The Future


The Energy Law Center will:

  • Develop collaborative and cross-enrollment opportunities for courses with the LSU A & M campus in content areas that will enhance the knowledge of students concentrating in energy law.  Examples of potential programs with courses for cross enrollment include Geology, Petroleum Engineering, Nuclear Sciences, Coastal Sciences, Environmental Science and Chemical Engineering.
  • Establish certificates of specialization and a range of joint degrees to provide students the opportunity to combine an in-depth understanding of energy law with the study of science, economics, engineering, business, and other disciplines as they relate to the twenty-first century energy industry in all of its manifestations.  Through the academic resources offered by the new Center, LSU Law will be able to offer students specialized certificates in energy law, and is exploring dual degree programs in law and energy-related sciences and disciplines (for example, a J.D./Masters in Petroleum Engineering or Petroleum Geology), and a masters (L.L.M.) in energy law that will attract students throughout the nation and globally to LSU Law.*
  • Ensure that LSU law students will be able to cross register for additional courses in science, economics, engineering, and business-related disciplines through the LSU Laborde Energy Law Center and LSU A & M.  LSU Law plans to establish matriculated coursework with LSU A & M to allow law students access to important foundational courses in the Colleges/Schools of Coast and Environment, Business, Engineering, Geology, Economics and Forestry, among others. Additionally, LSU A & M students will be allowed to cross-register for Energy Law Center courses of particular relevance and interest.*

*LSU Law has begun conversations with LSU A & M regarding these potential programs.

John P. Laborde Double Endowed Chair in Energy Law and the Nesser Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Energy Law

An esteemed committee of national energy professionals and academics has been formed to launch a nationwide search for the first holders of the John P. Laborde Double Endowed Chair in Energy Law and the Nesser Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Energy Law.

John P. Laborde (’49) is a well-known New Orleans civic leader and a leader of Louisiana’s energy sector.  For 40 years he led Tidewater marine, an international marine service company that he co-founded.  He retired from Tidewater in 1994 and is currently Chairman of the Board for numerous Laborde family businesses.

John T. Nesser III (’73) is the Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Manager of All Coast, LLC. Prior to forming All Coast, LLC, Nesser served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of McDermott International Inc. Nesser has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas, engineering & construction and maritime industries.  J.T. Nesser IV (’99) is Senior Legal Counsel at Shell Oil Company.  Amanda Nesser Moeller (’05) works at Tulane University Law School.

Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law

This professorship provides funds to bring distinguished scholars in energy law and closely related fields to the Law Center on an annual basis.

Service to the Nation, State and Community

The Energy Law Center will serve as a “go to” resource for companies, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders focused on legal and related policy issues touching on the energy sector. The Center will serve as a repository of research and a source of consultative services for law firms and businesses throughout Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast wishing to expand their energy-related work.