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December 2007

Planning for Clinics Moves Ahead
December 14, 2007

The Law Center is moving forward with plans to expand its clinical legal education program by Fall 2008.

"A three-year plan is under development to phase in live client clinics, expand opportunities for real-life practice externships, and make available additional public interest law projects at the Law Center," according to Professor Lucy McGough, who has been appointed by Chancellor Jack Weiss to spearhead the Center's efforts.

McGough is widely recognized within the American Bar Association for her work and scholarship related to clinical education. "She is familiar with clinics throughout the U.S. and has taught clinics, along with Stephen Dixon ('87) in the Office of the Public Defender in Baton Rouge, for several years," said Vice Chancellor for Student/Academic Affairs Cheney Joseph.

Serving on the Law Center's Clinical Education Committee are: Chancellor Weiss; Vice Chancellor Joseph; Vice Chancellor for Financial/Business Affairs Glenn Morris; Professors Greg Smith, John...

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A Tradition of Excellence - Campaign Update
December 12, 2007

A Tradition of Excellence: The Campaign for LSU Law is in full gear!

In addition to events held in past months in Covington, Houma, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport, and Washington, D.C., Baton Rouge areas alums gathered on Monday, December 10 to meet Chancellor Jack Weiss and to kick off the campaign in the metro region.

Chancellor Weiss, together with campaign steering committees located in Louisiana and Texas, are spearheading the $28 million Campaign for LSU Law. A significant portion of the goal, some $15 million, is for scholarship funds to aid in student recruitment and to relieve financial debt.

Over $9.4 million has been raised toward the goal, according to Campaign Chair Shelby McKenzie ('64). "Your fellow alumni will be asking you to consider what your legal education has allowed you to achieve and to give back in a substantial way," said McKenzie.

Chancellor Weiss has established several new initiatives that are critical to the future of Law Center: implementing a...

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Baton Rouge Area Graduates Welcome Chancellor
December 11, 2007

More than 150 Baton Rouge area graduates convened in the Student Lounge on December 10 to meet Chancellor Jack Weiss.

Chancellor Weiss talked with alumni about the Law Center’s plans for a clinical legal education program, the recruitment of new faculty to replace a number of professors slated to retire in the near future, and the importance of increasing opportunities for student engagement at the Law Center.

Cordell Haymon welcomed guests and Donna Lee introduced the Chancellor. Shelby McKenzie reported on the status of the Campaign for LSU Law. Haymon, Lee, and McKenzie are members of the Baton Rouge area Campaign Steering Committee. Other members include Mathile Abramson, Julie Baxter, Will Coenen, John deGravelles, Jim Dore`, Christine Lipsey, Van Mayhall, Mike McKay, Bob Morgan, Rob Scheffy, Lewis Unglesby, Cyril Vetter, and Ed Walters.

Attendees were treated to saxophone music provided by Brian Babin, a 1965 law graduate.

The event was hosted by:


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Class of 1967 Endows Scholarship
December 11, 2007

One of Chancellor Jack Weiss’ initiatives is a challenge to graduates to use the occasion of their reunions to establish a Class Gift that will benefit future students. The Class of 1967 was the first to meet the challenge and did so in a big way, establishing the LSU Law Class of 1967 Endowed Scholarship.

Chancellor Weiss accepted a gift of $60,000 from class representatives at the November 9 reunion. The endowment will be matched by $40,000 from the Judge Paul B. Landry estate and will generate an award of approximately $4,500 per year.

Serving on the reunion planning committee were John Breaux, Frank Fertitta, Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry, Jarrell Godfrey, William C. Kaufmann III, Charles S. McCowan, Jr., Randy Parro, Patrick Pendley, Alex Rankin, Emile C. Rolfs, Robert “Pete” Seale, John Swanner, Billy Tauzin, and John M. Wilson.

Check Presentation Photo...

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Young Alumni Leadership Council Meets for First Time
December 11, 2007

Chancellor Jack Weiss announced the formation of a newly created Young Alumni Leadership Council. The council, comprised of 20 members representing alums from the past 10 graduating classes, "will offer feedback on ways in which the Law Center can be responsive in preparing students for the ever-changing practice of law," said Chancellor Weiss. He asked the group to serve as "the eyes and ears for the law school in their worlds."

The group will also serve as ambassadors who can testify to the value of an LSU Law legal education; bring new ideas to LSU Law from their respective regions; and assist in recruitment of outstanding students to the Law Center.

The distinguished membership hails from five states, in addition to Louisiana, and represents a wide range of practice areas. The group held its first meeting in Baton Rouge on December 7 - 8.

Seventeen of 20 members met for dinner and were addressed by Kimberly Robinson ('98), Special Counsel to Governor Kathleen Blanco, who shared a...

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LSU Law Hosts Symposium on Presidential Power and Terrorism, November 9
December 10, 2007

Members of the LSU community gathered on November 9 to hear Law Center professors discuss the constitutionality of detention, interrogation techniques, and trial of terrorism suspects. The symposium was held in conjunction with Alumni Reunion Weekend at the Law Center.
The free symposium, titled Presidential Power and Terrorism: Detention, Interrogation and Trial, featured Law Professors John Baker, Ed Richards, and John Devlin. The trio discussed the 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 had profound consequences for the U.S. legal system, according to the presenters. 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 and Afghanistan in a conflict that did not...

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Chancellor to Chair LSU AD Search
December 10, 2007

Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss will serve as the chair of the search committee for LSU's new Athletic Director. Chancellor Sean O'Keefe made the announcement December 5. Weiss will head a 14-member committee charged with naming the replacement for Skip Bertman who will step down in June.

The Advocate and LSU News Release

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Distinguished Alumnus Brunch
December 5, 2007
It was standing room only as the LSU Law Center honored Michael H. Rubin as its 2007 Distinguished Alumnus. Friends, colleagues, fellow grads, and family members joined in the celebration and presentation of the award by Chancellor Jack Weiss.

This award, presented each year, recognizes a graduate who demonstrates personal and professional achievements, loyalty to the Law Center, and fidelity to the highest ethical standards.

The morning began with an invocation delivered by Rabbi Harold L. Robinson, recognition followed from friend and peer E. Phelps Gay, and Rubin then charmed the crowd with his acceptance remarks, which included an entertaining animated slide show and a musical performance on the grand piano.

Distinguished Alumnus Photo Gallery 

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