Law Center Welcomes New Faculty Members



Four new faces will be navigating the winding, M.C. Escher-like corridors of the Law Center soon, placing a premium on breadcrumbs, Post-it Notes, and anything else useful in leaving a trail.

Robert E. Lancaster, who previously served as Clinical Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law, will assume the position of director of LSU Law’s Clinical Legal Education Program. He will also have the title of Professor of Professional Practice.

Lancaster received his bachelor’s degree at Millsaps College in 1989 and his J.D. at Tulane Law School in 1993. He was also named a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow from 1997-2000 at Yale Law School.

Among his achievements at Indiana University, he directed and co-directed the Judicial Externship Program from 2002-2006, and served as director of the Chinese Law Summer Program and faculty director of the China Trial Advocacy Institute in Beijing.

Melissa T. Lonegrass will join the Law Center faculty as an assistant professor of law. Lonegrass received her bachelor’s degree from Millsaps in 2001 and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2005, finishing first in her class. She has previously worked for Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart, & Moore L.L.C. in New Orleans, and is engaged in general civil litigation with a concentration on products liability and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

Christina M. Sautter will also join the faculty as an assistant professor of law. Sautter received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1999, graduating summa cum laude. She then graduated summa cum laude ¬- in the top 3 percent of her class – receiving her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2002. Before coming to LSU, she was a law clerk for the Hon. H. Emory Widener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

After her clerkship, Sautter joined the New York City offices of Shearman & Sterling L.L.P. where she practiced for three years in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.  In the fall of 2006, she began teaching at Loyola University’s College of Law in New Orleans and was named a Westerfield Fellow.

Raymond T. Diamond rounds out the incoming class of faculty members, coming to LSU from Tulane University as a visiting professor at the Law Center in Fall 2008. Diamond received his bachelor’s degree from Yale College in 1973 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977. He has been a member of the Tulane Law faculty since 1990, and before that was an associate law professor at LSU from 1984-1990.

Diamond has served as an antitrust attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Robert Livingston. He was also the co-author of Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution – a book which earned him the 2003 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize by the Langum Project for Historical Literature.