Twenty-six students sworn in to Clinical Legal Education Program

A year ago, LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss remarked to the gathered assembly of students, dignitaries and community partners, “the Clinical Legal Education program was only a gleam in the Law Center’s collective eye.” On Friday, August 22, it became a reality as 26 student participants were sworn in by Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball.

Those students, rising third-years, will represent actual clients from the community in a variety of areas including juvenile cases, domestic violence, and family mediation. The program also offers externship opportunities to the students, giving them the chance to work with various state agencies, judges, practicing attorneys, legal divisions of hospitals, and other offices.

“It’s an exciting day for LSU … it’s an exciting day for the Baton Rouge community,” said Robert Lancaster, director of the Clinical Legal Education Program and professor of professional practice, to the group of students. “This is what you’ve been working for the last two years; to act in the role as lawyers. Acting as lawyers is a tremendous responsibility and one that should be taken seriously. You are providing access to justice to people who are very often excluded from it.”

Oliver “Rick” Richard, whose Rick and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation makes up part of the support for the Clinical Legal Education Program, addressed the students before presenting a check for $100,000. The gift was the second installment in a gift of $250,000 made earlier this year by the Richards to the Law Center. Richard is a 1975 graduate of the Law Center and serves as president of the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees.

In addition to the Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation, the State of Louisiana and the Judge Earl E. Veron Endowed Professorship make up the rest of the support for the program. The latter was represented Friday by Judge Veron’s son J. Michael Veron, an accomplished author and attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as well as Mrs. Earl Veron.

Veron talked to the assembly about his father and how he began college at the age of 32 after working in the grocery business. In his closing remarks he told the students that there is “always room for good lawyers” and that the three keys for success in law are “preparation, preparation and preparation.”

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Robert Abendroth
Rebecca K. Bayless
David M. Bordeon
Robert S. Bourgeois
Clinton M. Bowers
Brian M. Chustz
Marie E. Curry
David T. Crigler
David C. Coons
Katherine K. Fontenot
Dominic J. Golemi
Jamie Jacobs
Jessica L. Johnston
Jennifer A. Liles
Kristen Lunden
Thomas D. Mallory
Linda C. Millhollon
Tabitha O. Mangano
Michael A. Marino
Renee C. Pennington
Megan E. Rawle
Kimberly L. Resetar
Lynette Roberson
Brittany D. Rogers
Loyd A. Thames
Janell C. Weil