Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

CleanTech Summit 2009

The Summit on CleanTech Law and the New Energy Policy

Friday, September 18, 2009
Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, California

Brochure (PDF) | Schedule | Registration

clean technology: refers to the use of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, biofuels and hydropower)
to generate power independently of fossil fuels
and with a far smaller carbon footprint.
Wind Power
Wind Power

Enormous efforts are being made worldwide to deal with climate change - much of which is directly traceable to the use of "dirty" technologies. Governments, affected industries and others are working intensively to develop alternative, renewable energy replacements for traditional fossil fuels.

Business executives, lawyers, government officials and other public policymakers are playing a crucial role in developing the necessary strategies to solve this pressing problem. Southwestern Law School is bringing these decision-makers together at the "Summit on CleanTech Law and Energy Policy." Issues to be discussed at the Summit include:

  • What opportunities do new federal policies offer the renewable energy sector?
  • How can CleanTech companies access the close to $80 billion in the Federal
  • Stimulus Package allocated for renewables? 
  • What further incentives are offered at the California state level?
  • Are cities leading the way?
  • How do evolving federal and state business models compare to those of renewable's world market leaders?
  • How can CleanTech companies benefit from the strengthened mix of local to federal incentives?
  • How can CleanTech companies collaborate with public and private research groups to innovate more effectively and enhance their existing technologies?
  • How does the private venture and financing sector view investment in CleanTech companies and what opportunities are investors looking for?

These issues, and many more, will be addressed by well-known experts on federal and state initiatives, CleanTech research, patent protection, and renewable energy models from other countries.

Solar Panels

The Summit is an excellent opportunity to expand your network of important government and private-sector players, and to increase yours or your clients' renewable energy business in California and other regional U.S. markets.


Morning Program: The New Government Energy Policies and CleanTech's Opportunities

9:00 - 9:45
Keynote Speech:

The Big Energy Picture: From Total Dependence to Net Zero

Speaker: Ted Flanigan, President, EcoMotion, Irvine, CA, designer and implementer of renewable energy programs throughout the U.S.

9:45 - 10:00
Coffee Break

10:00 - 11:15      
Panel 1 Issues:  Incentives and Market Drivers. 

Federal: What federal funding is available through the Stimulus Package adopted in February 2009? How are funds being made available through the Department of Energy? How do the investment tax credits work?
State: What are California's renewable energy standards? How are they affecting California‘s utilities and generation of electricity supply from renewables? How do state incentives stimulate growth in distributive energy? How does the California Solar Initiative work?
Local: How does California's AB 811 work? Who is leading the city/county programs to increase use of solar energy & implement energy efficiency measures? How are they financing it?

Panelists: Sue Kateley, Executive Director, CALSEIA, Sacramento, CA;                       
Randy Howard, Head of Department of Renewables, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Los Angeles, CA;
Brian Gitt, Principal Partner, Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc., Oakland, CA;
Laura Franke, Clean Energy Advocates, Santa Monica, CA        
Panel moderator:  Vice Dean Austen L. Parrish, Southwestern Law School

Wind Power

11:20 - 12:35      
Panel 2 Issues: Learning from the World's Renewable Energy Leaders       

Germany: How little the sun has to do with creating a viable renewables market.
Spain: How the feed-in tariff created a boom in the market.
U.S.: Feed-in tariffs in various states and regions; and how California's net metering compares to feed-in tariffs.

Panelists: Paul Gipe, FIT consultant & expert on German & Canadian FIT model, Bakersfield, CA;
Ted Flanigan, Ecomotion, Irvine, CA;
Julie Blunden, MECASOLAR, San Francisco, CA;
Guillermo Labiano, OPDE, Navarra, Spain
Panel moderator: Professor James A. Kushner, Southwestern Law School

12:45 - 2:00
Networking Luncheon

Afternoon Program: How to Protect Clean Technology and Commercialize It Here and Abroad

2:00 - 3:15
Panel 3 Issues: Clean Technology Innovation and Protection

What are the trends in patenting activity in the U.S./worldwide in clean energy technologies? What are the nuts and bolts of acquiring protection for patents and IP rights in the U.S./internationally? How can CleanTech companies cooperate with national research labs or universities on R & D to enhance their own efforts? What are the breakthroughs in efficiency and cost to compete with nonrenewables? How do the private sector or universities access Stimulus Package funding?

Panelists: Bruce D. Riter, Esq., patent counsel to Silicon Valley companies, Los Altos, CA;
Lori E. Greene, Director of Research Development & Outreach, UC Irvine, Center for Solar Energy, School of Physical Sciences, Irvine, CA;
Bruce Allen, scientist & author of “Reaching the Solar Tipping Point” (2009), Santa Barbara, CA;
Steve Berman, COO, IP Pacific/IP Canada, Santa Barbara, CA
Panel moderator: Leslie Williams, Partner, Shaub & Williams, Los Angeles, CA

3:15 - 3:30 
Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:45
Panel 4 Issues: Financing Clean Technologies

What private investors are looking for in CleanTech investment? What start-up or expanding companies need from private equity? What role debt financing plays and who are the players? Examples of funding models.

Panelists: Doug Caldwell, Pasadena Angels, Pasadena, CA;
Stacie Olivares-Howard, Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney & SoCal Chair at California CleanTech Open, Pasadena, CA;
Nikhil R. Jain, Founder & Managing Director of Artilient Labs, CEO of Clean Green, Pasadena, CA
Panel moderator: David Newman, Newman Capital and Growth Capital Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Networking Reception and Wine Tasting

Wines provided by Sweeney Canyon Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County

Summit Supporting Organizations

CleanTech Open
German-American Bar Association (GABA)
German-American Chamber of Commerce (GACC)
Growth Capital Institute
Larta Institute


Leslie Williams, Shaub & Williams LLP and Professor Michael D. Scott, Southwestern Law School.


CLE Credit

The Summit offers 5 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


Southwestern Law School is located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, just a few miles west from downtown Los Angeles in the landmark Bullocks Wilshire building. It is two blocks from the Vermont station on the Metro Red Line subway. For a map and directions to Southwestern, visit Parking on campus is $6.


Contact Southwestern Law School Professor Michael D. Scott at (213) 738-6625 or


Registration is available online at:

The registration fee for the entire event is $195 ($95 for government and academic attendees) until September 10; $295 after September 10 and on day of the event. Members of sponsoring and supporting organizations are entitled to a $20 discount on the applicable fee.

The registration fee includes all sessions, lunch, CLE credit, and all conference materials. Space is limited.

Online registration is preferred. Registration is also available by returning the form within the brochure (PDF) with a check to:

Professor Michael D. Scott
The Summit on CleanTech Law and
the New Energy Policy
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010