LSU to offer specialized study in energy law

BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU Law Center is developing a specialized program in energy law in reaction to increasingly complex legal and regulatory issues.

The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the LSU Energy Law Center in August.

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss discussed the plans in a recent interview with and The Times-Picayune.

He said the need for the program became apparent as he had conversations with alumni.

“It occurred to me that the importance of energy in Louisiana, job offers for students and issues in the state, that the program would be beneficial at LSU,” Weiss said.

The center plans to offer courses in geology, petroleum engineering, nuclear sciences, coastal sciences, environment science and chemical engineering. However, Weiss said, oil and gas will remain at the core of the program.

John Laborde, an LSU alumnus and retired CEO of Tidewater Inc., has agreed to donate $2 million to the energy law center. The money will be used to establish a distinguished chair in Laborde’s name that will allow the center to attract leading figures in the industry to occupy the chair; and to creating a challenge fund to attract more donors.

“I’m very hopeful that the donation will help the law center at LSU, to keep growing and improving academically,” he said.

Weiss said the program is aiming for an official launch two or three academic years from now.

Robert Sloan will serve as the initial director of the energy law center. Sloan, who has 40 years of legal experience across the world, will bring a wide-range of professional and international perspective to the directorship of the center. Sloan has recently served as the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Entergy Corporation in New Orleans.