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Tulane Law School Announces Director of New Center on Water Resources Law and Policy

November 08, 2006

Tulane University School of Law announced today that it is creating a new institute to focus on the laws and policies of water resource management and that Mark Davis, who has headed the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for the past fourteen years, has been named its Director.  Mr. Davis will also be joining the Law School’s faculty as a Senior Research Fellow.

“The Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy is an important addition to the Law School that will allow us to better serve both our students and the community,” said Law School Dean Lawrence Ponoroff.

According to Mr. Davis, the challenges Louisiana and New Orleans are facing in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as decades of coastal collapse, have made clear the need to better understand and improve the laws and policies that govern water resource and coastal management.  “Years of work to save our coast and protect its communities have made clear that we need to do more than have good science and engineering on our side.  We need to have laws, policies, and decision making processes that allow the best science and engineering to be put to work for us.  The Tulane Center on Water Resources Law and Policy will advance that goal.”
In his fourteen years as Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the leading public interest voice for the conservation, restoration and stewardship of Louisiana’s coast, Mr. Davis has worked to shape state and federal laws and polices central to the survival of coastal Louisiana and its ecology, communities, and economy.  Mr. Davis currently is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Conservation and Restoration and is a member of the Mineral Management Service Advisory Committee on Outer Continental Shelf Activity.

For more information, contact Mark Davis @ 
225-413-2228 or Oliver Houck @ 504-865-6946.


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