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LSU Law Students Argue Before Louisiana Supreme Court
L to R: LSU Law students Alexier Barbour, Victoria Jowers, Ashley Jackson, Ben Aguinaga, Lance Neyland and Professor Robert Lancaster in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday, March 16.  The students have spent the spring 2015 semester working on the appeal in the case of State ex rel. Herbert Nicholson, Petitioner-Appelant v. State of Louisiana, Respondent-Appelle.  Aguinaga presented the oral argument to the court on March 16. L to R: LSU Law students Alexier Barbour, Victoria Jowers, Ashley Jackson, Ben Aguinaga, Lance Neyland and Professor Robert Lancaster in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The students have spent the spring 2015 semester working on the appeal in the case of State ex rel. Herbert Nicholson, Petitioner-Appelant v. State of Louisiana, Respondent-Appelle. Aguinaga presented the oral argument to the court on March 16.

Five LSU Law students recently experienced what it is like to prepare for—and ultimately argue—before the Louisiana Supreme Court. It was an opportunity that many seasoned lawyers never experience, according to Professor Robert Lancaster, Director of the LSU Law Clinical Education Program. The students, Ben Aguinaga, Alexier Barbour, Ashley Jackson, Victoria Jowers and Lance Neyland spent this semester working on the appeal in the case of State ex rel. Herbert Nicholson, Petitioner-Appelant v. State of Louisiana, Respondent-Appelle. Their work culminated on March 16, as Aguinaga presented the oral argument before the Louisiana Supreme Court.

“It was a humbling opportunity to stand behind the appellate podium on behalf of not only our client but also the Law Clinic and the Law Center,” said Aguinaga.  “The oral argument, of course, would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our team members, who devoted many hours to tracking down evidence not in the record, working through hard constitutional problems, and writing an exceptional brief.  We also owe a great deal of gratitude to the numerous faculty members who judged our moots in preparation for the argument.  These foundational efforts enabled us to both help our client and demonstrate the talents that LSU Law students have to offer.  I can say without reservation that participating in the heart of the appellate process before the state's high court as a law student was an unparalleled experience and has certainly been the highlight of my time at LSU Law.”

The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed the LSU Law Clinic to represent the Appellant. Through the Law Clinic, the Law Center offers second and third-year students the opportunity to practice law and represent indigent clients in the Baton Rouge community. The Law Clinic is analogous to a residency in medical school where, under close faculty supervision, students practice by representing real clients with important legal issues. Students practice in local courts, before administrative agencies and other venues. The Law Clinic is a self-contained legal services office located in the Law Center where students are certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX.

 

Welcome Back! 2015 Law Reunion Days, October 23-24
Graduates from the classes of 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005 & 2010 will celebrate their respective class reunions on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. Click here to register online.

Friday October 23, 2015

Free CLE, Professionalism & Ethics LSU Law Center Room 110 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Take part in a free CLE!

Class Reunion Reception & Buffet Dinner Heidelberg Ballroom, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center 201 Lafayette Street 7:00 p.m. – 10:0 p.m. $50 per person

Saturday, October 24, 2015

All-Alumni Tailgate & 3L Hats & Canes Toast 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (subject to game time) Front steps of the 1936 Old Law Building – Highland Road Food sponsored by NeunerPate

Hotel Accommodations: A group of rooms has been blocked at the following hotel. Deadline for room reservations is October 2, 2015. When making reservations ask for the “LSU Law Center Block.”

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center 201 Lafayette Street Baton Rouge, LA 70801 1-800-955-6962

Questions: Joana Hernandez, (225) 578-0733 or joana.hernandez@law.lsu.edu.

Paul M. Hebert Law Center Realignment within LSU Approved for April 1
During its March meeting, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the realignment of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center as an academic unit with LSU, effective Wednesday, April 1.

“Since 1977, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center has operated as a separate campus, but by realigning with LSU, we can better serve the needs of students and faculty,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “By fully integrating the law center into LSU, shared services will be enhanced, significant interdisciplinary academic and research opportunities will be realized and there will be more collaboration across campus.”

The board had approved the realignment of the law center at their March 2014 meeting, subject to approval by the Committee of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association, or ABA, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or SACSCOC. The ABA agreed with realignment of the law center at its meeting on March 13-14, and SACSCOC approved realignment of the law center as an academic unit within LSU at its meeting on March 16-18.

“The ‘remarriage’ of the law center to the main campus after nearly 40 years of separation marks the dawning of a new era for our law school,” said Law Chancellor and Dean Jack Weiss. “As a full member of the LSU A&M family once again, we can provide a broad array of enhanced opportunities for law students to hone their skills in other disciplines and for main campus students to become conversant with the law.

“Likewise, eliminating the institutional barriers that have separated law center and main campus faculties for so many years will stimulate valuable interdisciplinary research. And, of course, in these times of enormous financial challenge for all of Louisiana higher education, we hope to minimize operational duplication and to produce cost savings so we can continue to be one of the top value law schools in the nation.”

The realignment is expected to produce creative coordination of academic programing, enhancing both educational opportunities for current students and undergraduate and law student recruitment; greater unity of institutional communications and messaging; development of additional opportunities for coordination of funded research; improved coordination of international programs, broadening funding opportunities, international student recruitment and student educational experiences; and potential for additional efficiencies and cost savings beyond those currently achieved through the many goods and services already shared by LSU and the Law Center.

“We anticipate this realignment to allow more interaction among campus programs such as science, engineering, business and economics, to name a few,” said LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Stuart Bell. “We’ve been working closely with the law center’s administration to make sure the realignment takes into account the specialized nature of professional legal education, and we feel that the process will enhance both the law center and the rest of our academic programs.”

One new opportunity that has already been launched is the partnership between the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the law center to offer a new 3+3 program this fall, allowing students to receive a bachelor’s and law degree in six years. The program provides highly motivated students with a fast path to law school. Instead of taking the traditional seven-year route, the 3+3 program will allow students to complete major coursework – including core classes required for law school – in addition to other coursework to obtain a bachelor’s degree in three years.

Other similar programs or early admission opportunities are in the works.

“In the months preceding the effective date of the realignment, we have been working closely already with main campus colleagues for the benefit of students,” Weiss said. “We have implemented the new 3+3 admissions program that will allow qualified LSU students to earn both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six, rather than seven years; a new Honors Admissions program that will assure quick admission to the Law Center to LSU undergraduates who combine outstanding academic records with high ACT scores, without their having to take the Law School Admission Test; and we are in the process of working with LSU to revitalize its Pre-Law Advisory program.”

Weiss added, “We’re off to a fast start. We at the Law Center look forward to an ever closer relationship with our LSU colleagues and to many future joint successes for the benefit of our wonderful students.”

As part of the resolution, the Board of Supervisors also approved that the president submit recommendations, as needed, to the Board of Supervisors, to complete the realignment and to submit a report by Jan. 15, 2016, on the status of the realignment.

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