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May 2007

Weiss Named Chancellor of LSU Law Center
May 18, 2007


Jack Weiss, one of America's leading First Amendment experts, today was named Chancellor and Professor of Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors.

Weiss Named Chancellor (PDF)

President Jenkins Statement (PDF)

Jack Weiss Vita (PDF)

Minutes of April 26, 2007 Law Chancellor Search Committee (PDF)

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LSU Law Among Top 100 Law Schools in 2008 U.S. News and World Report Rankings
May 17, 2007
The 2008 U.S. News and World Report rankings placed the LSU Law Center at number 91 and within the top 100 American Bar Association (ABA) law schools. The Law Center dropped slightly in the 2008 rankings released in March, but retained its top 100 classification. The 2007 rankings placed the Law Center at number 87.
The Law Center’s rankings have improved dramatically under the leadership of Chancellor John Costonis, moving from fourth to the second tier over the past nine years. The magazine ranks all 180 ABA schools. The rankings are derived from various subcategories related to institutional resources, student success in employment and bar passage, and selectivity in the admission process. Among the subcategories are: the past year’s entering class statistics and acceptance rate; law school expenditures on students and library resources; faculty/student ratio; and peer assessment scores provided through surveys of selected lawyers, judges, law school deans,...
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Reception to Honor New Orleans LSU Law Community
May 17, 2007

LSU Law is returning to New Orleans! Please make plans to join friends and colleagues at a reception on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at the Plimsoll Club of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

More than 1,000 LSU Law graduates reside in the New Orleans area. We hope that you will join us in honoring the New Orleans LSU Law community.

Wednesday, June 13
Plimsoll Club, Versailles Room
World Trade Center of New Orleans
2 Canal Street
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

R.S.V.P. Tonia by June 10 at 225/578-0733 or

We are grateful to our New Orleans LSU Law Steering Committee:
John Busenlener; Lawrence Centola; Timothy Daniels; Beverly A. DeLaune; S. Gene Fendler; Dominic Gianna; Jay Hayden; Cliffe F. Laborde; Tory Nieset; Dean Sutherland; and Frank Tessier. 

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Dr. Pierre Loiseau of Quebec Completes LSU Law Distinguished Global Visitors Program
May 10, 2007

Dr. Pierre Loiseau, adjunct faculty at the University of Laval in Quebec, was in residence at the Law Center through March 15.  Teaching Health Cost Control vs. Medical Liability: A Comparative Law Perspective, Professor Loiseau showed how cost and liability impact one another.  In the context of medical law and using a multidisciplinary approach, he discussed whether American managed care can be translated to improve the French health system.  France has tried to mix profit-oriented managed care with socialized medicine and in doing so, the legal context was largely ignored, according to Loiseau.

The Law Center’s Distinguished Global Visitors Program annually attracts an elite cadre of the world’s leading figures in bijural and comparative law scholarship. Figures from around the globe journey to Baton Rouge to offer courses ranging from three weeks to an entire semester. Whether law professor, dean, judge, or practicing attorney, each brings his or...

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Kauffman Foundation's Robert Litan speaks on Mega-Catastrophes
May 10, 2007

Robert Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, recently joined Professor Jim Richardson, director of the Masters in Public Administration program at LSU, for a presentation to the LSU Law Center faculty. The subject was Mega-Catastrophes: Perspective as an Economist and Attorney and concerned the legal and economic issues involved in disasters such as those our state recently experienced. Topics ranged from how much legal authority can be given verses how much is constitutional authority; litigation issues such as wind verses water; the need to establish regional councils for crossing state lines for disaster management; and both pre-event and post-event planning need to be implemented.

Litan is an expert in both law and economics and has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution for nearly 20 years where, since 1996, he has served as director of Economic Studies and held the Cabot Family Chair in Economics. He also served on the...

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Second Annual Judicial Clerkship Preparatory Program
May 10, 2007

The Law Center recently hosted its Second Annual Judicial Clerkship Preparatory Program.  Designed by Professors Frank Maraist, Andrea Carroll, and Ron Scalise, Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Thompson, and Tracy Evans, director of Career Services, the program is offered to second- and third-year students to assist them in overcoming the first few weeks of a judicial clerkship learning curve.  It is also intended to give students an advantage when seeking judicial clerkships upon graduation.

This year’s program included many prestigious speakers from across Louisiana:

Judge Marilyn Castle, 15th Judicial District Court
Judge Tom Daley, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Dee D. Drell, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Judge Harmon Drew, Jr., 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal
Jean T. Drew, research attorney, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Guy Holdridge, 23rd Judicial District Court...

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LSU Law Magazine Launched
May 2, 2007


The inaugural issue of LSU Law made its debut in mid- April, 2007. The magazine was distributed to an audience of alumni, academics, and administrators across the country.

LSU Law chronicles three significant events: the Law Center’s Centennial Year, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the changing of the guard as Chancellor Costonis returns to full-time teaching in July 2007. It also considers fundamental issues regarding the Law Center’s past, present, and future through numerous feature stories, profiles, and articles of contemporary significance. While focusing on the Law Center’s roots in Louisiana, LSU Law spotlights the national impact of innovations and traditions at the state’s premiere law school.

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Law Professor Named 2007-08 Supreme Court Fellow
May 2, 2007


Elizabeth Murrill, assistant professor of Professional Practice at the Law Center, has been selected as the 2007-08 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center. The program was created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger “to provide promising individuals with a first-hand understanding of the federal government, in particular, the judicial branch,” according to the Court’s news release announcing Murrill’s selection. She will begin her fellowship this fall.

As the fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, Professor Murrill will conduct research and provide assistance with the inter-judicial affairs programs.

Murrill formerly served as a law clerk to Judge Frank Polozola and as a research attorney with Judge Melvin Shortess. More recently, she has served as an arbitrator and volunteered with the Baton Rouge Bar Association Disaster Recovery Legal Services Project. She has published numerous articles on arbitration, mediation,...

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Third-Year Students Host Annual Assault and Flattery
May 2, 2007
Law Center students, faculty, and staff enjoyed a night of good fun at the Assault and Flattery program held on Wednesday April 4, 2007 at the Varsity Theater. Created and staged by third-year law students, Assault and Flattery is an annual tradition.   

The Holmes Family Band, featuring the Law Center's own Professor Wendell Holmes on bass, played a short set. The comedy portion of the show rocked the audience with video and stage performances. Some 80 students and almost half of the faculty were involved in the video
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Moot Court Team Competes in International Competition
May 2, 2007
LSU Law recently competed in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court held in Vienna, Austria. 178 law schools with more than 1,000 individual students from 51 countries participated. The LSU Law team finished in the top third of all schools at the competition – quite a feat for the school’s first trip to this prestigious event. Laranda Moffett, third-year student, received Honorable Mention in the Individual Best Advocate category.  This award is reserved for the top five percent of all competitors.  

Held in Vienna each spring, the Vis is the premiere international commercial law moot court.  Sponsored by Pace Law School, the moot involves an arbitration of a contract of sale between two parties in countries that are signatories to the United Nation's Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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Big Win for LSU Law Center's Black Law Students Association
May 2, 2007
The LSU Law Center’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) team of Brianna Guerin and Delon Lewis won second place at the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.  

Recently held in Miami, the competition consisted of 32 teams from six regions.  The Law Center’s team was one of three from the Southern Region that will advance to the 18-team national competition in Atlanta.

Students Ekua Assabil, Zita Jackson, Ashley Johnson and Jasmine Owens of the Thurgood Marshal Mock Trial Team also represented the Law Center in the quarterfinal round.

Many people contributed to the success of these students, including attorneys Ashton Johnson, Gabrielle Jones, and Dallon Bush, who, along with Professor John Devlin, took primary responsibility for coaching these teams; third-year students Gabrielle Charles and Ashley McCall, who served as team managers; faculty advisors, Professors Darlene Goring and John...
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Law Center Hosts Annual Mineral Law Institute
May 2, 2007
The 54th Annual Mineral Law Institute was held on April 12-13, 2007 at the Law Center. Attorneys and industry representatives gathered for two days of discussion on topics such as Conservation, Waterbottoms Issues, and State and Federal Interaction Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry. The institute is directed by Professor Patrick Martin. 
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