Master Lawyers and Judges Participate in Third Annual Apprenticeship Week

Some 140 second and third-year students turned out for the third-annual LSU Law Apprenticeship Week held January 4 -8, 2016.  The program offers a variety of mini-courses aimed at providing students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience.

Courses offered included practical, hands-on topics taught by volunteer master lawyers and judges. The one-hour credit program is offered free to participating students who devote the week to thoughtful preparation for class and diligent work in assigned individual and group projects.  Numerous visiting faculty have been with the program since inception three years ago. The Law Center extends its gratitude to all of the visiting faculty.

Courses offered and visiting faculty included:

Advanced Appellate Brief Writing
Michelle Stratton (’09), Associate, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.

Building Your Business and Your Brand—Strategic Lessons for Real World Success
Samira Salman (’99), CEO and Founder of Salman Solutions, LLC

Lawyering and the Legislative Process
Mark D. Boudreaux (’84), Senior Director, Federal Relations, ExxonMobil Corporation, Retired
with assistance from Maryam S. Brown (class of ‘00) and Chris John, President, LA Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Assn.

Legal Opinions in Business Transactions
Sterling Scott Willis (’83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P.

Managing the Personal Injury Case
Edward J. Walters, Jr. (’75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Darrel Papillion (’94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC

Mergers and Acquisitions
Caroline Blitzer Phillips (’96), Partner, Vinson & Elkins

Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials
Honorable J. Walter Green, U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana
C. Frank Holthaus (’75), Partner, deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Fruge, L.L.P
Catherine Maraist (’98), Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana

Strategic Thinking for Lawyers
Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr., (’83), Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, L.L.P.
Michael S. Walsh (’83), Of Counsel, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, L.L.C.

The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses
Brian Colomb (’98), Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
Andrew Quackenbos, Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards
James “Jim” Roy (’76), Managing Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, LLC

The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury
Timothy F. Daniels (’85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC

Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say
Honorable Elizabeth Foote (’78), United States District Judge, Western District of Louisiana
Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas

Winning at Mediation: Successful Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Theresa Gallion (’82), Member, Fisher & Phillips, L.L.P.