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LSU Ethics and Integrity Hotline
Message from Chancellor Jack Weiss:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

I am forwarding information related to an important initiative of the LSU System campuses.  LSU has established a new Ethics & Integrity Hotline www.lsu.ethicspoint.com to report possible fraudulent, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior in violation of LSU by-laws, or policies.

As noted in the message below, no specific allegations or violations have precipitated this initiative.  The reporting system has been established as part of an overall goal of transparency, honesty and professionalism for all LSU campuses.

I encourage you to read and to take careful note of the message below.  As always, I appreciate your role in fostering a positive and ethical environment at the LSU Law Center.

With my kindest regards and best wishes for the remainder of the summer.

Jack Weiss Chancellor LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Message from LSU Administration

At LSU, we strive to achieve excellence at all levels of our institutions, and pride ourselves in fostering an environment of the highest degree of ethical standards. It is our belief that each stakeholder of our community is a part of that effort.

We ask for your support in assisting LSU in maintaining an environment with the highest degree of ethical standards and principles, and although we do not believe unethical actions characterize LSU, we do want to ensure that we have effective ways of reporting activities that we believe are inappropriate. To help in that effort, LSU has implemented the LSU Ethics & Integrity Hotline, a phone and Internet-based reporting system.

The LSU Ethics & Integrity Hotline is a third-party reporting system managed by an outside organization, EthicsPoint. It provides a secure and confidential means to report activities that may involve fraudulent, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior in violation of LSU by-laws, or policies. We have implemented the LSU Ethics & Integrity Hotline as a reporting mechanism to aid all members of our community in working with LSU to report possible issues of financial irregularities, fraud, abuse, misconduct, and other violations, while committing to cultivate a positive, rich environment for all of our stakeholders.

The LSU Ethics & Integrity Hotline system is securely configured to protect the identity of the reporter, if they wish to remain anonymous, while still providing a formal mechanism for investigation, communication between the investigator and the reporter during follow-up, and response. You may file a report through the LSU Ethics & Integrity Hotline www.lsu.ethicspoint.com  or by telephoning toll-free 855-561-4099.

U.S. Senate Confirms LSU Law Alum John W. deGravelles (’74) to Federal Judgeship
The Honorable John W. deGravelles ('74), U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana The Honorable John W. deGravelles ('74), U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

John W. deGravelles (’74) was sworn in on Thursday, July 24 by Chief Judge Brian Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana as the latest appointee to the Court. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed deGravelles to the federal judgeship on July 22. He was nominated by President Barack Obama following a recommendation by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Judge deGravelles was appointed to the seat previously filled by Judge James Brady (‘69), who took senior status earlier this year.

DeGravelles is a 1974 honor graduate of the LSU Law Center, where he earned The Order of the Coif recognition for scholastic achievement. In recent years, he has practiced law as a founding partner of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Fruge LLP in Baton Rouge.

“Judge deGravelles brings to the Middle District bench a superb blend of intellect, humanity, scholarship, and experience,” said LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss. “He is a wonderful addition to an already distinguished court.”

With Judge deGravelles’ appointment to the Middle District judgeship, LSU Law alumni now account for half (11 of 22) of the active federal district judges in Louisiana:  two of three in the Middle District; four of seven in the Western District; and five of twelve in the Eastern District.

DeGravelles has a long affiliation with the LSU Law Center. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Law Center for many years. He served as the first President of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees in 1999-2000 and is a longstanding member of the Chancellor’s Council. He has served on a variety of committees in service to the Law Center.

LSU Law Recognized in Top 10 Best Value Law School Rankings
For the fourth consecutive year, LSU Law has ranked within the Top 10 Best Value Law Schools in the nation by the National Jurist, a legal education publication.   Coming in at #8, LSU Law is the only Louisiana law school, public or private, included in the Best Value rankings.

According to the publication, the Best Value ranking “is designed to find the law schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a legal job without taking on a ton of debt.” The magazine considers the following when ranking the nation’s law schools: percent of graduates who pass the bar exam; employment rate; tuition; cost of living; and average indebtedness upon graduation.

LSU Law students traditionally achieve the state’s highest bar exam passage rate, and employment numbers for the school have remained strong, even in the face of national placement declines. LSU Law Center students achieved the state’s highest bar passage rate, according to results released in October 2013 by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Louisiana Supreme Court. For the Class of 2013, 92% of LSU Law graduates were employed as of nine months after graduation, with 98% reporting. Some 69% of the graduates were employed in positions where bar passage was required; an additional 14% were employed in positions where J.D. was an advantage.

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