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Expert Alumni Return to Discuss America’s Energy Future

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Four graduates of Catholic University’s law school participated on a panel discussion on March 18, “Our Nation’s Energy Future: A Roundtable on Advancing Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability.”
Co-sponsored by the Law and Public Policy Program, the Office of Career and Professional Development, and the Environmental Law Society, the panel aimed to provide current students interested in environmental law with an overview of the major issues of the day.
The roundtable discussion focused on advancing technology, innovation, and sustainability, and included:
  • Ahuva Battams (2011), an associate in the energy group of the Washington, D.C. office of Cullen and Dykman, LLP. Battams represents clients on a variety of matters involving energy and utility transactions and regulation, FERC proceedings, and advising natural gas storage clients on obtaining rate and certificate authorizations.
  • Patrick Clarey (1994), with the Office of Energy Market Regulation, FERC. Based in Indiana, Clarey is posted at MISO Energy, a regional transmission organization charged with the operation and control of the high-voltage grid in the central U.S. 
  • Martha Marrapese (1992), a partner at Keller & Heckman LLP. Marrapese facilitates the registration of new technologies in the global economy with a particular emphasis on biotechnology and nanotechnology applications. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Nanomaterials Registry and also chairs Working Group 1, Nomenclature and Terminology, American National Standards Institute. 
  • Milena Yordanova (2011) is a compliance enforcement analyst at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which establishes and enforces mandatory standards to ensure the reliability of the US electric grid. Yordanova is involved in investigations, enforcement actions and review of proposed settlements related to major power supply disturbances, compliance audits.
The discussion was moderated by Julian Gonzalez (3L), president, Environmental Law Society, and Michelle Lease (2L), student coordinator, Law and Public Policy Program.