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Professor Bob Sloan passed away untimely on June 19, 2020. He was the first Director of the Laborde Energy Law Center at LSU Law, which he helped design and implement our thriving Energy Law program. He was a keen supporter of our international programs. Beyond worldwide expertise, culture, and experience, he brought to our community a selfless ability to touch everyone he met, particularly the students, and helped them bring out the best of their professional and human abilities. He was a mentor to many, particularly our international students. A humanist and philanthropist, he and his wife Dauphine have been wonderful supporters of French studies at LSU, during and after his appointment at LSU. May his loving memory keep guiding his many friends and former students at LSU.

He is fondly remembered by Professor Olivier Moréteau, Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies:

“Bob visited me at early or odd times of the day and was otherwise to be found in the student lounge or reading room in the library, always available to anyone. A five-minute talk could last one hour without us noticing. I miss our wonderful multilingual conversations on French history and literature, world affairs, on the finesse of distinctions between French and American language and culture. We together gave several presentations to law students on international career opportunities, encouraging students to keep learning foreign languages or start doing so. His energy, enthusiasm, and optimism were congenial. Although he had a deep passion for history he was future oriented and not a fossil, and so were his views in energy law. He illustrated how a dynamic accomplished person can be generous with time and friendship. We miss him at LSU, and his shining smile will illuminate me forever.”

Our sympathy goes to his wife, children and family.

Obituary:

Robert Daniel Sloan, age 72 died at his New Orleans residence on Friday, June 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He is the husband of Dauphine de Montlaur Sloan; the father of Alexandra Sloan Kelly, Caroline Ellen Sloan, and Edward Guy Sloan; and the father-in-law of Joe Kelly and Andrew Joseph Eckstein. He is the brother of Barbara Goodman, Katharine Sloan, and Richard Sloan; and devoted grandfather of Sasha Sloan Kelly and Margot Sloan Eckstein. He was preceded in death by his parents, Belle Levin Sloan and Noah Herman Sloan; his paternal grandparents, Samuel and Rose Sloan; his maternal grandparents, Ben and Ida Levin; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Guy and Adelaide de Montlaur; and his brother-in-law Stephen Gallup. Sloan grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where he was a basketball star at Bowen High School; received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and received his JD degree from Harvard Law School. His distinguished career took him and his family around the world, including Washington, DC, Rome, and Brussels. At various points in his career, he was General Counsel to the Minority of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; counsel at the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser; General Counsel of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), the ten-nation peacekeeping organization which supervises the security arrangements under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty; Managing Partner of the Brussels office of the McKenna & Cuneo law firm; Vice President and General Counsel at General Electric Industrial Systems; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Energy Corporation; Professor of Practice and Director of the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center at Louisiana State Law Center; and finally, Professor of Law and Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School, where he received the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award last year. People often said, “Bob Sloan could meet a friend for coffee in any city in the world.” Funeral services were held at the Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel in New Orleans on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 with Rabbi Emeritus Edward Paul Cohn of Temple Sinai officiating. Interment will follow in the Trégon cemetery, Beaussais-sur-mer, France. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Congregation Temple Sinai, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), or the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). Condolences may be shared online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

See also the tribute by Tulane University.

Mariano Vitetta with his wife Natalia, also a lawyer, and Prof. Olivier Moréteau in the rare book room at the Louisiana Law Library, New Orleans

Mariano Vitetta with his wife Natalia, also a lawyer, and Prof. Olivier Moréteau in the rare book room at the Louisiana Law Library, New Orleans

LSU Law and the Center of Civil Law Studies welcome Mariano Vitetta, who started in June 2020 in a twelve-month position as CCLS Research Associate after a very successful LL.M. year with us. We wish him and his family another very successful year with us.

Mariano Vitetta obtained a degree as a certified legal translator (English-Spanish) and a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University (LSU). He is now working as a research associate for the Center of Civil Law Studies at LSU Law Center, under the direction of Professor Olivier Moréteau. He is primarily responsible for the translation of the Louisiana Civil Code from English into Spanish. He has taught English-Spanish legal translation (CAECE University), legal writing and drafting in Spanish (Argentine Catholic University), and introduction to the common law tradition for law students (Austral University). Combining his legal and translation training, Mariano has been working for more than 15 years as a legal translator for law firms, companies, and academic institutions. His most recent published translations include Por qué el derecho importa (Alon Harel, Marcial Pons 2018) and Fostering Innovation for Agriculture 4.0: A Comprehensive Plant Germplasm System (Miguel Ángel Rapela, Springer 2019). His academic research focuses on the connections between language and law. An advocate of plain language, during 2019–2020 he has been doing research on the connection between plain language and the codification movements in the 18th century in civil-law systems. He plans to complete a Ph.D. in Law focusing on the legal foundations of a right to understand to support plain-language campaigns as a matter of human rights.

Journal of Civil Law Studies, cover of volume 12 number 2

Volume 12, Number 2, was published online in March 2020. Articles offer a historical and dynamic panorama of Hungarian law, with Professor Emeritus Attila Harmathy as a guide (Tucker Lecture 2018). You will explore the #MeToo movement and its legal implications in France and the U.S. with Anne Wagner and Sarah Marusek. This issue also includes a note on the Louisiana Digest of 1808, and discusses Brexit matters under the angle of a largely unknown Scottish institution. Substantial book reviews and case notes conclude the volume.

The Editors call the readers’ attention to the remarkable LSU student contribution to our Civil Law in Louisiana feature, with six case notes prepared by students under faculty supervision. This is meant to serve the Louisiana legal community while showcasing Louisiana jurisprudence, making it more visible to the world.

Click here to access the Journal of Civil Law Studies.

The Journal of Civil Law Studies welcomes submissions for volumes 13 and 14: email moreteau@lsu.edu.

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The Journal of Civil Law Studies (www.law.lsu.edu/jcls) will host a colloquium on the opportunities that distance teaching offers for law students and professors in the current global context. Speakers will share insights and perspectives from different jurisdictions, across continents:

  • Xiangshun Ding, Renmin University (China)
  • Olivier Moréteau, Louisiana State University (USA)
  • Nadia Nedzel, Southern University Law Center (USA)
  • Agustín Parise, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
  • Christa Rautenbach, North-West University (South Africa)
  • Michel Séjean, University Bretagne Sud (France)
  • Fernando Toller, Austral University (Argentina)

The event is free and open to the public; and it will take place via Zoom, on 14 May 2020, from 15:00-17:00hs (CEST). Registration is required by sending an email to jcls@lsu.edu.

The Journal of Civil Law Studies is a peer-reviewed, online and open-access periodical, published by the Center of Civil Law Studies of Louisiana State University. First published in 2008, it promotes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the civil law in Louisiana and in the world.

Professor Olivier Moréteau taught his annual Comparative Tort Law class in the LL.M. in International and European Business Law this week, at Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France, November 25-29, an intensive 18-hour class. He also held meetings on legal studies in the United States, presenting the LSU LL.M. in Comparative Law, at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon (two sessions) and at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence. 

Professor Moréteau with his Comparative Tort Law Students after an intensive week (18 hours)

On December 9, 2019, Professor Olivier Moréteau was the guest speaker of Friends of French Studies at LSU at a campus event taking place at the French House. A Board Member of FFS since his arrival at LSU in fall 2005, Dr. Moréteau holds a courtesy appointment at the Department of French Studies. He discussed with many enthusiastic  attendees his translation work of the Louisiana Civil Code conducted at the Center of Civil Law Studies, making it available in English and in French on the web and in print (click here to visit the Louisiana Civil Code Online).The Louisiana Civil Code is again available in French, something that had not happened since 1825.Professor Moreteau presenting at the LSU French House Professor Moreteau presenting at the LSU French House Crowd of attendees at the LSU French House Poster announcing Dr. Moreteau's presentation on the translation of the Civil Code

On October 17, 2019, Professor Moréteau made a short visit to Panama City where he was the guest of Dr. Oscar Leon, Rector of the Quality Leadership University (QLU). His Excellency Mario Jaramillo, the former Ambassador of Panama to the United States, attended the visit. An LSU graduate, Ambassador Jaramillo facilitates the development of a strong cooperation between LSU and Panama.

QLU has a long experience of hosting North American and international graduate programs, making them available on site in Panama. The visit was an opportunity to explore the feasibility of outsourcing the LSU LL.M. in Comparative Law program to Panama. In addition to QLU officers, several prominent Panama lawyers also participated in an open discussion, including two LSU Law graduates, Diego Anguizola, J.D./D.C.L. 2015 and Gustavo Gordon, LL.M. 2006. It is hoped that “a winning formula will come up,” to quote Ambassador Jaramillo.

Left to right, Dean Marcela Reyes, Ambassador Mario Jaramillo, Rector Oscar Leon, Diego Anguizola, Olivier Moréteau, and Gustavo Gordon

Left to right, Dean Marcela Reyes, Ambassador Mario Jaramillo, Rector Oscar Leon, Diego Anguizola, Olivier Moréteau, and Gustavo Gordon

Professor David Bosco, the former director of the Business Law Institute at the Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Law, visited at LSU Law to teach a one-credit course on American and European Antitrust Law, from September 30 to October 11, 2019, as part of the Distinguished Global Visitors Program. On October 8, he gave a presentation as part of the Faculty Scholarship Program, addressing “European Antitrust vs Tech Giants, An Inspiration for the United States?”. Professor Olivier Moréteau thanked Professor David Bosco for having channeled nine excellent Aix-Marseille candidates to our LL.M. program in the past three years.

Photo of Professor Olivier Moreteau and Professor David Bosco in front of the Faculty Club at LSU

 

Congratulations to Gabriel Colombani, Henri Haguet and Nancy Maurice, LL.M. 2019, and Laura Potvain, LL.M. 2018, for passing the New York Bar in July 2019. Congratulations to Carole Scieller, LL.M. 2018, who passed in February 2019. This year again, though with the largest number in the program’s history, our LL.M. proves to be a great gateway to the New York Bar, with LSU candidates reaching a 100% success rate, well above the 40-45% average rate for foreign trained lawyers.

Nancy Maurice, LL.M. 2019, currently working at the Koerner Law Firm in New Orleans, celebrates her success at the New York Bar with Professor Olivier Moreteau

Nancy Maurice, LL.M. 2019, currently working at the Koerner Law Firm in New Orleans, celebrates her success at the New York Bar with Professor Olivier Moréteau

On September 26 and 27, Professor Olivier Moréteau was a guest of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, to present at the Symposium on Law and Language, organized by the International Association of Legal Science and the Netherlands Comparative Law Association. He presented on “Two Centuries of Legal Translation in Louisiana: Development and Promotion of the Civil Law in English,” explaining how in the course of the past two centuries, Louisiana has contributed a legal terminology to express the civil law in English, and why this terminology must be preferred to common law terminology when producing or translating legal texts conveying concepts that belong to the civil law tradition.

Prof. Moreteau presenting at the Law and Language Symposium, Maastricht, Sept 27, 2019

Prof. Moréteau presenting at the Law and Language Symposium, Maastricht, Sept 27, 2019