Established in 1946 as the Federal Power Bar Association, it was focused on those lawyers practicing energy regulatory law at the federal level. As government regulations became more critical to the utility companies, the number and scope of work of those who practiced energy law expanded. In 1977, the organization was renamed as the Federal Energy Bar Association to reflect the changed name of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Today, the Energy Bar Association is an international, nonprofit association of attorneys, energy professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, which include, antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands, to name just a few, at federal, state, and international levels. It has over 2400 members, six formal chapters and an increasing number of members across the United States and Canada.
Programs and Activities
- Publishes the Energy Law Journal, a preeminent law review, with both practitioner and student editorial boards, supported by a Foundation with a Board of Directors of 19 EBA members. The ELJ is focused on current energy concerns, and includes annual committee reports surveying all developments in numerous areas of energy law;
- Publishes the Association Directory which includes names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of members;
- Prepares and provides summaries of recent court opinions of interest to members;
- Promotes excellence in the administration of laws relating to the production, development, conservation, delivery, consumption and economic regulation of energy;
- Provides an ongoing forum and network for the discussion of energy issues;
- Supports the continuing education and accreditation needs of current and prospective members through organizing and sponsoring educational seminars in conjunction with its Mid-Year and Annual Meetings, and as sponsored by the six formal EBA geographic chapters and committees; and
- Has 18 active committees.
EBA has chapters in Houston, New Orleans, Southern, Midwest, Western, and the Northeast regions of the U.S. The chapters sponsor programs during the year that supplement Association activities. Membership in these chapters is open to EBA members at no charge.
The EBA Web site includes:
- A complete and updated list of the membership directory;
- Information on meetings and special events, and the ability to sign up for and, where required, pay registration fees on-line;
- Information on the latest continuing legal education programs and seminars of the EBA and its chapters, and electronic registration and payment;
- The Association's strategic plan, diversity policy, and the EBA President's Annual Report;
- Copies of pertinent energy-related court opinions;
- Information on how to become an EBA member;
- Job Bank Directory;
- Information on EBA committee Activities;
- The EBA Newsletter, EBA Update, including all past issues;
- Information on the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association and its activities and events, including numerous committee actiivities;
- Information on the Energy Law Journal, including current electronically searchable tables of contents, back to Volume No. 1, Issue No. 1, and information on advertising in the Journal, and the ability to obtain and pay for a hard copy subscription on-line;
- On-line membership initiation and renewal;
- Important reminders as to requirements of certain government agencies; and
- "Links of Interest" to other energy-related websites.