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October 2008

Parker Joins LSU Law Center as New CFO
October 29, 2008

Stephen A. Parker has joined the LSU Law Center as chief financial officer. Previously, he worked at Baton Rouge Community College, where he served as executive director for finance. In that role, he served on the college's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Steering Committee, helping gain SACS accreditation for BRCC in 2004. He also implemented several new services that benefitted faculty, staff and students, including automatic funds verification, web tuition payment, direct deposit for financial aid refunds and a one-stop shop for copying/printing/ID services.

Parker has also worked for the Louisiana State Department of Education as management and budget administrator and finance supervisor/program manager. In addition, he served as state budget analyst for the Office of Planning and Budget's Division of Administration.

In 1997, Parker earned his M.P.A. from LSU and also holds a bachelor's in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Hester and Miller Added to Law Center’s Young Alumni Leadership Council
October 20, 2008

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LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced the appointment of Christopher H. Hester, an associate at Watson, Blanche, Wilson and Posner in Baton Rouge, and Jennie Jackson Miller, an associate in the Corporate/Securities section of Andrews Kurth LLP's Houston office, to the LSU Law Center's Young Alumni Leadership Council (YALC).

The YALC is made up of 22 members—two each from the last 11 graduating classes of the Law Center. The Council advises the Chancellor and the Law Center on matters of policy of particular concern to recent graduates. The Council also assists the Law Center in the recruitment and placement of students and a range of other matters.

"Mr. Hester and Ms. Jackson bring additional strength to an already vibrant and talented board," commented Weiss. "As the newest appointed members, they will provide important feedback as we look for ways to enhance our recruitment efforts and also provide ideas on how we can better prepare our students for the...


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LSU Law Wins First Place at the LSBA Mock Trial Competition
October 20, 2008

The LSU Law Center team of Megan Donohue, LaToya Jordan, William Murray and Mackenzie Smith won First Place at the LSBA Mock Trial Competition held in Baton Rouge at the Middle District of Louisiana Courthouse on October 18, 2008. In addition to the team success, Ms. Jordan won the award for "Best Attorney" given to the top individual advocate in the tournament.

Details and team photos.

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Law Center Team Wins First Place at National Pretrial Competition
October 15, 2008

The LSU Law Center team of Megan Donohue, LaToya Jordan, Adam Savoie, and Celeste White won first place at the inaugural National Pretrial Competition held at Stetson University College of Law.

The event was sponsored by Stetson's College of Law and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Other schools competing included Baylor Law School, Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, Regent University School of Law, and South Texas College of Law.

LSU Law Professor Todd Bruno, a graduate of Stetson's 2008 Teaching Advocacy Skills Program, served as coach of the team.

"In winning the championship, we placed ahead of elite schools in the field of trial advocacy that were invited to this competition such as Stetson, South Texas, and Baylor," Bruno said. "We also swept the four individual awards that were given at the competition as more evidence of our impressive performance. What I was most proud of though, was...


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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2008 Bar Exam
October 10, 2008

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 78.2 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July 2008 administration of the Bar. In all, 165 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 129, or better than three out of four, successfully passed the Bar.

"We are proud of our graduates' hard work and of the solid preparation LSU Law provides new lawyers," said Jack M. Weiss, LSU Law Chancellor.

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, compare percentage of examinees passing the Bar among the state's public and private law schools and out-of-state colleges.

Results on the July 2008 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all...


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LSU Law Center Faculty to Speak at Civil Code Celebration
October 6, 2008

- LSU Law Center Professor Alain Levasseur and Librarian Vicenc Felieu will be featured speakers at the bicentennial celebration of the "Digest of the Civil Laws Now in Force in the Territory of Orleans (1808)," Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Louisiana Supreme Court Building.

The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor Formal Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, located at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans.

A book signing by Levasseur and wine and cheese reception will immediately follow the program until 8:30 p.m. Music will be performed by violinist James Brown.

Levasseur, Hermann Moyse Sr. Professor of Law, will discuss his new book, Moreau Lislet: The Man Behind the Digest of 1808. Feliu, who serves as the Law Center's Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian, will discuss the Spanish sources of the Digest of 1808.

One hour of free Continuing Legal Education credit is available to Louisiana State Bar Association members in attendance.
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