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LSU Law Clinic to Offer Legal Services to Sexual Assault Survivors
The East Baton Rouge Parish Council recognized the awarding of the grant at their meeting on October 8, 2014.  Pictured left to right: Morgan Lamandre, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services at STAR; Racheal Hebert, Executive Director of STAR; and Professor Robert Lancaster, Director, LSU Law Clinical Education Program Pictured left to right: Morgan Lamandre, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services at STAR; Racheal Hebert, Executive Director of STAR; and Professor Robert Lancaster, Director, LSU Law Clinical Education Program, attended the October 8 meeting of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro-Council , where the grant was announced that will establish the Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors Law Clinic.

A new collaborative effort between the LSU Law Center and the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) organization will establish a new law clinic focused on civil needs of sexual assault survivors. The grant to the LSU Law Center was announced on October 6, and the new program will assist survivors in the Capital Region.

STAR received the funding via the Federal Office of Violence Against Women, and according to LSU Law Clinical Legal Education Director Robert Lancaster, the project will establish a Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors Law Clinic to train and educate student attorneys on working with sexual trauma survivors. The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Program awarded STAR $500,000 over a three-year period to establish legal services to sexual assault survivors.

The project will provide holistic, free, competent legal services to survivors in matters resulting from the aftermath of sexual assault; the goal of the project is to enhance their safety, privacy, self-sufficiency and well-being. “The LSU Law Center looks forward to collaborating with STAR on this project,” says Lancaster. “The exposure law students will receive assisting survivors of sexual trauma will teach them first-hand how their work as lawyers can better people’s lives.”

According to representatives from STAR, “This is the first project of its kind in Louisiana intended to address survivors' unique civil legal needs as a result of sexual assault, including matters such as education, employment, housing, immigration, privacy, crime victims’ rights, and family law issues.”

Read the recent media coverage on the new clinic and grant funding via STAR:

Sexual trauma center in Baton Rouge wins federal grants

STAR awarded $1 million in grants to expand services

Sexual assault victims in Baton Rouge to get access to free, better legal services

Don’t Miss the Boat! 2015 LSU Law Apprenticeship Week
Second- and third-year LSU Law students will have the opportunity to participate in Apprenticeship Week, January 5-9, 2015. During this week, master lawyers and judges will teach LSU Law upperclass students in small enrollment, hands-on mini-courses. Each mini-course will aim to provide students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience.  Visit the Apprenticeship Week webpage for registration information.

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LSU Law Center Announces Alumni Leadership for Chancellor’s Council and Annual Fund
The LSU Law Center has announced the alumni leadership for the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Council and Annual Fund, two of the Law Center’s philanthropic initiatives.

J. Rock Palermo III (’92) will serve as the Chair of the LSU Law Center Chancellor’s Council program, and R. Patrick “Pat” Vance (’75) will serve as Co-Chair. The Chancellor’s Council is the leadership giving level of the Annual Fund. Founded in 1999 to encourage loyalty among alumni and to set a standard of commitment that encourages support from others, the Chancellor’s Council recognizes alumni and friends whose generous giving enables the Law Center to maintain its status as one of the top 100 law schools in the country. Funds support special programs, academic activities, and student scholarships.

Annual Fund Chair Amy Lambert (’96) and Co-Chair Timothy Daniels (’85) are enlisting fellow LSU Law graduates from across the state to help increase alumni participation in annual giving. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund support student financial aid, moot court and clinic activities, “hands on” programs such as Apprenticeship Week, and recruitment and placement efforts for students, among others.

Biographical information:

J. Rock Palermo III Palermo is a partner in the firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles. He is a member of the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Louisiana Association for Justice. He was named to each edition of the Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007 and to each edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He is a certified mediator, FAA licensed Airline Transport Pilot, and a master scuba instructor. Palermo is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, and holds the rank of Colonel. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.

Palermo graduated from LSU Law Center in 1992 and from LSU in 1987. He a member of the LSU Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees and a long-standing member of the Chancellor’s Council. The Palermos established an endowed scholarship at the Law Center in 2008.

R. Patrick “Pat” Vance Vance is a Partner and Leader of the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group with Jones Walker Law Firm in New Orleans. His practice focuses primarily on business litigation, creditors’ rights litigation, and bankruptcy. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Law Institute, and of the American College of Bankruptcy. Vance is the Vice President of the National Bankruptcy Conference. As a trial attorney, he has handled more than 300 commercial disputes in a wide variety of practice areas. He has more than 70 reported decisions.

Vance is a 1975 graduate of the LSU Law Center, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. A long-time member of the Chancellor’s Council, he is also a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees. In 2012, the Law Center recognized him for Distinguished Achievement. Vance also served as a faculty member for the Law Center’s inaugural Apprenticeship Week in January 2014.

Amy Lambert A partner with Taylor Porter, Lambert’s practice has centered on commercial litigation, appellate practice, tort litigation, health care litigation, federal litigation, and insurance defense. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Lambert is an active member of St. Aloysius Church Parish, past Chairman of the Young Lawyers Council for the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and past member of the Executive Committee of the Wex Malone American Inns of Court. She was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Lambert is a 1996 graduate of the LSU Law Center, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. She has been inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame and is a member of the Chancellor’s Council.

Timothy Daniels Daniels is a Member of Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC in New Orleans. He concentrates his practice on premises liability, railroad law, casualty, complex litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, products liability, and environmental and toxic tort. He has also defended personal injury claims and property damage claims. A former president of the New Orleans Bar Association, he is also a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.

Daniels is a 1985 graduate of the LSU Law Center. He is a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees and Chancellor’s Council, and he served as a faculty member of the Law Center’s inaugural Apprenticeship Week in January 2014.

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