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December 2019

LSU Law bids fond farewell to two of its longest-serving professors

December 3, 2019

“I think I can take some credit for helping the law school build on what was rich and special about it before my time there,” he says. Since retiring, Costonis has finished up what may be his final two legal papers—one of which will be published by the Louisiana Law Review in the coming months—and embraced a much less hectic schedule than he used to keep. “Some people really struggle with retirement, but honest to god, I don’t mind having some free time for a change,” says the 82-year-old Boston native who plans to spend his retirement in Baton Rouge, which…
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Chancellor Emeritus John Costonis reflects on LSU Law tenure as he enters retirement

December 3, 2019

In 2007, Costonis became Chancellor Emeritus and Judge Albert Tate and Rosemary Neal Hawkland Professor of Law in 2007. He taught courses in environmental law, historic preservation, land use law, law of the Louisiana coast, property, federal public land, and resources law until his retirement on June 30. Among the many accolades and awards he has received throughout his career, Costonis was presented the H.M. “Hub” Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence in 2018. The award recognizes an LSU faculty member with a distinguished record of teaching, research, administration, public service or any other outstanding contributions to the university. “He has…
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Professor Paul Baier gets surprise send-off at final class after 47 years at LSU Law

December 2, 2019

The students in Professor Paul Baier’s final class were ready with a cake to surprise the professor with and celebrate his upcoming retirement, after 47 years at LSU Law and time at University of Michigan Law School and Tennessee College of Law prior to his arrival in Baton Rouge. What the students hadn’t anticipated was a Harvard tradition that momentarily postponed the surprise. As the end of class was drawing near and a video that Baier was showing it concluded, the professor—a 1969 Harvard Law School graduate—simply stood up, announced “class dismissed” and walked out of the classroom. After a…
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