Displaying archive results for May 2015.x

Tribal Energy News

By Alyssa Stibolt Cicero
May 28, 2015

The plenary panel (shown in the photo above) from the 2015 Program Review for the U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Energy Program (TEP) led by DOE's Lizana Pierce, included Ater Wynne attorneys Doug MacCourt and Nathan Karman, along with David Conrad, Acting Director of the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Steven Manydeeds, Division Chief of the U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Michael Connolly, a member of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Randy Manion from the Western Area Power Administration and April Dahlager, Director of Business and Cooperative Programs for Colorado, US Department of Agriculture.  This year's TEP  Annual Review featured several Ater Wynne clients and projects, including Mr. MacCourt's presentation with Delores Apache of the Navajo Nation regarding To'Hajiilee Economic Development, Inc.'s proposed solar farm development.

TEP's Annual Review showcased tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and Alaska Village Corporations and their innovative energy development within Indian country.  Ater Wynne also presented on the latest legal, legislative, market and development trends in Indian Country, including issues related to entity formation, financing and tax incentives, pending legislation on trust reform and TERA (Tribal Energy Resource Agreements) modifications, and ways to overcome barriers and otherwise develop successful projects.

Authors of the Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes, Ater Wynne has special expertise in renewable energy development as well as a long history of serving Indian country.  If you are interested in learning more about the presentations at the program review or could otherwise use assistance with your energy projects, please feel free to contact Mr. MacCourt (dcm@aterwynne.com) or Mr. Karman (nak@aterwynne.com).

Lori Irish Bauman Appointed to TriMet Board

By Alyssa Stibolt Cicero
May 26, 2015

Lori Irish Bauman, Ater Wynne Senior Counsel, has been appointed to the TriMet board of directors, representing Southwest and Southeast Portland.  Ms. Bauman was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed by the State Senate. She will begin her term immediately.

Lori Irish Bauman has nearly four decades of experience practicing law in California and Oregon and is currently serving as Ater Wynne LLP Senior Counsel. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and appeals, dispute resolution, contract and business tort claims, and antitrust advising. She has experience with intellectual property, administrative, environmental, securities and Indian law issues.

She has been active on multiple community committees including service on the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board and has extensive experience with the City Club of Portland and other non-profits. She replaces Consuelo Saragoza, who has served on the board since July 2010. Bauman lives in SE Portland and will represent District 4. She and her family are frequent transit riders.

Gustavo J. Cruz Jr. Helps Award 66 Students With College Scholarships

By Alyssa Stibolt Cicero
May 01, 2015

On Friday, May 1st, Gustavo J. Cruz Jr., Chairman of the Board for the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, attended their annual Scholarship Award Luncheon and helped 66 students' dreams come true. At the luncheon, the Chamber gave away $177,100 in college scholarships!  In total, the Chamber has donated over $1.8 million in scholarships to 739 students. Mayor Charlie Hales and several other elected officials attended the luncheon, along with representatives from Nike, Wieden+Kennedy, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Greenbrier, the Portland Trail Blazers, and many other sponsors.