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B.A., 1982, Louisiana State University
J.D., 1989, Louisiana State University

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John Randall Trahan

Oliver P. Stockwell Professorship, Saul Litvinoff Distinguished Endowed Professorship, and Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professorship 2 in Louisiana Property Rights
Professor of Law


Professor Trahan received his J.D. with high honors from Louisiana State University in 1989, where he was the Articles Editor of the Law Review and a member of The Order of the Coif. Before joining the LSU Law Center faculty in 1995, he served as a law clerk to the late Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, for one year and then practiced law with the firm Phelps Dunbar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for five years. A “civil law” specialist, he presently teaches Persons & Family, Property, Security Devices, and Successions & Donations and has taught Western Legal Traditions, Obligations, and Matrimonial Regimes, and is co-author, with Professor Kenneth Murchison, of Western Legal Traditions & Systems: Louisiana Impact, the textbook used in the Western Legal Traditions course. He participates actively in law reform work as a member of the Persons Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute and regularly lectures at the “Recent Developments” seminars put on by the Louisiana Center of Continuing Professional Development.

Courses Taught

Persons & Family, Property, Security Devices, Successions & Donations, Natural Law

Selected Publications

Law Review Articles

John Randall Trahan, The Continuing Influence of Le Droit Civil and El Derecho Civil in the Private Law of Louisiana, 63 La. L. Rev. 1019 (2003).

John Randall Trahan, The Distinction Between Persons & Things: An Historical Perspective, Journal of Civil Law Studies 9 (2008).

John Randall Trahan, Glossae on the New Law of Filiation, 67 La. L. Rev. 387 (2007).

John Randall Trahan, Glossae on the New Law of Marital Donations, 65 La. L. Rev. 1059 (2005).

John Randall Trahan, Recent Developments in the Law, 2002-2003, Successions & Donations, 64 La. L. Rev. 315 (2004).

Chapters in Books

John Randall Trahan, Litvinoff’s Cause, in Essays in Honor of Saul Litvinoff, 307 (2008).

John Randall Trahan, The Distinction Between Persons & Things: An Historical Perspective, in Journal of Civil Law Studies, 9 (2008).

John Randall Trahan, Prerequisites to Marriage in Scotland and Louisiana: An Historical-Comparative Investigation, in MIXED JURISDICTIONS COMPARED: PRIVATE LAW IN LOUISIANA AND SCOTLAND, 315 (forthcoming).