Centers & Institutes

Centers & Institutes

Exxon Valdez Revisited: Justice Achieved or Denied?

Thursday, October 1, 4:00 PM

This unique public forum will  provide balanced, compelling presentations and insight into this memorable marine disaster and the 20-year saga of the legal battle that followed.

The seminar will begin with presentations by William Woody, investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), who investigated the spill; and Steven Picou, Ph.D., professor of Sociology at the University of South Alabama and a leading expert on the impact of disasters on communities.

Following remarks by Mr. Woody and Dr. Picou, the program will feature a spirited discussion between Brian O'Neill, partner at Faegre & Benson and the trial lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez trial, and Michael Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, regarding whether justice was achieved or denied in the Supreme Court’s decision in the Exxon Valdez case.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring:

  • David Lebedoff, Minneapolis attorney and author of Cleaning Up on the Exxon Valdez Spill
  • Catherine Sharkey, professor of Law at New York University School of Law, who has written extensively on the subject of damages; and
  • Tom Holloran, Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

WCCO news anchor Don Shelby will moderate the discussions and provide commentary throughout the program.

While there is no charge to attend the event, participants are asked to R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 25. For reservations or further information, please contact Mary Edel-Joyce at (651) 962-4920 or

Parking is available at nearby ramps for a nominal fee.

2.25 Minnesota Continuing Legal Education credits will be applied for.

Event Details:
Thursday, October 1, 4:00 PM

Schulze Auditorium

Presented/Sponsored by Medtronic Business and Law Roundtable Series and hosted by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas.