Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern to Host CleanTech Law and the New Energy Policy Summit August 12, 2009
Southwestern to Host CleanTech Law and the New Energy Policy Summit

Experts Convene to Explore Opportunities for CleanTech Companies in Renewable Energy

As renewable energy opportunities and incentives expand in the U.S. (and around the world), business leaders, lawyers, scientists, private capital investors and public policymakers are playing a crucial role in promoting alternative energy replacements for traditional fossil fuels. Southwestern Law School is bringing these decision-makers together on Friday, September 18, 2009 at the Summit on CleanTech Law and the New Energy Policy.

Clean technology, or "CleanTech," refers to the use of renewable energy technologies - wind, solar, biofuels and hydropower - to generate power independently of fossil fuels and with a much smaller carbon footprint. This cutting-edge Summit will explore legal and financial incentives for CleanTech at the local, state, and federal levels and examine renewable energy models from other countries such as Canada, Germany and Spain.

Issues to be discussed at the Summit include: opportunities new federal policies offer the renewable energy sector; how CleanTech companies can access the $80 billion in the Federal Stimulus Package allocated for renewables; further incentives offered at the California state and local levels; how evolving federal and state incentive programs compare to those of renewables' world market leaders; the ways in which CleanTech companies can benefit from incentives and collaboration with public and private research groups to innovate more effectively and enhance their existing technologies; and the most attractive investment opportunities for private ventures to invest in CleanTech companies.

"This event will bring together business and industry association leaders, legal and technology experts, and investors knowledgeable in Clean Tech finance to discuss how the current incentives and laws are expanding demand for alternative energy and what must be done to achieve a brighter CleanTech future," said Southwestern Professor Michael Scott, who is co-chairing the Summit along with Leslie Williams of Shaub & Williams LLP, Los Angeles.

Ted Flanigan, President of EcoMotion, an Irvine-based company that helps solar and other renewable companies to grow their businesses and cities to create their energy independence programs will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss "The New Federal and State Renewable Energy Initiatives:
How the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and California Laws and incentives Are Supporting the Development of a Clean Energy Economy."

Additional panelists and moderators include: Sue Kateley, Executive Director, CALSEIA; Brian Gitt, Principal Partner of energy and environmental at consulting firm, Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc.; Randy Howard, Head of Department of Renewables, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power; Austen Parrish, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School; Paul Gipe, Feed in Tariff business consultant; Professor James A. Kushner, Southwestern Law School; Bruce D. Riter, Esq., international patent attorney, Los Altos, California; Lori E. Greene, Director of Research Development & Outreach, UC Irvine, Center for Solar Energy, School of Physical Sciences; Bruce Allen, scientist, solar project developer and author of "Reaching the Solar Tipping Point"; Steve Berman, COO, IP Pacific/IP Canada; Leslie Williams, international business and IP attorney, Shaub & Williams LLP, Los Angeles; Doug Campbell, Pasadena Angels; Stacie Olivares-Howard, Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney & So Cal Chair California CleanTech Open; Nikhil R. Jain, Founder & Managing Director of Artilient Labs, CEO of Clean Green; and David Newman, Growth Capital Institute.
This conference offers five (5) hours of CLE credit. The early bird registration fee for the entire event is $195 ($95 for government and academic attendees) and includes all sessions, lunch, and all conference materials. Members of sponsoring and supporting organizations are entitled to a $20 discount on the applicable fee. Further information on the conference and registration is available online. For a map and directions to Southwestern, click here. Parking on campus is $6.

*Speakers confirmed as of July 21, 2009.