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October 2010

Gene W. Lafitte Honored as LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
October 21, 2010

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Mr. Gene W. Lafitte was presented with the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans on October 7th.  Mr. Lafitte’s family, friends and colleagues came together to honor him during the reception and dinner that followed.

Mr. Lafitte is a 1952 graduate of the Law Center.  He served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and graduated as a member of Order of the Coif.  Mr. Lafitte joined the firm of Liskow & Lewis in 1956, where he founded the litigation department, and served for almost 10 years as the firm’s president and managing partner before being named chairman. He is a former member of the LSU Law Center's Alumni Board of Trustees. 

Mr. S. Gene Fendler ('73) and Mr. John M. Wilson ('67) of Liskow & Lewis were guest speakers during the event. 

The award was presented to Gene Lafitte in recognition of his personal and...


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Chancellor Jack Weiss Named 2010 Recipient of Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award by 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge
October 8, 2010

The Baton Rouge Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award Committee of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has named LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss as one of two recipients of the prestigious Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award for 2010. Chancellor Weiss was honored during the 48th Annual Awards Dinner held November 11th, at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge.  Derek Gordon, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, was also honored. 

Introducing the Chancellor were Scott Sternberg ('10) and 3L student Ashley Mayes. 

“I am deeply grateful to the award committee for this extraordinary community honor. One can only hope to measure up to the high standards of the award and its prior recipients,” said Chancellor Weiss upon receiving news of the award.

Prior recipients of the award include many of the area’s prominent civic and community leaders, including most recently Ernest Gaines, Mary Ann Sternberg, Jacqui Vines,...


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LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2010 Bar Exam
October 8, 2010

Baton Rouge - 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.

Students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 76.8% percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July administration of the Bar. In all, 151 LSU Law Center students took the exam, and 116 successfully passed the Bar.

“We’re pleased that our students once again have achieved the highest bar passage rate among the four Louisiana law schools," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss. "Historically, the overall passage rate goes up and down from year to year, so we look primarily to how our students’ pass rate compares to the overall state passage rate in a given year. Our pass rate using this relative measure also remains the highest in the state and is a tremendous credit to our students and...


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LSU LAW BEST VALUE RANKING IS 18TH, NOT 5TH
October 4, 2010

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked 18th in the final 2010 rankings of Best Value Law Schools published by Pre-Law Magazine.

In August, a representative of the magazine informed the Law Center that it had been ranked 5th in the annual Best Value law school rankings. This information was erroneous, but the Law Center unknowingly relied upon it in announcing its new Best Value ranking on the Law Center website and in a press release.

Pre-Law Magazine has apologized to the Law Center for the error in communication.

Jack Weiss, LSU Law Chancellor, said, “We are disappointed to have received and been put in the position of passing on erroneous information. Nevertheless, our #18 ranking still marks us as one of the nation’s best values in legal education. We are honored to be the only one of Louisiana’s four law schools ranked in the top 20 among Best Value Law Schools.”

Law schools are honored if they meet four criteria, according to the...


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