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March 21, 2019

LSU Law students take on faculty in 2019 Cheney Joseph Memorial Charity Mock Trial on March 28

2019 Cheney Joseph Memorial Students vs. Faculty Charity Mock Trial

Sponsored by the LSU Law Board of Advocates

March 28, 2019
6:00 p.m.

McKernan Auditorium
LSU Law Center
1 East Campus Drive

Parking is available at LSU Union Square, located on East Campus Drive next to the Law Center.

LSU Law’s faculty have been subpoenaed to appear as defense counsel in the 2019 Cheney Joseph Memorial Students vs. Faculty Charity Mock Trial on March 28. The trial will be held in the McKernan Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Board of Advocates is hosting the mock trial in honor of the late LSU Law professor, Cheney Joseph.

Joseph taught at the Law Center from 1972 until his passing in 2015. In that time, he was recognized as a Distinguished Professor of Law, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and even served as Interim Co-Dean.

Cheney Joseph was known for his acute knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. In homage to his work, the mock trial will handle a criminal case: State of Louisiana v. Conrad Grayson.

For the purposes of the trial, the participating faculty will serve as the defense. Students, selected by the BOA Executive Board from the pool of Board of Advocates members, will serve as the prosecutors.

“We expect your appearance, and wish you no luck whatsoever in your preparations,” said the subpoena, issued by Board of Advocates President Sohil Sharedalal, to the LSU Law faculty.

The event is spearheaded by 3L student, Kaylyn Blosser, the 2018-2019 Director of Board of Advocates.

Being an avid competitor, Blosser has participated in 2018 Fall Flory, 2018 Tullis Competition, multiple external competitions, and, most recently, a competition put on by the American Bar Association in Washington D.C.

Blosser felt convicted to create more courtroom opportunities, and sought out to establish another competition where students could practice their skills.

In association with the Board of Advocates, Blosser worked with the LSU Law Association to bring back the spring mock trial, which was held only once before. This year, it was decided to dedicate the trial to Cheney Joseph’s legacy.

The trial is open to the public and all proceeds will go toward LSU Law’s general scholarship fund. There will be an entrance fee and a raffle opportunity to win a seat in the jury.

Come enjoy an exciting mock trial while supporting a worthwhile cause.

WATCH NOW: Live press conference from the attorneys for the prosecution in the upcoming Joseph Memorial Students vs. Faculty Charity Mock Trial:

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March 18, 2019

NATIONAL CHAMPS! LSU Law students win Lefkowitz National Trademark Law Moot Court Competition

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Briana Falcon, second from right, and Joe Heaton, right, are presented the Lefkowitz National Trademark Law Moot Court Competition championship.

LSU Law students Briana Falcon and Joe Heaton were crowned national champions of the Lefkowitz National Trademark Law Moot Court Competition at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 17.

Falcon and Heaton, both from Baton Rouge, took home the First Place Team award, along with awards for Best Oralist Team and second place Best Brief at the competition. The LSU Law Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court team is coached by Professor Lee Ann Lockridge and Advocacy Fellow Annie Scardulla.

LSU Law swept best brief, best oralists, and first place in February at the Dallas regional rounds, and faced off against the other 11 national finalists over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

Eighty teams from law schools across the U.S. participated in the Lefkowitz Moot’s regional rounds this year. The Lefkowitz National Trademark Law Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA).

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March 13, 2019

Energy & Sustainability Moot Court team makes the Final Four; ABA Appellate team makes regional semifinals and tours US Supreme Court

LSU Law’s moot court teams enjoyed a very successful weekend from March 8-10, and the ABA Appellate team members had the rare chance to go behind the scenes at the Supreme Court of the United States.

National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition Team Are Top 4 in the Nation

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Energy Moot Court Team and Coach

Congratulations to the Law Center’s National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition team, who advanced into the Final Four in this year’s competition. Team members Daniel Bosch, Erick Norem, and Marina Wilson faced off against teams from 29 other law schools from across the United States, and the LSU Law team advanced through a series of elimination brackets into the National Semifinals. The Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition team is coached by Charlotte Goudeau (LSU Law ’15), who is an attorney for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

This year’s Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition problem asked students to brief challenging issues, including the applicability of the Clean Water Act to coal combustion residuals from coal-fired power plants and whether rules adopted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that govern electricity utility companies’ rate schedules are arbitrary and capricious and/or unconstitutional regulatory takings.

Moran-Thrash American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition “Gold” Team are Regional Semifinalists

 Congratulations to the Law Center’s Thomas J. Moran and Erin Moran Thrash ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team (NAAC) “Gold” Team – students Daniel Price, Mary Allison Mitchell, and Kaylyn Blosser – who advanced into the Semifinals (Round 4) of the Washington, D.C., regional rounds of the NAAC. The NAAC is the American Bar Association’s appellate moot court competition and is one of the “Big 3” moot court competitions held nationwide each year. The ABA regional rounds are held in six cities across the United States, and 146 teams from 88 different law schools participated in the NAAC this year. LSU Law’s Moran-Thrash ABA NAAC teams are coached by Prof. Kathy Flynn Simino (LSU Law ’87).

The Law Center’s ABA NAAC teams are supported in part by the generous gift of Thomas J. Moran and Erin Moran Thrash (LSU Law ’82).

In addition to their success at the D.C. regional rounds, both of our Moran-Thrash ABA NAAC teams were lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the United States Supreme Court. Team members Daniel Price, Kaylyn Blosser, Mary Allison Mitchell, Briana Reid, John Griffin, and Indigo Diekmann, along with Advocacy Fellow Annie Scardulla, were taken throughout the Supreme Court building – they visited the chambers of Associate Justice Samuel Alito and also had the chance to visit many of the Court’s facilities (including the Court’s own gym and basketball court, a/k/a the “Highest Court in the Land”) that are not generally open to the public. Each team member also had the opportunity to stand behind the lectern in the Supreme Court courtroom. The team ended their tour by visiting the statue of Chief Justice John Marshall, where each team member rubbed the statue’s foot for good luck.

The team received this very rare opportunity courtesy of LSU Law alum J. Benjamin Aguiñaga, who is currently a law clerk for Justice Alito. Ben was a very successful member of LSU Law’s moot court program – he won the 2013 Tullis Moot Court Competition, 2013 Opening Statement Competition, and 2015 Dean’s Cup Competition, and was a highly successful member of the ABA NAAC team, winning two best brief awards and a best individual oralist award. ABA NAAC coach Prof. Kathy Flynn Simino arranged the tour with Ben for the team.


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