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December 2009

Make a Gift to LSU Law: Create a Lasting Impact
December 22, 2009

As the end of 2009 draws near, we hope that you will consider a charitable gift to the LSU Law Center. We need your annual support as well as endowment gifts that "give in perpetuity."  From scholarships to program initiatives, your gifts make a lasting impact!

Make a gift to LSU Law

For more information over the holidays, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 225/578-8645 or email

For more information on supporting LSU Law visit the LSU Law Alumni website. Thank you for supporting the LSU Law Center.


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Warmest Wishes for the Holidays and the New Year: Cheers to LSU Law from the Chancellor
December 18, 2009

It’s been a year of extraordinary accomplishment and progress at LSU Law. As the year draws to a close, I reflect on the importance of family, friends, students, and colleagues and on the great good fortune we share in our affiliation with this inspiring institution. I myself count among my greatest blessings the opportunity to lead our state’s flagship law school. It is an extraordinary opportunity for which I am grateful each day, and I’m proud of the tremendous successes that we continue to mark.  

Our rich educational environment continues to provide one of the most demanding programs of legal education in the nation, and we are gaining increasing regional and national recognition. I hope you will take pride, and yes, joy in this holiday season, in the successes we have achieved as an LSU Law family. I am warmed by the spirit of good will and cooperation with which we have moved forward together over these past two and a half years.

Working together,...

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Law Review to Honor Professor Kalinka
December 18, 2009

“The Louisiana Law Review is pleased to announce that Issue 1 of Volume 70 is dedicated to the late Professor Susan Kalinka” said Christopher K. Odinet, editor-in-chief. “Not only was Professor Kalinka an excellent teacher, but also a prolific scholar. Her publications ranged widely in matters of state and federal taxation, and she was always working on the next idea even while putting the finishing touches on her latest piece. The Louisiana Law Review is grateful and proud to have had the privilege and honor of having Professor Kalinka serve on our faculty advisory committee and of publishing several of her exemplary pieces,” he concluded.

Issue 1 focuses on developments in labor and employment law, with particular emphasis on the Employee Free Choice Act now pending in Congress. The issue is opened by Stanford law professor and former NLRB chairman William B. Gould IV, followed by a lineup of other prominent scholars and practitioners in the...

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Law Center Accredited by SACS
December 18, 2009

“I am delighted to report that the LSU Law Center has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the J.D./D.C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Civil Law), and LL.M. degrees,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss upon receiving the news of the initial accreditation on December 7.

SACS is a private, nonprofit, voluntary organization founded in 1895 and located in Atlanta. The Commission on Colleges, as part of the Association, accredits higher education degree-granting institutions. The process for initial and continued accreditation involves a collective analysis and judgment by the institution’s internal constituencies; informed review by peers external to the institution; and a decision by elected members of the Commission on Colleges.

The Law Center accreditation was a multi-year process. The Law Center is deeply indebted to all who worked so hard to make our independent accreditation a reality.

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IRA Charitable Rollover Permits a Gift Directly to the LSU Law Center
December 18, 2009

The extension of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover was signed into law as part of the $700 billion economic bailout bill. Qualified individuals are those over 70 1/2. The legislation permits a donation of up to $100,000 to qualified non-profits from IRAs and Roth IRAs without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Couples may give up to $200,000.

The Law Center—through the LSU Foundation—is one such qualified recipient.

The IRA disbursement MUST come directly from the Administrator of the qualified retirement plan and should be sent to the LSU Foundation for benefit of the LSU Law Center.   
For more information on the IRA Charitable Rollover, visit the LSU Foundation Website.

Your gift is an investment in our future of LSU Law. 

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Alumni Invited to BLSA Convention Slated for LSU Law, January 12 –17
December 18, 2009

The LSU Law Center has been selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Convention. Law students from throughout the regions will convene for moot court competition and symposia on a variety of legal topics, according to convention organizers.

Alumni are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at the LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Building on Nicholson Extension, on Thursday, January 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the closing competition round scheduled for Saturday, January 16 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Law Center. To confirm attendance, please contact 225/578-8491 or email

“It is a great honor for the LSU Law Center to be selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions' BLSA convention,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “The convention provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their outstanding leadership capabilities and to interact with students of other law...

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Make a Gift; Create a Lasting Impact
December 18, 2009

We know that economic uncertainties continue nationwide and also here in Louisiana. With looming state budget cuts, your charitable gifts to the LSU Law Center are more important than ever. From scholarships to program initiatives, private philanthropy provides critical funding for the LSU Law Center.
As the end of 2009 draws near, we hope that your personal circumstances will allow you to consider a charitable gift to the Law Center. We need your annual support as well as endowment gifts that "give in perpetuity." Your past 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!
Let us assist in designing a plan for your legacy gift or discuss an annual contribution. From IRAs to stock or cash gifts, you can make a lasting gift to support our scholarship program, specific curricular areas such as the Clinical Legal Education Program, Energy initiative, building...

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LSU Board of Supervisors Approves Changes to Curriculum
December 18, 2009

“This is a watershed moment for the LSU Law Center,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss, shortly after the LSU Board of Supervisors voted to approve a number of important changes to the LSU Law curriculum during its December meeting. “These are extremely positive reforms, and we reached out for, and were guided by, input from our students, a number of interested alumni, and adjuncts who teach at the Law Center.”

“The goals of the curriculum proposal are pedagogically sound; increase the competitiveness of our students in the job market; enhance the competitiveness of the Law Center in attracting students; and enhance our institutional reputation,” Weiss noted during the December 2009 meeting of the Board. 

Among the important changes approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors are:

  • Elimination of the seventh semester (summer school) requirement
    • Note:  Retains a summer school offering for...

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LSU Law: Building the Faculty of the Future
December 17, 2009

We have been extraordinarily successful in adding seven talented faculty members to our ranks over the past two years. They are rising stars in the legal academy, with every promise of becoming great teachers in the LSU Law tradition. Our students will benefit greatly from their experience and scholarship.  
I look forward to another year of progress at the LSU Law Center and to celebrating with you the achievements of our new colleagues.
Jack M. Weiss

Building the Faculty of the Future (pdf)

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