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Galligan's Travels

Follow the group exploring Spain on the Alumni Travel Program with Galligan's Travels, the president's blog.

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Blogging on Water, Oil and Death

As part of his participation in the "Blowout: The Legal Legacy of the Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe" conference at Roger Williams University on April 13, 2011, President Galligan posts a piece on the Torts Prof Blog.

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At Home in Academia

A recent feature article in the Seattle University School of Law Magazine explores how President Tom Galligan's career has taken him from the practice of law to teaching, to serving as a law school dean, and on to a college presidency and testimony before the U.S. Congress.


In Big Ways and Small, College has Gone Green

In a recent article in The Concord Monitor President Galligan discusses Colby-Sawyer's commitment to creating a more sustainable campus.


Legal Liability Issues Surrounding Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

President Tom Galligan, an expert in maritime law, has been deeply involved in the national discussions of legal issues related to the the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which began in April 2010 following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Most recently, President Galligan testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on June 30 regarding the Death Under the High Sea Act (DOHSA) and the Limitation of Liability Act (LOLA). “The Deepwater Horizon Tragedy: Holding Industry Accountable” hearing was led by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.


Previously President Galligan previously testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 8, led by Chair and Senator Patrick Leahy, on “The Risky Business of Big Oil: Have Recent Court Decisions and Liability Caps Encouraged Irresponsible Corporate Behavior?" On May 27, he testified as an expert witness at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's hearing on "Legal Liability Issues Surrounding the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster." Just a few days earlier, on May 25, he served as co-chair of the Gulf Oil Spill Symposium in New Orleans, which focused on the legal ramifications of the accident.


Related Media Coverage
President Galligan's Op-Ed Piece and Interview on WMUR-TV

In early July, 2010, President Galligan wrote an opinion piece, "Disaster Illustrates Inequities in Death on the Seas vs. on Land or in the Air" that was distributed to media across the country. He was also interviewed as an expert in maritime law on WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., by Fred Kocher, host of "New Hampshire's Business."

Associated Press Article in Boston Globe

Associated Press reporter Holly Ramer's piece on "NH College President to Testify on Oil Spill Law" was picked up by media across the U.S. and internationally.

New York Times Article

In an article by Barry Meier, President Tom Galligan is one of the legal experts calling for Congress to update maritime law in time to bring justice for the many victims and survivors of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wall Street Journal Article on Legal Issues of Spill

President Galligan is quoted in "Lawyers Marshal Their Suits: Attorneys Scramble to Gather the Most Plaintiffs for the Broadest Actions Possible," an article published on June 2, 2010, in the Wall Street Journal.

Times-Picayune Article About the Moratorium on Oil Drilling

In an article about the U.S. government moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf, the New Orleans' Times-Picayune asks President Galligan whether the Obama administration can force BP to cover the lost wages of oil rig workers put out of work.

Channel News Asia Article

An Associated Press article about the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which President Galligan testified was circulated worldwide, landing on the web site for Channel News Asia.

United Press International Photograph

This photograph of the three witnesses who testified at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 8 was circulated worldwide by United Press International. It shows President Galligan (far right)and the two other witnesses who testified at the hearing that day seated before a large image of the wife and children of Gordon Jones, an engineer who was killed in the explosion on April 20, 2010, of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Interview with Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition"

"Vermont Edition" host Jane Lindholm interviewed President Galligan on June 1, 2010, about the current laws that apply to the Gulf Oil Spill and why he believes they fall short in compensating the victims and their survivors of accidents on the high seas.

Valley News Interview

President Galligan was interviewed by Katie Beth Ryan of the Valley News in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire about maritime law.


U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings: Transcripts, Video and Audio


U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing

President Galligan Goes to Washington

On June 30, 2010, President Galligan testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding maritime liability under the Death on the High Seas Act and the Limitation of Liability Act.

Transcript of President Galligan's Oral Testimony for June 30, 2010 hearing

President Galligan testified for the "Deepwater Horizon Tragedy: Holding the Responsible Parties Accountable" hearing

Webcast of Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing on June 30, 2010.


U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Transcript of President Galligan's Oral Senate Testimony for U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

President Galligan, one of three witnesses, says the staggering consequences of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico force us to ask whether our laws are fair, consistent, and up-to-date. Do they provide adequate compensation? Do they provide proper incentives to ensure efficient investments in safety? He concludes an analysis of the relevant laws reveal a climate of limited liability, under compensation, and the possibility of increased risk.

President Galligan's Written Testimony for U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

In his formal written testimony, President Galligan maintains that regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the relevant laws reveal a climate of limited liability, under compensation, and the possibility of increased risk.

Webcast of Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing


U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing

On May 27, 2010, President Galligan was one of the witnesses who testified at the hearing. Others included a worker who survived the explosion of the oil rig; the father of an engineer killed in the blast; representatives from BP, Haliburton and Transocean; and local and state officials from Louisiana and Mississippi.

Transcript of President Galligan's Oral Testimony for U.S. House Judiciary Committee

President Galligan presented a summary of his written testimony in which he discusses the often inconsistent, incoherent and at times archaic maritime law that applies to the oil spill and argues that Congress should act now to revise and update the statutes.

President Galligan's Written Testimony for U.S. House Judiciary Committee

In his formal written testimony, President Galligan maintains that maritime law and other regulations that pertain to the oil spill fail to compensate survivors of those killed in the rig explosion for loss of society damages--the loss of care, comfort and companionship.

C-Span Video of U.S. House Judiciary Hearing

Civics Education in New Hampshire

President Galligan was appointed co-chair of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society's Civics Task Force. The task force is charged with creating guidelines for a new civics education curriculum in New Hampshire's K-12 public schools.

Civics 101: What Everyone Should Know

President Galligan is quoted in an article in The Union Leader about the Civics Education Task Force and its plan to create guidelines for teaching civics education in the public schools.

Civics Education in our Schools

New Hampshire Public Radio's "Exchange" program, hosted by Laura Knoy, featured an inteview with President Galligan and Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center John D. Hutson, who serve as co-chairs of the Civics Task Force, and Mary Susan Leahy, president of the N.H. Supreme Court Society. The task force, which includes retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, seeks to ensure that New Hampshire high school students are knowledgeable about how their government works and understand rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.


Interviews with "Kearsarge Valley Magazine"

For a series of cable television broadcasts, President Galligan was interviewed by Wilmot resident Gail Matthews in summer 2009 Kearsarge Valley Magazine. Their wide-ranging discussions covered his family and passion for running and teaching; his transition from dean of a law school to the presidency of Colby-Sawyer College; the challenges of an economic downturn for the college; the college's movement toward environmental sustainability; and the future of the arts at the college.

Episode 1: President Galligan

Meet Colby-Sawyer President Galligan and learn about his family, his passion for running, and why he gave up a legal career 20 years ago to pursue a new direction in college teaching.

Episode 2: The College

Colby-Sawyer President Galligan recalls the January day when he first visited the college and describes the characteristics that distinguish a Colby-Sawyer education.

Episode 3: Challenges

Despite the credit crunch and job insecurity nationwide, Colby-Sawyer College has bucked national trends in attracting a record number of applications and a rising number of alumni who contribute to the college.

Episode 4: Sustainability

From replacing vehicles with hybrids and old windows with more energy-efficient models to exploring alternative energy sources, the college is committed to moving toward environmental sustainability.

Episode 5: The Future

What does the future hold for Colby-Sawyer College? One dream is of a spacious and well-equipped new fine and performing arts center that inspires excellence in art education and unites the college and community in celebrating the arts.

Episode 6: Adventures in Learning

With new academic programs, more full-time faculty, an increasingly diverse student body and plans for new campus buildings, Colby-Sawyer College continues to evolve in exciting new ways.


Q & A with Colby-Sawyer College President Tom Galligan

The New Hampshire Business Review interviews President Galligan shortly after his arrival at Colby-Sawyer College. He discusses the transition from his role as dean of the University of Tennessee/Knoxville College of Law to president of a small college, his leadership style and his hopes for the future.