LSU Law alumni and students participated in the Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s 2020 Class Reunions and Hats ‘n Canes events on Oct. 23-24, which were held virtually this year due to the pandemic.
LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Lockridge and LSU Interim President Tom Galligan welcomed graduates from the classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2010 in a video message for the Class Reunions on Friday evening, Oct. 23. The video also includes a tour of the Law Center narrated by LSU Law students. Watch the video. Alumni of each reunion class were then joined by LSU Law faculty and staff members for their individual class social hours.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, many alumni also joined third-year LSU Law students and their family members to toast the Class of 2021 at a virtual Hats ‘n Canes event. Prior to the toast with Interim Dean Lockridge, the Class of 2021 were treated to a special video that was made by 3L Class President Keifer Ackley and 3L Blane Mader.
“Although the pandemic has taken away our normalcy, it did not stop the Class of 2021 from taking part in LSU Law’s most famous tradition,” Ackley said. “Even though the circumstances weren’t ideal, I’m so glad my class was able to celebrate their accomplishments and memories with their family and friends from across the country via Zoom. The Class of 2021 is special as they’ve never wavered from any challenge that’s been thrown their way the past few years. They’ve remained positive, encouraging and resilient and for that, I could not be more proud to be their class president.”
The Hats ‘n Canes video features photos of 3L students throughout their time at the Law Center as well as a special congratulatory message from legendary LSU Gymnastics Coast D-D Breaux. Watch the video.
“Despite being unable to celebrate this 3L tradition with classmates and family in person, I had a wonderful time toasting the accomplishments of our class over Zoom! It was great that my Mom, Katherine Loos — LSU Law Class of 1982 — was able to virtually attend,” said 3L Mary Katherine Loos. “Thanks to Dean Lockridge, 3L Class President Keifer Ackley, and all others who worked so hard to keep the tradition alive this year!”
“With a tumultuous year behind us and likely in front of us, it was nice to take a few minutes to gather around a computer screen with three of my closest friends at PMH to toast the beginning of the end of law school along with over 100 of our closest friends, families, and alumni on Zoom,” said 3L Eliana Wackerman. “Hats ‘n Canes, albeit virtual, gave my class time to reflect on how far we have come since the Fall of 2018 and how short of a time we have left until the Spring of 2021. There is no better way to start a Saturday than with a little LSU spirit, plenty of purple and gold decorations, tons of confetti (that I’m still finding randomly throughout my apartment), and some magician-like outfits. I would not want to have spent my Saturday morning drinking champagne in honor of anyone except this 3L class!”