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French Influences on the Civil Law in English to be the topic for the Tucker Lecture, April 10
The Center for Civil Law Studies (CCLS) of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center will present the 37th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law on Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center. Judge Nicholas Kasirer of the Court of Appeal of Quebec will present, “That Montreal Sound: The Influence of French Legal Ideas and the French Language on the Civil Law Expressed in English.” Drawing on insights taken from scholarship in comparative law, legal bilingualism and translation studies, the speaker seeks to evaluate the variable character of the phenomenon on the Civil Law in English within the French legal tradition.

A reception will follow the lecture. To register, please email ccls@law.lsu.edu or call 225-578-7831.

Nicholas Kasirer is a graduate of University College (B.A. (hons)) at the University of Toronto, McGill University (Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws) and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (D.E.A. 3e cycle). A member of the Bar of Québec since 1987, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal on July 29, 2009.

Judge Kasirer began his career as a law clerk to Justice Jean Beetz of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1989, he joined the Faculty of Law at McGill University and was appointed the James McGill Professor of Law in 2002. In 2003, Nicholas Kasirer was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill and served in that position until his appointment to the bench in 2009.

Over the course of his career, he was awarded several prizes including the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau, the Hessel Yntema Prize of the American Society of Comparative Law, the David Johnston Medal from McGill University and the John W. Durnford Teaching Prize from its Faculty of Law. He was elected a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2006 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke in 2012. Justice Kasirer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The LSU Law Center’s Tucker Lecture Series is held each year in honor of Colonel John H. Tucker, Jr., a notable legal scholar and philanthropist. Professor Olivier Moréteau, Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies and Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair, guides the series. The CCLS was established in 1965 to promote the study of the civil law system – its history, structure, and principles. The mission is to facilitate a better understanding of civil law jurisdictions in Louisiana and continental Europe and Latin America. The CCLS also promotes legal education by sponsoring foreign students who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity to study a mixed legal system and American students who wish to expose themselves to other legal systems.

The 37th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law will be the keynote of a two-day international conference organized by the CCLS on April 10-11, discussing, in English and in French, The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project: Enhancing Visibility and Promoting the Civil Law in English. This event, sponsored by the Partner University Fund, will attract world specialists of jurilinguistics. The Tucker Lecture and the conference papers will be published in the Journal of Civil law Studies.

Robert B. Barnett, “Attorney to the Nation’s Most Influential People,” to Deliver 2014 LSU Law Commencement Address
Robert Barnett, 2014 LSU Law Commencement Speaker Robert B. Barnett, 2014 LSU Law Commencement Speaker

Robert B. Barnett, the noted Washington, D.C. attorney who has represented Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, along with a host of other government officials and media and television celebrities, will deliver the 2014 LSU Law Commencement address scheduled for Friday, May 30 at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center, according to LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

Considered by many as “the attorney to the nation’s most influential people,” Barnett has a diverse practice, representing individuals and national and international corporations on issues ranging from publishing and media relations to litigation, contracts and crisis management. In addition, Barnett has worked to prepare presidential and vice presidential candidates for televised debates in eight national presidential campaigns.

“Bob Barnett occupies a unique niche among the nation’s lawyers,” said Chancellor Weiss. “He is a trusted counselor to dozens of globally-known clients on their most sensitive matters. It’s a great honor to welcome Bob as our 2014 graduation speaker,” Weiss said.

A partner of the highly regarded Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, Barnett is one of the world’s premier representatives of authors and their written and published works. His clients include three of the nation’s Presidents, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, The Prince of Wales, and many others, including journalists, novelists, business leaders, sports stars, and politicians. He is also one of the leading representatives of television news correspondents and producers, anchors in many major television markets, and producers of virtually every major broadcast on network and cable television. Barnett is also known for his work with former government officials as they transition to the private sector. In addition to former Presidents and Cabinet members, many former Senators and Congressmen are on his client list.

A 2010 profile in the Washington Post said that Barnett’s “specialty is the birth, life and death of Washington careers -- then he works on the afterlife….He ushers the powerful to Washington, tries to make their lives fruitful while they're here, then helps them launch second acts elsewhere.”

Among the corporations that Barnett represents are McDonald's, General Electric, Comcast, Newsweek/Daily Beast, JM Family Enterprises, and Sunbeam. During his thirty years of practice, Barnett has represented clients before almost every executive department and administrative agency in Washington, DC. Barnett also specializes in negotiating executive compensation agreements for senior officers at such companies as AT&T, The Carlyle Group, Fannie Mae, McDonald's Corporation, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Air Transport Association, the Motion Picture Association of America, and Deutsche Bank. He also represents several university presidents, deans, and professors.

Barnett was ranked Number One on Washingtonian magazine's list of "Washington's Best Lawyers" and as one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal. He was also named one of the one hundred most powerful people in the entertainment industry by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.

Barnett joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 1975 and has been a partner since 1978. He is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was a presidentially appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from 1994 to 2004 and currently serves as Senior Counsel. Mr. Barnett served as a Law Clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1971 to 1972. He was a United States Supreme Court Clerk to Justice Byron R. White from 1972 to 1973 and was a Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Walter F. Mondale from 1973 to 1975.

In 1971, Mr. Barnett received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. He is married to Rita Braver, the longtime correspondent with CBS News.

The LSU Law Center’s commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 30, at 9:30 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus. For more information, contact Karen Soniat at 225-578-8645 or karen.soniat@law.lsu.edu.

Symposium Opens Students’ Eyes to Careers in Energy Law
The LSU Laborde Energy Law Center and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) co-hosted the 2014 Hartrick Symposium, “Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector,” on April 4 and 5 at the Law Center. Students from across the country attended the event. The Hartrick Symposium is an annual program of the IEL and the Center for American and International Law, a nonprofit institution dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers, prospective lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world.

“The Hartrick Symposium was a great success,” said Professor Keith Hall, co-chair of the symposium. “Nearly 100 students from 17 different law schools attended. They heard top-flight energy law attorneys from five states discuss the great variety of career paths available to individuals who practice energy law, including career paths in litigation, transactional work, international work, and in regulatory and compliance work. The speakers included attorneys from government, law firms, and corporations. They did a great job and we have received very favorable feedback from the students. One student told me that the speakers really opened her eyes to the great variety of work available in energy law. I could not be happier with how things went,” added Hall.

A welcome reception was held Friday, April 4, during which Marc Dupuy, Jr., of Dupuy Land Company and Dupuy & Didier Law Firm, received the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute’s first annual Distinguished Service in Energy Law award.

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