Laborde Center Events


Energy Law Center: Shell Training Facility Field Trip

Shell Training Facility Field Trip in Robert, Louisiana Tour Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Boarding at LSU Law Center begins at 11:45 a.m.) Students will hear about Shell’s organization and tour the facilities that Shell uses in Robert, Louisiana (near Hammond) to train its personnel regarding offshore drilling and the operation of offshore wells. Students will also see the wave pool facilities that Shell uses to train its personnel in emergency underwater helicopter evacuations. The Robert facility field trip will provide you with an up-close and personal look at the facilities and equipment used to train Shell Oil’s domestic and international employees. A variety of courses (including drilling and well completions operations, production operations, instrumentation, electrical and electronics, and health, safety and environmental certifications) are taught at the facility, through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, allowing trainees the opportunity to troubleshoot, analyze problems, and reach real-time decisions under the watchful eyes of knowledgeable instructors. The labs at the training facility are equipped with the same control rooms, electrical panels, instruments, blow out preventers, subsea control system, computer networks, and other drilling and production equipment that are actually used on the job. The facility has also been used as an emergency response center during hurricanes and other natural disasters and as the initial command center following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Lunch will not be provided; however, a reception will be held following the tour with wine, beer, and small bites, and the trip will conclude with a speaking presentation. We should be back at the Law Center before 5:00 p.m. Please email Missi Lightfoot by September 18, 2015 to let her know if you plan to attend. Below is a link to a snippet of last year's visit.  

When: Fri Oct 2, 11:45 am - 5 pm
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Energy Law Center: Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Panel Discussion of Electricity Industry Issues

The Women’s Energy Network (WEN) is an organization (open to women and men) whose goal is to educate and develop professionals of various disciplines (lawyers, engineers, accountants, etc.) who work in energy industries. The organization puts particular emphases on encouraging women to enter the energy industry and remain in the industry, but the organization also has (and welcomes!) men as members. WEN currently has 3,500 members in chapters in Appalachia, Greater Atlanta, Houston, North Texas, South Texas, Washington DC, South Louisiana, Chicago, Permian Basin and Greater Oklahoma areas to satisfy your networking and career development needs. The South Louisiana Chapter has volunteered to help start a student chapter of WEN on the LSU campus for students in law, business, engineering, geology or any other energy-related field. There three upcoming events of note. • Organizing meeting on Thursday, September 10 in Room W230 from 6:30 - 8:30at LSU Law School. Pizza will be served after the meeting. • Panel discussion of electricity industry issues on Wednesday, October 14 at 3 pm in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law School. Also, the South Louisiana WEN Chapter will have a lunch meeting on Thursday, August 27 at Mansur’s starting at noon. If you are interested in helping with the organizational efforts in advance of the September 10 organizational meeting and perhaps even be a club officer or committee chair, please let Professor Keith Hall know. If you are interested in attending the lunch at Mansur’s, you can talk to Professor Hall or register on-line at®istration_id=402&return_jid=65648 Both women and men are urged to consider joining the group or attending such events as the panel discussion on electricity issues. If you know graduate students or undergraduate students who would be interested, they are welcome. Although the first couple of campus events will be at the law school, the LSU WEN Chapter is intended to be for all LSU students and some future meetings likely will be held at the business school.

When: Wed Oct 14, 3 pm - 5 pm
Where: Law Center McKernan Auditorium
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Energy Law Center: Drax Biomass Field Trip

Drax Biomass Field Trip Date: October 30, 2015 Drax Biomass is a major U.S. exporter of wood pellets to Europe, where the pellets are used as a renewable fuel source. Students will learn about Drax’s business, including the sources of wood it uses to manufacture pellets, and will tour Drax’s export facilities at the Port of Baton Rouge, where Drax has two large white domes on the west bank that are visible from the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge. Time of boarding at LSU Law Center is TBA. Please email Missi Lightfoot by October 16, 2015 to let her know if you plan to attend.

When: Fri Oct 30, 8 am - 5 pm
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Energy Law Center: Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture

Professor Jacqueline L. Weaver will deliver the annual Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Law Center. She will present, Offshore Safety after Macondo: Lowering Risks in the Gulf of Mexico and Globally. A reception will follow the lecture. Jacqueline L. Weaver is the A.A. White Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Her teaching and research interests cover oil and gas law, energy law and policy, international petroleum, and environmental and natural resources law. She is a co-author of the nationally used casebook titled Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the treatise International Petroleum Exploration & Exploitation Agreements (Barrows Publishing 200 9). She also coauthors the Texas Law of Oil and Gas, a 3-volume treatise updated annually. She has lectured on topics in international petroleum transactions in Africa (Uganda, Angola and Namibia), Kazakhstan (as a Fulbright scholar), Lisbon, Bangkok and Beijing and is a frequent conference speaker in the US. She has written articles on energy markets, sustainable development in the international oil industry, comparative unitization laws in oil -producing nations, energy policy, and traditional oil and gas law topics. Professor Weaver holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a Candidate of Philosophy degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She worked in Corporate Planning and Marketing for Exxon Co. USA from 1971 to 1976. The Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law was established through a generous gift from the Liskow & Lewis law firm. The Professorship provides funds to bring distinguished scholars in energy law and closely related fields to the Law Center on an annual basis as part of the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center.

When: Thu Nov 5, 5 pm - 6:15 pm
Where: Law Center Robinson Courtroom (Room 201)
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