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February 2009

LSU Law Moot Court Team Records Highest Finish in Nearly Three Decades at Competition
February 18, 2009

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...


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First Circuit Holds Hearings at Law Center
February 17, 2009

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...

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Barristers Bowl a Win for All Involved
February 16, 2009

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.

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Student Transfer Policy Revised
February 13, 2009

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...


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Diamond Joins LSU Law Center Faculty Full-Time
February 12, 2009

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...


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Chancellor Announces Appointment of New LSU Law Faculty Members
February 12, 2009

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...


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LSU Law Repeats as National Champion at Tax Moot Court Competition
February 10, 2009

Visit the Moot Court website for details.

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