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May 2007

Law Center Honors The Order of Coif Members
May 25, 2007

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Eighteen students were honored as members of The Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor that graduating law students may receive, at ceremonies held at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center on May 24, 2007.

First row: Justice Jeffrey P. Victory, 2007 Honorary Member; Scott Patrick Ledet; Ashley Erin Marino; Kimberly Renee’ Brame; Pamela Ann Baxter; Carli Marie Beckett; Jacob Marshall Kantrow.

Second row: Professor N. Gregory Smith; Brett Michael Sides; Alexander John Mijalis; Alison Victoria Nunez; Erin Gillen Lutkewitte; Katherine Suzanne Drell Grissel; Brad Russell Resweber; Professor J. Randall Trahan.

Third row: B. Trevor Wilson; Jennifer Amber Wise; Stuart Theron Welch; Lewis Prentiss Cutshaw; Virginia O’Hara Jordan McLin; Whitney Brianne Little.

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LSU Law Center Confers Degrees at Commencement Exercises, May 24
May 25, 2007

The LSU Law Center conferred degrees upon 177 students at commencement exercises held May 24, 2007. Ceremonies were presided over by Chancellor John J. Costonis. LSU System President William L. Jenkins spoke to the graduates and assisted in the conferring of degrees. Also assisting was LSU Board of Supervisors member Francis M. "Hank" Gowen, Jr. (’71).

One hundred seventy-one students were awarded the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.). Six students were awarded the Master of Laws (LL.M.). The LSU Law Center features the only joint degree (J.D./B.C.L.) program in the Unites States, and only one of two such programs in the Western Hemisphere.

State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy was the Commencement speaker. The Honorable Robert W. Kostelka, State Senator, District 35, spoke on behalf of the LSU Law Class of 1957. The class celebrated its 50th year reunion following the Commencement.

Caroline Dana Preis, 2007 LSU Law Center Senior Class President,...


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John N. Kennedy, State Treasurer, to Speak at LSU Law Center Commencement
May 21, 2007

State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy will speak at the Thursday, May 24, 2007 LSU Law Center Commencement exercises. Chancellor John J. Costonis will preside over the 10:30 a.m. ceremonies in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Some 180 students will receive degrees. LSU System President William L. Jenkins will speak to the graduates and assist in conferring of degrees. Also assisting Chancellor Costonis in the conferring of degrees will be Board of Supervisors member Francis M. "Hank" Gowen, Jr. (’71). The Honorable Robert W. Kostelka, State Senator, District 35, will speak on behalf of the LSU Law Class of 1957. The class will celebrate its 50th year reunion following the Commencement.

Caroline Dana Preis, 2007 LSU Law Center Senior Class President, will offer the Invocation. The Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Brian Bonin.
 
Mr. Kennedy received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 1977. He is also a graduate of Oxford University in Oxford,...


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Weiss Named Chancellor of LSU Law Center
May 18, 2007

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Jack Weiss, one of America's leading First Amendment experts, today was named Chancellor and Professor of Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors.

Weiss Named Chancellor (PDF)

President Jenkins Statement (PDF)

Jack Weiss Vita (PDF)

Minutes of April 26, 2007 Law Chancellor Search Committee (PDF)

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Murchison Book Examines 'Snail Darter' Case
May 18, 2007
With the discovery of a tiny fish in a soon-to-be-flooded stretch of the Little Tennessee River, construction on a dam that had already cost taxpayers $100 million came crashing to a halt. Thanks to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the snail darter was instantly transformed into both an icon for species preservation and a despised symbol of the environmental movement's alleged excesses.

In the new book, The Snail Darter Case: TVA versus the Endangered Species Act, author and LSU Law Professor Kenneth M. Murchison expertly examines the intense legal battle that resulted in the first true test of the Endangered Species Act, following the case all the way to the Supreme Court. The book was published by the University of Kansas Press in March.

"Murchison's insightful study provides a revealing look at one of the U.S. Supreme Court's most important environmental decisions and a milestone in late twentieth-century conservation politics," said Jeffrey K. Stine, author of...
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Green Receives Praise for Book on White Collar Crime
May 18, 2007

Professor Stuart Green’s pioneering book, Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White Collar Crime, is now available in paperback version from Oxford University Press.  

Just a year old, the book is the first in-depth study of its kind and examines the moral foundations of white-collar criminal offenses such as fraud, insider trading, bribery, and tax evasion. To give emphasis to the text, Green examines several high profile contemporary cases.

A review in The Wall Street Journal said, “Mr. Green’s book admirably clears away much of the conceptual underbrush surrounding the idea of white-collar crime.” The book was nominated for an award by Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers and will soon be translated into Italian.

He is currently working with Harvard University Press to publish a new book, tentatively titled Property, Crime, and Morals: Theft Law in the Information Age.

Green is the Law Center’s L.B. Porterie...


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Rogers Tapped by Smit's Guides and Others
May 18, 2007
Professor Catherine Rogers, the Law Center’s Richard C. Cadwallader Professor of Law, has received two contracts for new books, one with Oxford University Press and the other from the prestigious series, Smit’s Guides to International Arbitration. The two projects are scheduled for publication in 2008 and titled, respectively, Global Ethics in International Arbitration and International Arbitrators: Ethics, Conduct and Challenges.

Rogers has also been asked to join a taskforce of the American Society of International Law that will focus on professional responsibility for global legal practitioners. In addition, she is working on a casebook titled Complex Litigation: Litigating for Social Change, with co-authors Kevin Johnson of U.C. Davis and former LSU Law professor John V. White.

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Zuppi Honored by Argentine Ministry
May 18, 2007
Professor Alberto Zuppi was honored by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an expert for integrating the Argentine delegation participating in the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Assembly of States Parties Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression. The ICC Assembly of States Parties recently met at the U.N. Headquarters in New York and will continue to meet twice a year until 2009 when its normative text of Crime of Aggression will be presented to the ICC. The ICC is an independent court of last resort based on a treaty currently supported by 104 countries.

Zuppi is the Robert and Pamela Martin Associate Professor of Law and an expert in international criminal law, international human rights, international, law, and international sale of goods.

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Martin Named Director of Louisiana Mineral Law Institute
May 18, 2007
Professor Patrick Martin, Campanile Professor of Mineral Law, was recently named director of the Law Center’s Louisiana Mineral Law Institute. Created in 1953, the Institute has provided leadership to the state’s oil and gas attorneys and petroleum landmen and its proceedings have served as the definitive resource on mineral law for the state. An annual continuing legal education program, the Institute is charged with promoting an understanding of Louisiana mineral law and facilitating its development through educational activities.

Martin has taught at the Law Center since 1977. From 1982-1984, he served as the commissioner of Conservation for the State of Louisiana. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from LSU and obtained his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He has co-authored several treatises and casebooks on oil and gas case law and regulatory issues.

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Corbett Co-authors First of Its Kind Casebook
May 18, 2007
Professor William R. Corbett, the Frank L. Maraist Professor of Law and member of the law faculty since 1991, has co-authored the first English-language international and comparative employment law casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law – Cases and Materials.

The new casebook covers employment laws of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan, and India. The book examines the variety of laws governing issues such as individual and collective employment, antidiscrimination, privacy, and dispute resolution systems. The laws of individual companies are discussed against the backdrop of globalization and how they relate to the principles of regional trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, the laws of the European Union and international labor standards set forth by the International Labor Organization.  

The book is published by Cambridge University Press and is the joint effort of...
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Pietruszkiewicz Closes Out Year as President of SEALS
May 18, 2007
Tax law expert Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, the Law Center’s J.Y. Sanders Associate Professor of Law, recently completed his term as president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) and has the distinction of being the first untenured president of the association. Under his leadership, SEALS expanded its ongoing commitment to new scholars by adding several “New Scholars Workshops” and establishing a mentor program. He joined the LSU Law faculty in 2001.

Pietruszkiewicz has added several new publications to his scholarly work. Discarded Deference: Judicial Independence in Informal Agency Guidance is his most recent article, and he is also the co-author of a treatise on the Taxation of Corporation Reorganization. He has also participated on a number of panels in recent months, most recently, the ABA Section of Taxation’s Mid-year Meeting: The Effect on Murphy on Section 104 Deductions and Fifth Amendment Claims in Civil Litigation. He also...
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Baier Receives Honor for Teaching
May 18, 2007
Professor Paul Baier, the George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor of Law, has received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate 2006-2007 Teaching Award. Baier received the distinction for his Honors College undergraduate course on The Constitution and American Civilization, a course he created for LSU undergraduates who wish to have an “edge up on entering law school.”

Baier was honored at a May 8, 2007 reception held at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) named him the 2004 Distinguished Professor. He received his J.D. from Harvard University.  

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Katherine Spaht Named Distinguished Professor by Louisiana Bar Foundation
May 17, 2007
Katherine Shaw Spaht, the Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Professor of Law, was named the 2006 Distinguished Professor by the Louisiana Bar Foundation. The Foundation honored Professor Spaht at a gala event held in New Orleans April 20, 2007.
Professor Spaht earned her B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1968 and her law degree from LSU Law in 1971. She began her teaching career at the Law Center in 1972, concentrating on Civil Code subjects that impact the family, including Family Law, Matrimonial Regimes, and Successions and Donations. She also taught Obligations for 26 years.
In announcing the award, the Foundation acknowledged Professor Spaht’s commitment to teaching and her service to the state, beginning with her 1977 appointment by the Louisiana State Legislature as chair of an advisory committee to draft revisions to Louisiana’s community property law. Her work resulted in the enactment in 1979 of a comprehensive reform of that law.
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LSU Law Among Top 100 Law Schools in 2008 U.S. News and World Report Rankings
May 17, 2007
The 2008 U.S. News and World Report rankings placed the LSU Law Center at number 91 and within the top 100 American Bar Association (ABA) law schools. The Law Center dropped slightly in the 2008 rankings released in March, but retained its top 100 classification. The 2007 rankings placed the Law Center at number 87.
The Law Center’s rankings have improved dramatically under the leadership of Chancellor John Costonis, moving from fourth to the second tier over the past nine years. The magazine ranks all 180 ABA schools. The rankings are derived from various subcategories related to institutional resources, student success in employment and bar passage, and selectivity in the admission process. Among the subcategories are: the past year’s entering class statistics and acceptance rate; law school expenditures on students and library resources; faculty/student ratio; and peer assessment scores provided through surveys of selected lawyers, judges, law school deans,...
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Reception to Honor New Orleans LSU Law Community
May 17, 2007

LSU Law is returning to New Orleans! Please make plans to join friends and colleagues at a reception on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at the Plimsoll Club of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

More than 1,000 LSU Law graduates reside in the New Orleans area. We hope that you will join us in honoring the New Orleans LSU Law community.

Wednesday, June 13
Plimsoll Club, Versailles Room
World Trade Center of New Orleans
2 Canal Street
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

R.S.V.P. Tonia by June 10 at 225/578-0733 or Tonia.McIndoe@law.lsu.edu

We are grateful to our New Orleans LSU Law Steering Committee:
John Busenlener; Lawrence Centola; Timothy Daniels; Beverly A. DeLaune; S. Gene Fendler; Dominic Gianna; Jay Hayden; Cliffe F. Laborde; Tory Nieset; Dean Sutherland; and Frank Tessier. 
 

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LSU Law Holds Alumni Events in Houston
May 10, 2007

Some 60 LSU Law graduates turned out for two recent alumni events held in honor of our Texas-based graduates.

Alumni gathered for an evening reception at Cadillac Bar on March 15.  Chancellor Costonis was on hand to welcome alums and friends to the gathering, where he provided information on recent activities and encouraged everyone present to stay involved in the life and future direction of the Law Center.  Also representing the Law Center were Karen Soniat, John Hightower, and Stephen Holliday of the Office of Alumni Relations.

Graduates also gathered for lunch and conversation on March 16 at Pappadeaux Seafood, where they received information on the LSU Law Capital Campaign, Tradition of Excellence.

Special thanks are extended to the Houston Event Steering Committee:

Ran and Edna Coleman
Carolyn S. Hazel
Marilyn C. Maloney
Craig W. Murray
James R. Raborn
Susan Row
Elizabeth“Susie” Woodard
Karen Westall
J. Lanier Yeates

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Law Center to Host Annual Get Together at LSBA Conference
May 10, 2007

If you are attending the Louisiana State Bar Association’s conference in Sandestin, be sure to join your classmates at the Law Center’s reception on June 7 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the very popular and well-rated Graffiti Bar.  The venue is located in Baytowne Wharf on Cannery Lane, within walking distance of the conference.

The Law Center has reserved the upstairs dining area and deck plus the rooftop terrace.  The views and camaraderie will be wonderful and we look forward to a very fun evening.  Be on the lookout for an informational postcard and remember to pick up a commemorative t-shirt. Again, as last year, Thomson West is a generous sponsor of the event.

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Dr. Pierre Loiseau of Quebec Completes LSU Law Distinguished Global Visitors Program
May 10, 2007

Dr. Pierre Loiseau, adjunct faculty at the University of Laval in Quebec, was in residence at the Law Center through March 15.  Teaching Health Cost Control vs. Medical Liability: A Comparative Law Perspective, Professor Loiseau showed how cost and liability impact one another.  In the context of medical law and using a multidisciplinary approach, he discussed whether American managed care can be translated to improve the French health system.  France has tried to mix profit-oriented managed care with socialized medicine and in doing so, the legal context was largely ignored, according to Loiseau.

The Law Center’s Distinguished Global Visitors Program annually attracts an elite cadre of the world’s leading figures in bijural and comparative law scholarship. Figures from around the globe journey to Baton Rouge to offer courses ranging from three weeks to an entire semester. Whether law professor, dean, judge, or practicing attorney, each brings his or...


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Kauffman Foundation's Robert Litan speaks on Mega-Catastrophes
May 10, 2007

Robert Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, recently joined Professor Jim Richardson, director of the Masters in Public Administration program at LSU, for a presentation to the LSU Law Center faculty. The subject was Mega-Catastrophes: Perspective as an Economist and Attorney and concerned the legal and economic issues involved in disasters such as those our state recently experienced. Topics ranged from how much legal authority can be given verses how much is constitutional authority; litigation issues such as wind verses water; the need to establish regional councils for crossing state lines for disaster management; and both pre-event and post-event planning need to be implemented.

Litan is an expert in both law and economics and has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution for nearly 20 years where, since 1996, he has served as director of Economic Studies and held the Cabot Family Chair in Economics. He also served on the...


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LSU Law Hosts Region 11 National Trial Competition
May 10, 2007

The LSU Law Center recently hosted the Region 11 round of the 32nd Annual National Trial Competition in downtown Baton Rouge.

All trials were held in the courtrooms of the Baton Rouge City Court and the 19th Judicial District Court, with 24 teams from 12 law schools across Louisiana and Texas competing. The top two teams in the regional competition were declared Regional Winners and invited to participate in the National Finals held in Houston in March.

In addition to two teams of LSU Law students in the competition, approximately 150 attorneys and judges from Louisiana and surrounding states came to judge each of the competition rounds. Additionally, more than 200 LSU Law students, LSU undergraduate students and others volunteered their time to serve as witnesses and timekeepers throughout the competition. Because so many members of the LSU and Baton Rouge community pulled together to volunteer for this event, this competition was a huge success for LSU Law and its Trial Advocacy...


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Law Review Holds Annual Banquet
May 10, 2007

The Louisiana Law Review held its annual banquet at Juban’s Restaurant on March 10.  The featured speaker was the Honorable Dee D. Drell, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, who spoke about his path to the Bench.  Judge Drell also shared anecdotes from his years of practice and offered words of wisdom to the attendees. 

 Three awards were presented that evening.  Benjamin W. Janke received the Vinson & Elkins Award for outstanding student comment or casenote.  For outstanding service to the Louisiana Law Review as a Junior Associate, David P. Hamm, Jr. was presented the W. Lee Hargrave Award by Dr. Carolyn H. Hargrave.  And, finally, professors Andrea Carroll and Ronald Scalise presented Kimberly D. Higgenbotham and Charles E. Tabor the Association Henri Capitant Award for outstanding student articles on a civil law or comparative law topic. 

 Another highlight of the evening was the introduction of the...


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Second Annual Judicial Clerkship Preparatory Program
May 10, 2007

The Law Center recently hosted its Second Annual Judicial Clerkship Preparatory Program.  Designed by Professors Frank Maraist, Andrea Carroll, and Ron Scalise, Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Thompson, and Tracy Evans, director of Career Services, the program is offered to second- and third-year students to assist them in overcoming the first few weeks of a judicial clerkship learning curve.  It is also intended to give students an advantage when seeking judicial clerkships upon graduation.

This year’s program included many prestigious speakers from across Louisiana:

Judge Marilyn Castle, 15th Judicial District Court
Judge Tom Daley, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Dee D. Drell, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Judge Harmon Drew, Jr., 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal
Jean T. Drew, research attorney, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Guy Holdridge, 23rd Judicial District Court...


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Tucker Lecture Holds 34th Annual Series
May 10, 2007

Professor Helmut Koziol was the guest lecturer for the thirty-fourth annual Tucker Lecture held at the LSU Law Center recently. A speaker of international prominence, Professor Koziol spoke on Punitive Damages: A European Perspective.

Koziol is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Vienna and Director of the European Center of Tort and Insurance Law. A distinguished civilian, he has devoted much time and talent to civil law scholarship. He has published numerous books and articles, is the editor of the Austrian law journal, Bank-Archiv, and a member of the board of editors of the German review, Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht. Most recently, Koziol received an honorary doctorate from the University of Innsbruck.

Having lectured in China, Eastern Europe, Korea, the Middle East, South Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States, Koziol recently presented European Principles of Tort Law at the American Association of Law Schools...


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LSU Law Magazine Launched
May 2, 2007

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The inaugural issue of LSU Law made its debut in mid- April, 2007. The magazine was distributed to an audience of alumni, academics, and administrators across the country.

LSU Law chronicles three significant events: the Law Center’s Centennial Year, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the changing of the guard as Chancellor Costonis returns to full-time teaching in July 2007. It also considers fundamental issues regarding the Law Center’s past, present, and future through numerous feature stories, profiles, and articles of contemporary significance. While focusing on the Law Center’s roots in Louisiana, LSU Law spotlights the national impact of innovations and traditions at the state’s premiere law school.


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Law Professor Named 2007-08 Supreme Court Fellow
May 2, 2007

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Elizabeth Murrill, assistant professor of Professional Practice at the Law Center, has been selected as the 2007-08 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center. The program was created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger “to provide promising individuals with a first-hand understanding of the federal government, in particular, the judicial branch,” according to the Court’s news release announcing Murrill’s selection. She will begin her fellowship this fall.

As the fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, Professor Murrill will conduct research and provide assistance with the inter-judicial affairs programs.

Murrill formerly served as a law clerk to Judge Frank Polozola and as a research attorney with Judge Melvin Shortess. More recently, she has served as an arbitrator and volunteered with the Baton Rouge Bar Association Disaster Recovery Legal Services Project. She has published numerous articles on arbitration, mediation,...


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Third-Year Students Host Annual Assault and Flattery
May 2, 2007
Law Center students, faculty, and staff enjoyed a night of good fun at the Assault and Flattery program held on Wednesday April 4, 2007 at the Varsity Theater. Created and staged by third-year law students, Assault and Flattery is an annual tradition.   

The Holmes Family Band, featuring the Law Center's own Professor Wendell Holmes on bass, played a short set. The comedy portion of the show rocked the audience with video and stage performances. Some 80 students and almost half of the faculty were involved in the video
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Moot Court Team Competes in International Competition
May 2, 2007
LSU Law recently competed in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court held in Vienna, Austria. 178 law schools with more than 1,000 individual students from 51 countries participated. The LSU Law team finished in the top third of all schools at the competition – quite a feat for the school’s first trip to this prestigious event. Laranda Moffett, third-year student, received Honorable Mention in the Individual Best Advocate category.  This award is reserved for the top five percent of all competitors.  

Held in Vienna each spring, the Vis is the premiere international commercial law moot court.  Sponsored by Pace Law School, the moot involves an arbitration of a contract of sale between two parties in countries that are signatories to the United Nation's Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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Big Win for LSU Law Center's Black Law Students Association
May 2, 2007
The LSU Law Center’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) team of Brianna Guerin and Delon Lewis won second place at the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.  

Recently held in Miami, the competition consisted of 32 teams from six regions.  The Law Center’s team was one of three from the Southern Region that will advance to the 18-team national competition in Atlanta.

Students Ekua Assabil, Zita Jackson, Ashley Johnson and Jasmine Owens of the Thurgood Marshal Mock Trial Team also represented the Law Center in the quarterfinal round.

Many people contributed to the success of these students, including attorneys Ashton Johnson, Gabrielle Jones, and Dallon Bush, who, along with Professor John Devlin, took primary responsibility for coaching these teams; third-year students Gabrielle Charles and Ashley McCall, who served as team managers; faculty advisors, Professors Darlene Goring and John...
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Law Center Hosts Annual Mineral Law Institute
May 2, 2007
The 54th Annual Mineral Law Institute was held on April 12-13, 2007 at the Law Center. Attorneys and industry representatives gathered for two days of discussion on topics such as Conservation, Waterbottoms Issues, and State and Federal Interaction Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry. The institute is directed by Professor Patrick Martin. 
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