Southern University hosted the presentations of major contributions today made to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana State University and Southern University. These four recipients will share the remaining settlement funds of a class action lawsuit arising from a March 17, 1997, barge accident which occurred on the Mississippi River.
Attorney Walter Dumas led the presentations saying, In every case we [Class Counsel] keep a reserve for contingencies that may arise. And, in this case we had funds left over. We looked around the community to see who could benefit, and these four recipients got unanimous support from all of the lawyers involved.
Joining Dumas today were representatives of Liskow and Lewis and each of the recipient organizations. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation received $68,944.41, accepted by John Spain, Baton Rouge Community College received $344,724.54, accepted by Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey, Louisiana State University received $689,449.05, accepted by Vice Chancellor for University Relations Michael Ruffner, and Southern University received $2,344,126.85, accepted by Southern University System President, Dr. Ralph Slaughter.
We touch a number of lives across the state and this contribution will help us help many people around Louisiana, said John Spain.
While expressing his gratitude, Dr. Slaughter stated, On behalf of Southern University, we want to thank you and that we have a lot of needs and much work to be done at the University. This will go a long way towards making that happen