On The Move Archives
May 2009

Construction Underway on Clinic Space at Law Center

Work on the LSU Law Center's new Clinical Legal Education space has begun in earnest with an expected completion date of mid-June. 

"Providing an appropriate space for our clinical program has been a priority of the Law Center," said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. "We are looking forward to working with our clients from the community in a setting that serves their needs, while also offering the best possible educational experience for our students."


Sternberg Elected LSU Board Student Representative

Scott Sternberg, third-year student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was recently elected to be the new student member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Sternberg was picked for the one-year position at a meeting of LSU student government leaders in Baton Rouge. He will be sworn in at the board's June 4th meeting in Baton Rouge.


Dodson Family Endows Professorship in Honor of Yiannopoulous

“LSU Law never had a better friend,” said Richard J. “Jerry” Dodson, about former LSU Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos. Dodson and his wife, Gloria, recently established the A.N. Yiannopoulos Endowed Professorship at the LSU Law Center in honor of the former Law Center faculty member. Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Yiannopoulous, and his family, friends and colleagues, gathered at the Law Center on May 29, 2009 to commemorate the gift.


Chancellor Hosts 2009 Scholarship Reception

Chancellor Jack Weiss recently hosted the annual LSU Law Scholarship Reception at the Faculty Club. More than 100 privately funded scholarships were represented by students, firms, LSU Law alumni, and memorial scholarship family members and friends. Guests were treated to the musical talents of Brianna Guerin ('08) on the piano, and photo ops with Mike the Tiger, who dropped in for a visit.

Scholarships funded by the financial contributions of alumni and friends of LSU Law make a lasting impact on the lives of students. The LSU Law Center deeply appreciates these contributions that make it possible to pursue excellence in legal education.

LSU Law Scholarships


LSU Law Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program Ranked No. 12 Nationally

Based on its record in moot court competitions in 2008-09, LSU Law will be invited as one of the top 16 moot court programs in the country to the National Moot Court Championship in Houston to be held January 2010. LSU is the No. 12 program in the country according to the University of Houston Law Center's Blakely Advocacy Institute, which ranked schools based on results from more than 60 different moot court competitions during the 2008-09 school year. 

LSU is the only school from Louisiana and the Southeastern Conference to be invited to the competition.


LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on February 2009 Bar Exam

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results recently released by the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 82.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the February 2009 administration of the Bar. In all, 40 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 33 successfully passed the Bar.


Ziober Receives LSBA Student Pro Bono Award

During her first year as a law student at LSU, the most hectic year of law school most students would say, Leslie Ziober single-handedly coordinated an effort to organize a group of LSU Law students to travel to Biloxi, Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

In her second year, she arranged for another group of law students to go to Acadiana Legal Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where they assisted those affected by Hurricane Rita.

Now in her third year, she once again coordinated a group of law students to assist hurricane victims by arranging for a work trip to areas of the Texas Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Ike.

For these and other efforts, the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) has chosen Leslie Ziober as the winner of its 2009 Law Student Pro Bono Award. She will be honored at the annual awards ceremony and reception hosted by the Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 19.


Chancellor's Council Update

In April, John Luffey (’75), Amanda Nesser Moeller (’05), and Joseph Hargrove (‘75) joined the Chancellor’s Council for the first time. Bill Crawford (’55), John T. Nesser III (’73), Frank Purvis (’35), D. Irvin Couvillion (’59) and Henry Dauterive (’52) renewed membership.

For a roster of Chancellor’s Council members or to join, click here.

Spring Reunions in Two Weeks, Reservations Due

The Class of 1959, our Golden Grads, will celebrate its 50th reunion in conjunction with Commencement, on Thursday, May 28. Classmates will don golden robes and be seated on the floor with the 3Ls. Class member Chris Roy will address the graduates. A luncheon will follow Commencement in the Law Center's Tucker Room.   

Les Avocats, graduates of "51 Years and Better," will hold their annual reunion on Friday, May 29, at the Faculty Club. Reservations are required for each event. Contact Bobbi Zaunbrecher for reservations or more information.

2009 Inaugural Job Internship Fair

The LSU Law Center recently hosted the first Job Internship Fair, sponsored by the Minority Involvement Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. The event was open to diverse students attending all four Louisiana law schools. The goal was to provide a professional development vehicle for law students of all class ranks willing to accept invitations for free or modestly-paid internships during all or part of the summer. The fair connected highly motivated students with employers who are committed to providing law students with diverse backgrounds meaningful legal work, constructive feedback, and mentoring.

Though an internship by its nature does not include a promise of future permanent employment, students are able to increase their marketability with the legal experience and mentoring gained. Students had an opportunity to submit bids to interview with employers from across the state, receive information and greet potential employers without the pressure of a formal interview at information tables, and network with area employers and judges at an informal luncheon.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

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


LSUcle hosts Criminal Trial Evidence Workshop

LSU Law's Continuing Legal Education program will host a Criminal Trial Evidence Workshop, Friday, May 22, in the Law Center's McKernan Law Auditorium. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m., and the event concludes at 4:15 p.m. Six hours of CLE credit are available. Registration is $279 and can be done online by phone at 225/578-5837.

Student News

- Ellison Awarded CLEA Outstanding Student Award for Work in Juvenile Case

By LSU Law Director of Clinical Programs Robert Lancaster's account, third-year law student Paige Ellison faced one of the most demanding cases to come through the school's Immigration Legal Services Clinic.

- Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs Celebrate Success

The LSU Law Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board celebrated another successful year at their annual banquet in April. Awards were presented for the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, as well as the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition.

Alumni News

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