Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section

Established in 1917, this Section brings together members of the bar interested in the rapidly changing legal environment in the communications, cable TV, internet, electricity, gas, oil pipelines, aviation, motor carriers, railroads, and water industries.

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Recent Developments in Infrastructure and Regulated Industries

One of the main benefits of Section membership is Recent Developments in Infrastructure and Regulated Industries. Recent Developments is a comprehensive review of developments in areas represented by the Section's committees. Published in August of each year, Recent Developments is sent to all lawyer members of the Section.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure, a quarterly publication, contains current developments arising in this ever-changing atmosphere of deregulation, competition and technological advances.

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Procurement Lawyer

Procurement Lawyer is produced quarterly and is your source for current developments arising in this ever-changing atmosphere of deregulation, competition and technological advances.

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Section Awards

The K. William Kolbe Writing Competition for Law Students and Samuel H. Porter Award recognition for providing leadership to the Section and to development of the law and leaders in infrastructure industries.

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Net Neutrality – Take Four

Bill Drexel, Editor of ABA IRIS periodical Infrastructure and Joe Cosgrove, Jr, Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of Texas discuss the background and the current status of Net Neutrality. Learn the background of Net Neutrality and all the stages it has taken to the current status. The speakers discuss the background such as what is Net Neutrality and why it has become an issue. They discuss each of the stages regarding the FCC and court decisions.

The SAFETY Act: An Important Risk Mitigation Tool for Critical Infrastructure Companies

Bill Drexel, editor of Infrastructure, and Kevin Jones, a partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, discuss a powerful resource available to help manage these risks — the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act, or SAFETY Act. Recent events demonstrate that critical infrastructure systems are prime targets for malicious actors seeking to use cyber and physical vulnerabilities to conduct potentially high-impact attacks or large-scale theft. Owners and operators of critical infrastructure face potentially substantial consequences in connection with cyber and physical security incidents. These concerns have been increased with the recent pandemic, which has required an increased reliance upon remote work activities that greatly expand cyber vulnerabilities.

The Paradigm Shift in Renewable Energy

Bill Drexel – editor of ABA IRIS Infrastructure quarterly newsletter; Mark Strain – partner with Duggins, Wren, Mann & Romero; and Stephanie Green, Associate with Duggins, Wren, Mann & Romero; Authors of Electric Resource Planning in an Era of Burgeoning Renewables in the Summer 2020 issue of Infrastructure, discuss why we are entering a burgeoning era of renewables and why that’s important. You will learn why we are entering a burgeoning era of renewables and why that’s important to them.

The 9th Circuit City of Portland Case and Its Impact on 5G Wireless Deployment

Bill Drexel, editor of ABA IRIS Infrastructure quarterly periodical and Andrew Emerson, partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus, Ohio; Author of Removing Barriers for 5G Wireless Infrastructure Deployment in the Fall 2018 issue of Infrastructure; and Vice-Chair of IRIS and its Communications Committee discuss the two FCC orders designed to facilitate the deployment of next generation 5G wireless services: small cell infrastructure order and the Moratoria Order. They will also explain what was involved in the 9th circuit Portland v US case.

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About Us

The American Bar Association Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section is the leading professional organization for those interested in the rapidly changing legal environment in the communications, cable TV, internet, electricity, gas, oil pipelines, aviation, motor carriers, railroads, and water industries.

Section Leadership

Our members include attorneys from private law firms, in-house counsel, trade and professional organizations, federal and state government agencies, as well as judges, professors and law students. We provide an outstanding assortment of programs, publications, discussion groups and timely updates on recent developments in all facets of public utility, communications and transportation law.