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May 2009

Chancellor Weiss's Remarks to Law Graduates May 28, 2009
May 31, 2009

Judge Davis, Justice Traylor, Chairman Roy, President Lombardi, Members of the Board of Supervisors, Colleagues, Parents, Friends, Golden Grads, and Members of the Law Center Class of 2009:

This year marks, as you know, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

From the age of 27 until he was elected President in 1860 at the age of 51, Lincoln spent most of his career as a practicing lawyer based in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln traveled around the state, "riding the circuit" and trying almost every imaginable kind of case.

You are our Lincoln bicentennial class. So let's consider together just a few of the many lessons to be learned from Lincoln the lawyer.

First, like his political career, Lincoln's career as a lawyer had its share of disappointments.

In Team of Rivals, her award-winning book about Lincoln and his cabinet, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts one particularly humiliating episode in Lincoln's legal career.

By 1855, Lincoln had built a solid...

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Remarks of Commencement speaker Judge W. Eugene Davis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
May 29, 2009

Friends and family, faculty and staff and most importantly, graduates. I am honored to be with you this morning and I congratulate each member of this class of 2009. You had a lot of help to get here today. You should take a few minutes to thank those important people who helped you, counseled you, paid your tuition and told you what you needed to hear. This is as much their celebration as it is yours.

It is customary to tell a commencement audience how honored you are to be at their graduation but I want you to know I really mean it. I know how much this day means to you and being able to share it with you is very special.

I feel a real connection to your class. Two members of your class agreed to begin a one-year clerkship in my chambers in a couple of months. We look forward to Sally Richardson's return. She was an intern summer before last and everyone in my chambers became very fond of her. And her work was outstanding.

I also look forward to working with and spending time with...

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Professorship Established in Memory of Lake Charles Native
May 26, 2009


LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss (center) is joined by members of the Judge Earl E. Veron family at an event commemorating the establishment of the Judge Earl E. Veron Endowed Professorship for support of the Law Center's Clinical Legal Education program. Joining the Chancellor (L to R) are family members Louis Veron, brother; Mrs. Verdy Veron, wife; J. Michael Veron, son; and Michael's wife, Melinda Veron.

A law professorship has been established in memory of the late Judge Earl E. Veron by his wife, Verdy Veron and son, J. Michael Veron, at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. Judge Veron was a 1959 graduate of the LSU Law Center and a widely respected jurist from Lake Charles.

LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss remembered Judge Veron as, "a friend who earned his reputation as a dedicated, thorough, and conscientious judge."  

Veron entered law school at the age of 32. He left the small family grocery business in Lake Charles to enter McNeese...

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LSU Law Center Commencement Set for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 28
May 20, 2009

The LSU Law Center's 2009 Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will give the 2009 Commencement address.

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss will be joined by James P. Roy ('76), Chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, who will confer degrees on behalf of the LSU Board of Supervisors.  Dr. John V. Lombardi, President of the LSU System, will also address the graduates.  

Chris J. Roy, Sr. ('59) will give reflections on behalf of the Class of 1959.  Over 20 Golden Graduates will participate in the ceremony as part of their 50th year class reunion. 

A reception for graduates and guests will be held on the grounds of the Maravich Assembly Center immediately following Commencement.

Judge W. Eugene Davis Commencement Speaker ...

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Sternberg Elected LSU Board Student Representative
May 13, 2009

Scott Sternberg, third-year student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was recently elected to be the new student member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Sternberg was picked for the one-year position at a meeting of LSU student government leaders in Baton Rouge. He will be sworn in at the board’s June 4 meeting in Baton Rouge.
“After going to LSU A&M and now being at LSU Law, I am really honored to represent the 50,000 plus students of the LSU System in this important year,” said Sternberg.

“I am particularly honored given the tough issues we face this year, such as the budget problems. Students deserve to have an advocate on the Board, and that’s what I’m going to do.” 

The 25-year-old Sternberg is a 2006 graduate of the LSU Manship School of Communication and a former editor of the LSU Daily Reveille.  Following graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the nonprofit Student Press Law Center. He also worked...

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Dodson Family Endows Professorship in Honor of Yiannopoulous
May 13, 2009

"LSU Law never had a better friend," said Richard J. "Jerry" Dodson, about former LSU Professor A.N. Yiannopoulous. Dodson and his wife, Gloria, recently established the A.N. Yiannopoulous Endowed Professorship at the LSU Law Center in honor of the former Law Center faculty member. Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Yiannopoulous, and his family, friends and colleagues, gathered at the Law Center on May 29, 2009 to commemorate the gift.  

"We are grateful to Jerry and Gloria for honoring Professor Yiannopoulous with this gift," said Weiss. "The professor is a part of the rich history of the Law Center, and his work on the Louisiana Civil Code has contributed to both legal education and practice. The Dodson's gift will make a lasting impact on the lives of our faculty and students, while also recognizing the professor's contributions to our program and the broader legal community."

The Chancellor presented Jerry Dodson with a plaque commemorating the new professorship, and Professor...

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Construction Underway on Clinic Space at Law Center
May 13, 2009

Work on the LSU Law Center's new Clinical Legal Education space has begun in earnest, with an expected completion date of mid-June.

"Providing an appropriate space for our clinical program has been a priority of the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "We are looking forward to working with our clients from the community in a setting that serves their needs while also offering the best possible educational experience for our students."

The space will include a reception area and waiting room, client interview rooms, a conference room/classroom with AV capabilities, student workrooms, a file room, a mail/copy room, and faculty offices.

"The Clinic space is designed as a model legal services office within the Law Center," said Robert Lancaster, director of Clinical Programs and the J. Noland and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice. "Students will have a technologically advanced, comfortable workspace where they can attend class, meet with clients, and work on...

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LSU Law Moot Court Program Ranked No. 12 Nationally
May 1, 2009

Based on its record in moot court competitions in 2008-09, LSU Law will be invited as one of the top 16 moot court programs in the country to the National Moot Court Championship in Houston to be held January 2010. LSU is the No. 12 program in the country according to the University of Houston Law Center's Blakely Advocacy Institute, which ranked schools based on results from more than 60 different moot court competitions during the 2008-09 school year. 

LSU is the only school from Louisiana and the Southeastern Conference to be invited to the competition.

"Our Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program is one of the shining stars of the LSU Law Center. We are incredibly proud of our students' accomplishments and are grateful to the many people who contribute to their success," said Chancellor Jack Weiss. "Their ability to compete and be successful on the national level is another sign of our continued commitment to the LSU Law tradition of demanding but personal legal...

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