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11th Law of Shale Plays Conference

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Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the 11th Law of Shale Plays Conference will expand its audience in 2020 by going online. Focused on legal issues related to the shale plays in the United States, the conference brings together clients, attorneys, professional landmen, and other professionals to learn and discuss important cases, concepts, and trends.


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Although MCLE credit has only been approved--at this point--in these jurisdictions, you may be able to personally request and obtain credit in other jurisdictions—either participatory or self-study credit—but the rules vary greatly by jurisdiction. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE rules and regulations before purchasing or viewing this program if the purpose of your purchase is to obtain MCLE credit. Your jurisdiction may also limit the number of credit hours that may be obtained via OnDemand programs, including a number less than the total hours offered for this conference. In addition, you generally have 30 days to complete watching the sessions for which you desire to receive MCLE credit. If you do not intend to view all of the MCLE eligible sessions, you will be provided instructions for requesting that partial credit be reported or that you be provided a certificate of attendance for the portion of the conference you attended.


Karim Ali's Profile

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Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Karim Ali is an experienced real estate and corporate transactional attorney with extensive experience providing counsel to Fortune 500 companies in connection with managing and developing real estate assets. Karim also counsels clients in connection with a wide range of business transactions including real estate development, energy supply contracts, equity and debt financing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and technology commercialization. Karim also serves as both the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Partner in Charge of Professional Personnel where he leads firm wide diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as attorney recruitment, onboarding, mentoring, and associate development strategy. Karim frequently talks on industry panels regarding the challenges and rewards of diversity and inclusion.

Brian Anderson's Profile

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Assistant General Counsel

CNX Resources Corporation

Brian Anderson is Assistant General Counsel at CNX Resources Corporation in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  Brian supports CNX’s upstream and midstream operations in the Appalachian region and provides advice on a variety of corporate legal matters, including securities, corporate governance, and transactions.

Brian joined the IEL in 2018 as an inaugural member of IEL’s YEP Leadership Class.  In addition, Brian has spoken at and assisted in planning several IEL conferences.

Prior to joining CNX, Brian spent nearly a decade as Senior Counsel with Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company supporting Chevron’s Appalachian Mountain Business Unit, and prior to that was an associate with K&L Gates LLP in Pittsburgh.  Brian has a B.S. (Accounting) and J.D. from West Virginia University.  He lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Paul J. Atencio's Profile

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Paul Atencio is a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group and a co-chair of the firm’s Land and Energy Title Department. Mr. Atencio assists clients in the development of oil and gas assets. He counsels oil and gas companies on a wide range of energy matters, including title, due diligence, title defect curative work, mineral and lease acquisitions, joint ventures, oil and gas leasing issues, and voluntary and forced pooling. Mr. Atencio also assists clients in their defense of disputes regarding royalty and bonus payments, ownership of oil and gas, and surface use and damage claims. Mr. Atencio also counsels clients from a variety of industries on business transactions and corporate law, commercial finance and real estate, and regulatory matters.

Jonathan Ayre's Profile

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Jonathan Ayre represents energy, oil and gas and petrochemical industry companies and their investors in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development, financing and restructuring transactions. Jonathan serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law, as an Officer on its Transactions & Compliance Committee, and as a mentor as part of its Mentorship Program. He is Orrick’s Recruiting Liaison to The University of Texas School of Law, and serves as a mentor to first-year law students as part of the Texas Law 1L Alumni Mentorship Program. Jonathan was recognized by Law 360 as an Energy Rising Star in 2020, and has been recognized in Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star for Energy & Natural Resources since 2017. He is actively involved with Houston community organizations including the Houston Symphony, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and with his wife Ann will chair the 2021 annual Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction.

Andrew T. Bockis's Profile

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Andrew Bockis helps clients obtain and defend environmental permits for their projects. He works with clients to create customized plans to address agency requests for information and strategies to address project opposition. Based on his prior experience as counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Andy helps clients in a variety of industries minimize project delays and secure the permits they need. Andy also helps companies defend their permits in court. He has litigated and defended environmental permits associated with oil and gas projects before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit, D.C. Circuit, and in reponse to petitions for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Byron R. Brown's Profile

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Senior Counsel

Crowell & Moring LLP

Byron R. Brown is a senior counsel with Crowell & Moring LLP based in the Washington D.C. office, where he advises clients on environmental policy, administrative law and rulemaking, and congressional relations. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring in 2018, Byron served as deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and he previously served in policy and legal roles with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW Committee), the House Committee on Natural Resources, and as an attorney in the EPA Office of General Counsel. 

Karina R. Conley's Profile

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McDonald Hopkins LLC

Karina is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. Karina’s experience includes representing employers in a variety of labor and employment and workplace injury matters, including but not limited to claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, issues involving the Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, National Labor Relations Act and both federal and state wage and hour statutes. She has been involved in defending matters in both state and federal court and before the EEOC, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Department of Labor, and other administrative bodies. Karina also regularly advises employers on issues involving employment law compliance and policy development.

John Dabbar's Profile

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Vice President of Federal and State Government Affairs

ConocoPhillips Company

John Dabbar is vice president, Federal and State Government Affairs for ConocoPhillips. Dabbar oversees the company's interaction with U.S. federal, state and local government officials and regulatory agencies, both directly and managing the company's advocacy through major trade associations. He also leads the company's engagement with policy institutes, organized labor, civil society, community leaders and other stakeholders. He is an active contributor of the company's Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Carter N. Davis's Profile

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Senior Consulting Petroleum Engineer

FTI Platt Sparks

Carter Davis is a Managing Director at FTI Platt Sparks and is based in Austin. Mr. Davis is in the Platt Sparks energy group within FTI's Economic Consulting segment. He has been practicing Petroleum Engineering for more than 35 years and has been a consulting Petroleum Engineer with FTI Platt Sparks since 1995. Mr. Davis provides expertise on a broad range of petroleum engineering, operations, valuation, and regulatory issues. His experience includes reserve estimates, economic analyses, corporate finance evaluations, regulatory compliance, oilfield operations, royalty payment, reservoir simulation studies, and analyses of secondary and tertiary recovery projects. Mr. Davis has performed field-wide and interregional pipeline flow analyses relating to gathering, transportation, processing, treatment, and allocation of receipts, deliveries, residue gas, and NGLs.

Kara H. Herrnstein's Profile

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Senior Associate

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Kara Herrnstein meets the litigation and appellate needs of a wide range of clients, including producers, pipeline companies and industry groups. Throughout her career, she has assisted her clients in their efforts to build Ohio into a major mineral-producing state. She regularly litigates a variety of energy issues, including oil and gas disputes, mineral rights disputes and pipeline infrastructure disputes.

William E. Jordan's Profile

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Executive Vice President and General Counsel

EQT Corporation

Mr. Jordan was appointed as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EQT Corporation in July 2019. Mr. Jordan served as an advisor to the Rice Investment Group (multi-strategy investment fund investing in all verticals of the oil and gas sectors) from May 2018 until July 2019. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Rice Energy, Inc. and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Rice Midstream Partners LP in each case from January 2014 until their acquisition by the Company in November 2017. From September 2005 to December 2013, Mr. Jordan was an associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP representing public and private companies in capital markets offerings and mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the oil and natural gas industry.

Sophia Lee's Profile

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Partner & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Blank Rome LLP

Sophia Lee concentrates her litigation practice in the energy industry, handling commercial, environmental, products liability, and toxic tort matters. Sophia has experience managing a national docket of over 500 toxic tort matters, including asbestos, benzene, silica, and NORM, while monitoring case development, litigation, and scientific trends; managing government investigations and inquiries; and developing litigation and information management policies and best practices, including e-discovery protocols.

Lucas Liben's Profile

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Reed Smith LLP

Luke is a partner in the oil & gas team of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources group. Luke has spent nearly a decade representing energy industry clients litigating a variety of cases involving all aspects of the development of the Marcellus and Utica shales. Luke handles complex contractual disputes, including cases involving drilling contracts, joint operating agreements, and other industry specific relationships. Luke has significant experience representing exploration and production companies in royalty litigation, both class action and individual cases, and has defended many of the most common lease forms and provisions found throughout Appalachia. Luke also represents midstream companies in storage field cases, land use disputes, encroachment cases, and condemnations, and industry contractors on issues including workplace fatalities. Luke routinely argues motions and represents clients at trial in the state and federal courts of both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and before the American Arbitration Association.

Michelle N. Lipkowitz's Profile

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Michelle Lipkowitz focuses her practice on commercial litigation, white collar defense, and government investigations. Michelle brings a breadth of litigation experience, including traditional criminal experience, to her practice. Accordingly, Michelle has extensive experience dealing with highly sensitive matters and crisis management, including handling the press. Her practice includes handling governmental investigations, commercial real estate, shareholder disputes, consumer class actions, construction matters, products liability, and contractual disputes. In addition, Michelle has significant experience defending colleges and universities and advising educational institutions. She has extensive experience before various administrative bodies and in state and federal courts throughout Maryland and across the country. She represents clients from a broad range of industries, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, education, financial services, healthcare, construction, technology, retail and telecommunications, as well as governmental entities and nonprofits.

Demetra Liggins's Profile

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Thompson & Knight

Demetra L. Liggins is a Partner in Thompson & Knight's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice in the Firm's Houston office. She has nearly two decades of experience in business finance and restructuring for a variety of large and small public and private companies. As a trusted business advisor, Demetra partners with her clients to identify and achieve their goals in the bankruptcy process, navigating through complex corporate reorganizations and distressed acquisitions. Demetra has led many of Thompson & Knight’s representations of bankruptcy clients, working on both in-court and out-of-court restructurings. A thoughtful and creative problem solver, she is highly regarded for her ability to quickly and efficiently help clients assess the effects of a bankruptcy on their corporate and financial transactions. Her clients include health care systems, retail corporations, financial institutions, oil and gas companies, partnerships, and private-equity funds, among others.

Gregory J. Krock's Profile

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McGuireWoods LLP

Greg Krock is an accomplished litigator in the Pittsburgh office of McGuireWoods LLP. Greg represents clients in complex matters involving the oil and gas, electric utilities, coal, and commodity trading industries. Greg is well known in the energy market for his expertise litigating disputes that occur throughout the lifecycle of oil and gas production, from access to mineral rights to supply contracts. For example, Greg has litigated lease disputes with landowners, bad faith pooling cases, toxic tort claims involving hydraulic fracturing, multi–million dollar contract disputes between drilling companies and their contractors, royalty disputes, unfair competition claims against natural gas service providers, and a myriad of disputes involving the construction of natural gas pipelines.

Erin McDowell's Profile

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Vice President – Deputy General Counsel

Range Resources Corporation

Erin McDowell is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Range Resources. Erin joined Range Resources in 2015 as its first Division Counsel for the Appalachia Division, which encompasses Range's Marcellus and Utica acreage and has drive Range to a top ten natural gas producer in the United States. Erin, who is based in Canonsburg, oversees all legal matters for the Appalachia Division and works directly with senior management as well as the Board of Directors to manage the legal aspects of the business. In this role, Erin works to drive value and strategic development while ensuring that operations are done safely and compliantly to protect the environment and the communities where we live and work.

Jeremy Mercer's Profile

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Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

A partner in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP’s Pittsburgh office, Jeremy Mercer is an experienced commercial litigator who, for more than a decade, has focused on energy, with an emphasis on oil and gas litigation. His extensive experience in the shale and hydraulic fracturing arena spans the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and includes work in administrative proceedings, state trial and appellate courts, and federal trial and appellate courts. Over the course of that decade-plus of work, Jeremy has faced many issues of first impression as the Marcellus and Utica booms have required Pennsylvania courts to address issues never before faced in the Commonwealth. For example, he represented a major E&P operator in the trial and appellate courts securing a decision that a lease’s shut-in clause did not require a well to be capable of producing without further work in order to be considered “shut-in” and maintain the lease. He also was part of the team that secured a first-in-the-nation decision that hydraulic fracturing is not an inherently dangerous activity.

Dr. Laura T.W. Olive's Profile

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Associate Director

NERA Economic Consulting

Dr. Olive is an Associate Director in NERA’s Global Energy Practice, based in Boston. She has nearly a decade of experience in analyzing the regulation and economics of energy and transport. She has extensive experience in the economics and regulation electricity and natural gas. She has testified on behalf of power producers in SPP and competitive retail electricity providers in MISO. She has supported clients in the electric, gas and water transmission and distribution sectors with regard to changing needs in the energy transition such as the impact of incorporation renewables on tariff design, incentive regulation, and cost recovery methods. Dr. Olive holds a PhD in economics from Northeastern University, specializing in Industrial Organization, where research focused on analyzing competition and market structure in infrastructure-intensive industries.

Hon. Earl Pomeroy's Profile

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Former Congressman from North Dakota; Senior Counsel

Alston & Bird LLP

Earl Pomeroy is an attorney at the Alston & Bird law firm in Washington D.C. From 1993-2010, he served as North Dakota's only member of the U.S. House of Representatives, having been elected eight years as the state's Insurance Commissioner and a term as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He was also a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, helping to preserve longstanding provisions of the federal tax code which support oil production. Earl has continued to work on oil and gas industry issues in his policy practice at Alston & Bird. He is a policy advisor to ConocoPhillips on oil and gas policy matters and represents other clients on issues ranging fro tax policy to health reform. 

Laura Robertson's Profile

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ConocoPhillips Company

Laura Robertson is deputy general counsel, Litigation, Arbitration & IP for ConocoPhillips. Laura oversees the company's domestic and international disputes, including the international arbitration disputes with Venezuela and PDVSA, and the company's IP matters. She previously managed the company's employment matters. In 2016, she became corporate secretary for the Audit & Finance Committee of the company's Board of Directors. She has more than 20 years of experience managing complex energy litigation and arbitration disputes worldwide. Before joining the company, Laura was legal counsel at Chevron, where she oversaw royalty and tax compliance and litigation. Before Chevron, she was a senior associate at King & Spalding handling royalty, environmental, and antitrust litigation matters. Laura serves as Chair of the Institute of Energy Law (IEL) and on the boards of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and the Houston Ballet. In 2016, she was awarded CPR's Inspiring Innovation Award for her use of innovative strategies to reduce costs in the downturn. Laura earned her juris doctorate with honors from University of Texas School of Law, and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Loyola University.

Alan Rosenthal's Profile

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Senior Counsel


Alan Rosenthal has been Senior Counsel for Chevron since 2011, working with its Appalachian Mountain Business Unit in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and more recently with its Upstream North America Litigation Management group. Active in diversity and inclusion efforts in Western Pennsylvania and beyond, Al has served on Chevron’s Law Function Diversity Council and as the company’s representative to the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition.

Stacey Saunders's Profile

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Managing Counsel, Mid-Continent Business Unit

Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company

Stacey Saunders is Managing Counsel for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company’s (CNAEP) Mid-Continent business (MCBU). Stacey and the MCBU Law team support Chevron’s large resource base of oil and liquids-rich assets in the mid-continent United States, including Chevron’s significant Permian assets in Texas and New Mexico. Stacey’s prior roles over 20 years with Chevron and Texaco include Managing Counsel for CNAEP Headquarters and Appalachian/Michigan Business Unit, Supervising and Lead Counsel for CNAEP Deepwater Business Unit, and earlier attorney roles supporting U.S. upstream onshore and offshore transactional, regulatory, royalty and litigation matters. Before joining Chevron, Stacey was a litigation and bankruptcy associate at Hughes Watters & Askanase, LLP in Houston, Texas. She holds a J.D. from the University of Texas and a B.S. in International Economic from Texas Tech University.

Matthew S. Schlensker's Profile

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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Matt Schlensker focuses his practice in the areas of mineral title and energy law.  He has extensive experience in drafting title opinions, division orders, and limited acquisition title opinions.  He has handled various complex oil and gas title issues, and has analyzed and interpreted deeds, contracts, agreements, assignments, and other title instruments affecting surface and mineral estates, royalty interests, and developmental interests.

Steven B. Silverman's Profile

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Steve Silverman is a shareholder in the Litigation, Energy and Natural Resources, and Mobility, Transport and Safety groups of Babst Calland. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on natural gas title and lease disputes and other energy-related cases. He also devotes a significant amount of his practice to the defense and prosecution of theft of trade secret and non-compete suits. Another significant part of Mr. Silverman’s practice involves Information Technology Law, including licenses, data and document management, and labor and employment matters surrounding the information technology industry. 

Mr. Silverman also heads up the firm’s E-Discovery group and devotes a portion of his practice to risk management and cost control issues in that area. He frequently advises companies on the creation of litigation hold policies and data preservation and collection practices. Mr. Silverman has been appointed as an E-Discovery Special Master by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and also assisted in the creation of that program by serving on its advisory committee.

Krista-Ann M. Staley's Profile

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Krista-Ann Staley is a shareholder in the Public Sector Services and Energy & Natural Resources Groups of Babst Calland. Ms. Staley’s practice focuses on municipal law, with an emphasis on land use and land development issues. She represents boroughs, townships, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards, individuals and private entities in the Pittsburgh area. Ms. Staley advises these clients when revising or enacting land use regulations and when considering land use applications. She also assists with issues pertaining to state and local roadway regulations, record requests filed under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, and public meeting requirements under the Sunshine Act.

In addition, Krista-Ann counsels and represents private landowners and businesses in matters relating to governmental entities, such as analyzing municipal ordinances and applying for and obtaining various land use approvals. She also assists private sector clients with filing Right-to-Know requests and appeals related to these filings. She works often with energy industry clients, including drilling and midstream companies, with a particular emphasis on the land use and roadway use issues related to the development of the Marcellus Shale throughout Pennsylvania. Ms. Staley assists public and private clients in matters related to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, various municipal codes including the Second Class Township Code and Borough Code, the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act and the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act on a daily basis. She also serves private clients by analyzing municipal ordinances with respect to certain uses, such as telecommunication infrastructure, throughout the country.

Raya B. Treiser's Profile

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Raya Tresier is a member of WilmerHale's Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice. Ms. Treiser advises clients on high-stakes energy and environmental matters at the intersection of law, policy and business. Her practice focuses on environmental, energy and climate change policies, regulations and investigations; securing federal authorizations for significant energy and infrastructure projects; negotiating complex agreements with the federal government; and developing strategies to achieve clients' objectives with the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Treiser served in several senior policy positions at the Department of the Interior and the White House under President Obama, focusing on energy and infrastructure policy. 

Rahul D. Vashi's Profile

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Rahul’s practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic joint ventures involving a broad range of energy assets, with an emphasis on the upstream and midstream sectors. Rahul’s practice includes advising clients with the formation of drilling partnerships, joint development arrangements, farmout and participation agreements, and other joint venture arrangements, the acquisition and divestiture of upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and companies, and oil and gas special situations and alternative financing transactions.

Rahul has been recognized in Chambers USA for Energy: Oil & Gas —Transactional (Nationwide) for 2019–2021, with clients noting that "his strengths are his attention to detail and breadth of knowledge. He provides practical advice and appreciates what businesses are trying to accomplish."

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