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March 2009

LSU Law Wins Second Place Overall and Sweeps Individual Awards
March 31, 2009

Two teams from the LSU Law Center participated in the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Competition held in Charleston, South Carolina on March 26-28, 2009. The team of Peyton Lambert, Linda Millhollon and Courtney Bryan finished Second Place in the competition which began with 25 teams. The team of David Borghardt, Megan Rawle Stafford, and Katherine Lee also had an amazing performance, winning the oral argument component of every round in which they competed.
In addition to winning the "Phelps Dunbar Finalist" award for making it to the Championship Round, LSU Law students won the top three individual awards given at the competition.  Peyton Lambert won the award for Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Competition and Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Championship Round. David Borghardt won the award for the first runner-up as the Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Competition.


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More Than 70 Students Attend Law Center’s Admitted Student Visiting Day
March 27, 2009

A diverse group of 72 students attended LSU Law's most recent Admitted Student Visiting Day, getting a firsthand look at what life as a law student at LSU involves.

The students represented eight states, 24 undergraduate schools, and 25 academic disciplines, with the oldest student being born in 1970 and the youngest being born in 1988.

Following a welcome and panel discussion, students attended a first-year class taught by Professors Randy Trahan, Paul Baier, and Ray Diamond. They then attended a mock class by Professor Lee Ann Lock ridge and had the option of ending their day with a tour of the Law Center.

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Federalist Society Guest Speaker Discusses Censoring Unwanted Speech
March 27, 2009

Patrick Garry, an associate law professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law and director of its Center for Empirical Legal Research, recently spoke at a meeting of the LSU Law Federalist Society on the topic of "Rediscovering a Lost Freedom: the First Amendment Right to Censor Unwanted Speech."

His talk focused on the theory that current first amendment doctrine protects low value speech—indecency and graphic violence, for example—more than it does high value speech, i.e. political speech. Garry argued that the first amendment extends its highest protections to political speech, and consequently, non-political media entertainment does not qualify for that same protection.

He also concluded that one of the speech freedoms most threatened by the current media environment is the freedom to avoid or reject certain types of unwanted, non-political speech. He then argued ways in which that freedom might be protected without violating the free speech clause.

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Judge Eugene Davis to Serve as Law Commencement Speaker
March 26, 2009


Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has been selected as the speaker for the LSU Law Commencement ceremony on May 28.

"Judge Davis's distinguished career on the federal bench has combined insight, evenhandedness, and civility. He has fully lived up to Louisiana's tradition of great Fifth Circuit judges. The LSU Law community is excited that a judge and a person of Judge Davis' high caliber will share his reflections with our graduating class," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

Davis is a graduate of Tulane Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

After working in private practice in New Orleans from 1960-1964 and New Iberia from 1964-1976, Davis was nominated by Pres. Gerald Ford to a seat in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana. In 1983, he was nominated by Pres. Ronald Reagan to a seat in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of...

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Chancellor Discusses Proposed Budget Cuts with LSU Reveille
March 25, 2009

Chancellor Jack Weiss was interviewed recently by the LSU Reveille on the impact of proposed budget cuts to the LSU Law Center. Read the full text of the article.

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Princeton’s Robert George to Deliver White Lectures on “Morality and Policy: Contemporary Challenges” April 2 and 3 at LSU
March 23, 2009

Princeton Professor Robert P. George will deliver the 2009 Edward Douglass White Lectures on Citizenship on April 2 and 3 at LSU. His theme for the series will be "Morality and Policy: Contemporary Challenges."

George will deliver two lectures in the series:

• On Thursday, April 2, he will speak on "Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McKernan Law Auditorium.

• Οn Friday, April 3, he will address "The Concept of Public Morality" at 10:30 a.m. in Dodson Auditorium on the LSU campus.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

"No scholar I know is more fearless in the face of controversy than Robert George," said James Stoner, chair of the Department of Political Science at LSU. "He addresses some of the most difficult moral and legal issues of our time in a clear and reasonable way, neither dodging tough questions nor settling for cheap debater's points."

George is...

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2009 Ira S. Flory Trial Winners
March 12, 2009

Megan Donohue and LaToya Jordan emerged as winners narrowly defeating Michelle Anderson and Michelle Bergeron in the Final Round of the Spring 2009 Ira S. Flory Trial Competition held on March 11.  
The Trial Advocacy Board for 2009-10 was also announced at the event:
Andre Gaudin, Devon Bardin, William Murray, Michelle West, Michelle Bergeron, Kilburn Landry, Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Smith, Michelle Anderson, Robert Denny, Bridget Hillebrand, Brad Trevino, Stephanie Noriea, Lauren Pinac, and LaToya Jordan.

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Chancellor's Council Salutes Saúl Litvinoff
March 6, 2009

The Law Center's Chancellor's Council will pay tribute to Boyd Professor Saúl Litvinoff at a gala planned for Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Coast, Energy, and Environment Building on the LSU campus.  

Chancellor Jack Weiss has declared 2008-09 the Year of Litvinoff in honor of the professor's retirement. Litvinoff will assume the status of Professor Emeritus when he steps down after the Spring 2009 semester. He has taught over four generations of students in his 43 years of service to the Law Center

"Saúl Litvinoff will go down in history as one of the greatest scholars and teachers of Louisiana law," said Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. "He has taught generations of LSU lawyers. His scholarship has shaped our legal tradition for more than 40 years."

Ava Leavell Haymon and Cordell Haymon ('68), life-long friends of the professor, have honored him with a named endowed professorship.

The Chancellor's Council is comprised of friends and alumni who annually support the...

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Shamblin First LSU Law Student to Receive National Scribes Award
March 2, 2009


Michelle Shamblin, a third-year law student at LSU, was awarded the 2009 Scribes Law-Review Award for her article, Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after "Parents Involved."

She is the first student in the history of the Law Center to receive the national award.

Since 1987, Scribes has presented an annual award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal. The award will be presented to Shamblin at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Law Reviews on March 19 to be held here in Baton Rouge.

"This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Michelle, the 'Law Review,' and the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "We are very proud that Michelle's article was selected as the best in the entire nation for this highly competitive award."

Shamblin's article discussed the case of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1. The U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion invalidated the...

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LSU Law Moot Court Team Advances to Final Round
March 2, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS to LSU Law Center students Megan Donohue (team captain), Charlotte Youngblood, and Patrick Grozinger who recently advanced to the Final Round of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition placing it in the top 3 of the 70 schools who participated.

The team is coached by attorneys R. Charles Ellis and Michelle Marney, and faculty advisor Kenneth Murchison. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that LSU Law has made it to the Final Round, winning the National Championship in 2006. In addition to the team success, Youngblood received the award for Best Overall Advocate, prevailing over roughly 200 individuals for the award. 

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