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November 2009

Career Services Offers 'Starting Your Own Law Practice' Seminar
November 24, 2009

The Law Center is pleased to offer a seminar on Starting Your Own Law Practice.  The program is open to all interested alumni at no charge and will be held at the LSU Law Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009.  Topics will include start up issues, choice of business entity, finances from A to Z, ethics, getting and keeping clients, technology, and avoiding common mistakes new lawyers make.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Tracy Evans at Tracy.Evans@law.lsu.edu.

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Thanksgiving Greetings from Chancellor Jack Weiss
November 24, 2009

Dear Friends:
 
As we approach Thanksgiving, it seems a fitting time to consider all of the blessings that have been bestowed on our LSU Law community. Foremost among them is the gift of peace in a broader world that is the scene of so much violent turmoil and human tragedy. Our security, of course, is no happenstance; we owe it to the thousands of dedicated men and women of our armed forces who risk their lives on a daily basis to assure our safety and freedom. I hope that you will include our service personnel in your prayers and in your reflections this Thanksgiving.
 
I also think that our LSU Law community itself provides much for which we can be thankful. In recent weeks, we have seen a powerful illustration of all we can accomplish together, as students, faculty, and alumni have joined forces to effectuate important curricular and policy changes here at the Law Center. These changes are important in their own right, but equally, if not more important is the example...


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What School Best Prepared You for Life?
November 24, 2009

What school laid the foundation for the life you now have? What school prepared you best for your life as an outstanding lawyer?
 
We hope you’ve contemplated these questions over the years, and that your answer is: LSU Law.  
 
It may have been tough, but it shaped you profoundly. The value of the education you received continues to grow – as the reputation of a degree from LSU Law is as strong now as ever before. Some say the value of an LSU Law degree is immeasurable. And, it’s one of the most important reasons to give to the LSU Law Annual Fund.
 
Your gift to the Annual Fund makes it possible for the Law Center to develop the next generation of leaders in the legal, business and public service arenas, all the while, continuing the tradition of demanding, yet personal, legal education that makes your degree even more valuable.
 
Please consider a gift to the LSU Law Annual Fund. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports:...


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Hats N Canes Tradition Continues at LSU Law
November 23, 2009

LSU Law 3Ls and their family members gathered on Saturday, Nov. 14 on the steps of the Old Law Building to continue the annual tradition of Hats ‘n Canes – a tradition that began in 1930.

The soon-to-be graduates sported their black hats and canes, while Chancellor Jack Weiss toasted the class. He offered his congratulations and special thanks for the hard work and significant accomplishments of the Class of 2010.

In the earliest years of Hats ‘n Canes, seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.” A Reveille article announcing the 1930 event stated, “Walking canes will be carried, flourished, and brandished” [as a] “badge to distinguish law seniors.” 

The celebration each fall is a highly anticipated right of passage for LSU Law graduating law students. The event was organized by 3L President Mike Smith and 3L...


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LSU Law Graduate Michelle Shamblin Earns Prestigious Bristow Fellowship
November 18, 2009

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Michelle R. Shamblin, a 2009 LSU Law graduate, has been chosen for one of only four Bristow Fellowships in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. She is the first LSU Law graduate to receive the prestigious fellowship offered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This is a tremendous honor for Ms. Shamblin and one of which all of us at the Law Center should be extremely proud,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. “Ms. Shamblin was an outstanding student who excelled in her academic pursuits at the LSU Law Center. We expected great things from her, and her selection as a Bristow Fellow is evidence that LSU Law students can compete with the best from throughout the nation.”

Shamblin is currently clerking for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She will assume her new position in Fall 2010.

"I am simultaneously excited and humbled by the tremendous opportunity that I...


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Chancellor Discusses Flagship Agenda and Proposed Curricular/Policy Changes
November 17, 2009

Chancellor Jack Weiss was the featured speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club on November 16. His presentation focused on the following: the importance of LSU Law as one of the three flagship campuses of the LSU System and the flagship public law school of the state, with particular emphasis on its role in economic development for Louisiana; various curricular and educational policy reforms that will help its students to be more competitive in the job market, while retaining the rigorous program that is the hallmark of our legal education; and, potential state funding issues and the importance of state support to the Law Center’s flagship agenda.
 
Read the full text of the Chancellor’s remarks.

View the video (video courtesy of LPB, lpb.org)

Read additional stories on the proposed changes.

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Chancellor Weiss Featured Guest on Jim Engster Show, November 2
November 2, 2009

Chancellor Jack Weiss was the featured guest on the Jim Engster radio show earlier today. Listen to the interview. 

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