Two LSU Law Center Staff Members Honored


Cynthia Bland and Madeline Babin, both administrative assistants, were each honored recently for their work with the LSU Law Center.

“Cynthia and Madeline are truly dedicated professionals who are most deserving of the honors bestowed upon them,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.

Bland-an administrative assistant to the faculty-was chosen as an Honorable Mention in this year’s Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Awards Program. This program recognizes classified state employees for their service to the state and citizens of Louisiana. The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a state employee can receive. Recipients are selected from nominations received from across the state, and the criteria used for selection includes not only commitment to the workplace, but also volunteer service to the community at large. Only 12 recipients are selected each year; 12 additional nominees, including Bland, have been recognized as Honorable Mentions because their scores approximated those of the winners.
Bland was nominated by George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor Paul Baier.

She was also honored earlier this year for her 30 years of service to LSU, including 17 years at the Law Center.

“Besides her commitment to the Law Center, Bland has provided volunteer services to the community through her church, the Baranco/Clark YMCA, and the LSU Block and Bridle Club,” Weiss said.

Babin-an administrative assistant in the Department of Instruction-was honored with the LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes the efforts of staff members in all of the LSU-Baton Rouge campuses. Babin has been at LSU for 12 years and was joined at the ceremony by her husband Chuck, her son Jacob, her daughter-in-law Kayla, and her grandson Ethan.

Weiss presented the award to Babin on behalf of the Law Center.

“Over the past few years, Madeline has established an excellent reputation for coordinating the publications by law faculty. Recently, she has assisted greatly with another book written by two LSU Law faculty, a judge, and a college president,” said Jeff McClain, vice president of the LSU Foundation.