OCTOBER 19-22, 2020

Four days of curated sessions


We'll bring the SEC stage to your company HQ!


A VIRTUAL setting may be the best way to have a conference! With no need to arrange travel, hotels, out of office messages and more, it's a hassle-free way to get the information and CLE credits you need.

The format of this conference is going to be unlike anything we've ever put on before. Our speakers will be both virtual and in person, (socially distanced, of course) at the high production Southern Energy Conference stage. You and all our other participants will join online from anywhere!

As the date gets closer, we will send more helpful details walking you through how it will work and teaching you how to get the most out of a digital conference.

2020 CONFERENCE Sponsors

The Southern Energy Conference is going to be a packed event providing the information, connections, and credits you and your team need.

Gubernatorial Forum, Tuesday SEPTEMBER 17

Hear about the vision for the Bayou State's oil and gas industry from the candidates for the state's highest office.


Connections that strengthen the industry

Network with experts and leaders from the Department of Energy, the Consumer Energy Alliance, the Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana House of Representatives, Bradley Murchison, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the Cook Political Report, the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General, Kuchler Polk, XTO Fieldwood, Cheron, Shell, Cheniere Energy, Lafayette Parish Government, ExxonMobil, the Water Institute of the Gulf, the Army Corps of Engineers, Jones Waler, the Office of Conservation, the OFfice of Coastal Management, the Department of Natural Resources, the Association of Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Liskow and Lewis and more.

EARN CLE CREDITS: wednesday, september 18

CLE Credits

CLE Credits will be granted for the following presentations: Update on Louisiana Shale Plays, Cultural Diversity in the Oil & Gas Industry, 2019 Election Update and Overview, Energy Regulations and Changes on the Federal Level, Supreme Court Justice Candidate Forum, The Political Landscape for Election in Louisiana and the United States, Legal Up in Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico Panel, LNG Expansion in Louisiana, and Sensible Energy Policies Nationwide.


Working with federal, state, and local political divisions including levee districts, the CPRA is working to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and bountiful natural resources for generations to come.


Greg Grandy


Each session features a top-notch, relevant talk with speakers you need to hear from.

You can pick the sessions you want attend à la carte, or set up your conference room at your company HQ with the entire Southern Energy Conference running from start to finish. Each day features an attentively curated, highly focused line up of sessions and speakers.

A virtual setting may be the best way to have a conference! With no need to arrange travel, hotels, out-of-office messages and more, it's a risk-free and hassle-free way to get the information, engagement, and CLE credits you need.


9:00 am

Elections and Industry

A session discussing the November 3rd elections

Mike Sommers

American Petroleum Institute, President and CEO

10:00 am

Haynesville Shale

What's next for Louisiana's natgas giant?

11:00 am

Federal Delegation Panel

Louisiana Members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives will share on efforts at the Federal level

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.

U.S. Senate

Congressman Garret Graves

U.S. House of Representatives

2:00 pm

Industry Market Outlook

Stephen Jury

Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

3:00 pm

Outlook on the Gulf of Mexico

Joe Leimkuhler

Chief Operating Officer, Beacon Offshore Energy


9:00 am

Judicial Elections

Lauren Chauvin

Judicial Program Director and Director of Civil Justice Reform, Energy and Environmental Councils, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Bo Staples

Director of Political Action Committees and Governmental Reform, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

10:00 am

Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

Jack Belcher

Principal, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Alanna Fishman

Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs

11:00 am

Coastal and Legacy Lawsuits

Kelly Brechtel Becker

Energy Litigator/Appellate Practitioner, Liskow & Lewis

12:00 pm

Ethics CLE

1 hour Ethics CLE Presentation | Ms. Jarrott is a litigator who has more than 15 years of experience assisting clients in a variety of industries including energy, transportation, and other commercial businesses. Ms. Jarrott focuses her practice on helping businesses resolve disputes with particular experience in complex commercial litigation, transactional and regulatory matters. A large portion of Ms. Jarrott's practice focuses on commercial contracts, including review and input on provisions that protect her clients' businesses and operational concerns, as well as defending businesses should a dispute arise.

Colleen C. Jarrott

Of Counsel, Baker Donelson

1:00 pm

Professionalism CLE

1 hour Professionalism CLE Presentation.

Katie Bell

Partner, Attorney at Kean Miller

2:00 pm

COVID Liability and Your Business

Hunter A. Chauvin

Hunter Chauvin is a litigator in the oil and gas industry with a concentration on legacy lawsuits and coastal land loss issues.

Thomas J. "Tommy" McGoey, II

Shareholder, Head of Labor & Employment Practice Group, Liskow & Lewis

3:00 pm

Climate Change Litigation and Why Every Business Should Be Concerned

Climate litigation in the United States has been a nearly 20-year effort to turn climate change into a tort liability issue, not a matter of national energy policy. A new wave of lawsuits began in 2017, and in just the past few months, lawsuits have been filed by Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota and several local cities and counties. This presentation will discuss the history of and latest trends in this litigation, as well as why and how they are being pursued.

Phil Goldberg

Special Counsel, Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action

Wednesday OCTOBER 21, 2020: Office of conservation TRACK

9:00 am

Center for Energy Studies Tax Plan

Dr. Greg Upton

Assistant Professor-Research, Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University

10:00 am

Latest Developments within the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

Stephen Lee

Injection and Mining Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Corey Shircliff, P.G.

Geologist, Department of Injection and Mining, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Kellie McNamara

Engineering Manager, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

11:00 am

Maneuvering in SONRIS and Online Reporting

Join DNR's Carrie Wiebelt as she walks through using SONRIS for reporting, submitting queries, and finding the information you need.

Carrie Wiebelt

Permits Section Manager, Office of Conservation, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

2:00 pm

District Office Manager Perspectives

Audience has the chance to ask questions on regulatory topics.

3:00 pm

Statewide Order 29-L Series – Unitization, Unit Termination

David Elfert

Director, Geological Oil and Gas Division, Office of Conservation at Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Thursday OCTOBER 22, 2020: Carbon day

9:00 am


Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

10:00 am

Federal Update

Department of Energy

Congressman Garett Graves

U.S. House of Representatives

11:00 am

Carbon Mitigation Strategies

Justin Ehrenworth

President and CEO, Water Institute of the Gulf

Restore the Earth Foundation

2:00 pm

Louisiana State Agency Panel on Carbon Capture

David Dismukes

Professor, Executive Director and Professor Center for Energy Studies, LSU

Brad Lambert

Deputy Secretary, LED

Jason Lanclos, P.E.

Director, State Energy Office, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

3:00 pm

Climate Initative Task Force

REgister for The Southern Energy Conference