On March 17, 2017, the LSU Law Center held a ceremony to name Room 110 the "Frank L. Maraist Lecture Hall" in honor of Professor Emeritus — and mentor to many in the Law Center — Frank Maraist. Room 110 was Professor Maraist's favorite classroom, and he delivered his last lecture on July 14, 2011, in Room 110 to a standing ovation from faculty colleagues, staff, and students in attendance.
LSU Law alumni from the classes of 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006 and 2011 gathered Sept. 30, 2016, at the Baton Rouge Hilton for their reunion ceremony. Graduates had the opportunity to attend a free CLE on Friday afternoon at the Law Center. That evening, the graduates attended the reunion reception and buffet dinner at the Hilton Capitol Center. On Saturday, the annual all-alumni tailgate was held at the Law Center.
More than 100 friends and family members gathered to dedicate the R. Bruce Macmurdo Classroom on April 22. A standing-room only crowd squeezed into room W220 to witness the unveiling of the plaque that bears Bruce’s image and tells a little of his personal story. Vic Marcello (’76) and Bill Steffes (’78) shared memories of political campaigns, trial preparation habits, a passion for sports and the pure love of people that characterized Bruce Macmurdo’s life. Bruce’s children Josie, Scott, and Mark (’16) joined their mother, Sandy, to acknowledge the dedication and thank the donors who made it possible. The dedication adjourned to a reception in the lobby of the 1937 building, which is immediately adjacent to the classroom.
LSU Law graduates from the classes of 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005 and 2010 celebrated their respective class reunions on October 23 and 24, 2015. The graduates had the opportunity to attend a free CLE on Friday afternoon at the Law Center. That evening, the graduates attended the reunion reception and buffet dinner at the Hilton Capitol Center. On Saturday, the annual all-alumni tailgate was held at the Law Center.
The LSU Law Center honored Edward J. Walters, Jr. as the 2015 LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Jeffrey K. Coreil, Jennifer A. Jones, Edwin G. Preis, Jr., Kimberly L. Robinson and Dean A. Sutherland for Distinguished Achievement at an awards luncheon held Sunday, October 11 at the Lod Cook Conference Center in Baton Rouge. Also recognized at the luncheon was the Honorable James L. Dennis, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, who received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his substantial contributions to the development of the law, to the judiciary and to our State, region and nation.
LSU Law graduates of “51 Years or Better” gathered for the annual Les Avocats reunion on August 24, 2015, at the Lod Cook Conference Center. The Class of 1964 is the newest class to be added to this distinguished group of alumni. The oldest class represented at the luncheon was the class of 1948! Interim Co-Deans Bill Corbett and Cheney Joseph welcomed the guests and provided an update on the Law Center. Professor Robert Lancaster discussed the Law Center’s Clinical Education Program and Law Library Archivist Travis Williams spoke about the amazing collections in the Law Library’s archives.
LSU Law graduates from the classes of 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2009 celebrated their respective class reunions on October 24 and 25, 2014. The graduates had the opportunity to attend a free CLE on Friday afternoon at the Law Center. That evening, the graduates attended the reunion reception and buffet dinner at the Louisiana Capitol Park Museum. On Saturday, the annual all-alumni tailgate was held at the Law Center.
The LSU Law Center honored Cordell H. Haymon (’68) as the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the Honorable James J. “Jim” Brady (’69), Maryam Sabbaghian Brown (’00), Craig W. Murray (’76) and Patrick S. Ottinger (’73) for Distinguished Achievement at an awards luncheon on Sunday, September 21, at the Lod Cook Conference Center. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to a graduate for rare distinction in professional achievement and loyalty to the LSU Law Center and the Distinguished Achievement awards recognize graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community.
LSU Law graduates of “51 Years or Better” gathered for the annual Les Avocats reunion on August 26, 2014 at the Lod Cook Conference Center. The Class of 1963 is the newest class to be added to this distinguished group of alumni. Guests reminisced with former classmates and received an update on activities at the Law Center.
We heard it through the grapevine that the Chancellor’s Council celebrated "15 Years of Giving" at the annual Chancellor’s Council dinner on March 14, 2014. Guests were treated to a medley of Motown’s greatest hits, in a production that featured LSU students in association with the LSU Department of Theatre. Chancellor Jack Weiss brought down the house when he sang "Ain’t Too Proud to Beg" and danced with the Motown performers. Established in 1999, the Chancellor’s Council began with 149 members. Today, the Council is over 330 members strong.
The LSU Law Center honored Vice Chancellor Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. (’69) as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the Honorable Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. (‘66), Richard F. “Dick” Knight (’58), Marilyn C. Maloney (’75) and Michael A. Patterson (’71) for Distinguished Achievement at an awards dinner on November 1, 2013 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Guests enjoyed video tributes of each honoree. A highlight of the event was a “roast” of Distinguished Alumnus Cheney Joseph by LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, and longtime friends and colleagues, Professor Bill Corbett and Charles McCowan.
LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the creation of the Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law, an endowment established through a $200,000 gift by the Liskow & Lewis law firm. The Professorship provides funds to bring distinguished scholars in energy law and closely related fields to the Law Center on an annual basis as part of the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. The gift was in response to the Law Center’s desire to create an interdisciplinary, 21st century Energy Law program that will prepare today’s graduates for the complex world of energy law practice.Professor Hannah Jacobs Wiseman, a rising star in the field of energy law, delivered the inaugural lecture for the Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law series. The lecture, “Enhancing Sub-Federal Renewable and Fossil Energy Governance,” took place on October 10 at the Law Center.
LSU Law graduates from the classes of 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2008, celebrated their respective class reunions on Friday, September 6. The day began with a CLE featuring Paul Barrett, author, attorney, and assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, who presented \"The Law of the Jungle: The Perils of Complex Litigation.\" Friday evening, the graduates gathered at the Louisiana State Museum to reminisce with classmates and professors. The weekend was topped off with the All-Alumni Tailgate on Saturday, September 7.
The LSU Law Center community, along with family and friends, honored alumnus John P. Laborde (’49) on Thursday, May 2, 2013 for his historic gift to the Law Center with a dinner at the Audubon Tea Room. Mr. Laborde has made a $2 Million gift to the Law Center to create a $1.2 Million Double Endowed Chair in Energy Law and an $800,000 programmatic support fund to establish the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. Mr. Laborde’s gift is the largest gift in the history of the Law Center. In October 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved naming of the Energy Law Center of the LSU Law Center in honor of Mr. Laborde.
At this year’s Chancellor Council Dinner, the Law Center paid tribute to decades of Law Center graduates who have valiantly and faithfully served our nation.A highlight of the evening was the viewing of a Louisiana Public Broadcasting/Law Center-produced video tribute to our veterans. Featured in the video are seven outstanding LSU Law graduates: John P. Laborde ('49), Honorable Thomas Stagg ('49), William Meyers ('48), W. Arthur Abercrombie ('69), Norma Bennett ('00), David LaCerte (’08), and Lauren Wolfe ('12). Sadly, Mr. Meyers passed away on February 22, 2013 not long after the taping of the video. The National World War II Museum’s charming vocal trio, the Victory Belles, took the crowd on a nostalgic journey through World War II-era musical classics.
LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced on November 1 the creation of The Preis and Roy Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice Endowed Professorship, an endowment established through a $250,000 gift by the Preis and Roy law firm. The endowed professorship gift will support the director of the Law Center’s Advocacy and Professional Practice program, a position responsible for the activities of the Law Center’s 27 Trial Advocacy and Moot Court teams and its externship program, and provide funds to support the activities of the program. The Preis and Roy law firm’s gift is the largest, one-time law firm gift ever to be received by the Law Center.
The LSU Law Center honored W. Henson Moore III as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the Honorable Elizabeth Foote, Honorable Bonnie Foster Jackson, C. Kris Kirkpatrick, William Morrison Meyers and R. Patrick Vance for Distinguished Achievement at an awards brunch on Saturday, October 20 at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana.
Rain couldn't dampen the spirit of the Class of 2013 as they continued the LSU Law tradition of the annual Hats-n-Canes celebration on Saturday, September 29. Sporting black top hats and carrying black canes, the graduating class gathered in the rain on the front steps of the old Law Building as Chancellor Jack Weiss toasted the class using the cane of the Law School's first dean, Joseph Kelly. 3L President Josh Wood had the distinct honor of presenting the cane to Chancellor Weiss.
The LSU Law Center welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Michelle Shamblin Stratton, the Law Center's first-ever U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, to the campus on September 6 and 7 for two busy days of educational events. The agenda for the Justice and Ms. Shamblin included student forums, classroom teaching, and meetings with students, leaders of student organizations, and the faculty.
LSU Law graduates of "51 Years or Better" gathered for the annual Les Avocats reunion on August 15 at the Faculty Club. The Class of 1961 is the newest class to be added to this distinguished group of alumni. The attendees enjoyed seeing old classmates and reminiscing about their law school days.
Lawyer and journalist Adam Liptak was the guest speaker at the annual LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council dinner that was held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on March 2, 2012. The Chancellor's Council dinner recognizes alumni and friends of the LSU Law Center who are Chancellor's Council members and others who have provided major gifts to the Law Center. Annual contributions from Chancellor's Council members are used to support a variety of student and faculty activities, academic programs and alumni services. Student financial aid, facility and technology improvements, as well as other initiatives that enhance the standing of LSU Law, would not be possible without the generosity of our Chancellor's Council members and major gift donors.
On April 14, 2011, Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed 130 scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to the Faculty Club. The annual event honors those who helped fund scholarships at the Law Center, and the students who have benefited from that generosity. The reception also provides the Law Center an opportunity to say "thank you" to our donors, and, of course, to acknowledge our wonderful students. Chancellor Weiss also recognized the generous donors who have recently established scholarships. Some 27 new endowed and annual scholarships have been established since our last reception in 2009. Thank you to all who attended this lovely event, and for your support of the LSU Law Center Scholarship Programs.
March 25, 2011 - Baton Rouge Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced today a gift from the John T. Nesser Family to establish the Nesser Family Endowed Chair in Energy Law. LSU Law Center alumni John T. Nesser III, J.T. Nesser IV, and Amanda Nesser Moeller established the endowed chair through a gift to the LSU Law Center's Forever LSU campaign. The Nessers' gift is the largest philanthropic gift the Law Center has ever received from a living donor and only the second endowed chair in the Center's history. It will support a major new initiative, allowing the LSU Law Center to broadly expand its already strong program in traditional oil, gas and mineral law into the vastly expanded field of 21st century energy law.
The annual Chancellor's Council dinner was held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on March 25, 2011. This event recognizes alumni and friends who have given unrestricted gifts of $1000 or more to teh Law Center. The Council and the Law Center also use the occassion to thank and acknowledge major gift donors to the Law Center. Annual contributions from Chancellor's Council members are used to support a variety of student and faculty activities, academic programs and alumni services. Student financial aid, facility and technology improvements, as well as other initiatives that enhance the standing of LSU Law, would not be possible without the generosity of our Chancellor's Council members and major gift donors. Six retiring LSU Law faculty members were honored during the dinner. Those faculty members honored were Howard L'Enfant, Frank Maraist, Patrick Martin, Warren Mengis, Kenneth Murchison and Katherine Spaht. Video tributes documented their outstanding service and careers. These professors have made remarkable impressions on many students' and colleagues' lives over the years, and they will be missed. On behalf of the Chancellor's Council and the Law Center, we wish them well in their future endeavors.
Graduates of "51 Years or Better" gathered for a lunch and reception on May 29, 2009. Dave Langford ('49) said his looks hadn't changed from his time as a student until today. Alvin Gibson ('49) remembered exams as being the worst thing about school, and Ed Lancaster ('48) said his most vivid memory of law school was Harriet "Ma" Daggett and the "weasel words" she taught them. For the uninitiated, "weasel words" are words that lawyers need to learn to weasel out of situations.
Chancellor Weiss recently hosted the annual LSU Law Scholarship Reception at the Faculty Club. More than 100 privately-funded scholarships were represented by students, firms, LSU Law alumni, and memorial scholarship family members and friends. Guests were treated to the musical talents of Brianna Guerin (LSU Law '08) on the piano, and photo ops with Mike the Tiger, who dropped in for a visit. Scholarships funded by the financial contributions of alumni and friends of LSU Law make a lasting impact on the lives of students. The LSU Law Center deeply appreciates these contributions that make it possible to pursue excellence in legal education.
LSU Law Alumni from the Northshore region gathered for a reception on June 3, 2008 at Dakotas Restaurant. Northshore Alumni Steering Committee members: Chairman, Henry "Hank" Miltenberger ('77); Dawn Amacker ('82); Michelle Blanchard ('02); Howard Daigle ('78); Richard Knight ('58); Robert Leake ('48); Todd Reeves ('02); and Julian Rodrigue, Jr.('79).
LSU Law alumni hosted a welcoming reception on Thursday, October 18 in Monroe, Louisiana for Chancellor Jack Weiss. Held at the Lotus Club, the event drew a large crowd of grads from the northeast region of the state. The reception was organized by Thomas M. Hayes III, Chair of the Northeast Louisiana steering committee for the \'Tradition of Excellence—The Campaign for LSU Law.\' Other committee members for the campaign are Ashley Burch, Brian Crawford, Ben R. Hanchey, Cyd Page, and Russell Woodard. The event also served as a regional kickoff for the campaign.
LSU Law Alumni from southwest Louisiana met on the evening of Thursday, October 11, 2007 in Lake Charles. Hosted by Oliver \"Rick\" and Donna Richard at their home on Shell Beach Drive, grads had an opportunity to meet Chancellor Jack Weiss. The event also kicked off the \'Tradition of Excellence—The Campaign for LSU Law.\' Emmett Sole serves as campaign Chair for the region.
More than 60 Shreveport area bench and bar members gathered at a reception on Thursday, September 13 to meet the new Chancellor of the LSU Law Center, Jack Weiss. The event, held at the University Club, kicks off 'A Tradition of Excellence-the Campaign for LSU Law'. Part of the 'Forever LSU' campaign, it is an unprecedented fundraising effort by which LSU Law Center alumni intend to raise $28 million to underwrite scholarships and additions to the law curriculum. Campaign efforts have realized close to $9 million thus far. Sam Gregorio, Chair of the Northwest Louisiana Steering Committee, organized the event. Shreveport firms sponsoring the reception were: Barham, Warner & Bellamy; Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts; James E Clark; Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway; Sam N. Gregorio; Norman V. Kinsey: Lemle & Kelleher; Nyle A. Politz; Herschel E. Richard, Jr.; and Zack Blanchard.
Members of the Chancellor's Council and the Alumni Board of Trustees gathered for the annual Chancellor's Council dinner in the Heidelberg Ballroom of the historic Capitol House Hilton. Held to honor donors contributing endowed professorships, scholarships, and other gifts that support the activities at the Law Center, this year's dinner was designed to celebrate 'A Tradition of Excellence: Pride in Progress'
All Alumni Reception - Law Center Student Lounge Class of 1966 Reunion - Tucker Room, 1936 building Class of 1976 Reunion - Bocage Racquet Club Class of 1981 Reunion - Shaw Center for the Arts Class of 1986 Reunion - Shaw Center for the Arts, rooftop terrace Class of 1996 Reunion - Juban's Restaurant Hats 'n Canes/Alumni Tailgate Party - 1936 building
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