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2019 National Conference of

Regulatory Attorneys

Nashville, Tennessee

May 5th - 8th

Welcome to the 42nd Annual National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys website.  This year the NCRA will be held in the heart of Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, on May 5-8, 2019. 

Be sure to bookmark this webpage and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @tennesseepuc for updates on the 2019 NCRA Nashville conference!

What is the NCRA?

The National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys (NCRA) is an annual conference hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Subcommittee on Law.  The conference was created in 1977 by a resolution of the Subcommittee on Law and officially adopted by NARUC at the 89th Annual Convention.

The NCRA provides educational opportunities specifically tailored to government utility regulatory attorneys, with a focus on state regulatory issues.  The NCRA conference covers a wide variety of regulatory topics, including electricity, gas, water, telecommunications, federal regulations, and ethics.  The NCRA works to keep participants informed about recent developments and trends in public utilities regulation and seeks to provide a balanced opportunity for debate and discussion of legal regulatory issues.

Who May Attend the NCRA?

The NCRA’s annual conference is open only to utility regulatory attorneys having statutory responsibility for working with or appearing before State or Federal regulatory agencies.   

*The ethics-only registration is open to all attorneys who are not eligible to register for the annual conference, without regard to employee status or practice interest.  

Notice and Waiver:
Please be aware that by registering for this event, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, on the NCRA and Tennessee Public Utility Commission’s website/social media or the websites/social media of others in attendance, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release the NCRA and Tennessee Public Utility Commission, its successors, assigns, and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.

Registation Fees

  • $400: Government or Public Interest Employees or Retirees
  • $500: NCRA Alum Engaged in Private Practice or Industry
  • $100: Ethics-Only Registration (For Ethics MCLE Credits Only – Please note that these two sessions are available to attorneys who are not eligible to register for the NCRA. If you have already registered for the full NCRA, you do not need to fill out this form separately.

Registation Forms

  • The 2019 NCRA registration period is closed.

As you review the informational materials on this site, please kindly note that these materials are a work in progress and will be refined as the Conference date approaches.  It is unlikely that the conference dates and times will change during the intervening period, but session summary descriptions and program participant information may be subject to revision.

The Tennessee Commission on CLE has approved the full NCRA conference for up to 19.50 MCLE hours as follows: 4.00 dual and 15.50 credit hours.  The Tennessee Commission on CLE has approved the ethics-only portion of the conference (Wednesday 1:30-4:45) for 3.00 dual credit hours.  Approval for this conference and ethics course will only be requested in Tennessee.  You are responsible for filing for credit in your respective state.

We encourage you to register in advance of the May 8th CLE sessions.  On-site registration for the ethics-only session will be available on the condition that payment must be made by check to NCRA or exact cash.  Credit cards or other forms of payment will not be accepted.

Brochure For Ethics Sessions Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (PDF)

The following events and activities are organized networking opportunities offered by the NCRA:   

  • Sunday, May 5, 2019
    6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Opening Reception
    The Hilton Garden Inn Wine Bar
    (included in registration fee)
  • Monday, May 6, 2019
    6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Reception & Banquet
    Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
    (included in registration fee)
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    Break-Out Sessions (Optional – additional cost depending on tour choice)
    Download Tuesday Break-Out  Session Information (PDF format)
  1. Secret Sauce Tour, Tennessee Whiskey Tours
    Tour begins at 12:30 p.m. and lasts about 4 hours
    Limited to the first 40 paid registrations
  2. Songbird Bus Tours, Songbird Tours Nashville
    Tour begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts about 2.0 hours
    Limited to the first 30 paid registrations

Presentation materials will be available online only.  We anticipate that these materials will be posted to our website about one week prior to the Conference and will be available for download or print.  Our capacity to print materials on site during the conference will be limited.

Please plan to dress casually for the conference.  We recommend that you bring clothing that layers and a raincoat and/or an umbrella for unpredictable spring weather. Meeting rooms have a tendency to be cool; we recommend you bring a light sweater or jacket.

The 2019 NCRA was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Nashville located at 305 Korean Veterans
Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37201.

Reservations are closed.

Check-In/Out Times

Check-in time is 4:00p.m. | Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

All guests arriving before 4:00 p.m. will be accommodated as rooms become available.  The hotel’s valet can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.

Early Departure Fee

If a guest has reserved a room at the conference rate and checks out prior to the guest’s reserved check-out date, an early departure fee of $150 will be added to that guest’s account.

Hotel Amenities

NCRA guests will receive complimentary Wi-Fi, and access to the 24-hour business center, fitness center, outdoor rooftop pool and sundeck, and a full-service restaurant on the property. See additional hotel amenities  

Hotel Parking

Valet: $32.00 (Valet Parking Only)

*Self-parking is not available at the hotel*

The Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown is set in the heart of downtown Music City – Nashville, providing outstanding service and warm southern hospitality. The hotel is located 15 minutes from Nashville International Airport and is easily accessible by car, taxi, or ride-sharing vehicles.

Guests are within walking distance to Music Row, Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and minutes from Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.

From the Nashville International Airport

Take I-40W towards Nashville to Exit 210-C for Second Avenue. Keep right onto Second Avenue South. Turn left onto Peabody Street. Turn right on Almond Street. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Convention Center will be on the right.

Driving Directions

From the North

Take I-65 South to I-24 East/I-40 East towards Chattanooga/Knoxville. Take Exit 49 for Shelby Avenue. Turn left onto Shelby Avenue and continue onto Korean Veterans Boulevard. Turn left on Fourth Avenue. Turn left on Peabody Street. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Convention Center will be on the left.

From the South

Take I-65 North towards Nashville to 40 East. Take Exit 82-B to merge onto I-40 East towards Knoxville. Take Exit 210-C and keep left and follow signs for Second Avenue. Turn left on Second Avenue. Turn left onto Peabody Street. Turn right on Almond Street. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Convention Center will be on the right-hand side.

From the East

I-40W towards Nashville to Exit 210-C for Second Avenue. Keep right onto Second Avenue South. Turn left onto Peabody Street. Turn right on Almond Street. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Convention Center will be on the right-hand side.

From the West

I-40E towards Knoxville to Exit 210-C for Second Avenue. Follow the signs for Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue South. Turn left onto Peabody Street. Turn right on Almond Street. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Convention Center will be on the right-hand side.

Spring is a great time to visit Nashville!  Be sure to check out the Nashville Visitors and Tourism website for everything (just about!) there is to know, see, and do in Nashville at: https://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors  

Music All the Time!

Music is the very heart of Nashville. You can hear great music 24/7, 365 days a year. With more than 180 live music venues, there is something for everyone. And so much of it is free! Bring some money for the tip jar to help out the professional musicians that make Nashville Music City.

Get the App to find live music in Nashville
https://www.visitmusiccity.com/music/livemusic/nashvillemusicapp

For the inside scoop on free music in Nashville
https://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/Thingstodo/freemusic

Nashville’s Food Scene

While Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, the talent and creativity of its culinary scene has recently put Nashville on the map. Food & Wine  highlighted the "booming Music City food scene," Food Arts Magazine noted the "emerging culinary scene putting Nashville on the gastronomic radar" and, most recently, Condé Nast Traveler stated this about Music City: "There's enough going on food-wise to warrant a trip solely for eating."  Nashville's creative spirit has certainly infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into the chef's studio. From Southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville's palate offers it all. For information on all of Nashville’s culinary delights, go to: https://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/food          

Nashville’s Murals

Looking for a unique photo opportunity in Music City? Nashville is no stranger to street art. Whether you’re in The Gulch, 12South, or East Nashville, you’re bound to find a cool Nashville mural. Check out the list below to find some of our favorites. If tours are your thing, we recommend the Nashville Mural Tour, which takes you to several mural  locations throughout the city. Don't worry, there is plenty of time for photos at each stop!

https://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/thingstodo/murals

Music City Total Access Attraction Pass

The Music City Total Access Attraction Pass is the Official Nashville Combo Pass! This pass allows you to choose your own experience while you're in Music City! You can pick 4 listed attractions and put together a unique experience, all at a discount. You'll also get 2 bonus attractions for free and special savings exclusively for pass holders. Enjoy the freedom - and the savings - then write your own ticket to Music City!

Get the Total Access Pass here:

https://arestravel.com/attraction/single/9974/1686

Additional Resources

https://www.nashvilledowntown.com/

https://www.nashville.com/

https://www.tnvacation.com/middle-tennessee/nashville

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/travel/what-to-do-in-nashville.html

https://www.timeout.com/nashville/things-to-do/best-things-to-do-in-Nashville

For any questions or concerns not covered on this site, please email TPUC.LegalDivision@tn.gov or
contact Kelly Cashman-Grams, 2019 NCRA President, at (615) 770-6856.