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August 2011

Law Center PILS Day of Service Set for Saturday, August 27
August 26, 2011

Join LSU Law students, faculty and staff for the Public Interest Law Society Day of Service set for Saturday, August 27.

Please report to the Law Center on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.   Service sites include Brownfields Elementary School, the Battered Woman’s Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity.   Limited slots available for the Habitat build.

Lunch will be provided for all participants. 

For more information:

Questions or comments should be directed to Arthur Kraatz, PILS Community Service Chair at

Come show your support and do some good for the Baton Rouge-area community!

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August 2011
August 16, 2011

August 14, 2011 - Professor Robert Lancaster, Director of Clinical Legal Education and the Singletary Professor of Professional Practice at the Law Center, has been named a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.  The Foundation works to improve the justice system and promotes equal justice under the law.  Professor Lancaster also serves as Secretary on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). 

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Class of 2014 Arrives on Campus
August 12, 2011

August 12, 2011 - The Class of 2014 arrived on the LSU Law campus yesterday for a two-day orientation, “making the transition from backpacks to briefcases,” remarked Chancellor Jack M. Weiss as he welcomed the class. 


Jake Henry, Director of Admissions, greeted some 241 students, one of the largest and most diverse classes in the history of the LSU Law Center. “This year’s applicant pool was very competitive, and the Law Center received more than 1,400 applications in an attempt to secure one of the seats that you are occupying right now,” said Henry.

The class boasts very strong Louisiana connections, while also representing a geographically diverse group of students from around the country and the world, according to the Director.  Students represent some 93 different colleges and universities, and 23 different states.  The median age of the class is 23, and within the class are undergraduate campus leaders, collegiate athletes, business...

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Chancellor Announces Appointment of H. Alston Johnson to Resident LSU Law Faculty, Effective January 2012
August 11, 2011

johnston.jpgChancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of H. Alston Johnson to the resident faculty of the LSU Law Center.  Subject to the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and the LSU System, the appointment will be effective in January, 2012 when Mr. Johnson retires from his twenty-seven years of service as a partner at the Phelps Dunbar law firm.

Beginning this spring, Johnson will teach a full course load and will direct the Law Center’s program of continuing legal education, formerly headed by Professor Emeritus Frank L. Maraist, who retired in July.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of our long time adjunct colleague, Alston Johnson, as a Professor of Professional Practice and Faculty Director of the Center of Continuing Professional Development,” said the Chancellor.  “In 1984, Alston resigned from the LSU Law faculty to open the Baton Rouge office of the Phelps Dunbar law firm. At Phelps Dunbar, he has been...

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Summer 2011
August 10, 2011

Assistant Professor Ken Levy and co-author Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Philosophy Professor at Duke University) recently published “Insanity Defenses” in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Criminal Law 299-334 (eds. John Deigh and David Dolinko, 2011).  The article offers a legal and philosophical analysis of both the insanity defense and the different versions of the insanity defense that have developed in the United States.


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