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LSU Law News

March 2018

LSBA’s LIFT Incubator Program seeks two new attorneys interested in establishing solo practices in Lake Charles

March 21, 2018

The LSBA Access to Justice Department is accepting applications for the LIFT Incubator Project at the Southwest Louisiana Law Center (Law Center). Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) is a legal incubator program designed to address the legal needs of the underserved and underrepresented by supporting new lawyers build viable and sustainable public interest-focused solo law firms. Through a collaborative project with the Southwest Louisiana Law Center (“Law Center”), LIFT Fellows are working to help address the unmet civil legal needs of low and moderate income families in the Lake Charles area. The LIFT Incubator Project at the Law Center is for new…
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LSU Law Center moves up 8 spots in 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings of law schools

March 20, 2018

The LSU Law Center moved up eight spots to No. 88 in the latest law school rankings released March 20 by “U.S. News and World Report.” The Law Center remained in the top 100 law schools in the nation in the closely watched rankings, moving up from No. 96 in the previous year. More than 200 accredited public and private law schools are reviewed by the magazine. LSU Law is one of 52 public law schools in the country to be ranked in the top 100. LSU Law entered the “U.S. News” Top 100 for the first time in 2004. “I don’t think…
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Erin Abrams, Justin DiCharia win Spring 2018 Flory Mock Trial Competition

March 19, 2018

LSU Law students Erin Abrams and Justin DiCharia won the Spring 2018 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition on March 6. Chaz Coleman and Leah Voth finished runners-up in the internal trial competition. Abrams and DiCharia represented the plaintiff against the defense team of Coleman and Voth. The case was heard and judged by a distinguished panel of experienced civil litigators: - Mr. Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr. – Managing Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P. and 2018 LSU Law Center Distinguished Achievement honoree - Ms. Lykisha Vaughan – Managing Attorney, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - Mr. Jude Bourque…
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LSU Law to present talk by former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

March 17, 2018

LSU Law’s Scholars for Environment and Energy Development will present a talk by former United States Senator Mary Landrieu at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the McKernan Auditorium. A three-time senator from Louisiana from 1996-2014, Landrieu will discuss her work following her tenure on Capitol Hill. She especially will focus on her work with Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, as well as her take on the future of the state and its coastal needs. A 15-minute Q&A session will follow Landrieu’s presentation. The Scholars for Environment and Energy Development (SEED), formerly the Environmental Law Society at the Paul…
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LSU Law celebrates Johnson, deGravelles as Alumna/us of the Year; Four alumni honored for Distinguished Achievement

March 16, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and U.S. District Court Judge John W. deGravelles, Middle District of Louisiana, highlighted the roster of notable alumni honored at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Distinguished Alumni Celebration. Johnson and deGravelles were named Alumna/us of the Year and four other LSU Law alumni were named Distinguished Achievement honorees at a ceremony March 2 at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans. “Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and Judge John Weadon deGravelles exemplify the characteristics and careers we hope for in and from our graduates. They are great lawyers,…
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LSU Law welcomes new faculty for Fall 2018 semester

March 12, 2018

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center will welcome three new faculty members starting in the Fall 2018 semesters — Lisa Avalos, Nicholas Bryner, and Madalyn Wasilczuk. Avalos previously served as Assistant Professor of Law at Arkansas. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology Northwestern University, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University. Avalos's research focuses on international human rights with an emphasis on women's human rights, gender-based violence, and sexual violence. She works with international nongovernmental organizations to develop policy solutions that address persistent human rights…
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LSU Law remembers longtime librarian Kate Wallach on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

On International Women’s Day, we honor and remember Kate Wallach — a powerhouse librarian and legal scholar whose time at LSU Law transformed the library and impacted many of our students’ lives. Dr. Wallach was a German refugee, and her admittance to practice law in Berlin in 1933 was reported as “a rare accomplishment at that time for a woman” and that she was a “model of excellence to the students she taught” by her school newspaper at the University of Cologne. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1935 and became law librarian and a member of the faculty in…
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LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources Announces Junior Associate Articles Selected for Volume VII

March 7, 2018

The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources recently announced the Junior Associate articles selected for publication in Volume VII. LSU Law congratulates these students whose hard work and dedication to legal scholarship will be displayed in the Journal in the coming year: Matthew Braquet:  American Can No Longer Afford to Kick the Can Down the Road: An Urgent Call to Save the United States from Nuclear Disposal  Chris Chesne: Worth Two in the Bush: A Discussion of and Solution to the Strict Liability Circuit Split under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Wesley Davis: Dents in the Shield: Disunity Over the Application of the CWA’s Permit Shield Provision Bret Guepet:  The…
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Louisiana Law Review announces students who received offers for publication in Volume 79

March 7, 2018

The Volume 78 Board of Editors of the Louisiana Law Review recently announced the students who have received offers for publication in Volume 79 of the Louisiana Law Review. LSU Law congratulates these authors for their hard work and outstanding contribution to academic scholarship. Brooke Bahlinger: Overcoming the Surge: How Clark v. City of Seattle Highlights the Conflicts between Federal, State, and Local Labor Laws  Hayden Bigby: A Budgetary Life Raft: An Analysis of Louisiana's State and Local Sales Tax  Catherine Briley: Missing the Forest for the Weeds: Filling the Holes in Louisiana's Medical Marijuana Statutes to Protect Employees  Christine Colwell: Playing for Pay or Playing to…
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