December 2009

Professor Christine Corcos’ review of Frederick Schauer, Thinking Like a Lawyer (Harvard University Press, 2009), will appear in Volume 50 of the American Journal of Legal History.

Professor Olivier Moréteau, the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Chair, inaugurated a new Workshop Series at McGill University on Civil Law and its Codes: A Journey Across the Americas on November 16. He presented a paper called “De Revolutionibus… The Place of the Civil Code in Louisiana and the Legal Universe.”  Referring to Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium celestium, he demonstrated how in Louisiana as in other civil law jurisdictions, the legal world is no longer civil-code centered. He concluded that Civil codes may stop becoming peripheral if the whole legal system were re-centered on the citizen.

The Center of Civil Law Studies announces the publication of Volume 2 of the Journal of Civil Law Studies (JCLS). Articles are peer-reviewed and then edited by J.D. and LL.M. students. Volumes 1 and 2 of the JCLS are freely accessible online, at

Volume 2 of the JCLS contains articles on the origins of French legal culture in North America (Vanderlinden), on the future of civil codes in France and North American (Moréteau), on the role of caveat emptor in Louisiana and Islamic law (Borroni & Tabor), a cultural analysis of class actions (Piché), and a comparative economic analysis of the law of mergers and acquisitions in France and the U.S. (Cavalier & Straub). The volume also includes a book review and a note on the bicentennial of the Louisiana Civil Code.

Professor Paul Baier, the George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor of Law, has published a 25-year retrospective of his use of the audio recordings of Supreme Court arguments in law teaching, Beyond Black Ink: From Langdell to the Oyez Project—The Voice of the Past, 55 Loyola Law Review 277 (2009).  The publication brings down to date his Journal of Legal Education article, What Is the Use of a Law Book Without Pictures or Conversations?, 34 J. Legal Ed. 619 (1984), which first voiced Baier’s innovative “tapes method” of teaching.  “The Justices and members of the Supreme Court Bar come to class as academic support, a high-tech, front-end variation on the Socratic and case method of learning law,” Baier reports in his latest pedagogical foray, featuring his “Pine Street Phonograph” of select Supreme Court arguments.

Agustín Parise, LSU LL.M. 2006 and Research Associate at the Center of Civil Law Studies, recently received a diploma in recognition for his academic achievements from the University of Buenos Aires, a top-ranked Argentine public university.  The University of Buenos Aires counts a number of Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and graduates. Parise wrote in recent years more than 20 papers published in seven countries, with a third of those published in the United States. In addition,  Parise has received two previous awards in Argentina for his academic writings.

John Hightower, Senior Gifts Officer in the Office of Alumni Relations, has been elected Chairman of the Capital Area Division March of Dimes Foundation. 

Hector Linares, Project Coordinator with the LSU Law Clinical Legal Education Program, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. He assumes office on January 1, 2010.