Center to Hold Open House for New Clinical Legal Education Space, Friday, August 21

The newly renovated LSU Law Clinical Legal Education space will be formally opened at ceremonies planned for Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Law Center.

Chancellor Jack Weiss will preside over the ceremonies.

Events will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium, where 18 law students will be sworn in to practice in the clinic program by the Honorable James L. Dennis, Judge, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a 1962 graduate of the Law Center.

Additional remarks will be given by Robert Lancaster, Director of the Law Center’s Clinical program and the J. Noland and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice. 

Frank X. Neuner, Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, and a 1976 graduate, will also give remarks. 

The formal ribbon cutting for the space, along with an Open House and tours, will follow.

Students who will take the oath for participation in the clinical program are: Daniel Bailey; Devon Bardin; Sarah Cable; Carolyn Cole; Andre Collins Gaudin; Bruce Hamilton; Penny Hargis; Bryant Harvey; Christopher Kinnison; Rachael Marcus; Frannie Montegut; Ross Murray; Wesley Root; Robert Savage; Richard Scandrett; Nichole Schulte; Lynn Musumeche Stevens; and, Victoria Williams.

Third year law students are allowed to practice law in a clinical environment pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX.  Students are provided experiential opportunities and earn credit while learning through practice. They are placed with state and local governmental agencies and courts, giving them experience in the real practice of law through a structured academic setting.

The LSU Law Center’s Clinical Legal Education program includes a Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Legal Services Clinic, Juvenile Representation Clinic, and a Family Mediation Clinic. More clinical offerings are planned in the future. The Center works closely with several  organizations in the Baton Rouge area, including Capital Area Legal Services, the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court, and the Domestic Violence shelter, among others.

In addition, 27 law students are participating in the Law Center’s Externship Program.  Fourteen students have been placed in the Judicial Externship program as judicial ‘law clerks’ in state and federal courts.  Thirteen students are participating in the Louisiana Department of Justice Externship that places students with the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information on the program, view the web site at, or contact Karen Soniat at 225/578-8645 or

Clinical Legal Education Ribbon Cutting and Student Oath Ceremony

Date: Friday, Aug 21, 2009 

Time: 1 p.m.  

Location: Law Center McKernan Auditorium