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Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge named interim dean of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge, David Weston Robinson Professor of Law and McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law, has been named interim dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Lockridge will act as interim dean while Dean Tom Galligan serves as LSU’s interim president as LSU conducts a national search for a new president.

“I am very happy that Professor Lee Ann Lockridge has agreed to serve as interim dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center,” said Tom Galligan, LSU’s interim president, effective Jan. 1. “Professor Lockridge has demonstrated effective leadership during her tenure as professor and is well respected by her colleagues and her students in the Law Center.”

Lockridge joined LSU as an assistant professor in 2005, was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and elevated to full professor in 2011.  Her principal area of practice and expertise is in intellectual property, trademark and licensing. Before coming to LSU, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Lockridge has co-authored numerous books on intellectual property and has authored law review articles on U.S. and international trademark and copyright law.

“I have great confidence in Professor Lockridge’s ability to serve as interim dean while the university searches for its next president,” said Stacia Haynie, executive vice president and provost. “Her demonstrated commitment to the Law Center’s faculty and students and her proven scholarly record serve her well in this role.”

Lockridge has served as chair of a number of critical committees during her tenure at the Law Center including the Executive Committee, Curriculum Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Faculty Appointments Committee, Energy Law Program Committee and Committee on Academic Success. At the university level, she serves as chair of the Graduate Council.

“While Dean Galligan serves as LSU’s interim president, I am honored and excited by the opportunity to serve the Law Center and LSU as interim dean,” said Lockridge. “I look forward to helping our faculty, staff and students continue to move our institution ahead while maintaining our core strengths.”

Before becoming a faculty member, Lockridge was an associate in the intellectual-property section of Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas. Lockridge graduated summa cum laude from Southwestern University, earning a B.A. in chemistry in 1995. She also graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 1998, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Lockridge is licensed to practice law in Texas and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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