U.S. Department of Energy Official to Speak at LSU Law

Priya Aiyar

Priya Aiyar

Ms. Priya Aiyar, former Deputy Chief Counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and current Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, will speak at the LSU Law Center on Wednesday, March 27, from 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium.  Her visit is hosted by the editorial board of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources. 

Joining Ms. Aiyar for a panel discussion on the state of energy affairs will be Professor Robert Sloan, Director of the LSU Laborde Energy Law Center, and energy law and environment Professors Keith Hall and Blake Hudson.  Ms. Aiyar will also discuss careers in the energy sector and her path to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

While serving on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Ms. Aiyar led the Commission’s investigation of the government and industry response to the spill. She was previously legal advisor to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where she oversaw the work of the Wireline and International Bureaus.

Before entering government service, she was a partner at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. Her practice focused on trial and appellate litigation, administrative law, and internal investigations. She began her legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Ms. Aiyar received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and an M.Phil. with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

All LSU students and faculty are invited for the unique opportunity to participate in and observe this lunch time panel discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Ms. Aiyar will also be the guest speaker for the Journal’s inaugural banquet on March 27.