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September 2009

Judge Ralph E. Tyson Honored as 2009 Distinguished Alumnus
September 25, 2009


There was no doubt the evening of September 24 belonged to the Honorable Ralph E. Tyson. Tyson was recognized as LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s 2009 Distinguished Alumnus at the Country Club of Louisiana, before a large crowd of family, friends, classmates and colleagues. The gathering included members of the federal, state and local judiciary, three university chancellors and the mayor.  By the end of the evening, the whole day was his, too, as Mayor Holden officially proclaimed it Ralph Tyson Day, and added “Honorary Mayor” to Tyson’s list of accolades.

"Ralph Tyson has devoted more than 30 years of his career to exemplary public service—as prosecutor, state court judge, and federal district judge," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "At every step of the way, Judge Tyson has gained the respect and admiration of his peers. We are proud to honor this consummate professional and esteemed community leader as our distinguished alumnus of...

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Class of 2012 Arrives: Chancellor Welcomes Students
September 10, 2009


The second floor student lounge is busy once again, and a line now forms in the Law Center’s CCs Coffee for the much-needed afternoon cup of java. Students— new and returning —are getting back into the swing of school that began for 1Ls August 17.

The excitement and anticipation of being a first-year law student can be a bit overwhelming. The Law Center’s annual Orientation and Student Organization Fair helps students to get their bearings and feel welcomed in their new home-away-from home for the next three years.

Chancellor Jack Weiss, along with various faculty, staff, and students, welcomed the incoming class to the Law Center. The Class of 2012 is comprised of 235 students.

“We really feel that we hit the Trifecta with this year’s entering class. We have more students, more highly qualified, and more diverse than we have had in recent years. I think the word is out that LSU Law is on a positive, upward trajectory and a fabulous group of...

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Center Establishes New Teaching Fellowship Program
September 4, 2009

The Law Center hopes to soon have future law teachers from throughout the country teaching at the Law Center as part of a newly established Future Law Teachers Fellowship Program. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for outstanding candidates to prepare themselves for careers in legal education, while gaining experience teaching legal research, legal writing, and oral advocacy to first-year students. 

Fellows will be mentored by LSU Law faculty as they engage in scholarly research and writing, as well as publication of their work. 

“This is a tremendous new program for us, and one that we think will pay dividends not only to the Fellow, but to our students and faculty,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “ In addition to benefits that we will get in the classroom, we also expect that the program will enhance the Law Center’s national reputation as an institution that promotes scholarship and exceptional teaching.”

Candidates for the one...

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Law Center Remembers Professor Kalinka
September 4, 2009

Professor Susan C. Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the Law Center, was honored at a memorial service held on Saturday, August 29. Professor Kalinka died August 24. She had been diagnosed recently with cancer, and had been undergoing treatment for only a few weeks when she passed unexpectedly.

Professor Kalinka joined the Law Center faculty in August 1988. She taught courses in a variety of tax law, real estate law and policy topics. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law.
“Professor Kalinka was an exceptional teacher and scholar of tax law. She inspired dozens of students to seek specialized degrees in tax law and to pursue careers in that field. She was passionate about her work and about her students. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly,” said Chancellor Weiss.
Beloved by her students, Professor Kalinka was known for the relationships that she developed beyond the classroom. She...

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LL.M. Students Acclimate to Campus and Louisiana
September 4, 2009


Nine students entered the LSU Law LL.M. program this year, and many are visiting Louisiana and the United States for the first time. Besides the hot weather and spicy food, the students are also adjusting to classes at the Law Center and a way of life that some are already coming to love, said one student. 

This class represents eight foreign countries, including France, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ukraine, Romania, China, and India.  Six students have already earned an LL.M. degree and are here to expand their knowledge of legal systems in Louisiana and the states.

Joining the Law Center are: 

Lucie Boyer – France; Bachelor of Law (Rennes II), LL.M. (Université Jean Moulin - Lyon III)

Oscar Delgado – Bolivia; Bachelor of Law (Universidad Autonóma Gabriel René Moreno)

Victor Iacob – Romania; LL.B. (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca)

Meron Kehase Lemlem – Ethiopia; Bachelor of Law (Mekelle...

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2009 Opening Statement Results
September 4, 2009

Congratulations to Michael Mims and Ashley Mayes who emerged as winners in the 2009 Trial Advocacy Opening Statement Competition held August 25-27, 2009. Seth Bagwell (2nd Place - Prosecution); Abby Bergeron (3rd Place - Prosecution); Jason St. Julien (2nd Place - Defense); Marko Marjanovic and Kyle Marunick (3rd Place, tie - Defense) were also recognized for their performance in the Final Round.

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Law Center Ranked #17 Best Value Law School in the Nation
September 3, 2009

The LSU Law Center has been ranked among the Best Value Law schools in the country, according to data recently released by The National Jurist Magazine. The September 2009 rankings put the LSU Law Center at #17, up from #22 in the previous rankings.

The National Jurist applied data gathered from the Law School Admissions Councils (LSAC) 2009 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools to generate the rankings. Among the factors considered were cost of in-state tuition, the school’s bar examination passage rate compared to the overall state bar examination passage rate, and percentage of students employed within nine months of graduation.

“We have always known that the LSU Law Center provides a top quality legal education at an incredible value. The data analysis by the National Jurist reflects important criteria on which all law schools are required to report annually. LSU Law has a long history of ranking first in the state on bar passage rates, and our students...

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