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August 2010

LSU Law Launches Landmark Survey of "What LSU Lawyers Do"
August 30, 2010

Starting August 30, 2010, the LSU Law Center will launch a landmark survey of its more than 8000 living alumni. The survey will develop empirical information showing in depth what LSU Law graduates do, what law school subjects they use most in their work, and what skills and education LSU law grads need to succeed in their careers. 

“As we shape our program of study,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss about the survey, “it is critical that we find out how what we are teaching relates to the challenges our graduates actually encounter in the world beyond law school.”

“It is one thing to speculate about the tools that our students will need after law school and quite another to gather detailed data showing what our alumni really are doing. Our survey will span the spectrum of post-law school careers, from large firms to small firms, government service to corporations to public interest work, major cities to small towns,” said Weiss.

“I hope...


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New Annual Fund Leadership Announced
August 20, 2010

Annual Fund Announces New Leadership:  Larry Centola, Jr.  Steps Up as Chair; Christine Lipsey named Vice-Chair

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Larry Centola, Jr, Chair

Larry Centola, Jr. has moved into the Chair position of the Annual Fund for the Law Center.   He is been an active member of the Annual Fund and looks forward to leading the programs' growth and development. 

He is a member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees, and also serves on the executive committee of the American Inns of Court, John Boutall Chapter, which derives its members from LSU Law alumni and practitioners in the 24th JDC.  He is a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court's Committee on Bar Admissions, where he is director of Character and Fitness Section. He has had several positions in the LSBA and currently is on the panel for Arbitration of Fee Disputes. He is on the forming committee for the Senior Lawyer Section. In 2003, he received the President's Award.

Larry, a 1971 graduate of the Law...


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West to Lead Chancellor's Council; Page Named Vice-Chair
August 20, 2010

Paul Slocomb West Named Chair of the Chancellor's Council; Cyd Sheree Page Appointed Vice-Chair

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Paul Slocomb West, Chair

Paul West has stepped up as Chair for the Chancellor’s Council, after previously serving in the role as Vice-Chair.  He has worked diligently to support the program and to increase participation from alumni of the Law Center.  We welcome Paul as Chair, and look forward to his further involvement and his leadership.  He is also a member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees.

West is a shareholder in the Baton Rouge firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz,PC.  His concentrated area of practice is in gaming law.  He represents casino owners, operators, suppliers and financiers in all areas of gaming law, from regulatory to transactional to litigation.  He also has experience advising local governments on gaming issues.  Paul is a seasoned commercial litigator, and has handled numerous jury trials...


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Chancellor Tells 1Ls, “It’s All About Judgment”
August 19, 2010

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Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed 226 new 1Ls into the Law Center community at First-Year Orientation held on August 12–13.  “Today – here, now – is where it all starts,” said Weiss. His remarks focused on the importance of thinking critically and making sound, ethical professional judgments about the law and legal matters. 

Weiss discussed U.S. Supreme Court cases in the 1800s and a pivotal battle in military history to drive his points home.  “As for good legal judgment…a very wise lawyer once said to me that practicing law is all about knowing when to fight…You got know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em – know when to walk away and know when to run.”   

“All the legal training in the world is worthless if it leads you, in Judge Alvin B. Rubin’s words, to follow “impeccable chains of logic that lead inexorably to the wrong conclusion,”...


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