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Energy Policy Expert Speaker at Scholarship Luncheon Dec. 5

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Posted: Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

Nov. 19, 2013

Michael L. Krancer, an experienced and well-known policy and substantive thought leader in energy development and deployment, will be the main speaker at the luncheon lecture sponsored by the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government to benefit the Dr. Gabriel S. Pellathy Law Education Fund. The event begins at 12 noon on Thursday, Dec. 5 at The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh.

Krancer is a partner and energy, petrochemical and natural resources practice group leader with Blank Rome in Philadelphia. He is an experienced and valued advisor to U.S. and global energy companies of all types regarding the full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate and labor matters with his 20+ years of energy industry and public policy experience at the highest corporate and policy-making levels.

Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, Krancer served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under Governor Tom Corbett. During his tenure, Krancer oversaw the environmentally responsible development of shale natural gas in Pennsylvania and was a key member of the governor’s team that attracted new and environmentally sensitive economic development to Pennsylvania.

Krancer was a litigation partner with Blank Rome from 1992 to 1999. He also served as judge and chief judge and chairman of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), the state-wide trial/appellate court for environmental matters involving appeals from actions of the DEP, and he was assistant general counsel to Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest competitive energy providers and parent of three different utility companies. At Exelon he was responsible for environmental health and safety matters, as well as energy policy development and government relations for the company.

As a prominent and popular speaker and writer, Krancer is widely recognized for his practical thought leadership on a wide range of energy policy issues, including the emerging, global geopolitical importance of Pennsylvania shale gas and energy resources; federal and state regulation of shale gas extraction, LNG export potential and the future of America’s energy revolution.

Krancer serves on the board of directors of Inn Dwelling, a non-profit, faith-based initiative corporation associated with St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, whose mission is capacity-building among disadvantaged families in the Germantown and Northeast sections of Philadelphia.

He has worked with Inn Dwelling high school students as a volunteer writing skills coach. He also currently serves on the board of trustees of Neumann University, a private Catholic co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition, located in Aston. He also served on the board of the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne. He also served as Riverbend’s vice president.

An avid student of Hebrew and Christian Biblical Canon, Krancer has pursued undergraduate and graduate level coursework in theology and biblical studies and exegesis at Villanova University. He is a student of naval history, especially naval aviation from its dawning through its heyday, the World War II Pacific Campaign and is a member of the U. S. Naval Institute. He is a Civil War re-enactor being a proud Private of the 20th Maine Volunteers, Company E (Army of the Potomac, Fifth Corps, First Division, Vincent’s Brigade) where he has seen “action” at Gettysburg; Stanardsville, Va. and Cedar Creek, Va., among other engagements.

The Pellathy Law Education Fund, initiated in April 2006, is designed to assist students planning to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with book purchases on topics of legal careers, pre-law preparation and test review. The Fund also sponsors talks by judges and law professors for aspiring law students and hosts visits by admission officers from law schools.

The Fund is named in honor of Dr. Gabriel S. Pellathy, emeritus professor of political science, taught at SVC from 1978. Dr. Pellathy holds a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College of Columbia University, a Ph.D. in political science from New York University, a J.D. from Cornell University School of Law, a master of law in international law from New York University and a master of science degree from Hofstra University.

He has received fellowships from various organizations including the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the fall of 2003, he was a Fulbright teaching scholar in Hungary, lecturing on American Environmental Law and Policy at the Pazmany University Faculty of Law in Budapest, Hungary. He is a Fellow in Government and Legal Affairs in the Center for Political and Economic Thought. His current teaching areas include American politics, public administration and environmental law and policy. He served as the moderator of the Pre-Law Club for many years.

Admission to the luncheon lecture is $60 with advance reservations required. For reservations, contact the Center at 724 537-4597.

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Photo: Michael L. Krancer 

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