupled with the rapid pace of technology adoption and with that access to data, what are opportunities and risks that counsel should look out for. Furthermore, as the pace of change increases, how can counsel ensure their clients stay abreast of important legal and operational challenges to their businesses.

Benjamin Gerber, President & CEO, M-RETS
Andrew Moratzka, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
Mary Frantz, Managing Partner, Enterprise Knowledge Partners, LLC

CLE Credits:

4.0 Standard CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: 455727


Public Utilities Section Member: $25
Tech Law Section Member: $25
MSBA Member: $35*
Non-MSBA Member: $45
Law Student: FREE

*Join the Public Utilities Section and attend this event for FREE! Not a section member? Sign up now and then email Tram Nguyen at to register for this event at no charge.

Deadline to register online: May 19, 2022. To register after this date, contract the program manager.

Remote Participation:  Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: 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 the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Tram Nguyen


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Monday, May 23, 2022

12:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Auditorium / Mitchell Hamline School of Law Saint Paul, MN United States