On The Move Archives
December 2008

Thanksgiving Greetings From Chancellor Jack Weiss

Dear Friends of the Law Center:

The light is fading as we head toward dusk here on the eve of Thanksgiving. It has been a somber week at the Law Center. Professor Bill Crawford and his family have suffered an incalculable loss. All of us have felt and shared their grief. A beloved faculty colleague has undergone serious surgery on short notice.

Outside of the Law Center, these are also times that try men's (and women's) souls. The nation is at war. The economic picture is bleak.

Overall, it is hard to locate the celebratory mood we like to associate with our traditional national holiday of Thanksgiving. Yet it remains important that we take the day to unwind a bit and to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.


Chancellor Weiss Declares “Year of Litvinoff;” Chancellor's Council Tribute to Litvinoff Set for March 20, 2009

Chancellor Jack Weiss has declared 2008-09 the Year of Litvinoff, in honor of the retirement of Boyd Professor Saúl Litvinoff. The announcement was made at an assembly of peers, friends, and family who gathered at the LSU Law Center on Friday, Nov. 14, to celebrate Litvinoff's 43 years of service to the Law Center.

Litvinoff will assume the status of Professor Emeritus when he steps down after the Spring 2009 semester.


Neuner Honored With Distinguished Alumnus Award at Ceremony

Friends, family and colleagues of Frank X. Neuner, Jr. gathered in New Orleans the evening of Oct. 30 to honor him as the 2008 LSU Law Distinguished Alumnus. The event began at the State Supreme Court building and segued to dinner at Antoine's Restaurant.


Chancellor Answers Student Questions at Town Hall Meeting

Chancellor Jack Weiss met with an assembly of students over lunch recently in his first Town Hall Meeting of the 2008-2009 academic year. Weiss answered questions on topics ranging from whether or not students' pet dogs should be allowed in the library to the grading system.


LSU Law Students Win Multiple Honors at Regional Advocacy Competitions

Three teams of LSU Law students participated in advocacy competitions throughout the country during the weekend of November 14-16. Students traveled to Chicago, New Orleans, and Northern Kentucky to represent LSU Law in competitions dedicated to three separate areas of law practice: arbitration, appellate, and trial advocacy. All three teams did exceptionally well.


Students Participate in Roundtable With Judge Barksdale

"Prior proper planning prevents poor performance," advised The Honorable Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale, Judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge Barksdale spent the eve of the LSU v Ole Miss game with a group of LSU Law students, recounting his service to his country, his legal career, and sharing thoughts on what makes a good lawyer.


Chancellor's Council Welcomes New Members, Renews Others

New to the Chancellor's Council as of November 1 are Thomas Crichton (‘72), Renee Masinter (‘89), Paul Masinter (‘87), Donna Grodner (‘91), and John Wayne Jewell (‘68).

Mike Rubin (‘75), Tom McNamara (‘78), Pete Lewis (‘77), Danny Cavell (‘80) Chris Roy (‘59), Shelby Easterly (‘75), and John Costonis renewed their memberships.

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Tailgating Helps Law Students Bond, Relax Outside of Class

Monday through Friday, the students of the LSU Law Center prepare for a future as an upstanding member of the legal community, listening to lectures, poring over notes and old reference books, and debating the finer points of common law versus civil law.

But on Saturdays during football season, all that is forgotten. It's a time for relaxing, for bonding, and for singing Hank Williams, Jr. songs in as many keys as possible.


Another Chance to Beat Bama?

We are asking each and every one of you to help us "Beat Bama."


Pardue Addresses Environmental Law Society on Aftermath of Katrina

John Pardue, the Elizabeth Howell Stewart Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at LSU, recently spoke to the LSU Law Center's Environmental Law Society on "Hurricane debris and the environment: Understanding impacts three years post-Katrina."


Your Support Matters

Economic times are tough, and we recognize that uncertainties persist in this global economy. The needs of the LSU Law Center, however, have not diminished, and your support is needed more than ever.

From scholarships to program support, your contributions have enabled the Law Center to enhance its Tradition of Excellence and to secure its place as the state's premier public law school. Thank you!


Two LSU Law Center Staff Members Honored

Cynthia Bland and Madeline Babin, both administrative assistants, were each honored recently for their work with the LSU Law Center.

"Cynthia and Madeline are truly dedicated professionals who are most deserving of the honors bestowed upon them," said Chancellor Jack Weiss.


Faculty/Staff Highlights

Find out more about the recent achievements and work being done by the LSU Law Center's Faculty and Staff.


Alumni News

Find out the latest news on where and what your classmates are doing these days.