President Thomas C. Galligan Jr.
Louisiana State University
Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., was appointed Interim President of Louisiana State University in January 2020. He has been the dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center since July 1, 2016. He holds the Dodson & Hooks Endowed Chair in Maritime Law and the James Huntington and Patricia Kleinpeter Odom Professorship of Law. He also teaches Torts and Admiralty: Maritime Torts. Prior to his appointment as the dean of the LSU Law Center, he served as the President and Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College. He was formerly the Dean and the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he also taught torts and admiralty. Dean Galligan began his teaching career at the LSU Law Center where he initially taught from 1986-1998, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law. During his first tenure at LSU, the students named him the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. From 1995-1998, he served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College. During his career, he has taught Torts, Admiralty, UCC Sales, Remedies, Maritime Personal Injury & Tort Law, and other courses. Dean Galligan was named the 2018 Distinguished Professor by the Louisiana Bar Foundation at its 33rd Annual Fellows Gala. He has served as a member and chair of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee. Dean Galligan is a frequent continuing legal education speaker on his areas of expertise, having given more than 250 speeches and presentations to judges, lawyers, and others about Torts, Admiralty, Complex Litigation, Professionalism, and more. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, he testified three times before House and Senate Committees considering amendments to the Death on the High Seas Act and other applicable maritime statutes. His scholarship has been cited by courts including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, various United States District Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and various State Appellate Courts. It also has been cited, discussed and relied upon by legal scholars in treatises, law review articles, and the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm. His most recent publication, “The Structure of Torts”, is forthcoming in Volume 46 of the Florida State University Law Review, and additional articles have been accepted for publication in the Louisiana Law Review and Tulane Law Review. He holds an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude and first in his class, and an LL.M. from the Columbia University Law School.