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September 2019

Deadline to apply for spring 2020 clinics and field placements is Oct. 4; informational meeting taking place Sept. 23

September 19, 2019

Applications for spring 2020 clinics and field placements are now open, and interested second- and third-year students are encouraged to get more details on opportunities at an informational meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, and apply before the Oct. 4 deadline. Experiential opportunities at the Law Center provide students with the opportunity to earn credit while learning through practice. For example, LSU Law Prosecution Clinic students have the opportunity to serve as special assistant district attorneys for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office, assisting with felony matters and prosecuting misdemeanors. Students enrolled in the Civil Mediation Clinic mediate cases in…
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Ferrell named LSU Law Interim Director of Career Services and Employer Relations

September 18, 2019

Gwendolyn Ferrell has been named Interim Director of Career Services and Employer Relations at the LSU Law Office of Career Services. Ferrell joined LSU Law in October 1999 as Assistant Director for Career Counseling and has served as Associate Director for Career Services since August 2004. Through August of last year, she also served for nearly three years as LSU Title IX Investigator. “Gwen is incredibly dedicated to the success of our students and the Career Services Office,” says LSU Law Dean Tom Galligan. “She will be a fantastic interim director.” Prior to joining LSU Law, Ferrell served in administrative…
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LSU Law offering second-year students pro bono notary services for bar exam documents

September 18, 2019

The LSU Law Clinic, Legal Writing faculty and the Career Services Office are teaming up to offer pro bono notary services to all second-year students who are completing their documents for the Louisiana Bar Exam or other state bar exam. To access services, students must bring their driver’s license, passport or military identification, and must have printed all of their documents to be notarized in advance. It's also important that students do not sign their documents in advance, as they must be signed in the presence of the notary. Here's how second-year students can access notary services from each provider:…
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5 LSU Law students share lessons learned from summer law clerk program

September 18, 2019

Time management skills for working thoroughly and efficiently on multiple projects at once. How to overcome the fear of making mistakes. The importance of quality legal writing. Tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance. These are just some of the valuable lessons that five LSU Law students learned while working at Taylor Porter as part of the firm’s summer law clerk program. “The clerk program helped show us how what we have learned in the classroom applies in the courtroom and in the office,” says Eric Morvant. “It helped show us how academia balances with the practical side of the…
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LSU Law thanks Pedrami for eight years of service as Director of Career Services and Employer Relations

September 18, 2019

After serving as Director of Career Services and Employer Relations at the LSU Law Office of Career Services for the last eight years, Erin Pedrami is leaving the Law Center at the end of September to work full time for her law firm, which she launched in October 2018. “Thanks to Erin for her service to the LSU Law Center and particularly to your students,” says LSU Law Dean Tom Galligan. “We wish her all the best in her new endeavor.” Prior to joining the LSU Law Center in July 2011, Pedrami was an advertising and marketing lawyer for an…
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LSU Law celebrates Constitution Day

September 17, 2019

To formally honor and celebrate the Sept. 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America, lawmakers formally established Sept. 17 as Constitution Day with the passage of an amendment in the 2004 omnibus spending bill. Prior to then, the day was known as Citizenship Day. And Constitution Day is not merely a holiday in name only. The law establishing Constitution Day also mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions and all federal agencies provide educational programming on the history of the U.S. Constitution. For this year's special Constitution Day lecture LSU Law is pleased to welcome…
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3 LSU Law students headed to Houston Marine & Energy Insurance Conference

September 13, 2019

Three LSU Law students are traveling to Texas this weekend to attend the Houston Marine and Energy Insurance Conference, which annually attracts top talent in the marine, energy insurance and admiralty law industries. The HMEI conference will serve as an opportunity for students who are interested in working in the field to network and learn about practicing in maritime. Admiralty and maritime practitioners will be in attendance to share advice and answer questions from students and professionals. The group will be led by Daniel Bosch, president of the Maritime and Admiralty Law Society, who jumped on the opportunity after HMEI…
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LSU Law Center welcomes new faculty members

September 12, 2019

The LSU Law Center has welcomed two new faculty members to campus: Clare Ryan, Assistant Professor of Law; and Pedro Gerson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Professional Practice. Before joining the LSU Law Center faculty, Ryan clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as a Human Rights Fellow and law clerk at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Ryan’s research and teaching focuses on human rights and family law. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in the Columbia Journal of Transnational…
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LSU Law Center welcomes first student mental health professional

September 12, 2019

LSU Law students now have access to free mental health consultation and therapy services at the LSU Law Center from Catherine Seemann, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Seemann joins LSU Law with more than a decade of experience in providing counseling and wellness services, having most recently served as a social worker and support coordinator at the LSU Health Early Intervention Clinic in Baton Rouge. Seemann’s hiring marks a historic first for the LSU Law Center. While law students previously had access to mental health and wellness services at the LSU Student Health Center, they now have direct access, by…
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LSU Law alumni honored with Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist awards

September 11, 2019

Two LSU Law Center alumni are among those being honored with the prestigious Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist award from The Emerge Center and The Emerge Foundation. Each year since 1971, the awards have been given to a class of individuals who give of their time and talents to organizations across our community, above and beyond volunteer requirements, for the betterment of the greater Baton Rouge area. The LSU Law Center alumni included in this year's class are Taylor Porter Partner Harry J. “Skip” Philips Jr. (’83) and Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens Partner Darrel J. Papillion (’94). There are very…
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11 LSU Law alumni make LSU 100 list of fastest-growing Tiger-led businesses

September 9, 2019

Eleven LSU Law alumni from five companies are included on this year’s LSU 100 list of the fastest-growing Tiger-led businesses. Now in its ninth year, the LSU 100 is a highly competitive program that identifies, ranks and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing businesses in the world that are either owned or led by LSU graduates. To qualify for the list, companies must have been in business for at least five years and have revenue of at least $100,000 for the previous three years. Companies must also either have an LSU graduate who owns at least 50% of the business; or who…
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Professor Michele Graziadei delivers 42nd John H. Tucker Jr. Lecture in Civil Law

September 6, 2019

LSU Law students, faculty and alumni filled the McKernan Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 5, to hear Professor Michele Graziadei of the University of Turin—Italy deliver the 42nd John H. Tucker Jr. Lecture in Civil Law, presented by the the Center of Civil Law Studies. Following a warm introduction by LSU Law Professor Olivier Moréteau, Graziadei discussed the European Court of Justice, its various uses of comparative law, and the role comparative law plays in the development of ECJ jurisprudence. A professor in the Department of Law at the University of Turin, where he has been teaching comparative law since 2008,…
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