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January 2009

Update Your Directory Information Today
January 30, 2009

Many of you may have already been contacted via email to update your information for our new LSU Law Alumni Directory. The directory will contain complete listings of all alumni from LSU Law, including e-mail addresses, professional, and personal biographical information.

The Law Center has entered into an agreement with Harris Connect, LLC to update contact information, search for lost alumni, and produce the directory.  The directory will be produced as a service to the Law Center, while Harris will offer the directories to LSU Law alumni for purchase.

In the next week or so, you should receive a postcard from Harris Connect/LSU Law, asking you to call a toll-free number at your convenience to update your information.  Those of you who have already submitted your information electronically at the Harris website will also be invited to call to verify your selections.

The format of the directory follows a basic style utilized by Harris Connect for other law schools and...

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Unsolved Civil Rights Murder Cases Examined in Pugh Institute Symposium
January 29, 2009

Left to right: Janis McDonald, co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative; Jean H. & George W. Pugh, Pugh Institute for Justice; Professor Lucy McGough, director, Pugh Institute for Justice; and Paula Johnson, co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative.

Collaboration was the central theme of the recent "Cold Case Justice Initiative," or CCJI, symposium presented by the LSU Law Center's George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice.

Syracuse University Law Professors Paula C. Johnson and Janis L. McDonald—directors of the Cold Case Justice Initiative—spoke to LSU Law Center students, faculty, and staff about their interdisciplinary project involving law and journalism students investigating unsolved civil rights murders in the South.

In order for the initiative to be successful, both Johnson and McDonald stressed the importance of collaboration between everyone from students to law enforcement officials. Solving an unsolved murder can hinge on a tip from a...

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Three Law Center Alums to be Honored by Louisiana Bar Foundation
January 29, 2009

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will honor three LSU Law Center alums at its 23rd Annual Fellows Gala on Friday, April 17, at the W Hotel New Orleans. Alums to be honored are Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Distinguished Jurist; Baton Rouge attorney Edward J. Walters, Jr., Distinguished Attorney; and Law Center Vice Chancellor Cheney J. Joseph, Jr., Distinguished Professor.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation's Annual Fellows Gala is held every spring. Recognition is given to those individuals who, by reason of his or her professional activities, have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.

Johnson, a 1969 graduate of the Law Center, was the first woman elected to the Civil District Court in New Orleans in 1984. She was reelected without opposition in 1990, and was elected Chief Judge by her colleagues in 1994. That same year, Johnson was elected associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and was...

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More Than One Hundred Students Make Chancellor’s List for Fall 2008
January 26, 2009

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of 121 students who have earned academic honors for Fall 2008. The students were named to the Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor. Notation of this honor is posted on the student's academic transcript.

The following students were named to the Chancellor's List:

Alexandria - Alan Whittington Stewart

Amite - Anthony Joseph Lascaro

Baton Rouge - Bradley Joseph Aldrich; Susan Marie Bartlett; Kristen Elizabeth Bell; Richard Allen Bond; Clinton Mathew Bowers; Jared Patrick Bradley; Erin Theresa Bray; Sarah Frances Cable; Joshua Paul Clayton; Brandi Bayles Cole; Marie Elizabeth Curry; Heather Ann D'Antonio; Michael Jason Debarros; Richard Harmon Drew, III; Andy Joseph Dupre; Michael James Fagan, Jr.; Irina V. Fox; Tucker Fred Giles; Laura Beth Graham; Grant Joseph Guillot; Patrick Thomas More Hall; Bruce Warfield Hamilton; Laura...

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Pugh Institute for Justice Hosts Cold Case Justice Initiative
January 14, 2009

Paula C. Johnson and Janis L. McDonald, both Syracuse University Law Professors, will speak on Tuesday, January 27, at the LSU Law Center about the Cold Case Justice Initiative. The initiative is an interdisciplinary project with Law and Journalism students investigating unsolved civil rights murders in the South.

The event, presented by the Law Center's George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice, will be held in Room 110 of the Law Center from 12:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend, as is the general public.

The Cold Case Justice Initiative was established in early 2007 by Johnson and McDonald to assist the families of those killed by acts of racial hatred and violence in the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s. More than 50 law students have volunteered to investigate long buried information that might help persuade the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, or local law enforcement officials to prosecute these unsolved murders.

"There is...

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LSU Law Graduate Sworn in as La. Supreme Court’s First Female Chief Justice
January 14, 2009

Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball, a 1970 graduate of the LSU Law Center and the first woman in the history of the state to be elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court, was sworn in as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court on January 12. She is the first woman to hold that position.

"We at the Law Center are beaming with pride that Justice Kimball has been sworn in as Louisiana's first female 'Chief,'" said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "Justice Kimball possesses both the judicial skills and the administrative acumen to be a great chief justice. In addition, and perhaps above all, she is a thoroughly decent, down-to-earth person who will never forget the impact of her work on the lives of real people."

The day began with a Mass celebrated at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, followed by the swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court building. Kimball was sworn in by her daughter, Lyria Kimball O'Brien—a licensed attorney in both Louisiana and Texas. Kimball's...

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