Law Center Remembers Professor Kalinka

Professor Susan C. Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the Law Center, was honored at a memorial service held on Saturday, August 29. Professor Kalinka died August 24. She had been diagnosed recently with cancer, and had been undergoing treatment for only a few weeks when she passed unexpectedly.

Professor Kalinka joined the Law Center faculty in August 1988. She taught courses in a variety of tax law, real estate law and policy topics. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law.
“Professor Kalinka was an exceptional teacher and scholar of tax law. She inspired dozens of students to seek specialized degrees in tax law and to pursue careers in that field. She was passionate about her work and about her students. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly,” said Chancellor Weiss.
Beloved by her students, Professor Kalinka was known for the relationships that she developed beyond the classroom. She mentored student participants on the Tax Moot Court team and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and both were favorite activities that she looked forward to each year. The professor kept in close touch with former students and took great pride in those who continued their legal education through LL.M. programs in taxation.
She is survived by her husband David and her children — “the students of the LSU Law Center,” said David Kalinka.  
Family members have asked that colleagues, students, alumni, and friends send written comments regarding Professor Kalinka and her teaching career at LSU. Comments, photos, and personal remembrances may be sent to

The Professor Susan Kalinka Memorial LL.M. Tax Award has been established at the Law Center to honor her memory and her love of teaching. The award will benefit a student(s) who graduates from LSU Law and is accepted by and plans to attend an LL.M. tax program.

Contributions may be made by check, credit card, or online. 

1.  Make check payable to Professor Susan Kalinka Memorial LL.M. Tax Award


2.  Print and complete the Response Card and deliver or mail to:

LSU Law Center

Office of Alumni Relations

Suite 400

Baton Rouge, LA 70803


3.  Give online via secure LSU Foundation website:


Use drop down menu and select:

Memorial Contribution

Honoree:  Professor Susan Kalinka

Family Member: David Kalinka

Donation For/Beneficiary Unit:  LSU Law Center 


For more information, contact Vice Chancellor Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz at or 225/578-8491 or Karen Soniat, Office of Alumni Relations, at or 225/578-8645.


Thank you.