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November 2008

Thanksgiving Greetings From Chancellor Jack Weiss
November 26, 2008

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....

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Your Support Matters
November 26, 2008

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...

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Students Participate in Roundtable with Judge Barksdale
November 26, 2008

"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...

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Tailgating Helps Law Students Bond, Relax Outside of Class
November 25, 2008

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...

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Chancellor Weiss Declares “Year of Litvinoff;” Chancellor's Council Tribute to Litvinoff Set for March 20, 2009
November 25, 2008

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...

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Pardue Addresses Environmental Law Society on Aftermath of Katrina
November 24, 2008

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...

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Two LSU Law Center Staff Members Honored
November 24, 2008


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...

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Chancellor Answers Student Questions at Town Hall Meeting
November 24, 2008

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...

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December 2008 Faculty/Staff News Items
November 24, 2008
  • 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."
LSU Law Students Win Multiple Honors at Regional Advocacy Competitions
November 19, 2008

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...

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Neuner Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award at Ceremony
November 13, 2008


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...

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LSU Law Center Celebrates Veterans Day With Emotional Ceremony
November 12, 2008

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...

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CLE Program Focuses on Insurance Law, Recent Developments
November 4, 2008

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 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...

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Young Alumni Discuss Career Opportunities and Legal Education
November 3, 2008

"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...

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Friends and Alums Make Gifts to A Tradition of Excellence/Forever LSU Campaign
November 3, 2008

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 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...

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