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March 2010

High School Students Participate in “Discover Law Day”
March 2, 2010


“Major in something you’re passionate about, and then transfer that passion to law school,” advised Scott Sternberg, President of the LSU Law SBA. Sternberg, along with Lynell Cadray, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, welcomed some 50 high school students from throughout the region to Discover Law Day, a national minority high school symposium sponsored through the Law School Admission Council’s Discover Campaign. Freddie Pitcher, Chancellor of the Southern University Law School, and Raushanah Hunter, SBA President for Southern, also greeted the students.

LSU Law and Southern Law students led a variety of sessions designed to expose the high schoolers to life in law school. Pick 6 Jury Game, Law Jeopardy, and Revising Your Legal Argument were activities designed to expose prospective students to legal education. Professor Randall Trahan, the Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law at the Law Center, conducted a Mock Class for...

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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Steve Coll Coming to LSU Law, April 16
March 2, 2010


Steve Coll, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and noted journalist, will be the featured speaker at two LSU Law Center events slated for Friday, April 16. Coll is the author of numerous books, including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, and most recently, The Bin Ladens: Arabian Family in the American Century.

His has been invited to speak as part of the Law Center’s commemoration of the 150-year Sesquicentennial Celebration of the founding of LSU. Two events are scheduled. Mr. Coll will speak to students at 1 p.m. in the Law Center’s second floor Student Lounge. He will also speak to members of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council in the evening.

Steve Coll is president and CEO of New America Foundation and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. Previously, he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper’s managing editor from...

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ACLU's LeBoeuf to Speak on Trying Terrorism, Monday, March 8
March 2, 2010

As Director of the ACLU John Adams Project, Denny LeBoeuf has been an advocate for the defense of Guantanamo detainees who have been charged with capital offenses. Ms. LeBoeuf will speak on "Trying Terrorism,"  examining the Obama Administration’s plan to bring terrorism suspects (with a focus on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) to the United States for civilian criminal trials. The event will be held at the LSU Law Center on Monday, March 8 at 4 p.m. in Room 106. The LSU community is invited to attend.

Ms. LeBoeuf has represented indigent persons facing death at trial and in post-conviction in state and federal courts for over 20 years, and consults with capital defense teams nationally.  She was the founding director of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, and co-director of the Center for Equal Justice, non-profit law firms dedicated to capital defense in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She lectures frequently on capital defense, particularly on litigating mental...

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More Than One Hundred Students Make Chancellor’s List for Fall 2009
March 1, 2010

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of 186 students who have earned academic honors for Fall 2009. The students were named to the Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor. Notation of this honor is posted on the student's academic transcript.

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:


Abita Springs

Jeffrey Joseph Siemann


Joshua Paul Melder


Kaitlin Jessica Dyer

Baton Rouge

Michael Paul Ameen, Elizabeth Ann Aycock, Barbara Jean Balhoff, Abby Renee Bergeron, Roy Louis Bergeron, Jr., Rudolph Charles Boeneke III, Jared Odell Brinlee, Lauren Ashley Bynum, Sarah Frances Cable, Joseph John III Cefalu, John Jacob Chapman, Colin Andrew Clark, Joshua Paul Clayton, Brent Joseph Cobb, Mary Elizabeth Colvin, Amanda Lauren Darby, Jude Colby David, Robert Kenton Denny, Kevin Andrew Donnelly, Joshua Philip Downer, Michael James...

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Law Center Hosts Oral Arguments Before the First Circuit Court of Appeal
March 1, 2010


From left photo: Judges Kuhn, Parro and McDonald; Judges Guidry, Carter and Pettigrew; and Judges Gaidry, Downing, and McClendon

On February 22, 23 and 25, 2010, three different panels of judges from the First Circuit Court of Appeal transformed the Law Center’s David Robinson Courtroom into their own. Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter ('58), along with Judges Randolph Parro ('67), James Kuhn, John Guidry, John Pettigrew ('72), Robert Downing ('75), Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry ('67), Michael McDonald ('76) and Page McClendon, heard cases at the Law Center in a courtroom that at times was standing room only.

The change of venue from the First Circuit’s courtroom to the Law Center required meticulous advanced planning. The program was spearheaded by Legal Writing Professor Heidi Thompson (’93), a former law clerk at the First Circuit.

Legal Writing Professors Grace Barry (‘89), Marlene Allgood (’82), Todd Bruno, Kathy Simino (‘87) and Heidi...

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LSU Law to Host Symposium on Juvenile Justice, March 19
March 1, 2010

The LSU Law Center, in collaboration with the Louisiana Law Review, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The George W. & Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice, will bring together many of the nation’s and state’s leaders in the area of juvenile justice for a Symposium on March 19.

Titled The Backdoor of the Juvenile Courts—Waivers and the Impact of Criminalization, the Symposium will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. 

The Symposium will focus on the increasing use of statutory waiver and transfer provisions to try juveniles for offenses in the criminal courts, rather than the juvenile courts. Speakers will also examine whether current practices can be reconciled with the original purposes of the courts. The speakers are distinguished scholars and policymakers who have written books or articles on the use of waivers or transfers of youth from the juvenile courts.

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Immigration Clinic Up and Running
March 1, 2010

The LSU Law Center Immigration Clinic, initiated in spring 2009 as part of the Center’s expanded Clinical Legal Education Program, is off to a successful start.  As the first fully functioning in-house live-client clinic, law students directly represent indigent immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence as well as immigrants facing deportation.

“The immigration clinic provides valuable experience for our students and valuable services for its indigent clients,” commented Chancellor Jack Weiss. “This clinic is yet another indicator of the quality of the clinical programs that we are building.”

The clinic is directed and supervised by Professor Ken Mayeaux. “We recognize the dire need for representation of immigrants detained in rural Louisiana jails far from their U.S. families,” said Professor Mayeaux. “As the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) enhances its efforts at immigration enforcement...

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