On The Move Archives
September 2008

’76 Law Center Graduate Frank Neuner Named 2008 Distinguished Alumnus

Chancellor Jack Weiss and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center announce Frank X. Neuner, Jr. as the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award. An award ceremony for Neuner will take place in New Orleans on the evening of October 30, 2008. Seating for the event is limited, with advance registration required.

Frank Neuner is a 1976 graduate of the LSU Law Center. He is a managing partner of LaBorde & Neuner of Lafayette, where he has resided since 1977. He is a past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association. He has been a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates since 2000. He is also a member of the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees, chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, and president of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation.


Former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff and Tennessee Attorney General Burson to Teach Constitutional Election Law at LSU Law Center

Charles Burson – a former Tennessee attorney general who served as counsel and chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore from 1997-2001 – will teach a new one-hour course during the spring 2009 semester at the LSU Law Center, "The Supreme Court and Presidential Elections."


Law Center Aids Students in the Wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

The LSU Law Center is offering scholarship assistance to those LSU Law students most directly impacted by Hurricanes Gustav and/or Ike. While any LSU Law student affected by the hurricanes may apply, preference will be given to those students from Louisiana parishes and Texas counties. Students should apply to the Office of Admissions and Student Records by Friday, Oct. 10.

In related news, the Law Center fed lunch to its Law Center students, faculty and staff – many of whom were without power following the storm – for the first three days of class, following Hurricane Gustav.

Jindal Reappoints Mount to LSU Board of Supervisors

Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced the reappointment of Ben Mount to the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Mount, of Lake Charles, is an attorney with the firm of Bergstedt & Mount. He earned his B.S. from McNeese State University and a law degree from LSU. Mount has served on the LSU Board of Supervisors since 2006 and will serve a full six-year term as an at-large member, as required by statute.


Afghan Judge Hashimi Visits Law Center, Discusses Legal System in Afghanistan

Abdul Saboor Hashimi has been present for some very pivotal moments in Afghanistan's recent history. He remembers Russia invading his country when he was two years old, and soldiers claiming the purpose was to save them from an American invasion. He remembers his mother disciplining him by saying, "be quiet or the Russians will get you."

Now, Hashimi, a trial judge from the Balkh Province of Afghanistan, is at the forefront of another sea change – namely that of the Afghanistan legal system from Taliban rule to a system comprised of a Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and Primary Courts.


LSU Law Center Students Recognized for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

The LSU Law Center recently held two school-wide events – tryouts for the National Trial Team and the 3rd Annual Opening Statement Competition.

The following students were selected to the National Trial Team and will represent the Law Center this fall at National Trial competitions, the National Pretrial Competition, and the ABA American Arbitration Competition.


LSU Law Center Open House Set for October 6

The LSU Law Center Office of Admissions, along with LSU Career Services, will host an Open House, Monday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Law Center's McKernan Auditorium. The Open House is designed to inform students about the LSU Law experience and the rewards of pursuing a law career.

Law faculty and staff members from LSU Career Services and the LSU Law Admissions Office will be on hand to answer questions and talk with prospective students. Also, tours of the Law Center will be offered. Refreshments will be provided.

Reunion Changes Due to Hurricane

Gustav and Ike tried to "crash" our reunion parties, but we are flexible and hope you are, too!

The Class of 1978 will still gather on October 24, but Janet Boles' storm damage cannot be repaired timely, so the location is changed to Baton Rouge Country Club. The Classes of 1968, 1983, 1988 and 1998 will gather on November 14 at their original locations.

For details and to register for your class reunion, click here.

Chancellor's Council Listings Are Linked to Your Firm's Website

Do you have a profile on your website that we don't know about? Check your Chancellor's Council listing and if your name isn't hyperlinked to your website profile, email bobbi.zaunbrecher@law.lsu.edu to let us know where to find your profile.

Welcome new members Benn Vincent ('03), Pat Vance ('75) and Joel Chaisson ('83) to the Chancellor's Council.

'Beat Bama' Annual fund Drive: First Quarter Recap

This year's Annual Fund campaign theme, "Beat Bama," is derived from the desire to raise LSU Law's historically low alumni giving rate to a percentage more competitive with peer law schools. The latest reports from the American Bar Association (ABA) show LSU trailing other law schools. LSU Law had a 7 percent alumni giving rate, while Alabama came in at 11.4 percent.

"It is great that so many law firms have joined the alumni effort and are striving for a 100 percent participation rate from their LSU grads. The results so far are very gratifying; however, we need every alumnus to contribute. If you haven't done so yet, there's still time!" commented "Coach" Mike Rubin ('75), Annual Fund chairman. Read more about the first quarter stats...


Law Center’s CLE Program Covers Bankruptcy, Estate Planning in October Seminars

October will be a busy month for the LSU Law Center's Continuing Legal Education Program, with seminars across the state in Baton Rouge, Monroe and Lake Charles.

Online registration and seminar schedules are available at https://www.lsucle.org. Registration is also available by phone at 225/578-5837.


September CLE Events Rescheduled for December

The 12th Annual Family Law Seminar, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-13, 2008, has been rescheduled for December 8-10, 2008 (Monday thru Wednesday), due to the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  The location will remain the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge.  The staff at LSUcle appreciates your understanding and patience. For information, visit our website at www.lsucle.org, or call LSUcle at (225) 578-5837.

LSU Law Center Admissions Office Selects Ambassadors

The Office of Admissions has selected the following students to serve as Law Ambassadors for 2008-2009.

Jonathan Brown, Sarah Cable, Airzola Cleaves, Jeff Coreil, Alex Dutton, Mia Etienne, Becky Jacobs, Suzanna Johnson, LaToya Jordan, Jennifer Lambert, Sarah Lambremont, Megan LeBato, Darrell Miller, Kristi Richard, Diana Serrano, Scott Sternberg, Jameson Taylor, Brad Trevino, Janell Weil, Sarah Weissman, Victoria Viator and Mana Yegani.

Chief Justice Calogero 'Guest Stars' in 'Father Chief Justice'

As part of the LSU Law Center's Constitution Day festivities on Sept. 25, La. Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr. was a guest performer in "Father Chief Justice," a play by LSU Law Professor Paul R. Baier.

Calogero was one of three individuals to play the role of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Edward Douglass White in the play.

The play was a joint endeavor of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the U.S. Civil War Center, and was sponsored by the LSU Law Center and its Student Bar Association, the LSU Law Center Federalist Society and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Oil and Gas Law Discussed in Practice Area Seminar

The Office of Career Services recently hosted the first of two planned programs for the year aimed at informing law students about the practice of law.

Patrick S. Ottinger (‘73), LSU Law Center adjunct professor, spoke to a packed audience on September 24, as part of the Career Services Practice Area Series. His topic was Oil and Gas Law. Ottinger teaches Mineral Rights for the Law Center.

The Practice Area Series was designed to provide students with practical information on the practice of law while also covering hot topics in the legal arena. Former topics have included Criminal Defense, Tax Law and Defense Law. The spring semester focus will be on Maritime Law.

Ottinger discussed the practice of a typical oil and gas attorney and also provided information on the Haynesville Shale Field development in northern Louisiana.

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