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The Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center has received its largest gift to date from a living donor. The school announced on Friday that it will receive $600,000 from the Nesser family — John T. Nesser III, chief operating officer and executive vice president of McDermott International Inc.; his son, J.T. Nesser IV, a partner at Houston-based Porter Hedges; and his daughter, Tulane University Law School career counselor Amanda Nesser Moeller. All three Nessers received J.D.s from LSU law. The donation will establish the Nesser Family Endowed Chair in Energy Law, which will help the school expand its oil, gas and mineral law program. It will be only the second endowed chair at the law school. “Louisiana’s economy in many respects revolves around the development of energy and energy sources,” the elder Nesser said. “The study of all aspects of the law governing energy is of critical importance to the people of Louisiana. As a family, we are proud and thankful that we are able to contribute to this effort.” LSU law Chancellor Jack Weiss — the top administrator at the law school — said that LSU aims to build a world-renown energy law faculty. Nesser’s gift will aid in attracting top faculty talent, he said. “The Nesser family’s gift also gives us an opportunity to strengthen our ties to LSU through development of a multidisciplinary program of study, while also serving the bar, the energy industry and the citizens of our state,” Weiss said. “I can’t think of a field of legal study more fitting — or more important — to our state and the nation than that of energy law.” The Nesser family itself is directly involved in the energy industry. McDermott International is a construction and engineering company that specializes in offshore oil and gas projects. Porter Hedges is known for its energy practice and represents a number of major oil and gas companies. J.T. Nesser, a partner in the firm’s litigation section, has represented various offshore drilling companies. The family has close ties to LSU. John Nesser III serves on the law school’s alumni board of trustees. All three Nessers are members of the law school’s Chancellor’s Council, which is a designation given to those who have donated to the school. Karen Sloan can be contacted at [email protected] .

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