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October 2009

Faculty Vote to Endorse Important Curricular and Student Educational Policy Changes
October 26, 2009

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...

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LSU Law Students Offer Help to Immigration Detainees
October 23, 2009


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....

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Robert Lee Tullis Team Updates
October 19, 2009

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

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Chancellor Welcomes Prospective Applicants; Mock Law Class Engages Students at Annual Open House
October 16, 2009

“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...

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LL.M. Events and New Dialogue Series
October 12, 2009

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...

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Law Center Celebrates International Law Week
October 12, 2009

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...

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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2009 Bar Exam
October 12, 2009

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...

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Law Center Welcomes Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian
October 9, 2009

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
October 8, 2009
  • 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 ...

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