The Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, presented the Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor of Law Lecture on February 4 at the LSU Law Center. The lecture, “A Dream Realized or a Dream Deferred: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” took place in the McKernan Auditorium at the Law Center. As the Rubin Visiting Professor of Law, Chief Judge Stewart also co-taught a Constitutional Law I class with Professor John Devlin and participated in a panel discussion moderated by Vice Chancellor Raymond Diamond, Professor Margaret Thomas and Professor Michael Coenen.
Scott Anderson and Mark Boling presented, “Sustainable Oil and Gas Development,” at the annual Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the LSU Law Center. The Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law was established through a generous gift from the Liskow & Lewis law firm. The Professorship provides funds to bring distinguished scholars in energy law and closely related fields to the Law Center on an annual basis as part of the programming of the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. Anderson and Boling also participated in classroom visits and student meetings as part of the visiting professorship.
LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced on September 12, 2014, an $800,000 gift from the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation to the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. The gift establishes the J. Bennett Johnston Energy Law Endowment Fund in honor of Senator Johnston and will support student internships and field placements in energy law and policy. The fund will serve as a challenge fund for the Law Center’s $20 million Energy Law Center fundraising campaign. The internships and field placements created as a result of the gift will allow LSU Law students to be placed in prestigious energy-related positions in government, industry and nonprofit organizations. These new experiential learning opportunities, a hallmark of the newly created Certificate in Energy Law and Policy, will afford students opportunities to expand their knowledge of the practical aspects of energy law and policy. Joining Chancellor Weiss for the gift announcement were Senator Johnston, a 1956 graduate of the Law Center; Mary Johnston Norris, daughter of the Senator and Chair of the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation; David Norriss, member of the Johnston Science Foundation; Ryan Crespino, V.P. for Finance and Administration, Greater New Orleans Foundation; and Daryl Owen (’81) and Charles McBride, former staff members during the Johnston years in Washington, D.C..
The LSU Law Center welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Michelle Shamblin Stratton, the Law Center's first-ever U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, to the campus on September 6 and 7 for two busy days of educational events. The agenda for the Justice and Ms. Shamblin included student forums, classroom teaching, and meetings with students, leaders of student organizations, and the faculty.
LSU Law graduates of "51 Years or Better" gathered for the annual Les Avocats reunion on August 15 at the Faculty Club. The Class of 1961 is the newest class to be added to this distinguished group of alumni. The attendees enjoyed seeing old classmates and reminiscing about their law school days.
On April 14, 2011, Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed 130 scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to the Faculty Club. The annual event honors those who helped fund scholarships at the Law Center, and the students who have benefited from that generosity. The reception also provides the Law Center an opportunity to say "thank you" to our donors, and, of course, to acknowledge our wonderful students. Chancellor Weiss also recognized the generous donors who have recently established scholarships. Some 27 new endowed and annual scholarships have been established since our last reception in 2009. Thank you to all who attended this lovely event, and for your support of the LSU Law Center Scholarship Programs.
The annual Chancellor's Council dinner was held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on March 25, 2011. This event recognizes alumni and friends who have given unrestricted gifts of $1000 or more to teh Law Center. The Council and the Law Center also use the occassion to thank and acknowledge major gift donors to the Law Center. Annual contributions from Chancellor's Council members are used to support a variety of student and faculty activities, academic programs and alumni services. Student financial aid, facility and technology improvements, as well as other initiatives that enhance the standing of LSU Law, would not be possible without the generosity of our Chancellor's Council members and major gift donors. Six retiring LSU Law faculty members were honored during the dinner. Those faculty members honored were Howard L'Enfant, Frank Maraist, Patrick Martin, Warren Mengis, Kenneth Murchison and Katherine Spaht. Video tributes documented their outstanding service and careers. These professors have made remarkable impressions on many students' and colleagues' lives over the years, and they will be missed. On behalf of the Chancellor's Council and the Law Center, we wish them well in their future endeavors.