LSU Law Center to Launch

The LSU Law Center will celebrate the beginning of its “Second Hundred Years” at a school-wide event scheduled on the campus for Monday, September 25, 2006. Students, faculty, and staff will gather at Noon on the steps of the historic “Old Law Building” to salute the past 100 years and to launch the next 100 years of academic life for the institution. An “All-School” photo will be taken to commemorate the date.

The event is part of the year-long series of activities to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the LSU Law Center. The September 25 date is symbolic in the history of the Law Center. The first classes at the LSU Law School were held on September 24, 1906. Monday will mark the beginning of the “Second Hundred Years.” This “All-School” event was designed to allow students to be part of the Centennial Celebration.

Campus Federal is the sponsor of the “All-School” celebration.

The Law Center celebrated the 100-year milestone with alumni, faculty, staff, and students on Friday, September 15, 2006. Chancellor John J. Costonis welcomed dignitaries, sponsors, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to the daylong series of events. Noted guests included The Honorable John Breaux (’67 graduate), political consultant and author James Carville (’73 graduate), author John Barry, and LSU Board of Supervisors member and the 2002 LSU Law Distinguished Alumnus Charles Weems (’69 graduate), among others.

Crowds filled the John Barry headliner luncheon and the Stanford Centennial Speakers’ Series held at the Law Center.

Some 650 guests attended the black-tie Gala at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center held that evening.

Included in the day’s activities were:

The Centennial Luncheon – Lod Cook Conference Center
Topic: Nature Against Man: History, Politics and Katrina
Keynote Speaker: John Barry, author of Rising Tide and The Great Influenza

The Stanford Centennial Speakers’ Series – Law Center’s McKernan Auditorium
Topic: Louisiana’s Recovery-What Will It Take? When Will It Happen?
The forum was the inaugural event for the Stanford Centennial Speakers’ Series. The forum examined the economic, social, and political realities for post-hurricane Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Featured speakers were:

  • Sean E. Reilly, Louisiana Recovery Authority and Chief Operating Officer and President, Lamar Advertising
    Taking Stock One Year Out
  • Anne Mathias, Director of Research, Stanford Washington Research Group
    The U.S. Political and Economic Outlook
  • Philip L. Dodge, Energy Analyst, Institutional Equity Research, Stanford Group Company
    The Continuing Petroleum Industry Response
  • John M. Barry, Author and Centennial Luncheon Keynote Speaker The Outside Game: What the Rest of the Country Thinks and Its Impact
  • John J. Costonis, Chancellor, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The Black-Tie Gala – LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Featured Cast: Political consultant James Carville (’73) and former U.S. Senator John Breaux (’67); LSU Board of Supervisors member and the 2002 LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus Charles Weems.

The evening included the following highlights:

  • Debut of the historical documentary on 100 Year of LSU Law; Executive Producers Cyril Vetter and the LSU Law Center; LPB, producer;
  • The best-of-the best "Assault and Flattery" shows;
  • Dancing to the sounds of the Harmon Drew Super Group and other talented LSU Law graduates.

Baton Rougean’s Cyril Vetter (’72) and Mary Olive Pierson (’70) served as co-chairpersons of the LSU Law Center’s Centennial Gala. They were presented with commemorative gifts by Charles Weems on behalf of the LSU Law Center and Chancellor Costonis.

Numerous sponsors supported the Centennial Celebration. Premier sponsors were Stanford Financial Group and Jones Walker Law Firm.

Stanford Financial Group was the Premier Corporate Sponsor of the Centennial Gala and Stanford Centennial Speakers’ Series.

Jones Walker Law Firm was the Premier Sponsor of the Centennial Luncheon.

For more information, contact Karen Soniat at 225/578-8645, , or visit our website at for full details of the centennial festivities.