March 2009

  • Professor Paul Baier was a featured speaker at a symposium on judicial activism at Chapman Law School in Orange, Califorinia. His paper, “Hugo Black and Judicial Lawmaking: Forty Years in Retrospect,” will be published in Chapman’s Nexus Journal of Law and Public Policy.
  • Cynthia Bland, an administrative assistant at the LSU Law Center, was recently honored with a Certificate of Merit at the 50th annual Dunbar Awards luncheon. The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a state employee can receive. The program recognizes classified state employees for their service to the state and citizens of Louisiana. Bland was nominated by Professor Paul Baier. She has dedicated 30 years to state civil service employment, all of which have been at LSU. Seventeen of those years have been at the Law Center.

    “Reading (the nomination) brought tears to my eyes,” Bland said. “I wanted my granddaughter, who was my guest at the table, to know that hard work and dedication pays off in the long run. It took me 30 years to reach this moment and it was well worth it.”

  • Professor William R. Corbett was invited by the Labor Law Group to join a working committee of employment law scholars writing critiques of the proposed Restatement of Employment Law–a draft of which is being considered by the American Law Institute. Corbett wrote critiques of two sections of the proposed Restatement, working with a committee including the following: Matthew Finkin, University of Illinois, Chair;  Lea VanderVelde, University of Iowa; and Steve Befort, University of Minnesota. The groups’ critiques will be published in an issue of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
  • Professor Christine Corcos was one of two featured speakers at the American Bar Association’s February 24th event, “The Lincoln Myth: How pop culture defines America’s great lawyer/president,” in Chicago. The event, part of the ABA’s Public Program series and open to the public, was introduced by Henry White, the ABA’s executive director. Ed Adams, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, moderated the event, which was taped for possible later distribution. Corcos also published an article about Lincoln titled, “Now He Belongs To the Ages,” for an upcoming issue of the ABA journal Insights on Law and Society.