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Second-Year Law Student to Present Paper at University of Mississippi’s First “Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South” Conference in April
Jessica Carter, a second-year LSU Law student, will present her paper, “The Criminal Justice System is the New Slave Trade: Born into it, Living through it, But does true freedom exist?” at the University of Mississippi’s first “Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South” conference in April.

As a first-time presenter at the conference, Carter said, “I am nervous, but honored to be surrounded by people with a similar goal of finding a sustainable solution to the mass incarceration epidemic.”

A native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Carter said, “I have always wanted to attend law school and have the opportunity to tailor my experience around my passion for public interest.” Prior to attending LSU Law Center, Carter spent two years working for the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi. While based in Jackson, Carter monitored the juvenile detention facilities across Mississippi and their compliance with consent decrees.

Carter is currently an extern for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson (’69). She previously had an externship with the Innocence Project in New Orleans. Carter is a member of PILS and is a Research Assistant to Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Katherine Macfarlane.

Wednesday, Mar. 26 -
LSU Law Student Awarded McGlinchey Stafford 2014 1L Diversity Fellowship
McGlinchey Stafford has awarded LSU Law student Mahogane D. Reed the 2014 1L Diversity Fellowship award, an honor given each year to a first year law student. Reed was chosen for the award because of her high academic honors and her dedication to the law. She is a member of the Black Law Student Association, the Public Interest Law Society, and has worked as a legal advocate with the Iris Domestic Violence Center.

A native of Austin, Texas, Reed is a graduate of LSU A&M where she majored in Political Science. While in college, Reed was on the Dean’s list, named a National Black Scholar and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

The 2014 Diversity Fellowship includes a six week paid summer associate position in the firm’s Baton Rouge office, a $5,000 scholarship and formal mentoring by McGlinchey Stafford attorneys throughout the recipient’s law school career. As the 2014 Diversity Fellow, Reed will also participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Retreat which brings together diverse law students from around the country to learn about interview skills, transitioning from law school into practice, and the state of diversity in the legal profession. The program also focuses on the value of networking, building relationships and interacting with general counsel and managing partners of the LCLD member organizations nationwide.

Thursday, Mar. 27 -
French Influences on the Civil Law in English to be the topic for the Tucker Lecture, April 10
The Center for Civil Law Studies (CCLS) of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center will present the 37th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law on Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center. Judge Nicholas Kasirer of the Court of Appeal of Quebec will present, “That Montreal Sound: The Influence of French Legal Ideas and the French Language on the Civil Law Expressed in English.” Drawing on insights taken from scholarship in comparative law, legal bilingualism and translation studies, the speaker seeks to evaluate the variable character of the phenomenon on the Civil Law in English within the French legal tradition.

A reception will follow the lecture. To register, please email ccls@law.lsu.edu or call 225-578-7831.

Nicholas Kasirer is a graduate of University College (B.A. (hons)) at the University of Toronto, McGill University (Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws) and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (D.E.A. 3e cycle). A member of the Bar of Québec since 1987, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal on July 29, 2009.

Judge Kasirer began his career as a law clerk to Justice Jean Beetz of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1989, he joined the Faculty of Law at McGill University and was appointed the James McGill Professor of Law in 2002. In 2003, Nicholas Kasirer was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill and served in that position until his appointment to the bench in 2009.

Over the course of his career, he was awarded several prizes including the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau, the Hessel Yntema Prize of the American Society of Comparative Law, the David Johnston Medal from McGill University and the John W. Durnford Teaching Prize from its Faculty of Law. He was elected a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2006 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke in 2012. Justice Kasirer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The LSU Law Center’s Tucker Lecture Series is held each year in honor of Colonel John H. Tucker, Jr., a notable legal scholar and philanthropist. Professor Olivier Moréteau, Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies and Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair, guides the series. The CCLS was established in 1965 to promote the study of the civil law system – its history, structure, and principles. The mission is to facilitate a better understanding of civil law jurisdictions in Louisiana and continental Europe and Latin America. The CCLS also promotes legal education by sponsoring foreign students who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity to study a mixed legal system and American students who wish to expose themselves to other legal systems.

The 37th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law will be the keynote of a two-day international conference organized by the CCLS on April 10-11, discussing, in English and in French, The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project: Enhancing Visibility and Promoting the Civil Law in English. This event, sponsored by the Partner University Fund, will attract world specialists of jurilinguistics. The Tucker Lecture and the conference papers will be published in the Journal of Civil law Studies.

Monday, Mar. 31 -
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