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Indian Nations Law Update - October 2013

October 17, 2013

Pierson and Clancy to Present on Financing Renewable Energy at National American Indian Housing Council's Annual Legal Symposium

Brian Pierson, leader of Godfrey & Kahn's Indian Nations Law team, and John Clancy, leader of the firm's Environmental and Renewable Energy Strategies team, will present "Financing Renewable Energy for Indian Housing" at 10:45-12:15 on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the Venetian in Las Vegas as part of the National American Indian Housing Council's (NAIHC) Annual Legal Symposium.

The presentation will describe strategies and financing sources to help tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) achieve energy independence consistent with tribes' Seven Generations tradition. We will describe how tribes and TDHEs can partner with developers to take advantage of federal investment tax credits and other tax benefits. Business structures and related leasing issues, including the HEARTH act and Wind and Solar Resources leases, will also be addressed. We will explain how reduced energy costs and state and federal grants can cover additional portions of development costs. Finally, we will discuss development of generation facilities that can power both tribal enterprises and tribal housing and the permissible uses of the Indian Housing Block Grant and other financing sources in connection with such projects. We will illustrate recommended clean energy strategies with cases studies.

To register, visit NAIHC's website.

Godfrey & Kahn has extensive experience working with tribes to achieve energy independence and sustainability goals. For more information, contact Brian Pierson at 414.287.9456 or

Godfrey & Kahn's Corporate Counsel Symposium November 7 and 13
Godfrey & Kahn will present its annual Corporate Counsel Symposium at the following times and dates:

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pier Wisconsin at Discovery World (Pilot House)
500 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Madison Club (Club Room)
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Godfrey & Kahn's corporate attorneys will address some of the most current issues and challenges facing in-house legal departments. Immediately following the program, you will have the opportunity to network with other in-house counsel while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. This event is complimentary and we will apply to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for CLE credit.

As a result of feedback received from our clients, we have decided to host the event in two locations. We will again be returning to Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee and will also offer the same program the following week in Madison.

Godfrey & Kahn's Nixon to present at State Bar's Annual Bankruptcy Law Update

The State Bar will present its "2013 Annual Bankruptcy Update" for the Western and Eastern Districts at the following locations and times:

Western District
November 21, 2013
8:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M. CT
State Bar Center
5302 Eastpark Blvd.
Madison, WI

Eastern District
November 22, 2013
8:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M. CT
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

Godfrey & Kahn's Tim Nixon will participate on the panel "D&O, BLT, CPC and DIPs: The ABC's for Insiders," which will address the evolution of officer, director, and shareholder duties from Beloit Liquidating Trust to Communication Products Corporation and other interesting related issues in Wisconsin and other jurisdictions." More information is available at the State bar website; Eastern District and Western District.

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