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March 2013

Chancellor’s Council Dinner Salutes Armed Forces Veterans
March 27, 2013
Left to Right: Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr.; Honorable Thomas Stagg; David LaCerte; Lorraine Meyers; Chancellor Jack M. Weiss; John P. Laborde; Len Kilgore; and W. Arthur Abercrombie.  Not pictured: Norma Bennett and Lauren Wolfe Left to Right: Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr.; Honorable Thomas Stagg; David LaCerte; Lorraine Meyers; Chancellor Jack M. Weiss; John P. Laborde; Len Kilgore; and W. Arthur Abercrombie. Not pictured: Norma Bennett and Lauren Wolfe

The alumni of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center have a long tradition of service to our country.  At this year’s Chancellor Council Dinner, held on March 9 at the LSU Union Ballroom, the Law Center paid tribute to decades of Law Center graduates who have valiantly and faithfully served our nation.

A highlight of the evening was the viewing of a Louisiana Public Broadcasting/Law Center-produced video tribute to our veterans.  Featured in the video are seven outstanding LSU Law graduates: John P. Laborde (’49), Honorable Thomas Stagg (’49), William Meyers (’48), W. Arthur Abercrombie (’69), Norma Bennett (’00), David LaCerte (’08), and Lauren Wolfe (’12).  Sadly, Mr. Meyers passed...

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Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, LSU Law Class of 1969, to serve as 2013 LSU Law Commencement Speaker
March 27, 2013
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, LSU Law ’69, will return to her alma mater to deliver the Commencement address at the LSU Law Center’s 2013 commencement ceremonies, Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced. The commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus.
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National Win for Corporate Law Moot Court Team
March 26, 2013
Paul Gillespie, Sydnee Doolittle and Joshua McDiarmid Paul Gillespie, Sydnee Doolittle and Joshua McDiarmid

The LSU Law Center’s Ruby Vale National Corporate Law Moot Court Team of Sydnee Doolittle, Paul Gillespie, and Joshua McDiarmid placed among the top four teams in the nation at their competition that was held March 14 to 16 in Wilmington, Delaware.  The competition is judged by attorneys and judges from the bench and bar of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey who specialize in corporate law.  The Law Center’s team is coached by Professor Glenn Morris, with assistance from Professor Christina Sautter.

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Intellectual Property Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief
March 26, 2013

LSU Law students David Schroeter and Anna Scardulla, members of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Team, brought home an award for “Best Brief for the Appellee” at the regional rounds of the competition, which were held March 15 to 17 in Houston.  The team also placed in the top eight teams at the regional competition. 

Hosted by the AIPLA, the competition is now in its 40th year and is one of the nation’s largest moot court competitions.  This year’s problem examined a case of patent infringement and the standards to be applied to preliminary injunctions in the patent law content.  The team is coached by alumni Warner Delaune (’91) of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Jeanne Davis (’95) of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips LLP, with assistance from Professor Lee Ann Lockridge.


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Moot Court Team Places in Top Sixteen Nationally
March 26, 2013

The LSU Law Center’s National Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court competition team of Andrew Lambert and Kristi Obafunwa placed among the top 16 teams at their competition that was held March 15-16, in Columbus, Ohio.  Hosted by the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School, this year’s competition examined the question of whose parental interests prevail in a contested adoption.  The team is coached by Professor Andrea Carroll, with assistance from Professor Jeff Brooks.

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U.S. Department of Energy Official to Speak at LSU Law
March 21, 2013
Ms. Priya Aiyar, Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, will speak at the LSU Law Center on Wednesday, March 27, from 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium.
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LSU Law Student Awarded McGlinchey Stafford 2013 1L Diversity Fellowship
March 20, 2013
Kenneth Barnes, Jr. Kenneth Barnes, Jr.

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC has awarded LSU Law student Kenneth Barnes the 2013 1L Diversity Fellowship, a distinguished honor given to a first-year law student.  Barnes was selected from more than 50 applicants because of his proven leadership skills and excellent academic track record.  Barnes currently serves as the 1L Class President.

The 2013 Diversity Fellowship includes a six week paid summer associate position in the firm's New Orleans office, a $5,000 scholarship, and formal mentoring by McGlinchey Stafford attorneys throughout the recipient's law school career. As the 2013 Diversity Fellow, Mr. Barnes will also participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Retreat, which brings together diverse law students from around the country to learn about interview skills, how to transition from law school into practice, the state of diversity in the legal profession,...

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LSU Law Students “Pause for a Cause”
March 15, 2013

Over 125 LSU Law students and faculty members “Paused for a Cause” on Friday, March 1, 2013, when they volunteered a combined 581 hours at nine sites across Baton Rouge: White Hills Elementary School, Discover Law Day, Louisiana School for the Deaf or Visually Impaired, Connections for Life, The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 19th JDC Public Defender’s Office, Baton Rouge Park and Recreation-City Park, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure pre-run activities. Volunteer activities included painting and landscape maintenance. 

“Pause for a Cause” is an annual day of service sponsored by the Law Center’s Public Interest Law Society in collaboration with the Student Bar Association.

View photos from the event.

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LSU Law Student Sworn In as Member of ABA Law Student Division
March 15, 2013
R. Kyle Alagood2 R. Kyle Alagood

R. Kyle Alagood, a first year student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was sworn in on March 16, 2013, as a member of the national Board of Governors for the American Bar Association Law Student Division at the Division’s annual board meeting that took place in New Orleans.

Student body presidents and representatives from thirteen law schools in Texas and Louisiana elected Alagood as Governor for the Thirteenth Circuit, which encompasses all law schools in the two states.  His term will run from March 2013 to March 2014.

The ABA Law Student Division works with the ABA Section of Legal Education on issues of mutual concern to legal education. The Division also has an impact on practical and professional skills development and provides assistance in the search for jobs, both during and after graduation from law school. Additionally, the Division offers leadership training, public service...

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Louisiana Supreme Court Celebrates 200 Years of Service
March 14, 2013

The Louisiana Supreme Court celebrated 200 years of service as Louisiana’s highest court on March 1, 2013. The ceremonies took place in the Louisiana Supreme Court courtroom, which was decorated to recreate the 1930 centennial celebration.

LSU Law graduate and Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne (’79) served as ceremony emcee. LSU Law Professor Randy Trahan spoke about the Louisiana Supreme Court's role in the preservation and development of Louisiana's civil law tradition. LSU Law Professor Paul Baier serves as secretary of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society. For more information about the history of the state Supreme Court, please click here.

[caption id="attachment_2421" align="alignleft" width="300"]Front: Professor Randy Trahan; Back: Justice Marcus Clark ('85) and Justice John Weimer ('80) Front:...
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LSU Law Climbs Three Spots to #76 in 2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings
March 12, 2013
The LSU Law Center has again climbed upward in the latest national rankings of law schools, moving up three spots to #76 in the 2014 U.S. News rankings. The #76 ranking is the second highest in LSU Law history, bested only by the school’s ranking of #75 in 2010. The U.S. News ranking of top law schools is a closely watched list among the nation’s public and private law schools.
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Junior Associates Selected for LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources
March 8, 2013

The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources is pleased to announce the junior associate articles selected for publication in Volume II.  Congratulations to the following students whose hard work and dedication to legal scholarship at LSU Law will be displayed in the Journal in the coming year:

Noah Baker, How Long Do We Have? The Applicability of the Suspension Doctrine for Louisiana Mineral Leases in Light of  Ferrara v. Questar;

Cavarrio Carter, System Check: Evaluating the Appropriate Means for Achieving Balance Between the Necessity for Natural Resources Exploration and Texas Landowner Rights;

Sam Crichton, Strategic Retreat: A Proposed Response to Evasive Energy Company Tactics following the Shale Boom-and-Bust;

Joe Ellison, Renewing the Budget: Recommendations for Louisiana’s Renewable Energy Tax Credit;

Zachary Howser, A Binding and Perpetual Obligation: Protecting Louisiana’s Sixteenth Section Land as a Natural Resource;

Spencer King, Clearing The Air: The...

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LSU Law Graduate Bernette J. Johnson Sworn in as Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
March 6, 2013
Ceremonies marking the historic investiture of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, a 1969 graduate of the LSU Law Center, were held on Thursday, February 28. Chief Justice Johnson is the first African American Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the 25th Chief Justice to serve in the role.
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Multidistrict Litigation Focus of Louisiana Law Review’s Annual Symposium
March 6, 2013
The Louisiana Law Review’s 2013 symposium, Eastern District of Louisiana: The Nation’s MDL Laboratory, will be held Friday, March 22, 2013, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Click here for the brochure and registration information.
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Louisiana Law Review Selects Junior Associates for Volume 74
March 5, 2013

The Louisiana Law Review is pleased to announce and congratulate the following Junior Associates who have been selected as the Board of Editors for Volume 74 (2013-2014):

Emily Gill

Managing Editor
Katherine Hand

Articles Editors
Danielle Borel & Martha Thibaut

Production Editors
Brooksie Bonvillan & Clark McMillan

Executive Senior Editor
Minia Bremenstul

Senior Editors
Sarah Carver
Ashley Gill
Amelia Hurt
Laura Leggette
McClain Schonekas

The Louisiana Law Review was established to encourage legal scholarship in the student body, act as an incentive to and provide a method of training in individual research, contribute to the development of the law by scholarly criticism and analysis, foster the study of civil and comparative law, and serve the bar of the state by comments on and discussion of current cases and legal problems. It is edited by a board of student editors, with faculty cooperation. The Law Review selects student editors by considering...

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60th Annual Mineral Law Institute to be held March 14-15
March 5, 2013
The 60th annual Mineral Law Institute will be held March 14 and 15 in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center.
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Stutes-Kalinka Tax Team Places 2nd in the Nation at National Taxation Moot Court Competition
March 4, 2013

LSU Law Center’s Stutes-Kalinka National Taxation Moot Court Competition team of Kelly Burris, Taheera Randolph, and Edward Waters, placed second at the national competition. The competition took place in Clearwater, Florida the weekend of February 9.  Hosted by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar Association, judges from the US Tax Court and tax attorneys from across the country serve as judges.  The Tax team is coached by Professors Philip Hackney and Elizabeth Carter.

The Stutes-Kalinka Team is supported in part by the generous gift of alumnus Rusty Stutes, who endowed the team in memory of Professor Susan Kalinka.

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LSU Law’s Costello National Criminal Trial Team Takes 2nd Place Overall and 1st Place Defense Team
March 4, 2013

LSU Law Center’s John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition team of Joshua Wood, Rikki Weger, and Matthew Haltzman took 2nd Place Overall and 1st Place Defense Team at the national rounds of the Costello competition held the weekend of February 9 in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Hosted by George Mason University, the Costello Competition is unique among trial advocacy competitions in that each team is only provided one side of the case packet (Prosecution or Defense). The teams must adapt to surprise information presented by the opposing side during the competition rounds. To further provide a challenge, the Costello Competition adds additional new evidence or witness testimony in each successive round in the form of supplemental disclosures, forcing teams to adapt their case strategies and presentation.  The team was coached by LSU Law alumnus John-Ed Bishop(’08) of Whitehead Law Firm and was further assisted by shadow team members Colin Doherty, Stuart Bowie, and...

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LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources Elects Senior Editorial Board
March 4, 2013

Congratulations to the following students, who have been elected as the Volume II Senior Editorial Board of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources:

Zachary Howser – Editor in Chief

Sam Crichton – Senior Articles Editor

Joe Ellison– Senior Business Editor

Kathryn Dufrene – Senior Managing Editor

Noah Baker – Senior Notes and Comments Editor

Ross Roubion – Senior Production Editor

Catherine Sens – Senior Technology Editor

The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources (JELR) is a student edited academic journal focusing broadly on energy and its relationship to other areas of law. For more information on the JELR visit the journal website at

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Deadline Extended to March 15 for Exam Deferral Petitions
March 1, 2013

Notice to 2L and 3L Students:

The deadline for requesting examination deferrals has been extended until March 15, 2013.  Please be sure to submit the form requesting the examination deferral by the March 15 deadline. We very much appreciate your cooperation with regard to this deadline.

After the March 15 deadline, no deferrals will be granted except when circumstances arising after March 15 necessitate and require such a deferral, such as illness or other exceptional circumstances.

 Thank you very much for your compliance with this deadline.  

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