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Law Center Mourns Passing of Ben R. Miller, Jr.
Ben R. Miller, Jr. ('61) Ben R. Miller, Jr. ('61)

The LSU Law Center is saddened to report the passing of Ben R. Miller, Jr., a 1961 graduate of the Law Center and a highly respected attorney and Baton Rouge community leader. Ben helped to found the Kean Miller law firm in 1983, now one of the largest firms in Louisiana. He was the eternal supporter of the Law Center who frequently engaged in the academic and student life of the school. He was known for his staunch support of the Law Center and its graduates.

“Ben was a giant of the legal community and a mainstay of the Law Center,” said LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss. “We’ll miss him terribly.”

Ben taught Trusts to many students throughout his adjunct teaching career at the Law Center. He emerged as a leader in the school’s efforts to re-engage LSU Law alumni, and he served as an early member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees. He was a long-standing member of the Chancellor’s Council.

Ben had a stellar academic record at the Law Center. He graduated first in his class, was inducted as a member of The Order of Coif in 1961, and served on the Louisiana Law Review.

The Law Center extends its deepest personal condolences to his wife, Bettsie, the entire Miller family, and to the LSU Law family who knew and loved Ben.

Services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge on Friday, December 5, 2014. Visitation will be begin at 10:00 a.m., and services at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made to charities that would be meaningful to Ben, including:  The Ben R. Miller Scholarship at the LSU Law Center (payable to the LSU Foundation, 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808); The St. James Episcopal Day School (445 Convention Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802); or the University Laboratory School (45 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802).

Link to Kean Miller notice:

"Sustainable Oil and Gas Development" focus of Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture: January 28

"Sustainable Oil and Gas Development"

Presented by Scott Anderson and Mark Boling Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture

January 28, 2015 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

David W. Robinson Courtroom LSU Law Center 1 East Campus Drive

Questions: 225/578-8847 225/578-5722

Scott Anderson and Mark Boling will deliver the annual Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Law Center. The lecture, “Sustainable Oil and Gas Development”, will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the David W. Robinson Courtroom. 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.

“Liskow & Lewis is pleased to continue our support of the Visiting Professorship in Energy Law,” said R. Keith Jarrett, Liskow & Lewis’ Firm President and Managing Partner. “Energy law is immensely significant to businesses in our state, and we believe there are few areas of study more critical at this time. Our firm proudly supports LSU’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of this ever-developing field.”

Scott Anderson is the senior policy advisor for the Environmental Defense Fund's U.S. Climate and Energy Program where he specializes in policies relating to natural gas development and the geological sequestration of carbon dioxide. Prior to joining EDF, Scott spent many years in the oil and gas industry serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). He was the long-time Secretary of the LIAISON Committee of Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations and currently is a member of the Committee of Visitors for the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.

He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Mark K. Boling is Executive Vice President of Southwestern Energy Company and President of Southwestern's V+ Development Solutions division. The mission of V+ Development Solutions is to identify, develop and implement solutions to the challenges of unconventional resource development that strike an appropriate balance among the environmental, social and economic impacts of the company's activities.

Prior to joining Southwestern in January of 2002, he was in private practice in Houston, Texas, specializing in oil and gas transactional work. Mr. Boling also served as President of SunHawk Energy Company, a small independent exploration and production company whose primary focus was the East Texas Basin. Mr. Boling was a partner with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., where he practiced in the firm's Oil & Gas/Real Estate Section from 1982 to 1993. Mr. Boling holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Geology from DePauw University.

The Law Center is located at 1 East Campus Drive, Baton Rouge.

For more information, please contact:

Missi Lightfoot 225/578-8847

Jennifer Roche 225/578-5722

About Liskow & Lewis

From the firm's seminal work during the formative years of Louisiana mineral law to today, Liskow & Lewis has defined business and energy law along the Gulf Coast. Whether negotiating multi-state commercial transactions or upholding the firm's long-standing tradition of community service, the lawyers of Liskow & Lewis have distinguished themselves with professionalism and integrity. Today, with more than 130 attorneys and offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Houston, Liskow & Lewis represents clients throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond.

About the LSU Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center

In August 2012, the LSU Law Center, with the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents, created an academic center for comprehensive instruction and research in energy law. The LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the first such center in Louisiana and one of a handful in law schools nationwide, prepares lawyers to address the full range of 21st century issues in the complex energy sector and to assume leadership roles in industry, government, and the academy.


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