Wednesday, June 16, 2021
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Cyberspace | Via Zoom

Conference Archive




On June 16th, the Boston Bar will host a virtual Energy Law Conference—connecting lawyers with cutting edge insights into some of the changes that are shaping the sale, use, and conservation of energy resources in a unique virtual format.

Featured Keynote Speaker

Rev Mariama White-Hammond

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond is the Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston. In this role, Rev. White-Hammond is responsible for leading the Cabinet in achieving its mission of enhancing environmental justice and quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate, and land resources, as well as preserving and improving the integrity of Boston’s architectural and historic resources.

Live Sessions

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Keynote Discussion with Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

9:40 AM – 10:30 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Federal & State Energy Updates

  • Moderator: David McSweeney – Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth  
  • Matthew Leopold Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth  
  • Laurel Mackay – Chief Bureau Counsel, Climate, Air and Waste Issues, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection  
  • Angela O’Connor – Vice President of Government Affairs, Vicinity Energy  

10:40 AM – 11:30 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Offshore Wind

  • Moderator: Nancy Kaplan  Senior Environmental Counsel, Eversource Energy 
  • Ken Bowes Vice President, Offshore Wind Siting & Permitting, Eversource Energy 
  • Eric ChristensenOf Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond PC 
  • Jennifer Simon LentoGeneral Counsel, Corporate Secretary, & Chief Compliance Officer, Vineyard Wind 

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Competitive Energy Supply & Environmental Crises

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Mahony – Assistant Attorney General and Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Jenifer Bosco – Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
  • Nathan Forster – Chief, Energy and Telecommunications Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Gretchen Fuhr – Senior State Government Affairs Manager, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc

12:40 PM – 1:30 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Smartening the Energy Grid

  • Moderator: Michael Koehler – Partner, Keegan Werlin LLP
  • Jo Ann Bodemer – Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General 
  • Lavelle Freeman Director, Distribution System Planning, Eversource Energy 
  • Priya Gandbhir Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation 
  • Umair Zia Director, Distribution Engineering, Eversource Energy 

Program Note: This session will be live-only

On-Demand Sessions

Available on June 16th

The Intersection of Transportation, Climate, and Justice

  • Moderator: Staci Rubin Vice President, Environmental Justice, Conservation Law Foundation 
  • Veena Dharmaraj – Director of Transportation, Sierra Club
  • Daniel Gatti – Director of Clean Transportation Policy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs  
  • Representative Steven Owens – State Representative, 29th Middlesex District, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Available on June 16th

Cybersecurity and the Energy Industry

  • Greg Kapourellos – Senior Intelligence Advisor, FireEye Mandiant Global Intelligence

Joe Dorfler
Rich May, P.C.

Nancy Kaplan

Nancy Kaplan
Senior Environmental Counsel
Eversource Energy

Mike Koehler

Michael J. Koehler
Keegan Werlin LLP

Elizabeth Mahony

Elizabeth Mahony
Assistant Attorney General and Senior Policy Advisor for Energy
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

David McSweeney

David C. McSweeney
Hunton Andrews Kurth


Staci Rubin
Vice President, Environmental Justice
Conservation Law Foundation



  • Boston Bar Members: $200
  • Government/Legal Services Members: $150


  • Standard Non-Members: $300

Not a BBA member? Contact us at to join today.

Discounted group rates available by request. Contact Ashley Young at for more information.

If you are interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Mariah Hanlon at

Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

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