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April 2009

LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on February 2009 Bar Exam
April 30, 2009

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results recently released by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 82.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the February 2009 administration of the Bar. In all, 40 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 33 successfully passed the Bar.

"The consistent success of LSU Law graduates on the Louisiana State Bar Exam continues to reflect well on our tradition of demanding yet personal legal education," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "This is more good news following the recent 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings where we posted a 13-point jump from 88th to 75th, one of the largest positive moves in the nation, and achieved the highest U.S. News ranking in LSU Law history."

The February 2009 exam is administered to first-time test...

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Monday, April 27 Last Day to be Included in Alumni Directory
April 23, 2009

Since January, we've been contacting alumni by phone and by mail to gather information on recent address changes and professional updates.  Many have responded, and the project will culminate in a very special publication.

If you have not updated your information for this project, please do so immediately if you wish to be included. 

Last day for submitting updates:  Monday, April 27th

To order a copy of the LSU Law Alumni Directory, call 1-800-546-3756.


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LSU Law Center Jumps 13 Spots to #75 in 2010 U.S. News Rankings
April 23, 2009

The annual U.S. News & World Report law school rankings are out, and LSU Law has jumped dramatically, climbing from 88th to 75th in the closely watched list.

The #75 ranking is the highest in LSU Law history and the 13 place move is one of the largest positive moves of any law school. Although some 184 law schools in the nation are reviewed by the magazine, only law schools that place in the top 100 receive a specific numerical ranking.

Chancellor Jack Weiss said: "This is exciting news for our students, our faculty, our alumni and our friends. The new ranking will spread the word of our progress to a national audience that includes prospective students, law teachers, and law firms."

Weiss said the new ranking confirms that, "we are on the right path. It reinforces our commitment to building a nationally competitive faculty of the future, growing a model clinical legal education program, and shaping our curriculum, educational policies, and student services to fully meet the needs...

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LSU Law Students Receive Best Brief Award in Austria
April 22, 2009

LSU Law students Erin Bray, Sara Donohue, Carmen Hebert, Andrew Lilly, and Adam Savoie recently returned from Vienna, Austria, where they won an award for Best Brief for the Claimant - Honorable Mention at the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot.

The award was given to only 23 law schools in the world, placing LSU in the top 10 percent of all law schools that participated in the Vienna competition. In all, 233 law schools from 58 countries, including 53 American law schools, competed in Vienna.

Teams write two briefs and participate in oral arguments, with awards being given for Best Claimant's memorandum, Best Respondent's memorandum, and top teams in the oral rounds. LSU Law was one of only six American law schools to receive recognition for their written submission.

"When the winning schools were announced, hearing the name 'Louisiana State University' on the same list as law schools like Harvard, Sorbonne, University of Vienna, and University of Geneva was as proud of a...

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Louisiana Law Review Symposium to Address Punitive Damages
April 16, 2009

The Louisiana Law Review will hold its symposium on Punitive Damages Today and Tomorrow, Friday, April 17, in the LSU Law Center's Tucker Room.

The event begins at 8:20 a.m. with opening remarks from LSU Law Professor Frank Maraist and is open to the public.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.: Tom Dupree of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP-Punitive Damages and the Constitution.
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.: Francis McGovern, Professor at Duke University School of Law-Punitive Damages and Class Actions.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.: David W. Robertson, W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas-Punitive Damages in U.S. Maritime Law: Miles, Baker, and Townshend.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Michael F. Sturley, Stanley D. and Sandra J. Rosenberg Centennial Professor at the University of Texas Law School-Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.: Patrick J....

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Professor Litvinoff Honored at Chancellor’s Council Event
April 6, 2009

Saúl Litvinoff, Boyd Professor of Law, was honored on March 20 at an event hosted by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and members of the LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council.

Members of the council, former students, friends, colleagues, and family members, gathered at the Energy, Coast and Environment Building to pay tribute to the professor for the contributions he has made to the Law Center and legal community over his 43 years of service at LSU. Litvinoff will retire following the spring 2009 semester.
Cordell Haymon ('68) served as emcee of a panel of friends and former students who shared memories about Professor Litvinoff.  Panelists and speakers included: the Honorable Ginger Berrigan ('77); John Cox ('68); Loren Kleinpeter ('79); Bill Wilson ('68); Cindy Samuel; and the Honorable Eldon Fallon. Video tributes were offered by Ana Litvinoff, the professor's daughter, and James Carville ('73). 
Chancellor Weiss unveiled the official Litvinoff portrait that will...

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April 2009
April 6, 2009
  • Professor Paul Baier was the featured panelist at the Chapman University School of Law's Nexus Journal 2009 Symposium on Judicial Activism: Same Sex Marriage and the Aftermath of Proposition 8. He spoke as part of the first panel, which discussed whether or not the courts were entering into the political policymaking arena.

    Baier also joined Jerry Goldman, inventor of the Oyez Project, at a Loyola Law Review symposium on the use of technology in the courtroom, the classroom, and beyond on Friday, March 13. Baier's paper, Beyond Black Ink: From Langdell to the Oyez Project-The Voice of the Past, details the use of Supreme Court oral arguments in legal pedagogy and professional development in the law schools. Baier brought his use of the Supreme Court sound recordings of oral argument down to date, 25 years after he first published an account of their availability for use in law teaching in the Journal of Legal Education, What Is the Use of a Law Book Without Pictures or...

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LSU PILS Completes 1,000 Hours Challenge
April 6, 2009

LSU law students recently helped the LSU Public Interest Law Society—or PILS—complete its 1,000 Hours Challenge, volunteering more than 2,000 hours of community service, including pro bono work, in and around Baton Rouge. In recognition of their community service, students who completed at least 10 hours of service were invited to a banquet at Fred's in "Tigerland," where donated prizes were randomly awarded to the participants.

Participants volunteered for a litany of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers In Public Schools, Thirst for Justice, Acadia Legal Services, Catholic Charities, general church work, PILS Day of Service, Lonestar Legal Aid, St. Vincent Soup Kitchen, PILS Children's book drive, VITA, and Race for the Cure, among others.

The project officially began in August and eligible activities were added throughout the year. Students recorded their community service and then reported the results to organizers or placed them in a 1,000 Hours...

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Louisiana Law Review Holds Annual Banquet
April 2, 2009

The Louisiana Law Review held its annual banquet on March 27, 2009, celebrating the successful publication of Volume 69 of the review. Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed the 130 attendees with warm words about the contributions the Law Review has made to the LSU Law Center. The guest of honor at the event was Symeon C. Symeonides, dean of Willamette University College of Law and former Judge Albert Tate Professor of Law at LSU, who delivered remarks on the value of student-run law reviews. Symeonides humorously acknowledged the criticisms levied at law reviews, but explaine d why student-run publications remain important, influential mediums for legal scholarship.

During the banquet, a number of Junior Associates on the Law Review received honors for their contributions to the publication. The Vinson and Elkins award for the most outstanding comment or note went to Keith Joseph Fernandez for his note titled Be Quick-But Don't Hurry:  Competing Purposes of the Federal Arbitration...

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