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November 2007

2007-08 Moot Court Team Wins Regional Championship
November 20, 2007

The 2007-2008 LSU National Moot Court team of David Geerken (3L), Jonathan Forester (2L), and Jon Ringo (2L) brought home a regional championship following competition held November 17–18, 2007.  The LSU Law team, along with coach Laranda Moffett (’07), spent this past weekend competing in the regional round of the National Moot Court competition against teams from all of the law schools in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.  
For the second time in three years, the LSU Law team took first place in the regional competition. The team will now travel to New York in January to compete in the national finals. “Winning this competition is especially meaningful,” said Professor John Devlin, “since the program is the oldest and largest moot court competition in the nation.”  
Special congratulations to Jon Forester who won an individual award as “Best Speaker” in the final round. The Law Center also thanks...

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Pugh Institute for Justice Holds Seminar
November 20, 2007

 Serving to Learn; Learning to Serve
Tari Devlon Williams of the University of Alabama Law School was the featured speaker at the November 2007 seminar coordinated by the Law Center’s Pugh Institute for Justice. Williams is the Director of Public Interest Law at the University. She discussed the law school’s recent expansion of public interest law programs and new efforts to recognize students for public service. A new ombudsman program with nursing homes for senior citizens, mediation work with veterans, and work with the Innocence Project are but a few of the new opportunities afforded students, said Williams. The law school has also instituted a new Public Interest Law Certificate for students who elect to pursue the graduation honor. 

Pugh Institute, November 8, 2007 - View the seminar (WMV)

For information on the Pugh Institute for Justice, visit

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Supreme Court Admission Set for March 31, 2008
November 6, 2007

Interested in admission to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court? Join your fellow LSU Law alums on March 31, 2008 for a swearing in ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All forms and accompanying fee payment must be submitted to the LSU Office of Alumni Relations by February 1, 2008.  Detaiiled information.

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Law Center Announces New Scholarships and Professorships
November 5, 2007

The Law Center is pleased to announce the following new scholarships and professorships that have been given during 2007:

The Judge Anthony J. and JoAnn Graphia Endowed Professorship, given in honor of the Graphias by family and friends

The Allen L. Smith, Jr. Endowed Professorship, given by Allen L. Smith (‘64)

The Wedon T. Smith Professorship in Civil Law, given by Eula Tullos Smith in memory of her husband, Wedon T. Smith (’39)

The Bernard Keith Vetter Professorship in Civil Law, given in honor of Keith Vetter (’64) by Tutta and Cyril Vetter (’72)

The Athanassios N. Yiannnopoulos Endowed Professorship, given in honor of former LSU Law Professor Yiannopoulos, by Gloria and Richard  “Jerry”  Dodson (’66)

The Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel and Wilson Endowed Scholarship, given by the Lake Charles firm (including LSU Law graduates Thomas Filo (’87), Michael K. Cox (’87), Paul J. Cox (’94), Tina Wilson (2000) and James J. Cox...

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Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Competitions
November 5, 2007

LSU Law Center students recently participated in three Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Competitions.

Highlights include: two First Place honors in individual and brief writing categories, and overall, two teams advancing into the semifinal and final rounds of their respective competitions.

The International Criminal Moot Court Team advanced to the Final Round of the ICC Moot Competition for the third year in a row. The team also won First Place for the Best Brief for the Prosecution
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In Puerto Rico, the students went undefeated in preliminary rounds and made it to the semifinals. Katie Barrios also won the individual award for the Best Cross Examination of the competition.
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In Michigan, the students performed extremely well in three preliminary rounds but narrowly missed making the semifinal rounds (only 4 of 26 teams advanced in this competition).

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Vice Chancellor Tapped to Assist Governor-elect Jindal
November 1, 2007
LSU Law Center Academic Vice Chancellor Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. has been tapped by Governor-elect Bobby Jindal to assist in transition efforts for the new administration. Joseph will advise on establishing the Governor’s Executive Counsel Office.

Read the full story published by The Advocate on October 30, 2007.  

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LSU Law to Host Symposium on Presidential Power and Terrorism November 9
November 1, 2007
The LSU Law Center will offer a free symposium titled Presidential Power and Terrorism: Detention, Interrogation and Trial, with the center’s Professors John Baker, Ed Richards, and John Devlin presenting. The trio will discuss legal issues posed by detention, interrogation, and trial of terrorist suspects and how these challenge our common understanding of the rule of law. 

The terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001 has had profound consequences for the U.S. legal system. In previous years, reforms of the Church Committee in the 1970s pushed the U.S. toward electronic surveillance and away from human assets. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War also shifted the focus in antiterrorism efforts toward individual rights and privacy during that era.

After 9/11, these trends were suddenly reversed. Many young middle-Eastern men legally in the U.S. were seized and interrogated based on their religious status. Prisoners were captured in Iraq...
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