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2nd Annual Apprenticeship Week Features Master Lawyers and Judges
The 2nd Annual LSU Law Center Apprenticeship Week kicks off on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The week-long program offers a variety of mini-courses aimed at providing students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience. Courses offered include many practical, hands-on topics that are taught by volunteer master lawyers and judges.

The one-hour credit program is offered free to participating students. Students devote the week of the program to thoughtful preparation for class and diligent completion of the individual and group projects assigned. To enhance the communal experience and provide networking opportunities for students, each day includes an all student/all faculty lunch and mid-morning coffee break.

Apprenticeship Week is the Quality Enhancement Plan for the Law Center’s SACSCOS Accreditation. The 2014 inaugural Apprenticeship Week activities received rave reviews from student participants.

Courses offered in the 2015 Apprenticeship Week include: The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses; The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice; Integration of Drones Into Domestic Airspace--Selected Legal Issues; Introduction to Leveraged Energy Finance; Lawyering and the Legislative Process; Managing the Personal Injury Case; Navigating the Complex Regulatory World of Offshore Leases; Negotiating and Drafting a Commercial Lease; Practical Antitrust Issues Involving Mergers and Acquisitions in the Energy Industry and Related Competitor Collaboration Questions; The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury; The Strategy and Drafting of Dispositive Motions; Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say; and, Workshop on Effective Mediation Advocacy Skills. 

Faculty biographies and additional information on Apprenticeship Week may be found at http://www1.law.lsu.edu/apprenticeship/

Students and faculty are asked to report to the McKernan Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5. Student participants will meet the faculty at that time and receive instructions on the week’s activities.   For information, contact Pam Hancock at Pam.Hancock@law.lsu.edu

 

 

 

Second Annual Apprenticeship Week Sets Sail
Chancellor Weiss welcomes students and faculty to the 2nd annual Apprenticeship Week on January 5, 2015. Chancellor Weiss welcomes students and faculty to the 2nd annual Apprenticeship Week on January 5, 2015.

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed students to the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Week on Monday, January 5, 2015. The week-long program offers a variety of mini-courses aimed at providing students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience. Courses offered include many practical, hands-on topics that are taught by volunteer master lawyers and judges.

Photo gallery: Apprenticeship Week, January 5, 2015

Chancellor Weiss commended the law students who returned to school a week early to take advantage of the practical skills courses taught during Apprenticeship Week.

“Why are you here? To learn by doing,” Chancellor Weiss told the students. “We are grateful to the Apprenticeship Week faculty—all volunteers—who have given up valuable time to teach our students,” he said.

The one-hour credit program is offered free to participating students. Students devote the week of the program to thoughtful preparation for class and diligent completion of the individual and group projects assigned. To enhance the communal experience and provide networking opportunities for students, each day includes an all student/all faculty lunch and mid-morning coffee break.

“This week should be a lot of work and a lot of fun,” said Professor John Church, Director of Apprenticeship Week. “This program gives you the opportunity to see how your Apprenticeship Week faculty practices their craft.”

Course offerings and visiting faculty include:

The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses Faculty: James P. Roy (’76), Managing Member, Brian Colomb, (’98) Member, and Andrew Quackenbos, Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C., Lafayette, LA

The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice Faculty: Edwin G. Preis, Jr. (’72), Founding Partner, Preis PLC and Robert M. Kallam (’90), Partner, Preis PLC, Lafayette, LA

Integration of Drones Into Domestic Airspace-Selected Legal Issues Faculty: Edward D. Markle, Of Counsel, James Carter Law Firm, New Orleans, LA

Introduction to Leveraged Energy Finance Faculty: Robert R. Rabalais (’89), Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, Houston, TX

Lawyering and the Legislative Process Faculty: Mark D. Boudreaux (’84), Former Senior Director, Federal Relations ExxonMobil Corporation, Washington, DC

Managing the Personal Injury Case Faculty: Edward J. Walters, Jr. (‘75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC; Darrel Papillion (’94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA

Navigating the Complex Regulatory World of Offshore Leases Faculty: Jonathan A. Hunter (’87), Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, LA

Negotiating and Drafting a Commercial Lease Faculty: Sterling Scott Willis (’83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA

Practical Antitrust Issues Involving Mergers and Acquisitions in the Energy Industry and Related Competitor Collaboration Questions Faculty: John A. Herfort, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Cutcher, New York, NY

The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury Faculty: Timothy F. Daniels (’85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC, New Orleans, LA

The Strategy and Drafting of Dispositive Motions Faculty: R. Patrick Vance (’75), Partner and Leader, Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say Faculty: Honorable Elizabeth Foote (’78), United States District Judge, Western District of Louisiana; Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas

Workshop on Effective Mediation Advocacy Skills Faculty: Lynne Rothschild Stern, Principal, Louisiana Mediation and Arbitration (LAMA)

Faculty biographies and additional information on Apprenticeship Week may be found at http://www1.law.lsu.edu/apprenticeship/

Apprenticeship Week is the Quality Enhancement Plan for the Law Center’s SACSCOS Accreditation. The 2014 inaugural Apprenticeship Week activities received rave reviews from student participants.

Louisiana Law Review Symposium Reflects on the Voting Rights Act at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote
Experts from across the nation gathered at the LSU Law Center on Friday, January 16, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Acts at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote, was the focus of the day-long 2015 Louisiana Law Review Symposium. The LSU Law Center and the Pugh Institute for Justice co-sponsored the symposium.

Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed the attendees to the packed McKernan Auditorium. Dean Wendy Brown Scott of the Mississippi College School of Law presented the keynote address, “Thurgood Marshall, History and the Voting Rights Act: Burden or Proof?”

Professor Paul Finkelman, Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Earl Maltz, Rutgers School of Law, Professor Orville Vernon Burton, Clemson University, and Dean Wendy Brown Scott discussed the events that led to the enactment of the Voting Rights Act and how the VRA impacted voting rights in the United States since its enactment. Vice Chancellor Ray Diamond moderated the discussion.

Professor Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School-Los Angeles and Professor Theodore Rave, University of Houston Law Center addressed the impact of gerrymandering on the ability to vote and the effectiveness of one’s right to vote. Professor John Devlin moderated the panel.

Professor Michael Coenen led the panel discussion that examined the future of the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Professor Seth Davis, UC Irvine School of Law, Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, University of Chicago School of Law, and Professor Franita Tolson, Florida State University College of Law, discussed the Court’s decision.

Since 1938, the Louisiana Law Review has served as Louisiana’s flagship legal journal and has become a vibrant forum for scholarship in comparative and civil law topics. The Louisiana Law Review currently ranks in the top 200 student-edited journals, and among the top 100 journals for the highest number of cases citing to a law review.

Uncommon Counsel: A Conversation about Health & Wellness in the Legal Profession
Sponsored by the Dave Nee Foundation, this presentation seeks to raise awareness about the prevalence of depression, anxiety and suicide within the legal community and to equip law students with the skills and the resources to assist them with mental health concerns throughout their legal careers.  Information on the Dave Nee Foundation can be found here.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 12:40 PM - Tuesday, Feb. 10 1:40 PM
Paul M. Hebert Law Center   |    1 E. Campus Dr.   |    Louisiana State University   |    Baton Rouge, LA 70803   |   225/578-5292
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