Melissa T. LonegrassHarriett S. Daggett - Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law and Bernard Keith Vetter Professor in Louisiana Civil Law Studies
In her fourth year at the Law Center, Professor Lonegrass continued to teach in the area of Louisiana civil law, including courses in Western Legal Traditions: Louisiana Impact; and Successions, Donations, and Trusts. She served as the Chair of the Bar Exam Review and Revision Committee. In addition, Professor Lonegrass continued to serve as the Law Center's appointee to the Advisory Panel to the Louisiana State Bar Association's Committee on Bar Admissions. She further continued her service to the Louisiana State Law Institute as a Council Member, a member of the Counterletters Committee, and a member of the Coordinating, Semantics, Style, and Publications Committee. She continued her involvement in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools as a member of the New Scholars Committee. She was also elected Secretary of the Central States Law Schools Association.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, Professor Lonegrass’ article Finding Room for Fairness in Formalism—The Sliding Scale Approach to Unconscionability was accepted for publication in Volume 44 of the Loyola Chicago Law Journal. Professor Lonegrass presented the article twice during the 2011-2012 academic year—first at the Central States Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (Toledo, Ohio) in October of 2011, and second at the International Contract Conference (San Diego, California) in March of 2012. Finally, Professor Lonegrass organized and moderated a panel titled Planning for Student Outcome Measurements—Course Design, Implementation, and Ideas at the 2012 Southeastern Law Schools Association Annual Conference (Amelia Island, Florida). Professor Lonegrass is currently finalizing an article addressing the relationship between the Louisiana Civil Code and other sources of statutory law in Louisiana, titled The Anomalous Interaction Between Code and Statute—Lessor’s Warranty and Statutory Waiver.
In Fall 2008, Melissa Lonegrass joined the Law Center faculty as an assistant professor of law. Professor Lonegrass earned her B.S. in psychology from Millsaps College in 2000, where she graduated magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2005, where she finished first in her class. While in law school, Professor Lonegrass was the senior notes and comments editor of the Tulane Law Review, Volume 79, and was selected as a member of The Order of the Coif. Upon Graduation, Professor Lonegrass earned the Dean’s Medal, the Faculty Medal, and the Civil Law Studies Award. After earning her law degree, Professor Lonegrass worked as an associate at the law firm of Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore L.L.C. in New Orleans, where she was engaged in general civil litigation with a concentration on products liability and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of Civil Law, Comparative Law, and a wide range of areas of Louisiana law.
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