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Session 1: The Evolving Partnership Audit Rules - The new centralized partnership audit rules are now in effect and the initial returns subject to those rules have been or will soon be filed. Many of the rules governing the new regime have been finalized but others are still forthcoming. Taxpayers, practitioners and the IRS will learn more about the new regime once audits of those returns commence with regularity. Listen to a discussion about the most recent developments in the evolution of these audit rules.
Session 2: 1031 Update for Oil & Gas - Significant changes have occurred in the 1031 world over the prior two years. Learn about the meaning of “real property” as applicable to oil & gas exchanges, the use of Bartell structures for reverse exchanges, issues specific to royalty trusts and tax partnerships, and a comparison to opportunity zone investments as an alternative.
Session 3: The New Section 45Q Carbon Capture and Sequestration Credit - Listen to a discussion about the section 45Q carbon capture and sequestration credit and the significant changes made to that credit in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to expand the scope and the amount of the credit. Hear about some of the important considerations in credit qualification related to enhanced oil recovery, secure geological storage, other commercial uses of carbon, transfers of credits, and what guidance is needed for taxpayers in the oil and gas industry to utilize or transact with this credit. more »
Session 1: Effective Client Communication Across Generational and Other Divides - Effective communication is a key predictor of career and professional success for in-house lawyers. As the corporate world becomes more diverse, client communication becomes even more challenging. Learn how to effectively communicate in this fast changing corporate environment.
Session 2: Endangered Species Act Reforms: Looking at the Horizon - Over the past two years, significant effort has been made to change the Endangered Species Act, relevant regulations, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service policies implementing the same. Some of these efforts have fizzled, while others continue to have legs. During this hour, the discussion will focus on what the regulated can look forward to in the coming year.
Session 3: The Law of Marketing - Examine the legal implications of marketing and advertising on social media platforms, including regulatory oversight by the FTC and other agencies, as well as the status of social media posts as corporate speech.
Session 4: Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel - Corporate counsel are the primary counsel for the organization. If the actions of senior management threaten to substantially injure the corporation, what must counsel do? When is counsel required to become a whistleblower? Under what circumstances are counsel required to disclose their own errors? Listen to a discussion about the most challenging ethical obligations of in-house counsel. more »
Over the past two years, significant effort has been made to change the Endangered Species Act, relevant regulations, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service policies implementing the same. Some of these efforts have fizzled, while others continue to have legs. During this hour, the discussion will focus on what the regulated can look forward to in the coming year. more »
Listen to an overview of the Endangered Species Act, its current implementing regulations, and important policies and guidance documents, all of which have real effects on project proponents across all industries. more »
Session 1: Endangered Species and Wildlife – Mitigation as Risk Management - Endangered species and protected habitat areas can present risks to renewable projects, including potential impacts to project timing and costs. Purchasing mitigation land is one tool that can be used to manage risk in both the solar and wind energy context.
Session 2: Best Practices for Solar Development in Resolving Mineral Estate Issues - A general overview of relevant law in selected states concerning minerals, such as limitations acts, dormant mineral interest acts, surface damage laws, and statutory notice requirements. Review the doctrine of accommodation or due regard and consider title insurance and requirements, such as surface waivers or drill site agreements for available endorsements. more »
Gain tips for dealing with the legal and other challenges associated with disasters like Hurricane Harvey, including employee issues, force majeure, business continuity planning, recovery efforts, and maintaining good customer and public relations. more »
Session 1: Bracing for Impacts: A Practical Guide to Preparing for Disasters - Law firms are not immune to disasters – severe weather, work place violence, medical emergencies. What is a lawyer’s ethical duty to prepare for disasters, and how can they go about it efficiently?
Session 2: Post-Disaster Regulation - Consider forward-looking planning and regulatory approaches to recovery and new building after a disaster—from the legal, planning, and engineering perspectives—with a particular emphasis on minimizing private and public sector legal challenges.
Session 3: Ethics and Natural Disaster - A review of ethical issues arising from a natural disaster from an attorney whose been there, done that, and declined the T-shirt. more »
Environmental laws and regulations range from the deeply technical to more prosaic record-keeping requirements. Many companies have substantial teams of environmental compliance specialists that combine deep legal and technical understanding without being lawyers. Hear where the General Counsel and outside counsel fit into this compliance and enforcement world. more »
Energy projects involve a myriad of complex issues, ranging from state vs. federal regulatory control, to landowner impacts, to broad policy issues (climate change, “leave it in the ground,” etc). The scale of active opposition has been magnified by increased funding from multiple sources, coupled with an unprecedented number of major projects. Consider how to build energy projects in the face of widening political divisions at the federal, state and local levels. more »
Session 1: HB 40/245 Between a Gas Rock and a Hard Place - Listen to a discussion about the effect of HB 40 on the enforcement of setbacks, noise, and other gas drilling and fire code regulations as it relates to Chapter 245 and residential subdivision development.
Session 2: Regulations of Really Nimby (Dangerous) Land Uses - Analyze the recent Texas Supreme Court decision regarding nuisance (Crosstex North Texas Pipeline v. Gardiner) and its effect on prosecuting future nuisance cases.
Session 3: Fair Housing and Inclusive Communities - Explore controversies, hot topics, and recent developments in Fair Housing litigation, regulation, and initiatives.
Session 4: Navigating the Muddied Waters of Environmental Investigations in Land Use - Learn tips, tricks, and strategies for identifying and evaluating environmental concerns in property development. more »
Corporates and industrials (C&I) are now major purchasers of green energy. According to Bloomberg, C&Is and wind companies signed 20 deals in 2015 with a total of 2.3 GW. By August 2016, 9 deals for 630 MW had been signed—with many more reported to be under negotiation. Explore the future of C&Is as a major class of buyer. Will the trend continue? What could stop it? What’s the prognosis for utility-scale solar C&I deals? What new markets (geographically) are C&Is interested in? What are the key contractual and financial terms that C&Is and developers have to resolve to get to a deal and to get projects financed and built? more »
Energy and water are precious, global resources, and they are interconnected. Gain perspective on the global nexus of energy and water to outline trends while identifying technical and policy options that might mitigate the challenges. more »