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November 2009

Career Services Offers 'Starting Your Own Law Practice' Seminar
November 24, 2009

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.

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Thanksgiving Greetings from Chancellor Jack Weiss
November 24, 2009

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...


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Students Weigh In On Curricular and Policy Changes: Participate in Town Hall Meetings
November 24, 2009

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...


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Higginbotham and Bond Take Top Honors in Tullis
November 24, 2009

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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
 
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What School Best Prepared You for Life?
November 24, 2009

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:...


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Hats N Canes Tradition Continues at LSU Law
November 23, 2009

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...


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November 2009
November 23, 2009

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...


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Convention Slated for LSU Law
November 23, 2009

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...


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Are you waiting for your VA Education Benefits?
November 20, 2009

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
November 18, 2009

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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...


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Chancellor Discusses Flagship Agenda and Proposed Curricular/Policy Changes
November 17, 2009

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
November 2, 2009

Chancellor Jack Weiss was the featured guest on the Jim Engster radio show earlier today. Listen to the interview. 

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