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June 2009

More Than 120 Students Make Chancellor’s List for Spring 2009
June 25, 2009

One hundred twenty-nine students were named to the Spring 2009 Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade-point average of 3.2 or better receive the honor.

"I am proud of the accomplishments of our students," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "As the state's flagship law school, LSU continues to foster and develop top-notch students who provide critical leadership in Louisiana and beyond. Making the Chancellor's List this past semester is evidence of their hard work and exceptional talent."

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:

Abbeville - Blair Amber Broussard

Baton Rouge - Robert Chase Abendroth, Bradley Joseph Aldrich, Michael Paul Ameen, Susan Marie Bartlett, Roy Louis Bergeron Jr., Rudolph Charles Boeneke III, David P. Borghardt, Sarah Frances Cable, John Jacob Chapman, Joshua Paul Clayton, Brandi Bayles Cole, Marie Elizabeth Curry, Robert Kenton Denny, Richard Harmon Drew III, Andy Joseph Dupre, Sarah Anne...

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LSU Law Graduate Honored with Scholarship & Leadership Award
June 19, 2009

Sally Richardson, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, was recently honored with the first American Law Institute and American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award presented by the Law Center, according to Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

"The award goes to a graduate who combines scholarship and leadership–the qualities embodied by the ALI-ABA parent organizations," said Weiss. "We are honored to present Sally with this award."

"Lawyers are routinely called upon to serve as leaders and scholars. In their service to others, members of the legal profession must strive to be the best leaders and scholars they can," Richardson said. "Receiving an award that embodies these characteristics is a great honor, though much praise should be given to the administration, faculty, staff, and my fellow students at the LSU Law Center.

"During the past three years, these individuals have helped me develop my leadership skills and scholastic abilities. I remain grateful for all that has...

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Summer PILS Fellowships Awarded to Thirteen LSU Law Students
June 19, 2009

Thirteen LSU Law students have received Public Interest Law (PILS) Fellowships for the summer. The students were selected through a competitive application process, and each will receive a $2,000 stipend to pursue work in a variety of public interest areas. The stipends were funded by the Law Center.

The following are the students who received fellowships and where they will be working:

  • Jonathan Brown - Southwest Louisiana Law Center, Lake Charles.
  • Airzola Cleaves - Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge.
  • Amanda Darby - Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge.
  • Jeanette Dewitt - Southwest Louisiana Law Center, Lake Charles and Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge.
  • Andre Gaudin - Orleans District Attorney.
  • Laura Beth Graham - Child Advocacy Center, Baton Rouge.
  • Mallory Hedditch - 16th JDC Family Court.
  • LaToya Jordan - Federal Public Defender's Office, New Orleans.
  • Kyle Marunick - 23rd JDC District Attorney.
  • Carrie Mills - Federal Public Defender, Baton...

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LSU Law Students Chosen for Juvenile Public Defender Fellowships
June 19, 2009

Ten LSU Law Center students were selected for summer fellowships with the Juvenile Public Defender Board and will serve in offices throughout the state. The fellowships are funded by the Juvenile Public Defender Board and are being managed via LSU's Public Interest Law Society, or PILS.

The following are the students receiving the fellowships and where they will serve:

  • Matt Boatwright - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Emma Frost - Shreveport Public Defender's Office.
  • Natasha George - State Public Defender's Office.
  • Nick Martin - Houma/Thibodaux Public Defender's Office.
  • Jonathan Mitchell - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Jacob Richard - Lake Charles Public Defender's Office.
  • Richard Scandrett - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Mike Smith - Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office.
  • Elma Rose Stacks - Baton Rouge Child in Need of Care Office.
  • Sharon Tsai - Baton Rouge Child in Need of Care Office.

"This internship project is a long overdue...

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Professor Ronald Scalise Honored with Distinguished Service Award
June 18, 2009

LSU Law Center Professor Ronald J. Scalise, Jr. has been awarded the LSU Law Center's Distinguished Service Award by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.  The award was bestowed upon Professor Scalise during the 2009 Commencement ceremonies, in recognition of his five years of extraordinary service as Professor of Law and Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Professor Scalise will join the faculty of Tulane Law School, his alma mater, effective Fall 2009.
In presenting the award, Chancellor Weiss, said, "Hundreds of our students, as well as your faculty colleagues, have been inspired by your teaching and outstanding scholarship.  Your sound leadership in all matters of academic affairs, and in particular, your curatorship of the civil law, has provided an indispensable foundation for our future. The Law Center gratefully thanks you for your many contributions and wishes you well in your future endeavors."
Professor Scalise joined the LSU Law Center faculty in...

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Law Center Announces Appointment of Admissions Director
June 4, 2009



Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of Lynell A. Cadray as Director of Admissions for the LSU Law Center. Ms. Cadray also will serve as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services.
Cadray, a Louisiana native, has served as Director of Admission at Emory Law School since 1994. She has also served as Emory Law's Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer.
"Lynell Cadray brings a wealth of experience and a long track record of success at Emory to our Admissions Office. She's one of the most highly regarded law school enrollment professionals in the nation. I'm confident that she will play a major role in attracting even more top students to the LSU Law Center," said Chancellor Weiss. 
Ms. Cadray previously held the positions of Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Mercer University.  She began her career in college admissions at Tulane...

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2009 Graduates Celebrate at Grads and Crawdads Night
June 1, 2009

Law Center graduates and their guests gathered on the grounds of the Law Center on Wednesday, May 27 for the 2009 Grads and Crawdads night. Over 500 guests and graduates took part in the largest crawfish boil in the recent history of the Law Center, according to student and staff coordinators.

Third-year class president Maggie Spell, along with Alumni Relations staffer Bobbi Zaunbrecher, served as primary coordinators for the evening.

LSU Law graduates, family members, friends, faculty, and staff joined in the celebration. Family from as far away as Ohio joined in the feast.  "This is a great family night, even though we don't eat crawfish!" said Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Ohio, parents of graduate Patrick Hall.

The family-oriented evening featured hamburgers, hot crawfish, corn, potatoes, and strawberry cake. 

The Class of 2009 thanks Mockler Beverage Company for helping to make the event possible through its generous donation.

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LSU Law Center Confers Degrees at Commencement Exercises
June 1, 2009



Prior to Commencement, the 2009 student members of The Order of the Coif were honored in the Law Center's McKernan Law Auditorium. In all, 18 students were inducted into the Order, which recognizes the highest 10 percent of the graduating class. Pictured from left to right: (1st row) Brandi Cole, Michelle Shamblin, Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Susan Bartlett, Sally Richardson; (2nd row) Matthew Emmons, William Kline, Kristen Ford, David Schroeder, Jessica Orgeron, Devin Reid, Andy Dupre; (3rd row) Clinton Bowers, L. Adam Thames, Richard Drew III, Grant Joseph Guillot, Megan LeBato, Brian Wesley Capell.


Among the dignitaries present for LSU Law’s Commencement ceremony were LSU Board of Supervisors member Hank Gowen, a 1971 graduate of the Law school; the Hon. W....

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