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LSU Law Center Community Mourns Passing of Thomas Daley
The Honorable Thomas Daley The Honorable Thomas Daley

The LSU Law Center is saddened to report the death of Thomas Daley, former Court of Appeal judge, District Attorney of St. John the Baptist Parish, and long-time LSU Law adjunct professor. Judge Daley passed away at the age of 61 on Saturday, January 31, in New Orleans.

“This is a great loss for the Law Center and all who knew Judge Daley,” said LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. “He was a warm and vital man who has been taken from us much too young.”

Judge Daley’s legal career spanned 36 years. He served on both the 40th Judicial District Court and the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, before becoming District Attorney for St. John the Baptist Parish. Mr. Daley was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation and the 40th Judicial Bar Association. He was a former member of the Louisiana Judicial College board, and was a former chairman of the Louisiana Judicial Council’s Court Costs Committee.

“Judge Daley was an exceptional man who loved the law. He loved to teach the law, loved to apply the law in a just and even handed manner, and appreciated his duty as District Attorney to enforce the law,” said Cheney Joseph, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “I cherish the memory of my opportunity years ago when I served as a pro tempore on his bench to run the levee with him and discuss the fascinating legal issues confronting the district courts.”

“Judge Daley was a runner,” shared former LSU Law professor Tom Galligan. “And as we ran we always talked; we talked about law and we talked about friends and we talked about family. And the miles flew by. . . Tom Daley had energy, intelligence, humor, compassion, dedication, and an incredible love of life. He was our friend and we are all better to have gone running with Tom Daley.”

A New Jersey native, Judge Daley received his Masters in Law from the University of Virginia School of Law, his Jurist Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Rutgers University.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 529 W. 5th Street in LaPlace on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  A private burial will be held at a later date.

Tuesday, Feb. 03 -
LSU Law Center Brings Back the 3+3 Program: A Partnership with the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences
The LSU Law Center and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are partnering together to launch a new 3+3 program this fall, allowing students to receive a bachelor’s and law degree in six years. The initiative re-establishes the Law Center 3+3 program that has been discontinued for several decades.

“There are more LSU graduates at LSU Law than from any other undergraduate institution. We hope that 3+3 will encourage even more outstanding LSU students to stay at LSU for their legal education," said Jack Weiss, chancellor of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. “Furthermore, the new 3+3 program will make it cheaper and quicker for LSU students to get two first-rate degrees – an undergraduate degree from LSU and a law degree from LSU Law in just six years. Plus those who have TOPS may be able to use it for the first year of law school."

The program will provide highly motivated students with a fast path to law school. Instead of taking the traditional seven-year route, the 3+3 program will allow students to complete major coursework – including core classes required for law school – in addition to other coursework to obtain a bachelor’s degree in three years.

In addition, students who meet the Law Center’s entrance requirements can apply for admission upon entering their junior year. If accepted, students will be eligible to begin studying at the Law Center during their fourth year at LSU. During that time, all completed coursework will count toward the final year of the undergraduate degree, as well as the first year of the law degree.

“This program is a natural fit for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Our curricula provide students with the necessary analytical, critical thinking and writing skills that are essential for success in law school,” said Stacia Haynie, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “With most of our departments and programs participating, HSS majors have the added benefit of taking law-related courses already available to them. The campus pre-law advisor is also part of HSS Student Services.”

About the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences provides students with a foundational base of skills that can be used not only in the classroom, but in further study or a future career as well. These skills include analytical reasoning, communication and critical thinking. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 03 -
LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources Launches New Website; Publishes New Issue
The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources (JELR) recently launched a new website, which includes the latest issue of the Journal, Volume 3 Issue 1.

The JELR is a student-edited academic journal at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center committed to developing and promoting a variety of topics in the purview of energy law. The JELR was established by students at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in November of 2011. The JELR membership is comprised of students attending LSU Law Center.  Membership  is based on writing and editing abilities and academic performance.  Candidates are selected after completion of their first year of law school and participation in a write-on competition.  The members are advised by a committee of LSU Law faculty members as well as by an external expert advisory board.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 -
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