LSU Law Galleries
LSU Law welcomed about 20 students from Bossier City’s Parkway High School on Tuesday, April 18, for a tour of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Second-year law students Danielle Monsour and William “Grey” Fitzgerald spent nearly an hour showing the students the Law Center and telling them about student life at LSU Law. The students also spent some time with Trial Advocacy Fellow Charles Watkins, who guided them through a cross-examination exercise. The Parkway students visited LSU Law as part of a multi-day trip to Baton Rouge, during which they also visited the State Capitol and attended an LSU baseball game.
The U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals held oral arguments at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center on Wednesday, March 22. Six LSU Law students were selected to submit amicus briefs in advance of the hearing, and two of them—3Ls Chad Thornton and Hannah Turner—argued their briefs before the court. Following the hearing, Senior Appellate Military Judge Col. Natalie D. Richardson, Appellate Military Judge Col. William J. Annexstad, and Appellate Military Judge Col. Eric J. Cadotte, as well as the held a question and answer session with those in attendance. A special reception was also held in the Student Lounge for the judges and attendees.
LSU Law held a commencement ceremony for Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 graduates on Saturday, May 15, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick of the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, delivered the keynote address, and other speakers included Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John L. Weimer, LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge, and LSU President Tom Galligan.
Roughly 300 people attended the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Celebration on Friday evening, March 6, to honor eight LSU Law alumni at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge. “Our 10,000 LSU Law alums have made their mark on our state and in places throughout the globe,” said LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Lockridge in her opening remarks, “and tonight we gather to honor eight of our graduates who have distinguished themselves in the practice of law, in our communities and within the walls of LSU Law.” Longtime LSU Law Professor William Crawford, Hon. Ernestine Gray, Hon. Guy Holdridge, and attorneys H. Alston Johnson III and James P. Roy were honored as Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Distinguished Achievement honorees were attorneys Glenn Armentor, John M. Madison Jr. and Mary Olive Pierson. Among those in attendance were LSU Interim President Tom Galligan; Hon. Kitty Kimball, retired chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; Hon. John deGravelles of the U.S. District Court for Middle District of Louisiana; LSU Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Leach Werner; Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne; and LSU Law Chancellor Emeritus John Costonis. Many LSU Law alumni, professors and retired professors were also on hand.
The 2019 Reunion Weekend was a huge success, bringing hundreds of LSU Law alumni and students together for a weekend of celebrations on Oct. 25-26. Reunion Weekend events kicked off on Friday, Oct. 25, with a pair of CLE classes on ethics and professionalism, presented by alumni James A. Brown and Skip Philips, respectively. Later that evening, graduates from the classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009 celebrated their reunions at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge. The fun continued on Saturday, with the All-Alumni Tailgate and Hats 'n Canes toast, which preceded a thrilling 23-20 win by the LSU Tigers over Auburn. LSU Law would like to thank all those who participated in this year's Reunion Weekend events, as well as Brown and Phillips for teaching the CLE classes, and NeunerPate and CSRS for sponsoring the All-Alumni Tailgate.
LSU Law Dean Thomas Galligan, Jr. welcomed the LSU Law “Class of 2022” at the first day of a two-day orientation program on the LSU Law campus. Dean Galligan was joined by Dr. Stacia L. Haynie, LSU Executive Vice President and Provost; Andrea Carroll, LSU Law Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs; Jake Henry, Director of Admissions for the Law Center; and, numerous LSU Law faculty members and students. Some 205 students make up the first year (1 L) class. Louisiana residents comprise 70 percent of the class, while 30 percent are nonresidents. The class is 53 percent female and 47 percent male; 21 percent are students of color. Students hail from 67 undergraduate institutions, 24 states and one foreign country. Fifteen of the entering students are enrolled in the LSU Law/LSU 3 + 3 program.
Congratulations to the LSU Law Class of 2019, who celebrated with the annual Hats ‘n Canes toast on Oct. 20. The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black hats and carrying canes. The annual Hats ‘n Canes tradition began in 1930 when seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.”
LSU Law welcomed more than 130 scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to the Club at LSU Union Square for the annual Scholarship Reception on March 27, 2018. The annual event honors those who helped fund scholarships at the Law Center, and the students who have benefited from that generosity. The reception also provides the Law Center an opportunity to say "thank you" to our donors, and, of course, to acknowledge our wonderful students. Thank you to all who attended this event, and for your support of the LSU Law Center Scholarship Programs.
Nine members of the LSU Law Class of 2018 were inducted into The Order of the Barristers on May 30. The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs. Students who have excelled in moot court, mock trial, brief writing, oral advocacy, and other advocacy programs throughout their time at the LSU Law Center are selected to join the Order.
Ahmed Soussi won the 2018 Dean’s Cup Moot Court Competition on April 9 with. Jacob Irving finishing runner-up. The Dean’s Cup Moot Court Competition refines students’ oral advocacy skills by arguing a series of real cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the final round, Soussi and Irving argued Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, which involves laws that forbid voters from wearing political badges, buttons, or other insignia at the polling place.
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. The case was heard and judged by a distinguished panel of experienced civil litigators: Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr. – Managing Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P. and 2018 LSU Law Center Distinguished Achievement honoree; Lykisha Vaughan – Managing Attorney, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services; and Jude Bourque – Assistant Attorney General, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Litigation Division and National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Instructor.
LSU Law students Tyler Robbins and Chaz Coleman won the Fall 2017 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition on Oct. 5 at LSU Law. Robbins and Coleman successfully defended their client in the case judged by United States Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III, US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Lindsay Blouin, Deputy Chief Defender, East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender; and Colin Clark, Deputy Solicitor General and Chief of Criminal Appeals, Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
LSU Law alumni from the classes of 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007 and 2012 gathered Sept. 29, 2017, at the Baton Rouge Hilton for their reunion ceremony. Graduates had the opportunity to attend a free CLE on Friday afternoon at the Law Center. That evening, the graduates attended the reunion reception and buffet dinner at the Hilton Capitol Center. On Saturday, the annual all-alumni tailgate was held at the Law Center.
Congratulations to the LSU Law Class of 2018, who celebrated with the annual Hats ‘n Canes toast on Sept. 30. The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black hats and carrying canes, as Dean Tom Galligan gave his inaugural toast to the class using the cane of the Law School’s first dean, Joseph Kelly. The annual Hats ‘n Canes tradition began in 1930 when seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.”
LSU Law students Kyle Townsley and J. William VanDehei won the Fall 2017 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition on Nov. 1 at LSU Law. Townsley and VanDehi successfully argued their case in the final round judged by Senior Judge James Brady, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; Elizabeth Murrill, Solicitor General for the Louisiana Department of Justice; and Corey Amundson, acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.
The Class of 2017 had a picture-perfect day for their annual Hats ‘n Canes celebration on Oct. 1. The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black hats and carrying canes, as Dean Tom Galligan gave his inaugural toast to the class using the cane of the Law School’s first dean, Joseph Kelly. The annual Hats ‘n Canes tradition began in 1930 when seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.”
LSU Law alumni from the classes of 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006 and 2011 gathered Sept. 30, 2016, at the Baton Rouge Hilton for their reunion ceremony. Graduates had the opportunity to attend a free CLE on Friday afternoon at the Law Center. That evening, the graduates attended the reunion reception and buffet dinner at the Hilton Capitol Center. On Saturday, the annual all-alumni tailgate was held at the Law Center.
About 75 LSU Law students traveled to six areas around Baton Rouge to lend a hand during the Public Interest Law Society’s annual Fall Day of Service on Saturday. Starting at 7:30 a.m., students, faculty and staff donated their time with Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent DePaul, BREC’s Farr Park, and Cat Haven. Students and staff working with Habitat for Humanity tore down drywall, removed flooring and sprayed mold prevention in a house destroyed by recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.
The LSU Law Center welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Michelle Shamblin Stratton, the Law Center's first-ever U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, to the campus on September 6 and 7 for two busy days of educational events. The agenda for the Justice and Ms. Shamblin included student forums, classroom teaching, and meetings with students, leaders of student organizations, and the faculty.