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John Randall Trahan

Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law and Saul Litvinoff Distinguished Professor of Law

Recent Scholarship

During the past year Professor Trahan has continued to teach, to lecture, and to write about the “civil law tradition”, which forms part of Louisiana’s unique legal heritage. This work included presentations made at the bicentennial celebration of the founding of the federal district court of New Orleans and at a conference on the law of “registry” convened by the law center’s Center for Civil Law Studies. In addition, Professor Trahan has continued to participate in a variety of activities designed to improve the Louisiana legal system and to assist its bench and bar.  First, he served in a number of capacities with the Louisiana State Law Institute.  He was appointed to the Council as one of the representatives of the LSU Law Center and then was named by the Council as the Reporter for the Birth Certificates” Committee, which has been given the responsibility for revising the parts of Louisiana’s “vital statistics” law that pertain to “filiation”. He also serves on the “Persons” Committee, which is now nearing completion of projets for the revision of Louisiana’s law of “parental authority” and “tutorship”, and on the “Surrogacy” Committee, which is at work revising Louisiana’s law pertaining to the enforceability of gestational and genetic surrogacy agreements.  At seminars around the state sponsored by the Louisiana Center of Continuing Professional Development and at conferences sponsored by the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association and by the Louisiana Support Enforcement Association, he lectured on recent developments in family law and in the law of property, sales, and leases.

Brief Biography

Professor Trahan received his J.D. with high honors from Louisiana State University in 1989, where he was the Articles Editor of the Law Review and a member of The Order of the Coif. Before joining the LSU Law Center faculty in 1995, he served as a law clerk to the late Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, for one year and then practiced law with the firm Phelps Dunbar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for five years. A “civil law” specialist, he presently teaches Persons & Family, Property, Security Devices, and Successions & Donations and has taught Western Legal Traditions, Obligations, and Matrimonial Regimes, and is co-author, with Professor Kenneth Murchison, of Western Legal Traditions & Systems: Louisiana Impact, the textbook used in the Western Legal Traditions course. He participates actively in law reform work as a member of the Persons Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute and regularly lectures at the “Recent Developments” seminars put on by the Louisiana Center of Continuing Professional Development.

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B.A., 1982, Louisiana State University
J.D., 1989, Louisiana State University

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Office: 328
Phone: 225/578-8701

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