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Colby-Sawyer President to Co-Chair Louisiana Symposium on Legal Issues of BP Oil Spill

Published Tuesday May 25, 2010

Colby-Sawyer College President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. and Louisiana-based Richard J. Arsenault, a founding partner of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, will co-chair the Gulf Coast Oil Symposium today, May 25, in New Orleans, La.

The symposium, coordinated by the Louisiana State Bar Association, will address the environmental catastrophe created by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The event will also include a panel of legal scholars and political strategist James Carville as keynote speaker. The conference will address the complex set of human, environmental, natural resources and legal issues relative to the oil spill's impact on the region's environment and economy.

Galligan is an expert in maritime law who has spoken extensively and published numerous books and articles on torts and admiralty. His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate and trial courts.

"The disaster in the gulf is one of the biggest and most significant pollution events and maritime tragedies in our nation's history," Galligan said. "The human, environmental and natural resources issues the oil spill poses are epic. The legal issues are complex and far reaching. The symposium will try to address some of those issues and will be interesting to lawyers, judges, regulators and industry professionals."

Prior to joining Colby-Sawyer College as its eighth president in 2006, Galligan served as the dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law from 1998 to 2006. He currently serves as co-chair of the NH Supreme Court Society Civics Education task force and is a commissioner for the NH Post-Secondary Education Commission. He holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and an L.L. M. from the Columbia University law school.

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