Category Archives: Alumni
Congratulations to the Law Center’s American Bar Association Competition team of Robert Cavell, Caitlin Cline, Rome Gonsoulin, and Matthew Roth, who placed fifth in the nation at the Arbitration Competition’s national championships, which were held Jan. 20-23, 2016, at the American Bar Association’s headquarters in Chicago, IL.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today on a case presented by LSU Law alumni and former participants in the Center’s Juvenile Defense Clinical Legal Education program. LSU Law alums squared off on both sides of Montgomery v. Louisiana (case No. 14-280).
The Legal Ease, a podcast of the Louisiana Law Review, is now available free to alumni and the broader community. The Legal Ease is an academic podcast aimed at apprising legal students and professionals of relevant legal topics.
Some 140 second and third-year students turned out for the third-annual LSU Law Apprenticeship Week held January 4 -8, 2016. The program offers a variety of mini-courses aimed at providing students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience.
Professor Frank Maraist was known for asking his students, “Are you running with me?,” as a way of judging their comprehension and zeroing in on those suspected of losing track during his fast-paced lectures! In December, a group of former students, friends and colleagues, launched a campaign to name The Frank L. Maraist Lecture Hall (Room 110) in honor their teacher, mentor, friend and colleague. The steering committee, led by Ralph E. Kraft (’75), has been hard at work during the silent phase of the campaign, raising nearly $200,000 toward the $500,000 goal.
Leaders of the criminal justice system, the state and local legal community, along with concerned community members, engaged in a day-long discussion on criminal sentencing reform during the 2016 Louisiana Law Review’s symposium held on Friday, January 22, 2016. Entitled, Throw Away the Key: Criminal Sentencing Reform in the 21st Century, the symposium featured experts and legal scholars from across the nation.
Two candidates will interview next week for the position of Dean of the LSU Law Center. A series of meetings and talks with the LSU Law community and LSU administration are scheduled during the campus visits.
Candidate Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. will meet with the LSU Law community at a reception scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Union Square. Candidate Cynthia L. Fountaine will meet with the LSU Law community at a reception scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Union Square.
Professor Emeritus Thomas A. Harrell passed away on January 20, 2016. Professor Harrell was a Coif graduate of the Law Center, Class of 1951. Professor Harrell joined the Law Center and served on the faculty for twenty-three years, teaching courses in mineral rights (oil and gas), property, security devices, corporations, contracts, oil and gas taxation, law office practice, Civil Law Systems, oil and gas law seminars, and security in moveables (U.C.C. Art. 9).
John Bel Edwards was sworn in today as the 56th Governor of Louisiana. A 1999 graduate of the LSU Law Center, Edwards graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif and served on the Louisiana Law Review. Prior to his election as governor, Edwards served as the State Representative for Louisiana District 72.
Some 150 students, family members, friends, and colleagues gathered for the first annual, “Jog for Cheney Jo,” on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The event was held in honor of Cheney Joseph, long-time professor and Interim Co-Dean of the LSU Law Center, who passed away on December 18, 2015.