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Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
Tulane University Law School
Law School Annex
6325 Freret St, First Floor
New Orleans, LA 70118-6231

2015 Institute Staff photo 
From left to right: Christopher Dalbom, Program Manager; Dean Boyer, Senior Research Fellow; Caitrin Reilly, Senior Research Fellow; Mark Davis, Director.


Mark Davis 
Director  E-mail Mark Davis 
Phone: 504-865-5982

Mark Davis is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School and Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at the Law School. He comes to the Institute after 14 years as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he was extensively involved in shaping laws, policies and programs at the state and federal level dealing the restoration and stewardship of coastal ecosystems. Prior to that time he practiced law in Washington DC and Chicago. He has also been an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago Kent School of Law and Indiana University's School of Business in Indianapolis. He has a JD, with honors, from Indiana University and an MLT from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Davis has written and lectured widely on matters related to coastal and water resource management and has testified before White House and Congressional panels on numerous occasions. He has been recognized for his work with a Louisiana Legend Award from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and an Environmental Hero award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Christopher Dalbom 
Program Manager  E-mail Christopher Dalbom 
Phone: 504-865-5915

Christopher Dalbom is the Program Manager of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at the Law School.  After graduating from Tulane Law School in 2012 he worked for one year as a Senior Research Fellow at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy.  Christopher has done extensive work on legal and policy issues relating to interstate water compacts, Mississippi River management,  the RESTORE Act and other revenue streams associated with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and coastal and water management.  Prior to coming to Tulane, Christopher served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and studied cultural geography in Louisiana and Virginia.  He has a JD from Tulane University, an MA from Louisiana State University, and a BA from the University of Kansas. 

Nolen "Dean" Boyer
Senior Research FellowE-mail Christopher Dalbom
Phone: 504-865-5980

Dean Boyer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tulane Institute on Water Resource Law and Policy. He was born in California and grew up in Singapore and the San Francisco bay area. Dean graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2006 with a BA in History. After graduation, he traveled throughout South America and volunteered at an animal refuge in Bolivia. He worked in San Francisco as a shipping coordinator for an online store and as a campaign manager for a non-profit focusing on coastal issues. He came to New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School where he received a JD with a certificate in environmental law. Dean is a co-founder of No Waste NOLA and is on the board of the New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy. In his free time, Dean enjoys biking around New Orleans, travelling, and camping.

Caitrin Reilly
Senior Research FellowE-mail Christopher Dalbom
Phone: *504-865-5847

Caitrin Reilly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. She was born in Ohio, growing up in Columbus and Cleveland. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati and graduated with a BA in English and a minor in Biology. After graduation, she moved to New Orleans to attend law school and graduated from Tulane University School of Law, earning her JD and a certificate in environmental law. During her time at Tulane, Caitrin was a research assistant for the Water Institute. She has also interned with Green Light New Orleans, a non-profit dedicated to installing energy efficient light bulbs throughout Orleans Parish, and the Gulf Restoration Network, where she worked on groundwater and fracking issues, as well as Clean Water Act Permit compliance. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New Orleans' live music and walking her dog along Bayou St. John.


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