On The Move Archives
February 2009

LSU Law Graduate Sworn in as La. Supreme Court’s First Female Chief Justice

Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball, a 1970 graduate of the LSU Law Center and the first woman in the history of the state to be elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court, was sworn in as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court on January 12. She is the first woman to hold that position.


Cosanici Named New LSU Law Library Director, Vice Chancellor for Information Services

Dragomir Cosanici recently joined the LSU Law Center as Law Library director and vice chancellor for information services.

Mike Beaird, who has served as interim library director since June 2008, will resume his retirement after a transitional phase.


Chancellor Announces Appointment of New LSU Law Faculty Members

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of two new LSU Law Center faculty members for Fall 2009. "Professors Ken Levy and Scott Sullivan will fill important vacancies at the Law Center and bring expertise in legal disciplines that will enhance our program," said the chancellor. "They are both rising stars in the legal academy, with every promise of becoming great teachers in the LSU Law tradition. Our students will benefit greatly from their experience and scholarship." The appointments are pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.


Diamond Joins LSU Law Center Faculty Full-Time

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced that Professor Raymond T. Diamond, who is serving as a visiting professor at the LSU Law Center this year, will join the Law Center faculty on a full-time basis beginning with the Fall 2009 semester. "Professor Diamond previously served as an associate law professor at LSU from 1984-90 before leaving to teach at Tulane. He is a talented professor as well as a valued colleague, and we are extremely pleased that he has accepted our offer to rejoin the LSU Law faculty as a tenured Professor of Law. His expertise in constitutional and criminal law, among other areas, makes him a highly sought after scholar. We look forward to his continued scholarship and outstanding teaching as a member of the LSU Law faculty."


LSU Law Graduates Sweep Bar Foundation Awards

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will honor three LSU Law Center alums at its 23rd Annual Fellows Gala on Friday, April 17, at the W Hotel New Orleans. Alums to be honored are Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Distinguished Jurist; Baton Rouge attorney Edward J. Walters, Jr., Distinguished Attorney; and Law Center Vice Chancellor Cheney J. Joseph, Jr., Distinguished Professor.


Student Transfer Policy Revised

The LSU Law Center faculty has voted to amend its long-standing policy on "Admission with Advanced Standing," commonly known as the student transfer policy. The revised policy is now in effect.


Twenty-one Students Sworn Into Clinical Legal Education Program

East Baton Rouge Parish Family Law Court Judge Pamela Baker helped swear in 21 LSU Law students to the school's Clinical Legal Education Program during a recent ceremony.

Students sworn into the program have studied at the Law Center for two years and will now be able to practice law through the clinic student practice rule, or Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. The rule requires that a student take an oath prior to acting as a student attorney.


Chancellor's Council Update

Chancellor's Council renewals poured in during the last two weeks of December. Two new members joined 87 returning members and 136 who already had renewed for a total year-end membership of 225. Chancellor's Council is the leadership giving level of the Annual Fund. Council members make unrestricted gifts to the Law Center of $1,000 or more each year. For the Chancellor's Council membership roster or information on how to become part of this group, click here.

Members mark your calendars for the March 20 Chancellor's Council event, our celebration of the "Year of Litvinoff." It will be held at LSU's Energy, Coast, and Environment building. Your written invitation will arrive in February.

Unsolved Civil Rights Murder Cases Examined in Pugh Institute Symposium

Collaboration was the central theme of the recent "Cold Case Justice Initiative," or CCJI, symposium presented by the LSU Law Center's George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice.

Syracuse University Law Professors Paula C. Johnson and Janis L. McDonald—directors of the Cold Case Justice Initiative—spoke to LSU Law Center students, faculty, and staff about their interdisciplinary project involving law and journalism students investigating unsolved civil rights murders in the South.


LSU Law Wins Third Place at ABA National Arbitration Competition

Law students William Murray, Alana Odom, Bridget Hillebrand, and Adam Savoie won Third Place at the National Arbitration Competition held in San Antonio, Texas on January 23-24, 2009.


Barristers Bowl a Win for All Involved

While the Gold Team may have topped the Purple Team 28-22 in Barristers Bowl V, the final result off the field is what mattered most. Monies raised from the game went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to send a local boy, Alex Klein, and his family to Disneyworld.


Update Your Directory Information Today

Many of you may have already been contacted via email to update your information for our new LSU Law Alumni Directory. The directory will contain complete listings of all alumni from LSU Law, including e-mail addresses, professional, and personal biographical information.


More Than One Hundred Students Make Chancellor’s List for Fall 2008

Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the names of 121 students who have earned academic honors for Fall 2008. The students were named to the Chancellor's List at the LSU Law Center. Students with 13 or more hours earned and a semester grade point average of 80 or 3.2 or better receive the honor. Notation of this honor is posted on the student's academic transcript.


LSU CLE Accepting Applications for Upcoming Seminars

The Law Center's Continuing Legal Education Program is currently accepting registrations for a trio of CLE seminars—the 7th Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law on March 6, the 2009 Current Developments in Labor & Employment Law seminar on March 13, and the 56th Mineral Law Institute on April 2 and 3. To register for these seminars, please click here, or call 225/578-5837.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

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