On Thursday, March 23 Professor Jim Rossi delivered the annual Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture at the LSU Law Center. The lecture, Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation, addressed emerging federal/state conflicts over the transportation of energy resources and how those conflicts can be ameliorated. The Wednesday prior, Professor Rossi delivered a guest lecture in Professor Ed Richards’ Climate Change Law & Policy course. It was a delight to have Professor Rossi invest his time and expertise into our academic community.
The Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law was established through a generous gift from the Liskow & Lewis law firm. The Professorship provides funds for the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center to bring distinguished scholars in energy law and closely related fields to the Law Center on an annual basis.
Jim Rossi is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law topics. His recent articles focus on the role of public utility doctrines and principles in modern energy markets, as well as federalism and other shared jurisdictional issues affecting agency regulation. His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (4th edition, Foundation Press, 2015, with Joel Eisen, Emily Hammond, David Spence, Jacqueline Weaver and Hannah Wiseman); Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and an edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner). Professor Rossi served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States’ Committee on Collaborative Governance project on Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities, which resulted in a set of recommendations adopted by the conference on how agencies should coordinate. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, he was the Harry M. Walborsky Professor and associate dean for research at Florida State University College of Law. Professor Rossi has also taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Texas School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced energy law in Washington, D.C. Professor Rossi was the law school’s 2013-14 FedEx Research Professor.
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