FERC Practice in the D.C. Circuit—A View from the Bench

Thursday, May 16, 2019
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: FERC Practice in the D.C. Circuit—A View from the Bench

D.C. Circuit Judges Laurence Silberman and Patricia Millett, along with FERC Solicitor Bob Solomon and seasoned appellate litigator Miguel Estrada will discuss how the Judges approach the court’s review of FERC cases and how those cases fit into modern debates about statutory interpretation and agency deference.  The panel will discuss how lawyers who litigate these cases can more effectively advocate them before the court.



judge laurence h. silberman

LaurenceSilbermanJudge Silberman was appointed United States Circuit Judge in October 1985, and took senior status on November 1, 2000. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 19, 2008. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957 and Harvard Law School in 1961. He has been a partner in law firms in Honolulu and Washington, D.C., as well as a banker in San Francisco. He served in government as an attorney in the NLRB’s appellate section, Solicitor of the Department of Labor from 1969 to 1970, Undersecretary of Labor from 1970 to 1973, Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1974 to 1975, and Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1975 to 1977. From 1981 to 1985, he served as a member of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament and the Department of Defense Policy Board. He was appointed by the Chief Justice to a term (1996 to 2003) as a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s Review Panel. He also served as Co-Chairman (2004 to 2005) of the President’s Intelligence Commission. He was an Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1987 to 1994 and in 1997 and 1999, at NYU from 1995 to 1996, and at Harvard in 1998. He is now the Distinguished Visitor from the Judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center.


judge patricia a. millett

patricia-millett-4097ecb3-ad92-47e1-8471-5cef7bcfc96-resize-750Judge Millett was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals on December 10, 2013. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (summa cum laude) in 1985 and from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) in 1988. After working in a private law firm (Miller & Chevalier) for two years, she clerked for Judge Thomas Tang of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, she worked for four years on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division in the United States Department of Justice and for eleven years as an Assistant in the Office of the Solicitor General. In September 2007, she became a partner leading the Supreme Court and appellate practices at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She has argued 32 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is married and has two children.

Bob soloman

Bob-Solomon-webRobert Solomon was appointed Solicitor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in November 2005. The Solicitor’s Office operates within the FERC Office of the General Counsel and is responsible for defending the agency’s orders, policies and initiatives, primarily in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, through the filing of written pleadings and the presentation of oral argument. Mr. Solomon personally has presented oral argument before appellate panels, in defense of the Commission, over 60 times.  Mr. Solomon is a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service. Since becoming FERC Solicitor, he has received the FERC Exemplar of Public Service Award, the Chairman’s Medal, and the Chairman’s Executive Leadership Award. He is a Master in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and an active member of the Energy Bar Association.  Before becoming Solicitor, Mr. Solomon was Associate and Deputy Solicitor (2001-2006), a Legal Advisor to FERC Commissioners Bailey and Hebert (1998-2001), a Deputy Assistant General Counsel (1991-1998), and a trial attorney in the Solicitor’s Office (1988-1991). Before joining FERC in 1988, he was an associate attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in energy and regulatory matters. Mr. Solomon received his law degree in 1985 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.


MEstrada-bioMiguel A. Estrada is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Mr. Estrada has represented clients before federal and state courts throughout the country in a broad range of matters.  He has argued 23 cases before the United States Supreme Court, and briefed many others.  He has also argued dozens of appeals in the lower federal courts.




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