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June 2008

Increase in Law Center Tuition Approved by Legislature
June 27, 2008

The Louisiana Legislature has approved a three-year, phased-in tuition increase for the LSU Law Center, effective Fall 2008. HB 1145 has been sent to the governor for signature.

"We are never happy to increase tuition. Nevertheless, the Law Center is and will remain an excellent value to its students," said Chancellor Jack Weiss while commenting on the tuition bill.

Louisiana residents' tuition will increase by $1,000 per year over the next three academic years. The nonresident fee will increase by a like amount. Resident tuition for the Fall 2008 entering class will increase from $10,722 to $11,722; for nonresidents, tuition and the nonresident fee will increase from a total of $19,818 to $21,818. For 2008 entering students, the costs will remain steady throughout their time at the Law Center. These figures do not include additional miscellaneous fees totaling approximately $1,460.

"Even after the increase, we will remain below the average of our peer schools and far below the amounts...


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Duplechain Joins Communications/External Relations Office
June 27, 2008

Joshua Duplechain has joined the Office of Communications and External Relations as Communications Coordinator. Duplechain will be responsible for news reporting, writing, and publication of the E on the Move newsletter.

He is the former web editor in the Creative Services Department of LSU Public Affairs and a former news editor in the LSU Department of Media Relations. In his former roles, Duplechain served as editor of LSU Today and published the LSU Wire – a weekly e-newsletter. He is also a former freelance writer for the BR Business Report and La Vie Magazine.

Before joining the University, Duplechain served as a sports writer for the Alexandria Town Talk.

In his spare time, he performs improv comedy weekly with the National Comedy Company in New Orleans.

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Proposal for Concurrent Master of Mass Communication and J.D. Degrees Pending with Regents
June 27, 2008

The LSU Law Center and the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication have proposed a concurrent degree program through which students can receive a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Communication (MMC) degree. The program is under review by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Students will be required to spend approximately four years in concurrent enrollment for J.D. and master's level courses in the Manship School.  

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Bruno Named Acting Associate Director of Clinical Legal Education for Externships
June 27, 2008

Todd Bruno has been named acting associate director of Clinical Legal Education for Externship Programs. As acting associate director, Bruno will assist with planning and implementing the Law Center’s expanded offering of externship programs during the 2008-09 academic year. 

Professor Bruno joined the Law Center as assistant professor in Fall 2001. He has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy, and serves as faculty coordinator of the Law Center's award-winning moot court and mock trial programs. He will continue to direct the Law Center’s successful moot court programs.

Bruno previously practiced as a trial lawyer, first with the New Orleans law firm of Jones Walker and then in San Francisco with Carroll, Burdick and McDonough. His litigation experience is in the areas of products liability, intellectual property, and criminal defense.

Bruno has dedicated much of his law practice to pro bono criminal defense. He frequently consults with the law firm of Sidley,...


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Clinical Legal Education Program Funded in 2008 Regular Legislative Session
June 27, 2008

The Louisiana Legislature has approved, as part of the overall state budget, an appropriation of $471,600 to support the expansion of the LSU Law Center's Clinical Legal Education Program.

The clinical program will offer students the opportunity to represent live clients in dealings with actual court cases and other legal problems. It also will offer externship opportunities for students in federal, state and other governmental agencies, as well as community organizations.

"This is a critical initiative for the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack Weiss, "one that benefits our community and state, while providing hands-on opportunities for our students."

A number of clinics will be available in Fall 2008. Among the opportunities offered are a Domestic Violence Clinic, Family Mediation Clinic, and a Juvenile Representation Clinic. Externship opportunities for the fall include Tax and Criminal Justice. The Law Center also expects to have a Judicial Externship program this fall. ...


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’76 Law Center Graduate Frank Neuner Named 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
June 24, 2008

In the days, weeks, and months following Hurricane Katrina, there were many concerns at the top of people's minds. The welfare of the Louisiana legal system, however, was probably not one of the concerns keeping people awake at night.

Yet Katrina's reach did extend that far, displacing lawyers and affecting those who needed legal aid in the wake of the hurricane. Enter Frank Neuner, Jr., a 1976 graduate of the LSU Law Center and a managing partner of Laborde & Neuner in Lafayette.

Lafayette had luckily escaped the carnage of Hurricane Katrina and shortly thereafter, Hurricane Rita. Seeing a need in the legal community, Neuner and his associates answered the call.

"My law firm was up and running. We had available office space and we were able to house most of the (Louisiana State Bar Association) here at our office for more than two months following Hurricane Katrina," Neuner said. "I also realized that more than half of the practicing lawyers in the state were displaced from their...


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LSU Law Center professor named to International Continental Law Council, one of 12 foreign appointees in the world
June 20, 2008

LSU Law Professor Alain A. Levasseur has been appointed as one of 12 foreign members—each one coming from a different civil law jurisdiction—to the Scientific Council of the Fondation pour le droit Continental, or Foundation for Continental Law.

The Council—also made up of 10 French members who include professors, notaries, judges, bankers and corporate officers—is the "brain" of the Foundation, acting as a breeding ground for future programs, projects, publications and initiatives in the fields of research and education in the domains of law and economics.

Levasseur, the Hermann Moyse, Sr. Professor of Law, is the only appointee from the United States. He is also the director of the Law Center's European Studies Program, the associate director for the Center for Commercial and Business Law's International Studies Program and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Community Law.

Since arriving at LSU in 1977, Levasseur has been no stranger to the international law...


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Lake Charles Natives Pledge $500,000 to Forever LSU Campaign
June 3, 2008

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Lake Charles natives Oliver "Rick" Richard and his wife, Donna, have pledged $500,000 to the Forever LSU campaign from their foundation, the Rick and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation. The gift supports the A Tradition of Excellence campaign underway at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and also provides support to the Manship School of Mass Communication.

The gifts were announced today by the LSU Foundation, Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, Interim LSU Chancellor William Jenkins, and LSU System President John Lombardi.

Half of the Richard gift will provide support for the Clinical Legal Education Program at the Law Center. The other half will help to fund an endowed chair in Diversity, Media & Public Affairs within the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

"This is one of the most generous and important gifts in the history of the Law Center," said Weiss. "When matched by the Board of Regents, Rick and...


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