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November 2011

LSU Law Students Brighten the Holidays for Area Children
November 30, 2011


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
November 28, 2011

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 ...

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Chicago Bound
November 23, 2011

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

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View Baier’s “Father Chief Justice” on Library of Congress Website and YouTube
November 23, 2011

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...

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Spring/Summer 2012
November 23, 2011

Professor Keith Hall presented a paper “Fraud, Misrepresentation and Related Ethical Issues in Obtaining Leases” at the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Newport Beach, California on July 21, 2012.

Professor Blake Hudson presented Policy Formulation in the South, Enforcement in the North: Linking Institutional and Political Governance Strengths for More Effective Forest and Climate Policy, at the 2012 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management at the University of Alberta in June. Also in June, Professor Blake Hudson presented Dynamic Resources, Undynamic Federalism as part of the AALS Workshop on Torts, Environment and Disaster panel that addressed “Disaster Federalism.”

The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation featured Professor Christina Sautter’s article, Promises Made to be Broken? Standstill Agreements in Change of Control Transactions, forthcoming in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. The feature can be accessed here.

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A Thanksgiving Greeting from Chancellor Jack Weiss
November 22, 2011

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
November 17, 2011

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...

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Civil Mediation Clinic Students Published in Louisiana Bar Journal
November 11, 2011

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...

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Law Alumni to be Inducted into Military Hall of Fame
November 10, 2011


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...

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LSU Law Center Places in Top 8 Nationally at 2011 National Civil Rights Trial Competition
November 3, 2011


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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