The latest news from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center




Photos of the 5 alumni honored as Distinguished Alumni



The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center is excited to announce its selection for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni awards. S. Gene Fendler and Frank Maraist were named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, and Timothy F. Daniels, Christine Lipsey, and John T. Nesser III have been named the Distinguished Achievement honorees. The five LSU Law alumni will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, March 22, at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans. Net proceeds benefit the Law Center's scholarship fund.


LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumna/us Award is given annually to alumni for rare distinction in professional achievement and loyalty to the LSU Law Center. The Distinguished Achievement awards recognize graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community




LSU Law graduates achieve state’s highest passage rate on 2018 Bar Exam

LSU Law Center graduates achieved the state’s highest passage rate among all examinees and among first time takers on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released Oct. 5 by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The results are for test takers who sat for the statewide bar examination in July 2018.


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Students successfully represent 8 clients in bids for early release

Students in the LSU Parole & Reentry Clinic recently represented six clients at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola and three clients at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center before the Louisiana Committee on Parole. The students were successful in eight of their nine cases, and those clients were granted early release.


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Space Law Moot Court team places as semifinalists in world competition

The LSU Law Center’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition team of Max Roberts and Zach Miller finished as semifinalists and one of the top four teams in the world at this year’s Space Law Moot. The world finals were held at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany.


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Maldonado, Marcanteli win 2018 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition

LSU Law students Michael Maldonado and Laura Marcanteli won the Fall 2018 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition on Oct. 26 at the LSU Law Center. The final round was judged by John W. deGravelles, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; Elizabeth Murrill, Solicitor General for the Louisiana Department of Justice; and William J. “Will” Crain, Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit.


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LSU Law named Best Value Law School for the 10th consecutive year

For the tenth consecutive year, the LSU Law Center has been named a Best Value Law School by the legal publication preLaw Magazine. LSU Law is ranked No. 18 in the latest figures, and it is the only Louisiana law school, public or private, included in the Best Value rankings.


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Veterans Advocacy Club hosts talk with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy


The LSU Law Veterans Advocacy Club will host U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Nov. 9 as he will discuss issues veterans face as they transition from service and how law students, practicing attorneys, and the community as a whole can assist on a local and national level. 


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Center for Civil Law Studies presents 41st Tucker Lecture


Dr. Harmathy Attila, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law of Eötvös University (Hungary) will deliver the 2018 Tucker Lecture on Nov. 8. He will discuss the development of law in a country under constant changes, addressing history, sociology, economics, political science, languages, arts, and civil law itself.







Nov. 13: Fall Open House


Nov. 21: Classes End



Nov. 26: Exams Begin



Professor Robert Lancaster testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights on Oct. 12 on “Barriers to Voting” in Louisiana [PDF] . Lancaster is Chair of the Louisiana State Advisory Committee to the Commission.


Professor Keith Hall presented “Frack Quakes? Facts and Law Relating to Induced Seismicity, Injection Disposal, and Fracking” at the Texas Bar Association’s Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Conference on Sept. 20 in Houston.


Professor Raff Donelson presented his paper “Moral Stability and Pragmatism” at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 17.


Professor Ken Levy is quoted by the Advocate for its article “After conviction of Brian Pope, question remains: Who is the Lafayette city marshal?”


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Alumni celebrate Reunion Days

LSU Law alumni from the classes of 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2008 gathered for their reunion ceremony on Oct. 19 and 20 at the Capitol Park Museum and LSU Law Center. A special announcement was made to honor Class of 1978 donors who raised $100,000 for an endowed scholarship, with a challenge fund established by the Honorable Beth Foote and the Honorable Ross Foote.


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Welcome new Dean's Council members

Jennifer Jones ‘81, Judge John Hodge ‘88 and Ted Casten ‘85 joined the Dean’s Council this month. David Abramson ‘92, Danny Cavell ‘80, John Derenbecker ‘86, Patrick McGoey ‘96, Mark Neal ‘96, Jim Roy ‘76, Mickey Simmons ‘59, Paul Strickland ‘80 and David Willenzik ‘71 renewed their long-standing memberships. A sincere thanks goes out to every member of the Dean’s Council. Your support of student tuition helps us attract and maintain a well-qualified student body.




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