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Students Sworn in to Practice in Family Court
by Jennifer Roche on January 26, 2012, Blog: News

The Honorable Judge Annette Lassalle of the East Baton Rouge Family Court presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the students enrolled in the Spring 2012 Family Law Clinic.  The ceremony took place at the Court on January 18th. Third year students Brent Hall, Caitlin Casselman, Janna Underhill, Rachel Roe, David Bae and Cullen Clement were certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. 

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L to R: Brent Hall, Caitlin Casselman, Janna Underhill, Judge Annette Lassalle, Rachel Roe, David Bae, and Cullen Clement.

The Family Law Clinic represents indigent victims of domestic violence in protective order and other family law proceedings. The students in the 2011 Fall Family Law Clinic represented 87 victims of domestic and dating violence in protective order proceedings before the Family Court for East Baton Rouge Parish.  The Family Law Clinic collaborates with the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center and is taught by Professor Robert Lancaster and Adjunct Clinic Professor Ayn Stehr.

Other clinical programs at the Law Center include Domestic Violence, Juvenile Representation, Immigration and Civil Mediation.

 


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2012 LSU Law Reunion Day
by Jennifer Roche on January 25, 2012, Blog: News

Graduates from the classes of 2007, 2002, 1992, 1982 and 1972 will celebrate their respective class reunions on Friday, March 30, 2012.  A detailed schedule and invitation of the day’s events will arrive by February 10.  Please contact Tracy Evans at 225-578-8705 or tracy.evans@law.lsu.edu if you would like to be a participant on the Reunion Planning Committee.

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Students Make Chancellor’s List for Fall 2011
by Jennifer Roche on January 24, 2012, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of students who have earned academic honors for Fall 2011. The students were named to the Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor. Notation of this honor is posted on the student's academic transcript.

The following students were named to the Chancellor’s List:

Louisiana

Acadia Parish

Church Point:  Thomas Frank Larson

Allen Parish

Oakdale:  Meagan Lynn Miller

Ascension Parish

Gonzales:  Jaclyn Elizabeth Hickman, Brant Michael Mayer, Brock Russell Skelley

Prairieville: John Gideon Veazey

Beauregard Parish

DeRidder:  Michael Ryan Rhea

Bossier Parish

Benton:  Benjamin Gordon Bartage

Caddo Parish

Shreveport:  Noah Benjamin Baker, Mandie Michele Cash, Ashley Lauren Gill, Brittany C. Jaudon, Kevin Connor Long, Ann R. Shores

Calcasieu Parish

Lake Charles:  Caroline N. Cole, Katherine Grace Hand, William Thomas McCall, Jr., Zachary Stevens Walker

Sulphur: Daniel Arnold Kramer

Westlake: Jordan Zachary Taylor

East Baton Rouge Parish

Baker:  Lykisha Reechelle Vaughan

Baton Rouge:  Chelsea M. Acosta, Jessica Swiney Allain, Mary Teresa Amari, Mark Thomas Assad, Elizabeth Ann Aycock, Somang Bae, Caroline Jordan Barnes, Megan Frances Bice, Renae L. Black, Brooksie Leigh Bonvillain, Danielle Lauren Borel, Bryan C. Bourgeois, Minia E. Bremenstul, Jared Odell Brinlee, Lauren Ashley Bynum, Sarah Ashley Carver, Christopher Wayne Caswell, Joseph John Cefalu III, Richard Lockwood Chauvin III, Ryan James Chenevert, Brian A. Clark, Brent Joseph Cobb, Samuel Scott Crichton, Stuart Jackson Crichton, Blair A. Crunk, Christopher Alexander Cummings, Dominik Joseph Cvitanovic, Julia E d'Hemecourt, Monique Ann Daley, Eden S. Davis, Kathleen Marie Thompson Deanda, Michael Roger Denton, Jeremy Geoff Devries, Philip R. Dore, Joshua Philip Downer, Doran L. Drummond, Travis Mark Ducote, Edward Malcolm Duhe, Jr., Jessica Clare Engler, Colin Brent Feazell, Brian C Flanagan, Thomas David Flanagan, Jade Alexandra Forouzanfar, Patrick H. Fourroux, Peter S. Frazier, Ryan Keith French, Danielle Paige Gallaspy, Danielle N. Goren, Charles Jacob Gower, Rachael L. Gray, William M. Grimes, Matthew Hamilton, Rebekah M. Hargrove, Steven Rhodes Hatcher, Jr., Leigh G. Hill, Zachary Dane Howser, Jacob Bowman Huddleston, William J. Hudson, Patrick H. Hunt, Anna Maheba Hunter, Haley Hofmann Jones, Reid Allen Jones, Robert Joseph Juge, Anne Michelle Kaufman, Bradford James Kelley, Keely F. Knapp, Arthur R. Kraatz, Molly Ann Lawrence, Laura Ashleigh Leggette, Christopher J. Lento, Steven J. Levitt, Matthew E. Lognion, Kathryn Elise Madere, Patricia Carmen Manetsch, Justin Thomas Mannino, Philip N. Maples, Justin J. Marocco, Caroline G. Massey, Joshua G. McDiarmid, Amy VanVoris McGehee, Kyle S. McGuire, Stephannie M. McKinney, Cynthia Leigh Miller, Erik Ross Miller, Laura Blair Naquin, Fabian M. Nehrbass, Lauren R. Newell, Joshua Randall Newville, Katherine Ellen Palmintier, Kishan Patel, Blake Alan Pino, Allen J.  Pipkins, John Alexander Radford, Peter W. Raish, Scott M. Raney, Tara Lynn Richard, Andrew C. Saltamachia, Dustin K. Sartin, Ashley Lauren Schexnayder, Erica Marie Schirling, Logan Elizabeth Schonekas, McClain Roberts Schonekas, Brian S. Schwartz, Michael D. Siegfried, Jeffrey Joseph Siemann, Laura Elizabeth Springer, Matthew I. Stegich, Andrew James Talley, John R. Boone Tarlton, Martha Alice Thibaut, Daniel R. Thomas, Randall S. Thomas, Merri Hope Thompson, Laura Signorelli Tickle, Roberta M. Vath, Chase Timothy Villeret, Anand Viswanathan, Jayne E. Wabeke, Dylan Armstrong Wade, Edward A. Waters, Rikki J. Weger, Lauren H. Weiss, Mary Elizabeth Wilderotter, Katelin Armstrong Williamson, Michelle Dawn Wroten, Andrew L. Yeates

Greenwell Springs:  Saul R. Newsome

East Feliciana Parish

Clinton: Andrew David Martin

Evangeline Parish

Ville Platte:  Christopher Michael Ludeau

Iberville Parish

St. Gabriel:  Blaine Thomas Aydell

Jefferson Parish

Gretna:  Victoria Grace Welch

Harahan:  Laura Ashley Cotaya

Kenner:  Natalie Caro Roy

Marrero:  Brittney E. Baudean

Metairie:  Andrew Joseph Baer, William S. King, Andrew P. Lambert, Brian J. Lindsey, Robert Devin Ricci, Marion Peter Roy III, Jeffrey Ross Sullivan, Hansford Perdue Wogan

Jefferson Davis Parish

Jennings:  Taylor Paige Gay

Lafayette Parish

Lafayette:  Ryan Thomas Morrow, Alister A. Romero, Randi L. Schexnayder, Clare Elizabeth Svendson, David L. Viviano, Mary K. Ziegler

Lincoln Parish

Ruston:  Jacob Matthew Oakley

Livingston Parish

Denham Springs:  Jennifer Anne Alford, Breann Lee Crane

Natchitoches Parish

Natchitoches:  Rebecca S. Luster

Orleans Parish

New Orleans:  Timothy Michael Brinks, Craig Stephen Daste, Jr., Gretchen A. Fritchie, Catherine Marie Sens, Joseph Thomas Wilson, Raleigh Joseph Wolfe

Ouachita Parish

Monroe:  Christopher Michael Rhymes, Hannah Dale Robinson

West Monroe:  Brittany L. Stringer

St. Charles Parish

Destrehan:  Ross Francis Roubion

St. James Parish

Gramercy:  Kevin William Welsh

St. John Parish

LaPlace:  Timothy G. Byrd, Erik Lawrence Vollenweider

St. Landry Parish

Eunice:  Joshua J. Doguet

Opelousas:  Kathleen Elaine Ryan

St. Tammany Parish

Bush:  Heather Lindsey Kirk

Covington:  Emily Jean Gill, Randy James Marse, Jacob Ellis Roussel, David Mark Schroeter, Meghan Spell

Lacombe:  Casey Dale Neale

Mandeville:  Eva Deano Conner, Mark Richard Deethardt, Matthew Brandon Smith, Addie Elain Troxclair

Slidell:  Jessica F. Byrd, Joshua H. Dierker, Stephen Joseph Eckholdt, Kelly Elizabeth Rau

Tangipahoa Parish

Amite:  Kaitlin Jessica Dyer

Hammond:  Brad Joseph Cascio, Jane Catherine Hogan, Jody Clark McMillan, Anna F. Scardulla

Terrebonne Parish

Houma:  Anna Elizabeth Wheeler

Vernon Parish

Leesville:  Lauren M. Wolfe

Washington Parish

Franklinton:  John Travis Thomas

Out-of-State

California

Chula Vista:  Kathleen M. Romero

Oxnard:  Claire M. Murray

Connecticut

Norwalk:  Elizabeth Marie Cuttner

Florida

Tampa:  Kevin J. McNally

Georgia

Dublin:  Brittan J. Bush

Royston:  Justin C. Ward

Illinois

Geneva:  Amelia Lynn Hurt

Lansing:  Taheera S. Randolph

Plainfield:  Christina L. Villa

Kentucky

Georgetown:  Gordon P. Guthrie

North Carolina

Wake Forest:  Michael C. Wynne

Oregon

West Linn:  Kelly C. Burris

Tennessee

Germantown: James Gary Albertine III

LaVergne: Joshua T. Wood

Texas

Allen:  Chelsea Marie Gomez

Dallas:  Joshua Steven Chevallier

Denton:  Hester Ruth Dornan

Grapevine:  Danielle E. Prado

Houston:  Laurence D. LeSueur, Stephen K. Newton, Eronn Aleace Putman

League City: Sarah Donnel Tormey

San Antonio:  Meredith L. Levine

Spring:  Richard C. Innes

Sugar Land: Piero A. Garcia

Virginia

Centreville:  Kaamil M. Khan

Virginia Beach:  Cailin N. Davis

Washington

Auburn:  Ryan J. Rivers


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Two LSU Law Center Faculty Members Appointed Law School Deans
by Jennifer Roche on January 4, 2012, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center is proud to announce that two Law Center faculty members, Vice Chancellor Christopher Pietruszkiewicz and Professor Lucy McGough, have recently been named law school deans. 

Vice Chancellor Christopher Pietruszkiewicz has been named the new dean of Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Florida.  Pietruszkiewicz will start at Stetson this summer.  As Vice Chancellor at the Law Center, Pietruszkiewicz is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning and personnel matters. He is also the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law, teaching a Tax Policy and Procedure seminar as well as courses in Corporate Tax, Income Tax, Comparative Tax, Tax Practice & Procedure, and Accounting for Lawyers.

Longtime LSU law professor Lucy McGough has been named the Dean/President of Appalachian Law School in Grundy, Virginia. McGough will start at Appalachian Law School this summer.  At the Law Center, McGough is the Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law and teaches Criminal Justice to first-year law students; upper-class courses include Family Law, Trusts & Estates, Juvenile Law Seminar and occasionally Mediation. McGough also co-teaches the Juvenile Defense Representation Clinic in which third-year law students represent real juveniles in the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court.

“Chris and Lucy will be outstanding deans.  Stetson and Appalachian Law School have made superb choices,” Chancellor Jack Weiss stated.  “The contributions Chris and Lucy have made throughout the years to the Law Center have greatly contributed to our success and will continue to do so far in the future.” 

Former LSU Law professor John White left the Law Center in 2007 when he was appointed Dean of the University of Nevada Law School in Las Vegas.

“With three law deans being appointed from our faculty ranks in five years, I guess we are becoming a kind of ‘dean incubator’,” Weiss quipped. “It’s painful to lose such good colleagues but a great tribute to the school and to our faculty.”

 Professor James Bowers will join the faculty of Appalachian Law School as a Full Professor.  A member of the Law Center faculty since 1982, Professor Bowers’s courses include Contracts, Uniform Commercial Code-Sales and Secured Transactions, and Legal Scholarship Seminar. 


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Thank You for Your Support of LSU Law Center
by Jennifer Roche on January 3, 2012, Blog: News

Thank you to our alums and friends who made charitable gifts to the LSU Law Center as part of our annual fund campaign!

Your charitable gift to the Law Center helps make possible:

  • A Moot Court program ranked in the Top 50 nationally
  • Summer Public Interest Law fellowships
  • Over 100 privately funded scholarships
  • A growing Energy Law initiative, and
  • A Clinical Legal Education and externship program that prepares students for practice while also serving the community and state.

Your gifts provide the resources needed for a thriving LSU Law Center.  We are grateful for your support.


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Still Time to Support LSU Law Center
by Jennifer Roche on December 23, 2011, Blog: News

As 2011 draws to a close, there is still time to support the LSU Law Center.  Your charitable gift to the Law Center helps make possible:

  • A Moot Court program ranked in the Top 50 nationally
  • Summer Public Interest Law fellowships
  • Over 100 privately funded scholarships
  • A growing Energy Law initiative, and
  • A Clinical Legal Education and externship program that prepares students for practice while also serving the community and state.

Your gifts provide the resources needed for a thriving LSU Law Center!

Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift or discuss an annual contribution. From IRAs, to stock, or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas, building enhancements, faculty support, or student life. We welcome your inquiry and hope that you will consider a gift today.

For information on making an end-of-year gift, contact us at 225/938-7763 (cell) or 225/578-8645 (work); email Karen.Soniat@law.lsu.edu; or follow one of these easy steps:

Your gift, in any amount, is most welcomed and appreciated.


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Treaties and International Agreements Online
by Kevin Baggett on December 23, 2011, Blog: Library

The Law Library is proud to announce its most recent database acquisition, Treaties and International Agreements Online.  

Treaties and International Agreements Online is the fastest, most cost-effective way to access current and accurate text for over 18,000 treaties and international agreements in over 175 topical categories. Superior search functionality makes this the most user-friendly resource for U.S. treaties research. Treaties and International Agreements Online currently contains material up to December 2007.


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Hudson to Join Law Center Faculty
by Jennifer Roche on December 13, 2011, Blog: News

Bhudson2 (3).jpgChancellor Jack Weiss is pleased to announce that Blake Hudson will join the LSU Law Center faculty as an Associate Professor beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.  Professor Hudson’s course offerings will include Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and related coursework. He will hold a joint appointment with the LSU School of the Coast and Environment.

Professor Hudson is currently an assistant professor at Stetson University College of Law teaching Property, Natural Resources and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy.  Prior to joining the faculty at Stetson, he was an associate at Baker Botts in Houston from 2007 until 2009.

Hudson graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law in 2007.  He also received a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  While at Duke, Hudson was a staff editor and Submissions Editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum.  He also received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Property.  A 2002 graduate of the University of Montevallo, Hudson has undergraduate degrees in Biology and History. 

Professor Hudson’s research considers how property, land use, and natural resources law and policy intersect with environmental and constitutional law, with specific focus on how federalism and constitutional structure can complicate and resolve land use and natural resource management issues at the state, federal and international levels. He also focuses on forest law and governance and commons research.


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Professor Warren Mengis: The People’s Professor
by Jennifer Roche on December 7, 2011, Blog: News

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Retired LSU Law Center professor Warren Mengis passed away Monday, December 5 in Baton Rouge.  Known for his warm and affectionate smile, Professor Mengis taught full time at the Law Center for 26 years, retiring in May 2008.

“Warren Mengis was one of the most popular teachers ever to grace the halls of our law school,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “Students flocked to his courses, and his faculty colleagues held him in high esteem.  Professor Mengis will always be remembered fondly and sorely missed.”

Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph, longtime friend and colleague of Professor Mengis, said, “Warren Mengis exemplified the highest aspirations of the legal profession. He dedicated his active life to the service of his family, his church, his country, his community, his profession, his law school, and his students. Warren won the favorite professor award so often the students stopped giving the award. He was known affectionately as “The People’s Professor” by our students – and I always loved to tell him how many seconds, not minutes, it took for his classes to reach the maximum registration numbers.”

Professor Mengis graduated from LSU Law School in 1950.  Shortly after graduation, Mengis established a law practice in Baton Rouge with fellow classmate and friend, former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, Luther Cole.  Mengis was appointed as an adjunct professor at the Law Center in 1977.  He joined the faculty full-time in 1982.


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LSU Law Community Remembers Ben Mount
by Jennifer Roche on December 5, 2011, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and the LSU Law Center community join countless friends and family in mourning the passing of Ben Mount, Chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors.  Mount, a 1974 graduate of the Law School, passed away on Saturday, November 3 following a courageous battle with cancer.  While at the law school, Mount was a member of Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.

"The LSU Law community is greatly saddened by the loss of our distinguished graduate, LSU Board Chair Ben Mount. Through his professional competence and integrity, his tireless service to LSU, and his many other generous efforts to improve the lives of his fellow citizens, Ben's life provides a worthy role model for our students and alumni,” said Chancellor Weiss.  "On a personal level, to know Ben Mount was to like Ben Mount. Ben was kind, unassuming, and straightforward. He smiled constantly even when he was fighting serious illness. The faculty, staff, and students of LSU Law send our heartfelt condolences to Sen. Willie Mount and the rest of Ben's family."

Scott Sternberg, Class of 2010, served with Mount on the Board of Supervisors when Sternberg was elected as the student member of the Board  for 2009-10.  “LSU Law Center has lost a great friend,” Sternberg said.  “Ben Mount was the kind of guy who cared about everyone he met.  He cared deeply about LSU, the LSU Law Center, and especially the students at LSU Law Center.  He always asked me ‘what do the students think?’”

James P. Roy, Past Chairman, LSU Board of Supervisors, said, "Ben passionately believed he could help LSU attain its full potential. As a board member, he fought for LSU to do just that. He was a good man with a big heart. The LSU community will miss Ben."

An attorney with the Lake Charles law firm of Bergstedt & Mount, Mr. Mount specialized in credit union law; civil litigation, medical malpractice and product liability defense as well as real estate title work. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State and Southwest Louisiana Bar associations as well as a member of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Society of Hospital Attorneys, a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and member of the Bar Association of the U.S. Fifth Circuit.


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The Dog Days of Finals
by Jennifer Roche on December 5, 2011, Blog: News

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The LSU Law Library recently partnered with the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) to present the “Dog Days of Finals.”  Students who wanted to take a brief break from their studies were able to make an appointment with a “puppy therapist” for positive affirmation and unconditional love. 

Law schools across the country, including Yale, offer similar programs for their students.  Numerous studies have found that interaction with pets can reduce stress and anxiety, and lower heart rates and blood pressure.

The puppies plan to return in time for spring finals.


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LSU Law Students Brighten the Holidays for Area Children
by Jennifer Roche on November 30, 2011, Blog: News

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The Holiday Season will be a bit brighter for 60 Baton Rouge-area children thanks to the generosity of LSU Law Center students who participated in this year’s Angel Tree Collection.  Coordinated by the Public Interest Law Society (PILS), law students purchased gifts that will be distributed to needy children during the holiday season as part of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Holiday Star Project.   

The Public Interest Law Society is a student run organization that strives to foster student interest and action in the public interest community. Their mission is to provide like-minded students an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience through exposure to areas of the law that aid the public.  PILS provides pro bono and community service activities, educational lectures, and a public interest career counselor to raise awareness of issues faced by our immediate community and beyond.


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LSU Law Center Salutes Our Veterans
by Jennifer Roche on November 28, 2011, Blog: News

Current students, alums, professors and deans of the LSU Law Center have a long tradition of military service to our nation.  The LSU Law Center Chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted a Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, November 11, 2011 to honor veterans at the Law Center.  David Tubbs, Class of 2013, coordinated the celebration.  Tubbs served two tours in Iraq during his service with the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division as a Specialist. Tubbs presented the following veterans with a ribbon commemorating their service and sacrifice to our country:

Jeremy Ancar
Andrew Bivona
Professor James Bowers
Professor William Crawford
Nick Cusimano
Chase Edwards
Jay Futrell
John Hightower
Christopher Moss
George Pugh
William Rahtee
Dustin Savtin
Kathleen Thompson
Lauren Wolfe

Six LSU Law Center alumni, including the namesake of the Law Center, the late Dean Paul M. Hebert, were recently inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Fame. This is an honor bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves in their military, professional and personal endeavors. 


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Chicago Bound
by Jennifer Roche on November 23, 2011, Blog: News

LSU Law students Zealon Solomon, Lisa Martinez, Natalie Bailey, and Arthur Kraatz will travel to Chicago in January to compete at the ABA Arbitration Competition National Championships.  The ABA Arbitration Competition team earned one of 12 spots at the national competition after defeating teams from Pace, Fordham, and Texas Tech.

The ABA Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations.

For more information on the Law Center’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Trial Advocacy Programs, please visit http://trialadvocacy.law.lsu.edu.


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View Baier’s “Father Chief Justice” on Library of Congress Website and YouTube
by Jennifer Roche on November 23, 2011, Blog: News

The Library of Congress has posted a webcast of Professor Paul Baier’s Coolidge Auditorium production of his play, “Father Chief Justice,” on its webpage and on You-Tube.  It features a remarkable cast of players, including SCOTUS blogger Tom Goldstein as Justice Brandeis, Ronald Flagg, President D.C. Bar as Justice Harlan, Charles Cooper, Cooper & Kirk, as Chief Justice White, New Orleans’s Don Hoffman, an original cast member, reprises his moustachioed Holmes in Act III, and Jacob A. Stein, an inimitable Washington, D.C. trial lawyer at age 86, plays Holmes at 90 in a scene called “The Kind Voice of Friends.”  Roberta Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress, welcomes you and plays Fanny Holmes.  Professor Baier plays his signature role as Professor Richard Henry Jesse, a close personal friend of Edward Douglass White.  Baier wrote the play from history.  The U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, Georgetown University Law Center, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society sponsored the event.  Aspen Publishers, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, and LexisNexis generously underwrote the production.  “Father Chief Justice”  has been in production for fourteen years since its premiere in Thibodaux on March 8 (Holmes’s birthday), 1997.  “Boston is the next venue,” said Professor Baier.  “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”    

Please click here to view the webcast.   


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A Thanksgiving Greeting from Chancellor Jack Weiss
by Sam J. Levy on November 22, 2011, Blog: News

As Thanksgiving approaches, Chancellor Weiss expresses his gratitude for the many blessings bestowed upon the LSU Law Center community--our fun-loving, hardworking students, our devoted and talented faculty and staff, and our dedicated alumni who contribute to the Law Center in countless ways. View the Chancellor's video greeting.

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Law Student Awarded Internship with the International Atomic Energy Agency
by Jennifer Roche on November 17, 2011, Blog: News

Beginning in December, Michael Harpen, 3L, will spend six months in Vienna, Austria as part of an internship with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  Harpen will work with the IAEA Office of Management and Legal Affairs Department.

Prior to law school, Harpen worked in the engineering field, taught English in Tokyo, and traveled throughout Asia.  

“Working with the IAEA is a great fit for me in terms of my engineering background, my international roots and the international law classes I’ve taken at the law center,” Harpen said.  “One of the reasons I chose LSU Law Center is because we stand out compared to other institutions due to our assortment of comparative law and international law.  The Law Center offers a unique angle compared to the other 49 states.”

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Harpen is a 2005 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He will receive his J.D/C.L. from the LSU Law Center in December 2012.


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Civil Mediation Clinic Students Published in Louisiana Bar Journal
by Jennifer Roche on November 11, 2011, Blog: News

Michael Finkelstein and Joshua Dierker, students in the LSU Law Center’s Civil Mediation Clinic, were published in the October/November issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal in the “Recent Developments” section.  Finkelstein wrote about the recent National Football League dispute and Dierker noted the Louisiana Supreme Court’s decision in FIA CardServs., N.A. v. Weaver, 10-1372 (La. 3/15/11), 62 So.3d 709.  The students’ work was part of a class project designed by Adjunct Clinical Professor Paul Breaux.

The Civil Mediation Clinic is one of five clinical programs offered at the Law Center.  Other clinical programs at the Law Center include Juvenile Defense, Family Mediation, Immigration, and Family Law & Family Violence.  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 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.

More information about the Law Center’s Clinical Programs can be found here.


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Law Alumni to be Inducted into Military Hall of Fame
by Jennifer Roche on November 10, 2011, Blog: News

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Six LSU Law Center alumni, including the namesake of the LSU Law Center, the late Dean Paul M. Hebert, are among the dozen distinguished LSU alumni who will be honored during the 2011 LSU Salutes, November 10-12, 2011.  LSU Salutes, sponsored by the university and Cadets of the Ole War Skule, is an annual celebration of the contributions of U.S. veterans, in particular those who attended LSU and served in ROTC. 

On Saturday, November 12, 2011, these distinguished alumni will be inducted to LSU’s military Hall of Fame.  This is an honor bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves in their military, professional and personal endeavors.  The inductees include the following Law Center alumni: the late George L.J. Dalferes, of Kensington, Maryland, Col., U.S. Air Force (ret.); Billy H. Ezell, of Lake Charles, Capt., U.S. Army; the late Paul M. Hebert, Col., U.S. Army/U.S. Army Reserve; the late Norman V. Kinsey, of Shreveport, 2nd Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps; the late Lloyd F. Love, of Ferriday, Maj., U.S. Army Air Corps; and Ralph W. Stephenson, Jr., Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force (ret.).

The late George L.J. Dalferes earned a J.D. in 1949 from LSU Law.

Dalferes served as an intelligence and reconnaissance platoon leader in the 84th Infantry Division during World War II. In 1952 he was mobilized for the Korean War and served in the U.S. Air Force as an aide to Lt. General Frank Armstrong, commander of the Alaskan Command. His other assignments included attorney/counselor, Supreme Court of the United States; Judge Advocate General, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Staff Advocate Judge, Clark Air Base, Philippines; deputy assistant to the  Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon; and director/legal assistance and chief, International Law Division, Office of the Command Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Force Command. He graduated from the War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala., in 1967 and retired from the military in 1973.

Dalferes’ awards include the Bronze Star with V Device, Legion of Merit, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Custer, the Outstanding Exponent of the Rule of Law Award, and he was inducted into the OCS (Officer Candidate School) Hall of Fame.

After retirement from the Air Force, Dalferes joined Martin Marietta Corporation as vice president of government affairs. He received the Michoud Award for his work on the space shuttle fuel tank program and was named to Who’s Who in Government in 1971.

Billy H. Ezell received his J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1970.  Commissioned through LSU ROTC, Ezell attended Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1970 and served nine months in Vietnam before his discharge in 1971.

His military awards include National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Dev Rifle M-16 (Exp). He received the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in the fall of 1970.

Ezell has been a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal for nine years and resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

The late Paul M. Hebert attended LSU from 1924-29, earning A.B. and LL.B. degrees and achieving Order of the Coif at the LSU Law School.

Hebert received a direct commission through the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corp and served on active duty from 1942-46 as a member of JAG and chief of the Industrial Law Branch during World War II. Following the war, he served as a Civilian Judge in the Nuremburg Tribunal in Germany. He was a member of the board of visitors of the Army JAG School at the University of Virginia and continued his military service in the 1960s in the U.S. Army Reserve, rising through the ranks to Colonel.

Hebert was the longest serving dean of the LSU Law School, serving in that role with brief interruptions from 1937 until his death in 1977.  Following Hebert’s death, and as a tribute to his exemplary service and career, the LSU Law Center was named the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

The late Norman V. Kinsey, of Shreveport, Louisiana, attended LSU from 1938-42 earning a bachelor’s degree in business and an LL.B. in 1947. 

Kinsey was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps (later U.S. Air Force) through LSU ROTC in 1942 and served in Georgia and South Carolina before joining the invasion force that landed in Morocco, North Africa that November. He served as an administrative officer in North Africa, Palestine, Italy, and Southern France. He was awarded a Bronze Star for exceptional service in support of combat operations, and his unit earned numerous citations.

In civilian life, Kinsey was a member and director of the founding groups of Transco Energy Company, Pacific Northwest Pipeline, Texas-Illinois Natural Gas Pipeline, and Piedmont Natural Gas Company and was involved in management and operations in the oil and gas industry.

The late Lloyd F. Love earned his L.L.B. from LSU Law School in 1942.

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps (later the U.S. Air Force) through LSU ROTC, Love entered active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and continued pilot training at Aloe Field in Victoria, Texas, and Barksdale Field in Shreveport, Louisiana, training on the Martin-Marauder B-26, also known as the “Widow Maker.” In December 1943, he deployed to Europe (Sardinia) via North Africa and was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Group. He flew 73 combat missions in Europe – thought to be the most of any member of the military from Concordia Parish – providing support for the Anzio beachhead and the D-Day Invasion, among other missions. Love survived many close calls during his tour of duty but none more fondly remembered than a blown out tire during takeoff with a live bomb loose in the bomb bay.

After the war, Love opened a private law practice in Ferriday, Louisiana, which he maintained for 47 years. He served as Ferriday city attorney and as chairman of the Concordia Parish Recreation Board and was instrumental in introducing legislation and securing federal funding to build the ring levee in the parish. In 2003 he was honored by the Louisiana Bar Association for his pro bono work.

Ralph W. Stephenson, Jr., of Baton Rouge, earned a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1977.  Stephenson attended LSU in 1942-43 before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps Cadet Training Program. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant bombardier in 1945 and served on a B-29 air crew until the end of World War II. He entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York and as a cadet was also a member of the Army Reserve where he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He graduated in 1950 as a Second Lieutenant in the newly created U.S. Air Force and entered pilot training on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. He received his Pilot Wings at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, and was assigned to a B-29 crew in the Far East.

Based at Yokota Air Base, Japan, he flew 45 combat missions over North Korea, then returned to Roswell, New Mexico to the Sixth Bomb Wing, flying the B-36. He entered navigator training at James Connally Air Force Base, Texas, and in 1955 became a jet pilot flying the RB-47 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. In 1959, the first class graduated from the new Air Force Academy and he was selected for duty as Air Force Commanding, supervising the training and discipline of a squadron of Air Force Cadets. Stephenson was tapped for duty in the Far East in 1962, assigned again to Yokota, flying the B-57.

In 1965 he was assigned as assistant professor of aerospace studies at LSU Air Force ROTC Detachment 310, where he served for three years until being ordered to serve as a C-47 pilot in Viet Nam, flying classified missions in 1968-69. He was then assigned to the Alternate National Military Command Center and in 1972 was named Commander of the 1369th Photo Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Among his many awards are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Services Commendation Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal with Five Oak Leaf Cluster, USAF Combat Readiness Medal; U.S. Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Stars; Korean Defense Service Medal; World War Two Victory Medal; and, Asiatic Pacific Victory Medal.

He retired from the Air Force in 1974.


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LSU Law Center Places in Top 8 Nationally at 2011 National Civil Rights Trial Competition
by Jennifer Roche on November 3, 2011, Blog: News

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Left to right: Trip McCormick, Lykisha Vaughan, James Sudduth, Anna Brown and Coach Jeff Brooks

The LSU Law Civil Rights Trial Advocacy team, comprised of students Anna Brown, John McCormick, James Sudduth, and Lykisha Vaughan, placed as one of the top eight trial teams nationally at the Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition, hosted by St. John’s University School of Law.  The team competed in New York City the weekend of October 22.  The team was consistently praised by the judges for its skilled case presentation and mastery of evidence.  The Civil Rights team is coached by Professor Jeffrey Brooks, and also consisted of shadow team members Haley Jones and Drew Nordgren.


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Library Hours
by Kevin Baggett on November 2, 2011, Blog: Library

Library Hours for the Winter Intersession, Winter Break, and Spring Semester here   


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Chancellor Weiss Reacts to Louisiana Bar Exam Changes
by Jennifer Roche on October 25, 2011, Blog: News

On October 19, 2011, the Supreme Court of Louisiana entered an order adopting compensatory scoring of the Louisiana bar examination effective with the July, 2012 administration of the exam.

A more far reaching proposal to revise the structure of the Louisiana bar examination remains pending before the Court. This “long term” plan would, among other changes, introduce a substantial element of multiple choice testing into the Louisiana bar examination. 

For many years, an applicant for admission to the practice of law in Louisiana has been required to achieve a passing score of 70 or better on seven of the nine separate tests comprising the Louisiana Bar Exam and on four of the five Louisiana Civil Law tests.  Compensatory scoring looks instead to the applicant’s aggregate score across all of the separate tests and allows a high score on one test to “compensate” for a low score on another test.

Under the plan adopted by the Supreme Court, the aggregate passing score would be 650 points out of a possible 900, with the five Louisiana “code” portions of the exam accounting for 600 points and the remaining four portions accounting for 300 points. The Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions (COBA) had recommended a lower aggregate passing score of 630 points.

Evaluating the new grading plan, Chancellor Weiss said: “At LSU Law, we’ve expressed serious concerns about any change in the grading of the Louisiana bar exam that would make it easier to pass the exam overall or make it possible to pass the bar exam without demonstrating competence in Louisiana civil law. From our standpoint, the move to compensatory grading is by no means perfect. But the Court wisely chose a passing score of 650 points and has given additional weight to the Louisiana code portions of the exam. These features of the Court’s plan substantially reduce our concerns."

“We appreciate the hard work by COBA and the Louisiana State Bar Association, who assisted the Court in formulating these revisions.  We also appreciate the Court’s thoughtful consideration of our views and look forward to a continuing dialogue over the more fundamental bar exam changes proposed by COBA and pending before the Court."

Over the course of the last year, as the Court prepared to consider a new grading plan, Chancellor Weiss had expressed his concern over compensatory scoring generally and particularly over compensatory scoring with an aggregate passing score of 630. Weiss was concerned that the 630 passing score could have substantially increased the overall bar pass rate and admitted to the bar a substantial number of candidates who failed multiple Louisiana law tests.  Weiss urged the Court to consider instead the 650 passing score recommended by a Louisiana State Bar Association committee that studied the proposals.

 “Applied to historical test data, the 630 regime results in a significant increase in the overall bar passage rate relative to both the current scoring regime and a 650 point compensatory regime,” said Chancellor Weiss in an August 15, 2011 letter to Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball.   “The actual average overall passage rate of first time takers on … four July administrations of the exam (2007-2010) [evaluated by LSU Law Center] is 69.25%; under a 650 regime, that average pass rate would have increased only slightly, to 70.25%. Under a 630 regime, however, the overall pass rate for the four year period would have increased dramatically, to 78.75%--a 13.7% increase in the historical pass rate for the four year period,” Weiss wrote.

In his August letter, Weiss also pointed out that a 630 passing compensatory score would “lower the bar” substantially for those applicants currently achieving failing scores on two or more Code exams. For the three July test administrations LSU Law analyzed (2006-2008), 107 Code-failing applicants would have passed under a 630 score, compared to 44 under a 650 point scoring procedure.  “The percentage of Code-failers who pass under a 630 score is far greater than under a 650 score (6.28% versus 2.56%),” said Chancellor Weiss in his letter.    


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Law Center Moot Court Program Ranked in Top 50 Nationally
by Jennifer Roche on October 19, 2011, Blog: News

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked 47th in the nation for the excellence of its moot court program in the annual rankings compiled by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.  The Blakely Institute, which hosts the Moot Court National Championship, ranks schools based on the results of the more than 70 different moot court competitions held during the 2010-2011 academic year.  The Law Center rose 16 spots in the rankings from last year.

In 2010-2011, the Law Center earned quarterfinals finishes at two advocacy competitions, semi-finals finishes at seven competitions, and finalist (second place) finishes at two competitions.  Some notable successes include:

  • The Law Center’s National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Team advanced out of their regional rounds to an ultimate National Top 8 ranking among the over 120 schools who competed.
  • Michael Denton (Class of 2012) received the Honorable George Bundy Smith Award for Oral Advocacy, presented to the top oralist at the Domenick Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Competition .
  • The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition Team, sponsored by the Law Center’s Mineral Law Institute, took second-place honors at its first competition.

The LSU Law Center has one of the largest trial and appellate advocacy skills programs in the nation, with over twenty-three travelling interschool advocacy competition teams, an extensive roster of internal competitions, and a broad array of skills courses and intensive workshops. 


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55 Students Placed in Spring Law Clinic & Externship Programs
by Jennifer Roche on October 19, 2011, Blog: News

The LSU Law Clinic and Externship Programs have just completed their application period for students who are interested in participating in the program this spring.  Some 55 students will be placed in various agencies through the Externship Program.  This includes 29 students participating in the Governmental Externship Program; 13 students participating in the Judicial Externship Program; and 13 students to be placed in various public interest and non-profit agencies.  An additional 32 students will be placed in the Clinical program and will act in the role of an attorney or mediator and will be assigned real cases under the close supervision of clinical faculty. 

Since opening in 2008, the LSU Law Clinic & Externship Program has included almost 600 students.

 


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PILS Fellowships Granted
by Jennifer Roche on October 19, 2011, Blog: News


The Public Interest Law Society (PILS), through support from the Law Center, grants public interest fellowships to students who chose to spend their summers interning or clerking with public interest employers. This past summer, 12 public interest fellowships were granted to LSU Law students:

Lauren Anderson                    Orleans Parish Public Defender

Michelle Benard                      Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jackson Carney                      Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana

Cailin Davis                            Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia

Kristen Guidry                        Federal Public Defender

Sarah McDonagh                    Baton Rouge Public Defender

MaryAnn O’Brien                     DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section

Danielle Prado                        Caldwell County District Attorney and Texas Defender Service

Erron Putnam                         Harris County District Attorney

Ryan Rivers                           Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

Jessica Smith                        Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana

Albany Willis                          Harris County District Attorney

 


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3L Lauren Anderson Featured in Newsletter
by Jennifer Roche on October 18, 2011, Blog: News

Lauren Anderson, 3L, knew she wanted to practice public interest law the first time she walked into a public defender’s office.  This past summer, Lauren returned to her adopted home of New Orleans to clerk for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders’ Office (OPPD). 

“The courses I’ve taken at the Law Center gave me a solid foundation to go into that job,” Anderson said.  Lauren’s work on behalf of a defendant was profiled in the OPD office newsletter, “The Reach.” 

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Lauren earned a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Dance from Tulane University.  Today, Lauren continues her work with OPPD as an extern.


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Two Students Awarded Scholarships from Baton Rouge Associations
by Jennifer Roche on October 18, 2011, Blog: News

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Brent Cobb, right, is recognized at the October Baton Rouge Bar Luncheon. 

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Jayne Wabeke, left, at the October Baton Rouge Bar Luncheon.

Two LSU Law students were awarded scholarships at the monthly Baton Rouge Bar Association (BRBA) Luncheon on October 6 at De La Ronde Hall.

Brent Joseph Cobb, 3L, was awarded the Baton Rouge Legal Scholarship, which is jointly given by the BRBA and the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary.  This scholarship is presented to an upperclassman who exhibits scholarship and leadership. Cobb, a past participant in the LSU Law School Trial Advocacy program, is a copy editor of the Civilian Newspaper.

Jayne Wabeke, 2L, received a scholarship from the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys (BRAWA).  The BRAWA scholarship is awarded annually to a second- or third-year student at LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and Southern University Law Center based on commitment, involvement or leadership in community or civic activities that benefit or affect women.  Wabeke is a junior associate with the LSU Law Review.


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Chancellor Weiss Addresses Baton Rouge Bar Association at October Luncheon
by Jennifer Roche on October 18, 2011, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack Weiss joined the deans and chancellors from Southern University Law Center, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and Tulane University Law School at the Baton Rouge Bar Association luncheon on October 6 for a panel discussion of the “State of Legal Education.”  The panel addressed the proposed changes to the Louisiana Bar Exam, diversity of law schools, and the impact legal education has on community service.


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LSU Law Ranked #6 Best Value Law School in the Nation
by Jennifer Roche on October 17, 2011, Blog: News

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked #6 in the Best Value Law Schools by preLaw, a National Jurist publication.  The 2011 rankings move the Law Center up twelve spots from last year’s Best Value rank of #18.

According to the magazine, the intent of the Best Value rankings is to identify law schools across the country that offer a quality legal education at an affordable price.  The magazine considers the following when ranking the law schools: (1) percent of graduates who pass the bar exam; (2) percent of graduates who are employed; (3) tuition; and (4) average indebtedness upon graduation.

“Our #6 best value ranking once again confirms that LSU Law Center offers an exceptional legal education at an exceptional value,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “The Law Center consistently leads the pack on the Louisiana bar exam, and I‘m pleased to say we hit that mark again this year.  Despite tough times in the last few years, a high percentage of our graduates have continued to find jobs in the legal marketplace.  Our high best value ranking reflects the quality of legal education students receive at the Law Center, while at the same time acknowledging our reasonable tuition rates and relatively manageable student debt.”

Included among the law schools ranked as top ten Best Value schools were the University of North Carolina (#4), the University of Georgia (#5), the University of Alabama (#8), and the University of Mississippi (#10). 


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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2011 Bar Exam
by Karen Soniat on October 7, 2011, Blog: News

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 86.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July administration of the Bar.  In all, 164 LSU Law Center students took the exam, and 142 successfully passed the Bar.

The 2011 exam marks the 22nd time in the past 23 years (for which data are available) in which LSU Law graduates have compiled the highest passage rate on the Louisiana Bar Exam.

“The overall pass rate of LSU Law students on the State Bar Examination is once again the highest in the state, and our 86.5% passage rate is high by any measure,” stated Chancellor Jack Weiss. “This year’s impressive performance is a tribute both to the Class of 2011 and to the dedication of our outstanding faculty in providing the Class with the skills and knowledge needed for today’s legal practice,” Weiss said.   

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, include the percentage of examinees passing the Bar who graduated from the state's public and private law schools and the percentage passing who graduated from out-of-state law schools.

Results on the July 2011 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all examinees are as follows:

All Test Takers
July 2011

School # Applicants Passed Conditioned Failed
LSU 164 142 (86.5%) 15 (9.2%) 7 (4.3%)
Loyola 171 119 (69.6%) 35 (20.5%) 17 (9.9%)
Southern 127 79 (62.2%) 19 (15.0%) 29 (22.8%)
Tulane 98 77 (78.6%) 14 (14.3%) 7 (7.1%)
Other schools 190 121 (63.7%) 36 (18.9%) 33 (17.4%)
Total 750 538 (71.73%) 119 (15.87%) 93 (12.40%)

The report on bar passage rate.


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Class of 2012 Continues Hats ‘n Canes Tradition
by Jennifer Roche on October 5, 2011, Blog: News

On Saturday, October 1, the Class of 2012 continued with a tradition that began in 1930, the annual Hats ‘n Canes celebration.  The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black top hops and carrying black canes, as Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph toasted the class using the cane of the Law School’s first dean, Joseph Kelly.  In another nod to tradition, 3L President Robert Elliot Duhon had the distinct honor of wearing the black top hat that belonged to the namesake of the LSU Law Center, Dean Paul M. Hebert.

In the earliest years of Hats ‘n Canes, seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.” A Reveille article announcing the 1930 event stated, “Walking canes will be carried, flourished, and brandished” [as a] “badge to distinguish law seniors.” 

View the class of 2012 Hats ‘n Canes.

Historical reference: W. Lee Hargrave. LSU Law: The Louisiana State University Law School from 1906 to 1977.


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LSU Law Center to Host Open House for Prospective Students
by Jennifer Roche on October 5, 2011, Blog: News

LSU Law Center will host an Open House for prospective students on Monday, October 10, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the Law Center.  Interested individuals will receive information about the application process, as well as hear from current students about life as an LSU law student.

Reservations are required.  Those interested may RSVP by e-mailing admissions@law.lsu.edu.


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Fall 2011
by Jennifer Roche on September 29, 2011, Blog: Scholarship & Service

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

Chancellor Jack Weiss joined the deans and chancellors from Southern University Law Center, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and Tulane University Law School at the Baton Rouge Bar Association luncheon on October 6 for a panel discussion of the “State of Legal Education.” The panel addressed the proposed changes to the Louisiana Bar Exam, diversity of law schools, and the impact legal education has on community service.

Professor Lee Ann Lockridge was promoted to the rank of Professor and received tenure. Professor Lockridge joined the Law Center faculty in 2005. Her research and teaching interests are primarily in intellectual property and advertising law. She teaches Introduction to Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Advertising Law, Advanced Trademark & Unfair Competition Law, and Advanced Copyright.

Professor Missy Lonegrass was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Law. Professor Lonegrass joined the LSU Law faculty in the fall of 2008. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of Civil Law, Comparative Law, and a wide range of areas of Louisiana law. Professor Lonegrass’ teaching assignments include Successions and Donations, Western Legal Traditions and Systems: Louisiana Impact, Sales and Real Estate Transactions, and Obligations.

Professor Christina Sautter was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Law. Professor Sautter joined the Law School faculty in 2008. Professor Sautter teaches Business Associations I and II, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Regulation. Her scholarship explores the impact of judiciary rulings, boards of directors' fiduciary duties, market conditions, and acquisition agreement terms on the mergers & acquisitions sale process for public companies.

Professor Sautter presented a work-in-progress on the use of standstill agreements in mergers & acquisitions at the American Association of Law Schools Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality in June 2011. Also in June 2011, she presented the same work-in-progress at the 2011 Midwest Corporate Law Scholars Conference. In addition, in July 2011, Professor Sautter was a panelist on the Junior Faculty Challenges Panel at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.

Cultural Vistas, the magazine of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, has published Professor Paul Baier’s Centennial Reflection (with Georgia Chadwick):  “The Justice from the Bayou:  Edward Douglass White,” in its Fall 2011 issue.  The Louisiana State Museum has distributed 2,000 copies for statewide distribution.

View a scene of Professor Paul Baier’s play, “Father Chief Justice:  Edward Douglass White and the Constitution," as it was performed in the Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, on the Louisiana Bar Foundation website: http://www.raisingthebar.org/News/FoundationNews.asp?NewsID=171

The Social Law Library, Boston Massachusetts, is the play’s next venue. It will take place on Justice Holmes’s birthday, March 8, 2012, at the John Adams Courthouse, Pemberton Square.

Professor William R. Corbett’s article on appearance-based employment discrimination was recently published in the Catholic University Law Review.  He has two other articles forthcoming this fall in the Villanova Law Review and the Oklahoma Law Review.  The 2011-12 edition of his book on strikes, lockouts, and boycotts (with Dean Doug Ray and Professor Chris Cameron) was published in September by West.  Professor Corbett spoke at the LSBA labor and employment law seminar in August and the Fall Conference of the Louisiana Judicial College in October on recent developments in Louisiana law.  He is speaking around the state this fall on recent developments in labor and employment law in the LSU CLE program.   

Professor Philip Hackney appeared on a panel with James R. King of Jones Day on October 3 and 4, 2011 in Washington D.C. discussing the federal income tax rules for supporting organizations (a type of charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code) for healthcare systems before the American Health Lawyers Association as part of its conference titled Tax Issues for Healthcare Organizations.

Professor Hackney also moderated a panel titled IRS Collection – Is the Pendulum in the Right Place, where the panel discussed the effects of the 1998 IRS Restructuring Act and its current effect on enforcement at the IRS at the ABA Tax Section’s Joint Fall CLE meeting in Denver, CO on October 21st.

Professor Robert Lancaster recently presented “Representing Victims of Family Violence” at the 2011 Louisiana Community Justice Conference hosted by the Access to Justice Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  The Conference provides substantive legal and skills training to legal services attorneys throughout the state. 

Professor Lancaster participated in a panel discussion on “Building Social Justice Community Among Law Students” at the Southern Clinical Conference at the University of Alabama.  Professor Lancaster was on the planning conference for the conference which, for the first time, brought together clinical law professors from schools across the South. 

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

Mr. John Hightower, Senior Development Officer for the Office of Alumni Relations, was honored with the Greek Excellence Award at a spring gala hosted by LSU. 


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Guruli Named Director of LSU Law Office of Career Services; de la Houssaye Named Counselor/National Recruiting Coordinator
by Jennifer Roche on September 29, 2011, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of Erin Guruli to the position of Director of Career Services and Employer Relations at the LSU Law Center. Also named to the Career Services staff is Susan L. de la Houssaye who will serve as Counselor/National Recruiting Coordinator. 

Prior to joining LSU Law Center, Ms. Guruli served as a Business Development Director for Special Counsel, a national, full-service legal staffing organization in Washington, D.C. Ms. Guruli received her undergraduate degree from Tulane, her J.D. from Loyola New Orleans, and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown Law.

A native of New Orleans, Ms. de la Houssaye has over seven years in recruitment experience.  Most recently she was the Legal Recruiting Coordinator for the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Ms. de la Houssaye received her BS in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1996, with a major in International Marketing.

“Under Ms. Guruli’s leadership and with the addition of Ms. de la Houssaye to our experienced career services team, I’m confident that the Career Services Office is poised to provide cutting edge legal employment advice and assistance to our students,” said Chancellor Weiss. “The perspectives and experience of Ms. Guruli and Ms. de la Houssaye also will be invaluable as we move to expand our geographical horizons while we continue to nurture our key Louisiana employment relationships,” Chancellor Weiss added.


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Honorable Helen “Ginger” Berrigan and Oliver “Rick” Richard III Named LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumni of the Year
by Karen Soniat on September 27, 2011, Blog: News

BATON ROUGE—The Honorable Helen “Ginger” Berrigan and Oliver “Rick” Richard III were presented with the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year award by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss at the LSU Union on September 23, 2011.

The award is given annually to an alumnus or alumna who exemplifies the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession.  It also recognizes personal and professional achievements, as well as loyalty to the LSU Law Center.  For the first time in the 25-year history of selecting a distinguished alumnus or alumna, the Law Center selected two, rather than one, distinguished alumni this year.

“This is the first time we have had two honorees, and I am delighted to claim Rick and Ginger as our own. It’s a great pair, and they bring honor to our school as the latest in a long line of distinguished alumni to receive this award,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  “Both have distinguished themselves in their diverse professional careers—Rick as a business leader in the energy field and Ginger as a  highly respected member of the federal judiciary.  Rick and Ginger know that legal education isn’t just about learning rules. . . it has to do with a much broader preparation for service to the community in many different ways.  We couldn’t have picked two better people for this award.”

Berrigan, a 1977 graduate of the Law Center, has served with distinction for seventeen years as a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, leading her Court as Chief Judge from 2001 to 2008.  Judge Berrigan is a founding member of the Law Center’s Pugh Institute for Justice.  She has served on the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees since 2002 and is a long-standing member of the Chancellor’s Council.  Judge Berrigan is an Adjunct Professor at LSU Law Center and Loyola School of Law.  A resident of New Orleans, she is a native of New York. 

Richard, also a 1977 graduate of the Law Center, is president and founder of The Empire of the Seed, a private consulting firm in the energy, management, and private investments industries.  In addition to his leadership of The Empire of the Seed, he serves as chairman of CleanFUEL USA.  From 2005-2009, Richard served as president of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees and received the Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010.  Richard has strongly supported the Law Center’s Clinical Legal Education Program and for many years has been a member of the Chancellor’s Council.  Richard currently resides in his native Lake Charles.

Mr. James Boren (Class of 1975) and Mr. H. Alston Johnson III (Class of 1970) were guest speakers during the event.

Berrigan and Richard were recognized on the football field during the LSU vs. Northwestern State University game on Saturday, September 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Berrigan and Richard to be Honored as LSU Law Distinguished Alumni in Program Set for Tonight
by Karen Soniat on September 23, 2011, Blog: News

Baton Rouge, Sept. 23, 2011 -- The Honorable Helen “Ginger” Berrigan and Oliver G. “Rick” Richard III will be honored as the 2011 LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumni of the Year at an event scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the LSU Union in the Cotillion Ballroom.  Berrigan and Richard are 1977 graduates of the Law Center.  The award is given annually to an alumnus or alumni who exemplify the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession.  It also recognizes personal professional achievements, as well as loyalty to the LSU Law Center.


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Law Center PILS Day of Service Set for Saturday, August 27
by Karen Soniat on August 26, 2011, Blog: News

Join LSU Law students, faculty and staff for the Public Interest Law Society Day of Service set for Saturday, August 27.

Please report to the Law Center on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.   Service sites include Brownfields Elementary School, the Battered Woman’s Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity.   Limited slots available for the Habitat build.

Lunch will be provided for all participants. 

For more information: http://sites.law.lsu.edu/pils/community-service/fall-pils-day-of-service/

Questions or comments should be directed to Arthur Kraatz, PILS Community Service Chair at arthur.kraatz@gmail.com.

Come show your support and do some good for the Baton Rouge-area community!


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Two new apps from the US Supreme Court
by Kevin Baggett on August 19, 2011, Blog: Library

We would like to alert law faculty and students to two FREE apps for smart phones:

 

OyezToday tracks the current business of the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of abstracts in all cases granted review. With a simple flip and tap, It is possible to identify and create clips of segments or turns to share and repurpose. Otez also makes written opinions available shortly after release. This means that you needn't be tethered to a computer to read the latest decisions. 

PocketJustice focuses on the Supreme Court's constitutional jurisprudence regardless of Term. The free version provides abstracts, voting data, searchable arguments+transcripts, and opinions in the top 100 most frequently employed cases found in con law casebooks. The FULL version of the app covers the entire corpus of 600+ cases we identified through a survey of major con law casebooks. The FULL versions on iPhone and Android cost less than two lattes. The iPad version is a few bucks more but offers more functionality. All income supports the Oyez Project.

To download, simply search for the apps by name in the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Android Market. 


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August 2011
by Karen Soniat on August 16, 2011, Blog: Scholarship & Service

August 14, 2011 - Professor Robert Lancaster, Director of Clinical Legal Education and the Singletary Professor of Professional Practice at the Law Center, has been named a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.  The Foundation works to improve the justice system and promotes equal justice under the law.  Professor Lancaster also serves as Secretary on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). 


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Class of 2014 Arrives on Campus
by Karen Soniat on August 12, 2011, Blog: News

August 12, 2011 - The Class of 2014 arrived on the LSU Law campus yesterday for a two-day orientation, “making the transition from backpacks to briefcases,” remarked Chancellor Jack M. Weiss as he welcomed the class. 

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Jake Henry, Director of Admissions, greeted some 241 students, one of the largest and most diverse classes in the history of the LSU Law Center. “This year’s applicant pool was very competitive, and the Law Center received more than 1,400 applications in an attempt to secure one of the seats that you are occupying right now,” said Henry.

The class boasts very strong Louisiana connections, while also representing a geographically diverse group of students from around the country and the world, according to the Director.  Students represent some 93 different colleges and universities, and 23 different states.  The median age of the class is 23, and within the class are undergraduate campus leaders, collegiate athletes, business owners, first generation college students, teachers, nurses and firefighters, an Olympic weightlifting medalist, coaches, and veterans.  

The orientation program introduces students to the inter-workings of the professional law school environment.  Students participate in discussions on The First Year Experience in Law School, Professionalism, mock classes with LSU Law faculty members, instructional technology, student life, and financial aid.   

“The faculty at this outstanding law school will fully prepare you for the practice of law, but this faculty also wants to imbue in you the higher calling of the law,” remarked the Chancellor.  “Honor and integrity are not antique virtues.” 

The program concludes with a series of discussions on Professionalism, presented by members of the Louisiana State Bar Association Committee on Professionalism. 

Welcome, to the Class of 2014! 

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Chancellor Announces Appointment of H. Alston Johnson to Resident LSU Law Faculty, Effective January 2012
by Karen Soniat on August 11, 2011, Blog: News

johnston.jpgChancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of H. Alston Johnson to the resident faculty of the LSU Law Center.  Subject to the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and the LSU System, the appointment will be effective in January, 2012 when Mr. Johnson retires from his twenty-seven years of service as a partner at the Phelps Dunbar law firm.

Beginning this spring, Johnson will teach a full course load and will direct the Law Center’s program of continuing legal education, formerly headed by Professor Emeritus Frank L. Maraist, who retired in July.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of our long time adjunct colleague, Alston Johnson, as a Professor of Professional Practice and Faculty Director of the Center of Continuing Professional Development,” said the Chancellor.  “In 1984, Alston resigned from the LSU Law faculty to open the Baton Rouge office of the Phelps Dunbar law firm. At Phelps Dunbar, he has been instrumental in molding the Baton Rouge office into a highly successful group that includes many outstanding LSU Law graduates. Alston has built an impeccable reputation, in Louisiana and beyond, for competence, scholarly achievement, and integrity.”

Mr. Johnson is a 1970 graduate of the LSU Law Center. His appointment as Professor of Professional Practice is a non-tenure track position.  

Mr. Johnson originally joined the LSU Law faculty in 1972 as an Assistant Professor of Law, and he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1975, and to Professor of Law in 1978.  He is the author or co-author of three volumes of the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise series: Insurance (with LSU Law alum Shelby McKenzie), Workers Compensation, and Louisiana Jury Instructions – Civil.

While active on the faculty, Mr. Johnson also was a prolific publisher of articles on various subjects. As a member of the Law Center’s full-time faculty, he served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College.  Over the years during his full time and adjunct faculty service, he has spoken at dozens of continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges sponsored by LSU, the Louisiana Judicial College, and the Louisiana State Bar Association.

“Throughout Alston’s ‘visit’ at Phelps Dunbar, he has maintained a demanding teaching commitment here at the Law Center, teaching Federal Courts and Conflict of Laws as an adjunct to literally hundreds of our students,” noted Chancellor Weiss.  

Mr. Johnson currently is scheduled to teach Conflict of Laws this fall and Federal Courts in the spring. Subject to faculty approval of the course assignment, Mr. Johnson also will teach Louisiana Civil Procedure I in the spring, replacing recently retired Professor Emeritus Howard L’Enfant in that course.

 

 

 


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Summer 2011
by Karen Soniat on August 10, 2011, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Assistant Professor Ken Levy and co-author Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Philosophy Professor at Duke University) recently published “Insanity Defenses” in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Criminal Law 299-334 (eds. John Deigh and David Dolinko, 2011).  The article offers a legal and philosophical analysis of both the insanity defense and the different versions of the insanity defense that have developed in the United States.

 


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LSU Law to Host Celebration of the Louisiana Children's Code, August 5
by Karen Soniat on July 28, 2011, Blog: News

 

The LSU Law Center will host a celebration of the Louisiana Children’s Code on August 5, 2011, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Louisiana Children’s Code, enacted by the state Legislature in 1990, has guided the legal and social service communities in the areas of Delinquency, Children in Need of Care, Families in Need of Services, and Adoption. The Children’s Code is the comprehensive primary source of law relating to minors in Louisiana.

“The Children's Code is the most important milestone in family law and the juvenile courts in Louisiana,” said LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough, a member of the Children’s Code committee. “It would never have been accomplished without the steadfast support of the LSU Law Center and former Chancellor Bill Hawkland. The Law Center provided funding, meeting space and most importantly, faith, when naysayers bet that no Children's Code could ever be enacted. The other two parent-backers of the idea of such a Code were the Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association, and its early President Judge Nancy Konrad, and the Louisiana Department of Social Services and its then-Deputy Director, Brenda Kelley. The Code is the gift to Louisiana courts, lawyers, social services staff, citizen volunteers, and to all families in need of services from its founders and those members of the Children's Code Committee of the Louisiana Law Institute who have worked to preserve the Code as the best set of laws in the country.” The Louisiana Law Institute is housed on the campus of the LSU Law Center.

Judge Nancy Konrad, Senior Judge with the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court, chaired the original Children’s Code Project.

“The gathering will be a celebration of both the passage of the Code and the subsequent 20 years of its application and continual revision,” said Judge Konrad. “The Code began as the Children’s Code Project in 1986. Over the next 4 years some 59 volunteers including among others: lawyers, judges, sheriffs, court clerks, representatives of every Department in the state that dealt with Children, private and public providers, and representatives of all the law schools, met and compiled over 89 separate titles and codes affecting children into one volume - the Children’s Code,” she recalled. The Code is a 1,000-page piece of legislation.

The Children’s Code was passed by the Legislature in 1990 on its first submission, a remarkable feat, according to Judge Konrad. “The magnitude of the effort and collaboration required to construct the Children’s Code simply cannot be quantified. The fact that it was adopted in one legislature session is nothing short of a miracle. But most importantly, after two decades, the Code continues to improve the lives of Louisiana’s youth and serves as an example worthy of emulation throughout the country.”

The event is open to original code committee members, research assistants, sponsors and coauthors of the bill, special individuals who assisted with passage in the Legislature, and current Children’s Code Advisory committee members. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Date: Friday, August 5, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: LSU Law Center Tucker Room; East Campus Drive, Baton Rouge

RSVP Required: Gloria Girouard, 225/578-0200


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LSU Law Graduate Selected for United States Supreme Court Clerkship
by Karen Soniat on July 25, 2011, Blog: News

Michelle Shamblin Stratton, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, has been selected to serve as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2011-12 term of the Court.  Stratton is the first LSU Law graduate to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk, announced LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss upon receiving official word of Stratton’s appointment. 

“This is a proud moment for Michelle and an equally proud moment for LSU Law,” Weiss said.

Stratton-MichelleShamblin.jpg“I am very grateful for the opportunity to clerk for Justice Thomas,” said Stratton. “I greatly admire Justice Thomas's approach to the law and the reasoning of his opinions, and I look forward to learning from and working with him and a great set of co-clerks.  The time that I spent with the Justice during my interview also confirmed what so many people had glowingly reported---he is warm, engaging, honest, and kind -- and I am honored to work for someone of his character and integrity.”

“Michelle was a stellar law student,” noted Weiss as he recalled her many accomplishments while at LSU Law and in her early professional life.  “She’s set the bar for the future,” he said.  “But Michelle also has opened some very important doors for LSU Law students who come after her and share Michelle’s desire to contribute to the development of the law on a national level.”  

In fall 2010, Stratton was named to one of only four Bristow Fellowships in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States.  She was the first LSU Law graduate to receive the prestigious fellowship.  The fellowships are named for the first U.S. Solicitor General, Benjamin H. Bristow of Kentucky.

Stratton noted that her opportunity to clerk at the Supreme Court might not have been possible without the Bristow Fellowship and assistance from others who mentored and coached her along the way. 

“I would be remiss if I did not highlight my experience as a Bristow fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, where the incredible attorneys in the Office have exemplified the highest standards of appellate advocacy and helped prepare me for my work at the Court.”  

In 2009-10,  following her graduation from LSU Law, Stratton clerked in Houston for Chief Judge Edith Hollan Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  “Judge Jones was enormously helpful throughout the application processes for the Bristow fellowship and the Supreme Court clerkship, but beyond that, she is a great judge and mentor from whom I have learned a great deal,”
Stratton commented.  “Additionally, Chancellor Jack Weiss and other Supreme Court law clerks, past and present, have provided me with invaluable guidance and insight along the way. Last, but certainly not least, my husband and family have offered priceless support, perhaps most poignantly demonstrated by the fact that I know they love me whether I clerk for the Supreme Court or a traffic court!”

Stratton graduated first in her law class, earning Summa Cum Laude and The Order of the Coif honors.  As a third-year law student, Stratton was awarded the 2009 Scribes Law-Review Award for her article, Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after "Parents Involved", 69 La. Law Review 219 (2008).  She was the first student in the history of the Law Center to receive the national award, which honors the best student-written article of the year published in a law review or journal.

Stratton received CALI Awards (highest grade in the course) in 20 individual classes while in law school.  She was a member of the Louisiana Law Review, LSU's National Moot Court Team, and the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Team. She was named to the Chancellor's List during all of her semesters at LSU Law.  In addition, she was the recipient of the Vinson & Elkins Outstanding Case Note or Comment Award for Excellence in Legal Writing in 2007-08.

“To be the first LSU law student to receive a Supreme Court clerkship is special to me, particularly because I get to play a role in continuing and enhancing the traditions of excellence that characterize an LSU law education,” Stratton replied. “I hope that my clerkship at the Court encourages LSU law students, professors, judges, and employers to recognize the potential of LSU students to compete nationally and that it opens doors for more LSU law students to be successful.  In honor of the occasion, perhaps I can convince Justice Thomas to let me slip "geaux" into an opinion draft (though I doubt that'll get past my co-clerks!),” she concluded.     

Chancellor Weiss, however, expressed doubt whether Stratton would succeed in achieving this last goal.  Said Weiss: “I am thrilled to hear that Michelle will try to achieve recognition for “geaux” in the United States Reports.  Unfortunately, however, I doubt she will be successful given that this version of the word “go”, however compelling, was unknown to the Founding Fathers.”

Stratton earned her bachelor's degree in history from Louisiana College in Pineville, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006. 

Ms. Stratton’s resume is attached.

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Resume
Michelle Shamblin Stratton

EDUCATION

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center (2006-2009): Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma of Civil Law; Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif (GPA: 3.761, Rank: 1/174)

  • Louisiana Law Review, Volumes 68-69: Junior Associate (2007-2008); Senior Associate (2008-2009)
  • Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after Parents Involved, 69 La. L. Rev. 219 (2008)
  • Scribes Award (American Society of Legal Writers national award for best student-written article in a law review or journal) (2009)
  • Vinson & Elkins Outstanding Case Note or Comment Award for Excellence in Legal Writing (2007-2008)
  • New York City Bar/American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court Team (Fall 2008) (2008-2009 LSU Law moot court program ranked 12th nationally by the Blakely Advocacy Institute)
  • American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Team (Spring 2009)
  • Federalist Society Member (2007-present)
  • Trial Advocacy Board Member (2008-2009)
  • Semifinalist, Ira S. Flory Trial Competition (Spring 2008)
  • Finalist, Opening Statement Competition (Fall 2007)
  • Wex Malone Inns of Court (for excellence in trial advocacy) (2008-2009)
  • Chancellor’s List (all semesters)
  • Student Advisory Board Member (Spring 2008)
  • Faculty Merit Scholar
  • CALI Awards (highest grade in course):
    Administrative Law; Basic Civil Procedure I; Basic Civil Procedure II; Civil Law Property; Common Law Property; Constitutional Law II; Contracts; Criminal Law; Employment Law; European Union II; Evidence; Family Law; Federal Courts; Legal Profession; Legal Research & Writing I; Legal Research & Writing II; Obligations; Sales and Real Estate; Security Devices; Successions

Louisiana College (2002-2006): Bachelor of Arts in History, English minor; Summa Cum Laude (GPA: 4.0)

  • Louisiana College Rhodes Scholarship Nominee
  • Louisiana College Dean’s List (all semesters)
  • National Dean’s List (all semesters)
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students
  • Collegiate All-American Scholar
  • Alpha Chi (upperclassmen honors society, top 10%)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English honors society)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshmen honors society)
  • Louisiana College Gala Honor Court (academic/extracurricular achievement)
  • Louisiana College Top Twenty Scholarship (full tuition)
  • Louisiana College Union Board: Assistant Vice-President (2004-2005); Chairman, Off-Campus Activities Committee (2003-2004)
  • Louisiana College Student Government Association: Academic Affairs Senator (2004-2005)
  • Louisiana College Curriculum Committee: Student Representative

WORK EXPERIENCE

 Supreme Court of the United States, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Washington, D.C. (July 2011 – present); Law Clerk

Office of the Solicitor General, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (August 2010-July 2011); Bristow Fellow

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Chief Judge Edith Hollan Jones, Houston, TX (August 2009-present); Law Clerk

Louisiana Evidence Handbook, Professor George W. Pugh, Baton Rouge, LA (2008-2009); Research and Writing Assistant

Baker Botts LLP, Houston, TX (Summer 2008); Law Clerk

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge, LA (Summer 2008); Law Clerk

United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA (Spring 2008); Law Clerk

Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, Alexandria, LA (Winter 2007); Law Clerk

Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge, LA (Spring 2008, Summer 2007); Law Clerk

Phelps Dunbar LLP, Baton Rouge, LA (Summer 2007); Law Clerk

United States Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, Pineville, LA (August 2003 – August 2006); Clerical/Accounting Specialist 

OTHER SKILLS/INTERESTS

 Music: Voice (extensive experience in solo, large chorale, vocal team performance, and solo and ensemble competitions); Piano (thirteen years of formal training and competition); Flute (six years of formal training and competition)

 Exercise: Pilates; Group Aerobics; Horseback Riding; Basketball (ten years of combined individual and team competition; three years of coaching YMCA and other elementary school league basketball)

Updated: June 2011

 

 

 

 


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LSU Law Community Mourns the Passing of The Honorable Ralph E. Tyson, Distinguished LSU Law Graduate
by Karen Soniat on July 18, 2011, Blog: News

July 18 - Baton Rouge

The LSU Law Community received word today that The Honorable Ralph E. Tyson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana and a 1973 graduate of the Law Center, has passed away.

“Judge Tyson was universally admired and respected in the legal community and beyond,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “He was truly, in the proverbial sense, a gentleman and a scholar. We here at LSU Law feel a special connection to the Judge and his family, and a special pride in all that he stood for. We have lost a good friend and a great alumnus.”  Judge Tyson’s son, Christopher Tyson, is a Professor at the LSU Law Center.

Judge Tyson was honored as the LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2009, and only a few short weeks ago, on May 27, 2011, Judge Tyson was inducted into the LSU Law chapter of the Order of the Coif as an honorary member.  He was also a former member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees.

TysonRalph.jpgJudge Tyson devoted more than 30 years of his career to exemplary public service—as prosecutor, state court judge, and federal district judge. "At every step of the way, Judge Tyson has gained the respect and admiration of his peers, said Chancellor Weiss during the Distinguished Alumnus ceremony in 2009.  “We are proud to honor this consummate professional and esteemed community leader as our distinguished alumnus of 2009."

Tyson served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  In 1998, former President Bill Clinton nominated Tyson to a new judgeship in the U.S. District Court, making him the first African American judge in the Federal Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He became Chief Judge in 2005.

Prior to his service in the Federal Courts, Tyson was employed as special counsel and assistant attorney general in the Louisiana Department of Justice; Assistant District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish; and for more than nine years, was the Chief City Prosecutor for the City of Baton Rouge. He was also engaged in private law practice for more than 15 years, first with the firm of Pitcher and Tyson and later with the firm of Tyson, Avery & Cunningham.

In 1988, Tyson was elected to a vacant seat in Division B of the Baton Rouge City Court, where he presided for more than five years. Subsequently, he was elected without opposition to Division B of the 19th Judicial District Court, where he presided over misdemeanor and felony criminal trials. From July 1997 to June 1998, Tyson served as the Chief Criminal Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court. During that time, he also served as Judge Pro Tempore on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal by special appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court from May 1997 to October 1997.

Tyson taught as an adjunct law professor at LSU and as an instructor in the Sociology/Law Enforcement Department at Southern University. He was a member of the Board of the General Health System in Baton Rouge, and served on the boards of St. Joseph's Home, the Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Audubon Girl Scout Council, and the Wesley Foundation at Southern University.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Jordan, his mother, Theresa Tyson, and his children, Christopher, Todd, Eric, and Cara.

Arrangements are as follows:   Visitation at Wesly United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Friday, July 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Funeral services on Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m., First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.   

In lieu of flowers, family and friends have established the Ralph E. Tyson Memorial Scholarship at the LSU Law Center.  Donations to the fund may be made payable to:  LSU Foundation; notation line – Ralph E. Tyson Memorial Scholarship.  Mail to LSU Law Center, Office of Alumni Relations, Suite 400, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.  Gifts to support the scholarship may also be made on-line by visiting the LSU Foundation site at https://www.lsufoundation.org/contribute.php.


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Professor Frank Maraist Teaches Final LSU Law Class
by Karen Soniat on July 14, 2011, Blog: News

Professor Frank L. Maraist, the Nolan J. Edwards and Holt B. Harrison Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center, walked in to his Evidence class today for the last time.  It was as emotional - but characteristic “Maraist” ending - for a career that has spanned nearly four decades.  Maraist has taught, mentored, and counseled several thousand students who have graced the halls of the LSU Law School.  He showed up early today for his 7:30 a.m. class, expecting nothing out of the ordinary.  But students and colleagues had other plans, and he was greeted with cameras and cakes by Chancellor Jack Weiss and other faculty members and colleagues.  The quick witted Maraist noted, “It’s going to be intimidating to teach this class in front of so many colleagues.”  Today he presented his final review session as a member of the LSU Law faculty.

FrankMaraistLastClass.JPG Maraist graduated from Southwestern LA Institute in Lafayette, and earned his LL.M. from Yale University.  He is a U.S. Army war veteran.

He began his career as a sports information officer for the LSU sports program and later entered the LSU Law School, graduating in 1958.   Professor Maraist taught Evidence, Torts, Admiralty, and Civil Procedure.  He also authored numerous books on Torts, Louisiana Civil Procedure, the Louisiana Law of Lawyering, Louisiana Evidence & Proof, Louisiana Civil Procedure-Special Proceedings, and Maritime Law. 

Maraist plans to work on a second book, a sequel to Louisiana Law Legends and Laughs:  A Collection of Tales from the Legal Community.  The first was compiled and edited by Professor Maraist and Judge Henry A. Politz and published in 2001.  He also hopes to assist with faculty recruitment and, “be of help anywhere I can,” Maraist said. 

Congratulatory remarks for Professor Maraist may be forwarded to the Office of Alumni Relations at Tracy.Evans@law.lsu.edu.  

Video tribute.

 


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New Law Library Director
by Kevin Baggett on June 22, 2011, Blog: Library

Mary Elizabeth (“Beth”) Williams is our new library director.  She comes to us from Columbia University Law School, where she served as Head of Public Services in the Diamond Law Library and Lecturer in Law, teaching multiple sections of the legal research portion of the required 1L legal research and writing course. Ms. Williams received her BA degree from the University of West Florida, a MA in philosophy from Marquette University, her JD from Syracuse University College of Law, and her Master of Library and Information Science (with a Certificate in Law Librarianship) from the University of Washington. 


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LSU Law Center Student Bar Association Donates Scholarship
by Karen Soniat on June 22, 2011, Blog: News

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On June 14, 2011, Chancellor Jack Weiss and leaders of the Student Bar Association (SBA) announced the establishment of the LSU Law Student Bar Association Endowed Scholarship.  Leaders of the student organization expressed a desire to give back to the Law Center and worked together to help fund the new endowed scholarship that will benefit future students.

When fully funded, the scholarship will be made available to a rising third-year law student who represents the highest standards of service and dedication to his/her fellow students and to the Law Center community.  The SBA asked that financial need be a consideration when awarding the scholarship. 

Sean Corcoran, Class 2010 SBA President, and 2011 President Kaamil Khan, as well as other SBA leaders, joined in the announcement.  The students were presented with a commemorative plaque by Chancellor Weiss.  Corcoran and Khan stated that the students felt it was important to leave a legacy to benefit other students.  The SBA leaders also acknowledged Professor William Crawford who donated proceeds from the sale of his book to help fundraise for the scholarship.  This scholarship is the first of its kind to be donated by current students.  Chancellor Weiss expressed his sincere gratitude to the students for their support of the LSU Law Center. 


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ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection Historical Archive (1824-1979)
by Kevin Baggett on June 2, 2011, Blog: Library

The Law Library now has access to the ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection Historical Archive (1824-1979) and Retrospective B (1980-2003).  A wealth of information is contained in the full-text of published and unpublished hearings, including all oral statements, committee questions and discussion. Also includes are texts of related reports, statistical analyses, correspondence, exhibits and articles presented by witnesses or inserted into the record by committee members and staff.  For access click here.  


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LSU Law Center Awards Degrees at 2011 Commencement Ceremonies; Joel I. Klein, Attorney and Former NYC Education Chancellor, Inspires Students with Keynote Address
by Victor P. Erwin on May 27, 2011, Blog: News

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Baton Rouge, LA - The LSU Law Center awarded degrees to 176 students during Commencement Ceremonies held today at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.  Mr. Joel Klein, a prominent attorney, education leader, and news executive, delivered an inspiring keynote address to the graduates.  

Some 171students received the Juris Doctor, Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law and Graduate Diploma in Civil Law, and five students received the Master of Laws degree, according to Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  Anthony G. Falterman, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors and a 1970 graduate of the Law Center, conferred degrees on behalf of the LSU Board of Supervisors.  Dr. John V. Lombardi, President of the LSU System, also participated in the ceremonies.

Chancellor Weiss spoke to the graduates about generosity and encouraged them to, “keep your eye at all times on the values of forgiveness and understanding.” 

Keynote speaker Joel Klein served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and is the former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he earned a reputation as a transformational leader of the largest public school system in the United States.  In January 2011, Klein was named CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation.

“Don’t get locked in, and don’t be afraid to take risks,” said Klein to the graduates. “You’re the architect of your own destiny… and rejoice in that fact.” 

Three students -- Joshua Paul Clayton, Michael James Fagan, Jr., and Thomas Ryan Hooks -- graduated Summa Cum Laude, ranking within the top two percent of the graduating class.  Eighteen students graduated Magna Cum Laude, and 23 graduated with Cum Laude honors. 

Seventeen students were elected to membership in The Order of the Coif, a national honorary law fraternity that elects to membership students from the highest ten percent of the senior class.  Inductees were honored in separate ceremonies at the Law Center prior to Commencement. 

The Honorable Ralph E. Tyson, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, was named Honorary Member of The Order of the Coif.  Judge Tyson is a 1973 graduate of LSU Law, and he was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Law Center in 2009.

Also joining in today’s ceremonies were members of the LSU Law Center Class of 1961, this year’s Golden Graduates.

Two lists are attached:  an alphabetical list of graduates with city and state; a list by parish, state and city.  


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Live Streaming of LSU Law Commencement, Friday, May 27
by Karen Soniat on May 26, 2011, Blog: News

Members of the LSU Law community are invited to join us for the 2011 Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 27.  Whether you are here in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday, or joining us from places afar, you can be part of the festivities.

Join us in person at the PMac at 9:30 a.m., or view the 2011 graduation ceremony live and on-line at http://bit.ly/jbsC5x

Mr. Joel Klein, a prominent attorney, education leader, and news executive, will deliver the commencement address. Klein served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and is the former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he earned a reputation as a transformational leader of the largest public school system in the United States. In January 2011, Klein was named CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation. 

Commencement Time:  9:30 a.m.

Location:  Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU Campus

Entrances: Southeast Portal; Southwest Portal

Special Needs Access:  Floor Level - Southeast Portal; Concourse Level - Portal W for elevator                                               

Parking:  
North Assembly Center; Tennis Court Lot; Kirby Smith Lot; West Graham Hall; West Campus Apartments; Nicholson Lot; Bernie Moore Track Stadium; Burden Oak   

More Details:  http://bit.ly/iEVHEi

Contact:
  225/578-8645


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News Corporation Executive Joel Klein to Deliver LSU Law Center Commencement Address in Exercises Set for Friday, May 27, 2011
by Karen Soniat on May 19, 2011, Blog: News

More than 180 students will receive the Juris Doctor, Graduate Diploma in Comparative/Civil Law and Master of Laws degrees at Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 27, announced Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU Campus. The LSU Law Center Class of 1961 Golden Graduates will also participate in the ceremonies.

Mr. Joel Klein, a prominent attorney, education leader, and news executive, will deliver the commencement address. Klein served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and is the former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he earned a reputation as a transformational leader of the largest public school system in the United States. In January 2011, Klein was named CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation. 

"Joel Klein's diverse and distinguished career exemplifies the many uses to which legal training can be put by someone who is determined to improve the lot of his fellow citizens,” said Chancellor Weiss.  “Chancellor Klein has made his mark at every step along the way: as Supreme Court law clerk, distinguished appellate advocate, deputy White House counsel, the nation's chief antitrust lawyer, international media executive, reform Chancellor of New York City schools, and now as a creative entrepreneur at the intersection of digital communications and education. He embodies Justice Brandeis' vision of 'civic courage'. I'm confident that Chancellor Klein will be an exciting and inspiring commencement speaker."

Inductees in The Order of the Coif, a national honorary law fraternity for students deemed eligible and graduating in the top ten percent of the class, will be honored in separate ceremonies at the Law Center prior to Commencement.  The Order of the Coif awards program will begin at 8 a.m. in the LSU Law Center’s McKernan Auditorium.  

Information for the public follows.

Commencement Time:  9:30 a.m.

Location:  Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU Campus

Entrances: Southeast Portal; Southwest Portal

Special Needs Access:  Floor Level - Southeast Portal; Concourse Level - Portal W for elevator                                               

Parking:   North Assembly Center; Tennis Court Lot; Kirby Smith Lot; West Graham Hall; West Campus Apartments;; Nicholson Lot; Bernie Moore Track Stadium; Burden Oak   

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Joel I. Klein
Biography

In January 2011, Joel I. Klein became CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation. 

Prior to that, Mr. Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education where he oversaw a system of over 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget.  He launched Children First in 2002, a comprehensive reform strategy that has brought coherence and capacity to the system and resulted in significant increases in student performance. 

He is a former Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., a media company, and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice until September 2000, and was Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1993-1995.  Mr. Klein entered the Clinton administration after 20 years of public and private legal work in Washington, D.C.  He attended New York City’s public schools and graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School. 

He received his BA from Columbia University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1967, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971, also graduating magna cum laude.  He has received honorary degrees from Columbia University, Duke University, Amherst College, Manhattanville College, Georgetown Law Center, Fordham Law School, New York Law School, and St. John’s School of Education.  He received the Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City from New York University for his work as Chancellor.

 



 


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Spring 2011
by Karen Soniat on April 27, 2011, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Professor Ray Diamond delivered a lecture, jointly sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Law School chapters of the Federalist Society and the Black Law Students Association, entitled “The Inner City, the Democracy of Arms, and the Revival of the Militia at Large,” on April 19, 2011.


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LSU Law Library has a new interlibrary loan request system
by Kevin Baggett on April 13, 2011, Blog: Library

LSU Law Library now has a new interlibrary loan patron interface system called ILLiad.  LSU Law faculty, staff, and students may now place, track, cancel, and update their interlibrary loan requests through their free ILLiad account. To learn more about this new feature and create your ILLiad account, click on the Interlibrary Loan page


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Advisory: Information and Instructions for Graduates -- Class of 2011
by Karen Soniat on April 12, 2011, Blog: News

Commencement
Friday, May 27 @ 9:30 a.m.
LSU Maravich Assembly Center
(Graduates Must Arrive No Later than 8:30 a.m.)

Grads & Crawdads
Senior Crawfish Boil for Grads and Family/Friends
Thursday, May 26 @ 5 p.m.
LSU Mini Barn
(Registration Required) 

Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2011 will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center located on the LSU Campus.  Graduates must report to the Assembly Center by 8:30 a.m. Commencement ceremonies should be concluded by 11:30 a.m.

The Order of the Coif ceremony will be held in the LSU Law Center’s McKernan Auditorium at 8:00 a.m.  Inductees must report to Room W 220 by 7:30 a.m. 

Important deadlines, instructions and forms for attendance at graduation events follow, and details are provided in the attachments.

Directions to the LSU Campus: http://www.lsu.edu/visitors/directions.shtml

IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR GRADUATES

April 13           Final date for odering Caps & Gowns, LSU Book Store

May 6             Notify Office of Student Records if you will not participate in commencement ceremony

May 6             Request seating accommodations for guests with disabilities

May 6              Provide Office of Student Records with contact information if possible The Order of the Coif inductee 

May 13            Deadline to register for Grads & Crawdads Senior Crawfish Boil and Certificates of Appreciation

May 20            Payment of all fees owed to the University at the Bursar's Office

May 23            Begin Cap & Gown pick-up at LSU Student Union Bookstore

May 23            Begin Pick Up of Certificates of Appreciation in Alumni Office

April – May     Consider Supporting the Class of 2011 Leave a Legacy Campaign. See details on attached, visit the Alumni Office on 4th Floor, or see table display in Law Center Lobby for details. 

 

 

 


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LSU Law Center to Host U.S. Army Eisenhower Series College Program, April 6
by Karen Soniat on March 29, 2011, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center will host the inaugural U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program at the LSU Law Center on Wednesday, April 6.  The U. S. Army War College, located in Carlisle Barracks, PA., represents the highest level of education offered by the military services, according to program literature.  The Eisenhower Series College Program is designed to engage students, academics, and the public about national security issues and the employment of military assets. 

Topics will include:  China & Current Space Ops; Afghanistan & the Role of Special Forces; US Involvement in Failing States; WikiLeaks & National Security; Turmoil in the Middle East; Globar War on Terrorism; Piracy in the Gulf of Aden; Do We Still Need Nuclear Weapons?; Pre-emptive War & Just War Doctrine.   

The event is free and open to the public. 

Date:               Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time:               9:00 a.m. – @ 5:00 p.m.

Location:          LSU Law Center; 1 East Campus Drive (off Dalrymple Drive); Classrooms Throughout the Center

 

 


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Clearinghouse Review
by Mary E. Johns on March 24, 2011, Blog: Library

Online access to the Clearinghouse Review is now available.  Check out this journal focused on best practice in litigation and advocacy on issues related to social and economic justice, published by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.


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Law Center Says Committee’s Proposed Bar Exam Changes Would Undermine Longstanding Louisiana Law Emphasis
by Karen Soniat on March 17, 2011, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center has filed a position paper with the Louisiana Supreme Court seriously questioning major changes in the Louisiana Bar Exam proposed by the Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions (COBA).   The Law Center’s submission, signed by LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss, says that COBA’s proposals pose “a material threat to this State’s longstanding, common sense requirement that would-be Louisiana lawyers must demonstrate through the bar exam that they possess necessary competence in Louisiana law.”  The Law Center submitted its comments on March 15. 

The Law Center’s Executive Summary of its submission to the Court follows below. The full submission can be accessed through this link: LSU Paul M Hebert Law Center Comments, March 15, 2011 – pdf

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Response of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

to Call for Public Comment on Proposed Modifications of the Louisiana Bar Examination

March 15, 2011 

“In developing and evaluating any testing program, validity is the primary concern.”

(NCBE Director of Research Michael Kane, Ph.D.)

Executive Summary

            The Committee on Bar Admissions (“COBA”) has proposed a radical revision of the Louisiana bar examination.  If approved by the Louisiana Supreme Court, the COBA proposals would be implemented in two phases.   First, as soon as 2012, the present system of scoring the exam would be replaced by “compensatory scoring.”  Under a compensatory scoring scheme, a test taker can pass the bar exam and gain admission to the practice of law in Louisiana by achieving a specified aggregate score across the multiple subject matters of the bar exam without necessarily achieving a passing score on any specific subject matter exam or exams.  As the name suggests, compensatory scoring allows high performance on a few subject matter exams to “compensate” for failing performance on an unlimited number of other subject matter exams. 

Compensatory scoring is a drastic departure from the subject matter-specific method of scoring the Louisiana bar exam that has been in effect for decades.  Under the current scoring regime, a candidate must pass seven of the nine subject matter exams and four of the five Louisiana Code exams in order to be admitted to the practice of law in Louisiana.  Compensatory scoring would enable substantial numbers of test takers to fail multiple Louisiana Code exams yet nevertheless gain admission to the Louisiana bar and be licensed to practice law in our state.  According to COBA’s own analysis, approximately eight percent of all candidates taking the exam in recent years—more than two hundred candidates--would have failed by reason of failing two or more Louisiana Code exams yet would pass under a compensatory scoring regime.  In our judgment, every person licensed to practice law in Louisiana should be required to demonstrate substantial competence in Louisiana civil law.  Compensatory scoring would demonstrably undermine that common sense requirement. 

Second, beginning in 2015, COBA proposes a complete reworking of the format and substance of the Louisiana bar exam.  The current exam for many years has consisted of nine subject matter essay exams (including five Louisiana Code exams) some 21 hours in total duration and given on alternating days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) of the week in which the exam is administered.  COBA proposes a shortened 18 hour exam given on consecutive days. The revamped bar exam would consist of multiple choice questions covering both “national” and Louisiana law, a “performance” exam requiring no specific knowledge of substantive law, and nine total hours of essay questions devoted to Louisiana law.  Under the COBA proposal, testing of Louisiana criminal law, Louisiana criminal procedure, and Louisiana evidence law would be eliminated and replaced by multiple choice testing of national law in those subject matters.  The “performance” exam and national multiple choice portions of the exam would be prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”), a standardized test preparer that has advised COBA on all aspects of the COBA proposals.  The portions of the exam prepared by NCBE would be identical to bar exam components prepared by NCBE for use in other states.  The overall format of the proposed revisions of the Louisiana exam closely resembles the format of a “uniform” national bar examination actively promoted by NCBE.  COBA has not specified how this drastically reworked Louisiana bar exam would be scored.  It appears very likely, however, that COBA and NCBE contemplate compensatory scoring comparable to COBA’s “short-term” proposal.  NCBE publications indicate that the scoring of the reworked exam would be disproportionately based on the national multiple choice portion of the exam to be prepared by NCBE. 

Like the “short-term” proposal to adopt compensatory scoring of the current Louisiana bar exam, the proposal to overhaul the exam itself by 2015 raises serious questions about the extent to which the revised exam would require candidates for admission to the Louisiana bar to demonstrate competence in and understanding of Louisiana law.  It is clear that the revised exam would shift several core subject matters (criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence) from Louisiana to national law.  Because the proposal does not provide important details of the scoring of the reworked exam, it remains unclear whether compensatory scoring of that exam would devalue Louisiana law competence to the same extent as the short-term compensatory scoring proposal.  Other uncertainties about the reworked exam include the rationale for and impact of the proposed shift to “blind” and “mixed” essay questions; the impact of the proposed “scaling” of the entire exam to the national multiple choice questions prepared by NCBE; and the extent to which proposed Louisiana multiple choice questions will test substantive knowledge of Louisiana law or more generalized test taking skills comparable to those associated with standardized aptitude tests like the Law School Admission Test. 

To summarize: the short-term COBA proposal for compensatory scoring of the Louisiana bar exam beginning as soon as 2012 would substantially and inappropriately undermine the requirement of demonstrated competence in Louisiana civil law.  We believe that the long-term  proposal to drastically rework the Louisiana bar exam effective in 2015 raises many unanswered questions. The long-term proposal likewise poses a material threat to this State’s longstanding, common sense requirement that would-be Louisiana lawyers must demonstrate through the bar exam that they possess necessary competence in Louisiana law. 

More fundamentally, we do not believe that there has been adequate consideration, explanation, or discussion of either the basic premises animating the proposed changes to the bar exam or of various alternative solutions to whatever ills COBA may believe infect the current exam.  Of these perceived ills, much has been bruited about, but little stated explicitly.  Yet until the weaknesses purportedly requiring major changes to the present exam are specifically and openly identified and can be objectively analyzed, it will be impossible to determine whether the changes proposed by COBA are necessary or whether they are responsive to whatever problems may inhere in the scoring and structure of the current exam.  To date, the reasons purportedly requiring the proposed changes—both short-term and long-term —have been a “moving target,” an ever-changing and only dimly understood set of supporting rationales.  

We also believe it is imperative that there be careful and independent analysis of the statistical or “psychometric” foundation that COBA cites in support of its proposals and in opposition to both the current exam and various alternatives to the COBA proposals.  In particular, COBA asserts that certain prescribed levels of statistical reliability and consistency are absolute, immutable requirements for a satisfactory bar examination.  According to this theory, these mathematical imperatives override whatever common sense concerns we and others have expressed about eliminating or undermining the current exam’s requirement of demonstrated competence in Louisiana law.  In our judgment, however, demonstrated Louisiana law competence is an essential ingredient of a valid Louisiana bar exam.  And NCBE’s own publications agree that validity, not reliability, is the paramount value.[1]  For this reason, among others, we urge the Court to await and to afford whatever time is reasonably necessary for the completion of an independent examination of the COBA proposals by the special committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association appointed by President Michael Patterson in December, 2010.  There is no need for haste, and every reason for careful evaluation of COBA’s far-reaching proposals.  

Finally, we recognize that reasonable men and women might disagree over the fundamental policy issue of whether bar examinations in general and the Louisiana bar examination in particular should emphasize local law.  NCBE and perhaps others advocate a regime of uniform bar admission and national testing standards that would facilitate multiple bar admissions and multistate practice.  This uniform national regime would contrast sharply with Louisiana’s longstanding tradition of requiring extensive demonstrated competence in Louisiana civil law.  We do not believe that any substantial segment of the Louisiana bar or bench favors revising our bar admissions standards to facilitate bar membership, advance reciprocity, or otherwise serve the values of a uniform national bar admission policy.  Indeed, we do not understand COBA to favor this policy.  Nevertheless, if some support the COBA proposals because of their potential to further a national or uniform bar examination policy, the wisdom and appropriateness of that policy for our state should be debated openly and directly, not indirectly in terms of psychometric imperatives.   


[1] See, e.g., Michael T. Kane, Ph.D., Reflections on Bar Examining, The Bar Examiner 6, 8 (November 2009).


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Law Center Retains Top 100 Ranking in 2012 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools In Spite of Budget Reductions
by Karen Soniat on March 16, 2011, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center remained solidly positioned among the top 100 American law schools in rankings released on March 15. The 2012 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings placed the Center at 84th nationally, down slightly from the previous rankings in 2011. 

LSU Law is one of only eight public law schools in the Gulf South region, stretching from Texas to Florida, ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News. It is one of only three schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, public or private, in the top 100.

“We’re holding steady, consolidating our progress in recent years,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. In the past decade, LSU Law’s ranking has climbed dramatically in the U.S. News list, with the Center moving into the top 100 for the first time in 2004. In recent years, the school’s ranking has ranged between 75th (2009) and 91st (2007).

"Students recognize that LSU Law continues to provide a first-rate legal education at a great value,” commented Chancellor Weiss. “Each year for the past three years both the academic credentials and the diversity of our entering class has increased. Our students are the best witnesses to our success.”

The rankings consider a variety of factors, with some 40% of the score derived from peer surveys of deans, faculty, judges, and lawyers.  Additional factors include selectivity of entering students (.25); placement in employment and bar passage (.20); and resources (.15). 

 

 

 


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Author of the Nation’s Leading Casebook on Constitutional Law to Speak at LSU Law, Tuesday, March 22
by Karen Soniat on March 14, 2011, Blog: News

Professor Kathleen M. Sullivan, a constitutional law scholar and former Dean of Stanford Law School, will speak at the LSU Law Center on Tuesday, March 22 as the featured lecturer in the Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor Lecture Series.  She is the author of the nation’s leading casebook on Constitutional Law. 

The lecture, titled “Is Constitutional Law Law?  Recent Trends in Free Speech and Federalism,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Law Center’s David W. Robinson Courtroom.  The lecture is free and open to the public.
 
Professor Sullivan is a nationally prominent scholar, teacher and litigator, and she was the founding director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. She is widely published on topics including federalism, religion, speech, equality, and constitutional theory.  Professor Sullivan is now a partner with the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York City where she chairs its national appellate practice.  She is the first woman to be made a name partner of a major national law firm. 
 
Professor Sullivan began her teaching career at Harvard Law School, her alma mater, where she became a tenured professor in 1989, and in 1993 she joined the law faculty at Stanford. From 1999 to 2004, Professor Sullivan served as dean of Stanford Law School – the first woman dean at Stanford University. During her tenure, she made fifteen faculty appointments, established the clinical faculty, launched numerous academic centers, started the LLM program, and raised over $100 million in philanthropic support.

Widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent appellate litigators, she has been named by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, by the Daily Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily as Litigator of the Week, and by California Lawyer as Appellate Lawyer of the Year. A recent New York Times editorial called her “a formidable advocate” and a recent National Law Journal article called her a Supreme Court “superstar.”

Sullivan has practiced law since 1982 in New York, Massachusetts and California. Since joining Quinn Emanuel in 2005, Sullivan has represented a wide range of clients, including Shell Oil, Morgan Stanley, General Electric, Samsung, Pfizer, Motorola, Coca-Cola, Siebel Systems, Oracle, Intuit, Hearst News, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Allegheny Energy, PG&E, AIG, and CNA. She has won numerous significant cases, including merits victories in the US Supreme Court for Shell Oil, “K Line,” and California wineries, and a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals upholding the power of New York’s Governor to appoint a lieutenant governor. The New York Times called the victory “stunning.”

She has argued six cases before the United States Supreme Court; numerous cases in the US Courts of Appeals, including the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Ninth and Federal Circuits; and various cases in state high courts including three cases before the New York Court of Appeals. In addition to her appeals practice, Ms. Sullivan plays an active role in the firm’s trial practice and has briefed and argued numerous significant motions in various federal district courts and state trial courts, including the New York Supreme Court and the Delaware Chancery Court.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Additional professional activities include memberships on the Board of Directors of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Board of Trustees of the Century Foundation; and, Editorial Board of Foundation Press. Ms. Sullivan holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an M.A. from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

The Lecture Series is named for the late Judge Alvin B. Rubin and Janice Ginsberg Rubin.  Judge Rubin, a 1942 graduate of the LSU Law Center, is one of the most distinguished graduates of LSU Law.  In 1966, Judge Rubin was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Later, President Jimmy Carter named Judge Rubin to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals bench in 1977. Judge Rubin wrote more than 700 opinions during his 24 years in the federal court. He served as an adjunct professor at the Law Center for 43 years.

Janice Ginsberg Rubin was a native of Alexandria and a graduate of Newcomb College in New Orleans. She was deeply involved in many civic and community activities. Ms. Rubin was a noted author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. She co-authored the Louisiana Trust Handbook and other papers, speeches and articles with Judge Rubin.

The Rubin’s left a lasting impact on the legal community and the LSU Law Center. The Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor of Law Program provides funds to bring outstanding legal scholars to the LSU Law Center.

Past Visiting Lecturers have included: 

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, United States Supreme Court; Justice Anthony Kennedy, United States Supreme Court; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, United States Supreme Court; Justice R. J. Goldstone, Constitutional Court of South Africa; Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania and Director, American Law Institute; Madame Justice Claire L’Heureaux-Dubé, Supreme Court of Canada; Honorable Marsha B. Berzon, United States Court of Appeals , Ninth Circuit; Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; Honorable Thomas M. Reavley, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

For more information, contact Karen Soniat, ksonia2@lsu.edu or 225/578-8645. 

 

 

 


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Students Named to Fall 2010 LSU Law Chancellor’s List
by Karen Soniat on February 15, 2011, Blog: News

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of students who have earned academic distinction for the Fall 2010 semester.

The LSU Law Chancellor’s List recognizes individuals who complete 13 or more semester hours of credit and earn a 3.2 semester average or above.

A notation of the honor is posted on the student’s academic transcript.

Students are listed by state and city.  Named to the list are:

Louisiana

East Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge)

Jessica Swiney Allain

Mark Thomas Assad

Elizabeth Ann Aycock

Barbara Jean Balhoff

Roy Louis Bergeron Jr.

Bradley Scott Bourgeois

Bryan C. Bourgeois

Zachary D. Brien

Jared Odell Brinlee

Collin K. Brodrick

Lauren Ashley Bynum

Meghan Elaine Carter

Joseph John Cefalu III

Colin Andrew Clark

Joshua Paul Clayton

Brent Joseph Cobb

Sean M. Colwell

Stuart Jackson Crichton

Blair A. Crunk

Dominik Joseph Cvitanovic

Jude Colby David

Christopher James Day

Joshua Philip Downer

Kellyn M. Elmer

Michael James Fagan

Micah John Fincher

Patrick H. Fourrou

Ryan Keith French

Scott William Giblin

Laura Beth Graham

Lindsay Marie Graham

Druit George Gremillion Jr.

Lilian Regina Hangartner

Amanda Lilah Harb

Lauren Melissa Harrell

Steven Rhodes Hatcher Jr.

Brian Paul Higginbotham

Erin Olivier Higgins

Carey Austin Holliday

Thomas Ryan Hooks

William J. Hudson

David William Hugenbruch

Jennifer Lindsey Hull

Patrick H. Hunt

Haley Hofmann Jones

Reid Allen Jones

Robert Joseph Juge

Jill Johnson Kennedy

Arthur R. Kraatz

Jessica M. Lewis

Crews Reynolds LeBlanc

Samuel O. Lumpkin

Justin Thomas Mannino

Justin J. Marocco

Kyle Paul Marunick

Caroline G. Massey

Donald Andrew Mau

John Edward McAuliffe III

William Thomas McCall Jr.

Margaret Ann McDonald

Amy VanVoris McGehee

Meagan E. Messina

Natalie Elizabeth Messina

Ellen M. Miletello

Jonathan Ashley Moore

Austin J. Moreau

Laura Blair Naquin

Fabian M. Nehrbass

Lauren R. Newell

Saul R. Newsome

Amanda Mary Pendleton

Jessica Ann Perez

David Barnwell Phelps

Christopher Lee Pope

Claire A. Popovich

Peter W. Raish

Pablo Andres Reyes

Christopher Michael Rhymes

Christopher Louis Rinaldi

Landon Richard George Roberts

Jonathan James Rose

David A. Safranek

Albert Orrell Saulsbury IV

Matthew L. Schafer

Jack Brandon Stanley

Alan Whittington Stewart

Jordan Alex Stone

Kathryn Ritter Theriot

Daniel R. Thomas

Madison Elizabeth Toepfer

Salena Renee Trahan

Sarah Stockton Trufant

Roberta M. Vath

Jayne E. Wabeke

Dylan Armstrong Wade

Lauren H. Weiss

Michael Flynn West

Jacob Carter White

Katelin Armstrong Williamson

Joseph Thomas Wilson

Betty M. Wise

Nicholas Scott Wise

Timothy Russell Wynn

Andrew L. Yeates

Acadia

Eleanor Bingham

Eli Jules Meaux, Crowley

Jessica Lynn Wimberley, Church Point

Ascension

Chad Michael Ikerd, Prairieville

Amber Nicole Robichaux, Prairieville

Brock Russell Skelley, Gonzales

Beauregard

Michael Ryan Rhea, Deridder

Bossier

Hunter Scott Crawford, Bossier City

Erin Brittney Sayes, Bossier City

Laura Elizabeth Springer, Benton

Caddo

David L. Bruce, Shreveport

Andrew Michael Heacock, Shreveport

Ross Evan Tuminello, Shreveport

Laura Ashley Wilhite, Shreveport

Calcasieu

Caroline N. Cole, Lake Charles

Jeanette E. Dewitt, Lake Charles

Daniel Arnold Kramer, Sulphur

Dustin Charles Madden, Lake Charles

Matthew Martin Mize, Lake Charles

Jordan Zachary Taylor, Westlake

Zachary Stevens Walker, Lake Charles

Evangeline Parish

Christopher Michael Ludeau, Ville Platte

Iberville

Blaine Thomas Aydell, Saint Gabriel

Seth Evan Bagwell, White Castle

Jefferson

Amanda Marie Collura, Kenner

Laura Ashley Cotaya, Harahan

Michael Roger Denton,Metairie

Jessica Clare Engler, Metairie

Amanda Kay Gammon, Harahan

Andrew P. Lambert, Metairie

Michael C. Mims, Kenner

Alexander Theodore Reinboth, Metairie

Robert Devin Ricci, Metairie

Graham Harris Ryan, Metairie

Ashley Lauren Schexnayder, Metairie

Rebecca Gail Smith, Metairie

Meagan Anne Stewart, Kenner

Victoria Grace Welch, Gretna

Jefferson Davis

Taylor Paige Gay, Jennings

Lafayette

Hallie Pilcher Coreil, Lafayette

James Glynn Dicharry, Lafayette

Joseph S Manning, Lafayette

Ryan Thomas Morrow, Lafayette

Sarah E. Stephens, Lafayette

Lafourche

Thomas Benton Harang Jr., Thibodaux

Lincoln

Jacob Matthew Oakley, Ruston

Livingston

Jennifer Anne Alford, Denham Springs

David Ryan Lee, Denham Springs

Natchitoches

Rebecca S. Luster, Natchitoches

Orleans

Everett Chase Baudean, New Orleans

Timothy Michael Brinks, New Orleans

Emily Ann Brouillette, New Orleans

Craig Stephen Daste Jr., New Orleans

Bradford James Kelley, New Orleans

Logan Elizabeth Schonekas, New Orleans

Raleigh Joseph Wolfe, New Orleans

Ouachita

Justin Nolan Myers, West Monroe

Brittany L. Stringer, West Monroe

Plaquemines

Andrew J. Cvitanovic, Belle Chasse

Pointe Coupee

Valerie Elizabeth Fontenot, Oscar, LA

Rapides

Katherine Leigh Cicardo, Alexandria

Joshua Paul Melder, Alexandria

Meagan Lynn Miller, Pineville

St. Charles

Erin Rae Cesta, Destrehan

St. Helena

Kathryn Jean Edwards, Independence

St. James

Kevin William Welsh, Gramercy

St. John

Erik Lawrence Vollenweider, La Place

St. Landry

Joshua J. Doguet, Eunice

Megan Elizabeth Reaux, Port Barre

St. Tammany

Anna Margaret Brown, Slidell

Jessica F. Byrd, Slidell

Eva Deano Conner, Mandeville

Mark Richard Deethardt, Mandeville

Sarah Marie Delahoussaye, Mandeville

Joshua H. Dierker, Slidell

Jerry Michael Hollander III, Mandeville

Heather Lindsey Kirk, Bush

Jason Zachary Landry, Mandeville

Randy James Marse, Covington

Kelly Elizabeth Rau, Slidell

Jeffrey Joseph Siemann, Abita Springs

Christopher William Smith, Mandeville

Matthew Brandon Smith, Mandeville

Tangipahoa

Kaitlin Jessica Dyer, Amite

Bradley Allen Pierson, Ponchatoula

Terrebonne

Anna Elizabeth Wheeler, Houma

Vernon

Lauren M. Wolfe, Leesville

Washington

John Travis Thomas, Franklinton

West Baton Rouge

David Matthew Tubbs, Port Allen

Out of State

Arizona

Catherine Anne Cocchiara, Scottsdale, AZ

Florida

Samantha L. Aylward, Deltona, FL

John H Scott, Melbourne, FL

Randall S. Thomas, Ocala, FL

Georgia

Brittan J. Bush, Dublin, GA

Christopher Alexander Cummings, Wildwood, GA

Anna Katherine Higgins, Gainesville, GA

Sarah P. McDonagh, Martinez ,GA

Justin C. Ward, Royston, GA

Illinois

Kevin Bradly Gieseke, Greenville, IL

Christina L. Villa, Plainfield, IL

Mississippi

Cassie Braswell Anderson, Liberty, MS

Ohio

Edward A. Waters, Hamilton, OH

Tennessee

Joshua G. McDiarmid, Germantown, TN

Tyler Davis Trew, Franklin, TN

Joshua T. Wood, La Vergne, TN

Texas

Piero A. Garcia, Sugarland, TX

Hester Ruth Dornan, Denton, TX

Valentina Maria Echeverri, Bellaire, TX

Chelsea Marie Gomez, Allen, TX

William Thomas Gutknecht III, Spring, TX

Laurence D. LeSueur,  Houston,TX

Marshall Louis Perkins, Houston, TX

Danielle E. Prado, Grapevine, TX

Kelly L. Reinker, Carrollton, TX

George Alex Unangst III, El Paso, TX

Virginia

Colin M. Mayhood, Richmond, VA

 

 


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First Circuit Court of Appeal Schedules Hearings at LSU Law, Feb. 9 - 10
by Karen Soniat on February 7, 2011, Blog: News

Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter ('58) of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal has announced that the First Circuit will hold hearings in the David W. Robinson Courtroom at the LSU Law Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, and again on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Attorneys representing clients with appeals pending before the First Circuit will present oral arguments before a three-judge panel comprised of Judges James E. Kuhn, John T. Pettigrew ('72), and Toni Manning Higginbotham. 

The First Circuit is one of five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts.  The First Circuit’s jurisdiction extends over 16 parishes in the southeastern part of Louisiana.  The court is domiciled in Baton Rouge and normally holds hearings at its courthouse located at 1600 North Third Street.  On occasion, as part of its educational outreach program, the First Circuit travels to various locations within its jurisdiction, such as LSU, to hold court.  Chief Judge Carter invites the public to attend the hearings, with a special invitation extended to law, government, criminal justice, and civics classes. 

Current copies of the court’s docket are available on the court’s website.  For additional information, visit www.la-fcca.org


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Weather Update: All Classes and Activities CANCELLED for Thursday Evening and Friday
by Karen Soniat on February 3, 2011, Blog: News

Dear Members of the LSU Law Community:

The LSU A&M campus just announced that, because of potentially hazardous conditions, the University will close today at 4:30 pm and will be closed on Friday, February 4, 2011.  Consistent with our policy, the LSU Law Center is closing its campus today at 4:30 pm, and will also be closed on Friday, February 4. 

As a result, classes and other activities scheduled for Thursday evening and Friday are cancelled.  We expect the Law Center Library to reopen on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. 

The Law Center will continue to monitor further weather developments and, should any further announcements be necessary, we will communicate by e-mail as well as posting relevant information on the LSU Law Center homepage.  The Law Center will follow the lead of the LSU A&M campus regarding any other announcements of campus closure.

Best wishes for your safety.

Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, Vice Chancellor

 


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Chancellor Weiss: A Holiday Message to Our Alumni -- The Continuity of Our Experience
by Karen Soniat on December 22, 2010, Blog: News

As the year draws to a close, Chancellor Jack Weiss reflects on the continuity between our past and present, and the extraordinary accomplishments of the LSU Law Center. 

With warmest wishes for the holidays and the New Year.

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Chancellor Announces Appointment of Jake T. Henry as Admissions Director
by Karen Soniat on December 22, 2010, Blog: News

JakeHenry.jpgChancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of Jake T. Henry III as Director of Admissions for the LSU Law Center.  Since 2007, Henry has held the position of Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was integrally involved in the application and admissions process, including off-campus and minority recruitment and faculty and alumni participation in the student recruitment process.

“Mr. Henry brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to his new position at the Law Center.  I have every confidence that he will be an outstanding leader of the Admissions Office and that he will contribute in many other positive ways to our Law Center community,” said Chancellor Weiss when making the announcement earlier this month.

He began his career in law school admissions while at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.  As Admissions Recruiter, he learned first-hand of the importance of a one-on-one approach to student recruitment, facilitating personal meetings and coordinating group discussions while travelling throughout the United States. 

Mr. Henry previously served in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff in the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and as a Police Recruit with the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy.

He holds a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.  As a law student, he served as President of the Student Bar Association, and as Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association.

"I am extremely excited to be joining the LSU Law Center family," said Mr. Henry. "I truly believe that a student's legal education experience can have lasting effects, and oftentimes, that experience begins with the Admissions Office.  I look forward to being a part of that experience for years to come.  I also look forward to expanding the LSU Law Center's commitment to diversity, while fostering relationships with faculty and alumni."

Mr. Henry will assume his position in January, allowing him to participate in the critical spring admissions and recruiting season.


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Make a Gift; Create a Lasting Impact
by Karen Soniat on December 22, 2010, Blog: News

We know that economic uncertainties continue nationwide and also here in Louisiana. With looming state budget cuts, your charitable gifts to the LSU Law Center are more important than ever. From scholarships to program initiatives, private philanthropy provides critical funding for the LSU Law Center.
 
As the end of 2010 draws near, we hope that your personal circumstances will allow you to consider a charitable gift to the Law Center. We need your annual support as well as endowment gifts that "give in perpetuity." Your past contributions have enabled the Law Center to enhance its Tradition of Excellence and to secure its place as the state's premier public law school. Thank you!
 
Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift or discuss an annual contribution. From IRAs, to stock, or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas such as the Clinical Legal Education Program or Energy initiative, building enhancements, faculty support, or student life.  Want to name a moot court program or support a named Junior Scholars Fellowship?  We welcome your inquiry and hope that you will consider a gift to A Tradition of Excellence—the Campaign for LSU Law.

For information on making an end-of-year gift, contact us at cell number 225/938-7763 or work number 225/578-8645; email Karen.Soniat@law.lsu.edu; or follow one of these easy steps:

For more information on Ways to Give to the LSU Law Center, visit our website.

Your gift is an investment in the future of LSU Law, and its impact will be felt across our community. As always, the LSU Law Center thanks you for your generous support!


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Students Donate to Ryan LoProto Endowed Scholarshp
by Karen Soniat on December 21, 2010, Blog: News

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For several years, LSU Law students have organized and participated in an annual Barrister’s Bowl football game to raise money to support the Make a Wish Foundation.  This past spring, the students raised $2,000 in excess of their targeted goal.

The Bowl committee donated the funds to the Law Center in support of the Ryan LoProto Endowed Scholarship.  This is the second year that the students have provided funds to support the Scholarship.

Ryan was an LSU Law student who tragically died in Spain when studying abroad in 2005.  The scholarship was established in his memory by friends and family. 

Pictured from left to right:  3L student Sean Corcoran; 2L student Dixon McMakin; Chancellor Jack Weiss; and, Gibson Laborde, Class of 2010.


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Class of 1961 to Celebrate 50-year Class Reunion at Commencement
by Karen Soniat on December 21, 2010, Blog: News

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The Class of 1961 will celebrate 50 years as LSU Law Golden Graduates during commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2011. 

Grads will don golden robes and are invited to sit with the Class of 2011 during spring commencement.  Later, graduates and their guests are invited to attend a luncheon at the Law Center with former classmates. 

If you are a member of the graduating class of 1961, please mark your calendar for what promises to be a fun day of activities.  A letter with specific times and instructions will be mailed in March, 2011.


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Six Classes to Celebrate Reunions April 1-2, 2011
by Karen Soniat on December 21, 2010, Blog: News

Mark your calendar for an eventful weekend of reuniting with fellow classmates, some law school nostalgia and intellectual conversations. 

Preparations are underway for a lively weekend of activities during the LSU Law Center’s First Annual Reunion Weekend, April 1-2, 2011.  Graduates from 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1991 & 2001 will share in reunion activities.  Class dinners will be held on Friday evening followed by a day of reunion activities on Saturday.  Registration information, along with a schedule of activities, will be available in the new year.


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Alumni and Friends Invited to Audit Special Course on Legal Issues Surrounding the BP Oil Spill
by Karen Soniat on December 7, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center invites alumni and friends to join with LSU law students in exploring the legal issues posed by the BP Oil Spill.  Because of the overwhelming public interest in this litigation and its certain persistence over the next decade, the Law Center will open registration to alums and friends on an “audit-only” basis.

Law 5730 Federal Natural Resources and Public Land Law (2) will be taught by Chancellor-Emeritus John Costonis, the Judge Albert Tate and Rosemary Neal Hawkland Professor of Law.  

Interested parties may apply through the LSU Law Office of Admissions and Student Records as audit only.”

Cost:

Application fee of $50 is required.

                        Plus

Tuition for a two-hour class:

                        LA Resident Tuition:                      $1,157.50

                        Non-LA Resident Tuition:             $2,139.17

Application Process:

Applicants must download and complete the attached application.

Applicants must mail or deliver the application to the Office of Admissions and Student Records, along with the applicable application fee and tuition. 

Course Title/Number:      Law 5730 -- Federal Natural Resources and Public Land Law (2): Selected Issues Posed by the
                                   April 2010 BP Oil Spill.    

Mail to:                                 LSU Law Center
                                   Admissions and Student Records
                                   Room 202 Law Center
                                   BR, LA  70803

Make Check or Money
Order Payable to:               LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Time/Date of Classes:     Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                                     January 10, 2011 – May 25, 2011

Deadline to Register:       Tuesday, January 18, 2011  (Earlier registration is recommended)

For More Information:      225/578-86846 or admissions@law.lsu.edu

Course Description:

Law 5730 Federal Natural Resources and Public Land Law (2):  Selected Issues Posed by the April 2010 BP Oil Spill.    

As it has evolved over the last half century, the Federal Natural Resources field increasingly represents an amalgam of Public Domain and Environmental Law.  

The BP Oil Spill and associated litigation richly illustrate the linkage between federal control of public lands,  marine pollution law and the rights of adjacent states. The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was located above the Outer Continental Shelf on High Seas within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States and well beyond Louisiana’s 3-nautical mile territorial sea. The BP oil well was located several thousand feet below the Deepwater Horizon rig, commencing at the seabed itself and descending some 2000 feet below the seabed. Operations associated with the leasing (by the United States) of the block in which the well is located are governed by the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), perhaps by Louisiana law functioning as surrogate federal law under OCSLA Sec. 1333(a)(2), a variety of federal environmental acts including, most prominently, the National Environmental Policy Act. Liability arising from unauthorized discharges of petroleum from the well is subject to a variety of federal statutes, among which the most prominent is the Oil Pollution Act of1990, enacted by Congress shortly after the Exxon Valdez’s grounding and oil spill. The course will selectively address a number of the central legal issues posed by the BP Oil Spill that flow from or are indirectly impacted by the network of applicable federal public domain and environmental measures and their interpretation by the judiciary and knowledgeable commentators.


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Evans and Dunn Join Office of Alumni Relations
by Karen Soniat on November 23, 2010, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack Weiss has announced the appointments of Tracy Nye Evans as Director of Professional and Bar Relations and Jane Hansen Dunn as Associate Director of Alumni Relations at the Law Center.  Both joined the Office this summer.  

As Director of Professional and Bar Relations, Evans will work closely with state and local bar associations, law firms, and professional organizations to promote the flagship agenda of the LSU Law Center. She has served as Director of Career Services at the Law Center since 1995.

“Tracy has led the Career Services Office with great distinction and provided critical employment advice and assistance to dozens of LSU Law students…She is ready for a new career challenge, and I am confident that she will build upon her strong relationships with the legal community and greatly benefit the Law Center in her new position.  Karen Soniat {Director of Communications and External Relations} and I both felt that Tracy was a natural fit for the Office,” said the Chancellor.

As Director of Career Services, Evans coordinated an Office that provided assistance to over 600 students and 200+ alumni each year.  The Office coordinates the student recruitment process with state and national law firms, and counsels students on job search strategies.

Evans previously worked as a Coordinator for the Center for Continuing Professional Development in the Law Center and as a Community Relations Representative for health care organizations in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.

She obtained a Master of Public Administration from LSU in May 2009, and she holds a B.A. from the University of Louisiana in Interpersonal and Public Communications.

Evans has been involved at the national level with the National Association of Law Placement -- the Association of Legal Career Professionals.  She served as Chair of the NALP Law Student Professionalism Group from 2008-09 and Vice-chair of the group from 2007-08.  She is a former member of the NALP Nominating Committee and a member of the Solomon Amendment Task Force in 2004.

She has been an active volunteer in the community, having served as a board member for the Capital Area CASA Association from 2002-2005; a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge; member of the Parish Fair Committee for St. Aloysius Church; and Co-chair of the 2005 Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Silent Auction.

Jane Hansen Dunn will coordinate the Chancellor’s Council program and numerous special activities of the Law Center in her role as Associate Director.  Dunn was most recently Campaign Manager for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Metairie.  She managed the organization’s signature fundraising “Light the Night” walks in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Dunn was also involved in strategic planning and other fundraising activities for the The Leukemia and Lymphomia Society.  She was responsible for volunteer recruitment and revenue growth strategies for the organization.

Dunn also serves as part-time Development Director for Christ Episcopal during 2009.  She helped to lead the marketing and fundraising efforts, including Annual Fund Campaign, Capital Campaign plans, and coordination with school volunteers. 

In 2007 and 2008, she worked with the Junior League of Greater Covington to chair the “Read for the Record” program.  Events over the past two years featured Saints Head Coach Peyton and Quarterback Drew Brees. The inaugural event was attended by over 1200 people. 

Additional fundraising experience includes work with Touro Infirmary Foundation and Tulane University in New Orleans.

At Touro, Dunn was Manager of the Annual Giving Program.  While at Tulane, she served as Regional Development Officer for the Annual Fund.  She has also worked with the American Cancer Society in Kenner, LA and the Prince William County Social Services program in Virginia. 

She began her career with the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge where she served as Supervisor of Military and Social Services and as Assistant Director of Development/Public Relations. 

Dunn earned her Bachelors of Arts from LSU where she majored in General Studies and minored in Psychology, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies. 

“Jane is a talented fundraiser and we are happy to have her as part of the LSU Law Center team.  She brings many years of experience to her position, and she will be a valuable asset for our Alumni Office,” commented Chancellor Weiss.

 


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Baier's 'AAA' Class Moots Case Argued By Recent Alumnus
by Karen Soniat on November 23, 2010, Blog: News

Kyle Duncan ('97), LSU Law Alumnus and the LA Department of Justice Appellate Chief, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 6, 2010, representing the Orleans Parish District Attorney.  The case, Connick v. Thompson, centered around 42 U.S.C. 1983 "Brady violations". 

The AAA class voted whether to reverse or affirm the lower court.  After brief deliberations, the class voted 12-1 to reverse in favor of Mr. Duncan's client, as Mr. Duncan believes the Supreme Court will do.  While we wait the Court's opinion, the argument is available at oyez.org.


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Is You Chancellor's Council Membership Current? Chancellor's Council Dinner Set for March 25th!
by Karen Soniat on November 23, 2010, Blog: News

Chancellor's Council membership is extended to those who make an unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Law Center. Among other things, your Chancellor's Council gifts fund academic programs and enhance student life, including student and faculty recruitment, student scholarships, accreditation activities, and alumni reunions, to name a few. 

The Chancellor's Council has established a new Dedicated Scholarship Program this year, and we ask that you consider making an additional $500 gift to your normal Chancellor's Council donation to help fund this worthwhile endeavor.

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Chancellor's Council this year. 

Can't remember if you have renewed? Memberships received to date are here

The Annual Chancellor's Council Dinner will be held Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center.  Please mark your calendars!

To renew your membership, or to become a member of the Chancellor's Council, you may:

1.  Give online at the LSU Foundation website.  Giving online is easier than ever!  You can now make online gifts monthly, quarterly, or annually. 

2.  Simply call our office at 225/578-0733 or 225/578-8644 with credit card information, or

3.  Send a check payable to LSU Foundation; notation line -- LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council.   

Checks may be mailed to:

LSU Law Center
Office of Alumni Relations
Suite 400
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Contact Jane Hansen Dunn at 225/578-8644 or jane.dunn@law.lsu.edu for more information on how to renew or become a member of the Chancellor's Council.  Thank you!


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Chancellor's Thanksgiving Greeting--In Gratitude for Our LSU Law Community
by Karen Soniat on November 23, 2010, Blog: News

WeissThanksgiving.jpgAs we approach this season of Thanksgiving (and exams!), I hope that you will join me in reflecting on the many blessings we share, as individuals and as an LSU Law community.

As a community, we are bound together by a tradition that is more than a century “young”. Our tradition embraces LSU Law’s strong commitment to civil law teaching and scholarship.  Our tradition continues to feature teachers who demand much in the classroom but take pride in being available and accessible to students outside of the classroom.

More subtle perhaps, but just as central to the LSU Law tradition, is our sense of community. Students here balance their studies with time for personal growth, family, and friends. An LSU Law degree is not just a certificate of academic achievement, but a symbol of lifelong membership in a community of shared values and experiences.

This holiday season, I also am happy and thankful to report that, with every passing year, our community grows more inclusive and more diverse. Our students increasingly come to us from a wide variety of backgrounds, locations, and cultures. This broadly realized diversity makes the student experience at LSU Law richer and more rewarding than ever. 

Of course, Thanksgiving is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate and are in need of our thoughts and prayers, including some members of our own LSU Law community. We also must never forget the enormous sacrifices that members of our armed forces and their family members make every day to keep our nation safe and to make it possible for us to live and study as we do.

On a personal note, I remain deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead this extraordinary law school, even (or perhaps particularly) in these challenging times. Although LSU Law already has endured severe budget cuts and more loom in the future, we must not lose sight of the many achievements of our school and our talented graduates who provide leadership for our state and nation. LSU Law will endure the financial setbacks of the moment. Our storied history will continue, thanks to our superbly talented students, our inspirational faculty, our dedicated staff, and our committed alumni.

The commitment of our alumni and friends is readily apparent from the results of the Forever LSU Campaign, which will come to a close on December 31st.  You have helped to endow the future by funding a new full faculty chair (only the second in the Law Center’s history), 30 new endowed faculty professorships, and 72 new endowed student scholarships.  Through Forever LSU, we have built a strong foundation for private giving; now we must sustain and add to that foundation year by year if LSU Law is to continue to prosper.

Finally, I am thankful for the love, support and understanding of my own family—and for the birth of Louise Ewing Weiss, our first grandchild, on August 16, 2010!

With my best wishes to you and your families for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday,

Jack M. Weiss

Chancellor


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LSU Law Family Mourns Passing of Janice Ginsberg Rubin
by Karen Soniat on November 11, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center is saddened to report the death of Janice Ginsberg Rubin on Saturday, November 6, 2010.  Mrs. Rubin, a native of Alexandria, is the wife of the late Judge Alvin B. Rubin, a 1942 LSU Law Center alum, and the mother of David Rubin (’78) and Mike Rubin (’75), also alums of the Law Center.

She was a native of Alexandria, LA and a graduate of Newcomb College in New Orleans.  Her interests and talents were many, and her personality endearing and engaging to all who were fortunate to know her.  She loved life and found great happiness in her relationships with people.  Janice was a devoted friend of the LSU Law Center.

In 1979, the Rubins’ moved their family to Baton Rouge, and Janice became deeply involved in many civic and community activities.  Janice was a noted author of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature.  She co-author the Louisiana Trust Handbook and other papers, speeches and articles with her husband.  In addition she was a prolific poet and a noted public speaker.

Janice, Alvin and indeed the entire Rubin family have long embraced the law as an instrument for the protection of the rights and betterment of all people.  In recognition of the Rubin’s devotion to the Law, two endowed professorships and The Alvin and Janice Rubin Scholarship Fund were created at the Law Center.

In accordance with the wishes of the family, memorial contributions may be made to the Alvin and Janice Rubin Scholarship Fund, LSU Law Center, Suite 400, Baton Rouge, LA  70803-1000.  Additionally contributions may be made to the Congregation B’nai Israel, 3354 Kleinert Avenue; Baton Rouge, LA 70806, or to the charity of your choice.


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Law Center Launches Annual Fund Campaign
by Karen Soniat on November 2, 2010, Blog: News

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The LSU Law Center launched its 2010 – 2011 Annual Fund Campaign in October.  Campaign leaders, Darrel Papillion and Larry Centola, Jr. challenge you to “Help Us Hit The Mark” with 100% alumni giving to the Annual Fund.  The generosity and support of LSU Law Center graduates helped to fund the Law Center’s nationally ranked moot court program,  the recruitment of new faculty members, a new junior scholars fellowship program, support for our brand new clinic and externship program, student public interest fellowships and student scholarships, to name a few. 

Can’t wait to test your aim?  Visit the link below to “Help Us Hit the Mark”, http://www.law.lsu.edu/index.cfm?geaux=alumni.annualfund.

 


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Fall 2010
by Karen Soniat on November 2, 2010, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss joined other first amendment scholars November 11-12, 2010 in New York for a panel discussion titled Developments in First Amendment Jurisprudence.  The conference, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), featured six nationally prominent lawyers and scholars, including the Law Center’s own Chancellor Weiss.  The conference is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the field, covering the latest issues and case law in media, intellectual property, digital communications and privacy law.

Joining Chancellor Weiss on the panel were:

RonNell Anderson Jones, Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, a constitutional law, First Amendment, and media law authority. Jones clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and directed the 2007 Media Subpoena Study, a nationwide study of the impact and frequency of subpoenas served upon the media.

Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times;

Floyd Abrams, of the New York law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindell, LLP; and

Paul M. Smith, of the law firm Jenner & Block of Washington, D.C.

The panel was moderated by Lee Levine, one of the nation’s leading media attorneys and coauthor of the annual PLI program. Levine taught Comparative Media Law at the LSU Law Center’s program in Lyon in the summers of 2009 and 2010. He practices with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Panelists addressed such issues as:

  • What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s rejection in United States v. Stevens of a federal law criminalizing distribution of films showing infliction of harm to animals?
  • Will the Supreme Court, despite Stevens, reverse course and uphold a content-based ban on distribution of violent video games to minors?
  • Where is the Court going on campaign finance restrictions a year after Citizens United?
  • Will there be an impact on the media if the Court holds that it is constitutional to impose tort liability on extremists who picket military funerals to protest the recognition of gay rights?

PLI delivers cutting-edge continuing legal education seminars, books, treatises, webcasts and audio briefings on subjects critical to the legal profession.

Chancellor Jack Weiss also participated in a panel discussion during a day-long symposium sponsored by Columbia University on November 4, 2010.  The symposium, entitled A Free Press for a Global Society, explored the role of American journalism and American free expression law in the global digital world. The program was co-sponsored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia Law School, and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Chancellor Weiss’ area of legal specialty is national media law and First Amendment law.

Joining Chancellor Weiss on a panel on "What I Need to Know" were:

Emily Bell, Director of Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism;

Bill Grueskin, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism;

Michael Schudson, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; and

Specific topics addressed by the panel were:  What should journalism in a global society be? What should journalists know, how should they be trained, and what should be their role in the larger society?

The panel was moderated by Nick Lemann, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Professor Paul Baier’s annual Constitution Day Program featured Northwestern University Professor Jerry Goldman, whose Oyez Project brought “Voices of the Constitution” to McKernan Auditorium, featuring voices of Chief Justices Warren Burger and William Rehnquist, Justices Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Anthony Kennedy, and Antonin Scalia.  The program was jointly sponsored by the LSU Law Center SBA (Sean Corcoran, President) and Southern University Law Center SBA (Chuck Toney, President).

The International Association of Gaming Advisors invited Professor Baier to address its annual meeting, October 11-12, in Washington, D.C.  The invitation came via Paul West of Baker Donelson, President of the Association.  Baier’s lecture was entitled “Inside the Supreme Court.” Baier led the group on an inside tour of the Court, starting at the great bronze statue of Chief Justice Marshall, traveling down the exhibit area to the National Archive film clips of Chief Justice Hughes, Justices Cardozo, Holmes, Brandeis and McReynolds, and the portraiture of the West Conference Room, including Louisiana’s Chief Justice Edward Douglass White. 

Professor William Corbett attended and participated in the Fifth Annual Seton Hall Employment and Labor Law Scholars’ Forum.  Five young labor and employment law scholars presented papers that were critiqued by two or more senior scholars and then discussed by the entire group.  Professor Corbett and Professor Steven Willborn of the University of Nebraska College of Law, critiqued a paper by Georgetown University Law Center fellow Matthew Dimick, entitled Paths to Power: Labor Law, Union Density, and the Ghent System.

Professor Corbett accepted an offer of publication from the Catholic University Law Review for his article Hotness Discrimination: Appearance Discrimination as a Mirror for Reflecting on the Body of Employment Discrimination Law.  The article will be published in Issue 3 or Volume 60 in spring 2011.

Professor Christine Corcos recently published the article Some Thoughts of Chuck Lorre, Bad Words, and the Raging Paranoia of Network Censors, 22 Regent U.L. Rev. 360 (2009/2010) (Symposium Issue).  Her essay Magic Images in Law will appear in Explorations on Courtroom Discourse (Anne Wagner ed., Ashgate, 2011)   Professor Corcos’ book review of Neil Feigenson and Christina Speigel, Law on Display appears in the May 2010 issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.   For the third year in a row, Professor Corcos was approached by an editor of the ABA Journal to participate as a juror to select the ABA’s pop culture “Top 25”.   This year the subject was “the 25 greatest fictional lawyers who are not Atticus Finch.”  See the results of the jury’s deliberations at: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_25_greatest_fictional_lawyers_who_are_not_atticus_finch/

Professor Robert Lancaster published an article, co-authored with Cynthia Baker from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, entitled Under Pressure:  Rethinking Externships in a Bleak Economy.  The article is published in Volume 17 of the Clinical Law Review

Also, Professor Lancaster was recently re-elected to the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.

Professor Michael Malinowski served as a member of the Working Group that in May founded LouisianaBio, http://www.louisianabio.org/, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the promotion and growth of the bioscience industry throughout the state of Louisiana. He presented, All that is Gold Does Not Glitter in Human Clinical Research: A Law Policy Proposal to Raise the Global `Gold Standard' for Drug Research and Development at the  9th International Conference on Health Economics, Management and Policy Presentation, a peer-reviewed event held in Athens, Greece, June 28-July 1, 2010.  He also presented this paper at the 5th International Conference on Social Science Research, another peer-reviewed event, which was held in New Orleans, LA, Sept. 23-25, 2010. 

In this paper and in two related, ongoing articles, Professor Malinowski challenges the Food and Drug Administration's science-regulatory standards for drug development and approval and broad physician discretion to use pharmaceuticals "off-label," meaning beyond the scope of the clinical research relied upon to put them on the market and the FDA's actual approval.  In May 2010, Professor Malinowski's Keynote Address to Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, entitled A Law-Policy Proposal to Promote the Public Nature of Research in Contemporary Life Science, was published in the Biennial Review of Law, Science and Technology 2-24 (Wen-Tsong Chiou ed., 2010).

Professor Olivier Moréteau, Russell Long Chair, published “Catastrophic Harm in United States Law: Liability and Insurance” in the American Journal of Comparative Law, a report prepared for the World Congress in Comparative Law (Washington DC, July 2010). He gave interviews to the Austrian national television (ORF) and Radio Canada on the compensation of victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Professor Moreteau gave a keynote speech on the use of dictionaries in comparative law at the 4th Summer Institute of Jurilinguistics at the University of Moncton (Canada).

With Dr. Agustín Parise, he discussed The Louisiana Civil Code, A Global Give and Take, at the Hemispheric Freedom Symposium, organized by the LSU Law Center, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Pennington Foundation in Baton Rouge on September 21-22.

On October 15, he was the guest speaker at a Society of Bartolus meeting in New Orleans, presenting François-Xavier Martin, father of Louisiana Jurisprudence.

Professor Ken Murchison was recently quoted in the ABA Journal in its July 2010 article on The Supreme Court Report titled The ‘Super Median’: On an Ideological Court, It’s All About Keeping Justice Kennedy.

Professor Christina Sautter presented a work-in-progress, tentatively titled Standstills: Friends or Foes in a Sale of Corporate Control, on September 30, 2010 at Florida State University College of Law as part of Florida State’s Faculty Enrichment Series. 

She also presented this work-in-progress on August 2 during a panel she organized called The Changing Face of Mergers and Acquisitions, at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.  Other panelists were:  Professor Afra Afsharipour of UC Davis School of Law, Professor Steven Davidoff of University of Connecticut School of Law, and Professor George Geis of University of Virginia School of Law.  Professor Trey Drury of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law moderated the panel.

In addition, Professor Sautter’s article titled, Rethinking Contractual Limits on Fiduciary Duties, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Florida State University Law Review.  The article discusses a board of director’s ability to change its recommendation to shareholders in favor of a merger and situations in which a board may agree to contractually limit its ability to change this recommendation

Professor Christopher Tyson will be recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a “Forty Under 40” award recipient at a ceremony to be held on December 2, 2010. The “Forty Under 40” program honors forty of Baton Rouge’s most dynamic young business leaders who share a commitment to professional excellence, the community and who are under the age of 40. 

Professor Tyson earned his B.A. in Architecture, with honors, from Howard University; a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  Prior to earning his law degree, Professor Tyson worked in management consulting and in the Washington, DC office of United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu.  After earning his law degree, Professor Tyson worked as an associate in the Real Estate Practice at the law firm Jones Walker, LLP in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He teaches and writes about real estate development, local government law and problems in urban development.  The professor has also published scholarly works on politics and public policy, including At The Intersection of Race and History: The Unique Relationship Between the Davis Intent Requirement and the Crack Laws, 50 How. L.J. 345 (2007). 

Professor Ray Diamond presented Exsanguinating Blackness: The Implications of the Latin American Example for Biracialism in America as a panel discussant of The Long Lingering Shadow: Law, Liberalism and Cultures of Racial Hierarchy and Identity in the Americas, at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting.  The annual meeting took place this summer.

Professor Bob Lancaster  participated in a Louisiana Lagniappe segment with Jane Thomas (counsel for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Inc.) and briefly discussed the LSU Law Center's Family Mediation Clinic. The segment aired on WGMB FOX, WVLA NBC33, WBRL CW21, and KZUP RTV10 on June 26 & 27.

 

 

 


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Gene W. Lafitte Honored as LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
by Victor P. Erwin on October 21, 2010, Blog: News

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Mr. Gene W. Lafitte was presented with the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans on October 7th.  Mr. Lafitte’s family, friends and colleagues came together to honor him during the reception and dinner that followed.

Mr. Lafitte is a 1952 graduate of the Law Center.  He served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and graduated as a member of Order of the Coif.  Mr. Lafitte joined the firm of Liskow & Lewis in 1956, where he founded the litigation department, and served for almost 10 years as the firm’s president and managing partner before being named chairman. He is a former member of the LSU Law Center's Alumni Board of Trustees. 

Mr. S. Gene Fendler ('73) and Mr. John M. Wilson ('67) of Liskow & Lewis were guest speakers during the event. 

The award was presented to Gene Lafitte in recognition of his personal and professional achievements, loyalty to his alma mater, and fidelity to the highest ethical standards of the LSU Law Center. 

Lafitte was also recognized on the football field during the LSU vs Ole Miss game on Saturday, November 20th.  

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View the Distinguished Alumnus gallery.


     


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Swearing in Ceremony of the Fall 2010 Judicial Clinic
by Victor P. Erwin on October 14, 2010, Blog: News

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Students participating in the Juvenile Defense Clinic for fall 2010 were recently sworn-in at the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court. Under LA Supreme Court Rule XX, students may participate in court under the supervision of another attorney. These students will complete 150 semester hours and receive 3 credits. The hours are satisfied through a 3-hour class each week, time in court and time working with clients and preparing cases.


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Chancellor Jack Weiss Named 2010 Recipient of Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award by 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge
by Karen Soniat on October 8, 2010, Blog: News

The Baton Rouge Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award Committee of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has named LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss as one of two recipients of the prestigious Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award for 2010. Chancellor Weiss was honored during the 48th Annual Awards Dinner held November 11th, at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge.  Derek Gordon, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, was also honored. 

Introducing the Chancellor were Scott Sternberg ('10) and 3L student Ashley Mayes. 

“I am deeply grateful to the award committee for this extraordinary community honor. One can only hope to measure up to the high standards of the award and its prior recipients,” said Chancellor Weiss upon receiving news of the award.

Prior recipients of the award include many of the area’s prominent civic and community leaders, including most recently Ernest Gaines, Mary Ann Sternberg, Jacqui Vines, Mayor “Kip” Holden, Jerry Stovall and Paula de la Bretonne. Former LSU Law Chancellor Paul M. Hebert was a recipient of the award in 1970. 

The Brotherhood Sisterhood Award is given annually to two individuals who have devoted their professional, philanthropic, and volunteer capacities to humanitarian service. “In advancing the mission of joining hands across racial, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious lines, the honorees of the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award have worked to break down the barriers that divide the community and prevent its citizens from working and living together in harmony,” noted the official release.

The award program was started in 1963 under the leadership of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). “In 2006, the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge assumed the legacy of this event from the NCCJ, which closed its doors in Baton Rouge that same year. In 2009, 100 Black Men recognized the need to include Baton Rouge’s young leaders in the sponsorship of the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award, and invited Forum 35 to partner with them in this effort,” according to the organizations website.  

Awards Committee members for 2010 included Stephen Toups, Shelton Dennis Blunt, Earl Butler, Russell Carter, Heather Day, Jessica Foley, Ernie T. Hughes, Kizzy Payton, Donna Saurage, Joseph G. Simmons, John Smith, Walter T. Tillman, Jermaine Watson, Erin Monroe Wesley, and Vanisia Thomas Winston.

For more than 30 years, Chancellor Weiss has served as a passionate defender of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading defenders of the rights of a free press.

Prior to his appointment as Chancellor of the LSU Law Center in 2007, Mr.Weiss was a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LL.P, where he served as the principal outside publication counsel to Dow Jones Company, Inc., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s , and their respective online editions.

From 1975 to 1998, Mr. Weiss practiced law in New Orleans and served as lead counsel to the Times-Picayune and numerous other major publishing and broadcast clients. Additional state and national clients during his years of practice included Capital City Press, The Washington Post Company, CBS Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and The Associated Press. In both Louisiana and New York, Mr. Weiss advised these leading media organizations on a wide variety of sensitive publication matters and played a leading role in defending the nation’s media in significant First Amendment litigation. In 2006, Weiss was named a Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus of Harvard Law School in recognition of his work on behalf of press freedom.

Weiss became Chancellor and Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center in 2007. He continues his defense of the First Amendment through teaching and national speaking engagements. He brings a passion for free speech and important firsthand knowledge to his courses in Media Law, Comparative Media Law, and First Amendment Rights of Expression and Association.

Under the leadership of the Chancellor, the LSU Law Center has undertaken a broad range of initiatives to increase diversity on the campus and to provide greater service to the community and state. Chancellor Weiss is proud of the accomplishments of the Law Center under his leadership, and also credits the faculty, staff, and student body for implementation of these initiatives.

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Funds raised through the event go to support programs and services in the Baton Rouge area that help to advance the acceptance of racial, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious ideas throughout the local community.


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LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2010 Bar Exam
by Karen Soniat on October 8, 2010, Blog: News

Baton Rouge - LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

Students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 76.8% percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July administration of the Bar. In all, 151 LSU Law Center students took the exam, and 116 successfully passed the Bar.

“We’re pleased that our students once again have achieved the highest bar passage rate among the four Louisiana law schools," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss. "Historically, the overall passage rate goes up and down from year to year, so we look primarily to how our students’ pass rate compares to the overall state passage rate in a given year. Our pass rate using this relative measure also remains the highest in the state and is a tremendous credit to our students and faculty."

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, compare percentage of examinees passing the Bar among the state's public and private law schools and out-of-state colleges.

Results on the July 2010 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all examinees are as follows:

JULY 2010

SCHOOL

# APPLICANTS

PASSED

CONDITIONED

FAILED

LSU

151

116 (76.8%)

19 (12.6%)

16 (10.6%)

LOYOLA

214

147 (68.7%)

34 (15.9%)

33 (15.4%)

SOUTHERN

116

64 (55.2%)

19 (16.4%)

33 (28.4%)

TULANE

112

82 (73.2%)

16 (14.3%)

14 (12.5%)

OTHER

168

92 (54.8%)

22 (13.1%)

54 (32.1%)

TOTAL:

761

501 (65.8%)

110 (14.5%)

150 (19.7%)

The report on bar passage rate.

Contact:         Karen Soniat, 225/578-8645 or ksonia2@lsu.edu


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LSU LAW BEST VALUE RANKING IS 18TH, NOT 5TH
by Karen Soniat on October 4, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked 18th in the final 2010 rankings of Best Value Law Schools published by Pre-Law Magazine.

In August, a representative of the magazine informed the Law Center that it had been ranked 5th in the annual Best Value law school rankings. This information was erroneous, but the Law Center unknowingly relied upon it in announcing its new Best Value ranking on the Law Center website and in a press release.

Pre-Law Magazine has apologized to the Law Center for the error in communication.

Jack Weiss, LSU Law Chancellor, said, “We are disappointed to have received and been put in the position of passing on erroneous information. Nevertheless, our #18 ranking still marks us as one of the nation’s best values in legal education. We are honored to be the only one of Louisiana’s four law schools ranked in the top 20 among Best Value Law Schools.”

Law schools are honored if they meet four criteria, according to the publisher: 1)  their bar passage rate is higher than the state average; 2) their average indebtedness is below $100,000; 3) their employment rate nine months after graduation is 85% or higher; and 4) tuition is less than $35,000 a year for in-state residents.

For more information, contact Karen Soniat, Director of Communications, at ksonia2@lsu.edu or 225.578-8645.


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Domestic Violence Clinical Legal Education Program Swearing In Ceremony
by Victor P. Erwin on September 10, 2010, Blog: News

Domestic Violence Swearing in Ceremony

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic are sworn-in pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX to act as student attorneys, and they represent live clients in court.  The LSU Law Clinic partners with The Battered Women's Program to identify those who are in need of legal assistance in matters of domestic abuse.


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LSU Law Launches Landmark Survey of "What LSU Lawyers Do"
by Karen Soniat on August 30, 2010, Blog: News

Starting August 30, 2010, the LSU Law Center will launch a landmark survey of its more than 8000 living alumni. The survey will develop empirical information showing in depth what LSU Law graduates do, what law school subjects they use most in their work, and what skills and education LSU law grads need to succeed in their careers. 

“As we shape our program of study,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss about the survey, “it is critical that we find out how what we are teaching relates to the challenges our graduates actually encounter in the world beyond law school.”

“It is one thing to speculate about the tools that our students will need after law school and quite another to gather detailed data showing what our alumni really are doing. Our survey will span the spectrum of post-law school careers, from large firms to small firms, government service to corporations to public interest work, major cities to small towns,” said Weiss.

“I hope that as many of our alumni as possible will take the few minutes necessary to complete the survey,” Weiss added, “and to do so as thoughtfully as possible. The data we obtain through the survey is vitally important to planning for the Law Center’s future.” Weiss said that the Law Center would distribute the results of the survey to its alumni community after the survey data have been analyzed. 

Developed in collaboration with the LSU Public Policy Research Laboratory, the survey seeks input from LSU Law graduates on what courses have proven most valuable in their careers and how they use knowledge gained from an LSU Law school education in their day-to-day work.  “We want an honest assessment so we can assure we are producing graduates with the skills, knowledge, and preparation necessary to succeed in the complex environment of the 21st century,” Weiss said. 

The survey will be distributed electronically to those graduates with email addresses on file with the Office of Alumni Relations.  A number of graduates without email addresses will receive letters detailing how they may access and respond to the survey.

For more information, contact Kirby Goidel, Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Laboratory, at 225/578-7588 or kgoidel@lsu.edu.


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New Annual Fund Leadership Announced
by Jane Dunn on August 20, 2010, Blog: News

Annual Fund Announces New Leadership:  Larry Centola, Jr.  Steps Up as Chair; Christine Lipsey named Vice-Chair

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Larry Centola, Jr, Chair

Larry Centola, Jr. has moved into the Chair position of the Annual Fund for the Law Center.   He is been an active member of the Annual Fund and looks forward to leading the programs' growth and development. 

He is a member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees, and also serves on the executive committee of the American Inns of Court, John Boutall Chapter, which derives its members from LSU Law alumni and practitioners in the 24th JDC.  He is a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court's Committee on Bar Admissions, where he is director of Character and Fitness Section. He has had several positions in the LSBA and currently is on the panel for Arbitration of Fee Disputes. He is on the forming committee for the Senior Lawyer Section. In 2003, he received the President's Award.

Larry, a 1971 graduate of the Law Center, also received an undergraduate degree from LSU.  He is currently practicing with the Hurricane Legal Center in New Orleans.

Christine Lipsey, Vice-Chair

Christine Lipsey was appointed vice-chair of the LSU Law Center Annual Fund for 2011-2012.  She has been active with the LSU Law Center as an adjunct faculty member, a member of the Board of Trustees and a long standing member of the Chancellor’s Council.  She is a 1982 graduate of the LSU Law Center and a member of the commercial litigation team in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford. She has more than 25 years of experience in litigation representing small and large businesses, insurance companies, state agencies, lenders, and corporate shareholders.

Christine has been extremely active with the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and previously served as president.  She has held various leadership positions with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  The LSU Law Center is pleased to have Christine in a leadership role for our 2011 – 2012 Annual Fund.

 


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West to Lead Chancellor's Council; Page Named Vice-Chair
by Jane Dunn on August 20, 2010, Blog: News

Paul Slocomb West Named Chair of the Chancellor's Council; Cyd Sheree Page Appointed Vice-Chair

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Paul Slocomb West, Chair

Paul West has stepped up as Chair for the Chancellor’s Council, after previously serving in the role as Vice-Chair.  He has worked diligently to support the program and to increase participation from alumni of the Law Center.  We welcome Paul as Chair, and look forward to his further involvement and his leadership.  He is also a member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees.

West is a shareholder in the Baton Rouge firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz,PC.  His concentrated area of practice is in gaming law.  He represents casino owners, operators, suppliers and financiers in all areas of gaming law, from regulatory to transactional to litigation.  He also has experience advising local governments on gaming issues.  Paul is a seasoned commercial litigator, and has handled numerous jury trials involving substantial damages and issues.  He has authored several publications on gaming and speaks frequently on the topic annually.

Paul currently serves as the President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and is an adjunct professor at LSU Law Center, where he teaches Introduction to Gaming Law.  He was previously head of the Gaming Law Section at McGlinchey Stafford for over 15 years.

Paul graduated from the Law Center in 1980.  He earned an MBA from LSU in 2005 and a B.A. in 1977.

Cyd Sheree Page, Vice-Chair

Cyd Sheree Page has been named Vice-Chair of the Chancellor’s Council.  The members of the Council look forward to having her fresh input and leadership in place to help grow the program.   She is a member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees.

Page is an attorney with the Monroe firm of Voorhies & Labbe’.   Her areas of practice include personal injury litigation, automobile uninsured motorist liability, general, premises and products liability, and alternative dispute resolution-mediation/arbitration.   Page was admitted to the Bar in 1984.

Page has received many notable recognitions and honors, including admission to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa.  While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Board and a semi-finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition.

She is involved in the Monroe Chamber of Commerce; is a mock trial coach for the Ouachita Christian School; and in 2003, served as Vice-Chair of the Annual Fund for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Page is a 1984 graduate of the Law Center.  She also received certification from the Attorney Mediator Institute, and earned her B.A. from Northeast Louisiana University.


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Chancellor Tells 1Ls, “It’s All About Judgment”
by Karen Soniat on August 19, 2010, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed 226 new 1Ls into the Law Center community at First-Year Orientation held on August 12–13.  “Today – here, now – is where it all starts,” said Weiss. His remarks focused on the importance of thinking critically and making sound, ethical professional judgments about the law and legal matters. 

Weiss discussed U.S. Supreme Court cases in the 1800s and a pivotal battle in military history to drive his points home.  “As for good legal judgment…a very wise lawyer once said to me that practicing law is all about knowing when to fight…You got know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em – know when to walk away and know when to run.”   

“All the legal training in the world is worthless if it leads you, in Judge Alvin B. Rubin’s words, to follow “impeccable chains of logic that lead inexorably to the wrong conclusion,” said Weiss.

View the Chancellor’s remarks http://www.law.lsu.edu/medialib/100812-1Lchancellor.wmv

Excerpts from the Chancellor’s Remarks

           This morning, I want to convey to you a couple of perspectives on your studies here that I hope will surprise you and even shake you up a little:

            First: I want to emphasize the importance of thinking critically about the law, in fact, the importance of thinking critically about everything you read and hear in the course of your studies.

            Second: I want to focus on the ultimate aim of your studies, which is to be able to make sound (and of course ethical) professional judgments about the law and legal matters.

           1- Let’s start with thinking critically.

            You’ve all heard that the first year of law school is about learning to “think like a lawyer”. Well, just what does that mean?

            Before I attended law school, I assumed that lawyers learned by rote a whole lot of complicated rules called “the law” and on those rare occasions when they didn’t know the rules by heart, they went to some heavy books and looked up the rules—like going to the dictionary to look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word.

            By the same token, when there was a disagreement among lawyers or their clients about what the rule really was, and the parties went to court to resolve it, I thought a judge either knew the rules better or was more gifted at finding the rules. The judge pronounced what the rule really was, and that was that.

            Judges, in other words, were like Greek oracles; when the lawyers weren’t able to figure out the answers to legal questions, judges did, and, by definition, they got it right. It was the right answer because a judge said it was right.

            Well, guess what? More often than not, the answers to legal questions aren’t clear at all.

            And far from being infallible, judges often get it wrong or if they do get it right, they often don’t explain their answers very well or always even correctly.

            We have only to look to history to know that very important judges got very important interpretations of very important law, including the U.S. Constitution, very wrong, with disastrous consequences for lots of real people. I am thinking of the famous Dred Scott decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1857 reinforcing the institution of slavery and the Court’s 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation under the doctrine of "separate but equal".

            What this means for the study of law is that your job isn’t just (or even primarily) to memorize a lot of rules and citations but to use those rules and those citations to figure out what the right answer to a legal problem should be and to be able to explain why (both in writing and orally).

            You should also be able to choose among different rationales that lead to the same result and be able to explain why the rationale you have chosen is the soundest choice.

            How to develop this skill of critical thinking? One of my law professors suggested in a first year class that you will develop this skill most readily not to assume that everything you read and hear about the law is right, but that everything you read and hear is WRONG.

            You then consider how the matter might have been decided or explained differently, and reexamine whether your initial assumption of “wrongness” is “right”.

            In other words, you take Humpty Dumpty apart and then put him back together again. 

            So for Pete’s sake don’t be shy. Don’t be afraid to question or to doubt. You have not been brought here to worship before the shrine of infallible law but rather to use your own education and your own critical facilities to understand the law as articulated by others, to come to grips with the strengths and weaknesses of their vision of the law, and to be able to improve the law through your own independent thinking.   

             2- But I have another surprise for you. The business of great lawyering and great judging doesn’t end with critical thinking. Critical thinking is just the prelude to Exercising sound judgment.     

            Thinking critically is just the beginning of what you must learn to do. It is only a means to an end.

            And what is that end? It is being able to make, after you have taken a critical view of the law and all relevant facts and circumstances into account, a real world, sound, practical judgment about your client’s chances of success and best course of action.

            There are many different ways to describe good judgment.

            My father, who graduated from Tulane in 1938, was told on his first day there that the purpose of a college education is to teach you to know a good person when you see one.

            That’s a pretty useful general standard.

            As for good legal judgment, specifically, a very wise lawyer once said to me that practicing law is all about knowing when to fight.

            Or as the song goes, “you gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em—know when to walk away and know when to run.”

            In June, I had the privilege of attending the Army War College in Carlisle, PA for a weeklong seminar on national security issues.

            I was interested to see how our nation’s military leaders study strategy and leadership, and whether those subjects could be incorporated into the law school curriculum in some way.

            All students at the War College take a strategic tour (“staff ride”) of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg. It was my own first visit to Gettysburg, and I found it a very moving, as well as a very educational, experience.

            I want to share some of that experience with you today in the hope that long after you have forgotten my remarks today you will remember the lessons of Gettysburg.

            How many of you are familiar with the battle of Gettysburg? The battle took place on July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, and it resulted in a disastrous defeat for the Confederate Army under the leadership of General Robert E. Lee. In time, the battle has come to be viewed as the turning point in the Civil War.

            Gettysburg is especially relevant to law school and law study (just as it is to students of military strategy) because Lee chose to fight there—made the judgment to fight there-- over the strong advice of his senior corps commander, Lt. General James Longstreet.

            After the first day of fighting on July 1, 1863, the Union forces occupied a series of elevated ridges above the town of Gettysburg. Lee’s forces were arrayed on much lower ground on what amounted to a series of fields. This difference was strategically critical because it enabled the Union forces to fire their artillery and rifles down at the attacking Confederates and forced the Confederates to attack uphill against defensive Union positions.

            Here is what the terrain occupied by the Union looked like from Lee’s and Longstreet’s vantage point after the fighting on July 1: [SHOW SLIDE]

            Lee was not trapped. He was forced to stand and fight. To the contrary, he could have withdrawn his forces to the south, occupied high ground there in Maryland or Virginia, and tried to lure the Union army in to an uphill fight against Lee’s own defensive position.

            Most historians believe that Longstreet strongly urged Lee to disengage in this manner and not continue the fight at Gettysburg.

            In Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg, the great Civil War historian James McPherson recalls Longstreet’s later account of this critical battlefield decision-making session between Lee and Longstreet. In my mind’s eye, I see this conversation taking place as Lee and Longstreet look up at the high ground occupied by the Union forces:

            “General Lee,” Longstreet quotes himself as saying, “I have been a soldier all my life. I have been with soldiers engaged in fights by couples, by squads, companies, regiments, divisions, and armies, and should know as well as anyone what soldiers can do. It is my opinion that no fifteen thousand men ever arrayed for battle can take that position.”

            Lee, however, had extraordinary confidence in the fighting ability of his men, and persisted in his plans for an offensive assault on the Union position. He ordered Longstreet himself to lead the uphill attack on the Union.

            McPherson again quotes Longstreet’s account: “My heart was heavy,” Longstreet later recalled. “I could see the desperate and hopeless nature of the charge and the cruel slaughter it would cause. That day at Gettysburg was the saddest of my life.”

            And so it came to pass that the Confederate army was decimated by its uphill attacks on July 2 and July 3, 1863, including the infamous and murderous Pickett’s Charge on July 3.

            Here is a statue of Longstreet at the battlefield: [SEE SLIDE]

            And here is a short clip from the Hollywood movie Gettysburg recreating the key discussion between Lee and Longstreet: (I take no responsibility for Martin Sheen’s portrayal of General Lee) [SEE CLIP]

            So what do Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg have to do with the study of law? In law as in war, just knowing a lot of stuff won’t get you where you want to go. It’s all about judgment. Yes, you need to understand the cases, the statutes you will read, the established “black letter” principles of law. It is essential that you use your powers of critical thinking to interpret the meaning, the nuances and limitations, of the hundreds if not thousands of cases and statutes you will read, here in law school and after you get out. (Think here of Longstreet’s reference to having been in fights ranging from hand to hand combat to conflicts involving entire armies of thousands of men.)  And yes, you need to dissect and understand the relevant facts shaping any legal choice, just like military leaders need “intel”—battlefield facts—to guide them in combat.

            But ultimately the success or failure of the best lawyers and judges—like the best generals—turns on their judgment. It turns on their ability to synthesize their technical training, their prior experience of the world and of human nature, and the reality of the situation before them and to get the big decisions right when there is ambiguity and uncertainty about the proper course of action—as inevitably there is in important and complex matters. In military lore, this uncertainty is often referred to as “the fog of war”, but similar uncertainty and ambiguity likewise applies to all but the simplest legal disputes and judgments.

            The legal training on which you embark today, then, is not an end in itself. It is a foundation for the exercise of sound judgment. I urge you to cultivate that skill from this day on and to consider in all of your work here the judgments—of lawyers, judges, and clients—that underlie the materials you will study. Make no mistake, however: you cannot possibly exercise sound judgment without immersing yourself in the raw materials of our profession—cases, statutes, facts, and critical thinking about all of them—just as Longstreet’s prophetic judgment on  July 2, 1863 was framed by his education at West Point and his technical knowledge and long experience of military conflict.

            To summarize, then:

1- Learning to think like a lawyer is learning to think critically, not learning to ingest and regurgitate huge amounts of rote material.

2- The ultimate aim of legal education is to enable you to make sound and ethical professional judgments. All the legal training in the world is worthless if it leads you, in Judge Alvin B. Rubin’s words, to follow “impeccable chains of logic that lead inexorably to the wrong conclusion.”


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Law Center Sends LSU System Tentative Budget Plan for 2011-12
by Karen Soniat on July 15, 2010, Blog: News

Complying with a directive from LSU System President John V. Lombardi to all LSU campuses, the LSU Law Center yesterday sent the System a tentative budget plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2011.

In an e-message to all LSU Law students, Chancellor Jack Weiss emphasized the preliminary nature of the plan but alerted students to likely tuition increases in both the current year and in the 2011-12 year.

Weiss noted that the Law Center’s anticipated tuition increases were “in line with or even below increases being applied by other Louisiana institutions of higher education.”

Nevertheless, Weiss added, “I can assure you that it is no pleasure for me or my colleagues responsible for the financial well-being of the Law Center and the success of our programs to ask our students to pay more for their legal education. I trust, however, that you will understand our predicament and that you will bear with us as we try to cope with these financial challenges in the coming months.” 

The LSU Law Center Tentative Budget Plan for 2011-12 is accessible via the System website and is located on Page 21 of the document.  

http://www.lsusystem.edu/userfiles/file/FY%202011-12%20Budget%20Cut%20Campus%20PlansC.pdf

 


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Elizabeth R. Carter Joins the Faculty at the LSU Law Center
by Linda Rigell on July 2, 2010, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of Elizabeth R. Carter to the faculty at the LSU Law Center. Professor Carter’s appointment as an Assistant Professor of Law was effective in May 2010.

“Ms. Carter brings experience from the practice of law and from the business sector,” said the Chancellor.  “Her legal experience and knowledge ranges from bankruptcy to estate planning, to marine finance and marine sales. She is exceedingly bright, and she will be a valuable addition to our faculty.” 

Carter has worked with Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard in New Orleans since 2007.  Her practice areas include Trusts, Estates, Successions & Probate; Business and Commercial law; Corporate Law; Real Estate; Secured Transactions; and Marine Finance.

She obtained a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude in 2007.  Carter will complete a Master of Laws in tax from the University of Alabama School of Law later this year.

While at Tulane, Carter was articles editor of the Tulane Law Review, research assistant to Professor A. N. Yiannopoulos, and a founding member and treasurer of the Tulane Civil Law Society. She graduated The Order of the Coif, ranked within the top 3.9% of the graduating class, and received the highest grades in four classes. She was the recipient of the 2007 LA Bar Association Civil Law Award for attaining the highest grade in Civil Law Studies and the 2006 Dean Rufus C. Harris Award for Best Writing on a Civil Law Subject.  She holds both a B.A. and B.S. from the Univeristy of Memphis, graduating magna cum laude in Chemistry/Biology and also in Spanish.

Carter was a summer associate at the firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago, IL in 2006 and a law clerk with Justice Betty Dickey, Arkansas Supreme Court, Little Rock, AR in 2005. She was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 2007. She previously worked as a research microbiologist with a focus on streptococcal vaccine development.

“Coming to LSU is incredibly exciting for a number of reasons. The students are exceptionally bright and motivated, and I consider it quite an honor to be joining such a distinguished faculty,” commented Carter.

Her teaching interests include the Civil Law areas of Successions, Property, Estate Planning/Tax, Security Devices and Matrimonial Regimes.


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Evans Named Director of Professional and Bar Relations
by Victor P. Erwin on July 2, 2010, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack Weiss has announced the appointment of Tracy Nye Evans as Director of Professional and Bar Relations in the Law Center’s Office of Alumni Relations. The position will work closely with state and local bar associations, law firms, and professional organizations to promote the flagship agenda of the LSU Law Center. Evans has served as Director of Career Services at the Law Center since 1995. 

“Tracy has led the Career Services Office with great distinction and provided critical employment advice and assistance to dozens of LSU Law students…She is ready for a new career challenge, and I am confident that she will build upon her strong relationships with the legal community and greatly benefit the Law Center in her new position,” said the Chancellor.

As Director of Career Services, Evans coordinated an Office that provided assistance to over 600 students and 200+ alumni each year.  The Office coordinates the student recruitment process with state and national law firms, and counsels students on job search strategies. 

Evans previously worked as a Coordinator for the Center for Continuing Professional Development in the Law Center and as a Community Relations Representative for health care organizations in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.

She obtained a Master of Public Administration from LSU in May 2009, and she holds a B.A. from the University of Louisiana in Interpersonal and Public Communications.

Evans has been involved at the national level with the National Association of Law Placement -- the Association of Legal Career Professionals.  She served as Chair of the NALP Law Student Professionalism Group from 2008-09 and Vice-chair of the group from 2007-08.  She is a former member of the NALP Nominating Committee and a member of the Solomon Amendment Task Force in 2004.

She has been an active volunteer in the community, having served as a board member for the Capital Area CASA Association from 2002-2005; a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge; member of the Parish Fair Committee for St. Aloysius Church; and Co-chair of the 2005 Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Silent Auction.

Evans will transition to the Office of Alumni Relations once the search for the new Director of Career Services is concluded and a replacement is named. 


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Gene Lafitte to be Honored as 2010 Distinguished Alumnus on October 7
by Linda Rigell on June 29, 2010, Blog: News

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Gene W. Lafitte, the 2010 LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, will be honored at an event planned for Thursday, October 7 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.  Lafitte is a 1952 Order of the Coif graduate of LSU Law. The award is given annually to an alumnus who exemplifies the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession. It also recognizes personal and professional achievements, as well as loyalty to the LSU Law Center.

“This is the highest professional honor awarded by the LSU Law Center, and Gene is an extremely deserving recipient,” announced Chancellor Jack M. Weiss in April. Practicing primarily as a trial and appellate lawyer, Lafitte began his career in the military, where he served the U. S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps as a first lieutenant. After joining Liskow & Lewis in 1956, where he founded the litigation department, Lafitte served for almost 10 years as the firm’s president and managing partner before being named chairman. The primary concentration of Lafitte’s successful legal career has been in the fields of oil and gas, business contracts and torts, anti-trust, securities, intellectual property and environmental law.

Lafitte has also held key leadership roles in the legal profession, having served on the ABA committee that evaluated the appointments of Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Chief Justice Rehnquist. In addition to his service on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, he served as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. 

Additionally, he is a member of the American, Louisiana, and New Orleans Bar Associations; a fellow with the American Bar Foundation, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Actively involved with the American College of Trial Lawyers, Lafitte has served its Board of Regents, and was president in 1984-85; he continues to serve as an ex-officio board member.  Lafitte also served as the chairman of the LSU Foundation Board from 2001–2002.

In addition to his organization and committee work, Lafitte also enjoys golf, hunting and fishing and many spectator sports. He enjoys oil painting, reading, music and travel. He continues to be active in his church and social clubs. He and his wife Jackie have three children (two lawyers and a paralegal) and six grandchildren.

Lafitte was nominated for the award by long-time friend, John P. Laborde (’49), also a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from 1993. He joins a distinguished group of LSU Law alums who have received the award, including most recently, Judge Ralph Tyson, Frank X. Neuner, Jr., Michael H. Rubin, Patrick A. Juneau, Jr., and W. Shelby McKenzie.  

Friends of Lafitte and LSU Law are invited to attend the event on the evening of October 7, but pre-registration is required. For registration information contact the LSU Law Office of Alumni Relations at 225/578-8705.


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June 2010
by Linda Rigell on June 21, 2010, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Professor Ray Diamond presented Exsanguinating Blackness: The Implications of the Latin American Example for Biracialism in America as a panel discussant of The Long Lingering Shadow: Law, Liberalism and Cultures of Racial Hierarchy and Identity in the Americas, at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting.

Professor Bob Lancaster  participated in a Louisiana Lagniappe segment with Jane Thomas (counsel for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Inc.) and briefly discussed the LSU Law Center's Family Mediation Clinic. The segment aired on WGMB FOX, WVLA NBC33, WBRL CW21, and KZUP RTV10 on June 26 & 27.


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Chancellor Awards LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award to Class of 2010
by Linda Rigell on May 31, 2010, Blog: News

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Scott Sternberg, President of the LSU Law Student Bar Association (SBA), accepted the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the Class of 2010 from Chancellor Jack M. Weiss at the LSU Law Center's Commencement exercises.

“Your class has had an enduring, positive impact on the school,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss as he presented the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award to the Class of 2010 during Commencement exercises held on May 28.  “You made a difference.”

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor that is bestowed by the Law Center. The award was made in recognition of the extraordinary contributions by the Class of 2010 to academic and student life.

Scott Sternberg '10, President of the LSU Law Student Bar Association (SBA), accepted the award on behalf of the class. “The Distinguished Service Award was the exciting culmination of a long journey for the Class of 2010,” said Sternberg, upon reflecting on the award.

In his Commencement remarks, Weiss recalled the unprecedented level of student engagement and service by this year's graduating class.

You are, in all seriousness, a very special class to me.

We started here at LSU Law together, in August 2007, nearly three years ago.

            I was a rookie Chancellor; you were brand new law students.

            Neither of us knew what to expect of the other, or of the school itself.

            We’ve come a long way since then, together.

            We’ve shared some great classroom discussions.

            We’ve had countless meetings to discuss things that concerned us.

            I’ve been to your tailgates, and you’ve been to my home.

            You have made the transition from backpacks to briefcases, ready to uphold the highest standards of the legal profession and to grow into leadership roles in your community, your state, and your nation.

            I have treasured getting to know you, and will truly miss you.

            Your class has made a lasting mark on the Law Center. In doing so, you have discovered something far more important about yourselves than we could ever hope to teach you in a classroom.

            I will call that “something” civic virtue: the power of those who care about their community to improve it through commitment, creativity, and courage.

            There are lots of forms of courage. But among them is the willingness to get involved when you don’t have to, and to speak out when others won’t or just don’t.

            Thanks to the engagement of your class, the vital core of the Law Center remains intact, indeed, more so than ever before. But, we are a very different school today than we were three years ago, and one far better attuned to the needs of 21st century law students.

            You’ve initiated some changes; inspired others; supported and helped to shape the updating of important parts of our law school curriculum and student life.

            Let me just remind you of a few of which we can all be justly proud.

           Three years ago, we recognized only the top ten percent of the class at graduation—Order of the Coif. That was it.

           Today, the top 25% of the class—some 46 of you versus about 19 who would have been recognized under the old system—will graduate with various levels of academic honors signified by honors cords; the leaders of moot court and trial ad are recognized in our program; and those who have distinguished themselves through pro bono service also are listed in the program and will wear their own honors cords.

           Three years ago, we had no International Law Society; no Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board; no student organization serving the Law Center’s LGBT community; and we had never hosted a Black Law Students Association regional convention.           

All that, too, has changed in your three years, with your help.

           Three years ago, we had no clinical legal education program worthy of the name.

            Today we have a vibrant and coherent array of live client clinics and externships. You embraced the new program and made it work.

            Three years ago, our 4.0 grading system looked to employers just like every other law school’s. But in fact the grades we awarded were nearly half a point below law students from other schools. And grades varied unevenly from class to class and section to section.

            Today, your grades, and those of classes to follow, are on a par with other schools, and the disparities between classes and sections have been eliminated. LSU Law students will compete with students from other schools, and with each other, on a level playing field.

           Three years ago, you, and every other LSU Law student, were required to attend a semester of summer school. This requirement interfered with job opportunities and made choices for students that students should be able to make for themselves.

            Today, we still offer our wonderful program in Lyon (which has a high enrollment again this year), and we still teach summer school for those who want to attend (and many do), but students who have other priorities and opportunities are free to pursue them.

            The Law Review, Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, the Civilian, the Barrister’s Bowl, football tailgates, even Assault and Flattery (despite that utterly despicable skit portraying me as Dean Vernon Wormer from Animal House) have all leapt forward under the leadership of your class.           

            But something even more profound has changed.

            Three years ago, students at LSU Law were, to a far greater degree than they are today, the more or less passive recipients of whatever the faculty and the Administration decided about academic policies and student life.

            Not the Class of 2010!

            On your watch, students have become active participants in the governance of the school.

            And you earned that seat at the table through your thoughtful and constructive contributions to the changes we have made together in the last three years.

            You leave this legacy of responsible participation to generations of LSU Law students who will come after you.

Sternberg recalled the many substantive opportunities for engagement that were given to the Class. “The LSU Law Center was a lot different the first day we showed up for class. As we leave the school, we know that it took a lot of cooperation and vision from the administration, faculty and the student body to make the school a better place to teach and learn. The Distinguished Service Award meant so much to our class because we had so many people heavily involved in a diverse list of campus activities, all of which we feel our class made a distinct mark on. I think the faculty and administration also share in this award, because without their support, we would not have felt so empowered. When I talk to alumni or prospective students about LSU Law, I always talk about the amazing campus community we have in such a small environment. From the Law Review to the Black Law Students Association, our traveling advocacy teams, the International Law Society, the Student Bar Association, The Civilian, and the plethora of other organizations, students in the class of 2010 have left a legacy of involvement. We revived or injected life into some organizations, like the Public Interest Law Society and the Black Law Students Association, and started others, like the International Law Society or the Law School Tailgating Club. I think that our class was honored and humbled to receive the award, particularly humbled because in being so involved, we believed we were just doing what was best for our campus,” concluded Sternberg.

“The bronze Distinguished Service plaque will hang in a place of honor at the Law Center,” said Chancellor Weiss. “We want all future students to know of the important contributions that the Class of 2010 made to their future.”


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LSU Law Center Awards Degrees at 2010 Commencement Ceremonies; James Carville Inspires Students with Keynote Address
by Linda Rigell on May 28, 2010, Blog: News

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Top left: C. James Carville, Jr. provides emphasis to remarks made during his Commencement address at the LSU Law Center graduation ceremony held on May 28, 2010. Carville is a 1973 graduate of the LSU Law Center.

Top right: Joining Chancellor Jack M. Weiss as platform guests for the LSU Law Center Commencement exercises were:

L to R:  Dr. John Lombardi, President of the LSU System; Anthony Falterman, LSU Board of Supervisors member; Chancellor Weiss; C. James Carville, Jr. (’73), Commencement speaker; James Moore, Jr., Chairman-Elect, LSU Board of Supervisors; and, Justice John L. Weimer, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court.

Bottom: The Order of the Coif ceremonies were held prior to Commencement. Pictured are:

First row, l to r:  Claire Elizabeth Juneau, Amanda Denise Stephens, Ashley Anne Tufts, Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Justice John L. Weimer - Honorary Member, Michelle Marie West, Charlotte Megan Youngblood, Carmen Tircuit Hebert.

Second row, l to r: Professor Andrea Carroll, Richard James Nelson, Matthew Charles Juneau, Sarah Frances Cable, Elizabeth A. Spurgeon, Frances Minnette Montegut, Irina V. Pergaeva Fox, Professor Randall Trahan

Third row, l to r: Larissa Kyle Teipner, Keith Joseph Fernandez, Bruce Warfield Hamilton, Christopher Keith Odinet, Sarah Elizabeth Perkins

Not pictured: Ross Michel Raley

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center awarded degrees to 183 students today during the 2010 Commencement ceremonies held in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.  C. James Carville, Jr., a nationally known political strategist and a 1973 graduate of the LSU Law Center, delivered an inspiring keynote address to the graduates.

Some 175 students received the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Civil Law (J.D./D.C.L.) degree, while 8 students received the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, according to Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  James W. Moore, Jr., Chairman-Elect of the LSU Board of Supervisors, conferred the degrees on behalf of the LSU Board of Supervisors.  Dr. John Lombardi, President of the LSU System, also participated in the ceremonies. Additional participants included LSU Board of Supervisors members Dottie Reese and Anthony Falterman.

Four students graduated Summa Cum Laude; eighteen students graduated Magna Cum Laude; and twenty-four students were Cum Laude graduates.  Twenty-five students were recognized for exceeding 50 hours of pro bono service to the community.

Chancellor Weiss thanked the class for their unprecedented student engagement during their years at the LSU Law Center.  “Your class has made a lasting mark on the Law Center,” he said. “In doing so, you have discovered something far more important about yourselves than we could ever hope to teach you in a classroom. I will call that “something” civic virtue: the power of those who care about their community to improve it through commitment, creativity, and courage. Thanks to the engagement of your class, the vital core of the Law Center remains intact, indeed, more so than ever before, but we are a very different school today than we were three years ago, and one far better attuned to the needs of 21st century law students. You’ve initiated some changes; inspired others; supported and helped to shape the updating of important parts of our law school curriculum and student life…On your watch, students have become active participants in the governance of the school.”

“Certainly we cannot mark this happy occasion without taking note of what is taking place in the Gulf and along the coast of Louisiana only a short distance downriver from where we sit, “ said Chancellor Weiss. “As we celebrate today, there is every indication that our State may suffer its second unspeakable catastrophe in only 5 years...This enormous challenge awaits you as lawyers, but I am confident that you and those who will mentor you, including those who have come before you at LSU Law, are up to meeting it.”

James Carville, one of America’s best-known political consultants, gained national recognition when in 1992 he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency. 

In recalling the many “failures” experienced by President Abraham Lincoln in his life, Carville said, “He could take it, and you can too.” “The real key to success is your willingness to risk, accept and tolerate failure.” 

He encouraged the graduates to, “fight hard but also respect the law, and use the law to save us [Louisiana].”  “Never will people need the law and justice in Louisiana more than now,” he said, a reference to the oil spill and the crisis facing the Louisiana coast.  “Get in the fight…Make it happen…You’re part of a great tradition and a great state,” he concluded. 

The Order of the Coif ceremonies were held prior to Commencement.  The Order of the Coif is a national honorary law fraternity, and each year the Louisiana chapter elects to membership those students from the highest ten percent of the senior class who are deemed qualified. Justice John L. Weimer, Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, was named an Honorary Member of The Order of the Coif.  Justice Weimer is a 1980 graduate of the LSU Law Center.

2010 List of Graduates (PDF)
Commencement Slideshow—Remembering the Class of 2010 (PPS 45mb)


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Commencement Exercises Set for Friday, May 28
by Linda Rigell on May 18, 2010, Blog: News

More than 170 students will receive the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Civil Law and eight students will receive the Master of Laws degree at Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 28, announced Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  Ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU Campus. 

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville, America’s best-known political consultant and a 1973 graduate of the LSU Law Center, will deliver the keynote address.

The LSU Law Center Class of 1960 Golden Graduates will also participate in the ceremonies.

Inductees in The Order of the Coif, a national honorary law fraternity for students deemed eligible and graduating in the top ten percent of the class, will be honored in separate ceremonies at the Law Center prior to Commencement.  The Order of the Coif awards program will begin at 9 a.m. in the LSU Law Center’s McKernan Auditorium.  

A brief reception for all graduates and guests will follow the ceremony.  The reception will be in tented area immediately to the right of the Maravich Assembly Center exits.

Information for the public follows.

Commencement Ceremonies:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU Campus
Entrances: Southeast Portal; Southwest Portal
Parking: Bernie Moore Lot
  Nicholson Lot
  South Stadium Lot
  South Alex Box Lot
  West Graham Hall Lot
  Kirby Smith Lot
  West Graham Hall Lot
  Tennis Court Lot
  * Note: LSU West Stadium Lot and North PMac Lot ARE NOT available
Reception for All Graduates and Guests Immediately Following Ceremony:
Location: Tented area to right of PMac exits
Pre-Commencement Ceremonies for The Order of the Coif Inductees and Guests:
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: LSU Law Center McKernan Auditorium/“Old” Law Building

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James Carville to Deliver Keynote Address at May 28 Commencement Ceremonies
by Linda Rigell on May 17, 2010, Blog: News

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville, America’s best-known political consultant and a 1973 graduate of the LSU Law Center, will deliver the keynote address at the LSU Law Center Commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 28, 2010. Ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU Campus.

Carville’s long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories. He is known for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.

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His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor’s seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with wins in New Jersey when Frank Lautenberg was elected to the U.S. Senate.  He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young. In 1991, Carville—who had already become prominent in political circles—drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. His most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates for office, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 20 countries around the globe, including leading Ehud Barak to victory in his campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel in 1999. 

James Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker, and restaurateur.  His titles include All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; The Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr;  Buck Up, Suck Up… and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty; Lu and the Swamp Ghost, a children’s book; and Take it Back. His latest book, 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation, was released in May 2009.

Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. Democracy Corps has conducted over 200 national, congressional, and local surveys, interviewing over 220,000 American voters during the past 10 years. He currently hosts Sirius XM radio’s “60/20 Sports” show with Luke Russert, and is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN.

The James Carville Endowed Alumni Professorship was established at the Law Center in recognition of his accomplishments. Carville served as Co-Masters of Ceremonies at the LSU Law Center’s Centennial Gala held in 2006. 

He now teaches as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife Mary Matalin and their two daughters.

In 2008, when LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss learned that Carville would be teaching at Tulane, Weiss quipped, “After he gets some seasoning teaching at Tulane, we’d be happy to consider James for a position on our adjunct faculty, especially if he shows that he can lighten up a little.” Referring to Carville’s forthcoming appearance at the Law Center’s commencement, Weiss said, “This is just another step in James’ preparation for the day when he steps up to teaching at the LSU Law Center!”


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Student News—Class of 2010
by Linda Rigell on April 30, 2010, Blog: News

Grads and Crawdads Set for Thursday May 27—

The Grads and Crawdads celebration for seniors and their families will be held Thursday, May 27 at 5 p.m. in the Law Center parking area.  Rain location will be the AgCenter’s 4-H Mini-Farm Building on campus.

Reservations are required. Graduates are free, but must register.  Guests are $15 each.  Menu includes all the crawfish you can eat along with potatoes, corn, jambalaya, soft drinks, and beer.

Reservation Form (pdf). Forms are also available in the Student Lounge.

Class of 2010: Give a Gift, Get a Gift!—The 2010 Class Gift drive is now underway. Leading the campaign are Mike Smith and Hanlon deVerges, who are confident the 2010 class will match or beat the Class of 2009’s gift participation rate of 53%.

With a donation to the 2010 Class Gift Fund, graduating students may select from either a set of four (4) LSU Old-Fashioned  glasses OR a set of two (2) “Class of 2010” champagne flutes. A Class of 2010 T-shirt is also available.  (Note: students will be notified by email when orders are ready for pick-up; t-shirts will be ready week of graduation.)


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New Faculty Appointed
by Linda Rigell on April 29, 2010, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of two new faculty members to fill important positions at the Law Center. 

Christopher J. Tyson will join the Law Center as Assistant Professor of Law in fall 2010. Tyson has worked with Jones Walker LLP in Baton Rouge since 2006. He has specialized in real estate matters, urban planning, land use, and oil and gas mineral land development. Recently, Tyson served as President of the Baton Rouge Capital Area Transit System Board of Commissioners. 

Tyson graduated with a B.A. in Architecture, with a minor in Business Administration, from Howard University. He completed his Master of Public Policy degree at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and went on to earn his J.D from Georgetown Law Center, where he graduated with honors in May 2006. 

While at Georgetown, Tyson served as Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association; Vice-President of Chapter Development for the American Constitution Society; and articles and notes editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law from 2005-06.

“Chris Tyson brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to us, and we’re delighted to have him join the legal academy. He will be an excellent addition to our faculty,” commented Chancellor Weiss.  

Tyson served as a legislative intern in the Office of United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu and with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge.  He was a summer associate at Vinson & Elkins in the firm’s Washington, DC office in the summer of 2004 and 2005.  He also gained experience as a public policy intern with the Drug Policy Alliance in New York, and with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC. 

In addition to his legal experience, he has worked in e-commerce; market research and brand strategy; and venture funding of internet-based businesses.  He was co-founder and Vice President of ZapZoom, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting firm that helped Microsoft, Coca-Cola Co., and the United Way with specific marketing strategies. He also served as a business analyst with an Atlanta company specializing in work with global financial firms.  He conducted quantitative data analysis and designed profit optimizations models for an international retailer. 

Professor Tyson’s teaching responsibilities will include Local Government Law and Urban Planning, two courses planned for fall 2010. He also has expertise in real estate transactions and land use planning.

He is also a board member of FuturePAC, Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program, and the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. 

He is married to Dr. Gia Landry Tyson and they reside in Baton Rouge. 

Jeffrey C. Brooks has been named Director of Externships and Advocacy and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice. He will coordinate the Law Center’s rapidly expanding externship program and direct the Law Center’s highly competitive Moot Court and Trial Advocacy programs.  “I am confident that Professor Brooks will work closely with students, faculty and our dedicated volunteer coaches in taking our advocacy and externships programs to new heights,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

Brooks received his J.D from Tulane University Law School in 2006. At Tulane, Brooks was heavily engaged in moot court activities, serving as a team member in the 2006 Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and in the 2005 Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Team.  He was also President of Tulane’s Public Interest Law Foundation in 2005-06. 

Since graduation, he has worked with the New York City Law Department as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division. In his years of practice in New York, Brooks has worked extensively with the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competitions. He served as the 2010 Northeast and Southeast Super-Regional Administrator and in 2009 as the Northeast Super-Regional Administrator for the international competition.  In 2009, he served as a semi-final round judge for the Southeast Super-Regional.  He has also been involved as a member of the Rules Committee since 2008.  Also in 2008, Brooks served as Junior Editor of the Bench Memorandum & Compromis for the Jessup Competition.

Brooks also served as an intern in the Chambers of Associate Justice Stephen G. Crane with the Appellate Division, Second Department in New York.  In 2004, his internship with the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice, and Pro Bono Service provided him an opportunity to work on asylum issues for those in federal custody.  

He begins work at the Law Center in June. 


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Gene W. Lafitte Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
by Linda Rigell on April 28, 2010, Blog: News

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Gene W. Lafitte, a 1952 graduate of the Law Center, has been named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, announced Chancellor Jack M. Weiss during the spring meeting of the Law Center Alumni Board of Trustees.

“This is the highest professional honor awarded by the LSU Law Center, and Gene is extremely deserving of this honor. He has been a leader in the legal profession in Louisiana and beyond for decades. Just as importantly, Gene is universally respected as a person of unquestioned integrity.” Lafitte was nominated by long-time friend, John P. Laborde (’49), who was also present for the announcement, along with Gene’s wife, Jackie. Lafitte will be honored at special ceremonies this fall.

When asked about his philosophy and vision of the legal profession, Lafitte said, “In my view there is no substitute for hard work and for being conscientious about one’s responsibilities—to the client, the court and other lawyers. I hope that we can all agree that the law is a profession—not a business—and that the liberal use of courtesy and civility does not undermine one’s effectiveness.”

Following graduation, Lafitte served the U. S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps as a first lieutenant. He joined Liskow & Lewis in 1956, where he founded the litigation department. He has practiced as a trial and appellate lawyer, primarily in the fields of oil and gas, business contracts and torts, anti-trust, securities, intellectual property and environmental law. Before being named chairman, Lafitte served for almost 10 years as the firm’s president and managing partner.

From 1977–1986, Lafitte served as an appointed member of the Louisiana Board of Regents and was president from 1984–1985.  He served as Chairman of the LSU Foundation Board from 2001–2002.  He is a member of the American, Louisiana, and New Orleans Bar Associations; a fellow with the American Bar Foundation, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; and, a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary from 1981 until 1987.  

He is proud of his service on the ABA committee that evaluated the appointments of Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Chief Justice Rehnquist. Since 1996, he has served as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

In addition to his organization and committee work, Lafitte also enjoys golf, hunting and fishing and many spectator sports. He enjoys oil painting, reading, music and travel. He continues to be active in his church and social clubs. The Lafitte’s have three children (two lawyers and a paralegal) and six grandchildren.

Additional details regarding the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus event honoring Gene Lafitte will be forwarded at a later date.


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LSU Law Review Banquet Held
by Linda Rigell on April 28, 2010, Blog: News

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LSU Law Review Volume 70 Board of Editors

Front row (seated) l to r:  Casey Faucon (executive senior editor), Christopher Odinet (editor-in-chief), Matthew Juneau (articles editor), Gina Palermo (senior editor)
Back row (standing) l to r
:  Carmen Hebert (senior editor), Kelly Brilleaux (senior editor), Keith Fernandez (senior editor), Sarah Perkins (managing editor), Sarah Cable (production editor)


More than 40 Law Review members and just as many Law Review alumni, professors, and guests were in attendance at the LSU Law Review Annual Dinner and Banquet held April 10, 2010 at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge.

Editor-in-chief Chris Odinet welcomed the guests and Matthew Juneau, articles editor introduced the Thomas Galligan, President and Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College, as the special guest and keynote speaker for the event.

Honored at the banquet were Albert O. “Chip” Saulsbury, IV who received the 2009-2010 Vincent & Elkins Award for the outstanding comment or note written by a Louisiana Law Review candidate and Thomas Hooks received the Volume 70 W. Lee Hargrave Award for outstanding service to the Louisiana Law Review as a candidate.

Special guest and speaker Galligan taught at the LSU Law Center from 1986-1998. He was named the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times.

Galligan has published numerous books and articles on torts and admiralty. His scholarship has been cited in the proposed Restatement (Third) of Torts and by numerous legal scholars. Galligan’s work has also been cited by the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate and trial courts.

His co-authored scholarship with Professor Frank L. Maraist has been honored by the Louisiana Bar Journal and the Tulane Law Review. Recently, Galligan was honored with the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Public Service Award for 2006 and the Knoxville Bar Association’s Law and Liberty Award.


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ABA Re-accreditation Team Visits LSU Law
by Linda Rigell on April 28, 2010, Blog: News

On March 24–27, the Law Center completed its site evaluation process for re-accreditation by the American Bar Association (ABA).  Academic institutions must be reaccredited every seven academic years, according to standards established by the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and the Association of American Law Schools.    

An extensive Faculty Self Study was conducted by the faculty and administration prior to the visit. In addition, a Site Evaluation Questionnaire provided additional information to the team of evaluators.

Topics explored during the three-day site visit included Students and Student Activities, Faculty, Program of Legal Studies, Finances, Information Resources, Facilities, Administration, as well as other topics such as Alumni Relations and Fundraising.

The seven-member site team was lead by Dean Emeritus Len Strickman of Florida International.  Meetings with students, faculty, staff and administrators were scheduled throughout the three days. A special meeting of LSU Law alumni was also conducted. 

A final written report on the commendations and recommendations is expected later this summer. Chancellor Jack Weiss said, "The input of our faculty, students, and alumni was critical to the re-accreditation process. I’m very grateful for their participation. We look forward to receiving a positive report.”


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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Steve Coll Engages Law Center Audiences
by Linda Rigell on April 28, 2010, Blog: News

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Steve Coll, a provocative investigative journalist and Pulitzer-prize winning author, provided an “on the ground assessment” of the current war and political situation in Afghanistan at events held with students, faculty, staff, and alumni on Friday, April 16. Coll is the author of numerous books, including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, and most recently, The Bin Ladens: Arabian Family in the American Century.  He spoke at the Law Center and to alumni at the annual Chancellor’s Council dinner. The events commemorated the 150 year LSU Sesquicentennial.

Michael A. Patterson (‘71), Chair of the LSU Law Center Chancellor’s Council for ‘09-‘10, welcomed some 200 guests to the Friday evening dinner. Patterson thanked the members of the Council for their financial support of the Law Center.

Chancellor Jack Weiss recognized the major gift donors who have supported the Law Center over the past year. Among them was Oliver “Rick” Richard (‘77), who was also presented the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership of the LSU Law Center Alumni Board of Trustees.

Coll engaged the audiences at both events with his riveting account of the history of the region and his insightful analysis of U.S. foreign policy following 9/11. He has recently returned from another trip to the embattled area, where he met with key leaders in the war effort.   

“Do we have a coherent national strategy for dealing with radical Islam?” he asked the audiences. “No,” he concluded, “and we need one.” The war is not just a physical war, but a political one, said Coll, and the political situation is very unsettled.  “The current conflict is at three levels: the counterinsurgency campaign; building the Afghan army; and negotiating with Pakistan to convince them to participate in a comprehensive settlement to get rid of the Taliban.”

In a physical sense, said Coll, our military can overwhelm the Taliban at any time with sheer force and numbers. “We can own any street corner in Afghanistan. The Taliban, as a structural matter, is pretty weak.” But according to Coll, the political equation is very unsettled. “We are not sure if we can roll the Taliban out … Pakistan also figures prominently in the equation,” said the author.

“I think we’re in a transition from traditional military action to a Kennedyesque-like way of dealing with persistent terrorism … You can’t win through deliberate violence that is now portrayed immediately on TV.   That doesn’t mean you don’t use force. It means the use of drones over Pakistan, for instance … We now strategically know we live in a fish bowl.  We’re always going to think carefully and survey our options for action.”   

His opinions have been formulated based on years of field research and information gathering from both military personnel and friends in Afghanistan.    Coll spent over 20 years as a foreign correspondent and managing editor for the Washington Post. He now serves as President and CEO of the New America Foundation and writes for The New Yorker Magazine. He was working on assignment during his latest trip to Afghanistan.

Coll spoke to students, faculty, and staffs of the Law Center and Manship School of Mass Communication earlier in the afternoon. The Conversation with Steve Coll was moderated by Chancellor Jack Weiss and Dean John Maxwell Hamilton of the Manship School.   

Steve Coll is the author of six books, including most recently, The Bin Ladens (2008); Ghost Wars (2004); On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia (1994); Eagle on the Street, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the SEC’s battle with Wall Street (with David A. Vise, 1991); The Taking of Getty Oil (1987); and The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T (1986).

Coll’s professional awards include two Pulitzer Prizes. He won the first of these in 1990 for explanatory journalism in his series about the SEC, with David A. Vise. He was awarded his second in 2005 for Ghost Wars, honored in the general nonfiction category. Ghost Wars also won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross award; the Overseas Press Club award; and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs during 2004. Other awards include the 1992 Livingston Award for outstanding foreign reporting; the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for his coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone; and a second Overseas Press Club Award for international magazine writing. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Chancellor’s Council Dinner Photo Gallery

For information on becoming a member of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council


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LSU Law Center Hosts Symposium on Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court
by Linda Rigell on April 28, 2010, Blog: News

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“Where is justice?” asked Gerald Gault, as he ended his interview during a symposium on juvenile justice at the LSU Law Center on Friday, March 19.  Gault was the petitioner in the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case In Re Gault that revolutionized the field of juvenile law.  In its ruling in the Gault case, the Court extended the right to counsel and other due process protections to juveniles during delinquency proceedings.   Gault, at age 15, was sentenced to state custody until his 21st birthday following proceedings that denied him access to an attorney or application of rules of evidence.  He spoke, along with numerous state and nationally recognized experts, to a standing room only audience at the day-long symposium.

The symposium, titled The Backdoor of the Juvenile Courts: Waivers and the Impact of Criminalization, was sponsored by the LSU Law Center, the Louisiana Law Review, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The George W. & Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice. The program focused on the issue of juvenile transfers to adult criminal courts. More than 135 people attended.

Featured were several nationally prominent speakers in the field of juvenile law. Frank Zimring, a law professor at U.C. Berkeley and co-author and co-editor of the book The Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice: Transfer of Adolescents to the Criminal Courts, gave a presentation exploring the political dynamics behind the national trend which led to the development of harsher transfer laws across the country during the previous two decades.  Mark Soler, Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, D.C., spoke about the need for better data collection around the issue of juvenile transfer.  Soler promoted sounder policy and decision-making on the topic as a means to reduce the disproportionate use of transfer of minority youth.  

Professor Elizabeth Scott of Columbia Law School presented an analysis of how states can create safeguards that protect juveniles while also protecting public safety. In addition, Neelum Arya, Director of Research and Policy at the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington D.C., outlined legislative strategies for policy advocates seeking to reform transfer laws in their own jurisdictions.  

In addition to the scholarly presentations, the symposium opened with a video created by the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana titled Faces of Transfer.  The video documented the cases of eight individuals from Louisiana, all serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles.  Posters telling the stories of the same individuals were also displayed in the lobby of the McKernan Law Auditorium throughout the day.  

The symposium closed with a panel discussion moderated by Derwyn Bunton, Chief Public Defender for the Parish of Orleans, who led the discussion with panelists E. Pete Adams, Executive Director of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, and State Senator Daniel Martiny, who is sponsoring legislation to eliminate life without the possibility of parole as a sentence for transferred juveniles.  

For many, the highlight of the symposium was a rare appearance by juvenile justice icon Gerald Gault for an interview with Patti Puritz, Executive Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center.  During the historic interview, Mr. Gault spoke of the profound effects of his experience in the courts and the realization only many years later of the national significance of his case.   Mr. Gault encouraged all of those in attendance to continue fighting for justice for the country’s youth and ended his inspiring talk to a standing ovation. Because of his case, youth today have the right to counsel, the right to formal notice of proceedings against them, and the right to a series of due process protections. Mr. Gault, went on to serve in the military for over 21 years, and he now lives in California with his wife, Connie, and his three grandchildren.     


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Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs Gain National Recognition
by Linda Rigell on April 27, 2010, Blog: News

Seventeen of the LSU Law Center’s 26 Moot Court and Trial Advocacy teams received either team or individual awards in competitions held throughout the United States this school year. The teams and individual members were recognized at the April 8 annual awards banquet held in downtown Baton Rouge. 

“It was a banner year for our programs, and I am enormously proud of our students,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “There is no doubt that our programs are growing—not only in the number of students who participate—but also in the role that the programs play in defining the LSU Law experience. The strength of our team and individual efforts has resulted in a growing competiveness and increasing national recognition, while our employers tell us that LSU Law continues to provide practice-ready lawyers. There’s no doubt that Moot Court and Trial Ad experience play a huge role in the positive reputation of our graduates.“

Also recognized was Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Todd Bruno, who also serves as director of Externships, Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs for the Law Center.  Bruno joined the Law Center in 2001 and has served as director since Fall 2005.  Professor Bruno will leave the LSU Law Center this summer for a position with the Charleston School of Law.  His personal dedication to students and his organizational abilities have been instrumental in our success, noted Chancellor Weiss. The banquet was dedicated to Professor Bruno. 

Billy Murray, Trial Advocacy Board President, called Bruno a coach, mentor, confidant, and friend.  “We applaud his vision and commitment to LSU Law’s Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs that under his tutelage revolutionized the Law Center’s Advocacy Programs, resulting in its #12 ranking in the nation,” noted the students in the written program.  “Through his dedication to and respect for his students, Professor Bruno not only instilled in us the skills and talents to become successful attorneys, but inspired us to be extraordinary individuals as well.”

Professor Bruno praised the teams for their success this year. “Two-thirds of our teams achieving recognition at national and state competitions is outstanding. Typically, only about a quarter to a third of teams at a competition are recognized in some way.” 

Moot Court Competition Results, 2009-2010

LSU sent 14 teams to 11 moot court competitions this year.  These competitions recognize excellence in both written and oral advocacy.  Out of the 14 teams, 11 were recognized with team or individual awards.  Nine teams advanced into the quarterfinal round or better.  At three of the competitions, LSU students placed in the top two in the individual advocate category.  And five other students placed in the top ten overall at their competition.

Trial Ad Competition Results, 2009-2010

LSU sent 12 teams to nine different competitions. Last year, LSU only sent nine teams to competitions, and in 2006, LSU had only six trial teams. We have seen the trial team program double in just four years.

The overall success of the program has remained remarkably high even while expanding opportunities; six of the 12 teams this year received team or individual recognition at their competitions.

Highlights of the Individual Teams:

Jessup International Moot Court Competition  -- The Largest Moot Court Competition in the World
Southwest Superregional Champions

Eighth Best Oralist, Regional Round Meagan Messina
Top 20 International Oral Advocate, International Round Micah Fincher

Coaches:  Kristin Lundin (’09) & Jessica Orgeron (’09)

Jessup began with over 650 teams worldwide, including 144 American law schools that competed in six regions.

The LSU team of David Maples, Micah Fincher, Erin Cesta, David May and Meagan Messina were  crowned Southwest Superregional Champions and were one of 12 schools representing the United States in the International Jessup Competition.

At regional’s, LSU won first place out of 24 teams. LSU also had the 6th best oral advocate – Meagan Messina.

The 2010 White & Case International Rounds were the largest ever, with 105 competing teams and 22 exhibition teams representing 76 countries.

LSU finished 41st overall in a competition that began with over 650 law schools, placing us in the top six percent of all schools worldwide. Only five American law schools placed higher than LSU, including NYU and Columbia. In addition to the overall team finish, Micah Fincher placed 16th out of the 420 individual competitors at the international rounds.

Moot Court National Championship Team
National Quarterfinalist
Second Place, Best Oral Advocate, Charlotte Youngblood
Coaches:  Professor John Devlin & Laranda Moffett Walker (’07)

LSU Law was one of only 16 law schools to be invited to this event. We argued against Duke, Seton Hall, Miami, and William & Mary, and we advanced into the quarterfinals as the number 5 seed. Our team eventually lost to the national champions. Charlotte Youngblood was the number two individual at a competition where the best law schools in terms of advocacy sent their very best advocates.

Ms. Youngblood has participated in three moot court competitions in her law school career and finished as either the first or second place individual advocate at each (first last year and second this year at Environmental;  second at this competition).

National Pretrial Advocacy Competition
Third Place
Coach:  Professor Todd Bruno

This is only the second year that this event has been held, and entry into the event was based on selective criteria -- primarily a history of excellence in advocacy. The prestigious event has included teams from law schools such as Baylor University, South Texas College of Law, Chicago-Kent, and Stetson University - all schools currently ranked in the top 10 in Trial Advocacy according to the US News & World Report.

LSU is the only law school that has placed in the top three both years of the event, winning it in 2008 and placing third in 2009. This year’s team lost its semifinal round to Chicago-Kent (a law school currently ranked #4 in trial advocacy by US News).

LSBA Mock Trial Competition
State Champions
Coach:  Professor Todd Bruno

LSU Law won First Place. This is the third year in a row that LSU Law has won the LSBA Mock Trial Competition.  Prior to 2008, LSU had won the competition twice in the 20-year history of the event that dates back to 1989. LSU Law has now won the competition three times in three years.

Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition
National Quarterfinalist runner-up, Best Oral Advocate Katherine Lee, Team I
Sixth Place, Best Oral Advocate
Jack Stanley, Team 2
Coaches:
  Dean Sutherland (’75) & Kelly Brian (‘07)

For the second year in a row, LSU had a team advance into the quarterfinal round.

For the third year in a row, we had an individual place in the top two at the competition.

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition    
Regional Semifinalist, Team 1

Third Place, Best Brief in Miami Regional
Ninth Place, Best Oral Advocate in Miami Regional – Dustin Talbot

Regional Semifinalist, Team 2
Coach:  Professor Kathryn Simino (’87)

LSU first competed in this event in 2007.  This is only the second time that LSU Law has sent two teams. The LSU teams competed in the Miami regional that began with 32 teams. This was one of six regions in the country.  Both of our teams were undefeated after three preliminary rounds. We were the only school in the region that had two undefeated teams.

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Second Place, Best Oral Advocate – Charlotte Youngblood
Coaches:  Professor Ken Murchison, R. Charles Ellis (’91) & Michelle Marney (‘00)

Out of 84 competing teams, the LSU team had the "best oralist" in two of three preliminary rounds, and team member Charlotte Youngblood received an honorable mention award for being "second-best" individual oralist. She won first last year. 

National Taxation Moot Court Competition
National Quarterfinalist
Coaches: 
Professor Christopher Pietruszkiewicz & Jenny Phillips (’04)

LSU has competed in this tax moot court competition every year since 2005. For the sixth year in a row, LSU advanced into the quarterfinal round or better.

LSU Law attended the following three competitions for the first time this year and we advanced into the semifinals at one and quarterfinals at the other two:

National Security Law Moot Court Competition
National Semifinalist
Coach:  Professor Edward Richards
The LSU team advanced into the semifinal round of the competition that began with 24 teams, losing to Cornell University, the ultimate winner.

Mardi Gras Invitational National Sports Law Tournament
National Quarterfinalist
Coaches:  Jordan Faircloth (’08) & Professor Todd Bruno

All of the students were 2L’s and were coached by a first-time coach, Jordan Faircloth, who participated on the ABA National Appellate Ad team when we was a student at LSU Law. After three preliminary rounds, the LSU team was ranked #1 and entered the Round of 16. LSU won that round and was narrowly defeated in the quarterfinal round by University of California at Hastings.

Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition
National Quarterfinalists
Fifth Place Best Oral Advocate
Brian Higginbotham
Coach:  Professor Glenn Morris

After three preliminary rounds, the LSU team was seeded third and entered in the quarterfinal round. Twenty-four teams and 57 total students participated. Brian Higginbotham placed 5th in the Oralist category.  All three LSU students finished in the top 15 overall, with a total of 57 students competing.  


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Professor Paul Baier Voted Professor of the Year by Class of 2010
by Linda Rigell on April 27, 2010, Blog: News

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LSU Law Professor Paul Baier, George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor of Law, was voted Professor of the Year by the Law Center Class of 2010.  His students characterize Professor Baier as an extraordinary teacher who uses extraordinary teaching methods. The students honored Baier at a reception held Thursday, April 15 at the Law Center and presented him with an inscribed plaque.

Chancellor Jack Weiss introduced Baier and commented, “There is only one Paul Baier and all of you will agree, there will never be another” bringing cheers and applause to the more than 50 students, colleagues, family and friends in attendance.

"Justice E.D. White obviously sought a position on the court so that Paul could one day write a play about  him," joked Weiss.

In accepting this honor, Professor Baier made reference to his life-long commitment to bringing Chief Justice Edward Douglass White’s memory to life in Baier’s play, Father Chief Justice; “I assume you have heard of my play.” Baier is a nationally published playwright, producer, and director of “Father Chief Justice”: Edward Douglass White and the Constitution, which premiered in Thibodaux, March 8, 1997, and has since played at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, Loyola University, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, May 2009. One can assume that his students have witnessed his play at least once during their three years at the Law Center.

A thespian all his life, Baier accepted this honor with great gratitude and heartfelt joy. “As for me, I think of what Holmes said when he thanked the editors of the Harvard Law Review for their issue celebrating his 90th birthday.  Holmes’s words so very aptly express my own feelings on being knighted “Professor of the Year” by the LSU Law Class of 2010—“I regard the number as one of the great honors of my life and that in spite of all that I know to the disadvantage of the subject, it makes me proud. Thank you one and all.”

 3L Scott Sternberg, SBA president, said “Professor Baier is incredibly passionate about his students. The class of 2010 wanted to honor that passion by making him our first elected Professor of the Year. It is quite appropriate that Professor Baier, a man of theatre, addressed the students who have exalted him in this way. He truly is an asset to our school.”

Professor Baier joined the LSU Law faculty 1972. He is nationally known for his use of media in law school teaching, What Is the Use of a Law Book Without Pictures or Conversations (1984). The Diamond Anniversary Sixth Edition of Baier’s The Pocket Constitutionalist, with a Foreword by his former student and Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer, was published by Claitor's in 2010. Professor Baier is Secretary of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society. The Louisiana Bar Foundation named Baier its Distinguished Professor 2004. The Tiger Athletic Foundation honored Professor Baier with its prestigious TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award for his teaching in the LSU Honors College in 2008.

Sean Corcoran, a second-year law student, will be eligible to vote next year for the 2011 Professor of the Year: “I am extremely happy that this tradition of annually honoring an extraordinary professor has been revived and will now be continued in the future.” 


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LSU Law Library Ranked #5 Best in the Nation
by Linda Rigell on April 27, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Law library has been ranked among the top five best law libraries in the nation. The National Jurist magazine rankings were released in late March, and the LSU Law Center’s top ranking placed it ahead of many elite public and private law schools. A photo of the library also appeared in the article titled, What Makes a Great Library.

The rankings used a variety of factors, including volumes, titles, number of seats per student, number of students per librarian, and the hours of operation. The editors compared all 198 ABA-approved law schools based upon the most recent data provided by the schools to the American Bar Association.

“A law school cannot excel without an exemplary library and modern technology,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “Resources really matter and directly impact the quality of the legal education we provide.”    

Dragomir Cosanici, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Services and Library Director, was interviewed for the article. Cosanici discussed library technology and the future of instructional delivery and reference availability. 

“Software programs such as Skype now allow lectures to be delivered online. We also have a variety of programs that allow students to answer questions or provide feedback instantly while in the classroom. ” He predicted that “cloud computing” will become much more prevalent.  Reference materials will be increasingly available via the Internet, providing instant accessibility from any computer.  Cosanici also feels that multinational materials will become much more available, with free access likely.

“The LSU Law library has been a source of pride among students and graduates.  We’ve been fortunate in the past few years to be able to adequately staff our library and to re-establish our holdings following some very lean times,” concluded Chancellor Weiss.  “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to continue our support in the coming years.” 


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S. Gene Fendler Named President of Alumni Board of Trustees; Executive Committee Also Appointed
by Linda Rigell on April 27, 2010, Blog: News

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S. Gene Fendler of New Orleans has been named President of the LSU Law Center Alumni Board of Trustees by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. Fendler, of Liskow and Lewis, is a long-time member of the alumni advisory board, and he will serve a two-year term as President, beginning Spring 2010.

“We are all fortunate to have as able a person as Gene Fendler to carry on with the leadership of our Board. Gene is someone who cares deeply about the LSU Law Center, and he is anxious to move the Board into new and interesting directions,” said Chancellor Weiss. “He succeeds Oliver ‘Rick’ Richard (‘77), who has been a generous and good friend to the Law Center, as well as an outstanding leader of our Board since Fall 2005.” 

Fendler was first appointed a member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees in Fall 2005. He is a 1973 graduate of LSU Law Center and a former member of the Louisiana Law Review.  He often appears as a guest lecturer at the Law Center. Fendler served as the president and managing partner of Liskow and Lewis from 2003 - 2009.  His litigation and trial experiences span more that 35 years in both casualty and business matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Fendler served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Fendler was formerly vice-chair of the Maritime and Energy Law Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel and currently serves as treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a licensed private pilot. 

Also named to the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board of Trustees are:  Craig W. Murray (’76) of Vinson & Elkins, Vice-President; Darrell J. Papillion (‘94), Walters Papillion Thomas & Cullen, Chair of the Law Center’s Annual Fund; Paul S. West (’80), Baker Donelson, Chair of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council; W. Shelby McKenzie (’64) of Taylor, Porter Brooks & Phillips, Chair of the LSU Law Center Traditions of Excellence Campaign; John T. Nesser III (’99) of McDermott International, At-Large Member; Cyd Sheree Page (’84) of Voorhies & Labbe, At-Large Member; Norma Bennett (‘2000), Chair, Young Alumni Leadership Council; and, Oliver “Rick” Richard, Immediate Past President.


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E.D. White Lectures Address Higher Education Funding and The Case of Louisiana
by Linda Rigell on April 21, 2010, Blog: News

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This year’s E.D. White Lectures, jointly sponsored by the Law Center and the LSU Department of Political Science, featured nationally-noted scholar of higher education, Professor Michael McLendon of Vanderbilt University. 

McLendon, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, and Associate Dean and Chief of Staff of Peabody [Education] College at Vanderbilt, also directs the Program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy and the Master’s of Public Policy (MPP) program. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in state politics and policy, organization and governance of higher education, and leadership.

McLendon spoke on Mission, Markets & States: Developments Reshaping American Public Higher Education and Crisis of Opportunity: Louisiana Higher Education in a Time of Fiscal Distress in his two lectures. McLendon addressed the national context for the changing environment of higher education and the specific issues confronting Louisiana’s system of public higher education in an era of financial challenges.

"The state Board of Regents, Louisiana’s “coordinating board” for higher education, should have the authority “to carve out what will clearly be the missions of individual campuses and systems,” then leave it to the campuses and systems to figure out how to fulfill their missions," said McLendon. He emphasized there might be good reasons, beyond politics, for some of the apparent duplication at Louisiana universities, but says he can’t find those reasons in the documents and information he has reviewed

In his research, Professor McLendon studies the relationship between state socio-political systems and policy adoption for higher education. His recent work has focused on the factors influencing tuition and public financing levels in higher education and state adoption of new performance-based accountability mandates and governance reforms.

“The research work in which I am engaged seeks to shed light on how the design of state systems influences policy for higher education,” says McLendon. “The 50 American states provide a superb laboratory for studying policy design. Understanding more fully how and why states make the decisions they do has important implications for reforming governance and finance of higher education in the United States.”

His research builds both on several large state-level datasets that he has constructed, and on data he collects from interviews with legislators, higher education officials, and other policy leaders in the states.


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Les Avocats Reunion CANCELED: to be rescheduled
by Karen Soniat on April 20, 2010, Blog: News

LSU Law grads of 51 plus years will gather for the Les Avocats Reunion on Saturday, April 24. Come join your classmates and colleagues for a wonderful luncheon, and spend time catching up with one another! 

To mark the occasion, Professor Paul R. Baier will present Father Chief Justice:  Notes for a Play, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Room 106 of the Law Center.  The play is a preview of his acclaimed theatrical production lately performed in the Louisiana Supreme Court.  It should be a wonderful prelude to the Noon luncheon scheduled next door at the LSU Faculty Club. 

The Law Center will also be celebrating LSU Day, commemorating LSU’s Sesquicentennial, the 150-year anniversary of the founding of the University. Following the Reunion, make plans to join in the LSU Day happenings --  right next door on the Parade Grounds. 

Schedule:

11:00 a.m.

Performance of Father Chief Justice:  Notes for a Play

Room 106, First Floor, LSU Law Center

Noon

Luncheon for Les Avocats and Family/Friends

LSU Faculty Club

Cost:  Graduates are complimentary; additional guests $25.00 per person

For more information, contact Laura St.Blanc at Laura.StBlanc@law.lsu.edu or call 225/578-8644.

For more information on LSU Day www.LSUDAY.com

 


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Important Class of 2010 News from the Alumni Office
by Victor P. Erwin on April 20, 2010, Blog: News

Grads and Crawdads, Thursday May 27

The Grads and Crawdads celebration for seniors and their families will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the Law Center parking area. 

Reservations required. Graduates are free, but must register.  Guests are $15.00 each.  Menu includes all the crawfish you can eat along with potatoes, corn, jambalaya, soft drinks, and beer.  

Get Your Free Commemorative LSU Law Glassware and/or T-Shirt with Your Gift to the 2010 Class Gift Fund

With your donation to the 2010 Class Gift Fund, get a set of 4 LSU Old-Fashioneds OR 2 “Class of 2010” champagne flutes. Class of 2010 T-shirt also available.   (Note: Glassware arrives week of 4/25; students will be notified by email when order is ready for pick-up.)


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Law Center Retains Top 100 Ranking in 2011 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools
by Victor P. Erwin on April 20, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center remained solidly positioned among the top 100 American law schools in rankings released on April 15.  The 2011 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings placed the Center at 80th nationally, down slightly from the previous rankings in 2010.  

 “Although I’d rather have moved up 5 places than down 5 places [this year], it’s a very small move,” commented Chancellor Jack Weiss. “Our raw score went down by only one point. We are still solidly placed among the nation’s top 100 law schools.”

Although some 188 law schools in the nation are reviewed by the magazine, only law schools that place in the top 100 receive a specific numerical ranking. LSU Law’s ranking has climbed dramatically in the closely watched list, with the Center moving into the top 100 in 2004.  The 13 place move last year – up to 75th - was one of the largest positive moves in the country. 

“Students recognize that LSU Law continues to provide a first-rate legal education at a great value,” commented Chancellor Weiss. “Our applications this year are up about 20%-- far above national and regional averages. There is a message here, however: there is no such thing as a free lunch. It is unrealistic to think that we can climb the US News ranks or fulfill our potential as a flagship law school with huge cuts in state funding every year. The law school world is highly competitive. If we stand still, well-funded law schools in other states will pass us by. If LSU Law is going to continue to provide the future leaders of our state—bench, bar, and business--the Governor and the Legislature must give us the resources to do our job.”

The rankings consider a variety of factors, with some 40% of the score derived from peer surveys of deans, faculty, judges, and lawyers.  Additional factors include selectivity of entering students (.25); placement in employment and bar passage (.20); and faculty resources (.15). 


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Spring 2010
by Linda Rigell on March 9, 2010, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Professor Ray Diamond spoke before the Federalist Society chapter at Tulane Law School, debating the future of 2nd Amendment jurisprudence after Heller v. District of Columbia (2008), which held the right to keep and bear arms to be an individual right.  The debate concerned as well the Supreme Court’s anticipated decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which a key issue is whether the right to keep and bear arms is incorporated under the 14th Amendment’s due process clause.

Professor Diamond was also named to the AALS Hurricane Katrina Honor Role for his service as a pro bono consultant to the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus on voting rights issues.  In this capacity, he drafted objections to post-hurricane election law changes that were subject to pre-clearance by the Department of Justice, and drafted objections to a Federal Emergency Management Administration decision not to release the addresses and other contact data of hurricane displaced residents to authorities responsible for conducting elections in Louisiana.

Professor Christine Corcos chaired a panel, “Law, Justice, and the Other On Television,” and presented a paper, Psychics and Prosecutors: Battling For Credibility and Attention on America’s Airwaves, at the 13th Annual Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, held March 19 and 20, at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. She has also been invited to begin blogging at Feminist Law Professors, one of the leading law blogs in the United States; Feminist Law Blogs has won an ABA Blawg 100 award from the American Bar Association for the past three years.

In April, Professor Lee Ann Lockridge participated in the Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property workshop held at the Michigan State University College of Law. The paper selected for and discussed at the workshop, "Honoring International Obligations in U.S. Trademark Law: How the Lanham Act Protects Well-Known Foreign Marks (and Why the Second Circuit was Wrong)," will be published next year in the St. John’s Law Review.

In March 2010, Professor Robert Lancaster presented at the national “Externships 5:  Responding to Changing Times Conference” sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law.  Professor Lancaster presented on the impact that the economic decline has had on externship programs.  The presentation was titled, Should the (Bleak) Legal Employment Outlook Redefine Externship Programs?  Also in March, Professor Lancaster spoke at Breaking In: A Workshop on Becoming a Law Professor, Adjunct, or Administrator at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California.

VISITING

Mr. Olivier Brochenin, Consul General of France, attended the lecture given by Mr. Pierre Arcand at the LSU Law Center. Professor Olivier Moréteau, Russell Long Chair, introduced the students taking the new Introduction to French Law course that he is teaching in French this Spring 2010 at the Law Center. He asked the Consul General to be the “Parrain” of the first Intro to French Law class, composed of Richard Bond, Bradley Bourgeois, Laura Graham, Hannon Laplace, Julie Olinde, and Pablo Reyes.

Mr. Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and the Francophonie of the Province of Quebec visited the State of Louisiana on recently to sign a joint declaration on cooperation in the areas of education, culture, and youth. Mr. Arcand gave a public lecture in the auditorium of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center on "Québec: An International Player and Leader in the Francophonie" after a welcome address and introduction by LSU Chancellor Michael Martin and Ms. Ginette Chenard, who represents the Province of Quebec in the Southern United States. Mr. Arcand commented on the cooperation programs Quebec develops with other Canadian provinces and some of the United States, in New England, and the Great Lakes, with a focus on the cooperation with Louisiana, including CODOFIL, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

Albin Murtagh, Law Center Business Manager, recently earned his certified public accountant certificate. Murtagh has been an employee at the Law Center for 15 years. Said Murtagh, "I knew that I wanted to be a CPA as far back as when I scheduled a bookkeeping class in my sophomore year in high school. And, it only took me 27 years."

 


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The Louisiana Law Review has announced the Volume 71 Editorial Board for 2010-11
by Linda Rigell on March 4, 2010, Blog: News

The Louisiana Law Review has announced the Volume 71 Editorial Board for 2010-11

Named were: Kevin Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief; Michael Fagan, Managing Editor; Margaret McDonald, Production Editor; Michael Mims, Articles Editor; Chip Saulsbury, Executive Senior Editor; Roy Bergeron, Senior Editor; Josh Clayton, Senior Editor; Austin Holliday, Senior Editor; and Thomas Hooks, Senior Editor.


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Professor Alain Levasseur Receives Honorary Doctorate
by Linda Rigell on March 3, 2010, Blog: News

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Left photo: Professor Alain Levasseur speaks following the acceptance of his Docteur Honoris Causas—an honorary doctorate—given by the Universite’ Pantheon-Assas Paris II.

Top photo: Professor Alain Levasseur receives his honorary doctorate from Professor Louis Vogel, President of the University.

Bottom photo: Honorees and guests, including Professor Alain Levasseur, gather at the Sorbonne on January 29.

 

LSU Law Professor Alain A. Levasseur, the Jean Monnet Professor of European Community Law and the Hermann Moyse, Sr. Professor of Law, has received the title of Docteur Honoris Causas—an honorary doctorate—from the Universite’ Pantheon-Assas Paris II. He was honored on January 29 during ceremonies held in the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne.

Professor Levasseur, along with eight other scholars from institutions throughout the world, received their diplomas, medals, and honor stoles amid all the pomp and circumstance that even Shakespeare couldn’t imagine.

The distinguished honorees were recognized for teaching and research in private law, public law, history of law, economics, management, information and communication in formal ceremonies that included Patrick Gerard, Recteur and Chancellor of the Paris Academy, and Professor Louis Vogel, President of the Universite’ of Paris-Pantheon, along with other dignitaries and guests.

Other honorees were Vassilios Skouris, President and Chief Justice of the European Court of Justice (Luxemburg); Professor Umberto Eco, Universite’ de Bologne (Italy); Recteur and Professor Fernando Hinestrosa, Universite’ Externado de Bogota (Columbia); Professor Jeffrey Jowell, University College, London (Great Britain); Professor Charles Donahue, Jr., Harvard (USA); Professor Paolo Spada, Universite’ de Rome La Sapienza (Italy); Professor Jacques-Francois Thisse, Universite’ catholique de Louvain (Belgium); and, Professor Donald C. Hambrick, Pennsylvania State University (USA).

“I take great pride in having acted [and] spoken on behalf of the Law Center in the past 30 years and to have brought to the same Law Center such recognition. I could not have done it, however, without the support of the chancellors and the staff of the Law Center,” said Professor Levasseur. 

He has written and published in various areas including Legal Traditions, particularly Civil Law Systems; the Civil Law of Obligations; Comparative Law of Contracts; Comparative Aspects of the European Union and U.S. Law; EU/EC Law; International Trade; Louisiana Sale/Lease; and, Quasi-Contracts.

The professor and his wife, Susan, were hosted to three full days of activities, compliments of the University. “The formal ceremony was regal,” he recalled. “It was a big day of speeches, music, presentations, and celebrations.”

The awards are made every 10 years, making the entire selection process all the more special for the honorees and the institutions they represent. The honorees are nominated by their peers, with the final selection made by President Louis Vogel of the University. The recommendations are then forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a formal governmental decree is issued to announce the honorees. 

Professor Levasseur’s interest in foreign affairs is rooted in his early childhood. As the son of the French Ambassador to Columbia and later to Spain, Levasseur lived in Spain, Morocco, Brazil, and Canada. “I stopped following my parents at some point,” he said.  He later found his calling in the study and practice of the civil law. Professor Levasseur joined the LSU Law Center faculty in 1977.

In 1966, Professor Levasseur obtained an M.C.L. from Tulane University where he returned to teach in 1968. In 1969, he was an associate with the Paris firm of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander but left the firm to become a technical assistant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. In the fall of 1970, he resumed teaching at Tulane until 1977. In 1993, he received the prestigious “médaille” from the Université d’Aix-Marseille III, and in 1998, he was bestowed the degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa. He maintains an active membership in the International Academy of Comparative Law, the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law, the Société de Législation Comparée, the Association Henri Capitant, and the International Association of Legal Methodology.

He credits the Association Henri Capitant for bringing Louisiana back into the fold of Civil Law. “The image of Louisiana has been fantastic, and particularly at LSU. We’ve gained a lot of prestige with 30 years of Henri Capitant ...we are the only civil jurisdiction that writes in English.”

Professor Levasseur is a member of several boards, including the Fondation pour le Droit Continental, the Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé, E-Competition, the Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil, El Foro de Derecho Mercantil, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and the LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies.


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High School Students Participate in “Discover Law Day”
by Linda Rigell on March 2, 2010, Blog: News

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“Major in something you’re passionate about, and then transfer that passion to law school,” advised Scott Sternberg, President of the LSU Law SBA. Sternberg, along with Lynell Cadray, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, welcomed some 50 high school students from throughout the region to Discover Law Day, a national minority high school symposium sponsored through the Law School Admission Council’s Discover Law.org Campaign. Freddie Pitcher, Chancellor of the Southern University Law School, and Raushanah Hunter, SBA President for Southern, also greeted the students.

LSU Law and Southern Law students led a variety of sessions designed to expose the high schoolers to life in law school. Pick 6 Jury Game, Law Jeopardy, and Revising Your Legal Argument were activities designed to expose prospective students to legal education. Professor Randall Trahan, the Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law at the Law Center, conducted a Mock Class for attendees.


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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Steve Coll Coming to LSU Law, April 16
by Linda Rigell on March 2, 2010, Blog: News

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Steve Coll, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and noted journalist, will be the featured speaker at two LSU Law Center events slated for Friday, April 16. Coll is the author of numerous books, including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, and most recently, The Bin Ladens: Arabian Family in the American Century.

His has been invited to speak as part of the Law Center’s commemoration of the 150-year Sesquicentennial Celebration of the founding of LSU. Two events are scheduled. Mr. Coll will speak to students at 1 p.m. in the Law Center’s second floor Student Lounge. He will also speak to members of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council in the evening.

Steve Coll is president and CEO of New America Foundation and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. Previously, he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper’s managing editor from 1998-2004. He is the author of six books, including most recently, The Bin Ladens (2008); Ghost Wars (2004); On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia (1994); Eagle on the Street, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the SEC’s battle with Wall Street (with David A. Vise, 1991); The Taking of Getty Oil (1987); and The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T (1986).

Mr. Coll’s professional awards include two Pulitzer Prizes. He won the first of these in 1990 for explanatory journalism in his series about the SEC, with David A. Vise. He was awarded his second in 2005 for Ghost Wars, honored in the general nonfiction category. Ghost Wars also won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross award; the Overseas Press Club award; and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs during 2004. Other awards include the 1992 Livingston Award for outstanding foreign reporting; the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for his coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone; and a second Overseas Press Club Award for international magazine writing.

Mr. Coll graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, from Occidental College in 1980 with a degree in English and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Steve Coll Biography (pdf)

Information on becoming a member of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council.


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ACLU's LeBoeuf to Speak on Trying Terrorism, Monday, March 8
by Linda Rigell on March 2, 2010, Blog: News

As Director of the ACLU John Adams Project, Denny LeBoeuf has been an advocate for the defense of Guantanamo detainees who have been charged with capital offenses. Ms. LeBoeuf will speak on "Trying Terrorism,"  examining the Obama Administration’s plan to bring terrorism suspects (with a focus on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) to the United States for civilian criminal trials. The event will be held at the LSU Law Center on Monday, March 8 at 4 p.m. in Room 106. The LSU community is invited to attend.

Ms. LeBoeuf has represented indigent persons facing death at trial and in post-conviction in state and federal courts for over 20 years, and consults with capital defense teams nationally.  She was the founding director of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, and co-director of the Center for Equal Justice, non-profit law firms dedicated to capital defense in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She lectures frequently on capital defense, particularly on litigating mental health and trauma. In 2001 she spoke to the Russian Duma and the Constitutional Court; recently she taught at the first training for capital defense teams in Lahore, Pakistan.


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More Than One Hundred Students Make Chancellor’s List for Fall 2009
by Linda Rigell on March 1, 2010, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of 186 students who have earned academic honors for Fall 2009. The students were named to the Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor. Notation of this honor is posted on the student's academic transcript.

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:

Louisiana

Abita Springs

Jeffrey Joseph Siemann

Alexandria

Joshua Paul Melder

Amite

Kaitlin Jessica Dyer

Baton Rouge

Michael Paul Ameen, Elizabeth Ann Aycock, Barbara Jean Balhoff, Abby Renee Bergeron, Roy Louis Bergeron, Jr., Rudolph Charles Boeneke III, Jared Odell Brinlee, Lauren Ashley Bynum, Sarah Frances Cable, Joseph John III Cefalu, John Jacob Chapman, Colin Andrew Clark, Joshua Paul Clayton, Brent Joseph Cobb, Mary Elizabeth Colvin, Amanda Lauren Darby, Jude Colby David, Robert Kenton Denny, Kevin Andrew Donnelly, Joshua Philip Downer, Michael James Fagan, Jr., Micah John Fincher, David Clayton Fleshman, Jade Alexandra Forouzanfar, Patrick H. Fourroux, Irina V. Fox, Ryan Keith French, Laura Beth Graham, Lindsay Marie Graham, Nicholas Michael Graphia, Bruce Warfield Hamilton, Lilian Regina Hangartner, Laura Christina Harris, William David Harris, Jr, Carey Austin Holliday, Thomas Ryan Hooks, Jeffrey A. Hubbard, David William Hugenbruch, Robert Joseph Juge, Claire Elizabeth Juneau, Matthew Charles Juneau, Morgan Elaine Kelley, Jill Johnson Kennedy, Christopher Keith Kinnison, Kilburn Shane Landry, Katherine Nicole Lee, Nima Maani, Seth Thomas Mansfield, David Maxwell Maples, Kyle Paul Marunick, Margaaret Ann McDonald, Bryson Wills McGuffey, Stephen Paul McMurry, Frances Minnette Montegut, Lauren R. Newell, Mary Ann O'Brien, Erin Conner Percy, Sarah Elizabeth Perkins, Erzsebet M. Pifko, Laura Jane Pryor, Peter W. Raish, Megan Elizabeth Reaux, Tara Lynn Richard, Christopher Louis Rinaldi, Karel Pierre Roynette, Albert Orrell Saulsbury IV, Robert Simon Savage, Thomas Stephen Schneidau, Loren Diane Shanklin, Jennifer Rae Shirley, Carolyn Sue Sinnock,Gabriella Grace Sliwinska,Jack Brandon Stanley,Scott Lehman Sternberg, Christopher T. Stow-Serge, Megan L. Streetman, Holly Williams Stuart, Larissa Kyle Teipner, Kathryn Ritter Theriot, Madison Elizabeth Toepfer, Christina Raquel Valdes, Roberta M Vath, Alejandro Jose Velazquez, Victoria Rae Viator, Dylan Armstrong Wade, Lauren H. Weiss, Michale Flynn West, Jacob Carter White, Nicholas Scott Wise, Andrew L. Yeates, Charlotte Megan Youngblood

Benton

Laura Elizabeth Springer

Bossier City

Erin Brittney

Church Point

Jessica Lynn

Covington

Casey Elizabeth Faucon, Randy James Marse, Jacob Ellis Roussel

Crowley

Eil Jules Meaux

Denham Springs

Jennifer Anne Alford, Heather F. Crow, Carmen Tircuit Hebert, Jamie Ann Polozola

Deridder

Robert Ludum Blankenship, Michael Ryan Rhea

Ferriday

Halie Megan Rowzee

Gonzales

Brock Russell Skelley

Greenwell Springs

Saul R. Newsome

Hammond

Hunter Adams Chauvin

Harahan

Laura Ashley Cotaya

Houma

Anna Elizabeth Wheeler

Independence

Kathryn Jean Edwards

Iota

Britney Lynn Hebert

Kenner

Amanda Marie Collura, Michael C. Mims, Christopher Keith Odinet, Beatriz Quintana Richmond, Meagan Anne Stewart

Lafayette

James Glynn Dicharry, Charles Jacob Gower, Alex Z. Stanford

Lake Charles

Caroline N. Cole, Jeanette E. Dewitt, Tony Carlo Fazzio, John Alexander Radford

Leesville

Jessica Ann Perez, Amanda Denise Stephens, Lauren Wolfe

Mandeville

Mark Richard Deethardt, Jason Zachary Landry, Richard James Nelson

Marrero

Brittney E. Baudean

Metaire

Timothy Michael Brinks, Michael Richard Denton, Heather Marie Nagel, Gina Marie Palermo, Alexander Theodore Reinboth, Robert Devin Ricci, Ashley Anne Tufts

Monroe

Christopher Michael Rhymes

New Orleans

Victoria Elizabeth Emmerling, James K. Sticker III

Pineville

Penny Elise Haris, Elizabeth A. Spurgeon

Plaquemine

Francisca Mercedes M. Comeaux

Prairieville

Chad Michael Ikerd, Amber Nicole Robichaux

Ruston

Jacob Matthew Oakley

Shreveport

David L. Bruce, William A. Fell, Reid Allen Jones, Jonathan Edward Love, Laura Ashley Wilhite

Slidell

Kelly Rae Englert, Molly Lyn Manieri, Sean Thomas Porter, Melissa Arlene Shaw-Brown, Michelle Marie West

St. Amant

Jeremy Joseph Hanna

St. Gabriel

Blaine Thomas Aydell

Sulphur

Daniel Arnold Kramer, Lacey Elizabeth Sarver

Thibodaux

Keith Joseph Fernandez, Caroline Suzanne Hildalgo, Caroline Macon Jones

Vidalia

Brittny Marie Laukhuff

West Monroe

Justin Nolan Myers, Brittany L. Stringer

White Castle

Seth Evan Bagwell

 

Out of State

Washington DC

Tara Lynn Segal

Dublin, GA

Brittan J. Bush

Marietta, GA

Bridget K Hillebrand

Georgetown, KY

Gordon P. Guthrie

St. Louis, MO

Philip R. Dore

Woodside, NY

Sue Jean Jhun

Franklin, TN

Tyler Davis Trew

Beaumont, TX

Stephen K. Newton

Denton, TX

Hester Ruth Dornan

El Paso, TX

George Alex Unangst III

Grapevine, TX

Danielle E. Prado

Spring, TX

William Thomas Gutknecht III

The Woodlands, TX

Jennifer Rose Dartez

Auburn, WA

Ryan J. Rivers

 

International

Lucie Boyer - Argentre du Plessis, France


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Law Center Hosts Oral Arguments Before the First Circuit Court of Appeal
by Linda Rigell on March 1, 2010, Blog: News

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From left photo: Judges Kuhn, Parro and McDonald; Judges Guidry, Carter and Pettigrew; and Judges Gaidry, Downing, and McClendon

On February 22, 23 and 25, 2010, three different panels of judges from the First Circuit Court of Appeal transformed the Law Center’s David Robinson Courtroom into their own. Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter ('58), along with Judges Randolph Parro ('67), James Kuhn, John Guidry, John Pettigrew ('72), Robert Downing ('75), Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry ('67), Michael McDonald ('76) and Page McClendon, heard cases at the Law Center in a courtroom that at times was standing room only.

The change of venue from the First Circuit’s courtroom to the Law Center required meticulous advanced planning. The program was spearheaded by Legal Writing Professor Heidi Thompson (’93), a former law clerk at the First Circuit.

Legal Writing Professors Grace Barry (‘89), Marlene Allgood (’82), Todd Bruno, Kathy Simino (‘87) and Heidi Thompson accompanied their 1L legal writing students to the oral arguments to give the students a sneak peak at the appellate advocate process. Numerous LSU law alums and professors also attended the sessions. 

Attorneys were asked to take a few minutes before they began their respective arguments to give the law students background information about their cases.

The judges were actively engaged in the arguments. Law students got to see that oral argument is about conversing with the court and providing the court with details about their case that may not have been effectively communicated through their brief or easily located in the record.  Students were also able to gain valuable insight into the appellate process from the cases themselves.


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LSU Law to Host Symposium on Juvenile Justice, March 19
by Linda Rigell on March 1, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center, in collaboration with the Louisiana Law Review, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The George W. & Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice, will bring together many of the nation’s and state’s leaders in the area of juvenile justice for a Symposium on March 19.

Titled The Backdoor of the Juvenile Courts—Waivers and the Impact of Criminalization, the Symposium will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. 

The Symposium will focus on the increasing use of statutory waiver and transfer provisions to try juveniles for offenses in the criminal courts, rather than the juvenile courts. Speakers will also examine whether current practices can be reconciled with the original purposes of the courts. The speakers are distinguished scholars and policymakers who have written books or articles on the use of waivers or transfers of youth from the juvenile courts.
 
The Louisiana Law Review will devote its entire Fall 2010 issue to the presentations of this Symposium.
 
The Symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Attorneys may receive five (5) Louisiana CLE credits. To register, please email your name, title and position to clinic@law.lsu.edu, or mail to Brenda Salassi, Clinic Coordinator, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, P.O. Box 25080, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70894. For further information, contact 225/578-8262.
 
Time and Location
            8 a.m. -8:45 a.m.: Registration
            McKernan Auditorium
            LSU Law Center

Among the Symposium presenters, speakers and moderators are:

Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor, LSU Law Center;

Lucy McGough, Vinson and Elkins Professor of Law and Executive Director, Pugh Institute for Law and Justice;

Dr. Debra DePrato, Project Director, Models for Change Louisiana, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;

Matthew Juneau, Articles Editor, Louisiana Law Review;

Neelum Arya, director of Research and Policy for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the UCLA School of Law’s Program in Public Interest Law and Policy;

James Bell, founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a national organization dedicated to reducing the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system;

Elizabeth Scott, Vice Dean and Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has been involved in empirical research on adolescents as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice;

Mark Soler, Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law & Policy in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Soler has written numerous articles and book chapters on civil rights issues and the rights of children;

Frank Zimring, the William G. Simon Professor of Law and a Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, is also the Chair of the Criminal Justice Research Program at Boalt Hall’s Institute for Legal Research;

Derwyn Bunton, Orleans Parish Chief Public Defender;

The Honorable Mark Daugherty, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court;

The Honorable Daniel Martiny, Louisiana State Senate; and

The Honorable Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney.


See Program Agenda & Speaker Bios


The Louisiana Law Review is the student edited law journal of the LSU Law Center.

The George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice of the LSU Law Center provides support for research, educational and pro bono activities that promote justice for individuals in the administration of the criminal and civil justice systems in the State of Louisiana and elsewhere.

Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country.

 

 


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Immigration Clinic Up and Running
by Linda Rigell on March 1, 2010, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center Immigration Clinic, initiated in spring 2009 as part of the Center’s expanded Clinical Legal Education Program, is off to a successful start.  As the first fully functioning in-house live-client clinic, law students directly represent indigent immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence as well as immigrants facing deportation.

“The immigration clinic provides valuable experience for our students and valuable services for its indigent clients,” commented Chancellor Jack Weiss. “This clinic is yet another indicator of the quality of the clinical programs that we are building.”

The clinic is directed and supervised by Professor Ken Mayeaux. “We recognize the dire need for representation of immigrants detained in rural Louisiana jails far from their U.S. families,” said Professor Mayeaux. “As the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) enhances its efforts at immigration enforcement nationally, Louisiana, with its more than 3,000 available immigration detention beds, has received many transfers of immigration detainees from the more congested detention centers around the country,” he concluded.

To address the needs of these detainees, the LSU Immigration Clinic runs a monthly "Know Your Rights" program at one of Louisiana's four remote immigration detention centers in the state and regularly defends detained immigrants facing deportation and separation from their families here in the United States.

A number of noteworthy cases have been handled by the LSU Law Immigration Clinic

There was the case of “Linda,” a Central American teenager fleeing sexual exploitation and domestic violence.  Our students were successful in helping her to obtain special immigrant juvenile protection and permanent residence in the United States.

Clinic students also helped "José" obtain a special crime-victim visa after an alleged serial murderer robbed him and shot him in the head.  Jose was left for dead on the railroad tracks. He also lost his leg when he was unable to get out of the way of the oncoming railcars.

Clinic students helped "Susan" obtain asylum in the United States after she fled her home country in Africa. Susan was threatened with genital mutilation and sexual violence by local tribes.

Another clinic student assisted "Elena" in obtaining law enforcement certification—the first step in obtaining a special crime-victim visa.  The visa came 10 years after she had been raped and provided the crucial court testimony that sent the serial rapist away for life.

Through the Clinical Legal Education program, the Law Center offers third-year students the opportunity to practice law by representing indigent clients in the Baton Rouge community. 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. In addition to the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, current clinic offerings include a Domestic Violence Clinic, a Juvenile Representation Clinic, and a Family Mediation Clinic. More clinical offerings are planned in the future.

The Law Center also offers numerous externship opportunities including the Judicial Externship Program that places students as judicial ‘law clerks’ in state and federal courts; the Louisiana Department of Justice Externship that places students with the Attorney General’s Office; the Louisiana Department of Revenue Externship; and Internal Revenue Externship that places students with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. The Law Center also offers students the opportunity to tailor an externship experience to their own specific interest through the Individualized Externship Program.

Learn more about the LSU Law Center Clinical Legal Education Program

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Student Barristers Bowl Turns Dream Into a Reality
by Linda Rigell on February 24, 2010, Blog: News

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The Purple Team won this year's game with a score of 26-14 over the Gold team, but no one walked away unhappy at the annual Barristers Bowl football game held recently.

An annual event organized and run by law students, the goal is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, Ian, a five-year-old boy from Gonzales who is recovering from leukemia, had a wish to travel to Walt Disney World to meet Mickey Mouse. The Barristers Bowl football team will make Ian’s dream become a reality.

The Barristers Bowl VI raised well over $12,000 that included donations, t-shirt sales, raffles and two auctions. For the second year in a row, a dinner for four and Natural Light with Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph was the highest selling auction item. With Make-A-Wish being the first priority for money, any excess money will be donated to another cause. Last year, the Ryan LoProto Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Law Center was the recipient of excess funds.

More than 600 students, parents, friends, faculty and administration of the LSU Law Center attended this year's Barristers Bowl. Student involvement included more than 60 players in complete football gear, 40 cheerleaders, and several coaches. There were three Commissioners of Barristers Bowl VI: Gibson Laborde, Sean Corcoran, and Dixon McMakin.


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LSU Law Students Win Team and Individual Honors at National Moot Court Competitions
by Victor P. Erwin on February 23, 2010, Blog: News

Teams of LSU Law students have represented the Law Center over the last month at Moot Court and Trial Competitions throughout the country including tournaments in Houston, New York, Washington D.C. and New Orleans. Six of our teams returned with individual and team honors. These students presented written and oral arguments in diverse legal areas, including international law, national security, tax, sports law, environmental, and constitutional law. Five more teams will compete later this semester.

Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The LSU team of David Maples, Micah Fincher, Erin Cesta, David May and Meagan Messina were crowned Southwest Superregional Champions and will represent the United States in the International Jessup Competition.

Moot Court National Championship Team
The LSU team of Andre Gaudin, Jr., Bridget Hillebrand, and Charlotte Youngblood finished as national quarterfinalists in the Moot Court National Championship. Charlotte Youngblood finished 2nd place in the Individual Advocate category. The Moot Court National Championship was held in Houston and is an invitation-only tournament consisting of the top-16 ranked moot court programs in the country.

National Security Law Moot Court Competition
The LSU team of Bruce Hamilton and Vey Laplace finished as national semifinalists in the National Security Moot Court Competition.

Mardi Gras Invitational National Sports Law Tournament
The LSU team of Hallie Pilcher, Michael West and Russ Woodard finished as national quarterfinalists in the Sports Law Moot Court Championship.

Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
The LSU team of Taylor Bassett, Beaux Jones, and Charlotte Youngblood competed in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition at Pace University Law School in New York. Out of 84 competing teams, the LSU team had the "best oralist" in two of three preliminary rounds and team member Charlotte Youngblood received an honorable mention award for being "second-best" individual oralist.

National Taxation Moot Court Competition
The LSU team of Richard Bond, Druit Gremillion, and Bridget Hillebrand finished as national quarterfinalist in the National Taxation Moot Court Competition. This is the sixth year in a row that the LSU team has made the quarterfinal round or better at the Tax Competition.

First Amendment Moot Court Competition
The LSU team of Michael Smith and Stephanie Borghardt represented the Law Center at the First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville, TN.

National Trial Competition
William Murray, Lauren Nero, Stephanie Murphy, Michelle Bergeron, LaToya Jordan, and Stephanie Hulett represented the Law Center at the National Trial Competition in Austin, TX.


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LSU Law Team—U.S. Southwest Super Regional Winners in Jessup Competition
by Linda Rigell on February 19, 2010, Blog: News

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Left to right: Micah Fincher, David May, David Maples, Meagan Messina, and Erin Cesta.

Five students from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center beat out teams from 24 other law schools to become the U.S. Southwest Super Regional winners in the 2010 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held Feb. 11-14, 2010.

The Jessup competition is the largest moot court competition in the world with law school participants from more than 80 nations.

Team captain David Maples along with Erin Cesta, Micah Fincher, David May, and Meagan Messina, as well as coach Jessica Orgeron, traveled to the University of Houston and competed to secure a place in the finals before beating the University of Texas in an exciting final round.

Maples along with teammate Meagan Messina competed in the final rounds to secure the victory for the team, but acknowledged they didn’t do it alone.

“Jessup is ultimately a team effort and the dedication shown by my team this year is truly humbling,” said Maples, noting the team received an award for 6th place overall team brief, and 8th place overall top oralist, Meagan Messina.

Messina praised the local legal community for its assistance as well. “It was a really challenging road making it to this point,” she said. “We would not have been able to get this far without help from the LSU Law faculty, and lawyers and judges within the Baton Rouge community.”

Coach Jessica Orgeron, a attorney with the State’s Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration and a Jessup semi-finalist last year, said she was excited to assist the team in getting ready this year.

“I’m so proud of the team for the stellar combination of talent, sportsmanship, hard work and commitment they demonstrated,” said Orgeron.

The team's other coach, Kristen Lundin, also a member of last year's Jessup semi-finalist team and now a Law Clerk for Judge Kathleen Stewart Richey, was unable to attend.

The team will now travel to Washington D.C. for the international rounds March 21-27 where it will compete against teams from all over the world.


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LSU Law National Security Law Moot Court Team Advances
by Linda Rigell on February 18, 2010, Blog: News

2L Hannon Vey LaPlace and 3L Bruce Hamilton advanced to the semifinal round of the 2010 National Security Law Moot Court Competition held Feb. 13-14 at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Hamilton and LaPlace were one of eight teams out of 21 that advanced to the semifinal round, including teams from New York Law School, Villanova University, Cornell University, Florida State University, University of Miami, Duke University and George Washington University.

In the semifinal round, LSU competed against the Cornell team, which advanced to the final round and fell to FSU. It is the first time LSU has sent a team to the competition, which is more than two decades old. Judges for the final round included former CIA Director James Woolsey, former D.C. Appeals Court Judge Patricia Wald, and former National Security Council General Counsel Richard Klingler.

The LSU team did a terrific job in our first outing to this competition. Thanks to Todd Bruno, the members of the moot court board for their help, and, of course to all the professors who helped judge the practice rounds. Professor Ed Richards is the team's sponsor.


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2010-2011 Louisiana Law Review Editorial Board Named
by Linda Rigell on February 12, 2010, Blog: News

The Louisiana Law Review announced the Volume 71 Editorial Board:
Kevin Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief| Michael Fagan, Managing Editor| Margaret McDonald, Production Editor| Michael Mims, Articles Editor| Chip Saulsbury, Executive Senior Editor| Roy Bergeron, Senior Editor| Josh Clayton, Senior Editor| Austin Holliday, Senior Editor| Thomas Hooks, Senior Editor


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First Circuit Holds Hearings at LSU Law Center
by Linda Rigell on February 11, 2010, Blog: News

Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal announced that the First Circuit will hold hearings in the David Robinson Courtroom at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, on Monday, February 22, 2010, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m., and Thursday, February 25, 2010, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attorneys representing clients with appeals pending before the First Circuit will be presenting oral arguments before the judges sitting in three-judge panels.  Hearings on Monday, February 22, 2010, will be before:  Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter, and Judges John Michael Guidry and John T. Pettigrew. 

Hearings on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, will be before:  Judges Randolph H. Parro, James E. Kuhn, and J. Michael McDonald. 

Hearings on Thursday, February 25, 2010, will be before:  Judges Robert D. Downing, Edward J. “Jimmy” Gaidry, and Page McClendon. 

2L and 3L students should be reminded about the courtroom rules in case they attend:

• Dress nicely.

• No backpacks, cell phones, weapons, food or drink are allowed in the courtroom. • Purses are allowed, but will be subject to search (which will in turn slow down entry into the courtroom). Laptops are allowed, but discouraged; if brought in, they will need to be powered up in the presence of security (which will slow down entry).

• Please remember to stand when the judges enter or exit the courtroom.

• Please be quiet and respectful of the judges and the attorneys during oral arguments.

• There will be an area in the corner of the student lounge where the students may place their backpacks, etc. if they do not have a locker or other secure area for these items.

• The briefs of most of the cases to be argued will be posted on electronic reserve under Heidi Thompson or Legal Writing 5022.

The First Circuit is one of five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts. The First Circuit's jurisdiction extends over 16 parishes in the southeastern part of Louisiana. The court is domiciled in Baton Rouge and normally holds hearings at its courthouse located at 1600 North Third Street. On occasion, as part of its educational outreach program, the First Circuit travels to various locations within its jurisdiction, such as LSU, to hold court. 

Chief Judge Carter invites the public to attend the hearings, with a special invitation extended to law, government, criminal justice, and civics classes.

Current copies of the court's docket are available on the court's website.  For additional information visit www.la-fcca.org.


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January/February 2010
by Linda Rigell on January 20, 2010, Blog: Scholarship & Service

February 2010

Professor Lucy S. McGough, the Law Center's Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, was named a Distinguished Professor and a Calogero Justice Award recipient by the Louisiana Bar Foundation. She will be honored at a gala to be held in April in New Orleans. The Distinguished Professor honor is in recognition of individuals who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession. The Calogero Justice Award honors an individual or organization for a significant contribution to the Louisiana Justice system. For the past 13 years, a member of the Law Center's faculty has received this honor.

Distinguished Global Visitor & Civil Law Workshop—In early February 2010, Professor Santiago Legarre (Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires) visited the LSU Law Center. Professor Legarre taught Comparative Constitutional Law, a course he had taught on previous visits in 2003 and 2005. His research interests lie in constitutional law and jurisprudence, and his recent publications include The Historical Background of the Police Power, 9 Univ. of Penn. J. of Const. Law 745 (2007) and Nature and Dimensions of Stare Decisis, with Julio C. Rivera, in Essays in Honor of Saúl Litvinoff (Olivier Moréteau et al. eds. 2008).

Professor Legarre also participated in the Civil Law Workshop, Saúl Litvinoff Series. On the occasion of the closing session of the series, on February 4, he presented Common Law, Civil Law, and the Challenge from Federalism, after giving a vibrant homage to the great Litvinoff, with much humor and charisma. See the video presentation.

Agustin Parise, research assistant in CCLS, received a post-doctoral scholarship to conduct research at the prestigious Max Planck Institute in Germany. From October 2010 to January 2011, he will be visiting the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Law in Hamburg. From February to October 2011, he will visit the Max Planck Institute of Legal History in Frankfurt. His plan is to conduct research on the sources of the Louisiana Civil Code and to study the impact our Civil Code had in the rest of the world. Typically, a Max Plank scholarship does not exceed six months. The fact that Agustin is awarded a full year grant is an indication of his high stature as a scholar in comparative law and legal history and also recognition of the work and reputation of our Law Center and its Center of Civil Law Studies.

January 2010

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss was recently appointed to the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Committee on Libraries and Technology. Professor Andrea Carroll was appointed to the AALS Committee on Curriculum. Both will serve a three-year term.

AALS is the principal representative of legal education to the federal government, other national higher education organizations, learned societies and international law schools. It is a non-profit educational association of 171 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the Association is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.”

Professor Ray Diamond gave the keynote address at the Southern Region and Rocky Mountain Region Black Law Student Association Law Journal Symposium held January 16, 2010. The title of his remarks was, Black Voices: Race, Perspective, and Law.

In December 2009, Professor Olivier Moréteau sat as a judge on a doctorate panel at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where doctoral candidate Laurent Chassot presented a thesis on the combination of custom, western legal systems and global law in Vanuatu. Also in December, in Vienna, Professor Moréteau participated in a working session of the European Group on Tort Law.

Civil Law Workshop, Saúl Litvinoff Series—Homage was given to Boyd Professor of Law Saúl Litvinoff on the occasion of the sixth session of the Civil Law Workshop, on January 13. Professor Jörg Fedtke, Tulane University Law School, presented Time to Move On—Challenging a Tired Division—Common Law Methods in a Civil Law System. The event was well attended by faculty, students, and international participants.

See the video of the presentation

Professor Christine Corcos has published Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays (Carolina Academic Press, 2010), a book of 24 essays by legal and other academics, practicing attorneys and magicians from the U.S. and Europe. The collection explores the very rich ways in which the rule of law and the practice of magic enrich and inform each other. The authors bring both a U.S. and a comparative law perspective while examining areas such as law and religion, criminal law, intellectual property law, the law of evidence, and animal rights. Topics include alchemy in fifteenth-century England, a discussion of how a courtroom is like a magic show, stage hypnotism and the law, Scottish witchcraft trials in the eighteenth century, the question of whether stage magicians can look to intellectual property to protect their rights, tarot card readings and the First Amendment, and an analysis of whether a magician can be qualified as an expert witness under the Federal Rules of Evidence. The book debuted at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools meeting in New Orleans. Professor Corcos’s own essay in the book is called “Ghostwriters”: Spiritualists, Copyright Infringement, and the Right of Publicity. Other authors include the Honorable Loren A. Smith, Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Claims, who is both a jurist and a practicing magician, and Marianne (Mimi) Wesson, of the University of Colorado Law School, who is also a best selling mystery novelist. The book is available from the publisher, and from online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Professor Paul R. Baier—The Diamond Anniversary sixth edition (2010) of Professor Baier’s The Pocket Constitutionalist has been published by Claitor’s. It features digests of U.S. Supreme Court individual rights opinions cut to perfect diamonds over the course of 35 years by Baier’s students, who are listed in the Table of Authors. The book distills 15,510 pages of United States Reports to 357 painstaking one-page digests. “With the publication of this microscopic labor of love, my former teacher and friend reaps the great joy of a dedicated teacher—parental pride in the accomplishments of his students,” says Justice John L. Weimer of the Louisiana Supreme Court in his foreword. 

Professor William Corbett wrote an article during summer 2009 titled Babbling About Employment Discrimination Law: Does the Master Builder Understand the Blueprint for the Great Tower?  The article discusses issues in employment discrimination law, focusing on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in an age discrimination case, Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., 129 S. Ct. 2343 (2009).  The article will be published in a forthcoming issue of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. 

Professor Robert Lancaster was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Poverty Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

 

VISITING

Asya Ostroukh, a Fulbright Scholar from Russia, is now in residence at the Law Center. Dr. Ostroukh's research project is French Legal Tradition Influence on the  Louisiana Legal System. Dr. Ostroukh is an associate professor in the Department of Legal Theory and History at the Law SWchool of Kuban State University inKrasnodar, Russia.

 

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

Mary Johns, formerly the Systems Librarian, was promoted to Assistant Director for Technical Services/Systems Librarian in August 2009.

Phillip Gragg, Reference & Faculty Services Librarian, was accepted for and attended AALL Leadership Academy in October 2009, will be a columnist for Law Library Journal, and was granted library tenure in spring 2009.

Melanie Sims, Government Information Librarian, is serving as the 2009-2010 President of the Louisiana Library Association (LLA). She is the second African American to serve as President of this organization which has been in existence since 1925 and has over 1,100 members statewide. The primary objective of the Louisiana Library Association is to promote the library interests of the State of Louisiana. In addition to serving as LLA President, Melanie will serve as guest editor of Louisiana Libraries for a special theme issue on diversity. Melanie is the Special Libraries Representative on the Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council which serves as the final authority on questions of policy and procedure regarding the implementation of the State Plan for Federal Depository Libraries in Louisiana. She also serves as a member of the Board of the Friends of the Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Library.

Ajaye Bloomstone, Acquisitions Librarian, presented a program at the annual American Association of Law Libraries conference titled: Redefining Work Roles in Response to Changing Environments. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries Technical Services Special Interest Section Executive Board and Education Board, Acquisitions Standing Committee Chair. She is also the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association) liaison to the American Association of Law Libraries. She is a co-compiler of Prices of US and Foreign Published Materials, Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac 2008, 53rd ed.

Will Monroe, Head of Instructional Technology, passed the general examinations for a Doctoral Degree in Educational Research with a concentration in educational technology.

Kevin Baggett, Circulation Librarian, was elected as president of the Baton Rouge Association of Law Librarians (BRAALL), appointed to Louisiana Library Association’s Literary Award Committee, and appointed to American Association of Law Libraries, Academic Law Library Special Interest Section’s Statistics Committee. He also published book review in Louisiana Libraries, and had a CALI Lesson proposal on Louisiana Secondary Resources accepted (2010 publication date).


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LSU Law Hosts Regional BLSA Convention
by Karen Soniat on January 15, 2010, Blog: News

Baton Rouge - Law students from throughout the Southern and Rocky Mountain Regions gathered at the Coast and Environment building on the LSU campus Thursday, January 14 to kick off the 39th Annual Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Convention. The students were honored with a welcome reception hosted by LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss and the LSU Law BLSA Chapter. 

This is the first time that the LSU Law Center hosted the annual convention. The approximately 400 participants had an opportunity to showcase and hone their oral advocacy skills through Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions held throughout the three days. Numerous legal workshops and symposia around the theme, Building Bridges to Tomorrow by Bridging Gaps of Today, addressed the personal, professional, and financial needs of law students, according to convention organizers.

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Chancellor Jack Weiss (center) is pictured with (L to R) Jonathan Brown, LSU Law BLSA President; Miesha Beverly, LSU Law BLSA and Southern Region BLSA Programming Director; Mechelle Bumpers, Southern Region BLSA Vice Chair; and Cachavious Q. English, Regional Chair of the Southern Region BLSA.

“The LSU Law Center is delighted to host the convention,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss as he greeted students and guests at the reception. “We’re proud of the leadership shown by our BLSA Chapter; we thank them for their hard work and for the credit that they’ve brought to themselves and the Law Center.”

Student teams from approximately 25 law schools began the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competitions earlier in the day. The competition will conclude with final rounds on Saturday scheduled at the Law Center’s campus beginning at 8 a.m.

“Jonathan Brown, LSU Law BLSA President, and Miesha Beverly, who is also on the Southern Region BLSA Executive Board, as well as our other officers and members, were instrumental in bringing the convention to the Law Center,” said Weiss.

Teams from the Southern region include law schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana. The Rocky Mountain region includes schools in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

The Black Law Students Association strives to promote and further the academic achievement and professional needs of its members and the minority student population through a variety of special programs and activities.

Additional information is available by contacting Jonathan Brown, President, LSU Law BLSA, at jbro142@lsu.edu

 


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Services Held for Boyd Professor of Law Saúl Litvinoff
by Linda Rigell on January 11, 2010, Blog: News

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Saúl Litvinoff, Boyd Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center, was laid to rest on Saturday, January 9. Litvinoff taught at the Law Center for more than 43 years. He was a master of the civil law and one of the true giants in the history of the Law Center.
 
Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. ('71) paid tribute to his life and work through their eulogies.
 
Cordell H. Haymon ('68), whose family donated an endowed professorship in honor of Professor Litvinoff, also delivered a personal tribute to his late friend and mentor.
 
Funeral services were held at Greenoaks Memorial and Funeral Home and attended by faculty colleagues, former students, friends, and family. In addition to his present LSU colleagues, among those present were former colleagues Professor Emeritus Athanassios Yiannopoulos; Symeon C.  Symeonides, Dean of the Williamette University College of Law; John V. White, Dean of the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ron Scalise, Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School; and Cindy Samuels, Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School.

Remarks by Chancellor Weiss

Remarks by Vice Chancellor Joseph

Remarks by Cordell H. Haymon


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Litvinoff Services Set for Saturday, January 9
by Linda Rigell on January 6, 2010, Blog: News

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Services for Boyd Professor of Law Saúl Litvinoff have been set for Saturday, January 9, according to The Advocate. Professor Litvinoff passed away on Tuesday.

Visitation will be at Greenoaks Memorial Park and Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the funeral services. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.

Greenoaks is located at 9595 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge.  Directions to Greenoaks

Litvinoff was the Oliver P. Stockwell Endowed Professor at the Law Center. He began his career at LSU as a visiting professor in 1965 and retired from the Law Center in 2009. 

“We have lost one of the true giants in the history of our institution,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.


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Law Center Mourns Passing of Professor Saúl Litvinoff
by Linda Rigell on January 5, 2010, Blog: News

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Professor Emeritus and Boyd Professor of Law Saúl Litvinoff, whose impact on the legal traditions of Louisiana spanned more than 43 years, died earlier today.

“Professor Litvinoff made his mark not only on the civil law, but also on the literally hundreds of LSU Law students whom he taught over the course of his long career here. Saúl Litvinoff will go down in history as one of the greatest scholars and teachers of Louisiana law. We have lost one of the true giants in the history of our institution,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  

Litvinoff, the Oliver P. Stockwell Endowed Professor, began his career at LSU as a visiting professor in 1965. He retired from the Law Center in 2009. 

Ava Leavell Haymon and Cordell Haymon, a 1968 graduate of the Law Center and member of the Law Center Alumni Board of Trustees, honored Professor Litvinoff with a Distinguished Endowed Professorship in 2009 during the Law Center’s Year of Litvinoff celebration. The Haymons have been life-long friends of Professor Litvinoff and his family.

“I was privileged to enter LSU Law School the same year Professor Litvinoff joined the faculty (1965),” said Cordell Haymon. “At first he was a curiosity to us with his encyclopedic knowledge of the laws of many countries, his command of eight or nine languages, and his amazing ability to remember the names of all his students. Over the years we and several generations of law students came to appreciate the depth of his knowledge, the elegance of his teaching, and his commitment to his students and to the improvement of the law. Saúl was an extraordinary mentor and friend to my wife Ava and me, and we will miss him deeply.”

He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1925 and began his legal career there in 1949 as an associate with Ibero Berenguer and Associates. In 1962, he worked as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico, earning his LL.M. at Yale University at the same time.

During his time at LSU, Litvinoff’s chief endeavor would be his work with the Louisiana Civil Code. His revisions of the Civil Code’s section on Obligations—one of the many examples of his work on the Civil Code—resulted in it being enacted into law in 1984. Litvinoff also served as dean of the Central American Banking School, which operated under the auspices of LSU, for 20 years. He served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, the Louisiana Department of State, and the Central Bank of Honduras.

LSU Law Professor Emeritus Katherine Spaht, a former student and colleague, recalled Professor Litvinoff’s “superb memory and sarcastic wit.”  “He taught me here in the 1960s in a freshman course on Civil Law Systems. Later, as a student, he asked me to edit his treatise on Obligations . . . It was rich and valuable experience.  Students adored him. He was willing to take average or struggling students and assist them in achieving to the best of their ability.”

“Professor Litvinoff will be remembered as one of the great civilians of his time,” commented Professor Olivier Moréteau, Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies, and the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair. “He will be remembered as a leader of the revision of the Civil Code of Louisiana, making it compatible with the laws of other states, modernizing without sacrificing tradition. Known and admired by comparative law scholars all over the world, Don Saúl always combined the local and the global with his unique Argentine elegance and deep understanding of human affairs.”

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Greenoaks Funeral Home chapel in Baton Rouge until funeral services begin at 2 p.m..

A biography of Professor Litvinoff. (pdf)


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Seven LSU Law Students Earn Degrees
by Linda Rigell on January 5, 2010, Blog: News

Seven students have earned degrees from the LSU Law Center at mid-year, according to Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

 Six law students were graduated with the Juris Doctor/Diploma in Civil Law degree and one student earned the Master of Laws degree at the conclusion of the Fall semester on December 23, 2009. The Law Center does not hold Commencement exercises in the Fall. The students will be awarded their diplomas at the May 2010 Commencement ceremony.

JURIS DOCTOR/DIPLOMA IN CIVIL LAW (J.D./D.C. L.)

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge
Evan William Hoover
Karole Roa
Matthew Hickson Waguespack
 
Paulina
Erika Clair Duhe Guzman
 
Zachary

Carleigh Marie Rust Leach 

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.)

 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Matias Francisco Argarate


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Make a Gift to LSU Law: Create a Lasting Impact
by Karen Soniat on December 22, 2009, Blog: News

As the end of 2009 draws near, we hope that you will consider a charitable gift to the LSU Law Center. We need your annual support as well as endowment gifts that "give in perpetuity."  From scholarships to program initiatives, your gifts make a lasting impact!

Make a gift to LSU Law

For more information over the holidays, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 225/578-8645 or email Karen.Soniat@law.lsu.edu

For more information on supporting LSU Law visit the LSU Law Alumni website. Thank you for supporting the LSU Law Center.

 


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Warmest Wishes for the Holidays and the New Year: Cheers to LSU Law from the Chancellor
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

It’s been a year of extraordinary accomplishment and progress at LSU Law. As the year draws to a close, I reflect on the importance of family, friends, students, and colleagues and on the great good fortune we share in our affiliation with this inspiring institution. I myself count among my greatest blessings the opportunity to lead our state’s flagship law school. It is an extraordinary opportunity for which I am grateful each day, and I’m proud of the tremendous successes that we continue to mark.  

Our rich educational environment continues to provide one of the most demanding programs of legal education in the nation, and we are gaining increasing regional and national recognition. I hope you will take pride, and yes, joy in this holiday season, in the successes we have achieved as an LSU Law family. I am warmed by the spirit of good will and cooperation with which we have moved forward together over these past two and a half years.

Working together, faculty, students and administration, with input from alumni and adjunct faculty, have modernized the Law Center’s curriculum and moved to make both our students and our law school more fully competitive for the 21st century. (See below for further details.)

We jumped 13 spots to #75 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, among the largest jumps of all ABA-approved law schools.  It’s the highest ranking in the history of LSU Law.

We’re having success in building the faculty of the future, with seven recent hires in critical subjects and more to come. View faculty brochure.

Our students continue to surpass all other state law schools in passage on the State Bar exam, with a 90.9% passage rate in July, far surpassing the other state public and private law schools.

The credentials of our incoming students continue to improve, with some forty one students in this year’s entering class of 235 scoring in approximately the top 85% of all LSAT test takers. At the same time, our students are more diverse than they have been in recent years. 

We’ve received national recognition of the Law Center’s strong student performance, with Michelle Shamblin, a 2009 summa cum laude graduate, receiving one of only four prestigious Bristow Fellowships in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. Michelle previously received the 2009 Scribes Law Review Award for the best student law review article in the nation.

In the past two and one-half years, we have greatly expanded our Clinical Legal Education program, offering students opportunities to serve live clients and the community. We also celebrated the opening of our newly renovated, state-of-the-art Law Clinic space and offices.

Our newly established new Junior Scholars Fellowship Program will attract future law teachers from throughout the county to the LSU Law Center. We will soon announce our first fellows, who will join the Law Center beginning in the Fall semester of 2010. 

Our Moot Court Program, supported by our faculty and staff dozens, along with dozens of our alumni, have celebrated four first-place victories, five top individual honors, and record participation numbers in recent years.

Our students have been invited as one of the top 16 Moot Court Programs in the nation to the National Moot Court Championship in Houston this January, based on our students’ record in competitions last year. We are the only law school from Louisiana or the Southeastern Conference to be invited to the competition.

And, last but certainly not least: the LSU Law Center was selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Region National Black Law Students’ (BLSA) Association Convention this January and we expect literally hundreds of students and dozens of law schools to send teams here for the competition and symposia. You can read more about the competition in the article below.

Our success is due to the hard work of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We couldn’t do it without your support and generosity. Cheers to LSU Law!

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday, and a prosperous and peaceful new year. 

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss & the Faculty, Staff, and Students of the LSU Law Center


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December 2009
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Professor Christine Corcos’ review of Frederick Schauer, Thinking Like a Lawyer (Harvard University Press, 2009), will appear in Volume 50 of the American Journal of Legal History.

Professor Olivier Moréteau, the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Chair, inaugurated a new Workshop Series at McGill University on Civil Law and its Codes: A Journey Across the Americas on November 16. He presented a paper called “De Revolutionibus… The Place of the Civil Code in Louisiana and the Legal Universe.”  Referring to Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium celestium, he demonstrated how in Louisiana as in other civil law jurisdictions, the legal world is no longer civil-code centered. He concluded that Civil codes may stop becoming peripheral if the whole legal system were re-centered on the citizen.

The Center of Civil Law Studies announces the publication of Volume 2 of the Journal of Civil Law Studies (JCLS). Articles are peer-reviewed and then edited by J.D. and LL.M. students. Volumes 1 and 2 of the JCLS are freely accessible online, at www.law.lsu.edu/jcls.

Volume 2 of the JCLS contains articles on the origins of French legal culture in North America (Vanderlinden), on the future of civil codes in France and North American (Moréteau), on the role of caveat emptor in Louisiana and Islamic law (Borroni & Tabor), a cultural analysis of class actions (Piché), and a comparative economic analysis of the law of mergers and acquisitions in France and the U.S. (Cavalier & Straub). The volume also includes a book review and a note on the bicentennial of the Louisiana Civil Code.

Professor Paul Baier, the George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor of Law, has published a 25-year retrospective of his use of the audio recordings of Supreme Court arguments in law teaching, Beyond Black Ink: From Langdell to the Oyez Project—The Voice of the Past, 55 Loyola Law Review 277 (2009).  The publication brings down to date his Journal of Legal Education article, What Is the Use of a Law Book Without Pictures or Conversations?, 34 J. Legal Ed. 619 (1984), which first voiced Baier’s innovative “tapes method” of teaching.  “The Justices and members of the Supreme Court Bar come to class as academic support, a high-tech, front-end variation on the Socratic and case method of learning law,” Baier reports in his latest pedagogical foray, featuring his “Pine Street Phonograph” of select Supreme Court arguments.

Agustín Parise, LSU LL.M. 2006 and Research Associate at the Center of Civil Law Studies, recently received a diploma in recognition for his academic achievements from the University of Buenos Aires, a top-ranked Argentine public university.  The University of Buenos Aires counts a number of Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and graduates. Parise wrote in recent years more than 20 papers published in seven countries, with a third of those published in the United States. In addition,  Parise has received two previous awards in Argentina for his academic writings.

John Hightower, Senior Gifts Officer in the Office of Alumni Relations, has been elected Chairman of the Capital Area Division March of Dimes Foundation. 

Hector Linares, Project Coordinator with the LSU Law Clinical Legal Education Program, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. He assumes office on January 1, 2010. 


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Law Review to Honor Professor Kalinka
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

“The Louisiana Law Review is pleased to announce that Issue 1 of Volume 70 is dedicated to the late Professor Susan Kalinka” said Christopher K. Odinet, editor-in-chief. “Not only was Professor Kalinka an excellent teacher, but also a prolific scholar. Her publications ranged widely in matters of state and federal taxation, and she was always working on the next idea even while putting the finishing touches on her latest piece. The Louisiana Law Review is grateful and proud to have had the privilege and honor of having Professor Kalinka serve on our faculty advisory committee and of publishing several of her exemplary pieces,” he concluded.

Issue 1 focuses on developments in labor and employment law, with particular emphasis on the Employee Free Choice Act now pending in Congress. The issue is opened by Stanford law professor and former NLRB chairman William B. Gould IV, followed by a lineup of other prominent scholars and practitioners in the field of employment and labor relations.

Louisiana Law Review


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Law Center Accredited by SACS
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

“I am delighted to report that the LSU Law Center has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the J.D./D.C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Civil Law), and LL.M. degrees,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss upon receiving the news of the initial accreditation on December 7.

SACS is a private, nonprofit, voluntary organization founded in 1895 and located in Atlanta. The Commission on Colleges, as part of the Association, accredits higher education degree-granting institutions. The process for initial and continued accreditation involves a collective analysis and judgment by the institution’s internal constituencies; informed review by peers external to the institution; and a decision by elected members of the Commission on Colleges.

The Law Center accreditation was a multi-year process. The Law Center is deeply indebted to all who worked so hard to make our independent accreditation a reality.


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IRA Charitable Rollover Permits a Gift Directly to the LSU Law Center
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

The extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover was signed into law as part of the $700 billion economic bailout bill. Qualified individuals are those over 70 1/2. The legislation permits a donation of up to $100,000 to qualified non-profits from IRAs and Roth IRAs without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Couples may give up to $200,000.

The Law Center—through the LSU Foundation—is one such qualified recipient.

The IRA disbursement MUST come directly from the Administrator of the qualified retirement plan and should be sent to the LSU Foundation for benefit of the LSU Law Center.   
 
For more information on the IRA Charitable Rollover, visit the LSU Foundation Website.

Your gift is an investment in our future of LSU Law. 


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Alumni Invited to BLSA Convention Slated for LSU Law, January 12 –17
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center has been selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Convention. Law students from throughout the regions will convene for moot court competition and symposia on a variety of legal topics, according to convention organizers.

Alumni are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at the LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Building on Nicholson Extension, on Thursday, January 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the closing competition round scheduled for Saturday, January 16 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Law Center. To confirm attendance, please contact 225/578-8491 or email Cindy.Winn@law.lsu.edu.

“It is a great honor for the LSU Law Center to be selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' BLSA convention,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “The convention provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their outstanding leadership capabilities and to interact with students of other law schools. LSU Law BLSA President Jonathan Brown and other officers of BLSA were instrumental in bringing the convention to the LSU Law Center,” said Weiss.

The Southern region includes law schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana. The Rocky Mountain region includes schools in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

According to Nesha Spencer, SRBLSA Public Relations Director, “Dozens of law schools will send representatives to the event.” As many as 400 students are expected to participate in activities and the moot court competition.

The Black Law Students Association strives to promote and further the academic achievement and professional needs of its members and the minority student population through a variety of special programs and activities.


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Make a Gift; Create a Lasting Impact
by Victor P. Erwin on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

We know that economic uncertainties continue nationwide and also here in Louisiana. With looming state budget cuts, your charitable gifts to the LSU Law Center are more important than ever. From scholarships to program initiatives, private philanthropy provides critical funding for the LSU Law Center.
 
As the end of 2009 draws near, we hope that your personal circumstances will allow you to consider a charitable gift to the Law Center. We need your annual support as well as endowment gifts that "give in perpetuity." Your past contributions have enabled the Law Center to enhance its Tradition of Excellence and to secure its place as the state's premier public law school. Thank you!
 
Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift or discuss an annual contribution. From IRAs to stock or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas such as the Clinical Legal Education Program, Energy initiative, building enhancements, faculty, or student life.  Want to name a moot court program or support a named Junior Scholars Fellowship?  We welcome your inquiry and hope that you will consider a gift to A Tradition of Excellence—the Campaign for LSU Law.

For information on making an end-of-year gift, contact us at cell number 225/938-7763 or work number 225/578-8645; email Karen.Soniat@law.lsu.edu; or follow one of these easy steps:

For more information on Ways to Give to the LSU Law Center, visit our website.

Your gift is an investment in the future of LSU Law, and its impact will be felt across our community. As always, the LSU Law Center thanks you for your generous support!


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LSU Board of Supervisors Approves Changes to Curriculum
by Linda Rigell on December 18, 2009, Blog: News

“This is a watershed moment for the LSU Law Center,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss, shortly after the LSU Board of Supervisors voted to approve a number of important changes to the LSU Law curriculum during its December meeting. “These are extremely positive reforms, and we reached out for, and were guided by, input from our students, a number of interested alumni, and adjuncts who teach at the Law Center.”

“The goals of the curriculum proposal are pedagogically sound; increase the competitiveness of our students in the job market; enhance the competitiveness of the Law Center in attracting students; and enhance our institutional reputation,” Weiss noted during the December 2009 meeting of the Board. 

Among the important changes approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors are:

  • Elimination of the seventh semester (summer school) requirement
    • Note:  Retains a summer school offering for students wishing to take summer school courses
  • Consolidation of the upper-level course requirements or “baskets”
    • Note:  The change reduces the required number of hours of study from 97 hours to 94 hours (an elimination of only one upperclass course). LSU Law still requires a 60 minute “class/credit hour” compared to the more common 50 or 55 minutes per class. The added minutes per class give LSU Law students 78,960 minutes of total instruction in a 14-week semester. This equates to as many as 17,360 minutes, or 22% more, class time (even with the change to a 94 hour curriculum) when compared to numerous peer schools. The ABA requires 58,000 instructional minutes for a degree program. 
  • Changing the name of the Graduate Diploma in Civil Law to Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, in recognition of the merger of the upper-level course requirements.
    • Note:  The dual degree remains a signature feature of the Law Center’s academic program.

The recommendations were developed after a comparative review of the policies and practices at peer law schools and developed after an extensive study of the Law Center’s own historical data. The Law Center’s students had significant input into the proposal sent to the LSU Board of Supervisors. The Student Bar Association crafted an extensive white paper addressing many of the curricular and policy issues. The faculty reviewed and adopted the recommendations during its October 2009 long-range planning meeting. 

“I am extremely proud of our faculty for formulating and endorsing these progressive actions. Our students also deserve great credit for the important role they played in the process,” noted Chancellor Weiss.   

In addition to the changes approved by the Board of Supervisors, the faculty also endorsed bringing the Law Center’s grading system into line with peer law schools, making compliance with the approved grading system mandatory on the part of all faculty, and moving from one year to two year advance planning of the curriculum. “The recommendations are pedagogically sound and, we believe, in the best interest of our students,” concluded the Chancellor.


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LSU Law: Building the Faculty of the Future
by Linda Rigell on December 17, 2009, Blog: News

We have been extraordinarily successful in adding seven talented faculty members to our ranks over the past two years. They are rising stars in the legal academy, with every promise of becoming great teachers in the LSU Law tradition. Our students will benefit greatly from their experience and scholarship.  
 
I look forward to another year of progress at the LSU Law Center and to celebrating with you the achievements of our new colleagues.
 
Jack M. Weiss
Chancellor

Building the Faculty of the Future (pdf)


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Career Services Offers 'Starting Your Own Law Practice' Seminar
by Linda Rigell on November 24, 2009, Blog: News

The Law Center is pleased to offer a seminar on Starting Your Own Law Practice.  The program is open to all interested alumni at no charge and will be held at the LSU Law Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009.  Topics will include start up issues, choice of business entity, finances from A to Z, ethics, getting and keeping clients, technology, and avoiding common mistakes new lawyers make.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Tracy Evans at Tracy.Evans@law.lsu.edu.

Download registration form.


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Thanksgiving Greetings from Chancellor Jack Weiss
by Linda Rigell on November 24, 2009, Blog: News

Dear Friends:
 
As we approach Thanksgiving, it seems a fitting time to consider all of the blessings that have been bestowed on our LSU Law community. Foremost among them is the gift of peace in a broader world that is the scene of so much violent turmoil and human tragedy. Our security, of course, is no happenstance; we owe it to the thousands of dedicated men and women of our armed forces who risk their lives on a daily basis to assure our safety and freedom. I hope that you will include our service personnel in your prayers and in your reflections this Thanksgiving.
 
I also think that our LSU Law community itself provides much for which we can be thankful. In recent weeks, we have seen a powerful illustration of all we can accomplish together, as students, faculty, and alumni have joined forces to effectuate important curricular and policy changes here at the Law Center. These changes are important in their own right, but equally, if not more important is the example these cooperative efforts have set for future collective progress. There is virtually nothing we cannot accomplish working together, and we should all be thankful for that.

Finally, I want to reiterate how thankful I am personally for the opportunity to serve as Chancellor of this unique institution. On a daily basis, I see the remarkable growth of our students, and I witness the difference our talented faculty make in our students’ lives and futures. You, our alumni, through your support and generosity, make our success possible, and for this all of us are deeply grateful.
 
I hope that each and every one of you will have a happy, safe, and restful Thanksgiving holiday.
 
With best personal regards.
 
Jack Weiss


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Students Weigh In On Curricular and Policy Changes: Participate in Town Hall Meetings
by Victor P. Erwin on November 24, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law students were given an opportunity to ask questions about the impact of proposed curricular and policy changes during a series of town hall meetings conducted by Chancellor Jack Weiss. Representatives of the Student Bar Association’s (SBA) Academic Committee were present during the meetings to answer questions regarding the SBA’s position on the proposed changes. The student committee submitted a white paper to the administration prior to the vote of the faculty at their long-range planning retreat. The paper, titled “Improving the Academic Experience at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center,” provided a summary, facts, and a policy position on grading, attendance, exams, and course taking options, among others.

“The white paper played a significant role in the discussions with the faculty,” said Chancellor Weiss as he addressed students during the town hall gatherings.  Meetings were held for all three grade levels during October and early November.

The white paper was developed under leadership of SBA Executive President Scott Sternberg, and 2L SBA Academics Chairman Hunter Chauvin.  Other members of the committee were Keith Fernandez, 3L; Amy Gardner, 3L; Laura Wilhite, 2L; Morgan Kelly, 2L; Landon Roberts, 2L; David Bruce, 2L; Abby Bergeron, 2L; and Beaux Jones, 2L. “These simple, yet necessary changes will attract high quality students and benefit faculty and students alike,” said committee members.

SBA white paper


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Higginbotham and Bond Take Top Honors in Tullis
by Linda Rigell on November 24, 2009, Blog: News

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Winners Richard Bond and Brian Higginbotham with Judges Elizabeth Murrill, Kyle Duncan, The Honorable Jeffrey Hughes, The Honorable Eugene Davis, and  The Honorable Page McClendon.

Congratulations to the students who participated in this year’s Tullis Moot Court competition. The Tullis Moot Court competition is an intraschool program in which 2L students are judged on their actual conduct of appellate cases. Judging criteria include success in prepared records, the writing of briefs, and the arguing of cases.   
 
Thanks are extended to the five judge panel that judged the final round:
Judge Eugene Davis, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Jefferson Hughes (78), Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Page McClendon, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal
S. Kyle Duncan (’97), Appellate Chief, Louisiana Department of Justice
Elizabeth Murrill (’91), Executive Deputy Counsel to Governor Bobby Jindal
 
2009 TULLIS WIINERS
Brian Higginbotham & Richard Bond
 
TOP BRIEFS
Brian Higginbotham & Richard Bond
Bailey Adams & Jacob White
Caroline Jones & Caroline Tomeny
Barbara Balhoff & Alex Reinboth
Grant Milby & Pablo Reyez
 
TOP ORAL ADVOCATES
Michael Ameen
Michael West
Jessica Perez
Richard Bond
Brian Higginbotham
Chad Ikerd
Erin Cesta
Edward McAuliffe
Brad Bourgeois
Ashley Mayes
 
FINALISTS
Chad Ikerd & Ashley Mays
 
SEMIFINALISTS
Bailey Adams & Jacob White
Vey Laplace & Tiffany Garland
  
QUARTERFINALISTS
Sean Corcoran & Druit Gremillion
Brad Bourgeois & Katie Giroir
Justin Myers & Elliot Brown
Caroline Jones & Caroline Tomeny
 
OCTOBER FINALISTS
Amanda Darby & Jeanette DeWitt
Jessica Perez & Erin Cesta
Micah Fincher & Josh Melder
Scott Vantine & David Lee
David May & Rachel Williams
Mark Hill & Edward McAuliffe
Barbara Balhoff & Alex Reinboth
Michael West & Michael Ameen


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What School Best Prepared You for Life?
by Karen Soniat on November 24, 2009, Blog: News

What school laid the foundation for the life you now have? What school prepared you best for your life as an outstanding lawyer?
 
We hope you’ve contemplated these questions over the years, and that your answer is: LSU Law.  
 
It may have been tough, but it shaped you profoundly. The value of the education you received continues to grow – as the reputation of a degree from LSU Law is as strong now as ever before. Some say the value of an LSU Law degree is immeasurable. And, it’s one of the most important reasons to give to the LSU Law Annual Fund.
 
Your gift to the Annual Fund makes it possible for the Law Center to develop the next generation of leaders in the legal, business and public service arenas, all the while, continuing the tradition of demanding, yet personal, legal education that makes your degree even more valuable.
 
Please consider a gift to the LSU Law Annual Fund. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports:
• student financial aid
• moot court and clinic activities
• recruitment and placement efforts for both faculty and students
• enhancements to student life at LSU Law
 
Giving is easy. If your firm is participating in the drive, see the firm’s LSU Law representative. Or, you may donate online at the LSU Foundation or mail a gift along with a donation form.

Your gift in any amount to the Annual Fund is greatly appreciated!  For more information on the Annual Fund Program and suggested giving levels, visit Annual Fund

 


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LSU Law Alumni Reconnect and "Pass a Good Time" at 2009 Reunions
by Linda Rigell on November 23, 2009, Blog: Reunion Recaps

Members of the Class of 1969 gathered at the Law Center on Friday, October 30 in the Tucker Room, now home to the civil law library collection of Colonel John H. Tucker, Jr.  It was a good turn out, giving lots of old friends the opportunity to reconnect. Several expressed their joy at “being in the stacks for a party” instead of studying and preparing for class as they had done while in school some 40 years ago!  Many classmates and guests took tours of the renovated Law Center facilities and expressed their pride in the physical plant and significant accomplishments of their classmates and the Law Center.  “It’s still a powerhouse of legal talent,” said one 1969 LSU Law alum. View the gallery.

The Class of 1979 had great fun during its 30 year reunion as  the large photo collage poster was passed around to members of the class!  The reunion was held at the LSU Faculty Club on October 30. Classmates poked fun at the mustaches and sideburns sported by the guys, and the “big hair” styles worn by the female law students. One graduate liked the poster so much that his wife offered to buy it in order to show the kids back home! Always eager to please, the Alumni Office gave her the poster. It's now available for all to download from the photo gallery. Alums came from as far away as Puerto Rico to join in the celebration.

The Faculty Club was filled with alums of the Class of 1989 and their guests on Friday, November 13. Some 75 guests gathered for the reunion on the crisp fall evening. The lively group of alums posed for “class section photos,” re-kindling the true spirit of camaraderie with fellow classmates. One alum told of the experience of being called on by “a certain LSU Law faculty member,” concluding that the Socratic method made her, “all the better lawyer in hindsight.” As the evening waned, classmates stayed  after the music faded, seeking one last opportunity to share a story with a fellow graduate. “We passed a good time,” said an alum from south Louisiana as he left the event—with two fellow grads in tow. View the gallery.


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Hats N Canes Tradition Continues at LSU Law
by Linda Rigell on November 23, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law 3Ls and their family members gathered on Saturday, Nov. 14 on the steps of the Old Law Building to continue the annual tradition of Hats ‘n Canes – a tradition that began in 1930.

The soon-to-be graduates sported their black hats and canes, while Chancellor Jack Weiss toasted the class. He offered his congratulations and special thanks for the hard work and significant accomplishments of the Class of 2010.

In the earliest years of Hats ‘n Canes, seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.” A Reveille article announcing the 1930 event stated, “Walking canes will be carried, flourished, and brandished” [as a] “badge to distinguish law seniors.” 

The celebration each fall is a highly anticipated right of passage for LSU Law graduating law students. The event was organized by 3L President Mike Smith and 3L Vice President Hanlon deVerges, with assistance from the Office of Alumni Relations.  

View the Class of 2010 Hats ‘n Canes photo gallery

Historical reference: W. Lee Hargrave. LSU Law: The Louisiana State University Law School from 1906 to 1977.


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November 2009
by Linda Rigell on November 23, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

Chancellor Jack Weiss joined other First Amendment scholars in a recent panel discussion titled, Developments in First Amendment Jurisprudence. If you’re interested in First Amendment law, you’re likely to be familiar with the November 12-13, 2009 conference in New York City, Communications Law in the Digital Age. The conference, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), featured five nationally prominent lawyers and scholars, including the Law Center’s own Chancellor Jack Weiss. The conference is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the field, covering the latest issues and case law in media, intellectual property, digital communications, and privacy law.

Joining Chancellor Weiss on the panel were.

Kathleen M. Sullivan, author of one of the nation’s leading casebooks in constitutional law, a former dean of Stanford Law School and professor of law at Harvard Law School.

Paul M. Smith of Smith of Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., an active Supreme Court attorney who has argued many important cases -- most notably Lawrence v. Texas. Smith also worked extensively on other First Amendment cases before the Supreme Court. The cases involved issues ranging from defamation to commercial speech to “adult” speech on the Internet.

RonNell Anderson Jones, Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, a constitutional law, First Amendment, and media law authority. Jones clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and directed the 2007 Media Subpoena Study, a nationwide study of the impact and frequency of subpoenas served upon the media.

Weiss specialized in defending the rights of the nation’s media, most notably Dow Jones & Company, Inc., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, prior to joining the LSU Law Center as Chancellor.

The panel was moderated by Lee Levine, one of the nation’s leading media attorneys and coauthor of the annual PLI program. Levine taught Comparative Media Law at the LSU Law Center’s program in Lyon last summer and will return to teach the course in the summer of 2010. He practices with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Panelists addressed such issues as the future of broadcast regulation after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the “fleeting expletive” case; limits on campaign finance regulation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Hillary movie;” the possibility of a new category of unprotected speech involving graphic images of cruelty to animals; government speech and public forum doctrines; and the rights of religious student groups to exemptions from generally applicable anti-discrimination rules in public schools and colleges. 

PLI delivers cutting-edge continuing legal education seminars, books, treatises, webcasts and audio briefings on subjects critical to the legal profession.

Professor Raymond Diamond was the Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecturer at Kansas State University on September 16, along with William Merkel of Washburn University School of Law. The 2009 lecture was guised as a debate titled, “The New Understanding of the Right to Bear Arms.”  The debate took place in light of a local movement to allow students with licenses to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in Kansas.  As the Thompson Lecturer, Professor Diamond also guest taught an undergraduate class on teaching methods in the College of Education.  The topic focused on using comic book literature as a tool to teach social science concepts related to law, history, gender, and race.

Professor Robert Lancaster, Director of the LSU Law Center’s Clinical Legal Education program, serves as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). The mission of the organization is to enhance the quality of legal education by advancing social justice within the curriculum and promoting innovative teaching methodologies; extend the power of law to underserved individuals and communities; and to make the legal profession more inclusive and reflective of the great diversity of this nation. 

Professor Lancaster also successfully passed the July 2009 Louisiana Bar Exam and was sworn in as a Louisiana lawyer on October 22, 2009.

Professor Alain Levasseur presented a paper titled, “Traduction du Droit et Droit de la Traduction,” or “Translation of Law and the Law of Translation,” at a gathering of over 150 lawyers, professors, and European Union officials on October 14–16 in Poitier, France.  He attended the proceedings at the invitation of JURISCOPE, the CNRS and the University of Poitiers. The papers will be published in book form by Dalloz. 

Professor Olivier Moreteau gave a public lecture on the digest of 1808 on October 8 at the Magnolia Mound Plantation, as part of the Lectures at the Mound Series.  His presentation was titled, “The Digest of 1808: A Milestone in Louisiana History; A Cornerstone in Louisiana.

On October 9, Professor Moreteau discussed the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Digest of 18-08, “What have we learned in a Year?”  The event was the opening of the Judge Allen M. Babineaux International Civil Law Symposium, by invitation of the Francophone Section of the Lafayette Bar Association.

Professor Christine Corcos was an invited speaker at Regent University Law School’s Broadcast Media and the Law Symposium on October 9-10, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she gave a talk entitled “The Raging Paranoia of Network Censors”: The Unintended Consequences of the FCC’s Fleeting Expletives Policy. Her remarks will be published in the law review’s upcoming Symposium issue.

Professors William Corbett, Robert Lancaster, Lee Ann Lockridge, Scott Sullivan, and Olivier Moreteau addressed the LSU Law Society of International Law during its September 14–18 International Law Week. 

Dr. Nono Makarim, distinguished visitor to the LSU Law Center for Civil Law Studies, provided the 5th Session of the Saul Litvinoff Lecture Series held on November 19.  The topic was, "Freedom of the Press in Indonesia, a Case of Collective Misinterpretation." He has been engaged in evaluation of the teaching of legal methods in order to assist the Indonesian Judicial Commission in the design and administration of law exams to assess candidates for the position of Justice at the Indonesian Supreme Court.  He holds an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard University Law School and is Of Counsel with Makarim & Taira S. in Hakarta, Indonesia.

Dragomir Cosanici, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Services and Law Library Director, has published a number of new works:

• Introduction to the California Style Manual Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Lesson (2009) www.cali.org

• Book Review of Hilmshurst and Breau’s PERSPECTIVES ON THE ICRC STUDY ON CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, 37 Int’l J. Legal Info. (Forthcoming Spring 2009)

• Book Review of Millar's An HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT, Newsletter of the Legal History and Rare Book Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (Fall 2008) available at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/lhrb/Lhrb-14-3.pdf

He was also a speaker at the national American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 26, 2009. His presentation (with Lakatos, Gabor and Ellsworth) was titled, “Emerging from the Cocoon: Innovative Ways to Re-Teach Legal Research to Externs and Summer Associates,” and focused on the latest pedagogical techniques and strategies on teaching externs and summer law associates.

STAFF HIGHLIGHT

Cynthia Bland, Administrative Assistant in the Law Center for the past 8 years, (came to the Law Center in August, 1991) has been honored with the 2009 LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award. She began working at LSU on May 8, 1978 and has given a total of 31 years of service to the LSU community.


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Convention Slated for LSU Law
by Linda Rigell on November 23, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center has been selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Convention this January. Law students from throughout the regions will convene for moot court competition and symposia on a variety of legal topics, according to convention organizers.

The Southern region includes law schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana. The Rocky Mountain region includes schools in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

“It is an honor for the LSU Law Center to be selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' BLSA convention,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “The convention provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their outstanding leadership capabilities and to interact with students of other law schools. LSU Law BLSA President Jonathan Brown and other officers of BLSA were instrumental in bringing the convention to the LSU Law Center,” said Weiss. 

According to Nesha Spencer, SRBLSA Public Relations Director, “Dozens of law schools will send representatives to the event.” As many as 400 students are expected to participate in activities and the moot court competition scheduled for January 14–17, 2010. 

The Black Law Students Association strives to promote and further the academic achievement and professional needs of its members and the minority student population through a variety of special programs and activities.


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Are you waiting for your VA Education Benefits?
by Linda Rigell on November 20, 2009, Blog: News

A New GI Bill for a New Century

Post - 9/11 GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made funds available for Veteran students who are still awaiting their education benefit claim to be processed. Eligible veterans can receive up to a $3000 advance, which will be recouped from future benefit payments. If you are a student who applied for one of VA’s education programs and have not yet received your monthly benefit payment for the Fall 2009 term, you can request a one-time advance payment at your local VA Regional Office or through VA’s website


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LSU Law Graduate Michelle Shamblin Earns Prestigious Bristow Fellowship
by Linda Rigell on November 18, 2009, Blog: News

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Michelle R. Shamblin, a 2009 LSU Law graduate, has been chosen for one of only four Bristow Fellowships in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. She is the first LSU Law graduate to receive the prestigious fellowship offered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This is a tremendous honor for Ms. Shamblin and one of which all of us at the Law Center should be extremely proud,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. “Ms. Shamblin was an outstanding student who excelled in her academic pursuits at the LSU Law Center. We expected great things from her, and her selection as a Bristow Fellow is evidence that LSU Law students can compete with the best from throughout the nation.”

Shamblin is currently clerking for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She will assume her new position in Fall 2010.

"I am simultaneously excited and humbled by the tremendous opportunity that I have to serve as a Bristow Fellow, an opportunity that combines both public service and invaluable exposure to advocacy before the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Shamblin. “I owe a debt of gratitude to family and friends who have provided unwavering support and guidance, as well as to the LSU Law Center community that provided me with 'far more than common' legal education and preparation. It is my hope that through the Bristow Fellowship, I will be able to make positive, worthwhile contributions to the law and the lives affected by it.”

As a Bristow Fellow, Shamblin will help draft briefs in opposition to petitions for certiorari filed against the government in the Supreme Court of the United States and prepare recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding authorization of government appeals in the lower courts.

The fellows also assist staff lawyers in preparing petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits in Supreme Court cases, work on special projects, and assist the Solicitor General and other lawyers in the office in the preparation of oral arguments in the Supreme Court.

The Bristow Fellowship is extremely competitive. Applicants are top law students who generally have obtained federal appellate clerkships. Many Bristows have gone on to become Supreme Court law clerks.

Shamblin graduated first in her 2009 LSU Law class and was recognized as a Summa Cum Laude and The Order of the Coif honor graduate.

As a third-year law student, she was awarded the 2009 Scribes Law-Review Award for her article, Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after "Parents Involved." She was the first student in the history of the Law Center to receive the national award. Since 1987, Scribes has presented an annual national award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal, a competition involving law schools from throughout the country.

She was a member of the Louisiana Law Review, LSU's National Moot Court Team, and the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Team. She was also named to the Chancellor's List during all of her semesters at the Law Center and was the recipient of the Vinson & Elkins Outstanding Case Note or Comment Award for Excellence in Legal Writing in 2007-08.

Shamblin earned her bachelor's degree in history from Louisiana College in Pineville.

The Bristow Fellowships are named after the first U.S. Solicitor General, Benjamin H. Bristow of Kentucky. He was appointed shortly after the Civil War by President Ulysses S. Grant after serving as U.S. Attorney in his home state, where he had helped quell a tide of Ku Klux Klan violence that arose after the Civil War. He also helped break up a burgeoning trade in illegal Kentucky whiskey.

After a successful career as Solicitor General he became Treasury Secretary before retiring to private practice, where he founded one of the East Coast’s prominent law firms. He also served as president of the American Bar Association.


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Chancellor Discusses Flagship Agenda and Proposed Curricular/Policy Changes
by Linda Rigell on November 17, 2009, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack Weiss was the featured speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club on November 16. His presentation focused on the following: the importance of LSU Law as one of the three flagship campuses of the LSU System and the flagship public law school of the state, with particular emphasis on its role in economic development for Louisiana; various curricular and educational policy reforms that will help its students to be more competitive in the job market, while retaining the rigorous program that is the hallmark of our legal education; and, potential state funding issues and the importance of state support to the Law Center’s flagship agenda.
 
Read the full text of the Chancellor’s remarks.

View the video (video courtesy of LPB, lpb.org)

Read additional stories on the proposed changes.


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Chancellor Weiss Featured Guest on Jim Engster Show, November 2
by Linda Rigell on November 2, 2009, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack Weiss was the featured guest on the Jim Engster radio show earlier today. Listen to the interview. 


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Faculty Vote to Endorse Important Curricular and Student Educational Policy Changes
by Linda Rigell on October 26, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law faculty have endorsed a number of important curricular and policy reforms designed to improve the Law Center’s academic program and further the competitiveness of our students. Although some recommendations will require approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors, and some implementation details remain to be worked out by the faculty, “the substance of the changes is exciting for the future of the school,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “This is a watershed moment for the LSU Law Center.” 

 Read the Chancellor’s messages to Friends of LSU Law and Students.

October 19, 2009

Dear Friends of LSU Law:

I’m very pleased to forward to you an email I sent to our students on Saturday night (October 17, 2009) shortly after the LSU Law faculty concluded its two-day Long Range Planning meeting in New Orleans. As you will see from the message, the faculty endorsed a number of important reforms that will further the competitiveness of our law school and substantially benefit our students without diminishing the breadth or rigor of our academic program. Importantly, each graduate will continue to earn both the J.D. degree and a second degree encompassing civil, comparative, and international courses. The joint degree will remain a signature feature of the Law Center’s academic program.

The faculty’s endorsement of standardizing the Law Center’s grading system and two year planning of our curriculum are pedagogically sound and, we believe, in the best interest of our students. We have recommended eliminating the burdensome requirement that all students attend a summer semester, but reduced the overall regimen of required study by only one, three hour course.

Some of the faculty’s actions will require approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors. With respect to other items, the details and timing of implementation will have to be worked out carefully by faculty committees and returned to the full faculty for further action. In general, however, I am hopeful that we may secure all necessary approvals and move forward with the proposed changes as expeditiously as possible—to benefit our current students and to add even greater momentum to our efforts to compete for outstanding students in Louisiana and beyond.

As noted below, I am extremely proud of our faculty for formulating and endorsing these progressive actions. Our students also deserve great credit for the important role they played in the process. We reached out for, and were guided by, input from a number of interested alumni and from adjuncts who teach at the Law Center. I am grateful for the assistance we have received and look forward to continuing this constructive dialogue as we move toward definitive adoption of these positive reforms.

With kindest regards, Jack Weiss

Chancellor’s Message to LSU Law Students Regarding Recommendations of the Faculty

October 17, 2009

Dear Students:

As many of you may be aware, the faculty of the Law Center met in New Orleans today and yesterday to consider a number of proposals relating to curriculum and to student educational policies. These proposals had been considered by the faculty’s Long Range Planning Committee (and the Curriculum Subcommittee of that Committee) and referred to the full faculty for consideration.

It is with great optimism and great pride in what the faculty has wrought that I report to you the actions taken this weekend at the New Orleans meeting. In my judgment, these actions represent a giant step forward for the Law Center. They are both pedagogically sound and consistent with the best interests of students, now and to come. And I believe that the new policies supported by the faculty will enable us to be even more successful in attracting outstanding students like you to the LSU Law Center.

Briefly summarized, the faculty took the following actions (subject to any required approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and other necessary approvals):

  1. The two existing upperclass “basket” requirements  (“Advanced Civil Law: Civil Law Tradition” and “Perspectives: Legal Theory & Global Law”) (11 hours and 5 hours, respectively) are to be merged into a single basket in Global, Comparative and Civil Law requiring course work totaling 15 hours .
  2. The number of hours required for graduation will be reduced from 97 hours to 94 hours. The Law Center no longer will require a seventh semester of study (i.e., a semester of summer school) as a prerequisite to graduation from the Law Center. Of course, students wishing to take summer courses (for example, our wonderful program in Lyon) may do so. These first two items would be effective for all classes beginning with the class scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  3. The faculty discussed and, without taking action, referred to its standing Committee on Student Educational Policies (“CSEP”) a possible change in the length of a credit hour (i.e., in the length of scheduled classes) from 60 minutes to 50 minutes. Such a change, if adopted, would permit additional classes to be offered during key time periods and would afford greater flexibility in scheduling classes.
  4. The faculty approved modifying the current grading scale to make the Law Center’s median grades and grades in the higher ranges reasonably comparable to those of peer schools. In order to assess in greater detail the potential impact on student attrition of adjusting grades, the faculty referred to the CSEP consideration of adjusting grades in the lower ranges to a similar standard of reasonable comparability.
  5. The faculty voted to make adherence to the Law Center’s grading scale mandatory in all but highly exceptional circumstances.
  6. The faculty voted to make anonymous grading mandatory in all courses requiring an exam. The CSEP was charged with recommending a detailed plan for implementing the mandatory policy, including, for example, making provision for class participation points to be awarded without compromising the anonymous grading of exams.
  7. The faculty requested the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to prepare a two year plan of courses to be offered at the Law Center and to submit the plan for review by the Curriculum Committee and submission to the full faculty for approval by February 2010. A key purpose of the two year course plan is to afford students greater predictability in choosing courses, beginning with course selection for the Fall 2010 semester.
  8. The faculty requested the CSEP to review and report back to the faculty on possible modification of the current class attendance policy and the current mandatory sanction imposed for excessive absences. The faculty confirmed that, while this review of the current policy is being conducted, the faculty Executive Committee may grant relief from the current policy in exceptional circumstances and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs may grant such relief until the Executive Committee is able to schedule a meeting in order to consider doing so.  
  9. The faculty will address as soon as it is able to do so open issues relating to the timing and the application of the changes described above to current students. The timing and application of the changes will depend in part upon the necessity for, and the timing of, Board and other approvals.

I believe the steps taken by the faculty are both highly positive and highly significant for our law school. The active participation of the Student Bar Association leadership—in particular, the thoughtful and constructive “White Paper” submitted by the SBA—helped us greatly in giving careful consideration to the issues of concern to you. A big “thank you” to the SBA! I also want to express my sincere gratitude to my faculty colleagues. Many of your teachers—too many to name—worked long additional hours on our long range planning effort (which continues apace). After a great deal of work, they got us to the point where we had concrete proposals before us. The efforts of our retreat and curriculum review leaders made it possible for us to chart our future with confidence that change would only make us better, and would not remotely threaten the tradition of excellence we have nurtured so carefully for more than a century. All of us should join in thanking the faculty as a whole for combining their prodigious talent and creativity with the open mindedness necessary to move the school forward. Onward and upward!     

 Jack Weiss, Chancellor


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LSU Law Students Offer Help to Immigration Detainees
by Linda Rigell on October 23, 2009, Blog: News

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Volunteer translators and students traveled to the South Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, LA, on Oct. 8 to meet with immigration detainees. The group included, from left: Mary Ann Garrett, Ross Murray, Chris Kinnison, Omar Salas, Sarah Cable, Jennifer Hull, Andrew Mau, Bryant Harvey, Nicole Schulte, Bruce Hamilton.

 
As many LSU Law students recently left campus on the first day of fall break, a small group of them spent the day in jail. The volunteers went to the South Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, LA, to meet with immigrant detainees, inform them about deportation procedure, and screen their cases for potential representation. The students met inside the jail Oct. 8 with about 60 detainees from various countries, including Haiti, China, El Salvador, and Honduras.

“The program at Basile was originally started about two years ago but later was suspended,” explained Kenneth Mayeaux, director of the Law Center’s immigration clinic. “We are thankful for the opportunity to re-launch the outreach program as a component of the immigration clinic,” he said. “The primary purpose is to provide information about the [deportation] process. It’s so completely foreign to [the detainees]. Most have never been in jail before.” Detainees often have limited exposure to legal proceedings, according to Mayeaux, and they typically misunderstand deportation as a criminal process.

“The second goal is to identify those who may have defenses,” he said. The outreach program already has successfully identified several detainees with strong defenses, according to Mayeaux, including citizenship. One man didn’t realize he had a derivative citizenship claim, meaning he could claim citizenship through a family relative—a defense to deportation, known in immigration law as “removal.”

Once potential defenses are identified, Mayeaux said, his program either locates attorneys for the detainees or the student-attorneys enrolled in the clinic represent them. But regardless of whether the detainees’ cases are taken, they benefit from telling their stories and getting basic information. “Their stress level goes down, and they’re able to cope,” Mayeaux said.

The law students, including six enrolled in the clinic and three translators, met with Warden David Viator as well as Philip Miller, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s New Orleans field office director, and Scott Sutterfield, deputy field office director. Miller welcomed the students and told them the government appreciates their effort. The students met with the detainees across divided wooden tables in a visitation area.

The experience was sobering, according to Jennifer Hull, a second-year student who served as a translator. Although some detainees commit crimes, she said, others are taken into custody for minor offenses such as traffic violations. They don’t have representation, Hull noted, and language barriers typically leave them in the dark.

She cited one Honduran man who had been working to support his wife and five children. Pulled over for a minor traffic violation, he was detained for weeks without being able to contact his family. He cried as he told his story, she said. “He was obviously a good person just trying to make a good life for his family.”

Hull is on the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Society, which recruited translators for the program. Omar Salas and Andrew Mau, both second-year students, also put their Spanish skills to work. Mayeaux, who is fluent in Spanish, and a local pastor, Mary Ann Garrett, also helped to translate the students’ dialogues.

Although the experience was challenging, Hull said, it was also rewarding. “I felt good when I left,” she said. “I felt I did something good.” Mayeaux noted the same sense of satisfaction. Although the program has educational benefits, teaching students the techniques of client interviewing, it’s also personally gratifying, he said. “It’s also about making a connection with human beings and affirming their dignity.”


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Robert Lee Tullis Team Updates
by Linda Rigell on October 19, 2009, Blog: News

Congratulations to the following teams that advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" round, the best brief finalists, and the best oral advocates.

The 16 teams advancing are:
Brian Higginbotham and Richard Bond
Amanda Darby and Jeanette DeWitt
Erin Cesta and Jessica Perez
Micah Fincher and Joshua Melder
Sean Corcoran and Dru Gremillion
Scott Vantine and David Lee
Brad Bourgeios and Katie Giroir
David May and Rachel Williams
Tiffany Garland and Hannon Laplace
Mark Hill and Edward McAuliffe
Barbara Balhoff and Alex Reinboth
Chad Ikerd and Ashley Mayes
David Ameen and Michael West
Elliot Brown and Justin Myers
Bailey Adams and Jacob White
Caroline Jones and Caroline Tomeny
 
Best Brief Finalists:
Brian Higginbotham and Rick Bond
Barbara Balhoff and Alex Reinboth
Grant Milby and Pablo Reyes
Bailey Adams and Jacob White
Caroline Jones and Caroline Tomeny
 
Best Oral Advocates:
Brad Bourgeios
Michael West
Michael Ameen
Jessica Perez
Erin Cesta
Chad Ikerd
Ashley Mayes
Brian Higginbotham
Richard Bond
Edward McAuliffe


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Chancellor Welcomes Prospective Applicants; Mock Law Class Engages Students at Annual Open House
by Linda Rigell on October 16, 2009, Blog: News

“The study of law is a worthwhile goal for those formulating that idea; and, for those thinking about law school, we’re a wonderful place for you to attend,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss as he welcomed participants to the Law Center’s Annual Open House.  Over 70 prospective applicants attended the annual event held on October 13.
 
In addition to hearing from Chancellor Weiss, prospective students were welcomed by Scott Sternberg, Student Bar Association President, and Lynell Cadray, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions. The program also included an engaging mock class taught by Professor N. Gregory Smith, as well as a panel of current LSU Law students who offered the “inside scoop” on the academic program and student life at LSU Law. LaToya Jordan, a 3L Law Ambassador, moderated the panel.

Speakers from LSU also provided details on dual Juris Doctor (J.D.) programs that are offered with the main campus, including the dual J.D./M.B.A; J.D./M.P.A., and J.D./M.M.C. with Mass Communications.  
 
The LSU Law Center Admissions staff is also engaged in recruitment events throughout Louisiana and other locations. For information of a recruitment event near you, please visit LSU Law.; email admissions@law.lsu.edu; or call 225/578-8646.


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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2009 Bar Exam
by Karen Soniat on October 12, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released October 9 by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

Students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 90.9 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July 2009 administration of the Bar. In all, 154 LSU Law Center students took the exam, and 140 successfully passed the Bar.

"We are very proud of the strong showing of our graduates on this latest Bar Examination. Their preparation and hard work, coupled with the support of our faculty, has produced a talented group of young lawyers who are ready to hit the ground running,” said Jack M. Weiss, LSU Law Chancellor. “The results confirm our belief that the demanding, yet personal legal education offered at LSU Law, prepares our students well for the competitive global marketplace.” 

“The Bar results also show that we are continuing to pay very close attention to our core Louisiana program as well as expanding our national and regional horizons,” Weiss said.

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, compare percentage of examinees passing the Bar among the state's public and private law schools and out-of-state colleges.

Results on the July 2009 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all examinees are as follows:

JULY 2009

SCHOOL # APPLICANTS PASSED CONDITIONED FAILED
LSU 154 140 (90.9%) 10 (6.5%) 4 ( 2.6%)
LOYOLA 182 122 (67.0%) 26 (14.3%) 34 (18.7%)
SOUTHERN 115 67 (58.3%) 22 (19.1%) 26 (22.6%)
TULANE 115 87 (75.7%) 16 (13.9%) 12 (10.4%)
OTHER 171 95 (55.6%) 31 (18.1%) 45 (26.3%)
TOTAL: 737 511 (69.3%) 105 (14.3%) 121 (16.4%)

 The report on bar passage rate .

Contact:         Karen Soniat, 225/578-8645, or ksonia2@lsu.edu


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LL.M. Events and New Dialogue Series
by Linda Rigell on October 12, 2009, Blog: News

The LL.M .Class of 2010 is interacting enthusiastically with the LSU Law Center community. Several events have been held in the Fall, and the LL.M. students had the opportunity to meet and socialize with law faculty members and other members of the student body. Nine graduate students are discovering American law in a comparative perspective. See their profiles.

As part of International Law Week, an LL.M. & ILS Student-Faculty Mixer took place in the Tucker Room at the LSU Law Center. LL.M. candidates were introduced to the faculty and students. A reception followed.

The newly created LL.M. Dialogue Series offers LL.M. students a monthly opportunity to listen to and interact with lawyers or scholars having an international or relevant experience. In August, Ibrahim Abdouraoufi, a native of Cameroun and doctoral student in Lyon, France, where he is a teaching and research assistant, spoke about the harmonization of business law in Africa. In September, Michel Séjean, who worked as an Assistant Professor of Law in France and is writing a doctoral dissertation in Paris, spoke about his experience as a legal translator. Séjean was a Visiting Scholar at LSU for five months, working on two CCLS projects: translation into French of chapters of the Louisiana Civil Code and translation into French of the Principles of European Tort Law.


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Law Center Celebrates International Law Week
by Linda Rigell on October 12, 2009, Blog: News

The International Law Society (ILS) at the LSU Law Center held its first International Law Week September 14-18. All events, including a presentation of international law opportunities at LSU Law, practice of international law, and human right and peace, were well attended by members of the ILS, law faculty, and the student body.

At he opening event John Bihm and other ILS officers addressed the different options when focusing on international law. LSU Professors William Corbett, Robert Lancaster, Lee Ann Lockridge, and Scott Sullivan described the international dimension of their teaching and Professor Olivier Moréteau presented the study abroad opportunities offered at LSU.

On Tuesday, Southern University Professor Nadia Nedzel presented Practicing International Law, and on Wednesday, LSU Political Science Professor David Sobek addressed Human Rights and Peace: How Domestic Behavior Relates to Actions Abroad. Many students interacted with both speakers, and interesting questions and comments were raised.

The events were completed on Thursday with a well-attended LLM & ILS Student-Faculty Mixer. The LL.M. candidates were introduced to the faculty and students, and lively discussions extended throughout the evening.

The ILS received support from Chancellor Jack Weiss, the Student Bar Association, and the Center of Civil Law Studies.


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Law Center Welcomes Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian
by Linda Rigell on October 9, 2009, Blog: News

Heather Hamilton is the newest member of the Law Library staff, as the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian. Heather comes to the Law Library after graduating from William & Mary School of Law in the class of 2009. While there, she was a Law Library Fellow that allowed her to work on a number of research projects for the William and Mary Law Faculty. Previous to receiving her J.D., Heather obtained her MLS from Drexel University and attended the University of Cincinnati as an undergrad, receiving a dual degree in English Literature and History. From February 2001 until August 2002, Heather lived in France as a humanitarian volunteer for her church and became fluent in French. She also fell in love with traveling and learning about other cultures, and this love led her to take several Comparative and International Law classes while in law school. Heather also has a reading knowledge of Spanish.


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October 2009
by Linda Rigell on October 8, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • Heather Hamilton is the newest member of the Law Library staff, as the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian. Heather comes to the Law Library after graduating from William & Mary School of Law in the class of 2009.
  • The New Hampshire Bar Association News published Professor Baier’s essay, “Classic Traits”: Souter/Sotomayor, which weighs President Obama’s nominee against her predecessor David Souter, Vol. 20, no. 3, August 20, 2009, written before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings. The essay is online

  • Professor Christine Corcos presented a talk on broadcast indecency in the UK as part of a program onBroadcast Indecency: Much Ado About Nothing? Or Still Much to Do?” in August during the SEALS (Southeastern Association of Law Schools) Conference in Palm Beach, Florida.

    Professor Corcos published the essay Damages: The Truth is Out There,” in Lawyers in Your Living Room (Michael Asimow, ed.; Chicago: ABA, 2009), a collection specially commissioned and published by the American Bar Association. The book is available for purchase from the ABA, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

    She is also one of the twelve experts the ABA consulted to create its “Top Twenty-Five Legal Shows”, discussed in a special story in the August issue of the ABA Journal. Ed Adams, editor and publisher of the Journal, discusses the story with NPR’s Madeline Brand, here.

  • Professor Ray Diamond gave a paper, “The Inner City, the Democracy of Arms, and the Revival of the Militia at Large” at Florida A&M University College of Law on April 27, 2009, under the auspices of the FAMU Federalist Society.

    On May 30, at the annual meeting of the Law & Society Association, Professor Diamond was a participant in a roundtable, "On Law and Society: From a Literary Perspective."

    In August, he gave a paper, “Not Your Father’s ‘Funny Books’: Race, Law, and Society in Comic Book Literature,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association of Law Schools.

    On September 16, 2009, with William Merkel of Washburn University School of Law, Professor Diamond was the Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecturer at Kansas State University. The 2009 lecture was guised as a debate entitled “The New Understanding of the Right to Bear Arms.” This debate took place in light of a local movement to allow students with licenses to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in Kansas.

  • Professor Christina Sautter presented a work-in-progress, tentatively titled “Contractual Limitations on Merger Recommendation Fiduciary Outs,” on August 4, 2009 during the New Scholars Colloquia on Business Law at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Professor Melissa Lonegrass presented a work-in-progress, tentatively titled “Convergence in Contort: Landlord Liability for Defective Premises in Comparative Perspective,” on August 4, 2009 during the New Scholars Colloquia on Commercial and Land Use Law at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

  • On September 10-11, Professor Alain Levasseur attended a conference on “Going Beyond the Mixed Jurisdiction: the Emergence of Hybrid Legal Systems and their implications for the Comparative Lawyer” in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the invitation of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. He presented a paper titled: “Two hundred years (200) of civil law in English: Louisiana’s lonely destiny.” There were participants from Scotland, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Macau, and Nigeria.

    On October 14-16, at the invitation of JURISCOPE, the CNRS and the University of Poitiers, Professor Levasseur will take part in a conference on the topic “Traduction du Droit et Droit de la Traduction” (Translation of Law and Law of Translation). He will deliver a paper on the many obstacles that stand in the way of translating precisely into English many concepts of the civil law of contract. He will give many examples of such obstacles.

    In both of the above conferences, the papers will be published in book form.

  • Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell joined Professor Paul R. Baier’s Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar, along with Chancellor Weiss, to observe Kyle Duncan, an LSU Law alumnus and DOJ’s Appellate Chief, moot a case pending in the U.S. Fifth Circuit against one of Baier’s students. The “Triple A” seminar is an appellate litigation clinic that brings real lawyers to moot pending appeals against students in the seminar. General Caldwell said the seminar afforded Duncan invaluable practice. He commended the student advocate, Adam Huddleston, and the student judges Ashley Coco and Kilburn Landry for their preparation and tough questioning of counsel. Whether the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution requires issuance of a new Louisiana birth certificate following a gay couple’s adoption in New York of a baby boy born in Shreveport is the question presented. Judge Jay Zainey, another LSU Law alumnus, so held in the U.S. Eastern District. He joined the seminar earlier to discuss the case. After Kyle Duncan’s moot, the seminar convenes in the Fifth Circuit when the case is actually argued.


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Judge Ralph E. Tyson Honored as 2009 Distinguished Alumnus
by Victor P. Erwin on September 25, 2009, Blog: News

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There was no doubt the evening of September 24 belonged to the Honorable Ralph E. Tyson. Tyson was recognized as LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s 2009 Distinguished Alumnus at the Country Club of Louisiana, before a large crowd of family, friends, classmates and colleagues. The gathering included members of the federal, state and local judiciary, three university chancellors and the mayor.  By the end of the evening, the whole day was his, too, as Mayor Holden officially proclaimed it Ralph Tyson Day, and added “Honorary Mayor” to Tyson’s list of accolades.

"Ralph Tyson has devoted more than 30 years of his career to exemplary public service—as prosecutor, state court judge, and federal district judge," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "At every step of the way, Judge Tyson has gained the respect and admiration of his peers. We are proud to honor this consummate professional and esteemed community leader as our distinguished alumnus of 2009."

His long-time friend and former law partner, Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr. toasted Tyson at the award ceremony as well.  Pitcher, who is the chancellor of Southern University Law Center, first met Tyson during 1972 as both were attending a class at LSU Law. 

“That was the beginning, which we didn’t realize, would inextricably tie us together to this day,” explained Pitcher. He lauded Tyson as a consummate professional, man of value, an individual with a strong constitution, a loyal friend, a Christian, and true family man.

As he accepted, Tyson recalled his early campaign experiences, as he first decided to run for a seat on the Baton Rouge City Court.  He said he learned the most important thing in an acceptance speech—to thank people, especially his wife, the former Patricia Jordan.  Tyson also attributed his success to the values instilled in him by his mother Theresa Tyson.  She was present, along with his children, Chris, Todd, Eric, and Cara, and a host of extended family members.

Tyson, a 1973 graduate of LSU Law, currently serves as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  In 1998, former President Bill Clinton nominated Tyson to a new judgeship in the U.S. District Court, making him the first African American judge in the Federal Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He became Chief Judge in 2005.

Prior to his service in the Federal Courts, Tyson was employed as special counsel and assistant attorney general in the Louisiana Department of Justice; Assistant District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish; and for more than nine years, was the Chief City Prosecutor for the City of Baton Rouge. He was also engaged in private law practice for more than 15 years, first with the firm of Pitcher and Tyson and later with the firm of Tyson, Avery & Cunningham.

In 1988, Tyson was elected to a vacant seat in Division B of the Baton Rouge City Court, where he presided for more than five years. Subsequently, he was elected without opposition to Division B of the 19th Judicial District Court, where he presided over misdemeanor and felony criminal trials. From July 1997 to June 1998, Tyson served as the Chief Criminal Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court. During that time, he also served as Judge Pro Tempore on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal by special appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court from May 1997 to October 1997.

Tyson has also taught as an adjunct law professor at LSU and an instructor in the Sociology/Law Enforcement Department at Southern University from 1989 to 1998. He is a member of the Board of the General Health System in Baton Rouge, and has served on the boards of St. Joseph's Home, the Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Audubon Girl Scout Council, and the Wesley Foundation at Southern University.

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Class of 2012 Arrives: Chancellor Welcomes Students
by Linda Rigell on September 10, 2009, Blog: News

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The second floor student lounge is busy once again, and a line now forms in the Law Center’s CCs Coffee for the much-needed afternoon cup of java. Students— new and returning —are getting back into the swing of school that began for 1Ls August 17.

The excitement and anticipation of being a first-year law student can be a bit overwhelming. The Law Center’s annual Orientation and Student Organization Fair helps students to get their bearings and feel welcomed in their new home-away-from home for the next three years.

Chancellor Jack Weiss, along with various faculty, staff, and students, welcomed the incoming class to the Law Center. The Class of 2012 is comprised of 235 students.

“We really feel that we hit the Trifecta with this year’s entering class. We have more students, more highly qualified, and more diverse than we have had in recent years. I think the word is out that LSU Law is on a positive, upward trajectory and a fabulous group of students have decided they want to be part of that trend,” said Chancellor Weiss.

Weiss’ remarks, titled How to Miss the Boat in Law School, were designed to get students thinking about the actions and behaviors necessary for the practice of law, and about how to get the most from their law school experience--view the Chancellor’s Welcome

“Lots of things from this day forward will turn on values and ideals. These will sustain you over a long life … the law has great power for good or evil,” said Chancellor Weiss.

Lynell Cadray, newly appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions, is ushering in her first group of students at LSU Law. “This year’s class is larger than in recent years, and it represents 19 states, with 74 percent coming from Louisiana. This is a diverse and talented class, and our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We have teachers; jazz musicians; law enforcement officers, and a former sheriff; soldiers from the armed forces; pilots; athletes; IT specialists; personal trainers; and chefs, just to give a few examples. They also have a strong commitment to public service, with volunteerism a strong core value of this class. It’s a reflection of their “just do the right thing attitude.”” 

The class is 59 percent male and 41 percent female, and it represents 77 undergraduate schools. The largest number of enrolled students graduated from LSU, followed by Tulane University and University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The average age of the entering class at LSU Law for the past five years is 24, with the range from 21 years to 56 years of age.


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PILS Day of Service a Success
by Linda Rigell on September 10, 2009, Blog: News

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The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) spent the second Saturday of the new semester hard at work at Melrose Elementary School. The annual PILS Day of Service was a great chance to meet fellow law students while helping the community. The nonprofit organization, Volunteers in Public Schools, assisted Carrie Mills and Lili Hangartner of PILS in planning the project to spruce up the local school. There were a total of 40 law student volunteers at the Day of Service. The 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls came out bright and early to paint picnic tables and basketball court lines. PILS members also gardened and fixed bird feeders. In addition, Professor Devlin donated a new basketball net to Melrose. The Law Center generously provided volunteers with a pizza lunch. Melrose Elementary looked much brighter after PILS was finished.


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Center Establishes New Teaching Fellowship Program
by Linda Rigell on September 4, 2009, Blog: News

The Law Center hopes to soon have future law teachers from throughout the country teaching at the Law Center as part of a newly established Future Law Teachers Fellowship Program. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for outstanding candidates to prepare themselves for careers in legal education, while gaining experience teaching legal research, legal writing, and oral advocacy to first-year students. 

Fellows will be mentored by LSU Law faculty as they engage in scholarly research and writing, as well as publication of their work. 

“This is a tremendous new program for us, and one that we think will pay dividends not only to the Fellow, but to our students and faculty,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “ In addition to benefits that we will get in the classroom, we also expect that the program will enhance the Law Center’s national reputation as an institution that promotes scholarship and exceptional teaching.”

Candidates for the one or two-year fellowships will need outstanding credentials, be admitted to the practice of law, and have at least one year of significant post-graduate legal or judicial clerkship experience.

The Law Center hopes to promote the program over the coming year and be ready to name its first Fellows for the 2010-11 school year.


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Law Center Remembers Professor Kalinka
by Linda Rigell on September 4, 2009, Blog: News

Professor Susan C. Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the Law Center, was honored at a memorial service held on Saturday, August 29. Professor Kalinka died August 24. She had been diagnosed recently with cancer, and had been undergoing treatment for only a few weeks when she passed unexpectedly.

Professor Kalinka joined the Law Center faculty in August 1988. She taught courses in a variety of tax law, real estate law and policy topics. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law.
 
“Professor Kalinka was an exceptional teacher and scholar of tax law. She inspired dozens of students to seek specialized degrees in tax law and to pursue careers in that field. She was passionate about her work and about her students. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly,” said Chancellor Weiss.
 
Beloved by her students, Professor Kalinka was known for the relationships that she developed beyond the classroom. She mentored student participants on the Tax Moot Court team and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and both were favorite activities that she looked forward to each year. The professor kept in close touch with former students and took great pride in those who continued their legal education through LL.M. programs in taxation.
 
She is survived by her husband David and her children — “the students of the LSU Law Center,” said David Kalinka.  
 
Family members have asked that colleagues, students, alumni, and friends send written comments regarding Professor Kalinka and her teaching career at LSU. Comments, photos, and personal remembrances may be sent to KalinkaCondolences@law.lsu.edu

The Professor Susan Kalinka Memorial LL.M. Tax Award has been established at the Law Center to honor her memory and her love of teaching. The award will benefit a student(s) who graduates from LSU Law and is accepted by and plans to attend an LL.M. tax program.

Contributions may be made by check, credit card, or online. 

1.  Make check payable to Professor Susan Kalinka Memorial LL.M. Tax Award

OR 

2.  Print and complete the Response Card and deliver or mail to:

LSU Law Center

Office of Alumni Relations

Suite 400

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

OR

3.  Give online via secure LSU Foundation website:

      https://www.lsufoundation.org/contribute.php

 

Use drop down menu and select:

Memorial Contribution

Honoree:  Professor Susan Kalinka

Family Member: David Kalinka

Donation For/Beneficiary Unit:  LSU Law Center 

 

For more information, contact Vice Chancellor Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz at cmp@law.lsu.edu or 225/578-8491 or Karen Soniat, Office of Alumni Relations, at ksonia2@law.lsu.edu or 225/578-8645.

 

Thank you.


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LL.M. Students Acclimate to Campus and Louisiana
by Linda Rigell on September 4, 2009, Blog: News

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Nine students entered the LSU Law LL.M. program this year, and many are visiting Louisiana and the United States for the first time. Besides the hot weather and spicy food, the students are also adjusting to classes at the Law Center and a way of life that some are already coming to love, said one student. 

This class represents eight foreign countries, including France, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ukraine, Romania, China, and India.  Six students have already earned an LL.M. degree and are here to expand their knowledge of legal systems in Louisiana and the states.

Joining the Law Center are: 

Lucie Boyer – France; Bachelor of Law (Rennes II), LL.M. (Université Jean Moulin - Lyon III)

Oscar Delgado – Bolivia; Bachelor of Law (Universidad Autonóma Gabriel René Moreno)

Victor Iacob – Romania; LL.B. (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca)

Meron Kehase Lemlem – Ethiopia; Bachelor of Law (Mekelle University)

Jared Maranga – Kenya; LL.B. (Marathwada University), LL.M. (University of Mysore)

Karel Roynette – France; Bachelor of Law (Université de Versailles), LL.M. (Université de Versailles)

Oleksiy Stolyarenko – Ukraine; Bachelor of Law (National Law Academy of Ukraine), LL.M. (State Institute of Intellectual Property)


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2009 Opening Statement Results
by Linda Rigell on September 4, 2009, Blog: News

Congratulations to Michael Mims and Ashley Mayes who emerged as winners in the 2009 Trial Advocacy Opening Statement Competition held August 25-27, 2009. Seth Bagwell (2nd Place - Prosecution); Abby Bergeron (3rd Place - Prosecution); Jason St. Julien (2nd Place - Defense); Marko Marjanovic and Kyle Marunick (3rd Place, tie - Defense) were also recognized for their performance in the Final Round.


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Law Center Ranked #17 Best Value Law School in the Nation
by Linda Rigell on September 3, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center has been ranked among the Best Value Law schools in the country, according to data recently released by The National Jurist Magazine. The September 2009 rankings put the LSU Law Center at #17, up from #22 in the previous rankings.

The National Jurist applied data gathered from the Law School Admissions Councils (LSAC) 2009 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools to generate the rankings. Among the factors considered were cost of in-state tuition, the school’s bar examination passage rate compared to the overall state bar examination passage rate, and percentage of students employed within nine months of graduation.

“We have always known that the LSU Law Center provides a top quality legal education at an incredible value. The data analysis by the National Jurist reflects important criteria on which all law schools are required to report annually. LSU Law has a long history of ranking first in the state on bar passage rates, and our students traditionally have done very well in the job market,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “The rankings reflect the quality of the education our students receive, while at the same time acknowledging the relatively low cost of attendance at our flagship institution.” 

The National Jurist identified 65 law schools that were considered “low price” for admissions, while also looking at the schools’ abilities to prepare their students for today’s difficult and competitive job market. The analysis considered only public schools with in-state tuition less than $25,000, and private schools with an annual tuition at less than $30,000. When considering employment rates, the rankings focused on schools with at least 85 percent of students reporting employment within nine months of graduation; and finally, they considered schools with a bar passage rate that was higher than the state average. The schools were then ranked, with tuition costs figuring most prominently in the weighting, followed by employment statistics.

The last Best Value Law School rankings by the National Jurist were published in October 2007. LSU Law ranked #22. 


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Law Center Recognizes Newcomers and Presents Staff Service Awards
by Victor P. Erwin on September 1, 2009, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack Weiss recognized 13 “newcomers” to the Law Center at an annual coffee held August 26. Those recognized joined the Law Center since last fall. 

Staff service awards were presented for 10, 15 and 25 years of service.

Newcomers who were recognized were:

Melanie Anderson, Coordinator, Career Services
Vedette Bush-Jones, Administrative Assistant
Lynell Cadray, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions
Dragomir Cosanici, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Service and Director of the Law Library
Ray Diamond, Jules F. & Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law
Patti Garner, Coordinator of Instructional Services
Ken Levy, Assistant Professor
Hector Linares, MacArthur Grant Project Coordinator
Ken Mayeaux, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice (Clinical Legal Education)
Stephen Parker, Comptroller & CFO
Brenda Salassi, Coordinator – Clinical Legal Education
Emily Saleh, Associate Registrar & Instructional Research Analyst
Scott Sullivan, Assistant Professor

Staff members who were recognized for service and dedication to the Law Center were:

10 Years of Service

Gwen Ferrell, Associate Director, Career Services
Tonia McIndoe, Administrative Specialist, Office of Alumni Relations

15 Years of Service

Melinda Braud, Coordinator, Legal Writing
Albin Murtagh, Business Manager
Glynn Pellegrin, Director, Center of Continuing Professional Development           

25 Years of Service

Michele Forbes, Director of Student Affairs and Registrar            


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Reception to Honor Judge Ralph E. Tyson
by Laura St. Blanc on August 27, 2009, Blog: News

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Chief Judge Ralph E. Tyson, a 1973 graduate of the LSU Law Center, will be honored as the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus on the evening of Thursday, September 24.  The reception will take place at the Country Club of Louisiana beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required for this event no later than noon on Monday, September 21.

The award is given annually to an alumnus who exemplifies the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession. It also recognizes personal and professional achievements, as well as loyalty to the LSU Law Center.

"Ralph Tyson has devoted more than 30 years of his career to exemplary public service-as prosecutor, state court judge, and federal district judge," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "At every step of the way, Judge Tyson has gained the respect and admiration of his peers. We are proud to honor this consummate professional and esteemed community leader as our distinguished alumnus of 2009."

 In 1998, former President Bill Clinton nominated Tyson to a new judgeship in the U.S. District Court, making him the first African American judge in the Federal Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. In 2005, he became Chief Judge of the Federal Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, where he continues to serve.

Prior to his service in the Federal Courts, Tyson was employed as special counsel and assistant attorney general in the Louisiana Department of Justice; Assistant District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish; and for more than nine years, was the Chief City Prosecutor for the City of Baton Rouge. He was also engaged in private law practice for more than 15 years, first with the firm of Pitcher and Tyson and later with the firm of Tyson, Avery & Cunningham.

In 1988, Tyson was elected to a vacant seat in Division B of the Baton Rouge City Court, where he presided for more than five years. Subsequently, he was elected without opposition to Division B of the 19th Judicial District Court, where he presided over misdemeanor and felony criminal trials. From July 1997 to June 1998, Tyson served as the Chief Criminal Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court. During that time, he also served as Judge Pro Tempore on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal by special appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court from May 1997 to October 1997.

Tyson has also taught as an adjunct law professor at LSU and an instructor in the Sociology/Law Enforcement Department at Southern University from 1989 to 1998.

He has been married for 33 years to the former Patricia Jordan with whom he has four children, Chris, Todd, Eric, and Cara. He is a member of the Board of the General Health System in Baton Rouge, and has served on the boards of St. Joseph's Home, the Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Audubon Girl Scout Council, and the Wesley Foundation at Southern University.

To register or for more information, please contact Laura St. Blanc at 225/578-8644 or at Laura.StBlanc@law.lsu.edu.



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LSU Law Community Mourns Loss of Tax Law Professor Susan Kalinka
by Linda Rigell on August 24, 2009, Blog: News

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Professor Susan C. Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the Law Center, died earlier this morning at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Professor Kalinka had been diagnosed recently with cancer. She had been undergoing treatment for only a few weeks, and her condition deteriorated rapidly over the weekend.
 
Professor Kalinka joined the Law Center faculty in August of 1988.  She taught courses in a variety of tax law, real estate law and policy topics. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law.  
 
“Professor Kalinka was an exceptional teacher and scholar of tax law. She inspired dozens of students to seek specialized degrees in tax law and to pursue careers in that field. She was passionate about her work and about her students. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly,” said Chancellor Weiss.
 
Beloved by her students, Professor Kalinka was known for the relationships that she developed beyond the classroom. She mentored student participants on the Tax Moot Court team and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and both were favorite activities that she looked forward to each year. The professor kept in close touch with former students and took great pride in those who continued their legal education through LL.M. programs in taxation.
 
She is survived by her husband David and her children — “the students of the LSU Law Center,” said David Kalinka.  
 
Arrangements are private. Family members have asked that colleagues, students, alumni, and friends send written comments regarding Professor Kalinka and her teaching career at LSU. Comments, photos, and personal remembrances may be sent to KalinkaCondolences@law.lsu.edu


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LSU Law Center Dedicates New Clinical Space; Swears-In Students for Program
by Victor P. Erwin on August 21, 2009, Blog: News

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The newly renovated LSU Law Center Clinical Legal Education space was formally dedicated and opened at ceremonies held on Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Law Center.  Also, twenty third-year law students were administered the oath to practice in the clinical program.  

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss presided over the ceremonies and addressed the crowd of students, family, faculty, staff, and special guests gathered for the special day. The Honorable James L. Dennis, Judge, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a 1962 graduate of the Law Center, administered the oath under Rule XX of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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LSU System President John Lombardi congratulated the students and the Law Center on bringing the dream of a law clinic to reality.  Frank Neuner, a 1976 graduate and Chairman of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, reminded students of the importance of public service, while Professor Robert Lancaster, Director of the LSU Law Center Clinical Legal Education Program and the J. Noland and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice, encouraged students to take seriously their role as advocates for clients in actual disputes. 

“Clinics have two major purposes,” said Weiss, “They provide a unique form of education for our students, and they also provide the community with high quality, low cost legal representation for people who are under represented.  We want to be an outward looking law school connected to the community of which we are a part.” 

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The renovated space consists of almost 5,000 square feet and is designed similarly to a functioning law office.  Located in the basement of the Old Law Building, the space includes three client interview rooms and a classroom/conference room equipped with state-of-the-art technology, reception area, student work space, faculty offices, and secure file rooms.

Students sworn in today for participation in the clinical program include: Daniel Bailey; Devon Bardin; Sarah Cable; Carolyn Cole; Andre Collins Gaudin; Bruce Hamilton; Deshaun Hayes; Penny Hargis; Bryant Harvey; Christopher Kinnison; Rachael Marcus; Frannie Montegut; Ross Murray; Wesley Root; Robert Savage; Richard Scandrett; Nichole Schulte; Elizabeth Spurgeon; Lynn Musumeche Stevens; and, Victoria Williams.

Third-year law students are allowed to practice law in a clinical environment pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX.  Students are provided experiential opportunities and earn credit while learning through practice. They are placed with state and local governmental agencies and courts, giving them experience in the real practice of law through a structured academic setting.

The LSU Law Center’s Clinical Legal Education program includes a Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Legal Services Clinic, Juvenile Representation Clinic, and a Family Mediation Clinic. The Center works closely with several organizations in the Baton Rouge area, including Capital Area Legal Services, the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court, and the Domestic Violence shelter, among others.  Clients must be referred to the LSU Law Clinic by one of these agencies.

In addition, 27 law students are participating in the Law Center’s Externship Program.  Fourteen students have been placed in the Judicial Externship program, earning credit working in the chambers of state and federal judges. Thirteen students are participating in the Louisiana Department of Justice Externship that places students with the Attorney General’s Office.

An open house and tours followed the formal ribbon cutting. 

For additional information on the Center’s Clinical Legal Education program, view the website.

 

 


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Center to Hold Open House for New Clinical Legal Education Space, Friday, August 21
by Karen Soniat on August 20, 2009, Blog: News

The newly renovated LSU Law Clinical Legal Education space will be formally opened at ceremonies planned for Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Law Center.

Chancellor Jack Weiss will preside over the ceremonies.

Events will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium, where 18 law students will be sworn in to practice in the clinic program by the Honorable James L. Dennis, Judge, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a 1962 graduate of the Law Center.

Additional remarks will be given by Robert Lancaster, Director of the Law Center’s Clinical program and the J. Noland and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice. 

Frank X. Neuner, Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, and a 1976 graduate, will also give remarks. 

The formal ribbon cutting for the space, along with an Open House and tours, will follow.

Students who will take the oath for participation in the clinical program are: Daniel Bailey; Devon Bardin; Sarah Cable; Carolyn Cole; Andre Collins Gaudin; Bruce Hamilton; Penny Hargis; Bryant Harvey; Christopher Kinnison; Rachael Marcus; Frannie Montegut; Ross Murray; Wesley Root; Robert Savage; Richard Scandrett; Nichole Schulte; Lynn Musumeche Stevens; and, Victoria Williams.

Third year law students are allowed to practice law in a clinical environment pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX.  Students are provided experiential opportunities and earn credit while learning through practice. They are placed with state and local governmental agencies and courts, giving them experience in the real practice of law through a structured academic setting.

The LSU Law Center’s Clinical Legal Education program includes a Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Legal Services Clinic, Juvenile Representation Clinic, and a Family Mediation Clinic. More clinical offerings are planned in the future. The Center works closely with several  organizations in the Baton Rouge area, including Capital Area Legal Services, the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court, and the Domestic Violence shelter, among others.

In addition, 27 law students are participating in the Law Center’s Externship Program.  Fourteen students have been placed in the Judicial Externship program as judicial ‘law clerks’ in state and federal courts.  Thirteen students are participating in the Louisiana Department of Justice Externship that places students with the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information on the program, view the web site at http://www.law.lsu.edu/index.cfm?geaux=clinicalprograms.default, or contact Karen Soniat at 225/578-8645 or ksonia2@lsu.edu

Clinical Legal Education Ribbon Cutting and Student Oath Ceremony

Date: Friday, Aug 21, 2009 

Time: 1 p.m.  

Location: Law Center McKernan Auditorium 


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Golden Grads Add Perspective to Commencement
by Victor P. Erwin on August 11, 2009, Blog: Reunion Recaps

Twenty members of the Class of 1959 returned to celebrate their 50th class reunion on May 28. The Golden Grads participated in commencement exercises, donning golden caps and gowns, sitting on the floor with the graduating class and selecting one of their own to deliver a message to the graduates. 

Classmates called on Chris Roy, Sr., of Alexandria,  to speak on behalf of the Class of 1959.  Roy missed his own commencement due to his military obligation, so the opportunity was especially meaningful to him. He reflected upon the speed with which a career is built, time passes and relationships escape. He  advised graduates to maintain connections.

After commencement, the Class of 1959 and 26 family members gathered in the Tucker Room for lunch of borsin cheese-stuffed panko crusted chicken.  Chancellor Jack Weiss gave a brief update on the status of the clinical program, explained the admission process and answered questions. Chris Roy, who along with Kermit Simmons and D. Irvin Couvillion, is a member of the Chancellor's Council, encouraged those present to be generous within their means and  support the Law Center. Classmates spent the rest of their time together in lively conversation.

Attending the reunion were: Don Aaron, Lafayette; Emmett Batson, Baton Rouge; Joel Chaisson, LaPlace; D. Irvin Couvillion, Baton Rouge; Robert Dawkins, Ruston; Ken deBlanc, Lake Charles; Sal Diesi, Breaux Bridge; Davis Gueymard, Baton Rouge; Fred Haygood, Lacombe; Lloyd Hennigan, Jena; Deece Lestage, Deridder; Karl Lewis, Houma; Bill Knight, Jennings; Doris Gates Rankin, Baton Rouge; Chris Roy, Sr., Alexandria; Penrose St. Amant, Gonzales; Charles Salley, Shreveport; Thomas Self, Leesville; Kermit Simmons, Winnfield; and Joe Waitz, Houma.

For pictures of the Class of 1959 reunion, click here.



“Backdoor of the Juvenile Courts” Waiver of Juvenile Status and the Impact of Criminalization
by Linda Rigell on July 16, 2009, Blog: News

A symposium sponsored by the LSU Law Center, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and George and Jean Pugh Institute for Justice will be held Friday, March 19, 2010.

Time and Location
8 a.m. - 8:45: Registration
Tentative Location:  David Robinson Courtroom, LSU Law Center

Dignitaries and speakers include:
• Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor, LSU Law Center

• Catherine D. Kimball, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

• Dr. Debra DePrato, Project Director, Models for Change Louisiana, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

• Matthew Juneau, Articles Editor, Louisiana Law Review

• Professor Frank Zimring, University of California at Berkeley Law School

• Professor Elizabeth Scott, Columbia University Law School

• Mark Soler, Executive Director, Center for Children's Law and Policy

• Dr. Thomas Grisso, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Law-Psychology Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School

• James Bell, The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness & Equity

• Neelum Arya, Director of Research and Policy, Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C.

• Derwyn Bunton, Director, Orleans Public Defenders, former Director of Regional Juvenile Services and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana

• Mark Daugherty, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court

• LA Senator Cheryl Gray

• Gerald Gault, introduced by Patti Puritz [tentative]

--Open to the public--


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More Than 120 Students Make Chancellor’s List for Spring 2009
by Linda Rigell on June 25, 2009, Blog: News

One hundred twenty-nine students were named to the Spring 2009 Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade-point average of 3.2 or better receive the honor.

"I am proud of the accomplishments of our students," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "As the state's flagship law school, LSU continues to foster and develop top-notch students who provide critical leadership in Louisiana and beyond. Making the Chancellor's List this past semester is evidence of their hard work and exceptional talent."

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:

Abbeville - Blair Amber Broussard

Baton Rouge - Robert Chase Abendroth, Bradley Joseph Aldrich, Michael Paul Ameen, Susan Marie Bartlett, Roy Louis Bergeron Jr., Rudolph Charles Boeneke III, David P. Borghardt, Sarah Frances Cable, John Jacob Chapman, Joshua Paul Clayton, Brandi Bayles Cole, Marie Elizabeth Curry, Robert Kenton Denny, Richard Harmon Drew III, Andy Joseph Dupre, Sarah Anne Eilts, Michael James Fagan Jr., Kristen Bell Ford, Irina V. Fox, Tucker Fred Giles, Laura Beth Graham, Druit George Gremillion Jr., Grant Joseph Guillot, Bruce Warfield Hamilton, Brian Paul Higginbotham, Carey Austin Holliday, Thomas Ryan Hooks, Justin Thomas Ittmann,  Claire Elizabeth Juneau, Matthew Charles Juneau, Christopher Keith Kinnison, William Joel Kolarik II, Katherine Nicole Lee, Allison Burnette Lewis, Tanner Daniel Magee, Emily Anne Marcum, Kyle Paul Marunick, Ryan Quitman Moon, Frances Minnette Montegut, Zachary Clay Morris, Alana Ellene Odom, Jessica Lynn Orgeron, John M. Parker, Erin Conner Percy, Sarah Elizabeth Perkins, Stephen Donald Polito, Sally Brown Richardson, Landon Richard George Roberts, Craig James Sabottke, Albert Orrell Saulsbury IV, Robert Simon Savage, Thomas Stephen Schneidau, Tara Lynn Segal, Diana Serrano, Mackenzie Helen Smith, Mary Margaret Spell, Jack Brandon Stanley, Larissa Kyle Teipner, Loyd Adam Thames, Christina Raquel Valdes, Jade Marguerite Wandell, Sarah Katharine Weissman, Michael Flynn West, Jacob Carter White, Charlotte Megan Youngblood

Covington
- Heather Ann D'Antonio, Casey Elizabeth Faucon, Peyton Christian Lambert

Denham Springs
- Kate Elizabeth Bernacchio, Heather F. Crow, Carmen Tircuit Hebert, Joshua Merlin Lewis, Jamie Ann Polozola

DeRidder
- Robert Ludlum Blankenship

Greenwell Springs - Benjamin Mckay Anderson

Hammond
- Hunter Adams Chauvin

Independence - Kathryn Jean Edwards

Iota - Britney Lynn Hebert

Kenner - Amanda Marie Collura, Michael C. Mims, Christopher Keith Odinet, Beatriz Quintana Richmond

La Place - Tabitha Olivard Mangano

Lafayette - Kevin Michael Blanchard, Robert Douglas Felder, Jerome H. Moroux

Lake Charles
- Megan E. Lebato, Ross Michel Raley

Leesville - Amanda Denise Stephens

Mandeville - Jason Zachary Landry

Metairie
- Michael David Letourneau, Heather Marie Nagel, Gina Marie Palermo, Alexander Theodore Reinboth, Christine Elizabeth Sevin, Ashley Anne Tufts, Katie Anna Whitman

Napoleonville
- Chad Joseph Landry

New Orleans
- Victoria Elizabeth Emmerling

Pineville
- Elizabeth A. Spurgeon

Ponchatoula - Matthew Robert Emmons, Amanda Leigh Russell

Prairieville - Devin Chase Reid, Nichole A. Schulte

Rayne - John William Bihm

Ruston
- Amanda Ann James

Shreveport
- Caroline Buchanan Gardner, Emilie Claire Gibson, Kevin Michael McCrary

Slidell - Michelle Marie West

Sulphur - Lacey Elizabeth Sarver

Terrytown
- Steffan Michael Jambon

Thibodaux - Keith Joseph Fernandez, Caroline Suzanne Hidalgo, Caroline Macon Jones, Sara Beth Rodrigue

Tioga - Michelle Renee Shamblin

Vidalia - Brittny Marie Laukhuff

White Castle
- Seth Evan Bagwell

Woodworth - Leslie Erin Humphries

OUT OF STATE

Spanish Fort, AL - Brian Wesley Capell, Allison Eileen White

Marietta, GA - Bridget K. Hillebrand

Greenville, IL - Kevin Bradly Gieseke

Ocean Springs, MS - Marcus Alan McLelland

Marlboro, NJ - Jaime Beth Petenko

The Woodlands, TX
- Jennifer Rose Dartez

Fairfax, VA - Helena Wasey Abebe


HOMETOWN UNAVAILABLE

Emilie Claire Gibson


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LSU Law Graduate Honored with Scholarship & Leadership Award
by Linda Rigell on June 19, 2009, Blog: News

Sally Richardson, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, was recently honored with the first American Law Institute and American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award presented by the Law Center, according to Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

"The award goes to a graduate who combines scholarship and leadership–the qualities embodied by the ALI-ABA parent organizations," said Weiss. "We are honored to present Sally with this award."

"Lawyers are routinely called upon to serve as leaders and scholars. In their service to others, members of the legal profession must strive to be the best leaders and scholars they can," Richardson said. "Receiving an award that embodies these characteristics is a great honor, though much praise should be given to the administration, faculty, staff, and my fellow students at the LSU Law Center.

"During the past three years, these individuals have helped me develop my leadership skills and scholastic abilities. I remain grateful for all that has been given to me during my law school career and I am honored to be the recipient of the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award."

Richardson graduated summa cum laude from the LSU Law Center in May. She also graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif, which recognizes the highest 10 percent of the graduating class. Beginning in August, she will clerk for the Hon. W. Eugene Davis of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Lafayette, Louisiana


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Summer PILS Fellowships Awarded to Thirteen LSU Law Students
by Linda Rigell on June 19, 2009, Blog: News

Thirteen LSU Law students have received Public Interest Law (PILS) Fellowships for the summer. The students were selected through a competitive application process, and each will receive a $2,000 stipend to pursue work in a variety of public interest areas. The stipends were funded by the Law Center.

The following are the students who received fellowships and where they will be working:

  • Jonathan Brown - Southwest Louisiana Law Center, Lake Charles.
  • Airzola Cleaves - Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge.
  • Amanda Darby - Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge.
  • Jeanette Dewitt - Southwest Louisiana Law Center, Lake Charles and Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge.
  • Andre Gaudin - Orleans District Attorney.
  • Laura Beth Graham - Child Advocacy Center, Baton Rouge.
  • Mallory Hedditch - 16th JDC Family Court.
  • LaToya Jordan - Federal Public Defender's Office, New Orleans.
  • Kyle Marunick - 23rd JDC District Attorney.
  • Carrie Mills - Federal Public Defender, Baton Rouge.
  • Tara Peveto - Catholic Charities, Baton Rouge.
  • Lynn Austin - Wild South, North Carolina.
  • Nick Martin - Gwinnett County Juvenile Court, Georgia.


PILS is a student run organization that strives to foster student interest and action in the public interest community. Its mission is to provide like-minded students an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience through exposure to areas of the law that aid the public.

PILS provides pro bono and community service activities, educational lectures, and a public interest career counselor to raise awareness of issues faced by the immediate community and beyond.

 


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LSU Law Students Chosen for Juvenile Public Defender Fellowships
by Linda Rigell on June 19, 2009, Blog: News

Ten LSU Law Center students were selected for summer fellowships with the Juvenile Public Defender Board and will serve in offices throughout the state. The fellowships are funded by the Juvenile Public Defender Board and are being managed via LSU's Public Interest Law Society, or PILS.

The following are the students receiving the fellowships and where they will serve:

  • Matt Boatwright - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Emma Frost - Shreveport Public Defender's Office.
  • Natasha George - State Public Defender's Office.
  • Nick Martin - Houma/Thibodaux Public Defender's Office.
  • Jonathan Mitchell - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Jacob Richard - Lake Charles Public Defender's Office.
  • Richard Scandrett - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Mike Smith - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Elma Rose Stacks - Baton Rouge Child in Need of Care Office.
  • Sharon Tsai - Baton Rouge Child in Need of Care Office.

"This internship project is a long overdue perfect match of public need and student talent," said Professor Lucy McGough, a member of the Louisiana Public Defender Board. "The Public Defender offices throughout the state are woefully underfunded and stretched thin in providing quality defense services for adults. The gap between need and representation is even greater for young offenders in the juvenile courts.

"Our student interns who were selected for these internships will have a terrific opportunity to learn defense skills, share responsibility for real juvenile clients, and make a difference in the way their clients and families will view lawyers and the legal system," McGough added.


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Fall 2008 Reunions
by Bobbi M. Zaunbrecher on June 18, 2009, Blog: Reunion Recaps

Six classes celebrated reunions in the fall. The Class of 2003 got together Friday, September 26, the evening before the Mississippi State football game. The 1978 class got together on the evening of October 24, before the Georgia football game.  The classes of 1968, 1983, 1988 and 1998 convened on the evening of Friday, November 14, before the Troy State game, which was designated homecoming after Gustaf rendered hotel accommodations more scarce than usual for the originally-scheduled weekend.

Class of 2003
The Class of 2003 was the first to hold a five-year reunion.  Ninety classmates and guests got together at DeLaronde Hall for cocktails and dancing.  Committee members Kyle Bacon, Adrien Busekist, Erin Lanoux, Jackie McCreary, Angelique Freel, Scott Huffstetler, Jennifer Zeringue Elisabeth Cortez and Fred LeBleu started in the spring to plan a festive party and locate classmates whose job opportunities had carried them all over the country since graduation.

See pictures from the 2003 class reunion. 

 

Class of 1978
More than 100 classmates and guests attended the October 24th party at Baton Rouge Country Club for the Class of 1978.  Janet Boles, Diane Crochet, Cliffe Laborde, Guy Holdridge and Bingham Stewart planned the event, the location of which had to be changed due to hurricane damage to the original venue.

See pictures of the 1978 Class Reunion.

 

Class of 1968
Peter Duffield provided background music for the 40-year reunion of the Class of 1968.  Classmates and guest enjoyed cocktails and conversation with members of the faculty in the Tucker Room at the LSU Law Center.

See pictures of the 1968 class reunion.

Class of 1983
Class of 1998
Although the date change made it difficult for a number of people to reschedule their plans for the weekend, the classes of 1983 and 1998 were not deterred.  They combined their party at Juban's, got to know each other a little better and visited with Chancellor Jack Weiss while Larry Turner provided background music.

See pictures of the combined 1983 and 1998 reunion party.

Class of 1988
Mathile Abramson's lovely country home provided a unique setting for the Class of 1988's gathering.  Floyd Brown's blues played in the background while 50 classmates reminisced. 

See pictures of the 1988 class reunion.


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Professor Ronald Scalise Honored with Distinguished Service Award
by Linda Rigell on June 18, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law Center Professor Ronald J. Scalise, Jr. has been awarded the LSU Law Center's Distinguished Service Award by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  The award was bestowed upon Professor Scalise during the 2009 Commencement ceremonies, in recognition of his five years of extraordinary service as Professor of Law and Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Professor Scalise will join the faculty of Tulane Law School, his alma mater, effective Fall 2009.
 
In presenting the award, Chancellor Weiss, said, "Hundreds of our students, as well as your faculty colleagues, have been inspired by your teaching and outstanding scholarship.  Your sound leadership in all matters of academic affairs, and in particular, your curatorship of the civil law, has provided an indispensable foundation for our future. The Law Center gratefully thanks you for your many contributions and wishes you well in your future endeavors."
 
Professor Scalise joined the LSU Law Center faculty in 2004. He was an active member of the Successions and Donations Committee, the Trust Committee, and the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of Civil Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law, and in wide range of areas of Louisiana law.
 
He taught Western Legal Traditions: Louisiana Impact, Successions and Donations, Civil Law Property, Obligations, and Criminal Law. Professor Scalise also served as Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for several months during this past academic year.


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Law Center Announces Appointment of Admissions Director
by Linda Rigell on June 4, 2009, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of Lynell A. Cadray as Director of Admissions for the LSU Law Center. Ms. Cadray also will serve as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services.
 
Cadray, a Louisiana native, has served as Director of Admission at Emory Law School since 1994. She has also served as Emory Law's Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer.
 
"Lynell Cadray brings a wealth of experience and a long track record of success at Emory to our Admissions Office. She's one of the most highly regarded law school enrollment professionals in the nation. I'm confident that she will play a major role in attracting even more top students to the LSU Law Center," said Chancellor Weiss. 
 
Ms. Cadray previously held the positions of Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Mercer University.  She began her career in college admissions at Tulane University, working her way up from Admissions Counselor to Associate Dean, Executive Assistant to the Dean, and Interim Dean of the Admissions Office. 
 
"I looked for a place where I could take my 26 years of enrollment management experience and put it to good use," said Cadray about her decision to join the LSU Law Center administrative team. "It was natural to think about coming to a law school like LSU—that is centered around the community; that is strong in faculty reputation; and, that is equally strong for its reputation for student excellence. It's that total package that I'm selling as an Admissions professional, after all."  
 
She is member of the Law School Admissions Council, The Southern Association of Pre-law Advisors, and the Pre-law Advisor National Committee, among others.  She has extensive experience in working with university committees that have focused on diversity and community initiatives, women's issues, leadership, student affairs, disability services, international affairs, alumni relations, and career services.
 
Ms. Cadray is a native of New Orleans. She received her B.A. from Tulane University in Social Sciences and an M.A. in Women's Studies from Georgia State University.
 
She will assume her duties at the Law Center in mid-July.


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2009 Graduates Celebrate at Grads and Crawdads Night
by Linda Rigell on June 1, 2009, Blog: News

Law Center graduates and their guests gathered on the grounds of the Law Center on Wednesday, May 27 for the 2009 Grads and Crawdads night. Over 500 guests and graduates took part in the largest crawfish boil in the recent history of the Law Center, according to student and staff coordinators.

Third-year class president Maggie Spell, along with Alumni Relations staffer Bobbi Zaunbrecher, served as primary coordinators for the evening.

LSU Law graduates, family members, friends, faculty, and staff joined in the celebration. Family from as far away as Ohio joined in the feast.  "This is a great family night, even though we don't eat crawfish!" said Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Ohio, parents of graduate Patrick Hall.

The family-oriented evening featured hamburgers, hot crawfish, corn, potatoes, and strawberry cake. 

The Class of 2009 thanks Mockler Beverage Company for helping to make the event possible through its generous donation.
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LSU Law Center Confers Degrees at Commencement Exercises
by Linda Rigell on June 1, 2009, Blog: News

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Prior to Commencement, the 2009 student members of The Order of the Coif were honored in the Law Center's McKernan Law Auditorium. In all, 18 students were inducted into the Order, which recognizes the highest 10 percent of the graduating class. Pictured from left to right: (1st row) Brandi Cole, Michelle Shamblin, Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Susan Bartlett, Sally Richardson; (2nd row) Matthew Emmons, William Kline, Kristen Ford, David Schroeder, Jessica Orgeron, Devin Reid, Andy Dupre; (3rd row) Clinton Bowers, L. Adam Thames, Richard Drew III, Grant Joseph Guillot, Megan LeBato, Brian Wesley Capell.

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Among the dignitaries present for LSU Law’s Commencement ceremony were LSU Board of Supervisors member Hank Gowen, a 1971 graduate of the Law school; the Hon. W. Eugene Davis, commencement speaker; LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss; the Hon. Chet D. Traylor, honorary member of The Order of the Coif; LSU Board of Supervisors President James P. Roy, Jr.; LSU Board of Supervisors member Anthony Falterman, a 1970 graduate of the Law school; and LSU System President John Lombardi.

 

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center awarded degrees to 185 students at commencement exercises on Thursday, May 28 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. One hundred eighty-two students received the Juris Doctor/Diploma in Civil Law (J.D./D.C.L.). Three students-representing Argentina, Turkey, and Uganda-received the Master of Laws (LL.M.).

Also, 45 students were recognized with additional academic honors, including four students who graduated Summa Cum Laude, ranking in the top two percent of the graduating class. Seven students were recognized for exceeding 50 hours of pro bono service.

The ceremonies were presided over by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, while James P. Roy, Jr., chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors and a 1976 graduate of the Law Center, assisted in the conferring of degrees. LSU System President John Lombardi also addressed the graduates.

Serving as Commencement speaker was the Hon. W. Eugene Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was joined by Chris J. Roy, Sr., who spoke on behalf of the LSU Law Class of 1959, which celebrated its 50th reunion following the ceremonies. Among those joining the speakers on the platform were LSU Board of Supervisors members Francis "Hank" Gowen, a 1971 graduate of the Law Center, and Anthony Falterman, a 1970 graduate.

Prior to Commencement, the 2009 student members of The Order of the Coif were honored in the Law Center's McKernan Law Auditorium. In all, 18 students were inducted into the Order, which recognizes the highest 10 percent of the senior class.

The Hon. Chet D. Traylor, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court, spoke as an honorary member of The Order of the Coif.

The following are honor graduates listed alphabetically:

THE ORDER OF THE COIF

Susan Marie Small Bartlett - Mechanic Falls, Michigan
Clinton Mathew Bowers - Shreveport
Brian Wesley Capell - Bossier City
Brandi Bayles Cole - West Monroe
Richard Harmon Drew III - Minden
Andy Joseph Dupre - Houma
Matthew Robert Emmons - Ponchatoula
Kristen Bell Ford - Houston, Texas    
Grant Joseph Guillot - Baton Rouge
William Bradley Kline - Zachary
Megan Elizabeth LeBato - Lake Charles
Jessica Lynn Orgeron - River Ridge
Jaime Beth Petenko - Marlboro, New Jersey
Devin Chase Reid - Prairieville
Sally Brown Richardson - Baton Rouge
David Logan Schroeder - Asheville, North Carolina
Michelle Renee Shamblin - Tioga
L. Adam Thames - Tallulah

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Jaime Beth Petenko - Marlboro, New Jersey
Devin Chase Reid - Prairieville
Sally Brown Richardson - Baton Rouge
Michelle Renee Shamblin - Tioga

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Benjamin Mckay Anderson - Central
Susan Marie Bartlett - Mechanic Falls, Michigan
David Paul Borghardt - Baton Rouge
Clinton Mathew Bowers - Shreveport
Brian Wesley Capell - Bossier City
Brandi Bayles Cole - West Monroe
Richard Harmon Drew III - Minden
Andy Joseph Dupre - Houma
Matthew Robert Emmons - Ponchatoula
Kristen Bell Ford - Houston, Texas
Grant Joseph Guillot - Baton Rouge
William Bradley Kline - Zachary
Megan Elizabeth LeBato - Lake Charles
Allison Burnette Lewis - Charlotte, North Carolina
Jessica Lynn Orgeron - River Ridge
Kristi Wagley Richard - Opelousas
David Logan Schroeder - Asheville, North Carolina
L. Adam Thames -Tallulah

CUM LAUDE

Robert Chase Abendroth - Lafayette
Bradley Joseph Aldrich - Baton Rouge
Blair Amber Broussard - Abbeville
Marie Elizabeth Curry - Greenville, Mississippi
Heather Ann D'Antonio - Bogalusa
Michael Jason deBarros - Baton Rouge
Justin Thomas Ittmann - New Orleans
Andrea Marie Knouse - Lafayette
William Joel Kolarik II - Baton Rouge
Peyton Christian Lambert - Covington
Chad Joseph Landry - Napoleonville
Michael David Letourneau - New Orleans
Matthew Clinton Meiners - Baton Rouge
Bert Joseph Miller - Metairie
Ryan Quitman Moon - Lake Charles
Jerome Harold Moroux - Lafayette
John Michael Parker, Jr. - Baton Rouge
Patrick Bruce Sanders - New Orleans
Drew Ellington Smith - Leesville
Chase Dillon Tettleton - San Antonio, Texas
Sarah Katharine Weissman - Vienna, Virginia
Allison Eileen White - Cincinnati, Ohio
Katie Anna Whitman - Metairie

The following are Louisiana graduates listed by parish:

ASCENSION PARISH
Gonzales - Robert Steven Bourgeois
Prairieville - Devin Chase Reid
Sorrento - Jennifer Ann Lewis Liles

ASSUMPTION PARISH
Napoleonville - Chad Joseph Landry

BOSSIER PARISH
Bossier City - Brian Wesley Capell, Charles Taunton Melville
Haughton - Matthew Burroughs, Kelli Rene' Cook

CADDO PARISH
Shreveport - Clinton Mathew Bowers, Courtney Elizabeth Bryan, Patrick Cornelius Cotter, Scott Thomas Hearne, William Lake Hearne Jr., Michael Alan Marino, Kevin Michael McCrary, Darrell Rhodes Miller, Linda Claire Millhollon, Mary Katherine Muslow, Andrew Dale Olsan, John Laird Porter, Gerald Adam Savoie

CALCASIEU PARISH
Iowa - Elaina Michelle Jones Bordelon
Lake Charles - Benjamin Howard Dampf, Jamie Rebecca Jacobs, Megan Elizabeth LeBato, Shelley Ann McGlathery, Ryan Quitman Moon, Stephen Donald Polito
Vinton - Patrick Glenn Virgadamo

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH
Baton Rouge - Bradley Joseph Aldrich, Robin Elaine Boatright, Jennifer Olivier Bollinger, David Paul Borghardt, Theresa Eileen Chatelain, Stephanie Denise Chavis, David Alan Conachen, William Claude Coon, Brenden Taylor Craig, Michael Jason deBarros, Sarah Anne Eilts, Jonathan Shahan Forester, Grant Joseph Guillot, David Boyer Helveston, William Joel Kolarik II, Kristen Elaine Lundin, Matthew Clinton Meiners, Alana Ellene Odom, John Michael Parker Jr., Sally Brown Richardson, Brett Andrew Robinson, Jessica Anne Ross, Kyle Patrick Russ, Mary Katherine Shoenfelt, Jamal A. Suleiman, Shannon Charles Talamo, Catherine Jenkins Wheeler, Leslie Katherine Ziober
Central - Benjamin McKay Anderson
Zachary - William Bradley Kline

EVANGELINE PARISH
Ville Platte - Jeffrey Kyle Council, Jules Gregory Vidrine

IBERIA PARISH
New Iberia - Sean Matthew Stockstill

IBERVILLE PARISH
Plaquemine - Korey Dan Harvey

JEFFERSON PARISH
Lafitte - Jenna Mary Hatty
Metairie - David Christopher Coons, Julia Kathleen Fendler, Stephen John Litchfield, Bert Joseph Miller, Megan Elizabeth Perkins, Brittany Dawn Rogers, Vincent Piazza Scallan, Katie Anna Whitman, George Chung-Ju Wu
River Ridge - Jessica Lynn Orgeron

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH
Jennings - Trevor Kade Theunissen

LAFAYETTE PARISH
Broussard - Francis James Benezech II
Lafayette - Robert Chase Abendroth, Paige Lynn Ellison, Robert D. Felder, Katherine Karre' Fontenot, Scott Michael Guidry, Andrea Marie Knouse, Jerome Harold Moroux, Renee Claire Hasha Pennington, Michael A. Rainey, Jonathan Scott Ringo, Kiera Ylisa Thomas, Celeste Cecilia White

LAFOURCHE PARISH
Cutoff - Keara Ann Plaisance
Thibodaux - Shelley Elizabeth Aucoin, Sara Beth Rodrigue

LIVINGSTON PARISH
Albany - Kimberly Lois Resetar

MADISON PARISH
Tallulah - L. Adam Thames

NATCHITOCHES PARISH
Natchitoches - Mackenzie Helen Smith

ORLEANS PARISH
New Orleans - Amanda Boudreaux Bensabat, Jarred Patrick Bradley, Allison Maria Colomb, Alexander Kammer Dimitry, John Alexander Dutton, Justin Thomas Ittmann, Michael David Letourneau, Kelly Dussel Perrier, Jordan Casey Samford, Patrick Bruce Sanders, Christine Elizabeth Sevin, Jameson Michael Taylor, Peter Sutherland Thriffiley, Jr.

OUACHITA PARISH
Monroe - Jessica Michelle Crain, Jessica Leigh Page Johnston
West Monroe - Brandi Bayles Cole, Sara Taylor Donohue

RAPIDES PARISH
Alexandria - Michael David Bordelon
Ball - Liza Ortego Bush
Tioga - Michelle Renee Shamblin

RICHLAND PARISH
Rayville - Kyle Lee Gallman

ST. LANDRY
Lawtell - Matthew Scott Lejeun
Opelousas - Beau Anthony LeBlanc, Kristi Wagley Richard

ST. MARTIN PARISH
Cecilia - Chaz Hanley Roberts

ST. TAMMANY PARISH
Covington - Peyton Christian Lambert
Mandeville - Catherine Elizabeth Blappert, Erin Theresa Bray, Rachel Lauren Smith, Janell Cuccia Weil, Chantal Marie Smoorenburg Wilson
Slidell - Tabitha Olivard Mangano, Megan Rawle Stafford

TANGIPAHOA PARISH
Amite - Anthony Joseph Lascaro
Hammond - Brian Mathew Chustz, Waukeshia Denise Jackson
Ponchatoula - Matthew Robert Emmons

TERREBONE PARISH
Houma - Damon Brian Bowe, Andy Joseph Dupre

VERMILLION PARISH
Abbeville - Blair Amber Broussard, Megan Elise Donohue

VERNON PARISH
Leesville - Drew Ellington Smith

WASHINGTON PARISH
Bogalusa - Heather Ann D'Antonio

WEBSTER PARISH
Minden - Richard Harmon Drew III

The following are out-of-state and international students:

ALABAMA
Birmingham - Zachary Clay Morris
Fairhope - Mary Margaret Spell
Montgomery - Melissa Marie Grand

ARKANSAS
Cabot - Andrew Ellis Ferguson

CALIFORNIA
Walnut - Mark John Semien

FLORIDA
Neptune Beach - James William Myers
Ocala - Andrew Tillman Lilly
Tampa - Suzanna Marie Johnson

GEORGIA
Alpharetta - Jennifer Marie Lambert

KENTUCKY
Versailles - Jillian Leigh Burgess

MASSACHUSETTS
Natick - Douglas Alexander Wilson

MAINE
Mechanic Falls - Susan Marie Small Bartlett

MISSISSIPPI
Greenville - Marie Elizabeth Curry
Natchez - William Carl McGehee III
Starkville - Joseph Collin Zumwalt

NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville - David Logan Schroeder
Charlotte - Allison Burnette Lewis

NEW JERSEY
Marlboro - Jaime Beth Petenko

NEW YORK
New Rochelle - Ryan James McLeod

OHIO
Cincinnati - Allison Eileen White
Youngstown - Patrick Thomas More Hall

TEXAS
Dallas - Justin David Mitchell, Jessica Wagner Oeffner
Houston - Kristen Bell Ford, Leonid Kishinevsky
Hurst - Derek Michael Tanner
Longview - Rebecca K. Bayless
Mountain Home - Nicholas Thorin Garrett
Nacogdoches - Charles Matthew Thompson
Roscoe - Chaile Milynn Bowman Allen
San Antonio - Chase Dillon Tettleton

VIRGINIA
Alexandria - Elizabeth Rittenhouse Heilig
Richmond - B. William Barrett IV
Vienna - Sarah Katharine Weissman

WASHINGTON

Adna - Samuel James Brown

INTERNATIONAL

Vicente Lopez, Argentina - Matias Francisco Argarate
Bogota, Colombia - Liliana Munoz Noriega
San Jose, Costa Rica - Juan Manuel Cordero
Addis Abebe, Ethiopia - Helena Wasey Abebe
Zellenberg, France - Christelle Anne Demangeat
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Tatiana Vorobieva
Adana, Turkey - Kerime Fatma Derinoz Gunturk
Kampala, Uganda - Andrew Nyombi


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Chancellor Weiss's Remarks to Law Graduates May 28, 2009
by Linda Rigell on May 31, 2009, Blog: News

Judge Davis, Justice Traylor, Chairman Roy, President Lombardi, Members of the Board of Supervisors, Colleagues, Parents, Friends, Golden Grads, and Members of the Law Center Class of 2009:

This year marks, as you know, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

From the age of 27 until he was elected President in 1860 at the age of 51, Lincoln spent most of his career as a practicing lawyer based in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln traveled around the state, "riding the circuit" and trying almost every imaginable kind of case.

You are our Lincoln bicentennial class. So let's consider together just a few of the many lessons to be learned from Lincoln the lawyer.

First, like his political career, Lincoln's career as a lawyer had its share of disappointments.

In Team of Rivals, her award-winning book about Lincoln and his cabinet, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts one particularly humiliating episode in Lincoln's legal career.

By 1855, Lincoln had built a solid reputation as an Illinois trial lawyer.  A Philadelphia patent law firm hired Lincoln as local counsel in Chicago to help defend an important patent infringement case. The Philadelphia firm, according to Goodwin, wanted a local lawyer "who understood the judge and had his confidence."

Lincoln spent many hours working on a long brief and preparing himself to work side by side on the case with his big time co-counsel from the big city.

But as he continued to work, Lincoln heard nothing from the lead counsel, who had promised to forward him pleadings and depositions in the case but had not done so. Lincoln traveled to Chicago on his own to check the record, to figure out what was going on. Only then did he find out that the case had been transferred to Cincinnati and that no one had bothered to tell him.  A prominent Ohio lawyer, Edwin M. Stanton, had been hired to replace Lincoln as local counsel there.

Undaunted, brief in hand, Lincoln took it upon himself to travel to Cincinnati to join the team representing his client.

When Lincoln arrived there, however, dressed in poorly fitting clothes and (to those inclined to be superficial in their judgments) giving the appearance of a country bumpkin lawyer far out of his league, he was treated most rudely, to say the least.

At the hotel where all the lawyers were staying, he ran into Stanton and an associate leaving for court. As Goodwin tells the story, Stanton pulled the associate aside and whispered, "Why did you bring that damned long armed Ape here ... he does not know anything and can do you no good."

Stanton and the other big city lawyers ate their meals together every day. For the entire week Lincoln was in Cincinnati, they never asked Lincoln to join them. Lincoln sat as a spectator in the courtroom, not at counsel table. One evening, when the judge on the case hosted the lawyers at dinner, Lincoln was not even invited.

These put downs must have stung Lincoln terribly. Leaving town, he wrote a note to the wife of the one local lawyer who had shown Lincoln some hospitality. In the note, Lincoln said he never expected to come to Cincinnati again. "I have nothing against the city, but things have so happened here as to make it undesirable for me ever to return here," Lincoln wrote.

Yet, not even six years later, Lincoln would appoint the same lawyer who had treated him so shabbily, Edwin M. Stanton, his secretary of war. As Lincoln saw it, Stanton was only man who could marshal the resources necessary to hold the Union army, and thus the Union itself, together. Lincoln overcame his personal feelings and was able to put the interests of the country ahead of his own pain and resentment at his shabby treatment. And, over the next four years, Stanton would come to love Lincoln more than any person outside of his own family.

As Goodwin writes, "Though Lincoln desired success as fiercely as any of his rivals, he did not allow his quest for office to consume the kindness and openheartedness with which he treated supporters and rivals alike ..." He had, she writes, "a singular ability to transcend personal vendetta, humiliation, or bitterness."

Later, Lincoln himself would say: "No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention."

What, then, does this touching story hold for you, Class of 2009? Lawyers today, as they were in 1855, are by definition trained intellectual combatants and competitors. We are taught to advocate zealously for our clients—to fight fiercely for our client's cause.

But as we know from the experiences of many true soldiers, a life of combat has its risks as well as its rewards. Lincoln recognized that the life of a lawyer presents an unusually great danger of corroding or blunting the human impulses of empathy and generosity.

So the take away from this story is to take a cue from Lincoln and to shy away from a professional life of bickering and, as Lincoln put it, "personal contention." Keep your eye at all times on the values of forgiveness and understanding. Give your opponent a break if you can. And do this not just because it is right, but because you will be a happier person and a happier, not to mention more successful lawyer, if you do.

Before I close, let me share with you briefly two other lessons bequeathed to us by Lincoln the lawyer.

Sometime between 1850 and 1860, around the time of his humiliation in Cincinnati, Lincoln was asked to present a lecture to a group of young lawyers just starting out in law practice. His notes for that lecture still exist, on two sheets of a legal pad, his handwriting clear and modern.

Here's how Lincoln began that talk: "I am not an accomplished lawyer," he wrote. "I find quite as much material for a lecture, in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful."

Some might say Lincoln was being falsely modest in his introduction. I believe he was being direct and factual. Every lawyer who practices for any length of time knows two things: that he will win some and lose some, and that he will make some mistakes along the way.

The very first thing Lincoln wanted those young Illinois lawyers to know was not to demand perfection of themselves and, implicitly, not to try to win at all costs.

That doesn't mean that you should justify sloppiness and poor preparation by simply recalling that even the best lawyers don't always win. It does mean that you should keep your disappointments in check—everyone has them—and not be so preoccupied with winning that you run roughshod over your own fundamental values.

Live to fight another day. "Resolve to be honest at all events," Lincoln told the young lawyers, "and if in your own judgment, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave."

Finally, I want to leave you with a few of Lincoln's words that to me are freighted with the most important message of all. A lawyer, Lincoln told the young lawyers of Illinois, "has a superior opportunity of being a good man." (Sadly, of course, there were no women lawyers in Lincoln's day.) So let's translate that a bit: "a lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good person."

What Lincoln meant, I think, is that our training as lawyers qualifies us uniquely to bring together the life of the mind with the life of the spirit—to fuse together in our professional existence challenging and exciting intellectual tasks with worthwhile work that makes a real difference in the lives of other people. Lawyering thus meets our critical human need to find a higher purpose in what we do with all of our education and all of our hard work.

The law offers many pathways to fulfillment, that fusion of mind and spirit that Lincoln had in mind and that his own life embodied. For some of you, fulfillment will lie in becoming great trial lawyers, accomplished in the courtroom. For others, it will be protecting children or the underprivileged, corporate law, or real estate law, prosecuting those accused of crimes... or defending those accused of crimes.

What matters is not the pathway you choose but that it be one that measures up to your own ideals and that it provides you with satisfaction and fulfillment.

There are many other fields of human endeavor that provide this opportunity—medicine, teaching, the clergy, humanitarian work, to name a few. But, let's face it, there are few other fields of endeavor in which it is so easy to lose your way—so easy to become a legal automaton, a hired gun, a mouthpiece, who's really good at the law but for whom the law is just a good paying job without meaning—for whom a day at the office is filled with success on someone else's terms but devoid of meaning for you.

And, frankly, I fear that many pathways in the legal world circa 2009 are particularly threatening to the self-esteem, independence, and long-term satisfaction of young lawyers like you.

You will have to be particularly vigilant not to fall into one of these traps. Far too many of this country's finest law school graduates soon become casualties of dehumanizing hours, mind-deadening document reviews, and little hope of progression to the professional fulfillment that they dreamed of when they chose to attend law school in the first place.

Robert Penn Warren, the great novelist and poet who taught here at LSU in the 1930s, once captured in only a few words the dangerous limbo of professional indifference. In Dragon Tree, Warren uses as his backdrop the natural beauty and drama of a raging river in springtime:

Spring comes early, ice
Groans in the gorge. Water, black, swirls
Into foam like lace white in fury. The gorge boulders boom.
When you hear, in darkness, the gorge boulders boom, does your heart say "No comment?"

After you leave us today, as the weeks turn into months, and months into years, remember the goals you set for yourself and check in often to make sure you are on track to achieve them. If you stand on the bank of the raging stream of legal life and the "gorge boulders" are "booming" but your heart says "No comment", take stock of where you are, what you are doing, and for whom you are doing it. Don't settle. Don't sell out.

Long after you have forgotten the rules of law you have learned in your classes, long after you have forgotten case names and code sections and even the names of Supreme Court Justices, you must fight to preserve the ideals and the dreams you had for yourself when you came and went, through our doors, day by day for the last three years.

So: Class of 2009: Go forth. Prosper. Multiply. Bill. Collect. (And, whatever you do, contribute to LSU Law!) But, please, promise me, and promise yourselves, this one thing: that if one day your heart says "No comment", you will think of Lincoln, you will think of this day, you will think of your days here at LSU Law, and you will do what it takes to reconnect with "the better angels of your [legal] nature."


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Remarks of Commencement speaker Judge W. Eugene Davis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
by Linda Rigell on May 29, 2009, Blog: News

Friends and family, faculty and staff and most importantly, graduates. I am honored to be with you this morning and I congratulate each member of this class of 2009. You had a lot of help to get here today. You should take a few minutes to thank those important people who helped you, counseled you, paid your tuition and told you what you needed to hear. This is as much their celebration as it is yours.

It is customary to tell a commencement audience how honored you are to be at their graduation but I want you to know I really mean it. I know how much this day means to you and being able to share it with you is very special.

I feel a real connection to your class. Two members of your class agreed to begin a one-year clerkship in my chambers in a couple of months. We look forward to Sally Richardson's return. She was an intern summer before last and everyone in my chambers became very fond of her. And her work was outstanding.

I also look forward to working with and spending time with Jerome Moroux. Jerome is a very special case. His dad, Tony, who died much too young, was my very first law clerk in 1976, when I was a baby judge on the trial court. Having Jerome in the office is almost like having a grandson as a law clerk.

Speaking of law clerks, I have had over 80 clerks in my 32 plus years  
on the bench from law schools all over the country. Some of my best clerks were from LSU. Andi Carroll-Professor Carroll to you, an LSU grad-was one of my all time favorites and if you have been in one of her classes, I know you can understand why.

I know I am standing between you and the real celebrations to follow and I will not keep you long. I ask for your attention for no longer than 10 minutes.

Almost 50 years ago, when I was in your seat as a law graduate, I was so glad to be finished with law school. I thought it would never end. I barely remember the commencement speaker except he was exhorting us to do our share of pro bono work and public service. As important as public service is--and it is important--like most graduates that day, I was focused on more immediate, practical concerns such as getting a job and taking care of my military obligation.

So fully recognizing that you have immediate pressing problems such as repaying student loans and getting a job, I have learned a few lessons during my journey of almost fifty years since law school and I can't resist making a few suggestions.

Just remember: a little luck, integrity and hard work are the keys to success as a lawyer and in life, generally.

As you begin the practice of law, realize that life is full of surprises. It will not always be easy and it will not always be fair. No job, including the practice of law, is always heart poundingly exciting. Like all jobs, it has its tedious, repetitious side. But it should also be fun, and in my experience, the practice of law is fun. If you absolutely hate practicing law, I hope you can find something else to do. If it is not fun, what is the point? Remember, you always have choices. Although I know it doesn't seem so to you now, life comes at you fast and passes very quickly.

Don't discount the role of luck in the course of your life. But you must be able to recognize your luck and be able to act on it. My wife had an uncle who was very successful in business. I asked him how he did it. He said, "Well, I was standing beside the river and saw a log float by and I grabbed it and rode along until I saw a faster log and I grabbed that one and on and on down the river." So many people I know look at their life as a series of fortuitous events.

I am frequently asked by my law clerks after we become friends, "How can I get to be a federal judge?" I am always a little embarrassed to say that I can give them only two hints, neither of which is very helpful. First, you have to be in the right place at the right time, most for which is fortuitous. Almost every federal judge I know thinks that their appointment was the most improbable one ever made.

In addition to being in the right place at the right time, the other related point is that when a judgeship or some other potential opportunity comes along that you truly want to take advantage of, go for it. It may never come your way again. As the great philosopher Yogi Barra said: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" Lawyers are trained to be risk adverse and advise clients how to avoid risks, but it is rare that we achieve real success without taking risks.

But the willingness to act on and take advantage of those lucky breaks make the difference between success and mediocrity. You can also make your own luck by building relationships. In a world focused on technology, people remain the X factor.

It helps to work for and with a variety of people and garner supporters along the way. We all need support and encouragement from friends to put us in a position to achieve our goals. And that works both ways-we should give as much support and encouragement as we receive. In fact, giving support is the best way to get support. Opportunities come from our relationships with others. Luck is not as random as people think. There are other ways you can make your own luck: by demonstrating your integrity and by having a strong work ethic.

First, firmly bottom your career on honesty and trustworthiness. This includes small matters as well as more important ones. We should see ourselves now as honest and trustworthy. We must have integrity as human beings above all else. The alternative is to make no particular decision on that subject and wait for an occasion that requires us to decide whether to act honestly or not. Either I am a trustworthy person because that is who I am, or trust is something that depends on with whom I am dealing and what is at stake. A lot of people have found that it is a critical mistake to allow circumstances to determine their integrity and character. Those of us who deal with the criminal side of the docket see sad examples of this in case after case. When Bernie Madoff began his career as a young accountant and stockbroker, I doubt that he intended to become the biggest thief in history or spend the last years of his life in prison. My hunch is that he allowed circumstances to determine his character.

I am not saying it does not take courage to be an honest person. It does. Often it takes more courage to refuse to yield on the small corruptions of practice like when a partner tells you to fake a certificate of service, than to resist a major fraud. Some will say that the small cheats are just part of practicing law. Not so. A lawyer who cannot be relied upon to tell the truth or be trustworthy will quickly find himself an outcast in the legal community. You must decide to be an honest lawyer and an honest person.

The other practical point is hard work and good preparation. Alvin Rubin, a great lawyer and judge who taught in this law school I believe over 30 years and mentored and supported me and so many lawyers and judges, was quick to tell anyone who would listen the importance of being well prepared. He always made the point that some of the best lawyers he dealt with did not graduate at the top of the class and perhaps because of this, they made a special effort to always be well prepared. I agree with Judge Rubin that no matter how much brain power you have there is no substitute for hard work and thorough preparation.

Dedication to honesty, hard work and taking advantage of opportunities are the keys to creating your own luck.

That is my message to you. I am happy to welcome you to the legal profession, and I know you will do us all proud.
Thanks again for allowing me to join you.


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Professorship Established in Memory of Lake Charles Native
by Linda Rigell on May 26, 2009, Blog: News

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LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss (center) is joined by members of the Judge Earl E. Veron family at an event commemorating the establishment of the Judge Earl E. Veron Endowed Professorship for support of the Law Center's Clinical Legal Education program. Joining the Chancellor (L to R) are family members Louis Veron, brother; Mrs. Verdy Veron, wife; J. Michael Veron, son; and Michael's wife, Melinda Veron.

A law professorship has been established in memory of the late Judge Earl E. Veron by his wife, Verdy Veron and son, J. Michael Veron, at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. Judge Veron was a 1959 graduate of the LSU Law Center and a widely respected jurist from Lake Charles.

LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss remembered Judge Veron as, "a friend who earned his reputation as a dedicated, thorough, and conscientious judge."  

Veron entered law school at the age of 32. He left the small family grocery business in Lake Charles to enter McNeese State University, becoming the first person in his family to attend college. After completing the necessary course work, he applied for law school at LSU. He became a lawyer at 37.

Nine years after receiving his law degree, Veron became a state district judge in Lake Charles. In 1977, he was appointed to the federal bench for the U.S. Western District of Louisiana by President Jimmy Carter. Veron held this position until his death in 1990.  

"Those of us who were law school classmates of Earl Veron remember him fondly as one who combined the best traits—discipline, enthusiasm, warmth, a love for the law, and empathy for the people upon whom the law impacts.  We were not surprised when he became a successful lawyer and an even more successful judge, both at the state and federal levels.  It is fitting that Judge Veron will be formally remembered by the Law Center, its alumni, and its future students as one of our finest," stated Professor Frank Maraist of the LSU Law Center, a former classmate, peer, and friend of Judge Veron.

He was married to his wife, Verdy, in 1948. Mrs. Verdy Veron and son, J. Michael, a Lake Charles area attorney at Veron, Bice, Palermo, & Wilson LLC in Lake Charles, recently attended a swearing in ceremony for LSU Law students participating in the Center's Clinical Legal Education Program. Michael recalled his discussions with his father when he was contemplating attending law school himself. "There is always room for another good lawyer," said the elder Veron to his son.  

The Veron professorship provides support for the recently expanded Clinical Legal Education Program, where law students represent actual clients in the community or serve as externs in the judiciary and legal divisions of state agencies. The gift will qualify for a double match of funds by the 8(g) Louisiana Education Trust Fund (LEQSF).  The 8(g) Fund, administered by the Louisiana Board of Regents, sustains excellence in health sciences, research, and education in Louisiana.

The Veron family gift supports the LSU Law Center's Forever LSU campaign aimed at increasing private support for the benefit of the Law Center's students, faculty, and programs. For more information, visit the Law Center's website or call 225/578-8645.


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LSU Law Center Commencement Set for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 28
by Karen Soniat on May 20, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center's 2009 Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will give the 2009 Commencement address.

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss will be joined by James P. Roy ('76), Chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, who will confer degrees on behalf of the LSU Board of Supervisors.  Dr. John V. Lombardi, President of the LSU System, will also address the graduates.  

Chris J. Roy, Sr. ('59) will give reflections on behalf of the Class of 1959.  Over 20 Golden Graduates will participate in the ceremony as part of their 50th year class reunion. 

A reception for graduates and guests will be held on the grounds of the Maravich Assembly Center immediately following Commencement.

Judge W. Eugene Davis Commencement Speaker Announcement

Map to LSU campus, Pete Maravich Assembly Center & parking


 

 


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Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs Celebrate Success
by Linda Rigell on May 14, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board celebrated another successful year at their annual banquet in April. Awards were presented for the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, as well as the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition. In addition, the 2008-2009 Appellate Advocacy and Trial Advocacy Teams were recognized. Finally, Megan Donahue, a member of the Trial Advocacy Board, was awarded the Wex Malone Inns of Court Schoarlship.

For a rundown of both programs' activity this past year, click here and here.

Banquet Gallery

 


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Sternberg Elected LSU Board Student Representative
by Joshua Duplechain on May 13, 2009, Blog: News

Scott Sternberg, third-year student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was recently elected to be the new student member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Sternberg was picked for the one-year position at a meeting of LSU student government leaders in Baton Rouge. He will be sworn in at the board’s June 4 meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
“After going to LSU A&M and now being at LSU Law, I am really honored to represent the 50,000 plus students of the LSU System in this important year,” said Sternberg.

“I am particularly honored given the tough issues we face this year, such as the budget problems. Students deserve to have an advocate on the Board, and that’s what I’m going to do.” 

The 25-year-old Sternberg is a 2006 graduate of the LSU Manship School of Communication and a former editor of the LSU Daily Reveille.  Following graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the nonprofit Student Press Law Center. He also worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, The Times-Picayune, and the Baton Rouge Business Report.

He is incoming executive president of the LSU Law Student Bar Association, a senior associate of the Louisiana Law Review, member of the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board, and a writer for the Civilian, the Law Center’s student newsletter. Sternberg is also very active with the Law Center’s Public Interest Law Society (PILS).


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Dodson Family Endows Professorship in Honor of Yiannopoulous
by Linda Rigell on May 13, 2009, Blog: News

"LSU Law never had a better friend," said Richard J. "Jerry" Dodson, about former LSU Professor A.N. Yiannopoulous. Dodson and his wife, Gloria, recently established the A.N. Yiannopoulous Endowed Professorship at the LSU Law Center in honor of the former Law Center faculty member. Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Yiannopoulous, and his family, friends and colleagues, gathered at the Law Center on May 29, 2009 to commemorate the gift.  

"We are grateful to Jerry and Gloria for honoring Professor Yiannopoulous with this gift," said Weiss. "The professor is a part of the rich history of the Law Center, and his work on the Louisiana Civil Code has contributed to both legal education and practice. The Dodson's gift will make a lasting impact on the lives of our faculty and students, while also recognizing the professor's contributions to our program and the broader legal community."

The Chancellor presented Jerry Dodson with a plaque commemorating the new professorship, and Professor Yiannopoulous received a small replica of the bronze plaque that is now in the permanent collection at LSU Law.  Dodson is a 1966 graduate of the LSU Law Center.

"It's a wonderful feeling to be recognized and to have this occasion to be together," said Yiannopoulous upon receiving the award from Dodson and the Chancellor.  "The civil law of Louisiana is a torch that we should keep alive. LSU Law was my first professorship, and in a very significant way, was important to my life."

In 1958, Colonel John H. Tucker, the President of the Louisiana Law Institute, and LSU Law Dean Paul M. Hebert collaborated to bring Yiannopoulous from Greece to the LSU Law School. He joined LSU as a research assistant in civil law property, and was quickly brought in to the revision of the state's civil code by the Louisiana Law Institute.  He was asked to join the Law Center on a permanent basis, eventually teaching courses in property and maritime law. His scholarship added to the growing national reputation of the LSU Law Center, according to his long time friend, Professor Bill Crawford, Director of the Louisiana Law Institute.  

After leaving LSU, Yiannopoulous joined the faculty of Tulane Law School.  Though now semi-retired, he continues to teach and run a summer program on comparative law in Greece. He resides in Baton Rouge.

Dodson is in private law practice with Dodson Hooks & Fredericks, PLC in Baton Rouge. He teaches International Admiralty and Maritime Personal Injury law at the Southern University Law School and is part of the Tulane Summer School Program in Greece. He lectures frequently on topics of international shipping interests and foreign seaman claims and has published extensively in these areas.

He and his wife, Gloria Middleton Dodson, have a 20-year old son, Richard.  They reside in Baton Rouge.

LSU Law Professorships and Chairs

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Construction Underway on Clinic Space at Law Center
by Linda Rigell on May 13, 2009, Blog: News

Work on the LSU Law Center's new Clinical Legal Education space has begun in earnest, with an expected completion date of mid-June.

"Providing an appropriate space for our clinical program has been a priority of the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "We are looking forward to working with our clients from the community in a setting that serves their needs while also offering the best possible educational experience for our students."

The space will include a reception area and waiting room, client interview rooms, a conference room/classroom with AV capabilities, student workrooms, a file room, a mail/copy room, and faculty offices.

"The Clinic space is designed as a model legal services office within the Law Center," said Robert Lancaster, director of Clinical Programs and the J. Noland and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice. "Students will have a technologically advanced, comfortable workspace where they can attend class, meet with clients, and work on their clinic cases. LSU should be proud to have this space available at the Law Center, and it will give a physical presence to the clinics and externships we already have in existence."

Currently, the following clinical programs are in place:

  • Juvenile Representation Workshop - This is a clinical course in which third-year students represent juveniles who are accused of delinquent acts or who are the victims of child abuse or neglect. Second-year students may assist in representation. Actual cases pending before the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court are assigned to students, and prior to any hearing, student counsel present their proposed trial strategies for discussion by other class members and faculty.
  • Domestic Violence Clinic - Students are sworn into practice and interview victims of domestic violence, negotiate protective orders, and represent the client in court, as necessary. The fundamentals of family law and Louisiana's family protection procedures are taught in intensive classroom sessions at the beginning of the term. Thereafter, the class meets less frequently, and students practice directly under the supervision of licensed attorneys of the Family Protection Program of the Capital Area Legal Services Program. The clinic is limited to third-year students who have completed the Legal Profession course.
  • Family Mediation Clinic - Students are sworn into practice and have the opportunity to co-mediate contested child custody disputes that are referred by the Capital Area Legal Services Program. In preparation for that practice, classroom sessions focus on family dynamics and mediation strategies through reading, viewing videotapes of actual mediations, discussion, and simulation exercise. The actual mediations are co-conducted by an experienced lawyer who is a professional family mediator. The clinic is limited to third-year students who have completed the Legal Profession course.

Students may also participate in a number of externships with such agencies as the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Office of Legal Affairs, and the State Attorney General's Office.

LSU Law's Clinical Program is supported in part by the Oliver "Rick" and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation, and a gift from the family of the late Judge Earl E. Veron.

 


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Ellison Awarded CLEA Outstanding Student Award for Work in Juvenile Case
by Linda Rigell on May 13, 2009, Blog: News

By LSU Law Director of Clinical Programs Robert Lancaster's account, third-year law student Paige Ellison faced one of the most demanding cases to come through the school's Immigration Legal Services Clinic.

Ellison, working with Adjunct Clinical Professor Ken Mayeaux, represented a Honduran native in a special immigrant juvenile status case.

It was this case Lancaster cited in nominating Ellison for the Clinical Legal Education Association's Outstanding Student Award for LSU, of which she is the 2009 recipient. She was recently recognized at the Association of American Law Schools' Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Cleveland, Ohio, along with winners from other schools.

"From the beginning, Ms. Ellison showed a level of maturity and professionalism well beyond her years and experience," Lancaster said. "She impressed me in a number of ways—her calm and professional response to the setbacks in our case, her ability to deliver a great work product with minimal intervention, and her close working relationship with her client. She also demonstrated an understanding of the social justice implications of this work. I think she's going to be a great young lawyer.

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss also praised Ellison's dedication and achievements.

"Her work has had a profound influence on the life of her client, and her case puts a real face on the broader human rights issues faced every day by many in our community," Weiss said. "To have the opportunity to represent clients in the clinical setting is another way that the Law Center can help our community while also providing outstanding legal education and real life experience for our students. I am proud of the very important work that Ms. Ellison and other students have done in our Clinical Program this year."

Several clinics and externships were conducted by the Law Center this year in addition to the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. Among the programs were a Family Mediation Clinic; Domestic Violence Protection Clinic; Judicial Externships with the Louisiana Department of Revenue Office of Legal Affairs; the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel (New Orleans); the LA Attorney General's Office; and an expanded Juvenile Representation Workshop.

"Ellison's outstanding work representing her client demonstrates how talented and capable LSU students are," Lancaster added. "The Clinical Program will give our students the opportunity to do good work for clients in need of legal services-[and] to learn while working for social justice."


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Ziober Receives LSBA Student Pro Bono Award
by Linda Rigell on May 13, 2009, Blog: News

During her first year as a law student at LSU, the most hectic year of law school most students would say, Leslie Ziober single-handedly coordinated an effort to organize a group of LSU Law students to travel to Biloxi, Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

In her second year, she arranged for another group of law students to go to Acadiana Legal Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where they assisted those affected by Hurricane Rita.

Now in her third year, she once again coordinated a group of law students to assist hurricane victims by arranging for a work trip to areas of the Texas Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Ike.

For these and other efforts, the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) has chosen Leslie Ziober as the winner of its 2009 Law Student Pro Bono Award. She will be honored at the annual awards ceremony and reception hosted by the Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 19.

"It means a lot to be recognized for the award," Ziober said. "The LSU Law Center's Public Interest Law Society has only been around for a few years, and when I became the pro bono chairman for PILS in 2008, we already had a great foundation of pro bono projects. I'm so glad I was able to add to that foundation, and I hope the award shows people how involved the LSU Law Center has become in pro bono work and that it can be a career-long mission to work with indigent clients."

Every year, the LSBA selects one student from each of the four law schools in Louisiana to be honored for the Law Student Pro Bono Award. The winners are selected based on several criteria including initiation of a new program, providing leadership, and serving as a model for other volunteers. Ziober qualified on all fronts.

"Leslie combines both leadership skills—having served on the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) Executive Board for two years—and personal commitment, given the many, many things she has done to promote pro bono over these past three years at the law school," said PILS faculty advisor Professor John Devlin.

Ziober has organized and participated in law student pro bono activities during all three years of her attendance at the LSU Law Center. During this time, she amassed more than 600 hours of pro bono service and has served in a number of roles for PILS, most recently the Chair of the PILS Pro Bono Committee. She also currently serves as the school's Student Hurricane Network Liaison.

In addition, Ziober initiated a project this year for LSU Law students to collaborate with Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows in the research and development of a handbook that would make the process of expunging one's criminal record more accessible to those unable to afford attorneys to navigate such process.

"Ms. Ziober has been a role model for our pro bono efforts at the LSU Law Center," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "She has a deeply rooted commitment to service, and I am confident that her dedication to public interest will make her an even better lawyer upon graduation."

Before attending LSU Law, Ziober earned a bachelor's degree in communication from LSU with minors in French and business administration. She is the daughter of LSU Law graduates David and Emily Ziober of Baton Rouge.


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May 2009
by Joshua Duplechain on May 4, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • During the Spring 2009 semester the LSU Law Center welcomed three Distinguished Visitors who brought their own distinct global perspectives, enriching the experience of law faculty and students alike: Professor Ulrich Magnus, University of Hamburg (Germany), February 10 - March 4, taught International Sales Law; Professor Fernando Toller, Austral University (Argentina), February 9 - February 27, taught Constitutional Fundamental Rights; Professor Sheldon Leader, University of Essex (United Kingdom), March 23 - April 8, taught International Trade, Investment, and Human Rights.
  • The Center of Civil Law Studies initiated a Civil Law Workshop Series in honor of Professor Saúl Litvinoff. The general topic is Civil Law and Common Law: Cross Influences, Contamination and Permeability. All three guest speakers were Distinguished Visiting Professors this semester: Fernando Toller, Towards a Revival of the Case Method in Civil Law Education, (February), Ulrich Magnus, The Vienna Sales Convention (CISG) between Civil and Common Law - Best of all Worlds? (March), and Sheldon Leader, Legal Theory and the Variety of Legal Cultures: The Example of Dworkin (April).
  • Gwendolyn Ferrell, associate director of the LSU Law Center's Career Services Office, recently addressed colleagues during the 2009 Annual Education Conference of the National Association For Legal Career Professionals held in Washington D.C. Ferrell's topic, Down and Out in Law School: Identifying and Coaching Students with Depression, addressed the frequent challenge facing career service professionals of going beyond providing students with career guidance to addressing more underlying emotional issues, particularly depression. Research has shown that law students can experience a decline in mental health during the first year in law school that can continue well beyond graduation and into their practice years. The presentation explored current counseling models, recognition of the signs of depression, the identification of legal and ethical limitations and boundaries, and provided participants with a wealth of resources.  
  • Professor Olivier Moréteau participated in a Panel Discussion on the Boundaries of Race and Citizenship in the South and Atlantic World organized by LSU's Chancellor's Distinguished Lectureship Series and LSU Atlantic Studies on April 16. Moréteau also presented by videoconference, on April 17, an Annual Report on French Law at the 8th Annual Conference on European Tort Law. The event, was held in Vienna, Austria, by the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law and the Research Unit for European Tort Law of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
  • Professor Ed Richards was the invited luncheon speaker at the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference held recently in New Orleans. Richards spoke on the topic of swine flu.

    He was also a guest columnist for JURIST Legal News and Research Services on Fighting H1N1: Why Laws are Not the Answer.
  • Professor Paul Baier's tribute to Chief Justice Calogero, A Sprig of Laurel for Chief Justice Calogero, forthcoming in the Spring issue of the Loyola Law Review with Auseklis Ozol's portrait of Calogero as frontispiece, was distributed at the Loyola Law Review's Spring Banquet honoring Calogero at the Audubon Park's Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.

    Baier also gave the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference a sample of his play, Father Chief Justice: Notes for a Play, at a May 5 luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans. Tickets to his talk, at the Conference’s invitation, were sold out. Judge Eldon Fallon told Professor Baier, “I couldn’t get in. I was wait-listed.” An overflow crowd of more than 280 Fifth Circuit Conference judges, including Circuit Justice Antonin Scalia and Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Edith Jones, were feted to Baier’s “masque of Whitenesse,” the first masque since Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blacknesse in the Seventeenth Century. Baier’s play is a veritable New Orleans Jazz Funeral, with red roses, “Father Chief Justice Signature T-shirts,” and posters all around.
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LSU Law Moot Court Program Ranked No. 12 Nationally
by Joshua Duplechain on May 1, 2009, Blog: News

Based on its record in moot court competitions in 2008-09, LSU Law will be invited as one of the top 16 moot court programs in the country to the National Moot Court Championship in Houston to be held January 2010. LSU is the No. 12 program in the country according to the University of Houston Law Center's Blakely Advocacy Institute, which ranked schools based on results from more than 60 different moot court competitions during the 2008-09 school year. 

LSU is the only school from Louisiana and the Southeastern Conference to be invited to the competition.

"Our Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program is one of the shining stars of the LSU Law Center. We are incredibly proud of our students' accomplishments and are grateful to the many people who contribute to their success," said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "Their ability to compete and be successful on the national level is another sign of our continued commitment to the LSU Law tradition of demanding but personal legal education."

The Moot Court/Trial Ad Program celebrated four first-place victories, five top individual honors, and record participation numbers during the 2008-09 academic year.

Todd Bruno, director of the LSU Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program, said that the students are consistently recognized for more than just their performance in moot court and trial advocacy.

"Whenever one of the Law Center's programs is considered one of the top programs in the country, you feel pretty strongly that your students are doing something the right way," Bruno said. "The national rankings compiled by the University of Houston collected data from a myriad of competitions in 2008-09, covering just about every substantive area of law that one could imagine, and based on objective criteria, LSU Law ranks right there with schools like Duke, Columbia, and SMU. Our students continue to be recognized not just for excellence in their advocacy skills, but faculty and attorneys from around the nation frequently comment on the level of professionalism and ethics displayed by LSU Law moot court and trial teams," added Bruno.

LSU's Trial teams earned first-place finishes at the National Pretrial Advocacy Competition, the LSBA Mock Trial Competition, and the Southern Regional Round of the ABA Arbitration Competition, while the Moot Court Appellate Team was crowned champion of the National Tax Moot Court Competition for the second year in a row.

LSU Law students swept the four individual awards at the National Pretrial Advocacy Competition, which was host to a number of schools ranked in the top 10 in Trial Advocacy by the U.S. News & World Report. LaToya Jordan won "Best Attorney," an award given to the top individual advocate at the LSBA Mock Trial Competition. Charlotte Youngblood received the award for Best Overall Advocate, prevailing over more than 200 individuals, at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. David Conachen was named the Outstanding Individual Advocate at the National Tax Moot Court Competition.

LSU Law students also captured the top three individual awards at the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Competition, marking the first time in the 16-year history of the event that one school had individuals win both the award for Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Competition and the award for first runner-up. Peyton Lambert and David Borghardt won these awards respectively. Also for the first time in the history of the competition, Lambert won both the awards for Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Competition and the Championship Round.

The program achieved international success as well, with LSU Law students Erin Bray, Sara Donohue, Carmen Hebert, Andrew Lilly, and Adam Savoie winning Best Brief for the Claimant - Honorable Mention at the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Finally, the program boasted increased participation numbers for its Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, with 90 students, or half the second-year class, participating. Fifty-seven second-year law students, the largest group ever, participated in the Opening Statement Competition; and 72 students, again the largest amount ever, participated in the Ira S. Flory Mock Trials at LSU.

Faculty members and coaches, many of whom are LSU Law graduates, worked with the teams throughout the year.  Those assisting this year were:

Professor Paul Baier

Professor Todd Bruno

Professor Bill Corbett

Professor John Church

Professor John Devlin

Professor Ray Diamond

Professor Mark Hoch

Professor Susan Kalinka

Professor Lee Ann Lockridge

Professor Ken Murchison

Professor Christopher Pietruszkiewicz

Professor Kathryn Simino ('87)

Assistant State Attorney General David Caldwell

Julie Baxter ('05)

John-Ed Bishop ('08)

Kelly Brian ('07)

Alexander Burns ('07)

Dallon Bush ('04)

James Carver ('89)

Charles Ellis ('91)

The Honorable Guy Holdridge ('78)

M. Michelle Marney ('00)

Jenny Phillips ('04)

Kathryn Sheely ('06)

Melissa Morse Shirley ('97)

Dean Sutherland ('75)

Laranda Moffett Walker ('07)


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LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on February 2009 Bar Exam
by Linda Rigell on April 30, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results recently released by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 82.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the February 2009 administration of the Bar. In all, 40 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 33 successfully passed the Bar.

"The consistent success of LSU Law graduates on the Louisiana State Bar Exam continues to reflect well on our tradition of demanding yet personal legal education," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "This is more good news following the recent 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings where we posted a 13-point jump from 88th to 75th, one of the largest positive moves in the nation, and achieved the highest U.S. News ranking in LSU Law history."

The February 2009 exam is administered to first-time test takers, who graduated in either August 2008 or December 2008, as well as repeat takers who are conditioning or having previously failed.

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, compare percentage of examinees passing the Bar among the state's public and private law schools and out-of-state colleges.

Results on the February 2009 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all examinees are as follows:

School # of Applicants Passed Conditioned Failed
LSU 40 33 (82.5%) 4 (10%) 3 (7.5%)
Loyola 71 47 (66.2%) 8 (11.3%) 16 (22.5%)
Southern 59 40 (67.8%) 7 (11.9%) 12 (20.3%)
Tulane 31 22 (71%) 5 (16.1%) 4 (12.9%)
Other 126 78 (62%) 23 (18.2%) 25 (19.8%)
TOTAL 327 220 (67.3%) 47 (14.4 %) 60 (18.3%)

The report on bar passage rate.


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Monday, April 27 Last Day to be Included in Alumni Directory
by Karen Soniat on April 23, 2009, Blog: News

Since January, we've been contacting alumni by phone and by mail to gather information on recent address changes and professional updates.  Many have responded, and the project will culminate in a very special publication.

If you have not updated your information for this project, please do so immediately if you wish to be included. 

Last day for submitting updates:  Monday, April 27th

To order a copy of the LSU Law Alumni Directory, call 1-800-546-3756.

 


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LSU Law Center Jumps 13 Spots to #75 in 2010 U.S. News Rankings
by Karen Soniat on April 23, 2009, Blog: News

The annual U.S. News & World Report law school rankings are out, and LSU Law has jumped dramatically, climbing from 88th to 75th in the closely watched list.

The #75 ranking is the highest in LSU Law history and the 13 place move is one of the largest positive moves of any law school. Although some 184 law schools in the nation are reviewed by the magazine, only law schools that place in the top 100 receive a specific numerical ranking.

Chancellor Jack Weiss said: "This is exciting news for our students, our faculty, our alumni and our friends. The new ranking will spread the word of our progress to a national audience that includes prospective students, law teachers, and law firms."

Weiss said the new ranking confirms that, "we are on the right path. It reinforces our commitment to building a nationally competitive faculty of the future, growing a model clinical legal education program, and shaping our curriculum, educational policies, and student services to fully meet the needs of 21st century law students."  

Weiss said he particularly hoped that the new ranking would help to reinforce a "growing can do attitude" on the part of the Center's students and faculty.

Weiss did, however, strike a cautionary tone in considering the future impact of the ranking.

First, he noted that the Law Center is facing nearly a 15% cut in its state funding for 2009-10.  With additional costs that it cannot avoid, the Law Center will have to cut some $2 million out of its total budget of about $20.5 million if the Legislature does not provide additional funding for higher education.

The proposed budget cuts would require the Law Center to curtail a wide range of student services and other educational activities that, in Weiss' words, "link the Law Center to the broader law school and legal community, support a dynamic faculty and student body, and help to spread the word about what we're accomplishing here." The cuts would also require the Law Center to lay off nearly a quarter of its unclassified staff--"good people doing valuable work that we will sorely miss," said Weiss.

In testimony Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, Weiss urged the Committee to restore as much of the proposed budget cuts to higher education as it could, given the State's overall revenue shortfall.

Anticipating the Law Center's jump in the U.S. News rankings, Weiss told the Committee that cutting the Law Center's budget at this juncture would be like cutting the LSU Tigers' football budget after they won the 2007 national championship.

"We haven't won a national championship," Weiss said, "but what we have accomplished for us is almost as important. These cuts for us will be like telling the football team to stop reviewing films, cut your recruiting visits in half, and fire some of your assistant coaches."

Weiss also cautioned that, despite the present elation over the new ranking, "what goes up can come down. The U.S. News rankings are notoriously unpredictable and are, in part, very subjective. Every law school dean holds his breath in April until the rankings are announced."

"It's very much a question of 'live by the sword, die by the sword,"" Weiss said. "We're thrilled to advance so much this year, but we can't run our law school to satisfy the rankings gods or lose faith in what we're doing if we don't."

"We have to make decisions that are good for our students and good for Louisiana and let the chips fall where they may," concluded Weiss.

Weiss noted that the Law Center may have benefitted from several changes in the way U.S. News computes its scores. According to U.S. News, ranking methodology used admissions data for both full-time and part-time entering students for the first time this year, "producing the most complete comparisons of entire student bodies" of law schools.

 


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LSU Law Students Receive Best Brief Award in Austria
by Linda Rigell on April 22, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law students Erin Bray, Sara Donohue, Carmen Hebert, Andrew Lilly, and Adam Savoie recently returned from Vienna, Austria, where they won an award for Best Brief for the Claimant - Honorable Mention at the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot.

The award was given to only 23 law schools in the world, placing LSU in the top 10 percent of all law schools that participated in the Vienna competition. In all, 233 law schools from 58 countries, including 53 American law schools, competed in Vienna.

Teams write two briefs and participate in oral arguments, with awards being given for Best Claimant's memorandum, Best Respondent's memorandum, and top teams in the oral rounds. LSU Law was one of only six American law schools to receive recognition for their written submission.

"When the winning schools were announced, hearing the name 'Louisiana State University' on the same list as law schools like Harvard, Sorbonne, University of Vienna, and University of Geneva was as proud of a moment that I could have had as faculty advisor to this group of students," says Professor Todd Bruno. "I think these students easily put in more than 1,000 hours of work over the last six months, so I was thrilled that they were recognized at the competition."

LSU Law has now participated in the Vis International Arbitration Moot for three years and in all three years, LSU has won an award either in the team, individual, or brief writing category.

Earlier this year, the team participated in a Southwest Regional "Pre-Moot" of the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition hosted by South Texas College of Law School in Houston. LSU Law placed second out of the 10 teams that participated. Lilly received individual recognition by winning Third Place in the Best Advocate category.

For more information on Moot Court opportunities at LSU, please visit the Moot Court Board website


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Louisiana Law Review Symposium to Address Punitive Damages
by Linda Rigell on April 16, 2009, Blog: News

The Louisiana Law Review will hold its symposium on Punitive Damages Today and Tomorrow, Friday, April 17, in the LSU Law Center's Tucker Room.

The event begins at 8:20 a.m. with opening remarks from LSU Law Professor Frank Maraist and is open to the public.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.: Tom Dupree of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP-Punitive Damages and the Constitution.
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.: Francis McGovern, Professor at Duke University School of Law-Punitive Damages and Class Actions.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.: David W. Robertson, W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas-Punitive Damages in U.S. Maritime Law: Miles, Baker, and Townshend.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Michael F. Sturley, Stanley D. and Sandra J. Rosenberg Centennial Professor at the University of Texas Law School-Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.: Patrick J. Borchers, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Creighton University-Punitive Damages, Forum Shopping and the Conflict of Laws.
  • 2:35 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Michael L. Wells, Carter Professor at the University of Georgia Law School-A Common Lawyer's Perspective on the European Perspective on Punitive Damages with commentary by LSU Law Professor Olivier Moréteau.
  • 3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: John W. deGravelles of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus and Fruge and Adjunct Professor at the LSU Law Center-Louisiana Punitive Damages: A Conflict of Traditions.


For more information visit  Louisiana Law Review

 


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Professor Litvinoff Honored at Chancellor’s Council Event
by Linda Rigell on April 6, 2009, Blog: News

Saúl Litvinoff, Boyd Professor of Law, was honored on March 20 at an event hosted by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and members of the LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council.

Members of the council, former students, friends, colleagues, and family members, gathered at the Energy, Coast and Environment Building to pay tribute to the professor for the contributions he has made to the Law Center and legal community over his 43 years of service at LSU. Litvinoff will retire following the spring 2009 semester.
 
Cordell Haymon ('68) served as emcee of a panel of friends and former students who shared memories about Professor Litvinoff.  Panelists and speakers included: the Honorable Ginger Berrigan ('77); John Cox ('68); Loren Kleinpeter ('79); Bill Wilson ('68); Cindy Samuel; and the Honorable Eldon Fallon. Video tributes were offered by Ana Litvinoff, the professor's daughter, and James Carville ('73). 
 
Chancellor Weiss unveiled the official Litvinoff portrait that will hang in the LSU Law Library, and presented the professor with a framed Fonville Winans historic photograph of the Law Center. 
 
The event was the culmination of The Year of Litvinoff, declared in 2008 by Chancellor Weiss, to commemorate the professor's retirement. Cordell and Ava Haymon, his life-long friends, have established the Saúl Litvinoff Distinguished Endowed Professorship, in honor of Professor Litvinoff.
 
A reception followed the program.  View the gallery.


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April 2009
by Joshua Duplechain on April 6, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • Professor Paul Baier was the featured panelist at the Chapman University School of Law's Nexus Journal 2009 Symposium on Judicial Activism: Same Sex Marriage and the Aftermath of Proposition 8. He spoke as part of the first panel, which discussed whether or not the courts were entering into the political policymaking arena.

    Baier also joined Jerry Goldman, inventor of the Oyez Project, at a Loyola Law Review symposium on the use of technology in the courtroom, the classroom, and beyond on Friday, March 13. Baier's paper, Beyond Black Ink: From Langdell to the Oyez Project-The Voice of the Past, details the use of Supreme Court oral arguments in legal pedagogy and professional development in the law schools. Baier brought his use of the Supreme Court sound recordings of oral argument down to date, 25 years after he first published an account of their availability for use in law teaching in the Journal of Legal Education, What Is the Use of a Law Book Without Pictures or Conversations? 34 J. Legal Educ. 619 (1984).

  • Professor Christine Corcos presented a talk to the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at LSU on Images of Gender and Alienation in the Trial of Helen Duncan for Witchcraft, 1944 as part of the WGS Engendering Scholarship series on March 31. Faculty and students from various departments, including English, mass communications, and history, attended.
  • The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) recognized Professor Emeritus Robert A. Pascal, and seven other lawyers, who have been members of the state bar for 70 years. At a reception in their honor on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, the honorees received certificates to acknowledge their achievements and posed for photos with LSBA authorities and local members of the judiciary.

    Robert A. Pascal was assistant professor (1945-1952), associate professor (1952-1955), and professor of Law (1955-1980) at the LSU Law Center. He is currently Professor Emeritus in residence.


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LSU PILS Completes 1,000 Hours Challenge
by Linda Rigell on April 6, 2009, Blog: News

LSU law students recently helped the LSU Public Interest Law Society—or PILS—complete its 1,000 Hours Challenge, volunteering more than 2,000 hours of community service, including pro bono work, in and around Baton Rouge. In recognition of their community service, students who completed at least 10 hours of service were invited to a banquet at Fred's in "Tigerland," where donated prizes were randomly awarded to the participants.

Participants volunteered for a litany of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers In Public Schools, Thirst for Justice, Acadia Legal Services, Catholic Charities, general church work, PILS Day of Service, Lonestar Legal Aid, St. Vincent Soup Kitchen, PILS Children's book drive, VITA, and Race for the Cure, among others.

The project officially began in August and eligible activities were added throughout the year. Students recorded their community service and then reported the results to organizers or placed them in a 1,000 Hours Challenge box in the Law Center.

PILS is a student run organization that strives to foster student interest and action in the public interest community. Its mission is to provide like-minded students an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience through exposure to areas of the law that aid the public.

The organization also provides pro bono and community service activities, educational lectures, and a public interest career counselor to raise awareness of issues faced by the immediate community and beyond.

Students completing more than 50, 75, and 100 hours of pro bono service are also recognized with the Chancellor's Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award and a white honor cord at graduation.


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Louisiana Law Review Holds Annual Banquet
by Linda Rigell on April 2, 2009, Blog: News

The Louisiana Law Review held its annual banquet on March 27, 2009, celebrating the successful publication of Volume 69 of the review. Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed the 130 attendees with warm words about the contributions the Law Review has made to the LSU Law Center. The guest of honor at the event was Symeon C. Symeonides, dean of Willamette University College of Law and former Judge Albert Tate Professor of Law at LSU, who delivered remarks on the value of student-run law reviews. Symeonides humorously acknowledged the criticisms levied at law reviews, but explaine d why student-run publications remain important, influential mediums for legal scholarship.

During the banquet, a number of Junior Associates on the Law Review received honors for their contributions to the publication. The Vinson and Elkins award for the most outstanding comment or note went to Keith Joseph Fernandez for his note titled Be Quick-But Don't Hurry:  Competing Purposes of the Federal Arbitration Act and Hall Street Associates v. Mattel.  Receiving the Henri Capitant award for the best paper on a civil law topic or comparative law topic with an emphasis on the civil law were Irina Fox for her paper titled Penalty Clauses in Testaments: What Louisiana Can Learn from the Common Law, and Elizabeth A. Spurgeon for her paper titled All for One or Every Man for Himself? What's Left of Solidarity in Redhibition? Finally, Christopher K. Odinet received the W. Lee Hargrave award for the most outstanding service to the Law Review.

Michelle Shamblin was also recognized for her article, Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after "Parents Involved," which won the 2009 Scribes Law-Review Award. 

At the end of the banquet, the Board of Editors for Volume 69 transferred power to the Board of Editors for Volume 70. The Board of Editors for Volume 70 includes: Editor-in-Chief, Christopher K. Odinet; Managing Editor, Sarah Perkins; Articles Editor, Matthew C. Juneau; Executive Senior Editor, Casey E. Faucon; Production Editor, Sarah Cable; and Senior Editors, Kelly E. Brilleaux, Keith Joseph Fernandez, Carmen T. Hebert, and Gina Palermo.

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LSU Law Wins Second Place Overall and Sweeps Individual Awards
by Linda Rigell on March 31, 2009, Blog: News

Two teams from the LSU Law Center participated in the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Competition held in Charleston, South Carolina on March 26-28, 2009. The team of Peyton Lambert, Linda Millhollon and Courtney Bryan finished Second Place in the competition which began with 25 teams. The team of David Borghardt, Megan Rawle Stafford, and Katherine Lee also had an amazing performance, winning the oral argument component of every round in which they competed.
 
In addition to winning the "Phelps Dunbar Finalist" award for making it to the Championship Round, LSU Law students won the top three individual awards given at the competition.  Peyton Lambert won the award for Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Competition and Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Championship Round. David Borghardt won the award for the first runner-up as the Outstanding Oral Advocate of the Competition.

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More Than 70 Students Attend Law Center’s Admitted Student Visiting Day
by Linda Rigell on March 27, 2009, Blog: News

A diverse group of 72 students attended LSU Law's most recent Admitted Student Visiting Day, getting a firsthand look at what life as a law student at LSU involves.

The students represented eight states, 24 undergraduate schools, and 25 academic disciplines, with the oldest student being born in 1970 and the youngest being born in 1988.

Following a welcome and panel discussion, students attended a first-year class taught by Professors Randy Trahan, Paul Baier, and Ray Diamond. They then attended a mock class by Professor Lee Ann Lock ridge and had the option of ending their day with a tour of the Law Center.

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Federalist Society Guest Speaker Discusses Censoring Unwanted Speech
by Linda Rigell on March 27, 2009, Blog: News

Patrick Garry, an associate law professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law and director of its Center for Empirical Legal Research, recently spoke at a meeting of the LSU Law Federalist Society on the topic of "Rediscovering a Lost Freedom: the First Amendment Right to Censor Unwanted Speech."

His talk focused on the theory that current first amendment doctrine protects low value speech—indecency and graphic violence, for example—more than it does high value speech, i.e. political speech. Garry argued that the first amendment extends its highest protections to political speech, and consequently, non-political media entertainment does not qualify for that same protection.

He also concluded that one of the speech freedoms most threatened by the current media environment is the freedom to avoid or reject certain types of unwanted, non-political speech. He then argued ways in which that freedom might be protected without violating the free speech clause.

Garry holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in Constitutional History from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty at South Dakota, he was a partner and shareholder with the third-largest law firm in Minnesota. He also served as a research scholar at the Forum Media Studies Center and a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School.

Over the past two years, Garry has been a lecturer at more than 40 law schools and universities. He has published nine books, been published in a number of academic journals, and written for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, and Cincinnati Post.


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Judge Eugene Davis to Serve as Law Commencement Speaker
by Linda Rigell on March 26, 2009, Blog: News

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Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has been selected as the speaker for the LSU Law Commencement ceremony on May 28.

"Judge Davis's distinguished career on the federal bench has combined insight, evenhandedness, and civility. He has fully lived up to Louisiana's tradition of great Fifth Circuit judges. The LSU Law community is excited that a judge and a person of Judge Davis' high caliber will share his reflections with our graduating class," said LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

Davis is a graduate of Tulane Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

After working in private practice in New Orleans from 1960-1964 and New Iberia from 1964-1976, Davis was nominated by Pres. Gerald Ford to a seat in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana. In 1983, he was nominated by Pres. Ronald Reagan to a seat in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Davis is a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, which he chaired for four years. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Louisiana Bar Association.


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Chancellor Discusses Proposed Budget Cuts with LSU Reveille
by Karen Soniat on March 25, 2009, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack Weiss was interviewed recently by the LSU Reveille on the impact of proposed budget cuts to the LSU Law Center. Read the full text of the article.


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Judge Ralph Tyson Named 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
by Linda Rigell on March 24, 2009, Blog: News

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The Hon. Ralph E. Tyson, a 1973 graduate of the LSU Law Center and the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, has been named the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss made the announcement on Friday, March 20, at a joint meeting of the Board of Trustees and Young Alumni Leadership Council.

The award is given annually to an alumnus who exemplifies the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession. It also recognizes personal and professional achievements, as well as loyalty to the LSU Law Center.

"Ralph Tyson has devoted more than 30 years of his career to exemplary public service-as prosecutor, state court judge, and federal district judge," said Weiss. "At every step of the way, Judge Tyson has gained the respect and admiration of his peers. We are proud to honor this consummate professional and esteemed community leader as our distinguished alumnus of 2009."

In 1998, former President Bill Clinton nominated Tyson to a new judgeship in the U.S. District Court, making him the first African American judge in the Federal Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. In 2005, he became Chief Judge of the Federal Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Prior to his service in the Federal Courts, Tyson was employed as special counsel and assistant attorney general in the Louisiana Department of Justice; Assistant District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish; and for more than nine years, was the Chief City Prosecutor for the City of Baton Rouge. He was also engaged in private law practice for more than 15 years, first with the firm of Pitcher and Tyson and later with the firm of Tyson, Avery & Cunningham.

In 1988, Tyson was elected to a vacant seat in Division B of the Baton Rouge City Court, where he presided for more than five years. Subsequently, he was elected without opposition to Division B of the 19th Judicial District Court, where he presided over misdemeanor and felony criminal trials. From July 1997 to June 1998, Tyson served as the Chief Criminal Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court. During that time, he also served as Judge Pro Tempore on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal by special appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court from May 1997 to October 1997.

Tyson has also taught as an adjunct law professor at LSU and an instructor in the Sociology/Law Enforcement Department at Southern University from 1989 to 1998.

He has been married for 33 years to the former Patricia Jordan with whom he has four children, Chris, Todd, Eric, and Cara. He is a member of the Board of the General Health System in Baton Rouge, and has served on the boards of St. Joseph's Home, the Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Audubon Girl Scout Council, and the Wesley Foundation at Southern University.

Tyson will be honored at an event to be hosted by the Law Center in Fall 2009. He joins the likes of Judge Alvin B. Rubin, Senator Russell B. Long, J. Bennett Johnston, and Patrick A. Juneau. 


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LSU Law Faculty and Students Involved in Juvenile Confessions Reform
by Linda Rigell on March 24, 2009, Blog: News

Following the state Subcommittee on Juvenile Confessions' recent Juvenile Confessions Conference at the LSU Law Center, the consensus among the state and national panelists was that there needed to be reform in the laws governing the interrogations and confessions of juveniles. What exactly that reform might entail, however, was another matter.

Currently in Louisiana, the state uses a "totality of the circumstances" test to determine whether a confession was freely and voluntarily given and thus, properly admissible at trial.

The Subcommittee on Juvenile Confessions is discussing further steps for ensuring that confessions are reliable enough for adjudication. For instance, one procedure being looked at would employ electronic recordings of the interrogation, in addition to Miranda-style warnings. It was also suggested that a child must sign any statement in the presence of a magistrate with no law enforcement or prosecuting attorney present, and that interrogations of children should only be conducted by officers trained in why children give false confessions.

Furthermore, advocates from around the country proposed for consideration a wish list of other innovative procedural protections—a special "child-friendly" written (super) Miranda warning should be given, counsel must be present if a juvenile is confessing to certain serious offenses, the child must be at least 16 years of age to make any admissible confession, and a child should have an independent right to elect to have or not have a parent or guardian present during questioning.

With these measures in mind, Subcommittee Chair Stephen Dixon, an attorney with the Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office and an adjunct professor of LSU Law, solicited advice from the group of national expert panelists on how to best accomplish their goals of reform.

Steve Drizin, a clinical professor at Northwestern University Law School, proposed that electronic recordings should be mandatory and should be videotaped rather than audiotaped. This would include video of children saying in their own words what they understand are their rights in regard to confessions. He also suggested that attorneys meet with children before police do, that police should be required to explain back Miranda warnings to children on tape so that the court has a record, and that there be legislation preventing a police officer from lying to a child about what evidence they may or may not possess.

Another aspect that should be considered, according to Robin Walker Sterling, special counsel for the National Juvenile Defender Center, is for special protections to be enacted for juveniles with mental health issues. She advocated the use of mental health professionals to come up with a process that would help children understand the proceedings. Margot Hammond, a member of the Subcommittee on Juvenile Confessions, took the idea a step further and suggested training attorneys as well in order for them to recognize such a situation and be part of addressing these special needs.

The panel also discussed issues such as extending the definition of custody to include school grounds and officers, and framing any new legislation so that it does not seem to protect the guilty, but rather promotes the reliability of all statements or confessions obtained by law enforcement.

Other members of the panel included Randy Hertz, Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs and Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law; Marsha Levick, Director of the Juvenile Center in Philadelphia; Joshua Perry, Special Litigation Counsel, New Orleans Public Defender's Office; Patricia Puritz, Director, National Juvenile Defender Center; Clay Walker, Louisiana State Director of Juvenile Defender Services; Carol Kolinchak, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and Subcommittee on Juvenile Confessions; Hon. Nancy Konrad, Subcommittee on Juvenile Confessions; LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough, Subcommittee on Juvenile Confessions; Hector Linares, LSU Juvenile Law Clinic Research Coordinator; and Cheryl Davis, LSU Law student researcher.


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Princeton’s Robert George to Deliver White Lectures on “Morality and Policy: Contemporary Challenges” April 2 and 3 at LSU
by Linda Rigell on March 23, 2009, Blog: News

Princeton Professor Robert P. George will deliver the 2009 Edward Douglass White Lectures on Citizenship on April 2 and 3 at LSU. His theme for the series will be "Morality and Policy: Contemporary Challenges."

George will deliver two lectures in the series:

• On Thursday, April 2, he will speak on "Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McKernan Law Auditorium.

• Οn Friday, April 3, he will address "The Concept of Public Morality" at 10:30 a.m. in Dodson Auditorium on the LSU campus.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

"No scholar I know is more fearless in the face of controversy than Robert George," said James Stoner, chair of the Department of Political Science at LSU. "He addresses some of the most difficult moral and legal issues of our time in a clear and reasonable way, neither dodging tough questions nor settling for cheap debater's points."

George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1985.  Author of "Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality," "In Defense of Natural Law" and "The Clash of Orthodoxies," he is editor of several volumes and author of numerous articles in scholarly publications and the public prints. He is co-author of two new books, "Embryo: The Case for Human Life," with Christopher Tollefsen, and "Self-Body Dualism and Contemporary Ethical and Political Controversies," with Patrick Lee.

George received his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has won numerous awards, including the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement and the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.  He has been a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and the United States Commission on Civil Rights.  He is currently a member of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.

The Edward Douglass White Lectures are one of the oldest series of lectures at LSU, having been inaugurated in 1934. Traditionally co-sponsored by the LSU Law School and the Department of Political Science, past lecturers include two chief justices of the United States and 50 scholars from major universities, including two of George's predecessors in the McCormick chair. This year's series is co-sponsored, as well, by the Program in the Classical Tradition of Learning and Leadership, which received a grant for the lectures from the Apgar Foundation and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

For more information, contact Stoner at 225/578-2538 or poston@lsu.edu


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2009 Ira S. Flory Trial Winners
by Linda Rigell on March 12, 2009, Blog: News

Megan Donohue and LaToya Jordan emerged as winners narrowly defeating Michelle Anderson and Michelle Bergeron in the Final Round of the Spring 2009 Ira S. Flory Trial Competition held on March 11.  
 
The Trial Advocacy Board for 2009-10 was also announced at the event:
Andre Gaudin, Devon Bardin, William Murray, Michelle West, Michelle Bergeron, Kilburn Landry, Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Smith, Michelle Anderson, Robert Denny, Bridget Hillebrand, Brad Trevino, Stephanie Noriea, Lauren Pinac, and LaToya Jordan.

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Students Get Introduction to LSU Law Center at Visiting Day
by Linda Rigell on March 11, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center held a Visiting Day for admitted students on March 2, giving them a firsthand look at life as an LSU Law student. In all, 27 students attended the event.

The day began with a welcome from Chancellor Jack Weiss and a panel discussion that consisted of Tracy Evans from Career Services, Robert Lancaster from Clinical Programs, Todd Bruno from the Moot Court Program, Professor Lee Ann Lockridge, and Megan LeBato, a third-year student.

Students also attended a mock class with Professor John Church, and an actual first-year class by Professors Paul Baier and Andrea Carroll. The day concluded with an optional tour of the Law Center by the Law Ambassadors.

The LSU Law Center annually enrolls approximately 215 students each fall.


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Chancellor's Council Salutes Saúl Litvinoff
by Linda Rigell on March 6, 2009, Blog: News

The Law Center's Chancellor's Council will pay tribute to Boyd Professor Saúl Litvinoff at a gala planned for Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Coast, Energy, and Environment Building on the LSU campus.  

Chancellor Jack Weiss has declared 2008-09 the Year of Litvinoff in honor of the professor's retirement. Litvinoff will assume the status of Professor Emeritus when he steps down after the Spring 2009 semester. He has taught over four generations of students in his 43 years of service to the Law Center

"Saúl Litvinoff will go down in history as one of the greatest scholars and teachers of Louisiana law," said Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. "He has taught generations of LSU lawyers. His scholarship has shaped our legal tradition for more than 40 years."

Ava Leavell Haymon and Cordell Haymon ('68), life-long friends of the professor, have honored him with a named endowed professorship.

The Chancellor's Council is comprised of friends and alumni who annually support the Law Center at the leadership level of the Annual Fund-a contribution of $1,000 or more. Professor Litvinoff has been a member of the council for many years. Nearly 240 alums and friends joined the professor as council members in 2008.

Mark your calendars:

March 20, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Coast, Energy and Environment Building (click here for a map)

The program begins in the auditorium promptly at 7 p.m. and adjourns at 7:45 p.m. to a reception in the rotunda. Cocktail attire is suggested. Reservations are required. Chancellor's Council members may reserve online.

Is your Chancellor's Council membership current? Check the membership roster.

Call Bobbi Zaunbrecher at 225/578-7937 or send an email with questions about the event or Chancellor's Council membership.


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March 2009
by Joshua Duplechain on March 3, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • Professor Paul Baier was a featured speaker at a symposium on judicial activism at Chapman Law School in Orange, Califorinia. His paper, “Hugo Black and Judicial Lawmaking: Forty Years in Retrospect,” will be published in Chapman’s Nexus Journal of Law and Public Policy.
  • Cynthia Bland, an administrative assistant at the LSU Law Center, was recently honored with a Certificate of Merit at the 50th annual Dunbar Awards luncheon. The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a state employee can receive. The program recognizes classified state employees for their service to the state and citizens of Louisiana. Bland was nominated by Professor Paul Baier. She has dedicated 30 years to state civil service employment, all of which have been at LSU. Seventeen of those years have been at the Law Center.

    "Reading (the nomination) brought tears to my eyes," Bland said. "I wanted my granddaughter, who was my guest at the table, to know that hard work and dedication pays off in the long run. It took me 30 years to reach this moment and it was well worth it."

  • Professor William R. Corbett was invited by the Labor Law Group to join a working committee of employment law scholars writing critiques of the proposed Restatement of Employment Law–a draft of which is being considered by the American Law Institute. Corbett wrote critiques of two sections of the proposed Restatement, working with a committee including the following: Matthew Finkin, University of Illinois, Chair;  Lea VanderVelde, University of Iowa; and Steve Befort, University of Minnesota. The groups' critiques will be published in an issue of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
  • Professor Christine Corcos was one of two featured speakers at the American Bar Association’s February 24th event, “The Lincoln Myth: How pop culture defines America's great lawyer/president,” in Chicago. The event, part of the ABA’s Public Program series and open to the public, was introduced by Henry White, the ABA’s executive director. Ed Adams, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, moderated the event, which was taped for possible later distribution. Corcos also published an article about Lincoln titled, “Now He Belongs To the Ages,” for an upcoming issue of the ABA journal Insights on Law and Society.

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Shamblin First LSU Law Student to Receive National Scribes Award
by Linda Rigell on March 2, 2009, Blog: News

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Michelle Shamblin, a third-year law student at LSU, was awarded the 2009 Scribes Law-Review Award for her article, Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after "Parents Involved."

She is the first student in the history of the Law Center to receive the national award.

Since 1987, Scribes has presented an annual award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal. The award will be presented to Shamblin at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Law Reviews on March 19 to be held here in Baton Rouge.

"This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Michelle, the 'Law Review,' and the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "We are very proud that Michelle's article was selected as the best in the entire nation for this highly competitive award."

Shamblin's article discussed the case of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1. The U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion invalidated the district's policies of using race classifications to maintain pre-determined percentages of racial groups within each school. The dissenting opinion warned that the Court was setting back school integration efforts. Shamblin goes on to argue that schools need not abandon their goals of integration and may still employ "race-neutral" and "race-conscious" strategies to maintain or achieve integration.

"I'm honored that my article was chosen for the Scribes award, and I'm grateful to my family, friends, and the LSU Law Center community whose support and guidance made my law review note possible," Shamblin said. "Most importantly, I hope the article's recognition will help spread its message: 'Parents Involved may hold the key to a level of fulfillment of Brown v. Board of Education that has never before occurred, where schools strive to meet the needs of all children regardless of their race.'"

Before attending LSU Law, Shamblin earned her bachelor's degree in history from Louisiana College in Pineville. She is a member of the Louisiana Law Review, LSU's National Moot Court Team, and the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Team. She has also been named to the Chancellor's List during all of her semesters at the Law Center and has been a recipient of the CALI, or The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, Award on several occasions.

After she graduates in May, Shamblin will clerk for Chief Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for one year.

"I'm open to private practice-doing trial and appellate work-but I'm also interested in working for the U.S. Attorney's Office, the American Center for Law and Justice, and maybe one day becoming a federal judge," Shamblin said. "I'm also interested in teaching on the law school level. I sound like the kid who wants to be a doctor, teacher, policeman, and astronaut when she grows up; but hey, the sky is the limit."

Read Shamblin's full article here.


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LSU Law Moot Court Team Advances to Final Round
by Linda Rigell on March 2, 2009, Blog: News

CONGRATULATIONS to LSU Law Center students Megan Donohue (team captain), Charlotte Youngblood, and Patrick Grozinger who recently advanced to the Final Round of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition placing it in the top 3 of the 70 schools who participated.

The team is coached by attorneys R. Charles Ellis and Michelle Marney, and faculty advisor Kenneth Murchison. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that LSU Law has made it to the Final Round, winning the National Championship in 2006. In addition to the team success, Youngblood received the award for Best Overall Advocate, prevailing over roughly 200 individuals for the award. 

Full story.


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LSU Law Center Offers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
by Linda Rigell on March 2, 2009, Blog: News

Since 1999, the students at the LSU Law Center have offered a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program where volunteers provide free tax preparation services to foreign students, teachers, and researchers and their immediate family members (spouses and children under age 21). The LSU Law Center's VITA site is the only VITA site in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette area where volunteers prepare federal and Louisiana state income tax returns for foreign students, teachers and researchers from the community as well as the Baton Rouge campus of LSU.  

The students who volunteer in the VITA program are qualified to prepare the tax returns. All student volunteers must participate in a training program and pass a test to receive certification from the IRS to prepare the returns.  Foreign students, teachers, and researchers who are eligible to receive services at the Law Center's VITA site are not permitted to file Form 1040-EZ, 1040A, or 1040 to report their federal income tax liability.  Many of the taxpayers who receive free tax preparation services at the Law Center's VITA site are eligible for benefits under tax treaties between the United States and their countries of residence.  The Law Center's VITA volunteers know the special tax rules that apply to foreign students, teachers, and researchers, as well as the relevant information in each treaty that might reduce the tax liability of such taxpayers.

"The Law Center's VITA site is operated by the supervising coordinators," said Professor Susan Kalinka, the Law Center VITA coordinator. The group receives both basic and advanced training to be eligible to prepare the most complicated of income tax returns. At least three to five supervising coordinators will be present every evening that the Law Center's VITA site is open to answer questions asked by the first-time volunteers and to prepare the more difficult tax returns.

Serving as supervising coordinators this year are students Allison Lewis, Theresa Chatelain, Scott Guidry, Tatiana Vorobieva, Anthony Lascaro, David Conachen, Kristi Wagley Richard, Andrea Knouse, Drew Smith, Hershel Chapin, Tara Segal, Stephanie Hullett, Andrew Nyombi, Joshua Lewis, and Brad Trevino.

The program has been highly successful. Each year, the Law Center receives numerous calls from taxpayers who received services in prior years asking when the Law Center's VITA program will be available again during the current year. In 2008, 50 law students participated in the program and prepared federal and state income tax returns for 227 foreign taxpayers (a total of 454 federal and state tax returns).

Below is the pertinent information taxpayers seeking free tax preparation services at the LSU Law Center's VITA site should know:

When:
March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26  (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings) from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where:
LSU Law Center, 1969 building, first floor lobby
East Campus Drive

Rules for eligibility:
Students: 
Must have an F, J, Q, or M visa

Was in the U.S. for five or fewer years, as of December 31, 2008 (e.g., first entered the U.S. in 2004 or later).

Teachers and Researchers:
Must have a J or Q visa

Was in the U.S. for two or fewer years out of the six years preceding and including 2008.  For example, if a teacher or researcher first entered the U.S. as a student, teacher, or researcher in 2007 or 2008, the teacher or researcher is eligible for the tax preparation services offered at the LSU Law Center's VITA program.

What to bring with you when you come:
1.    visa

2.    passport

3.    Form W-2 (if you received one)

4.    Form 1042-S (if you received one)

5.    Form 1999-MISC (if you have one)

6.    Form 1099-R (if you have one)

7.    Form 1099-G (if you have one)

8.    Form 1098T (if you have one)

9.    Copy of your 2007 federal income tax return (if you have one)


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LSU Law Moot Court Team Records Highest Finish in Nearly Three Decades at Competition
by Linda Rigell on February 18, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Jessup International Law Moot Court team of returning 3Ls Patrick Hall, Kristen Lundin, and Jessica Orgeron—as well as new 2L team members Airzola Cleaves and David Maples—finished third out of 24 teams in the Southwest Super Regional of the 50th Anniversary Jessup Competition in Houston. It was the highest finish for an LSU Law Jessup team in the last 25 years.  

"I'm so very proud right now," said Professor Mark Hoch, who coached the team. "These students really are an amazing 'team' in every sense of the word. With their incredible finish and multiple awards, they have set a new standard of excellence for all future Jessup competitors at the Law Center."

In addition to reaching the semifinals, the Jessup Team won the Second Place award for the Best Memorial. The team was further recognized by winning two of the Best Oralist awards—those going to David Maples (4th) and Patrick Hall (10th)—given to the top 10 individuals out of more than 100 student competitors. The semifinal placement also means a rank among the top 24 law schools in the nation for the LSU Law team out of more than 140 schools that compete.

While winning all four of its oral arguments and three of four brief scores, LSU defeated teams from Tulane University, Kansas University, and Washburn University, and only lost a round to Saint Louis University by the narrowest of brief score margins. In the quarterfinals, LSU defeated the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In a close semifinal round, the team was eliminated by a perennial favorite in international law competitions, Washington University of St. Louis, a Super Regional winner last year and the eventual winner again this year.

For more information on Moot Court opportunities at LSU, please visit the Moot Court Board website


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First Circuit Holds Hearings at Law Center
by Linda Rigell on February 17, 2009, Blog: News

Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal announced that the First Circuit will hold hearings in the David Robinson Courtroom at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, February 19, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attorneys representing clients with appeals pending before the First Circuit will be presenting oral arguments before the judges sitting in three-judge panels.  Hearings on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, will be before:  Judges Randolph H. Parro, Page McClendon, and Jewel E. "Duke" Welch.  Hearings on Thursday, February 19, 2009, will be before Judges John T. Pettigrew, J. Michael McDonald, and Jefferson D. Hughes, III.

2L and 3L students should be reminded about the courtroom rules in case they attend:

  • Dress nicely.
  • No backpacks, cell phones, weapons, food or drink are allowed in the courtroom. Purses are allowed, but will be subject to search (which will in turn slow down entry into the courtroom). Laptops are allowed, but discouraged; if brought in, they will need to be powered up in the presence of security (which will slow down entry).
  • Please remember to stand when the judges enter or exit the courtroom.
  • Please be quiet and respectful of the judges and the attorneys during oral arguments.

There will be an area in the corner of the student lounge where the students may place their backpacks, etc. if they do not have a locker or other secure area for these items.

The briefs of the cases to be argued will be posted on reserve under Heidi Thompson or Legal Writing 5022.

The First Circuit is one of five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts.  The First Circuit's jurisdiction extends over 16 parishes in the southeastern part of Louisiana.  The court is domiciled in Baton Rouge and normally holds hearings at its courthouse located at 1600 North Third Street.  On occasion, as part of its educational outreach program, the First Circuit travels to various locations within its jurisdiction, such as LSU, to hold court. 

Chief Judge Carter invites the public to attend the hearings, with a special invitation extended to law, government, criminal justice, and civics classes.

Current copies of the court's docket are available on the court's website.  For additional information visit www.la-fcca.org.

 


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Barristers Bowl a Win for All Involved
by Linda Rigell on February 16, 2009, Blog: News

While the Gold Team may have topped the Purple Team 28-22 in Barristers Bowl V, the final result off the field is what mattered most. Monies raised from the game went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to send a local boy, Alex Klein, and his family to Disneyworld.

"I think (Alex) had a blast," said Peter Thriffiley, a player on the Purple Team. "I wish you could have seen his face when we handed him his jersey before a practice a few weeks ago. It lit up like a Christmas tree."

Klein was diagnosed with Epithelioid Sarcoma, a rare cancer that infected his leg. He underwent chemo therapy in July of 2008, and later, had his right foot amputated to keep the cancer from spreading. He walks now with the aid of a prosthetic foot.

As for the game itself, the Gold Team scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:00 left in the game to break the tie and earn the win.

Photo Gallery


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Student Transfer Policy Revised
by Linda Rigell on February 13, 2009, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center faculty has voted to amend its long-standing policy on "Admission with Advanced Standing," commonly known as the student transfer policy. The revised policy is now in effect.

The practical effect of the change is to open the opportunity of an LSU Law education to students who previously may not have been eligible for transfer to LSU Law. "The new policy recognizes that through actual performance at another law school, a student who is not admitted in the first year to LSU nevertheless may demonstrate strong promise of future success at the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "We want to open our doors to students who can make this showing," Weiss said.

The revised policy deletes two significant limitations that were applied in the past.  

Previous policy required: 1) that transfer students possess the admissions requirements applicable at the LSU Law Center for the year in which they first attended law school; and, 2) that applicants have completed at least 30 semester hours at a law school that has been both accredited by the American Bar Association and accepted as a member of the Association of American Law Schools.  

The revised policy deleted in its entirety the requirement that "a transfer student possess the admissions requirements applicable at the LSU Law Center for the year in which they first attended law school."  

The revised policy also deleted the portion of the second requirement that mandated that the school from which the student is transferring be a member of the Association of American Law Schools.  Students still must have a minimum of 30 semester hours from a school accredited by the American Bar Association to be considered for transfer. 

Full details


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Diamond Joins LSU Law Center Faculty Full-Time
by Linda Rigell on February 12, 2009, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced that Professor Raymond T. Diamond, who is serving as a visiting professor at the LSU Law Center this year, will join the Law Center faculty on a full-time basis beginning with the Fall 2009 semester. "Professor Diamond previously served as an associate law professor at LSU from 1984-90 before leaving to teach at Tulane. He is a talented professor as well as a valued colleague, and we are extremely pleased that he has accepted our offer to rejoin the LSU Law faculty as a tenured Professor of Law. His expertise in constitutional and criminal law, among other areas, makes him a highly sought after scholar. We look forward to his continued scholarship and outstanding teaching as a member of the LSU Law faculty."

Diamond will serve as the Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law, commencing with the 2009 fall semester.

Prior to teaching at LSU, Diamond was the John Koerner Professor at Tulane University Law School. He has taught a variety of courses at Tulane and the LSU Law Center, including Administrative Law; Antitrust; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Seminar on Legal History; Race Relations, and the Constitution

Diamond's teaching at LSU Law will concentrate on similar courses. Prior to his academic career, Diamond served as legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Robert Livingston from 1977-78. He then served as a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition from 1978-81, and as an associate with the New Orleans law firm of Jefferson, Bryan, & Gray, P.C., from 1981-84.

Diamond is the co-author of "Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution"- a book that earned him the 2003 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize by the Langum Project for Historical Literature. He also received the 1999 Harlan B. Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award for work on the Second Amendment and right to bear arms.

Diamond is a member of the Louisiana State, National, and American Bar Associations; the Organization of America Historians; and the American Society for Legal History. He has been admitted to the Bar in Louisiana and the District of Columbia.

He received his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1973 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977.


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Chancellor Announces Appointment of New LSU Law Faculty Members
by Linda Rigell on February 12, 2009, Blog: News

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of two new LSU Law Center faculty members for Fall 2009. "Professors Ken Levy and Scott Sullivan will fill important vacancies at the Law Center and bring expertise in legal disciplines that will enhance our program," said the chancellor. "They are both rising stars in the legal academy, with every promise of becoming great teachers in the LSU Law tradition. Our students will benefit greatly from their experience and scholarship." The appointments are pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

At the Law Center, Levy will teach courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, jurisprudence, civil procedure, and evidence. Sullivan's teaching will focus on international law, national security law, and professional responsibility.

Levy has taught as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School since 2007. In addition to teaching, he has written extensively on criminal theory. Levy previously held a visiting teaching fellowship at Columbia Law School and was a Rutgers University Excellence Fellow and Teaching Assistant. Levy's legal experience includes serving as litigation associate in several law firms in New York, including Arent Fox and White & Case.
 
Levy earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University in 1999 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002.
 
Levy has been published in legal journals, both in the United States and abroad. He currently has several works in progress, including Bad-Samaritan Laws: Fair, Balanced, and a Little Bit Afraid and A Theory of Criminal Responsibility. Sullivan has gained national attention for his work in international law and detention of suspected terrorists. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the University of Texas School of Law's Emerging Scholars Program where he teaches International Law in U.S. Courts, National Security Law, and Professional Responsibility.
 
Sullivan is the co-founder and faculty affiliate for the National Security & Human Rights Program and Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, and a Strauss Fellow with the Robert Strauss Center on International Security and Law. He is also the faculty affiliate for the Rapoport Center for Human Rights.
 
Before joining UT, Sullivan practiced law in Chicago and New York at Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy, where he advised foreign and domestic companies on United Nations, European Union, and U.S. sanctions compliance and rose to a leadership role in the Guantanamo Bay litigation. Sullivan remains active as a legal advisor in armed conflict detention cases and most recently, drafted international law arguments for the petitioners in the important 2008 Supreme Court case of Boumediene v. Bush. He has published numerous scholarly works, including Rethinking Treaty Interpretation, Rational Interpretation in Irrational Times: The Third Geneva Convention, and the War on Terror. He has forthcoming articles and papers on topics ranging from The Terror Presidency to post-Guantanamo life, and private military contractors and U.S. Law.
 
Sullivan earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Kansas in 1998; his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2001; and his LL.M. in Comparative, European, and International Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2002.


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LSU Law Repeats as National Champion at Tax Moot Court Competition
by Linda Rigell on February 10, 2009, Blog: News

Visit the Moot Court website for details.


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Update Your Directory Information Today
by Linda Rigell on January 30, 2009, Blog: News

Many of you may have already been contacted via email to update your information for our new LSU Law Alumni Directory. The directory will contain complete listings of all alumni from LSU Law, including e-mail addresses, professional, and personal biographical information.

The Law Center has entered into an agreement with Harris Connect, LLC to update contact information, search for lost alumni, and produce the directory.  The directory will be produced as a service to the Law Center, while Harris will offer the directories to LSU Law alumni for purchase.

In the next week or so, you should receive a postcard from Harris Connect/LSU Law, asking you to call a toll-free number at your convenience to update your information.  Those of you who have already submitted your information electronically at the Harris website will also be invited to call to verify your selections.

The format of the directory follows a basic style utilized by Harris Connect for other law schools and universities. Alumni are asked to select from a standard categorical list of practice areas. Please note that if you are not currently practicing law, or your field of law is not offered as an option, the best choice for you may be to select "No Code Available," then fill in your occupation in the area denoted for "job title/occupation." Please fill in the name of the business in the area denoted "firm name."

It has been almost 10 years since our last alumni directory was published.  The new directory will help you to stay in touch with fellow LSU Law grads, while also helping the Law Center to better communicate with you. We encourage you to update your information, and appreciate your participation in this worthwhile project.


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Unsolved Civil Rights Murder Cases Examined in Pugh Institute Symposium
by Linda Rigell on January 29, 2009, Blog: News


Left to right: Janis McDonald, co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative; Jean H. & George W. Pugh, Pugh Institute for Justice; Professor Lucy McGough, director, Pugh Institute for Justice; and Paula Johnson, co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative.

Collaboration was the central theme of the recent "Cold Case Justice Initiative," or CCJI, symposium presented by the LSU Law Center's George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice.

Syracuse University Law Professors Paula C. Johnson and Janis L. McDonald—directors of the Cold Case Justice Initiative—spoke to LSU Law Center students, faculty, and staff about their interdisciplinary project involving law and journalism students investigating unsolved civil rights murders in the South.

In order for the initiative to be successful, both Johnson and McDonald stressed the importance of collaboration between everyone from students to law enforcement officials. Solving an unsolved murder can hinge on a tip from a local reporter or historian, information from a victim's family member, cooperation from law enforcement officials, and the work of some very dedicated students and professors. When all of these things come together, you get the work of the CCJI.

The CCJI was established in early 2007 by Johnson and McDonald to assist the families of those killed by acts of racial hatred and violence in the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s. More than 50 law students have volunteered to investigate long-buried information that might help persuade the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, or local law enforcement officials to prosecute these unsolved murders.

"There is important momentum in Louisiana for righting the wrongs of the past," McDonald said. "Our work with communities in Ferriday, Clayton, Vidalia, Baton Rouge, and others give us hope that the families of unsolved civil rights-era murder victims will finally get the justice they deserve after all these years. We hope that there will be many collaborative efforts among local and federal law enforcement, law schools, responsible community members, media, and others to join in giving these unsolved murders the attention they deserve."

Indeed, a number of LSU Law students signed up immediately following the presentation to discuss how they could engage in similar work to that of the CCJI.

One of the cases detailed in the discussion by Johnson and McDonald was that of Frank Morris, a shoe shop owner in Ferriday, Louisiana, who was murdered in 1964. Alleged Ku Klux Klan members forced Morris into his shop at gunpoint, and the store was then set on fire. He died four days later of severe burns. To this day, more than 44 years later, the case remains unsolved.

Several years ago, Stanley Nelson of the Concordia Sentinel contacted McDonald, who was in Ferriday over Spring Break conducting work of her own. He had attempted to contact the FBI about the case but failed to get anywhere. Nelson sought McDonald's help and she, in turn, contacted Johnson. Thus the CCJI was born.

As part of the initiative, Syracuse law students-under the supervision of Professors Paula C. Johnson and Janis L. McDonald-research thousands of documents, work with local investigative reporters, and witnesses who can provide new information. They also seek the appointment of a special agent by the FBI and a pledge by the U.S. attorney for a full review of the respective cases.

As the CCJI became more defined, Johnson and McDonald developed the course, "Investigating and Reopening Unsolved Civil Rights Era Murders," first offered during the 2007-08 academic year. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to civil rights history, civil rights law, criminal procedure, evidence, advocacy skills, and global human rights in the context of investigating specifically assigned civil rights era murder cases in the Southeastern U.S.

To date, the students' efforts have ignited law enforcement investigation of additional deaths long suspected by the community to be racially motivated and committed by the Klan.

For more information, please contact coldcase@law.syr.edu or visit the website

To view the short CCJI documentary

To view the symposium


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February 2009
by Joshua Duplechain on January 29, 2009, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • Paul Baier’s play, Father Chief Justice: Edward Douglass White and the Constitution, was performed on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Loyola University's Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall. The play featured Chief Justice (Ret.) Pascal Calogero, Justice (Ret.) Harry Lemmon, Judge Robert Downing, Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, Judge Fredericka Wicker, and other notables.
  • Ken Murchison is a visiting fellow at Cambridge University's Clare Hall while on sabbatical for the spring semester. Clare Hall is a college for advanced study at the university.
  • Emily Saleh recently joined the staff of the LSU Law Center as associate registrar and institutional research analyst. She previously worked as an administrative program specialist for LSU’s Office of Budget & Planning for more than two years.

    As associate registrar, Saleh will assist the registrar in all functions and procedures regarding student records and registration. As an institutional research analyst, she will research, compile, and present information and data pertinent to the operation of the Law Center to various internal departments.

    Saleh earned her bachelor of science from LSU in secondary education with a concentration in social studies in 2004. She then graduated from LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business in December 2009 with a master’s of public administration.

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Three Law Center Alums to be Honored by Louisiana Bar Foundation
by Linda Rigell on January 29, 2009, Blog: News

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will honor three LSU Law Center alums at its 23rd Annual Fellows Gala on Friday, April 17, at the W Hotel New Orleans. Alums to be honored are Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Distinguished Jurist; Baton Rouge attorney Edward J. Walters, Jr., Distinguished Attorney; and Law Center Vice Chancellor Cheney J. Joseph, Jr., Distinguished Professor.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation's Annual Fellows Gala is held every spring. Recognition is given to those individuals who, by reason of his or her professional activities, have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.

Johnson, a 1969 graduate of the Law Center, was the first woman elected to the Civil District Court in New Orleans in 1984. She was reelected without opposition in 1990, and was elected Chief Judge by her colleagues in 1994. That same year, Johnson was elected associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and was reelected without opposition in 2000.

Prior to her election to the bench, Johnson spent most of her legal career working in the public sector, including serving as Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. In 1996, she was inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame, and was a member of the LSU Law Center's Alumni Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2001. She has also been honored with the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the first Ernest N. Morial Award given by the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, and the Medal of Honor given by the mayor of New Orleans.

Like Johnson, Walters is also a member of the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame. The 1975 graduate is a partner with the firm of Moore, Walters, Thompson, Thomas, Papillion & Cullens in Baton Rouge; and has served as lead counsel in more than 40 trials brought to verdict by civil juries in Louisiana, California, and Illinois. He has been an adjunct professor of law since 1987 at the Law Center, where he has co-developed and teaches a new skills course at the law school titled "Advanced Trial and Evidence Seminar."

Walters is a former member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees, serving from 1998 to 2001, and a long-standing member of the Chancellor's Council. He serves annually on the faculty of LSU's Trial Advocacy Program, is a former president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and has served as the editor of its monthly publication "Around the Bar" since its inception in 1985. Walters also received the president's award in 1995 and 1998.

Joseph is a 1970 graduate of the Law Center. He serves as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Law Center, and holds the Erick V. Anderson Professorship of Law. He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Justice I and II—Pre-trial and Trial Criminal Procedure—Evidence, and Post Conviction Procedure.

During his career, Joseph has served as executive counsel to the governor of Louisiana, Judge Pro-Tempore of the 16th and 40th Judicial District Courts, First Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, and a U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.


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More Than One Hundred Students Make Chancellor’s List for Fall 2008
by Linda Rigell on January 26, 2009, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of 121 students who have earned academic honors for Fall 2008. The students were named to the Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor. Notation of this honor is posted on the student's academic transcript.

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:

Alexandria - Alan Whittington Stewart

Amite - Anthony Joseph Lascaro

Baton Rouge - Bradley Joseph Aldrich; Susan Marie Bartlett; Kristen Elizabeth Bell; Richard Allen Bond; Clinton Mathew Bowers; Jared Patrick Bradley; Erin Theresa Bray; Sarah Frances Cable; Joshua Paul Clayton; Brandi Bayles Cole; Marie Elizabeth Curry; Heather Ann D'Antonio; Michael Jason Debarros; Richard Harmon Drew, III; Andy Joseph Dupre; Michael James Fagan, Jr.; Irina V. Fox; Tucker Fred Giles; Laura Beth Graham; Grant Joseph Guillot; Patrick Thomas More Hall; Bruce Warfield Hamilton; Laura Christina Harris; Brian Paul Higginbotham; Thomas Ryan Hooks; Jonathan Hatten Jacobs; Jessica Leigh Johnston; Claire Elizabeth Juneau; Matthew Charles Juneau; Morgan Elaine Kelley; Andrea Marie Knouse; William Joel Kolarik, II; Megan E. Lebato; Allison Burnette Lewis; Kristen Elaine Lundin; Nima Maani; David Maxwell Maples; Kyle Paul Marunick; Kevin Michael McCrary; Matthew Clinton Meiners; Ryan Quitman Moon; Frances Minnette Montegut; Andrew Nyombi; Alana Ellene Odom; John M. Parker; Sarah Elizabeth Perkins; Jaime Beth Petenko; David Barnwell Phelps; Erzsebet M. Pifko; Sally Brown Richardson; Patrick Bruce Sanders; Richard Brown Scandrett; David Logan Schroeder; Tara Lynn Segal;  Michelle R. Shamblin; Mary Margaret Spell; Scott Lehman Sternberg; Megan L. Streetman; Larissa Kyle Teipner; Chase Tettleton; Christina Raquel Valdes; Patrick Glenn Virgadamo; Tatiana B. Vorobieva; Sarah Katharine Weissman; Michael Flynn West; Charlotte Megan Youngblood

Covington
- Casey Elizabeth Faucon; Peyton Christian Lambert

Crowley - Elizabeth Page Everett; Eli Jules Meaux

Denham Springs - Kate Elizabeth Bernacchio; Heather F. Crow; Carmen Tircuit Hebert

DeRidder - Robert Ludlum Blankenship

Greenwell Springs - Benjamin Mckay Anderson; Catherine Jenkins Wheeler

Hammond - Kelly E. Brilleaux; Hunter Adams Chauvin

Harahan - Jessica Lynn Orgeron

Kenner - Amanda Marie Collura; Michael C. Mims; Christopher Keith Odinet; Beatriz Quintana Richmond

Lafayette - Kevin Michael Blanchard; Robert Douglas Felder; Jerome H. Moroux

Lake Charles - Tony Carlo Fazzio

Leesville - Drew Ellington Smith; Amanda Denise Stephens

Mandeville - Jason Zachary Landry; Richard James Nelson

Metairie - Katherine Nicole Lee; Michael David Letourneau; Bert Joseph Miller; Heather Marie Nagel; Gina Marie Palermo; Alexander Theodore Reinboth; Graham Harris Ryan; Ashley Anne Tufts; Katie Anna Whitman; Alida Cornelle Wientjes

Napoleonville - Chad Joseph Landry

Pineville - Elizabeth A. Spurgeon

Ponchatoula - Matthew Robert Emmons

Prairieville - Devin Chase Reid

Rayne - John William Bihm

Shreveport - Mary Katherine Muslow; Jonathan James Rose

Slidell - Megan Elizabeth Rawle

Sulphur - Lacey Elizabeth Sarver

Thibodaux - Caroline Suzanne Hidalgo; Sara Beth Rodrigue

Ville Platte - Jeffrey Kyle Coreil

West Monroe
- Justin Nolan Myers

White Castle
- Seth Evan Bagwell

Zachary - William Bradley Kline

Out of State:
Mesa, Arizona - Bradley Lynn Dunn
Gainesville, Florida - Anna Katherine Higgins
Houston, Texas - Leonid Kishinevsky


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Twenty-one Students Sworn Into Clinical Legal Education Program
by Linda Rigell on January 22, 2009, Blog: News

East Baton Rouge Parish Family Law Court Judge Pamela Baker helped swear in 21 LSU Law students to the school's Clinical Legal Education Program during a recent ceremony.

Students sworn into the program have studied at the Law Center for two years and will now be able to practice law through the clinic student practice rule, or Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. The rule requires that a student take an oath prior to acting as a student attorney.

As part of the clinic, the students will represent either children in juvenile proceedings, individuals facing immigration consequences, or mediate for families in crisis.

The following students were sworn in:
Shelly Alexander
Paige Ellison
Scott Hearne
Justin Mitchell
Jaime Petenko
George Wu
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Pugh Institute for Justice Hosts Cold Case Justice Initiative
by Linda Rigell on January 14, 2009, Blog: News

Paula C. Johnson and Janis L. McDonald, both Syracuse University Law Professors, will speak on Tuesday, January 27, at the LSU Law Center about the Cold Case Justice Initiative. The initiative is an interdisciplinary project with Law and Journalism students investigating unsolved civil rights murders in the South.

The event, presented by the Law Center's George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice, will be held in Room 110 of the Law Center from 12:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend, as is the general public.

The Cold Case Justice Initiative was established in early 2007 by Johnson and McDonald to assist the families of those killed by acts of racial hatred and violence in the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s. More than 50 law students have volunteered to investigate long buried information that might help persuade the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, or local law enforcement officials to prosecute these unsolved murders.

"There is important momentum in Louisiana for righting the wrongs of the past," McDonald said. "Our work with communities in Ferriday, Clayton, Vidalia, Baton Rouge, and others give us hope that the families of unsolved civil rights-era murders will finally get the justice they deserve after all these years. We hope that there will be many collaborative efforts between local and federal law enforcement, law schools, responsible community members, media, and others to join in giving these unsolved murders the attention they deserve."

Johnson currently serves as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), a national organization of approximately 800 law professors. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Syracuse, she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, voting rights, professional responsibility, and a seminar on women in the criminal justice system. She also has taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Baltimore, and Northern Illinois University.

In 2003, she received the Unsung Heroine Award from the Syracuse University Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Committee, and the Woman of the Year Award from the Syracuse University African American Male Congress.

McDonald is the Bond, Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor and the co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative ("CCJI"). She and Johnson also co-teach a unique new interdisciplinary course, "Investigating and Reopening Civil Rights Era Murders," with graduate students from the SUCOL and other graduate schools at Syracuse. The course received the 2008 Syracuse University Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship in Action.

Before joining the law faculty, McDonald taught at Ohio Northern University College of Law and Yale Law School. She was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public and International Law and wrote several articles on civil rights litigation and American legal history. Several federal courts have cited her civil rights article.

The Pugh Institute for Justice is an Institute of the LSU Law Center founded in 1998 through charitable contributions to provide support for research, educational, and pro bono activities that promote justice for individuals in the administration of the criminal and civil justice systems in Louisiana and elsewhere.


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LSU Law Graduate Sworn in as La. Supreme Court’s First Female Chief Justice
by Linda Rigell on January 14, 2009, Blog: News

Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball, a 1970 graduate of the LSU Law Center and the first woman in the history of the state to be elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court, was sworn in as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court on January 12. She is the first woman to hold that position.

"We at the Law Center are beaming with pride that Justice Kimball has been sworn in as Louisiana's first female 'Chief,'" said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "Justice Kimball possesses both the judicial skills and the administrative acumen to be a great chief justice. In addition, and perhaps above all, she is a thoroughly decent, down-to-earth person who will never forget the impact of her work on the lives of real people."

The day began with a Mass celebrated at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, followed by the swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court building. Kimball was sworn in by her daughter, Lyria Kimball O'Brien—a licensed attorney in both Louisiana and Texas. Kimball's husband, former state Rep. Clyde W. Kimball, held the Bible during the oath of office.

Kimball takes over as chief justice following the retirement of Justice Pascal Calogero, who served 36 years at the court.

Kimball served as a member of the Law Center's Board of Trustees from 1998-2001, a Visiting Professor for the 2008 summer program, and a commencement speaker in May 2001.

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Professor Litvinoff to be Honored by Chancellor’s Council March 20, 2009
by Linda Rigell on December 19, 2008, Blog: News

The Law Center's Chancellor's Council will pay tribute to Boyd Professor Saúl Litvinoff at a gala planned for Friday, March 20, 2009 on the LSU campus.  

Chancellor Jack Weiss has declared 2008-09 the Year of Litvinoff in honor of the professor's retirement. The announcement was made at an assembly of peers, friends, and family who gathered at the LSU Law Center on Friday, November 14, to celebrate Litvinoff's 43 years of service to the Law Center. Litvinoff will assume the status of Professor Emeritus when he steps down after the Spring 2009 semester.

"Saúl Litvinoff will go down in history as one of the greatest scholars and teachers of Louisiana law," said Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. "He has taught generations of LSU lawyers. His scholarship has shaped our legal tradition for more than 40 years."

Ava Leavell Haymon and Cordell Haymon ('68), life-long friends of the professor, have honored him with a named endowed professorship. The gift was announced at the November ceremony.

Chancellor Weiss also presented Litvinoff and his family members with "special edition" purple and gold baseball caps bearing the initials Y.O.L. (Year of Litvinoff).

The Chancellor's Council is comprised of friends and alumni who annually support the Law Center at the leadership level of the Annual Fund–a contribution of $1,000 or more. Professor Litvinoff has been a member of the council for many years; nearly 240 alums and friends joined the professor as council members this past year.

Chancellor’s Council Welcomes . . .
New to the Chancellor’s Council since December 1 are Bradley Bickham (’94), Coppell, Texas; Lori Cameron (’79), Dallas, Texas; and Henry LeBas (’94), Lafayette, Louisiana. 
 
Renewing memberships are: Rudy Aguilar (’82), Richard Arsenault (’80), Jim Bailey (’67), Laura Bailey (’83), John Barton ('76), Judge Ginger Berrigan (’77), Gary Bezet (’79), Mark Bodron (’90), Jane Brandt (’86), Jay Campbell (’76), Larry Centola (’71), David Cohn (’80), John Cox (’68), Witold Danilowicz (’85), John Fetzer (’72), John deGravelles (’74), Gary Graphia (’91), Greg Green (’86), Jan Hayden (’79), Tom Hayes (’77), John Heinrich (’87), John Hightower, Walter Hryszko (’81), Jonathan Hunter ('78), Malcolm Johns (’78), Cheney Joseph (’70), Mary Joseph (’70), Troy Keller (’92), Kerry Kilburn (’82), Len Kilgore (’76), Dick Knight (’58), Cliffe F. Laborde (’76), John Laborde (’49), Kay Long (’87), John Madison (’69), Charles McCowan (’67), John McElligott ('79), Armin Moeller (’72), Pat Morrow (’72), Leonard Nachman (’70), Frank Neuner (’76), Pat Ottinger ('73), Bill Owens (’67), J. Carter Perkins (’52), Ken Privat (’70), Alex Rankin (’67), Michael Remondet (’91), Kermit Simmons (’59), Angela Teer (‘02), Ed Walters (’75), John M. Wilson (’67), Bobbi Zaunbrecher and David Ziober (’78).

Download a Chancellor’s Council gift form here or view a full roster of council membership here.

For more information on the Year of Litvinoff announcement, click here.

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Considering an End-of-Year Charitable Gift? 
by Linda Rigell on December 19, 2008, Blog: News

We know that economic uncertainties continue nationwide and also here in Louisiana. With looming state budget cuts, your charitable gifts to the LSU Law Center are more important than ever. From scholarships to specific program initiatives, private philanthropy provides critical funding for the Law Center.
 
As the end of 2008 draws near, we hope that your personal circumstances will allow you to consider a charitable gift to the Law Center. We need your annual support as well as endowment gifts that "give in perpetuity." Your past contributions have enabled the Law Center to enhance its Tradition of Excellence and to secure its place as the state's premier public law school. Thank you!
 
Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift or discuss an annual contribution. From IRAs to stock or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas such as the Clinical Legal Education Program, International Program or Energy initiative, building enhancements, faculty, or student life.  Want to name a moot court program or support a named Junior Scholars Fellowship?  We welcome your inquiry and hope that you will consider a gift to A Tradition of Excellence—the Campaign for LSU Law.

For information on making an end-of-year gift, contact us at 225/578-8645 or 225/938-7763; email Karen Soniat; or follow one of these easy steps:

To make a gift via credit card, please visit the LSU Foundation’s secure Website.

To make a gift via check, click here and simply print the form and mail to the Law Center on or before December 31, 2008.

For more information on Ways to Give to the LSU Law Center, click here.

IRA Charitable Rollover Extended
 
The extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover was signed into law as part of the $700 billion economic bailout bill. The giving incentive permits a donation of up to $100,000 to qualified non-profits from IRAs and Roth IRAs without having to count the distributions as taxable income. The IRA rollover provision originally expired at the end of 2007.  
 
The Law Center—through the LSU Foundation—is one such qualified recipient. For more information on the IRA Charitable Rollover, visit the LSU Foundation Website.


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Graduate Allen Smith, Jr. Gives Back to Law Center and Community
by Linda Rigell on December 19, 2008, Blog: News

Ask any associate or friend of Allen Lewis Smith, Jr. to describe the man and you will receive a variety of stories that leave you wondering if they are all about the same person.

The summary of them would go something like this: Smith, a 1964 graduate of the LSU Law Center, is a great trial lawyer and highly respected by attorneys, judges, and juries alike. He was an entrepreneur from an early age, helping manage a successful snowball business. He is a great joke teller, an avid motorcyclist, a hunter, and last but not least, responsible for the success of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Taylor.

"Allen pushed Jimmy Taylor hard and if it weren't for Allen, he wouldn't have had the success he had," said Gerald Walter ('62), a lifelong friend of Smith's.

Smith, a native of Woodville, Mississippi, has enjoyed his own success in life, working as a partner with Plauche, Smith, and Nieset in Lake Charles since 1964. He has also served as legal counsel for the Police Jury for the last eight years—a task he pursued out of an interest in becoming a student, so to speak, of local government law. In that role, he has helped to make possible the development of parks, infrastructure improvement, and a number of other improvements in Calcasieu Parish.

For the LSU Law Center and its faculty and students, Smith and his wife Shirley have created other opportunities. In April 2007, the couple created the Shirley and Allen L. Smith, Jr. Endowed Scholarship and the Allen L. Smith, Jr. Endowed Professorship. On December 9, 2008, the pair was recognized at a reception held at the Law Center to commemorate their gift.

The scholarship will provide support to students who received little or no scholarship assistance as entering students based on their academic predictors at the time of admission, but whose actual performance as law students has demonstrated the kind of academic merit that should be recognized by scholarship assistance.

The professorship will support faculty research and scholarship.

If you talk with the Smiths for any length of time, you'll know that their support comes not from a desire for recognition, but from their hearts. The Smiths share a true desire to give back to an institution that helped them to have "a wonderful life."

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December 2008 Special Year-End Issue Faculty/Staff News Items
by Joshua Duplechain on December 19, 2008, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • Professor Paul Baier was interviewed by NPR's All Things Considered concerning the 5th Circuit Court and its handling of the Albert Woodfox case. For more information, click here.
  • Professor Christine Corcos has been invited to join the editorial board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, a peer-reviewed journal published by Springer.
  • Professor Alain Levasseur and Law Librarian Vicenc Feliu updated the book Moreau Lislet: The Man Behind the Digest of 1808. The book was featured in a book review by The Advocate.
  • Professor Olivier Moreteau presented a paper on Recodification in Louisiana and Latin America at a Tulane International Colloquium commemorating the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Civil Code. The paper, co-authored with Agustín Parise, Research Associate at the Center of Civil law Studies (CCLS), will appear in the Tulane Law Review. Together with Claitor’s Publishing Division, the CCLS published a second volume in the newly created Bicentennial Series. After the Essays in Honor of Saúl Litvinoff published earlier this year, Richard Kilbourne’s A History of the Louisiana Civil Code, first published in 1987, is again available as Vol. 2 in the collection. This comes as a complement to the Digest Online, also a publication of the CCLS, making the Digest of 1808 (the ancestor to the present Louisiana Civil Code) accessible to the whole world.
  • Agustín Parise, LSU LLM 2006 and Research Associate at the Center of Civil Law Studies, is the first recipient of the Cueto Rúa Award, created this year by the Argentine Association of Comparative Law in honor of the late Professor Julio Cueto Rúa. Cueto Rúa, a prominent scholar in Argentina and Spanish-speaking countries, taught at LSU and wrote leading texts on the common law and civil law.

    Parise received the award for his paper on the importance of comparative law scholars and law libraries for the understanding of the law, focusing on Gustavus Schmidt, a 19th century scholar who created the first law journal in Louisiana. The ceremony took place at the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences of Argentina in Buenos Aires on December 16. The Academy is a hall of fame for LSU—Professor Litvinoff was inducted into the Academy in that same place in summer 2007.

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LSU Law Center Hosts ‘CLE By The Hour’
by Linda Rigell on December 8, 2008, Blog: News

A wide range of legal areas will be covered during the LSU Law Center Continuing Legal Education program's "CLE By the Hour" seminar, December 17-19 at the Law Center.

Topics include Insurance Law, Property Law & Leases, Stress Management for Lawyers, Civil Procedure & Evidence, Professionalism, and Family Law, among others.

LSU Law Professors John Church, J. Randall Trahan, William Corbett, Wendell Holmes, Greg Smith, Patrick Martin, and Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph, Jr. will each lead seminars, as well as local attorneys Michael H. Rubin, Joseph W. Mengis, W. Shelby McKenzie, Don Hidalgo, Louis M. Phillips, Ralph J. Stephens, Michael W. McKay, and the Hon. William A. Morvant.

A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided each day.

Online registration and seminar schedules are available at https://www.lsucle.org. Registration is also available by phone at 225/578-5837.

The Law Center's Center of Continuing Professional Development extends the knowledge and resources of the Law Center to the Louisiana Bar. The Center offers some 20 professional development seminars each year in various locations throughout Louisiana. It is one of the largest and most respected providers of professional education-and CLE credits, which are required of attorneys-in the state.


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Thanksgiving Greetings From Chancellor Jack Weiss
by Joshua Duplechain on November 26, 2008, Blog: News

Dear Friends of the Law Center:

The light is fading as we head toward dusk here on the eve of Thanksgiving. It has been a somber week at the Law Center. Professor Bill Crawford and his family have suffered an incalculable loss. All of us have felt and shared their grief. A beloved faculty colleague has undergone serious surgery on short notice.

Outside of the Law Center, these are also times that try men's (and women's) souls. The nation is at war. The economic picture is bleak.

Overall, it is hard to locate the celebratory mood we like to associate with our traditional national holiday of Thanksgiving. Yet it remains important that we take the day to unwind a bit and to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.

I myself want to express my continuing gratitude for having been afforded the opportunity to work every day in the LSU Law community. We are a caring and mutually supportive bunch–students, staff, faculty and alumni. Never is that more apparent than at times like this. We accomplish important tasks every day, but we do not forget that those tasks rank below our commitments to, and love for, family, friends, and neighbors.

This Thanksgiving, above perhaps many others, seems an especially good time to take stock of our blessings. It's also a good time to give a special hug or say a special word to the special people in your life. May you travel safely and return renewed and ready to continue our work together toward the bright future that lies ahead.

Cordially,
Jack Weiss



Your Support Matters
by Joshua Duplechain on November 26, 2008, Blog: News

Economic times are tough, and we recognize that uncertainties persist in this global economy. The needs of the LSU Law Center, however, have not diminished, and your support is needed more than ever.

From scholarships to program support, your contributions have enabled the Law Center to enhance its Tradition of Excellence and to secure its place as the state's premier public law school. Thank you!

As the end of the year draws near, we hope that your personal circumstances will allow you to consider a charitable gift to the Law Center. Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift. From IRAs to stock or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas such as the International Program or Energy initiative, building enhancements, faculty support, or student life. Want to name a Moot Court program or support a named Junior Scholars Fellowship? We welcome your inquiry and hope that you will consider a gift to the LSU Law Traditions of Excellence Campaign.

For more information on Ways to Give, click here.

IRA Charitable Roll Over Extended

The extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover was signed into law as part of the $700 billion economic bailout bill. The giving incentive permits a donation of up to $100,000 to qualified non-profits from IRAs and Roth IRAs without having to count the distributions as taxable income. The IRA rollover provision originally expired at the end of 2007.

The Law Center - through the LSU Foundation - is one such qualified recipient. For more information on the IRA Charitable Rollover, visit the LSU Foundation Website.



Students Participate in Roundtable with Judge Barksdale
by Karen Soniat on November 26, 2008, Blog: News

"Prior proper planning prevents poor performance," advised The Honorable Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale, Judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge Barksdale spent the eve of the LSU v Ole Miss game with a group of LSU Law students, recounting his service to his country, his legal career, and sharing thoughts on what makes a good lawyer. 

Following his graduation from West Point, Barksdale volunteered to serve in Vietnam. "I arrived in 1967-68 during the Tet Offensive," he told the students. At age 23, he found himself as a platoon leader responsible for the safety of "54 men, three tanks, and six personnel carriers...It's a serious responsibility, and you grow up in a hurry. At a very young age, people and young men come to depend on you."

Promotions to Troop Executive Officer and Assistant Division Operations Officer would come quickly. He patrolled in South Vietnam around Da Nang. Barksdale also recalled his own personal brush with death when an explosion rocked his armored carrier, killing his driver and wounding everyone inside. When he was released from military service some two years later, he made the decision to enter law school at Ole Miss. 

After law school, Barksdale served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Barksdale recalled his clerkship with Justice White, speaking fondly of the Justice's love of words and his penchant for brevity. "He got it right, and kept it tight. He was a great lawyer...very kind, interested in people, and very courteous to other judges," said Barksdale. "Few people knew that Justice White actually played professional football for Detroit while he was in law school. I was lucky to clerk for him. He had a profound influence on me." 

Following his clerkship with Justice White, Barksdale entered private practice in Jackson, Mississippi, where he focused on commercial litigation and some First Amendment work representing the Jackson newspaper. His nomination to the Fifth Circuit by President George H.W. Bush came in 1989 for a seat vacated by Judge Alvin Rubin, graduate of the LSU Law Center, and previously held by Judge John Minor Wisdom. He received his commission on March 12, 1990 and has served the 5th Circuit for almost 19 years. "I'll take senior status this summer at age 65," said the Judge.

Barksdale advised students to participate in oral advocacy training and moot court programs. "Frank Maraist, one of my Moot Court professors at Ole Miss, taught me, "Tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them." 

On the question of what distinguishes the quality of legal arguments, Barksdale replied, "Certainly knowledge of the facts and the case ...distilling and conveying the complexities quickly and succinctly; and, being active and engaging in presentation would be a 'Category A' argument to me," he said.  "Know the procedure, and have a sense of humor," he advised. He noted that "clarity, simplicity, brevity, organization, correct grammar, and distilling of the issues" are the hallmarks of the best briefs. 

 "Would you recommend clerkships, and did it help in private practice?" asked a 3L student.  "Yes.  It's a great experience," he said.  "You may make less money during your clerkship, but it makes you a much better lawyer. You see how judges react and think.  Clerkships are largely about problem solving." 

 

 

 

 


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Chancellor Weiss Declares “Year of Litvinoff;” Chancellor's Council Tribute to Litvinoff Set for March 20, 2009
by Victor P. Erwin on November 25, 2008, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack Weiss has declared 2008-09 the Year of Litvinoff, in honor of the retirement of Boyd Professor Saúl Litvinoff. The announcement was made at an assembly of peers, friends, and family who gathered at the LSU Law Center on Friday, Nov. 14, to celebrate Litvinoff's 43 years of service to the Law Center.

Litvinoff will assume the status of Professor Emeritus when he steps down after the Spring 2009 semester.

The Law Center's Chancellor Council will pay tribute to Professor Litvinoff at a gala planned for Friday, March 20, 2009.  The Chancellor's Council is comprised of friends and alumni who annually support the Law Center at the leadership level of the Annual Fund—a contribution of $1,000 or more.  Professor Litvinoff has been a member of the council for many years; nearly 240 alums and friends joined the professor as council members this past year.

As a further honor during the November 14 event, Ava Leavell Haymon announced the establishment of the Saúl Litvinoff Distinguished Endowed Professorship.  Ava and Cordell Haymon, a 1968 graduate of the Law Center, are lifelong friends of the Litvinoff family. They reside in Baton Rouge.

Chancellor Weiss also presented Litvinoff and his family members with "special edition" purple and gold baseball caps bearing the initials Y.O.L (Year of Litvinoff).

Litvinoff began his career at LSU as a visiting professor in 1965. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1925 and began his legal career there in 1949 as an associate with Ibero Berenguer and Associates. In 1962, he worked as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico, earning his LL.M. at Yale University at the same time.

During his time at LSU, Litvinoff's chief endeavor would be his work with the Louisiana Civil Code. His revisions of the Civil Code's section on Obligation—one of the many examples of his work on the Civil Code—resulted in it being enacted into law in 1984. Litvinoff also served as dean of the Central American Banking School, which operated under the auspices of LSU, for 20 years. He continues to serve as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, the Louisiana Department of State, and the Central Bank of Honduras.

"Saúl Litvinoff will go down in history as one of the greatest scholars and teachers of Louisiana law," said Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. "He has taught generations of LSU lawyers. His scholarship has shaped our legal tradition for more than 40 years."

For information on the work of the Chancellor's Council or to become a member, link to Chancellor's Council or Download the Chancellor's Council Gift form.

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Tailgating Helps Law Students Bond, Relax Outside of Class
by Linda Rigell on November 25, 2008, Blog: News

Monday through Friday, the students of the LSU Law Center prepare for a future as an upstanding member of the legal community, listening to lectures, poring over notes and old reference books, and debating the finer points of common law versus civil law.

But on Saturdays during football season, all that is forgotten. It's a time for relaxing, for bonding, and for singing Hank Williams, Jr. songs in as many keys as possible.

Outside of the Law Center library, one of the more popular places for students to commune is at a tailgate, and one of the larger ones is the LSU Law Tailgating Club. The club is made up of first- and second-year students and requires a yearly fee that pays for all food and drinks. Perhaps you have noticed the 25-foot high inflatable, purple and gold checkered tent on the Parade Ground—that would be them. They also have a 20x20 tent and two smaller 10x10 tents for serving food and playing music. Lest you mistake this for some idle way of passing the time on a Saturday, think again. The club has even secured free energy drinks from Wildlife Energy Drinks.

"At freshman orientation, I sat out in a booth with a 'LSU Law Tailgating Club' sign in front—a club, which at the time did not exist—and we charged members a season fee payable up front," said Gibson T. Laborde, a 2L student. "It is without a doubt a team effort and it has been a huge success."

Within the miniature tent city that is the Tailgating Club, there is a satellite television hookup, a speaker system and a menu that is only short of a free angioplasty. Hamburgers, pulled chicken, homemade chili, chicken and sausage jambalaya, roasted pork, and "Louisiana Cheese Steak," which is essentially steak marinated in sweet tea. It is no wonder that, aside from law students, a few dignitaries have found their way into the tents.

"During the political campaigns, candidates would always come to our tent because it was the largest on the Parade Ground. Mary Landrieu and Kitty Kimball are two that stick out," said Scott Sternberg, a 2L student. "Also, after the tailgates have been going for a while, one of our classmates, who shall remain nameless, likes to put on Hank Williams, Jr. and sing along. When they turn the stereo into a karaoke machine, you know that people are having way too much fun."

Kyle McCotter, a 2L student and member of the Tailgating Club, estimates that there were between 300 and 400 people at their tailgate for LSU's game against the University of Georgia. As 2L students, the group invited 1Ls to join the Club as a way of getting to know them and help acclimate the new students to the Law Center community. As 3Ls next year, McCotter said they plan to invite 1Ls again, continuing the growth of the Club and the Law Center student community.

Mike Marino, a 3L student, is part of a smaller, yet equally entertaining tailgating group. Marino said the group started their own tailgate this year after having been part of others the last two years. They decided to keep the group small—roughly 40 people—and made up of close friends.

The menu varies from game to game, although sausage is a staple—Emeril's Chicken and Apple is the best Marino says. One week it's 16 pounds of pork tenderloin, the next its 100 pounds of boiled shrimp. And then there's the game of cornhole.

For those unfamiliar with the game, there are holes placed in two wooden or plastic boards that are about 20 feet apart and the object is to throw beanbags into the hole and get points depending on if you make it or how close you come.

"It's good to tailgate with friends from law school for a variety of reasons," Marino said. "One of the most relaxing aspects is that we get to spend time together on campus without being stressed out about law school. It's often true that when we get together on campus we don't get to enjoy many of the best features such as the beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Tailgating is one way of accomplishing this."


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Pardue Addresses Environmental Law Society on Aftermath of Katrina
by Linda Rigell on November 24, 2008, Blog: News

John Pardue, the Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at LSU, recently spoke to the LSU Law Center's Environmental Law Society on "Hurricane debris and the environment: Understanding impacts three years post-Katrina."

He described how he was involved in evaluating the debris situation after the hurricane, explaining that two days after the storm, his crew launched their boat from I-10 and took water and other samples. They were part of the debris collection efforts from that point forward. Pardue also explained how the Department of Environmental Quality, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies handled debris pick up after the hurricane.  
 
He further detailed how some hazardous waste was properly and safely diverted. As to the rest of the waste, Pardue discussed how the choice of landfills was made and how distance from landfill was prioritized over other landfill traits.

Pardue directs the Louisiana Water Resources Research institute (LWRRI) and co-directs the EPA Hazardous Substance Research Center (South & Southwest), a multi-university consortium studying the remediation of contaminated sediments. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, his group had been working on identification of critical chemical storage areas in Orleans and Jefferson Parish, identifying simple chemodynamic models that would predict acute hazards to first-responders in the event of a flood or hurricane inducted spill. His group has been involved in a wide range of environmental sampling and analysis efforts post-Katrina and has published the first peer-reviewed scientific paper on Hurricane Katrina.

Pardue has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and conducted research for federal agencies such as EPA, NSF, NOAA, and DOD.  His research has led to the development of a number of innovative technologies including the constructed wetland approach for treating contaminated groundwater.


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Two LSU Law Center Staff Members Honored
by Linda Rigell on November 24, 2008, Blog: News

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Cynthia Bland and Madeline Babin, both administrative assistants, were each honored recently for their work with the LSU Law Center.

"Cynthia and Madeline are truly dedicated professionals who are most deserving of the honors bestowed upon them," said Chancellor Jack Weiss.

Bland-an administrative assistant to the faculty-was chosen as an Honorable Mention in this year's Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Awards Program. This program recognizes classified state employees for their service to the state and citizens of Louisiana. The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a state employee can receive. Recipients are selected from nominations received from across the state, and the criteria used for selection includes not only commitment to the workplace, but also volunteer service to the community at large. Only 12 recipients are selected each year; 12 additional nominees, including Bland, have been recognized as Honorable Mentions because their scores approximated those of the winners.
 
Bland was nominated by George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor Paul Baier.

She was also honored earlier this year for her 30 years of service to LSU, including 17 years at the Law Center.

"Besides her commitment to the Law Center, Bland has provided volunteer services to the community through her church, the Baranco/Clark YMCA, and the LSU Block and Bridle Club," Weiss said.

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Babin-an administrative assistant in the Department of Instruction-was honored with the LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes the efforts of staff members in all of the LSU-Baton Rouge campuses. Babin has been at LSU for 12 years and was joined at the ceremony by her husband Chuck, her son Jacob, her daughter-in-law Kayla, and her grandson Ethan.

Weiss presented the award to Babin on behalf of the Law Center.

"Over the past few years, Madeline has established an excellent reputation for coordinating the publications by law faculty. Recently, she has assisted greatly with another book written by two LSU Law faculty, a judge, and a college president," said Jeff McClain, vice president of the LSU Foundation.


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Chancellor Answers Student Questions at Town Hall Meeting
by Linda Rigell on November 24, 2008, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack Weiss met with an assembly of students over lunch recently in his first Town Hall Meeting of the 2008-2009 academic year. Weiss answered questions on topics ranging from whether or not students' pet dogs should be allowed in the library to the grading system.

The meeting began with Weiss updating the assembly on recent events at the Law Center, with several announcements pertaining to the faculty. He announced that Lee Levine, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, has agreed to teach comparative media law in the Law Center's Lyon Summer Program. Levine is a partner in the firm of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schultz in Washington, D.C., and a nationally recognized leader of the media bar.

Weiss also noted that 10 applicants will be interviewed in the coming days for several faculty positions. In addition, he announced that the faculty had voted to recommend granting tenure to Professors Ron Scalise and Andrea Carroll. They also voted to recommend the pair for full professorship. The recommendations of the faculty and Chancellor Weiss will now go to LSU's System President John Lombardi and the Board of Supervisors for approval.

Weiss also gave a brief overview of the long-range planning process and announced that Eric Eden, director of admissions, would be leaving effective January 5, 2009, to take the same position at the University of Arizona. Beth Loup, associate director of admissions, will serve as interim director.

One of the first questions asked pertained to the use of the library by students from outside the law school. In general, Weiss said he thought the Law Center should be a hub for the rest of the LSU campus and that it was good for the law school to have students from around the University here every day of the week. Nevertheless, Weiss said some restructure of library guests might be needed to allow law students to study for exams. One student suggested putting up signs around the building to ask for quiet from visitors, while another suggested posting an official rules sheet for use of the library.

Another topic of discussion was one student's concern with the Law Center's lower median grade point average in relation to the higher medians at other schools. Weiss responded by saying he thought a grading system should make appropriate distinctions between students while also providing them with the best chance to gain employment following graduation. Weiss said that many students have questioned the impact of our grading system on their employment prospects and that students are well within their rights to ask that the system be studied.

The privacy and value of faculty evaluations was a topic that students brought up several times. Some felt that their privacy might be compromised when they complete online evaluations, and others questioned whether or not their input made a difference, particularly in regard to a faculty member with tenure. Weiss answered that the evaluations do have an effect on things like tenure evaluation, compensation, and promotions. He encouraged students to complete the evaluations and expressed confidence in the anonymity of the electronic process.

Other topics raised by and debated among the students present were the benefits of having mid-term exams, and the adverse effects of summer school on employment opportunities while in law school.


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December 2008 Faculty/Staff News Items
by Joshua Duplechain on November 24, 2008, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • Professor Paul Baier's retrospective portrait, Of Judicial Freedom and Judicial Restraint: The Voice of Louisiana's Judge Albert Tate, Jr., was published in 35 Southern University Law Review, No. 2, Spring 2008. The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus ed., Macmillian USA) was published at the end of October 2008 and includes two essays by Baier, Edward Douglass White and The White Court.
  • In connection with the state supreme court elections, Professor John Baker, along with Jason Dore, published a widely distributed monograph entitled The Louisiana Supreme Court: Making Policy or Interpreting the Law. Related to the publication, he served as a panelist on a WLAE-TV program interviewing candidates for the supreme court and also provided commentary on WWL radio in New Orleans. Baker also participated on a law review symposium panel at Cooley Law School addressing "the War on Terror."
  • Professor Alain Levasseur recently presented a paper on the CISG, or Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, in the United States at a meeting of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Mexico City.
  • In October of 1993, Professor Edward Richards founded the LAWPROF Internet discussion group for law professors. One of the first law discussion groups, and the first devoted to law teaching, LAWPROF celebrated its 15th Anniversary this October. LAWPROF was a pioneer in electronic communications in the law school world. Several of the major electronic resources for law professors, such as SSRN and JURIST, were assisted at their onset through LAWPROF. LAWPROF currently has about 750 subscribers, with the majority in the United States, but with members at law schools throughout the world. Richards also runs ADMINLAW, the Internet discussion group for administrative law teachers.

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LSU Law Students Win Multiple Honors at Regional Advocacy Competitions
by Victor P. Erwin on November 19, 2008, Blog: News

Three teams of LSU Law students participated in advocacy competitions throughout the country during the weekend of November 14-16. Students traveled to Chicago, New Orleans, and Northern Kentucky to represent LSU Law in competitions dedicated to three separate areas of law practice: arbitration, appellate, and trial advocacy. All three teams did exceptionally well.
 
Adam Savoie, Bridget Hillebrand, Alana Odom, and William Murray won First Place at the Southern Regional Round of the ABA Arbitration Competition hosted by Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law on November 14-15, 2008. By winning the region, the team advanced to the National Final Rounds which will be held in San Antonio, TX on January 24-26. The team was coached by Professor Todd Bruno.

Andre Gaudin, Michelle Shamblin, and Jon Forester won Third Place in the Region VII Round of the National Moot Court Competition held on November 14-15, 2008, in the Eastern District of Louisiana Courthouse in New Orleans. The team was coached by Professor John Devlin and Laranda Moffett Walker, attorney with the law firm of Phelps Dunbar. 

Megan Donohue, Celeste White, Airzola Cleaves, and Mackenzie Smith participated in the ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial Competition held in Chicago, Illinois on November 14-16, 2008. The team was coached by James Carver, partner at the law firm of Taylor Porter. 


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Neuner Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award at Ceremony
by Linda Rigell on November 13, 2008, Blog: News

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LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss, LSU Law 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Frank X. Neuner, Jr., Louisiana State Supreme Court Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball and LSU System President John Lombardi. Photo by Mike Palumbo

 

Friends, family and colleagues of Frank X. Neuner, Jr. gathered in New Orleans the evening of Oct. 30 to honor him as the 2008 LSU Law Distinguished Alumnus.  The event began at the State Supreme Court building and segued to dinner at Antoine's Restaurant.

The LSU Law Center's Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to an alumnus who exemplifies the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession. The award recognizes personal and professional achievements and loyalty to the LSU Law Center.  

As former Louisiana State Bar Association president in 2005-06, Neuner's work and extraordinary contributions to the recovery of the Louisiana judicial system after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita earned him the admiration of bench and bar alike.  Additionally, his steadfast commitment to the promotion of legal services to the poor has enhanced pro bono legal services across the state.

Participating in the award ceremony were LSU System President John Lombardi; LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss; State Supreme Court Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball; Neuner's law partner, Cliffe E. Laborde III; and Judge Marilyn Castle.


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LSU Law Center Celebrates Veterans Day With Emotional Ceremony
by Linda Rigell on November 12, 2008, Blog: News

Edmund Burke, an 18th century British Statesman and philosopher, once stated, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Patrick Hall, a third-year law student and Vice President of the LSU Law Center's American Constitution Society chapter, began the school's Veterans Day ceremony with that quote, encapsulating the meaning of the day's event.

More than 70 students and members of the Law Center's faculty and staff gathered to remember those who have and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. The event began with the playing of the National Anthem followed by Herschel Chapin, a second-year law student, discussing the background of Veterans Day.

In one of the more emotional moments of the ceremony, Capt. Thomas Dax Mallory, a third-year law student and member of the U.S. Army Reserves, addressed the assembly on what it means to be a veteran.

"My fear is not in dying in a foxhole, but in facing the disappointment of others if I fail," said a visibly choked-up Mallory, who received a standing ovation after his speech.

As a finale, the marches of each Armed Forces branch were played, while those who served or had family in that particular branch stood to be recognized.


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CLE Program Focuses on Insurance Law, Recent Developments
by Linda Rigell on November 4, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center's Continuing Legal Education Program continues its schedule of seminars for November with a pair at the Law Center and one in Kenner.

Online registration and seminar schedules are available at https://www.lsucle.org. Registration is also available by phone at 225/578-5837.

Insurance Law is the topic of the first seminar, Friday, Nov. 7, at the Law Center. The program begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Speakers for the seminar include local attorneys and a trio of judges from New Orleans, Gretna, and Monroe, respectively.

Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence will be the focus of the two-day seminar on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Law Center, as well Nov. 20 and 21 at the Kenner Pontchartrain Center. Topics to be discussed include Tax Law, Security Devices, Civil Procedure & Evidence, Employment Law and Family Law.

The Law Center's Center of Continuing Professional Development extends the knowledge and resources of the Law Center to the Louisiana Bar. The Center offers some 20 professional development seminars each year in various locations throughout Louisiana. It is one of the largest and most respected providers of professional education-and CLE credits, which are required of attorneys-in the state.


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Friends and Alums Make Gifts to A Tradition of Excellence/Forever LSU Campaign
by Linda Rigell on November 3, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center is pleased to announce several new gifts to the Tradition of Excellence campaign.

The Law Center established a goal of $28 million as its part of the Forever LSU Campaign. Funds raised by the Law Center stay at the Law Center to meet specific needs and priorities such as student scholarships, funding for the new clinical legal education program, faculty recruitment and retention, and moot court activities, among others.

Please consider the value of the education you received at LSU Law, and pledge a gift today! For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 225/578-8645 or ksonia2@lsu.edu or Support LSU Law


Thanks to the following friends and alums for these recent major gifts:

Oliver "Rick" Richard ('77) and Donna Guzman Richard, The Clinical Legal Studies Endowed Program Fund, second major gift toward the $250,000 endowment fund

Craig ('76) and Mary "Meepsie" Lintot Dougherty Murray ('93), Chancellor's Council Legend gift. Craig and Meepsie Murray pledged a major gift of unrestricted funding to the Chancellor's Council, in support of the Chancellor's new initiatives.

Billy Baggett ('53), the William B. Baggett Endowed Scholarship (Double)

Howard Daigle ('78), the Howard and Mae Richard Daigle Endowed Scholarship

Friends and Family of Ed Fleshman ('81), the Ed Fleishman Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Brett ('86) and Renee Furr, the Brett and Renee Furr Endowed Scholarship

Gene W. Lafitte ('52), the Gene W. Lafitte Endowed Scholarship, with added gift by Liskow & Lewis, APLC

David Kiesel (70), the William David Kiesel Endowed Scholarship (Double)

McGlinchey Stafford, the McGlinchey Stafford Endowed Scholarship (Double)

Craig ('76) and Meepsie ('93) Murray, The Craig and Meepsie Murray Endowed Scholarship

In addition, the following new annual scholarships and awards have been created:

Thad D. Minaldi ('82), the Thad D. Minaldi Annual Scholarship

Professor Saul Litvinoff, the Professor Julio Cuetorua Annual Outstanding Achievement Award in Obligations and Property

Thanks to all who have supported the campaign.


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Young Alumni Discuss Career Opportunities and Legal Education
by Linda Rigell on November 3, 2008, Blog: News

"Law school changes the way you think," said B. Slattery Johnson, a 2007 graduate of the Law Center and member of the Young Alumni Leadership Council. Four members of the council spoke to LSU Law students and Honor's College recruits at the event held in late October at the Law Center. The program targeted top LSU undergraduates in the Law Early Admissions Program (LEAP), but was also structured as a Career Services program for current law students.

Panelists included Norma N. Bennett ('00), council chair and currently Of Counsel with Fish & Richardson P.C. in Houston; Kerrie S. Crockett ('05), A-Level Felony Prosecutor with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office; Russell L. Mosely ('02) of Mosely Law Firm L.L.C. and Preferred Title Company of Baton Rouge; and Johnson, associate attorney with Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts in Shreveport.

Speakers offered advice on how to prepare for law school and getting the most out of the law school experience. They also described how their law degree prepared them for their chosen career paths, including careers in large out-of-state firms, smaller in-state firms, government, and business.

"Take what you see on Boston Legal and throw it away," said Bennett. "Employers look for those who can write, work with clients ... and relate to others." She added that specialized backgrounds, such as the degree she earned in chemistry, can be of tremendous value when working in such areas as patent and trademark litigation.

Mosely advised students to, "Get involved with people who are different. The legal profession is a very social profession, and you need to work with a diverse group ... judges, clients, and attorneys." He also encouraged the students to do things that are hard, and to take a leadership role in something that they are not comfortable doing. "That training in undergraduate [school] is very important."

"Tailor your law school experience to what you want to achieve," advised Kerrie Crockett. She encouraged students to consider a law career if they care about making a difference in the world.

Johnson told the audience that, "If you're in it for the bucks, you're in it for the wrong reasons." He said that law school can be the best time in your life, and he recommended that students not get caught in the "uber competitiveness" that can make law school unpleasant.

The Young Alumni Leadership Council was initiated in 2007 by Chancellor Jack Weiss. The council is comprised of two members of the past 11 graduating classes. The council meets each semester to advise the Law Center on a broad range of issues related to preparing students for the ever-changing practice of law.


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Parker Joins LSU Law Center as New CFO
by Linda Rigell on October 29, 2008, Blog: News

Stephen A. Parker has joined the LSU Law Center as chief financial officer. Previously, he worked at Baton Rouge Community College, where he served as executive director for finance. In that role, he served on the college's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Steering Committee, helping gain SACS accreditation for BRCC in 2004. He also implemented several new services that benefitted faculty, staff and students, including automatic funds verification, web tuition payment, direct deposit for financial aid refunds and a one-stop shop for copying/printing/ID services.

Parker has also worked for the Louisiana State Department of Education as management and budget administrator and finance supervisor/program manager. In addition, he served as state budget analyst for the Office of Planning and Budget's Division of Administration.

In 1997, Parker earned his M.P.A. from LSU and also holds a bachelor's in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

"In my opinion, this is the premiere law school in the state," Parker said. "One of the attractions offered by this position is the uniqueness of the Law Center environment, which I'm sure will be interesting and stimulating. I consider it an honor to be part of the team."


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November 2008 Faculty/Staff News Items
by Joshua Duplechain on October 29, 2008, Blog: Scholarship & Service

  • LSU Law Professor Paul R. Baier presented his model of an Honors Law course, which he has taught for more than a decade at LSU Law, at the National Collegiate Honors Council's annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Baier also successfully represented Secretary of State Jay Dardenne in the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with LSU Law alumna Celia Cangelosi, Baier opposed a stay application filed with Justice Antonin Scalia by the Libertarian Party, which challenged a ruling by the Fifth Circuit keeping the Libertarian Party off the November Presidential election ballot because of its failure to comply in a timely fashion with the state’s filing requirements for ballot access. Scalia referred the application to the full Court, which issued an order of denial.
  • Charlene Cain, head of Access Services in the LSU Law Library, was one of two expert speakers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's celebration of 60 years as a member of the Louisiana State Documents Depository Program and 45 years as member of the Federal Depository Library Program. Cain shared her expertise on "The Cornerstone of Democratic Values: the Librarian's Role in Access to Government Information."


Class of 1958
by Victor P. Erwin on October 28, 2008, Blog: Reunion Recaps

Golden Grads

On May 22, 15 members of the Class of 1958 donned gold robes and walked with the 2008 graduating class at Commencement.  Judges Burrell Carter, Fred Godwin, Arthur Planchard, Melvin Shortess and Thomas Tanner joined Bob Donovan, Ed Fetzer, John Gallaspy, Clark Gaudin, Ralph Miller, John Stephens, Ray Talley, Bill Templet, Bill Wray and Professor Frank Maraist in the celebration. John Gallaspy of Bogalusa was selected by his classmates to address the graduates.  He reflected on changes in society and the law in the 50 years since "we last wore caps and gowns." He wanted the graduates to know that their professional careers would pass very quickly.  He advised them to "make the most of it in every good and honorable way."

After the ceremony, Chancellor Weiss invited the Golden Grads to lunch in the Tucker Room—a space that had been a reading room in the library when the Class of 1958 attended LSU Law. Classmates were grateful for the opportunity to catch up on each other's practices, families and lives. 

Classmates were saddened to hear of Judge Tanner's passing, just a few weeks after the reunion.

51 Years or Better
What comes after 50?  Those graduates of 51 years or better—Les Avocats!  On May 23, Chancellor Weiss hosted a luncheon for 44 alumni who graduated between 1940 and 1957.  In lieu of a formal program, Les Avocats passed a microphone and shared thoughts on the meaning brought to their lives by virtue of their law school experience. We heard not only about their practices and life-long friendships, but children and grandchildren who had made LSU Law a family tradition.  Joining the chancellor were: Professor Robert Pascal ('40); Martha Innes ('47); Judge Edward Engolio, George Gibson, Philip Jones, Ed Lancaster, Robert Leake, Bill Meyers and Judge C. Lenton Sartain ('48); Virginia Carmouche Gayle, John Creed, Alvin Gibson, John Laborde, Dave Langford, Joseph Olinde, Judge Tom Stagg, and Woodrow Wilson ('49); Leland Coltharp, Buck Kleinpeter, Judge Glynn Long, Julian Rodrigue, and Henry Sevier ('50); Byrum Teekell and Edwin Ware ('51); Tom Philips, Chapman Sanford, Buck Singletary and Edwin Smith ('52); Stephen Coco ('53); Marc Dupuy and Charles Palmer ('54); Professor Bill Crawford, Walter Krousel, Boris Navratil, and J. Payton Parker ('55); David Ellison, Robert Hodges, Hugh O'Connor, Judge Anne Simon and Leonard Werner ('56); Judge James Clark, John Coleman, Ernest Eldred and Jack Files ('57). 

Class of 2003
This is the first year that the five-year class expressed an interest in holding a class reunion. Originally scheduled for May, they elected to change their reunion party to the date initially designated as Homecoming—September 26. The damage caused by early fall hurricanes dictated that the University move Homecoming to November 14, but the Class of 2003 stuck to it's schedule, welcoming 78 classmates, spouses and friends to DeLaronde Hall. Chancellor Weiss was there to greet the young alumni. Typical Reasons (better known as "Jackie's Brother's Band") played for the party. The group was a staple at law school parties during this class' time in law school.  So their music was suitable background for some not-so-distant "remember whens".  

In honor of their five-year class reunion, classmates are encouraging each other to participate in the Annual Fund. Scott Huffstetler is chairing that effort which has already resulted in a 6 percent increase over last year.

Hats 'n Canes
Although technically, it is not a reunion, this event resonates with many alumni. On September 27, the Class of 2009 carried on a tradition that (with some interruption in the 1970s) has been a part of LSU Law Center since 1937—Hats 'n Canes.  Early on, Hats 'n Canes was an affectation of dress and behavior by seniors that some might call hazing today. The more modern version of the tradition is observed as a game-day champagne toast of the 3Ls by the chancellor and a tailgate for students and their families. And of course, there is the 3L party the night before—a harbinger of reunions to come! 

 


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Hester and Miller Added to Law Center’s Young Alumni Leadership Council
by Linda Rigell on October 20, 2008, Blog: News

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LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced the appointment of Christopher H. Hester, an associate at Watson, Blanche, Wilson and Posner in Baton Rouge, and Jennie Jackson Miller, an associate in the Corporate/Securities section of Andrews Kurth LLP's Houston office, to the LSU Law Center's Young Alumni Leadership Council (YALC).

The YALC is made up of 22 members—two each from the last 11 graduating classes of the Law Center. The Council advises the Chancellor and the Law Center on matters of policy of particular concern to recent graduates. The Council also assists the Law Center in the recruitment and placement of students and a range of other matters.

"Mr. Hester and Ms. Jackson bring additional strength to an already vibrant and talented board," commented Weiss. "As the newest appointed members, they will provide important feedback as we look for ways to enhance our recruitment efforts and also provide ideas on how we can better prepare our students for the ever-changing practice of law."
 
Hester is a 2008 graduate of the Law Center, where he served as the Student Bar Association Executive President, was a member of the Bankruptcy Interschool Moot Court team and was a law school ambassador. He also serves as a volunteer middle school basketball coach at St. Aloysius Catholic School and serves on the alumni board for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Miller is also a 2008 graduate of the Law Center. She graduated magna cum laude, was a member of The Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Louisiana Law Review. She previously worked in Washington, D.C. with a governmental relations firm and also as a technical consultant for a software company.

Weiss formed the Young Alumni Leadership Council in Fall 2007 soon after he was appointed Chancellor. Norma N. Bennett, a Houston attorney who is a 2000 graduate of the Law Center, serves as the council's inaugural chair.


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LSU Law Wins First Place at the LSBA Mock Trial Competition
by Linda Rigell on October 20, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center team of Megan Donohue, LaToya Jordan, William Murray and Mackenzie Smith won First Place at the LSBA Mock Trial Competition held in Baton Rouge at the Middle District of Louisiana Courthouse on October 18, 2008. In addition to the team success, Ms. Jordan won the award for "Best Attorney" given to the top individual advocate in the tournament.

Details and team photos.


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Law Center Team Wins First Place at National Pretrial Competition
by Linda Rigell on October 15, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center team of Megan Donohue, LaToya Jordan, Adam Savoie, and Celeste White won first place at the inaugural National Pretrial Competition held at Stetson University College of Law.

The event was sponsored by Stetson's College of Law and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Other schools competing included Baylor Law School, Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, Regent University School of Law, and South Texas College of Law.

LSU Law Professor Todd Bruno, a graduate of Stetson's 2008 Teaching Advocacy Skills Program, served as coach of the team.

"In winning the championship, we placed ahead of elite schools in the field of trial advocacy that were invited to this competition such as Stetson, South Texas, and Baylor," Bruno said. "We also swept the four individual awards that were given at the competition as more evidence of our impressive performance. What I was most proud of though, was that our students displayed the highest level of professionalism and respect for their opponents and the judges throughout the competition."
 
The pretrial competition, created by Stetson Law Dean Darby Dickerson to prepare students to be ethical and professional advocates, brought together eight teams of 32 students from law schools across the nation.
 
"The National Pretrial Competition is the first competition of its kind, designed to engage students from other law schools in the award-winning Stetson method of advocacy," said Professor Charles Rose, director of Stetson Law's Center for Excellence in Advocacy.


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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2008 Bar Exam
by Victor P. Erwin on October 10, 2008, Blog: News

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 78.2 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July 2008 administration of the Bar. In all, 165 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 129, or better than three out of four, successfully passed the Bar.

"We are proud of our graduates' hard work and of the solid preparation LSU Law provides new lawyers," said Jack M. Weiss, LSU Law Chancellor.

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, compare percentage of examinees passing the Bar among the state's public and private law schools and out-of-state colleges.

Results on the July 2008 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all examinees are as follows:

School # of Applicants Passed Conditioned Failed
LSU 165 129 (78.2%) 21 (12.7%) 15 (9.1%)
Loyola 176 124 (70.5%) 28 (15.9%) 24 (13.6%)
Southern 136 71 (52.2%) 34 (25%) 31 (22.8%)
Tulane 76 58 (76.3%) 12 (15.8%) 6 (7.9%)
Other 202 104 (51.5%) 37 (18.3%) 61 (30.2%)
TOTAL 755 486 (64.3%) 132 (17.4 %) 137 (18.1%)

The report on bar passage rate is available at http://www.lasc.org/press_room/bar_exam_results.asp.

Contact: Karen Soniat,  225/578-8645, ksonia2@lsu.edu     

 


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LSU Law Center Faculty to Speak at Civil Code Celebration
by Linda Rigell on October 6, 2008, Blog: News

- LSU Law Center Professor Alain Levasseur and Librarian Vicenc Felieu will be featured speakers at the bicentennial celebration of the "Digest of the Civil Laws Now in Force in the Territory of Orleans (1808)," Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Louisiana Supreme Court Building.

The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor Formal Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, located at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans.

A book signing by Levasseur and wine and cheese reception will immediately follow the program until 8:30 p.m. Music will be performed by violinist James Brown.

Levasseur, Hermann Moyse Sr. Professor of Law, will discuss his new book, Moreau Lislet: The Man Behind the Digest of 1808. Feliu, who serves as the Law Center's Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian, will discuss the Spanish sources of the Digest of 1808.

One hour of free Continuing Legal Education credit is available to Louisiana State Bar Association members in attendance.

The event is sponsored by The Law Library of Louisiana and The New Orleans Association of Law Libraries.

To R.S.V.P., please contact Georgia Chadwick at gchadwick@lasc.org or 504/310-2402.


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LSU Law Team Takes First in National Pretrial Advocacy Competition
by Linda Rigell on October 6, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center team of Megan Donohue, LaToya Jordan, Adam Savoie, and Celeste White  won First Place at the National Pretrial Advocacy Competition hosted by Stetson University College of Law on October 2-4, 2008.
In addition to team honors, LSU Law students swept the four individual awards that were given at the competition. Savoie won Best Advocate in the Final Round and the Semifinal Round, Jordan won Best Advocate in Preliminary Round 1, and Donohue won Best Advocate in Preliminary Round 2. 

Details


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Seventy Students Make Chancellor’s List for Spring 2008
by Linda Rigell on October 3, 2008, Blog: News

Seventy students were named to the Spring 2008 Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor.

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:

Abbeville - Blair Amber Broussard, Megan Elise Donohue

Baton Rouge - Robert Chase Abendroth, Rudolph Charles Boeneke III, Lani Denise Boyd, Brian Mathew Chustz, Brandi Bayles Cole, David Alan Conachen, Marie Elizabeth Curry, Heather Ann D'Antonio, Melissa Trosclair Daigle, Michael Jason Debarros, Joshua Allen Decuir, Terrence Joseph Donahue Jr., Andy Joseph Dupre, Sarah Anne Eilts, Grant Joseph Guillot, David Phillip Hamm, Bridget K. Hillebrand, Steffan Michael Jambon, Matthew Charles Juneau, Andrea Marie Knouse, Frances Minnette Montegut, Ryan Quitman Moon, John M. Parker, Erin Conner Percy, Kelly Dussel Perrier, Jaime Beth Petenko, Stephen Donald Polito, Randy Armon Racine, Sally Brown Richardson, Chaz Hanley Roberts, Michelle R. Shamblin, Mackenzie Helen Smith, Carrie Allison Stroder, Jameson Michael Taylor, Dylan Michelle Tuggle

Benton - Brian Wesley Cappell

Covington - Andrew Robert Capitelli, Casey Elizabeth Faucon, Peyton Christian Lambert

Denham Springs - Carmen Tircuit Hebert, James Ronald Steelman

Greenwell Springs - Benjamin Mckay Anderson

Hammond - Casey Elizabeth Faucon, Sean Thomas McLaughlin

Harahan - Jessica Lynn Orgeron

Haughton - Matthew Burroughs

Lafayette - Alexandra Leigh Clark

Mandeville - Richard James Nelson

Metairie - Michael David Letourneau, Bert Joseph Miller, Heather Marie Nagel, Gina Marie Palermo, Elizabeth A. Talbot

Monroe - Lillian Beth Luffey

Napoleonville - Chad Joseph Landry

New Orleans - Celeste Claire Laborde

Pineville - Elizabeth A. Spurgeon

Ponchatoula - Matthew Robert Emmons, Louis Edward Layrisson

Slidell - Ardney James Boland III, Michelle Marie West

Thibodaux - Sara Beth Rodrigue

Ville Platte - Jeffrey Kyle Coreil

Youngsville - Julie Elizabeth Johnson

Zachary - William Bradley Kline

OUT OF STATE

Ontario, CA - Marissa McCall Dodson

Houston, Texas - Lauren Ashleigh Fritz, David T. Grand


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LSU Law Center Open House Set for October 6
by Linda Rigell on September 30, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center Office of Admissions, along with LSU Career Services, will host an Open House, Monday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Law Center's McKernan Auditorium.  The Open House is designed to inform students about the LSU Law experience and the rewards of pursuing a law career.

Law faculty and staff members from LSU Career Services and the LSU Law Admissions Office will be on hand to answer questions and talk with prospective students.  Also, tours of the Law Center will be offered. Refreshments will be provided.


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Former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff and Tennessee Attorney General Burson to Teach Constitutional Election Law at LSU Law Center
by Linda Rigell on September 26, 2008, Blog: News

Charles Burson—a former Tennessee attorney general who served as counsel and chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore from 1997-2001—will teach a new one-hour course during the spring 2009 semester at the LSU Law Center, "The Supreme Court and Presidential Elections."
 
The course uses Bush v. Gore as the platform for exploring the still unsettled role of the U.S. Supreme Court in Presidential elections, but also makes broader inquiries into equal protection, the political question doctrine, Federalism and Article II of the U.S. Constitution. In seeking the legacy, if any, of Bush v. Gore, the course will explore the role of the Supreme Court as an institution and the unintended consequences of the Court's addressing these issues.
 
Burson is currently a visiting professor at the Washington University School of Law and of counsel to Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis. From 2001- 2006, Burson served as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Monsanto Corporation. Before working in the White House, he served as Attorney General of Tennessee from 1988-1997. He was also president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

As Attorney General of Tennessee, Burson argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Burson v. Freeman, which established a state's ability to regulate political advertising on election day.

"We are extremely fortunate that someone with Charles Burson's first-hand perspective and experience will teach constitutional election law to our students," LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss said.

"Professor Burson brings a uniquely broad range of experience to LSU Law," Weiss said. "He has served at the highest levels of both state and federal government, engaged in private practice for many years, and recently served as the chief legal officer of a major corporation."

Burson received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1966. He is a 1970 graduate of Harvard Law School and received a master of arts degree from Cambridge University in 1968.


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Law Center’s CLE Program Covers Bankruptcy, Estate Planning in October Seminars
by Linda Rigell on September 26, 2008, Blog: News

October will be a busy month for the LSU Law Center's Continuing Legal Education Program, with seminars across the state in Baton Rouge, Monroe, and Lake Charles.

Online registration and seminar schedules are available at https://www.lsucle.org. Registration is also available by phone at 225/578-5837.

The Law Center's Center of Continuing Professional Development extends the knowledge and resources of the Law Center to the Louisiana Bar. The center offers some 20 professional development seminars each year in various locations throughout Louisiana. It is one of the largest and most respected providers of professional education - and CLE credits, which are required of attorneys - in the state.

The monthly schedule begins with the 14th Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar, Oct. 9-10, at the McKernan Law Auditorium in the LSU Law Center. On Oct. 16-17, the 38th Annual Estate Planning Seminar will also be held at the McKernan Law Auditorium.

On Oct. 23-24, the Monroe Convention Center will host "Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence." Rounding out the month, Oct. 30-31, another "Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence" seminar will be held in Lake Charles at the L'Auberge du Lac Resort.


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Jindal Reappoints Mount to LSU Board of Supervisors
by Linda Rigell on September 25, 2008, Blog: News

Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced the reappointment of Ben Mount to the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Mount, of Lake Charles, is an attorney with the firm of Bergstedt & Mount. He earned his B.S. from McNeese State University and a law degree from LSU. Mount has served on the LSU Board of Supervisors since 2006 and will serve a full six-year term as an at-large member, as required by statute.
 
The goal of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors is to provide leadership and support for the LSU System. The board aids the LSU System in the development of intellectual and professional programs of instruction, research, and public service; works to increase opportunities for students; provides oversight for large contracts and enhances services to the community and the state.
 
The board is composed of 16 gubernatorial appointments, which are subject to senate confirmation. Members include two members appointed from each congressional district serving six-year terms, one member appointed from the state at-large serving a six-year term and one student member who serves a one-year term.


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La. Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr. to be Actor in Constitution Day Play
by Linda Rigell on September 23, 2008, Blog: News

As part of the LSU Law Center's Constitution Day festivities, Thursday, Sept. 25, La. Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr. will be a guest performer in "Father Chief Justice," a play by LSU Law Professor Paul R. Baier.

The performance will begin at 12:40 p.m. in Room 110 of the Law Center.

Calogero will play the role of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Edward Douglass White in Act V of the play.

The play is a joint endeavor of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the U.S. Civil War Center, and is sponsored by the LSU Law Center and its Student Bar Association, the LSU Law Center Federalist Society and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.


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LSU Law Center Admissions Office Selects Ambassadors
by Linda Rigell on September 17, 2008, Blog: News

The Office of Admissions has selected the following students to serve as Law Ambassadors for 2008-2009.

Jonathan Brown, Sarah Cable, Airzola Cleaves, Jeff Coreil, Alex Dutton, Mia Etienne, Becky Jacobs, Suzanna Johnson, LaToya Jordan, Jennifer Lambert, Sarah Lambremont, Megan LeBato, Darrell Miller, Kristi Richard, Diana Serrano, Scott Sternberg, Jameson Taylor, Brad Trevino, Janell Weil, Sarah Weissman, Victoria Viator, and Mana Yegani.


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LSU Law Center Students Recognized for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
by Linda Rigell on September 16, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center recently held two school-wide events – tryouts for the National Trial Team and the 3rd Annual Opening Statement Competition.

The following students were selected to the National Trial Team and will represent the Law Center this fall at National Trial competitions, the National Pretrial Competition, and the ABA American Arbitration Competition. Those students include: Robert Abendroth, Michelle Anderson, Michelle Bergeron, Airzola Cleaves, David Conachen, Megan Donohue, Andre Gaudin, Bridget Hillebrand, LaToya Jordan, Dax Mallory, William Murray, Stephanie Noriea, Alana Odom, Lauren Pinac, Adam Savoie, Mackenzie Smith, Michael Smith, and Celeste White.

In the Opening Statement Competition, Michelle Bergeron and Mia Etienne were named winners. More than 60 second-year law students competed in the event, with each presenting opening statements in a civil matter involving a disabled prison guard who claimed he was discriminated against after being terminated.

Fourteen students advanced to the competition's final round, which was judged by Assistant Attorney General Jude Bourque, Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Maraist and John-Ed Bishop.

Judges in the preliminary rounds included attorneys James Carver, Laranda Moffett Walker, Kathryn Sheely, Nicole Loup, and Alexander Burns; Professor Kathy Simino and third-year law student, Adam Savoie, president of the Trial Advocacy Board.

The Opening Statement Competition began at the Law Center as a tradition in 2006 with the goal of introducing second-year law students to trial advocacy.


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Afghan Judge Hashimi Visits Law Center, Discusses Legal System in Afghanistan
by Linda Rigell on September 15, 2008, Blog: News

Abdul Saboor Hashimi has been present for some very pivotal moments in Afghanistan's recent history. He remembers Russia invading his country when he was two years old, and soldiers claiming the purpose was to save them from an American invasion. He remembers his mother disciplining him by saying, "be quiet or the Russians will get you."

Now, Hashimi, a trial judge from the Balkh Province of Afghanistan, is at the forefront of another sea change – namely that of the Afghanistan legal system from Taliban rule to a system comprised of a Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and Primary Courts.

It is a heavy undertaking and an evolving process, as Hashimi recently acknowledged to a room of LSU Law Center students and faculty members, but the payoff will be an important one for his country.

In 2007, Hashimi was selected by the Chief Justice of Afghanistan to participate in an international judicial fellowship at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. With the fellowship ending this month, he returns to Afghanistan after researching the operations and management of state and federal courts in civil and criminal proceedings. He also returns to see his new son, who, at nearly three months old, he has yet to meet.

One of the main focuses of Hashimi's work has been the drafting of a code of criminal procedure, which he hopes will help the judiciary standardize the management of criminal cases throughout the Afghani judicial system. He would also like to see a system of commerce that is able to balance the country's tradition of Islamic law with the worldwide banking system.

As it stands now, the two have differing fundamental principles, leading to possible missed opportunities for a rebuilding country.

"There is no assurance for outside investors because there is no regulation on settling disputes or interest rates," Hashimi said. "It is illegal to charge interest (under Islamic law) ... it is worse than adultery or murder. We still have a lot of local justice ... people going to their local leader to settle disputes. But now, the one who loses, if he does not like the leader's decision, then they come to court to settle the dispute. The court does not recognize that decision (by the local leader).

"I am optimistic about the future of the Afghanistan judicial system. I think that it is better now than five years ago."


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Chancellor's Message to Law Center Alumni and Friends
by Joshua Duplechain on September 10, 2008, Blog: News

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Law Center:

For those of you within Louisiana, I hope this message finds you and your family well following events of this week. It will be some time before our communities return to normal, but Louisianians are resilient. I have received numerous calls expressing concern for the Law Center, so I write to give you a brief report from the campus on how your Law Center is faring in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

There is a lot of good news and very little bad news.

  • First and foremost: as far as we're aware, students, faculty, and staff are safe and well. Some are still without power but in one piece and working to restore their daily lives in an astonishingly good-natured frame of mind.
  • The Law Center's physical plant sustained some damage but none that has significantly affected our operations. We are in the process of surveying and analyzing the damage at this time. There were trees and tree limbs down around the perimeter of our buildings but the cleanup effort was remarkably thorough and swift. We anticipate no lasting effects. Our power was restored late last week and classes resumed on Monday, September 8 with nary a hitch.
  • We missed only four days of classes (Tuesday through Friday of last week). All classes will be made up. Vice Chancellor Joseph and the Registrar are engaged in formulating a comprehensive and orderly schedule of make-up classes. We will use the fall "reading days" to make up two of the four lost class days and should have little trouble making up the remaining two days of classes over the balance of the semester.
  • We have been in close and continuing communication with LSU Chancellor Martin and LSU Ag Center Chancellor Richardson and other officials of the Baton Rouge campuses throughout the run-up to and response to Gustav. We have likewise been in ongoing touch with President Lombardi and LSU System officials, as well as members of the Board of Supervisors. All have been most supportive and helpful. We have worked together as one university system to meet this challenge.

The bad news is that electrical power (and therefore air conditioning) may not be restored to the residences of some LSU Law community members (students, faculty, and staff) for some as yet undefined period of time. Services (notably food and medicine) in the broader Baton Rouge community are being restored, but slowly. Several colleagues sustained significant damage to their homes from falling trees. The early going, even though classes have resumed, is going to require a determined effort by our community to continue with the educational process while life beyond our walls remains inconvenient and unpleasant for a good many. I have every confidence, however, that our law school community will pull together to meet that challenge and to do all we can to put this event behind us as quickly as we can. The leaders of the SBA have been especially helpful in providing input to us and in organizing assistance for students who need temporary housing or other amenities.

As matters progress, I will keep you as up to date as I can. Our website will carry continuing updates. Meanwhile, we can only be thankful that the consequences of the storm, although certainly disruptive in the short term, appear to have been very limited for the Law Center and should not materially affect the continuing successes of our program. We still look forward to a great year.

I also wish a speedy recovery to our alums that have been adversely impacted by the storm.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns that I can address.

Cordially,
Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor

 


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Law Center to reopen next week, closed through Friday, Sept. 5
by Linda Rigell on September 3, 2008, Blog: News

Dear Students, Staff and Colleagues:
            Per my earlier e mail, I met this afternoon with Chancellors Martin and Richardson as well as various other LSU officials engaged in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.  The main campus will announce shortly that it will remain closed on Thursday and Friday. After reviewing the situation with others, I have concluded that it would be appropriate for us to follow suit. Thus we, too, will remain closed for the rest of this week. Our building is in good shape and we fully expect to resume classes early next week. Indeed, I think it is fair to say that we all are anxious to get back to business as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so. But we cannot reasonably expect you to return with daily life in the broader LSU and Baton Rouge communities as disrupted as it currently is. We also understand that many of you have issues to deal with at your homes that will require your continuing attention this week.
            I want to assure you that we will be dealing thoughtfully and expeditiously with the various consequences of canceling classes, including whatever deadlines may be affected. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and please continue to monitor the main campus website (http://www.lsu.edu ) for further updates on post-Gustav developments. And do take great care as you move around the area. Cordially, Jack Weiss


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Latest Information - Hurricane Gustav - Sept 2
by Linda Rigell on September 2, 2008, Blog: News

Dear Students, Staff, and Colleagues:

Hopefully this finds all of your safe and sound albeit in some cases greatly inconvenienced. 

I am writing from my office to provide you with a brief update on the situation here at the Law Center.

There appears to be no serious damage to our building. We have lost a few small trees and there are tree limbs down in the parking lots but as far as we can tell the building—exterior and interior-- is in good shape.

Power has been restored to our building as of a short while ago. Both our e mail server and our website are now up and running. Please continue to follow the LSU main campus emergency information site at http://www.lsu.edu for further instructions and updates. There is a link to that site on our Law Center home page.

I will be meeting with President Lombardi, Chancellor Martin, and other university officials later in the day to discuss next steps and a timetable for reopening. For now the building and the Law Center remain closed through Wednesday and all non-essential personnel are requested not to return to campus. We will try to resume classes just as quickly as it is safe to do so and all of you can reasonably make it back to campus.
As soon as I have further information to impart, I will be back in touch. For now, be safe and… try to be patient. Let’s be thankful that the LSU community seems to have come through this as well as it now seems we have.

Cordially, Jack Weiss 


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Latest Information on School Closure - Aug. 31
by Linda Rigell on August 31, 2008, Blog: News

Based on the likely impact of Hurricane Gustav on the Louisiana coast, the LSU Campus, including the Law Center, will also be closed on Wednesday, September 3.  As a result, the Law Center will be closed on Monday, September 1, Tuesday, September 2, and Wednesday, September 3.  All classes and related activities are cancelled.

The Law Center will continue to monitor the storm and any further messages from the Law Center will be announced through the LSU Law Center telephone system – LSU-LAWC (578-5292), option #6, as well as by broadcast e-mail message and posted on the LSU Law Center homepage – www.law.lsu.edu. In the event that the Law Center website is unavailable for an extended period of time, all Hurricane-related announcements will be posted at the following website – www.lsulaw.net

The Library will be open on Sunday, August 31, 2008 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.  The Library will be closed on Monday, September 1, Tuesday, September 2, and Wednesday, September 3.

The Law Center will follow the lead of the LSU A&M campus regarding any announcements of further campus closures or class cancellation. We extend our best wishes to you and your families.


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Bachelor of Civil Law Gets Name Change
by Linda Rigell on August 29, 2008, Blog: News

The LSU Law Center has announced a formal change in the name of the Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree, awarded to LSU Law graduates along with the Juris Doctor (J.D.) since 2001. The degree will now be awarded as the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Graduate Diploma in Civil Law (D.C.L.).  The change will be effective with the graduating class in Spring 2009.

The name change is simply that ... a change in name only. "The joint degree remains as rigorous as ever, and no changes have been made to the substance of the course work required for the D.C.L.," said Chancellor Jack Weiss.

Why the name change?  The accreditation principles of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a higher education accrediting agency, requires the change because a bachelor's degree is not appropriate for the type of course work taken by LSU Law students. The Law Center is currently engaged in a renewal of its accreditation through SACS.

The D.C.L. will more appropriately reflect the graduate-level course work earned by LSU Law students in the civil law area, according to Cheney Joseph, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The D.C.L will be awarded as a second graduate-level degree for recognition of the academic hours taken beyond those required by American Bar Association for the J.D. degree.  

The Law Center became the only law school in the United States to award the B.C.L. when initiated in fall of 2001. The LSU Law Center is also one of only two schools within the entire Western hemisphere to award the joint degree.

The Law Center maintains an active program of learning, teaching, and research in the two great legal systems of the Western World, offering a rich set of Law Center course offerings in both Common and Civil Law.


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New LSU Board Chair Takes Office
by Linda Rigell on August 29, 2008, Blog: News

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LSU Board Chairman James P. Roy, Sr., second from left, takes the Oath of Office from Past Chairman Jerry Shea, Jr. of New Iberia.  Roy’s wife, Ginger, and son, John, look on.

The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors has sworn in a new chairman.

James Parkerson Roy, Sr., a Lafayette attorney, succeeded Jerry Shea Jr. of New Iberia as chairman of the 16-member board during the board's August meeting in Baton Rouge.

Appointed to Board in January 2005, Roy was elected Chairman-elect last year, putting him in line to automatically become chairman.

During his tenure on the Board, Roy, 56, has served on the board's Executive Committee, the Flagship Agenda Committee, and the Audit Committee.  In addition, he has been Chairman of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Athletic Committee.

Extensively involved in LSU-related activities for many years, Roy has served as Annual Fund Chairman for LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he is a member of the Law School Alumni Board of Trustees as well as the Chancellor's Council. He is a supporter of the LSU Foundation, the LSU Foundation's 1860 Society, and the LSU Alumni Association.

A "Top 100" supporter of the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF), Roy and his wife, Ginger, have endowed the Jim and Ginger Roy Family TAF Foundation of Champions Scholarship for student athletes.  

Professionally, Roy is the managing member of the civil litigation law firm of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC in Lafayette, Louisiana.  He is Past President of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is listed in the peer-selected Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Maritime Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Roy has been honored through induction as a Fellow, and subsequently elected to the Board of Directors, of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), which has an active membership of only 500 lawyers (both plaintiff and defense), in North America.

The peer-selected Super Lawyers section of Louisiana Life magazine listed him as one of the Top Fifty Attorneys in Louisiana for 2007 and 2008.  The National Law Journal named him Litigator of the Month in August 2001. The prestigious Martindale-Hubble Lawyer's Directory awarded him its highest peer-reviewed rating ("AV") for professional excellence and integrity. Over the years he has been a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars.

A long time supporter of Acadiana-area charitable organizations, Mr. Roy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Education & Referral Center, Inc. (232-HELP/211) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewell P. Lowe Foundation.

A 1969 high school graduate of The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mr. Roy received his Bachelor of Science degree at LSU A&M in 1973, where he was president of Gamma Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He received his Juris Doctor Degree from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1976 He was a member of the Moot Court Board. He subsequently earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation from the Georgetown University Law School in 1977.  He and his wife Ginger reside in Lafayette.

The Board of Supervisors, established under the Louisiana Constitution, is responsible for the oversight and management of the LSU System's 11 institutions: LSU A&M in Baton Rouge, LSU Shreveport, LSU Eunice, LSU Alexandria, University of New Orleans, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU AgCenter, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the LSU Health Care Services Division, which manages seven of the state's 10 public teaching hospitals and clinics. LSUHSC Shreveport manages the other three hospitals.  

LSU education and health care delivery is a $3.3 billion dollar-a-year enterprise, employing more than 27,000 people with over 50,000 students statewide. The LSU Health Care System is one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the United States.

For further information, contact Dr. Charles Zewe, LSU System Vice President of Communication 225-578-3941 czewe@lsu.edu


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Law Center Hosts Trio of Distinguished Global Visitors
by Linda Rigell on August 28, 2008, Blog: News

Professors from France, Italy and Germany will visit the LSU Law Center this fall to lend an international perspective to the students on topics ranging from World Trade Organization Law and Organization to the Regulation of State Subsidy in European Union Law.

Not exactly leisure classes to be sure.

Professors Jean-Yves Cherot, from the Universite Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille 3 in France; Sylvia Ferreri, from the University of Turin in Italy; and Werner Meng, from the University of the Saarland in Germany; will each teach a course in their respective areas of interest while they are at the Law Center.

Cherot is a professor of law at Aix-Marseille 3 and director of the Laboratory of Theory of Law. His areas of research and teaching include legal theory and European Union Law. He has published more than 50 legal papers and is a member of the academic board of the Journal of International Economic Law.

Ferreri began her teaching career as a young researcher at the Bocconi University in Milan in 1980. In 1983, she became a lecturer in comparative law at the University of Turin School of Law, where she published her first two books. She received national tenure in 1992 and full professorship in 1996, teaching in Venice, Alessandria and Turin, where she was elected chair of comparative law. She continues to write, having published several books and numerous articles. Her main research area is the relationship between law and language.

Meng is a professor of law and director of the Institute of European Studies. He has served as a research scholar at the University of Michigan, dean of the law faculty at Martin Luther University in Halle, visiting professor at the Chicago Kent College of Law, and visiting professor at the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. He is also a member of the International Law Association's International Trade Law Committee, chairman of the of the German Working Group on Public International Law of the German ILA and co-editor of the Archive of Public International Law in Germany.


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LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough Honored as ‘Angel in Adoption’
by Linda Rigell on August 28, 2008, Blog: News

LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough, Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, was recently nominated by Sen. David Vitter as a 2008 Angel in Adoption for her advocacy of foster care and adoption.  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, or CCAI, which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption program, will honor McGough, along with more than 180 Angels, at an awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, DC, Sept.16.

McGough has worked in foster care and adoption for more than 40 years, first as a social worker in Atlanta, then as a lawyer and law professor at Emory University and now LSU. In the 1970s, she worked with the Georgia Attorney General's Office on a special project to free long-term foster care children for adoption.

Since moving to Louisiana, she has continued to teach family law and juvenile law, and chair the Children's Code Advisory Committee to the Louisiana State Law Institute. Nearly every legislative session, McGough and other adoption advocates have brought needed adoption reforms to the legislature for enactment. McGough herself is the mother of seven children, one of whom is adopted.

"I realize that the honoree space on this award is just too small to permit the listing of the 26 long-time members of the Children's Code Advisory Committee, which is responsible for ensuring that adoption law in this state represents best practices in the field and remains responsive to the needs of children and families," McGough said. "We are proud of our work within the Louisiana Law Institute and our role in the legislative process."

The Angels in Adoption program is CCAI's signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. 

This year, CCAI is celebrating its 10th anniversary of honoring ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Over the last 10 years, CCAI has highlighted the work of more than 1,300 people making a lasting difference in the life of a child.  

"The Angels in Adoption program is unlike any other program in the nation's capital. Because of it, more than 300 ‘Angels' have come to share with Washington their adoption experience and left with a renewed excitement of all that adoption makes possible," said Kathleen Strottman, executive director of the CCAI.  "I learned one simple lesson from my time on the hill, knowledge is power.  Angels in Adoption is meant to give members of Congress the knowledge they need to use the power they have toward making the dream of a family a reality for every child."  

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States, and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe and loving homes through adoption.  CCAI's goal is the elimination of the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.  

For more information visit http://www.ccainstitute.org/


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Master of Laws Program Attracts Global Enrollment
by Linda Rigell on August 26, 2008, Blog: News

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From left to right: Yamila Chali, exchange student from Argentina; Agustin Parise, research associate with the Center of Civil Law Studies; Estefania Lara, exchange student from Argentina; Tatiana Vorobieva, LLM student from Kyrgyzstan; Celeste Fernandez, exchange student from Argentina; Olivier Moreteau, director of the LLM program; Kerime Gunturk, LLM student from Turkey; Matias Argarate, LLM student from Argentina; Liliana Noriega, LLM student from Colombia; Christelle Demangeat, LLM student from France; Juan Cordero, LLM student from Costa Rica; Jennifer Lane, coordinator in the Center of Civil Law Studies; and Helena Abebe, LLM student from Ethiopia.

The LSU Law Center's LL.M., or Master of Laws, program could be confused for a miniature United Nations. To say there is diversity among the eight students enrolled this year would be an understatement considering they come from Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uganda.

So imagine what the two weeks of orientation can be like before school starts. Not only do these students have to learn about their new campus and new school, but an entirely different way of life that involves Hurricane Season, fire ants —yes, they are warned about the hazard of fire ants—and a strange war cry of "Tiger Bait" that emanates from the populace four months out of the year.

It's not all bugs and natural disasters, however, as the LL.M. candidates also receive instruction on how to prepare, study, and participate in a U.S. law school. They learn about the law, language, and structure of the U.S. federal and state governments and legal systems. They also tour Baton Rouge and take trips to New Orleans to visit the Louisiana Supreme Court, tour the French Quarter, and sample the cuisine.

"The students typically come to learn about common law and the American legal system," said LSU Law Professor Olivier Moreteau, director of the LL.M. program and the Center of Civil Law Studies. "They do not realize until they are here, the value of taking classes with faculty who can help them bridge the two traditions (of common law and civil law).

"We also have the benefit of having a small program, so they get personal attention."

Moreteau added that many international students learn of the LL.M. program—which is a one-year program—via the Internet but word of mouth is very important as well. Faculty, former students and the recommendation of their peers are all important means of promoting the Law Center's graduate programs abroad.

Students take only one required course—an introduction to U.S. Law—a first semester comparative study of the institutions and concepts of Anglo-American and Louisiana laws, and a practical skills component to help them prepare for exams and their research paper.

From there, the students can take any course they want within the LSU Law curriculum. Before they arrive at LSU, however, Moreteau said they are encouraged to plan out their courses in advance. Subsequently, he meets with each student to make sure his or her course plan is feasible. Students need 26 credit hours to earn their LL.M.

A number of scholarships are available for students, as is assistance with housing. Most students, Moreteau said, choose to live off campus but in the vicinity.

For more information, visit the LL.M. program's site.


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Twenty-six students sworn in to Clinical Legal Education Program
by Linda Rigell on August 26, 2008, Blog: News

A year ago, LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss remarked to the gathered assembly of students, dignitaries and community partners, "the Clinical Legal Education program was only a gleam in the Law Center's collective eye." On Friday, August 22, it became a reality as 26 student participants were sworn in by Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball.

Those students, rising third-years, will represent actual clients from the community in a variety of areas including juvenile cases, domestic violence, and family mediation. The program also offers externship opportunities to the students, giving them the chance to work with various state agencies, judges, practicing attorneys, legal divisions of hospitals, and other offices.

"It's an exciting day for LSU ... it's an exciting day for the Baton Rouge community," said Robert Lancaster, director of the Clinical Legal Education Program and professor of professional practice, to the group of students. "This is what you've been working for the last two years; to act in the role as lawyers. Acting as lawyers is a tremendous responsibility and one that should be taken seriously. You are providing access to justice to people who are very often excluded from it."

Oliver "Rick" Richard, whose Rick and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation makes up part of the support for the Clinical Legal Education Program, addressed the students before presenting a check for $100,000. The gift was the second installment in a gift of $250,000 made earlier this year by the Richards to the Law Center. Richard is a 1975 graduate of the Law Center and serves as president of the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees.

In addition to the Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation, the State of Louisiana and the Judge Earl E. Veron Endowed Professorship make up the rest of the support for the program. The latter was represented Friday by Judge Veron's son J. Michael Veron, an accomplished author and attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as well as Mrs. Earl Veron.

Veron talked to the assembly about his father and how he began college at the age of 32 after working in the grocery business. In his closing remarks he told the students that there is "always room for good lawyers" and that the three keys for success in law are "preparation, preparation and preparation."

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LIST OF STUDENTS SWORN IN:
Robert Abendroth
Rebecca K. Bayless
David M. Bordeon
Robert S. Bourgeois
Clinton M. Bowers
Brian M. Chustz
Marie E. Curry
David T. Crigler
David C. Coons
Katherine K. Fontenot
Dominic J. Golemi
Jamie Jacobs
Jessica L. Johnston
Jennifer A. Liles
Kristen Lunden
Thomas D. Mallory
Linda C. Millhollon
Tabitha O. Mangano
Michael A. Marino
Renee C. Pennington
Megan E. Rawle
Kimberly L. Resetar
Lynette Roberson
Brittany D. Rogers
Loyd A. Thames
Janell C. Weil


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Congratulations to Frank X. Neuner, Jr. 2008 Distinguished Alumnus
by Victor P. Erwin on August 26, 2008, Blog: News

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Chancellor Jack Weiss and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center announce Frank X. Neuner, Jr. as the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award. An award ceremony for Neuner will take place in New Orleans on the evening of October 30, 2008. Seating for the event is limited, with advance registration required.

This award is given annually to an LSU Law graduate who exemplifies the highest quality and ethical standards of the legal profession.  The award recognizes personal and professional achievements and loyalty to the LSU Law Center.

Frank Neuner is a 1976 graduate of the LSU Law Center.  He is a managing partner of LaBorde & Neuner of Lafayette, where he has resided since 1977.  He is a past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association. He has been a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates since 2000.  He is also a member of the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees, chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, and president of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation.

Neuner has been honored in the past with the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for his demonstrated commitment to the promotion of legal services to the poor and contributions that have enhanced pro bono efforts in Louisiana.  He was also a past recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award in 2000, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation President's Award in 2006.  In 2006, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented him with the Public Defender Gideon Award for his efforts in reforming indigent defense in Louisiana.  He was also honored by the National Client Protection Organization with the prestigious Isaac Hecht Law Client Protection Organization in 2004 for his leadership and guidance in reforming the LSBA's Client Protection Program.

Neuner and his wife Tracy have four children, Gretchen, Hearin, Xavier and Mary-Frances.  They also have a grandson, Owen West Daniel, born in May to Gretchen and her husband Randy Daniel.


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Diverse Class of 2011 Enters LSU Law Center
by Linda Rigell on August 20, 2008, Blog: News

This fall's incoming class is not only a slightly larger group, but a more diverse one as well. The Class of 2011 numbers 211, up 10 students from last year. In addition, 16 percent of the class is either African American, Asian American, American Indian, or Hispanic/Latino—an increase of 6 percent from last year.

The majority of the first-year class is male (120 men to 91 women) and from Louisiana (159 residents to 52 nonresidents). Also, 20 states and one foreign country are represented, as well as 68 colleges and universities.

Then there are other facts and figures, which don't necessarily fit established categories, yet still reflect on the makeup of the incoming class. For instance, seven students finished their undergraduate work with perfect grade point averages. Thirty-two graduated summa cum laude and 14 earned advanced degrees. Eighteen students were varsity athletes and one is a professional golfer. Several still, have experience working on political campaigns.

"I know I speak for the entire admissions committee when I say that we are proud of the job we did in admitting the class of 2011," said Kenneth M. Murchinson, the James E. and Betty M. Phillips Professor. "We have three new students who have completed service with Americorps and one with the Peace Corps. We have representatives from all four military services, including a navy fighter pilot for whom ‘flying upside down at 600 mph just inches from [his] wingman was daily routine.' In short, the Class of 2011 is one of the most talented and diverse we have ever had at LSU."

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Trial Ad Program Serves as Helpful Trial Run for Students
by Linda Rigell on August 20, 2008, Blog: News

For three days, rising third-year law students found themselves and their classmates under the microscope, as they practiced their trial advocacy skills with the help of lawyers, judges, and law professors from around the country. By the end of the third day, not only had the near 200 students completed the LSU Law Center's Trial Ad Program, they also gained confidence in their own skills as future lawyers.

"For me, the program epitomized what I thought law school was like when I started as a first-year student and it reaffirmed my desire to be an attorney," said Rebecca Bayless, a student at the LSU Law Center. "We learned how important facial expressions, voice modulation, and body language were in addition to the words we were speaking. I was honored to have Hon. Laurie White as one of my team leaders and she was really great at providing useful techniques for the aspiring female attorneys in our group such as ‘speak like you have grit in your belly and not like you're nice and sweet.'"

This year's program, made possible in part by a grant from the Houston Law firm of Vinson & Elkins, was the 18th edition at the LSU Law Center. Over the course of the program, students acted as trial counsel and simulated actual trial skills under the watch of 60 judges and practicing lawyers from around the country. Activities during the program included role playing, critique, videotaping of performances, lectures, and demonstrations by the faculty.

"I view this program as a perfect example of professionalism," said Dean A. Sutherland, a faculty member for the Trial Ad Program and 1975 graduate of the LSU Law Center. "Sixty judges and attorneys from around the country, many of whom have no direct connection to LSU, and from all sides of the legal spectrum, give up at least three days from their professional schedules to try and help the LSU Law Center students improve their communication and persuasion skills.

"As I tell the law students, the faculty members feel that if we can help them learn to avoid the mistakes that we made during our early careers, their future clients and the entire profession will be better served."

At the closing ceremonies, Program Director Dominic Gianna-a founding partner in the law firm of Middleberg, Riddle & Gianna-addressed the students, saying that Southern University has asked to start a similar trial advocacy program. In the future, Gianna said, these LSU students will be asked to help educate a new crop of aspiring attorneys and pass on the lessons learned over those three days.

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Clinical Legal Education Program Opening, Students to be Sworn in Friday, Aug. 22
by Joshua Duplechain on August 19, 2008, Blog: News

Twenty-six students will be sworn in as participants of the LSU Law Center’s newly expanded Clinical Legal Education Program on Friday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the David Robinson Courtroom on the second floor of the Law Center.

As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to work with area lawyers and judges, as well as actual clients, gaining real-world law experience.

Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss will preside over the event. Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball will swear in the students.

“This new program has a tremendous dual effect on the legal profession,” Kimball said. “It will give the clinic students a unique opportunity during their legal education to participate in actual court experiences. The program will also provide competent and needed additional representation to clients in an overworked but vitally important juvenile court.”

Also in attendance will be Robert Lancaster, director of the Clinical Legal Education Program and the J. Nolan and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice; Lucy McGough, Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law; Oliver “Rick” Richard, president of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees; and the family of the late Judge Earl Veron, who graduated from the Law Center in 1959.

The program is supported in part by the Rick and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation, the Judge Earl E. Veron Endowed Professorship and the State of Louisiana.

Invited guests to the ceremony include Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, justices of the LA Supreme Court, members of the LSU Board of Supervisors, LSU System President John Lombardi, LSU Law faculty and other members of the legal community.



2008 Trial Advocacy Program Set for August 11-13
by Linda Rigell on August 1, 2008, Blog: News

LSU Law students will have a chance to practice their trial advocacy skills during a unique program involving mentors from throughout the nation. From cross-examination to voir dire jury selection, third-year students will role play and receive their critiques from some of the nation's leading experts in courtroom practices.

The annual Trial Advocacy program will be held August 11-13, at the LSU Law Center. Nearly 200 third-year students will participate in the program, which involves three days of intensive "learning by doing." Participants will act as trial counsel and simulate actual trial skills under the experienced eyes of the select seminar faculty. The program follows the methods pioneered by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and includes role playing, critique, videotaping of performances, videotape critique, lectures and demonstrations by the faculty.

Legal professionals from around the country will serve as team leaders and faculty for the program.

Those serving as team leaders include Michael P. Cash, Judge Durwood W. Conque, Michael J. Henke, Yul D. Lorio, Lisa M. McGarry, John D. Person, Walter M. Sanchez, Dean A. Sutherland, Melanie Talia and Lisa K. Vaughn.

Serving as faculty members will be Richard J. Arsenault, Jonathan C. Augustine, Lee H. Ayres, Dawn M. Barrios, Leah Barron, Henry M. Bernstein, Erin S. Beyer, Martin S. Bohman, James A. Bolen Jr., Judge Frances M. Bouillion, Jude Bourque, John O. Charrier Jr., Richard A. Chopin, Lisa E. Ciolino, John D. Cosmich, Mary K. Cryar, Timothy F. Daniels, Judge Rebecca F. Doherty, Frank A. Fertitta, Jennifer Fiore, Marion D. Floyd, David G. Galyon, Anna L. Garcie, Vance A. Gibbs, Judge David S. Gorbaty, Stacey F. Gottlieb, Helen Popich Harris, Judge C. Michael Hill, Judge Thomas Hogan, Judge Guy Holdridge, C. Frank Holthaus, Sheryl M. Howard, Wade T. Howard, David A. Hurlburt, Dan Jacks, Reeve G. (Jay) Jacobus Jr., Brittany Keil, Judge Robert J. Klees, Judge Daniel E. Knowles III, Madeline J. Lee, Catherine M. Maraist, Michele R. Morel, John W. Norwood III, Darrel J. Papillion, Mary Carol Parker, Michael A. Patterson, Stephanie K. Pell, Jeffrey W. Post, Walter M. Sanchez, Richard A. Sherburne, Ronald J. Sholes, Marshall J. Simien Jr., Sharon D. Smith, Kevin Thompson, Alexander C. Van Hook, Nelson W. Wagar III, Edward J. Walters, William R. Warne, S.A. (Bud) Watson Jr. and Judge Laurie A. White.

The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Houston Law firm of Vinson & Elkins.


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University of the Pacific Professor Joins LSU Law Center as Visiting Faculty Member
by Linda Rigell on July 31, 2008, Blog: News

Linda E. Carter, a professor of law and director of the criminal justice concentration at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, will be joining the LSU Law Center this fall as a visiting faculty member.

Carter will teach two courses—a seminar in capital punishment and a course on criminal law.

Previously, Carter was a trial attorney in the honors program of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division from 1978-1981. There, she worked on voting, housing, and education discrimination cases. She then spent four years as a criminal defense attorney with the Salt Lake City Legal Defender Association where she tried cases ranging from DUI to murder.

In 1984, she served as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, where she earned her J.D. The following year, she joined the Pacific McGeorge faculty.

She is the co-author of a treatise on capital punishment law and a book on global issues in criminal law. In 2005, she conducted a research project in Rwanda on the "Gacaca" trials, and in the Spring 2007, was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for three months.

Her current area of interest is international criminal law, with a focus on war crimes tribunals.


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Chancellor Weiss Appoints Pietruszkiewicz to Vice Chancellor Position
by Linda Rigell on July 29, 2008, Blog: News

Chancellor Jack Weiss has announced the appointment of Christopher Pietruszkiewicz as Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs.

Chris Pietruszkiewicz, the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law at the Law Center, brings an impressive resume to his new position as vice chancellor—a position vacated by Glenn Morris after 11 years of service. Morris stepped down from the position of vice chancellor July 31, 2008 to resume his full-time teaching career.

“Chris is not only a respected member of our faculty, but also has been recognized by his peers regionally and nationally for his leadership. He has a strong commitment to continuing to enhance our programs and our competiveness. I look forward to working closely with Chris as vice chancellor," said Weiss.

Pietruszkiewicz earned his J.D. from Loyola University in New Orleans and his LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center. After law school, he served as attorney/advisor to the U.S. Department of Education's chief administrative law judge and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the first agency-wide Informal Dispute Resolution Center.

He then moved to the Department of Justice, where he said he truly enjoyed the responsibility of litigating on behalf of the United States.

"The Department of Justice was wonderful. I still stay in touch with my former colleagues and look forward to seeing them every time I get back to Washington," Pietruszkiewicz said. "It was rewarding to be able to try and reach the right answer (while working there.) If the IRS was wrong, we would try to fix it. I recognized that I was representing not only the government, but all taxpayers."

At the same time, he was teaching a course on corporate taxation at the George Mason School of Law as an adjunct faculty member. Pietruszkiewicz became interested in becoming a full-time faculty member and was soon recruited by LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough and former faculty member John White through the Association of American Law Schools. He officially joined the LSU Law faculty in 2001.

Among his many honors, Pietruszkiewicz has the distinction of being the first untenured president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, or SEALS. Under his leadership, SEALS expanded its ongoing commitment to new scholars by adding several New Scholars Workshops and establishing a mentor program.

Pietruszkiewicz hopes to have the same success during his tenure as vice