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Dictionary of the Civil Code: Explore French Civil Law through a Louisiana Lens
On March 11, 2015, LSU Law Center Professors Alain Levasseur, J. Randall Trahan, and Associate Chancellor for the Law Library Beth Williams, will be among the speakers at a free CLE at the Louisiana Supreme Court, entitled “Dictionary of the Civil Code.” The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. and will inform the Louisiana legal community of an important and useful new resource available to them and to explore the civil law of France through a Louisiana lens.

The Dictionary of the Civil Code is an English translation of more than 1,600 civil law concepts from the French Vocabulaire juridique, first published in 1936 under the direction of Henri Capitant and later revised under the supervision of Gérard Cornu, Dean of the University of Poitiers Law School. This ambitious project was accomplished by two teams of translators: the “Louisiana Team” led by Alain Levasseur of the LSU Law Center and the “Poitiers-Juriscope” team led by Marie-Eugénie Laporte-Legeais at the University of Poitiers.

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer (’80), U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Circuit Judge James L. Dennis (’62), and Benjamin Janke (’08) of Banker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, will also present.

Dictionary of the Civil Code Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:30 p.m.-Lecture 6:30 p.m.-Reception Louisiana Supreme Court 400 Royal Street New Orleans, LA More Information: 504-310-2402 or

Tuesday, Mar. 03 -
38th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law Scheduled for March 17
The Center for Civil Law Studies (CCLS) will present the 38th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center. Professor Emerita Esin Örücü will present, “One Into Three: Spreading the Word, Three Into One: Creating a Civil Law System.”

About the Lecture

In the lecture, Professor Örücü hopes to spread the word that the once monolingual Louisiana Civil Code is being translated into French and Spanish. The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project Conference in 2014 called this expansion, “enhancing visibility”. A similar project occurred with monolingual Dutch Code which was translated into a trilingual Code of Dutch, French and English. Additional translations of the bilingual Civil Code of Québec (originally in French and English) was done in Spanish, and a translation of the Civil Code of Philippines was completed from Spanish into English.

The lecture will start by looking at some general concerns such as language, culture, transpositions, neologisms, equivalence, mistranslations and then move onto illustrating these issues through the experience of Turkey, a country experiencing a global modernization, westernization, secularization, democratization and constitutionalism.

Before considering the Louisiana case, the speaker will discuss the translation into Turkish from the already-trilingual Swiss Civil Code, and the creation of a civil law system.

Finally, a crucial question related to all translated codes will be posed: why translate a code? Various aims and reasons will be analyzed.

About the Speaker

A graduate of Robert College of Istanbul and a law graduate and doctor in law of the University of Istanbul, Professor Esin Örücü started her academic career at her alma mater before joining the University of Glasgow in 1976, where she became Professor of Comparative Law. She has taught as visiting professor at the University of Leiden, the University of Utrecht, the Yedi Tepe University of Istanbul, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels).

Now Professor Emerita of Comparative Law at the University of Glasgow, Professor Esin Örücü is also Professor Emeritus of Comparative Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and visiting professor at the Okan University, Istanbul. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala, is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and a member of the advisory board of Juris Diversitas. She served as a Vice-Chair of the Scottish Association of Comparative Law.

Professor Örücü has authored and edited several prominent books and an impressive number of articles and book chapters, dealing with comparative law in general, mixed jurisdictions, multiple aspects of Turkish law including family law, constitutional law, and historical aspects of the Ottoman Empire. Her scholarship visits the intersection of law, society, religion, language, translation, etc., with a truly multicultural approach.

Please RSVP by March 10, 2015 to or 225/578-7831.

Tuesday, Mar. 03 -
Marc H. Morial to Deliver 2015 LSU Law Center Commencement Address
Marc H. Morial, 2015 LSU Law Commencement Speaker Marc H. Morial, 2015 LSU Law Commencement Speaker

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, will deliver the 2015 LSU Law Center Commencement address on Friday, May 29, at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center, according to an announcement today by LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. The commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

“We’re delighted to announce Marc  Morial  as LSU Law’s 2015 commencement speaker,” said Chancellor Weiss. “Mr. Morial plays an important role on the national scene as President of the Urban League. As a former Mayor of New Orleans and native Louisianan, he retains deep ties to our state. Of course, Mr. Morial also has a special connection to LSU Law as the son of Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial  ‘54, our first African-American graduate. Our students are looking forward to an inspiring address on their graduation day.”

Morial has a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years. He has served as a lawyer, professor, legislator, and mayor, and, since 2003, President and CEO of the National Urban League. During his tenure with the Urban League organization, Morial has expanded the League’s work around the “Empowerment Agenda” which seeks to redefine civil rights in the 21st century. The organization has launched the historic “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative in 2013, established the Urban Youth Empowerment Program, and created the Urban Empowerment Fund.

As Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 until 2002, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition. He led the 1990s renaissance of New Orleans and left office with a 70% approval rating. As a lawyer, the Louisiana State Bar Association awarded Morial the Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged. As a professor, Morial served on the adjunct faculty of Xavier University where he taught Constitutional Law and Business Law. As a Louisiana state senator, Morial was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year, while authoring laws on a wide range of important subjects.

Under appointment by President Obama, Morial has served as Chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.  He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.

Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degrees, including Xavier University and Howard University.

Wednesday, Mar. 04 -
3Ls to Sign Up for Commencement Activities
New dates are being offered for 3Ls to sign up for the 3L Crawfish Boil, Leave a Legacy Campaign, and for Certificates of Appreciation.  The Office of Alumni Relations will host a table in the 2nd floor student lounge on March 11th and 24th, and again on April 13th and 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Staff will be able to assist students with registering or donating to these graduation programs.  For any additional information, please contact Karen Soniat,, or 578-8645.

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