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November 2008

Thanksgiving Greetings From Chancellor Jack Weiss
November 26, 2008

Dear Friends of the Law Center:

The light is fading as we head toward dusk here on the eve of Thanksgiving. It has been a somber week at the Law Center. Professor Bill Crawford and his family have suffered an incalculable loss. All of us have felt and shared their grief. A beloved faculty colleague has undergone serious surgery on short notice.

Outside of the Law Center, these are also times that try men's (and women's) souls. The nation is at war. The economic picture is bleak.

Overall, it is hard to locate the celebratory mood we like to associate with our traditional national holiday of Thanksgiving. Yet it remains important that we take the day to unwind a bit and to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.

I myself want to express my continuing gratitude for having been afforded the opportunity to work every day in the LSU Law community. We are a caring and mutually supportive bunch–students, staff, faculty and alumni. Never is that more apparent than at times like this....


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Your Support Matters
November 26, 2008

Economic times are tough, and we recognize that uncertainties persist in this global economy. The needs of the LSU Law Center, however, have not diminished, and your support is needed more than ever.

From scholarships to program support, your contributions have enabled the Law Center to enhance its Tradition of Excellence and to secure its place as the state's premier public law school. Thank you!

As the end of the year draws near, we hope that your personal circumstances will allow you to consider a charitable gift to the Law Center. Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift. From IRAs to stock or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas such as the International Program or Energy initiative, building enhancements, faculty support, or student life. Want to name a Moot Court program or support a named Junior Scholars Fellowship? We welcome your inquiry and hope that you will consider a gift to the LSU Law...


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Chancellor Weiss Declares “Year of Litvinoff;” Chancellor's Council Tribute to Litvinoff Set for March 20, 2009
November 25, 2008

Chancellor Jack Weiss has declared 2008-09 the Year of Litvinoff, in honor of the retirement of Boyd Professor Saúl Litvinoff. The announcement was made at an assembly of peers, friends, and family who gathered at the LSU Law Center on Friday, Nov. 14, to celebrate Litvinoff's 43 years of service to the Law Center.

Litvinoff will assume the status of Professor Emeritus when he steps down after the Spring 2009 semester.

The Law Center's Chancellor Council will pay tribute to Professor Litvinoff at a gala planned for Friday, March 20, 2009.  The Chancellor's Council is comprised of friends and alumni who annually support the Law Center at the leadership level of the Annual Fund—a contribution of $1,000 or more.  Professor Litvinoff has been a member of the council for many years; nearly 240 alums and friends joined the professor as council members this past year.

As a further honor during the November 14 event, Ava Leavell Haymon announced the establishment of the...


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Two LSU Law Center Staff Members Honored
November 24, 2008

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Cynthia Bland and Madeline Babin, both administrative assistants, were each honored recently for their work with the LSU Law Center.

"Cynthia and Madeline are truly dedicated professionals who are most deserving of the honors bestowed upon them," said Chancellor Jack Weiss.

Bland-an administrative assistant to the faculty-was chosen as an Honorable Mention in this year's Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Awards Program. This program recognizes classified state employees for their service to the state and citizens of Louisiana. The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a state employee can receive. Recipients are selected from nominations received from across the state, and the criteria used for selection includes not only commitment to the workplace, but also volunteer service to the community at large. Only 12 recipients are selected each year; 12 additional nominees, including Bland, have been recognized as Honorable Mentions because their scores approximated those of the...


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Chancellor Answers Student Questions at Town Hall Meeting
November 24, 2008

Chancellor Jack Weiss met with an assembly of students over lunch recently in his first Town Hall Meeting of the 2008-2009 academic year. Weiss answered questions on topics ranging from whether or not students' pet dogs should be allowed in the library to the grading system.

The meeting began with Weiss updating the assembly on recent events at the Law Center, with several announcements pertaining to the faculty. He announced that Lee Levine, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, has agreed to teach comparative media law in the Law Center's Lyon Summer Program. Levine is a partner in the firm of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schultz in Washington, D.C., and a nationally recognized leader of the media bar.

Weiss also noted that 10 applicants will be interviewed in the coming days for several faculty positions. In addition, he announced that the faculty had voted to recommend granting tenure to Professors Ron Scalise and Andrea Carroll. They also voted to recommend the pair for...


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CLE Program Focuses on Insurance Law, Recent Developments
November 4, 2008

The LSU Law Center's Continuing Legal Education Program continues its schedule of seminars for November with a pair at the Law Center and one in Kenner.

Online registration and seminar schedules are available at https://www.lsucle.org. Registration is also available by phone at 225/578-5837.

Insurance Law is the topic of the first seminar, Friday, Nov. 7, at the Law Center. The program begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Speakers for the seminar include local attorneys and a trio of judges from New Orleans, Gretna, and Monroe, respectively.

Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence will be the focus of the two-day seminar on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Law Center, as well Nov. 20 and 21 at the Kenner Pontchartrain Center. Topics to be discussed include Tax Law, Security Devices, Civil Procedure & Evidence, Employment Law and Family Law.

The Law Center's Center of Continuing Professional Development extends the knowledge and...


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Friends and Alums Make Gifts to A Tradition of Excellence/Forever LSU Campaign
November 3, 2008

The LSU Law Center is pleased to announce several new gifts to the Tradition of Excellence campaign.

The Law Center established a goal of $28 million as its part of the Forever LSU Campaign. Funds raised by the Law Center stay at the Law Center to meet specific needs and priorities such as student scholarships, funding for the new clinical legal education program, faculty recruitment and retention, and moot court activities, among others.

Please consider the value of the education you received at LSU Law, and pledge a gift today! For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 225/578-8645 or ksonia2@lsu.edu or Support LSU Law


Thanks to the following friends and alums for these recent major gifts:

Oliver "Rick" Richard ('77) and Donna Guzman Richard, The Clinical Legal Studies Endowed Program Fund, second major gift toward the $250,000 endowment fund

Craig ('76) and Mary "Meepsie" Lintot Dougherty Murray ('93), Chancellor's Council Legend gift. Craig...


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