2017 Summit: Environmental Justice: What happened to Title VI?

Saturday, March 11, 1:10pm, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD

The focus of this panel will be how environmental justice cases are transforming into civil rights issues, becoming one in the same. We will also discuss how that has and will continue to affect title VI.

Tim Hardy, Attorney

timhardy-photo-016aTimothy W. Hardy is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a Partner, serves on the firm’s Management Committee, and is head of the Environmental Law Practice Group in the Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister Law Firm with offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. His area of concentration is Environmental Law. He holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and a Juris Doctor Degree from Southern School of Law. He currently serves on the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, currently as Chairman. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center where he has taught Environmental Law for more than 24 years. He is married to the former Stacia Saizon, currently Associate Dean of Students at Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have two daughters, Nicole, a physician, currently doing her residency in Emergency Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and Amanda, a second year medical student at LSU Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Colette Pichon-Battle, Esq., Executive Director- US Human Rights Network

colette_pichon_battleColette Pichon Battle, Esq. is a native of Louisiana who, over the past eleven years, has worked with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. In 2017, she assumed her role as Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network and now leads the mission work of that organization to build a people-centered movement for Human Rights in the U.S. In 2016 Colette was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity and received the Water Champion award from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. In 2015 international social entrepreneurship leader, Echoing Green, selected her as a Climate Fellow for founding and directing the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP). In 2012, Colette was named an “Expert of Color” by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development on issues that surround the US racial wealth divide. In 2007 Colette received recognition from the American Bar Association and in 2008 she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana- both awards were for her work around multi-racial, cross regional alliance building in the Katrina recovery. In her previous position as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Colette developed and directed programming focused on Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Equitable Disaster Recovery. Ms. Pichon Battle was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015 a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. Ms. Pichon Battle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Kenyon College, is a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow and a graduate of the Southern University Law Center. She serves on the board for the US Climate Action Network (USCAN) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Colette serves on the national planning committee for Law for Black Lives (L4BL) and has served on the national steering committee for the Black Immigration Network (BIN). Colette is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Lawyers Guild, and Experts of Color Network (ECON).

Robert Wiygul (Moderator), Partner, Waltzer Wiygul & Garside
DSC_0061.jpgRobert Wiygul graduated cum laude from Millsaps College in 1981, and received his law degree cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1984. While at law school he was the Editor in Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Judge W. Eugene Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and later practiced with the firm of Gordon, Arata, McCollam and Duplantis in New Orleans, specializing in natural resources and commercial litigation. In 1990 he was the Burlington Northern Fellow in Natural Resources Law at the University of Colorado School of Law. From 1990 to 2001 he was with the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) in New Orleans and as the managing attorney of its Rocky Mountain office in Denver, Colorado. He is currently the resident partner in the Mississippi office of Waltzer Wiygul Garside, which specializes in environmental and trial practice, and counts as part of its mission representing the underserved communities of our region. The firm has represented over 900 clients in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Colorado bars, and a frequent writer and speaker on environmental law. Mr. Wiygul represents individuals and non-profits nationwide in pollution, public lands, and public policy matters. He has one wife, two daughters, two law partners, two dogs, and five boats.