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July 2011

LSU Law to Host Celebration of the Louisiana Children's Code, August 5
July 28, 2011


The LSU Law Center will host a celebration of the Louisiana Children’s Code on August 5, 2011, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Louisiana Children’s Code, enacted by the state Legislature in 1990, has guided the legal and social service communities in the areas of Delinquency, Children in Need of Care, Families in Need of Services, and Adoption. The Children’s Code is the comprehensive primary source of law relating to minors in Louisiana.

“The Children's Code is the most important milestone in family law and the juvenile courts in Louisiana,” said LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough, a member of the Children’s Code committee. “It would never have been accomplished without the steadfast support of the LSU Law Center and former Chancellor Bill Hawkland. The Law Center provided funding, meeting space and most importantly, faith, when naysayers bet that no Children's Code could ever be enacted. The other two parent-backers of the idea of such a Code...

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LSU Law Graduate Selected for United States Supreme Court Clerkship
July 25, 2011

Michelle Shamblin Stratton, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, has been selected to serve as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2011-12 term of the Court.  Stratton is the first LSU Law graduate to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk, announced LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss upon receiving official word of Stratton’s appointment. 

“This is a proud moment for Michelle and an equally proud moment for LSU Law,” Weiss said.

Stratton-MichelleShamblin.jpg“I am very grateful for the opportunity to clerk for Justice Thomas,” said Stratton. “I greatly admire Justice Thomas's approach to the law and the reasoning of his opinions, and I look forward to learning from and working with him and a great set of co-clerks.  The time that I spent with the Justice during my interview also confirmed what so many people had glowingly reported---he is warm, engaging, honest, and kind -- and I am honored to...

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LSU Law Community Mourns the Passing of The Honorable Ralph E. Tyson, Distinguished LSU Law Graduate
July 18, 2011

July 18 - Baton Rouge

The LSU Law Community received word today that The Honorable Ralph E. Tyson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana and a 1973 graduate of the Law Center, has passed away.

“Judge Tyson was universally admired and respected in the legal community and beyond,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “He was truly, in the proverbial sense, a gentleman and a scholar. We here at LSU Law feel a special connection to the Judge and his family, and a special pride in all that he stood for. We have lost a good friend and a great alumnus.”  Judge Tyson’s son, Christopher Tyson, is a Professor at the LSU Law Center.

Judge Tyson was honored as the LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2009, and only a few short weeks ago, on May 27, 2011, Judge Tyson was inducted into the LSU Law chapter of the Order of the Coif as an honorary member.  He was also a former member of the Law...

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Professor Frank Maraist Teaches Final LSU Law Class
July 14, 2011

Professor Frank L. Maraist, the Nolan J. Edwards and Holt B. Harrison Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center, walked in to his Evidence class today for the last time.  It was as emotional - but characteristic “Maraist” ending - for a career that has spanned nearly four decades.  Maraist has taught, mentored, and counseled several thousand students who have graced the halls of the LSU Law School.  He showed up early today for his 7:30 a.m. class, expecting nothing out of the ordinary.  But students and colleagues had other plans, and he was greeted with cameras and cakes by Chancellor Jack Weiss and other faculty members and colleagues.  The quick witted Maraist noted, “It’s going to be intimidating to teach this class in front of so many colleagues.”  Today he presented his final review session as a member of the LSU Law faculty.


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