Pipelines Protestors and House Bill 727

This panel will involve the complex interests behind pipeline security and the expression of First Amendment rights. It will specifically address LA House Bill 727 which changes how pipelines and pipeline construction sites are classified. The Bill also includes increased penalties for those who conspire to commit trespass near pipeline sites.

  • William Quigley, Loyola Law School

Bill Quigley is a law professor and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. Bill has been an active public interest and human rights lawyer since 1977. Bill has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, human rights, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. loyola-university-new-orleans-william-quigley_0_0Bill has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana where he was General Counsel for over 15 years. He has been an active lawyer with School of the Americas Watch and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.  Bill served as Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC from 2009 to 2011 before returning to Loyola.

  • Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights

Pam Spees is a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She has a background in international criminal and human rights law. Her work focuses on addressing gender-based violence, persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the support of environmental justice movements and the right to protest. Headshot-Pamela-SpeesHer major cases and projects include a series of cases in support of environmental activists opposing pipelines in Louisiana and North Dakota; Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) v. Scott Lively, a federal lawsuit against U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively for his role in the persecution of the LGBTI community in Uganda; Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) v. Vatican, seeking accountability for the crimes against humanity of sexual violence by clergy and cover-up; and the Right to Heal initiative with Iraqi civil society groups and Iraq War Veterans seeking accountability for the Iraq war and its lasting health effects.

  • Tyler Gray, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Tyler Gray currently serves as president and general counsel to Louisiana Mid-Continent’s Oil and Gas Association, supporting members on all oil and gas issues in Louisiana through LMOGA’s issue committees. 512160231580a58e75e2ec3e65e1bee6f8f9b5fbPreviously, Tyler served as an attorney in the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation, providing legal advice on all regulations enforced by Conservation. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from James Madison University in Virginia, received his J.D. From Loyola University in New Orleans, and M.B.A. at Louisiana State University.