Clinical Legal Education Program Opening, Students to be Sworn in Friday, Aug. 22

Twenty-six students will be sworn in as participants of the LSU Law Center’s newly expanded Clinical Legal Education Program on Friday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the David Robinson Courtroom on the second floor of the Law Center.

As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to work with area lawyers and judges, as well as actual clients, gaining real-world law experience.

Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss will preside over the event. Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball will swear in the students.

“This new program has a tremendous dual effect on the legal profession,” Kimball said. “It will give the clinic students a unique opportunity during their legal education to participate in actual court experiences. The program will also provide competent and needed additional representation to clients in an overworked but vitally important juvenile court.”

Also in attendance will be Robert Lancaster, director of the Clinical Legal Education Program and the J. Nolan and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice; Lucy McGough, Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law; Oliver “Rick” Richard, president of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees; and the family of the late Judge Earl Veron, who graduated from the Law Center in 1959.

The program is supported in part by the Rick and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation, the Judge Earl E. Veron Endowed Professorship and the State of Louisiana.

Invited guests to the ceremony include Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, justices of the LA Supreme Court, members of the LSU Board of Supervisors, LSU System President John Lombardi, LSU Law faculty and other members of the legal community.