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March 2008

LSU Law Moves Up from 91st to 88th in U.S. News Rankings
March 28, 2008

"Onward and upward," remarked LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss when asked to comment on the 2009 U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Best Graduate Schools. Rankings released today placed the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center at number 88 and within the top 100 American Bar Association (ABA) law schools. The Center was tied at number 88 with six other schools, including Catholic University, DePaul, Northeastern, St. John's, University of Denver and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Chancellor Weiss hopes to see the school move even higher in the next few years.

The Law Center's rankings have improved dramatically over the past 10 years, moving from fourth tier ranking into the top 100 schools of law beginning in 2004. The Law Center was ranked 91 in the 2008 report.

"Our continued focus on recruitment of outstanding students is certainly paying off for the Law Center," said Chancellor Weiss, who was appointed Chancellor of the Law Center in July 2007. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA)...

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Chancellor Reflects on the Profession
March 25, 2008


Louisiana State Law Institute Annual Banquet, March 14th 2008
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Louisiana State Law Institute at its annual banquet, held March 14th in New Orleans, are, left to right: William Crawford, director; Max Nathan, past president; Cordell Haymon, president; Jack Weiss, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center chancellor, and speaker at the banquet; and, Charles Weems, III, vice president.

LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss addressed the Louisiana Law Institute on the occasion of its 70th Anniversary, March 14, 2008. Read the reflections of this, "erstwhile lawyer," as inspired by Louisiana Law Institute colleague, John Wisdom, and his beloved mentor, Judge John Minor Wisdom.




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Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal to Hold Oral Arguments
March 17, 2008

Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal announced that the First Circuit will hold hearings in the David W. Robinson Courtroom, located on the second floor of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, on Thursday, March 20, 2008, beginning at 10 a.m., and Tuesday, March 25, 2008, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attorneys representing clients with appeals pending before the First Circuit will be presenting oral arguments before the judges sitting in three-judge panels. Six members of the First Circuit will be participating in this month's hearings at LSU: Judges Randy Parro, James E. Kuhn, Bob Downing, Edward J. Gaidry, J. Michael McDonald, and Page McClendon.

The First Circuit is one of five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts. The First Circuit's jurisdiction extends over 16 parishes in the southeastern part of Louisiana. The court is domiciled in Baton Rouge and normally holds hearings at its courthouse located at 1600 North Third Street. As part of its...

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General Counsel for Human Rights Watch Speaks at Law Center
March 13, 2008

Waterboarding is a euphemism for torture, according to Dihan PoKempner, General Counsel for Human Rights Watch. The Law Center’s International Law Society sponsored the symposium on Human Rights that featured several panelists on the topic of torture and the criminal justice system.

View the March 7, 2008 symposium

LSU The Daily Reveille coverage

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Christina Sautter Named Assistant Professor at LSU Law Center
March 7, 2008

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced today the appointment of Christina M. Sautter as Assistant Professor Law, effective Fall 2008.

Professor Sautter joined the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law faculty as a Westerfield Fellow in Fall 2006 and has taught Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal Writing and Research, and Moot Court Appellate Advocacy.

"Professor Sautter is a valuable addition to our faculty," said Chancellor Weiss. "Her knowledge and experience in corporate and securities law will add depth to our program and important new course offerings for our students."

She graduated summa cum laude and The Order of the Coif from Villanova University School of Law. Professor Sautter earned her B.S. in Multinational Business Operations and Marketing from Florida State University, graduating summa cum laude.

While attending law school, Professor Sautter served as a managing editor of the Villanova Law Review. She later served as a law clerk for the Honorable H....

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Robert Lancaster Named Director of LSU Law Clinical Legal Education Program
March 7, 2008


LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced today the appointment of Robert E. Lancaster as Director of the LSU Law Center's Clinical Legal Education Program and Professor of Professional Practice. Chancellor Weiss recommended the appointment at yesterday's meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors in Shreveport. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2008, subject to Board approval.

Lancaster currently is a Clinical Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. "Professor Lancaster has the vision, energy and experience to build a model clinical program at the LSU Law Center," Weiss said. "He has supervised both live client clinics and externship programs during his outstanding career as a clinical legal educator. We are immensely excited about introducing Professor Lancaster to our students and to the Louisiana legal community."

The clinical program will offer students the opportunity to represent live clients in dealing with actual court...

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LSU Law to Offer Free Tax Assistance to Foreign Students and Teachers
March 6, 2008
This event has passed- 2008 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center offers a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program where volunteers provide free tax preparation services to foreign students, teachers, and researchers. Individuals who have F, J, Q, or M visas and their immediate family members (spouse and children under age 21) are eligible for assistance. The VITA Program has assisted more than 300 foreign students, teachers, and researchers at the university and in the Baton Rouge community in preparing federal and state income tax returns. In 2005, the LSU Law Center's VITA Program was honored by the American Bar Association Student Division as the best program of its kind in the country. Dates for service: March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. March 29 (Saturday morning) 10 a.m. -12 noon Location: LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center East...
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