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April 2009

LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on February 2009 Bar Exam
April 30, 2009

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results recently released by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 82.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the February 2009 administration of the Bar. In all, 40 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 33 successfully passed the Bar.

"The consistent success of LSU Law graduates on the Louisiana State Bar Exam continues to reflect well on our tradition of demanding yet personal legal education," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "This is more good news following the recent 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings where we posted a 13-point jump from 88th to 75th, one of the largest positive moves in the nation, and achieved the highest U.S. News ranking in LSU Law history."

The February 2009 exam is administered to first-time test...

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Monday, April 27 Last Day to be Included in Alumni Directory
April 23, 2009

Since January, we've been contacting alumni by phone and by mail to gather information on recent address changes and professional updates.  Many have responded, and the project will culminate in a very special publication.

If you have not updated your information for this project, please do so immediately if you wish to be included. 

Last day for submitting updates:  Monday, April 27th

To order a copy of the LSU Law Alumni Directory, call 1-800-546-3756.


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LSU Law Center Jumps 13 Spots to #75 in 2010 U.S. News Rankings
April 23, 2009

The annual U.S. News & World Report law school rankings are out, and LSU Law has jumped dramatically, climbing from 88th to 75th in the closely watched list.

The #75 ranking is the highest in LSU Law history and the 13 place move is one of the largest positive moves of any law school. Although some 184 law schools in the nation are reviewed by the magazine, only law schools that place in the top 100 receive a specific numerical ranking.

Chancellor Jack Weiss said: "This is exciting news for our students, our faculty, our alumni and our friends. The new ranking will spread the word of our progress to a national audience that includes prospective students, law teachers, and law firms."

Weiss said the new ranking confirms that, "we are on the right path. It reinforces our commitment to building a nationally competitive faculty of the future, growing a model clinical legal education program, and shaping our curriculum, educational policies, and student services to fully meet the needs...

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Professor Litvinoff Honored at Chancellor’s Council Event
April 6, 2009

Saúl Litvinoff, Boyd Professor of Law, was honored on March 20 at an event hosted by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and members of the LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council.

Members of the council, former students, friends, colleagues, and family members, gathered at the Energy, Coast and Environment Building to pay tribute to the professor for the contributions he has made to the Law Center and legal community over his 43 years of service at LSU. Litvinoff will retire following the spring 2009 semester.
Cordell Haymon ('68) served as emcee of a panel of friends and former students who shared memories about Professor Litvinoff.  Panelists and speakers included: the Honorable Ginger Berrigan ('77); John Cox ('68); Loren Kleinpeter ('79); Bill Wilson ('68); Cindy Samuel; and the Honorable Eldon Fallon. Video tributes were offered by Ana Litvinoff, the professor's daughter, and James Carville ('73). 
Chancellor Weiss unveiled the official Litvinoff portrait that will...

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Louisiana Law Review Holds Annual Banquet
April 2, 2009

The Louisiana Law Review held its annual banquet on March 27, 2009, celebrating the successful publication of Volume 69 of the review. Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed the 130 attendees with warm words about the contributions the Law Review has made to the LSU Law Center. The guest of honor at the event was Symeon C. Symeonides, dean of Willamette University College of Law and former Judge Albert Tate Professor of Law at LSU, who delivered remarks on the value of student-run law reviews. Symeonides humorously acknowledged the criticisms levied at law reviews, but explaine d why student-run publications remain important, influential mediums for legal scholarship.

During the banquet, a number of Junior Associates on the Law Review received honors for their contributions to the publication. The Vinson and Elkins award for the most outstanding comment or note went to Keith Joseph Fernandez for his note titled Be Quick-But Don't Hurry:  Competing Purposes of the Federal Arbitration...

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