Summer 2015

Professor Paul Baier was recently a guest on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law,” where he discussed a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association over Seattle’s new tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition.

Interim Co-Dean and Professor Bill Corbett recently published an article about the United States Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on pregnancy discrimination. The article is entitled Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: McDonnell Douglas to the Rescue? It is published in the online edition of the Washington University Law Review Commentaries and later will be published in the print edition of the law review.

On July 30, 2015, at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association of Law Schools, Professor Michael Coenen served as a panelist for the “Newer Law Teachers Workshop,” presenting on the topic of “Creating Successful Methods of Assessment, Including Essay and Multiple Choice Questions.” At the same conference, Associate Dean Ray Diamond was a panelist on two Constitutional Law workshops: on July 27, “Law Under Pressure: Ferguson, Missouri, Revisited”; and on August 1, “State Emergencies and the Constitution: Lessons from the Tenth Anniversary of Katrina.”

On July 29, Professor Ken Levy, the Holt B. Harrison Associate Professor of Law, gave a lecture at NYU Law School for the SEO Law Institute introducing minority law students who will be attending the top 10 law schools in the fall to criminal law and law school generally. This is the second year that Professor Levy was asked to speak on the topic at NYU’s summer programs.

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Are you a 2L or 3L who wants to learn more about opening statements, expert witnesses, or Moot Court tryouts? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then mark your calendars for the fall 2015 Advocacy Skills Lunch Workshops. Designed to give 2L and 3L students exposure to a number of different courtroom skills, these workshops will complement participation in the many internal competitions offered at LSU Law, and also to assist students in developing skills that may be assessed in the Advocacy Programs’ moot court and trial advocacy team tryouts. No experience in courtroom practice is necessary to participate!
LSU President F. King Alexander welcomed the LSU Law Class of 2018 to campus on Thursday, August 14. The class of 172 students is the first class to enter LSU Law under the realigned structure with the main campus.
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William "Bill" Corbett and Cheney Joseph, Jr., have been appointed interim co-deans of the LSU Law Center, effective August 17, 2015.
Over 170 third-year LSU Law students will “learn by doing” at the Law Center’s annual Trial Advocacy program that begins today. From cross examination to voir dire jury selection, students will role play and receive critiques from some of the nation’s leading experts in courtroom practices during the intensive three day program held at the Law Center, August 10-12.
Third-year LSU Law Student and SBA Executive President Clare Sanchez (’16) will serve a one-year term as the new student member of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
A Message from LSU President F. King Alexander: "As announced last week, Jack Weiss has decided to step down as law chancellor and dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. This unexpected announcement has resulted in an outpouring of support from the LSU family expressing its dismay at Chancellor Weiss’s decision... In the coming weeks, we will announce the appointment of an interim dean and launch a national search to fill this important position on a long-term basis. We trust that the new dean will embrace the significant endeavors begun by Chancellor Weiss, such as the growth of our Energy Law program, which has generated more than $5 million in outside support, and the continued diversity of the Law Center’s student body..."