Spring/Summer 2012


Professor Keith Hall presented a paper “Fraud, Misrepresentation and Related Ethical Issues in Obtaining Leases” at the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Newport Beach, California on July 21, 2012.  The Annual Institute was attended by approximately 1000 lawyers and other mineral law professionals from around the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, as well as several countries in South America and Africa.

Professor Blake Hudson presented Policy Formulation in the South, Enforcement in the North: Linking Institutional and Political Governance Strengths for More Effective Forest and Climate Policy, at the 2012 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management at the University of Alberta in June.

Also in June, Professor Blake Hudson presented Dynamic Resources, Undynamic Federalism as part of the AALS Workshop on Torts, Environment and Disaster panel that addressed “Disaster Federalism.”

The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation featured Professor Christina Sautter’s article, Promises Made to be Broken?  Standstill Agreements in Change of Control Transactions, forthcoming in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.   The feature can be accessed here.  The Forum provides an arena for corporate governance communications and draws over 50,000 readers each month.  The Forum has been cited in leading financial media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The Economist.    

Professor Raymond Diamond, Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development and Institutional Advancement, was recently cited in an Associated Press article regarding the constitutional question on succession to the Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice position.

Professor Philip Hackney recently presented a paper, On Corporations, Honey Badgers, and the Rationale for Exempting Organizations from the Federal Income Tax, at the 7th Annual Junior Tax Scholars Workshop at the University of California-Hastings College of the Law. 

Professor Robert Lancaster recently presented a session at the American Association of Law Schools Clinical Conference in Los Angeles, California. Professor Lancaster participated on a panel that explored ways in which clinical professors teach their students to be culturally competent in representing clients with diverse religious, theological, or spiritual views. Professor Lancaster specifically addressed the obligation of a domestic mediator to be sensitive to the impact of religion in parenting decisions.

Professor Robert Lancaster was appointed to serve on the Nominating Committee for the American Association of Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education. The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 176 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States with the purpose of “improvement of the legal profession through legal education.” The Section on Clinical Legal Education promotes quality experiential programs in law schools and supports clinical faculty. Professor Lancaster will serve through 2014.

Professors Robert Lancaster and Kenneth Mayeaux presented at the Southern Clinical Conference sponsored by the University of Tennessee Law School on March 17, 2012. Professor Lancaster gave a presentation entitled “Metaphor as Heuristic in Family Mediation: Teaching the Importance of Language in Transforming Perspective.”

Professor Mayeaux presented with Laila Hlass from Loyola New Orleans College of Law on “Teaching Multi-faceted, Social Justice Lawyering in a Clinic Setting: The Importance and Impotence of Community Education and Advocacy Initiatives.”  Professor Mayeaux’s presentation explored the combined advocacy model used in the LSU Immigration Clinic which integrates community education and advocacy components in the students’ clinical work.

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review has published an essay by Professor Edward Richards that analyzes the Hurricane Katrina Levee Breach litigation.

Professor William Corbett, along with his co-authors, is pleased to announce the second edition of The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law Cases and Materials. 

Professor Corbett was recently interviewed on possible lawsuits arising out of the New Orleans Saints bounty system.

Professor Robert Lancaster recently spoke at the Amaker Social Justice Retreat in Chicago. Professor Lancaster was the “Defining Speaker” and spoke to participants about their roles as lawyers in social justice movements. “It is important for law students to understand the history of lawyers in social justice and civil rights movements to appreciate the opportunities present today as lawyers for social progress,” stated Professor Lancaster. Lancaster spoke of recent achievements lawyers have made in the movement for marriage equality.

Professor Lancaster started the Amaker Social Justice Retreat in 2002 when he was on the faculty of Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis. The Retreat is named in honor of the late Professor Norman Amaker who taught at Loyola University – Chicago School of Law. Professor Amaker started his career as a lawyer at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and represented Dr. Martin Luther King during the time he was held at Birmingham Jail.

Professor Jeffrey Brooks and Professor Christine Corcos were quoted in a recent Baton Rouge Business Report article about the use of social media in legal proceedings.

Professor Edward Richards participated in a roundtable discussion on “Disaster Preparedness and Public Health” at the 2012 ABA Midyear Meeting.  The panel of national and local experts discussed the impact that disasters, whether natural or man-made, can have on our health system.

Professor Robert Lancaster recently spoke at the Annual Louisiana Community Justice Conference sponsored by the Access to Justice Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Professor Lancaster gave an overview of Louisiana laws relating to family and dating violence. Professor Lancaster also recently participated in a panel discussion at the November Baton Rouge Bar Association Luncheon and spoke about Access to Justice Issues in Baton Rouge.

Professor Hector Linares presented Recent Developments in Juvenile Justice at the 2011 Annual Fall Judges Conference.  Professor Linares also presented on Compelling Disposition Advocacy at the Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit in Seattle, Washington.  Also this semester, Professor Linares gave a presentation entitled Teaching and Inspiring Future Juvenile Defenders:  Building a Model Juvenile Defense Law School Clinic at the Southern Clinical Conference held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

During 2011, Professor Ken Mayeaux served as Chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Project.  He also served again on the National Pro Bono Services Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Professor Mayeaux was the lead author of AILA’s new resource, The AILA Chapter Pro Bono Manual, A Guide for Developing and Sustaining Effective Pro Bono Programs.  The Manual presents a framework and suggestions to help local chapters generate greater commitment to pro bono service and develop an agenda of pro bono activities responsive to local community needs.  Professor Mayeaux’s article “Why Do Pro Bono?”  was published in the Summer issue of the AILA Pro Bono Newsletter and in the October 2011 issue of Around the Bar, the monthly magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar Association.  In October, Professor Mayeaux was an invited speaker at the Jesuit Migrant Service Annual Meeting in El Progreso, Honduras, where he spoke on U.S. Immigration Policy.

Professor Christina Sautter presented a work-in-progress tentatively entitled “Promises Made to be Broken? The Interplay Between Standstill Agreements and Fiduciary Duties” during the Louisiana Junior Faculty Forum held on November 4 at Tulane University Law School.  She also presented the same work-in-progress at the Central States Law Schools Association 2011 Annual Conference held on October 29 at the University of Toledo College of Law.

The Library of Congress has posted a webcast of Professor Paul Baier’s Coolidge Auditorium production of his play, “Father Chief Justice,” on its webpage and on You-Tube.  View the post at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7F9alN_OZQ


Susan Gualtier recently joined the Law Center as the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian. Ms. Gualtier manages foreign, comparative, and international collection; teaches legal research courses; and provides reference services for faculty, staff, students and other library patrons.  She received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to obtaining her M.L.I.S., Ms. Gualtier worked as an associate at the firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in New York City, and as an independent contract attorney for General Electric Oil & Gas in Florence, Italy.

Valerie Horton joined the Law Center as a Reference Law Librarian in the fall of 2011. Ms. Horton received her Juris Doctor and Master of Library and Information Studies from Florida State’s dual-degree program in August of 2011. As a Reference Law Librarian, Ms. Horton will be teaching Advanced Legal Research and providing reference services for faculty, staff, students and the community.

Natalie Palermo will serve as the Law Library’s Assistant Director for Technical Services.  Natalie earned her B.S. in International Trade and Finance from LSU and an M.L.I.S from LSU.  Natalie comes to LSU Law after working at LSU Middleton Library for a number of years.  Natalie’s duties in the library will include managing the library’s technical services department and systems administration.

Brenda Salassi received the 2011 Outstanding Service Award for the LSU Law Center presented by the LSU Foundation.  Congratulations to Brenda for her superior job performance and dedication to the Law Center!

Alisa D. Williams will receive a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Louisiana State University’s Public Administration Institute at the E.J. Ourso College of Business,  on Friday, December 16, 2011,  Alisa has been an employee of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center since November 2004. She began in the Law Center’s Continuing Legal Education Department and is now working in the Law Center’s Office of Admissions and Student Records.