January 2016 Your LSU Law Center Online Newsletter law.lsu.edu Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
LSU Law Dean Candidates to Visit Campus This Week

Two candidates will interview this week for the position of Dean of the LSU Law Center. A series of meetings and talks with the LSU Law community and LSU administration are scheduled during the campus visits.

Candidate Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. will meet with the LSU Law community at a reception scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Union Square (formerly The Faculty Club), located on the corner of Raphael Semmes and Highland Road.

Candidate Cynthia L. Fountaine will meet with the LSU Law community at a reception scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Union Square.

RSVP to 225/578-8491 or cindy.winn@law.lsu.edu

More information on the Law Dean search

John Bel Edwards ('99) Sworn in as Governor of Louisiana

John Bel Edwards was sworn in on January 11, 2016 as the 56th Governor of Louisiana. A 1999 graduate of the LSU Law Center, Edwards graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif and served on the Louisiana Law Review. Prior to his election as governor, Edwards served as the State Representative for Louisiana District 72.

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Frank Maraist Lecture Hall Campaign Launched by Students, Friends and Colleagues

Professor Frank Maraist was known for asking his students, "Are you running with me?" as a way of judging their comprehension and zeroing in on those suspected of losing track during his fast-paced lectures.

In December, a group of former students, friends and colleagues, launched a campaign to name The Frank L. Maraist Lecture Hall (Room 110) in honor their teacher, mentor, friend and colleague. The steering committee, led by Ralph E. Kraft ('75), has been hard at work during the silent phase of the campaign, raising nearly $200,000 toward the $500,000 goal.

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Community Turns Out for Symposium on Criminal Sentencing Reform

Leaders of the criminal justice system, the state and local legal community, along with concerned community members, engaged in a day-long discussion on criminal sentencing reform during the 2016 Louisiana Law Review's symposium held on Friday, January 22, 2016. Entitled, Throw Away the Key: Criminal Sentencing Reform in the 21st Century, the symposium featured experts and legal scholars from across the nation. The symposium was co-sponsored by the LSU Law Center and the Pugh Institute for Justice, with support from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation. Organizers also dedicated the symposium to Cheney C. Joseph, Jr., former LSU Law Professor and Interim Dean, who passed away in December.

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Master Lawyers and Judges Participate in Third Annual Apprenticeship Week

Some 140 second and third-year students turned out for the third-annual LSU Law Apprenticeship Week held January 4-8, 2016. The program offers a variety of mini-courses aimed at providing students with focused, skills-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience. Courses offered include practical, hands-on topics that are taught by volunteer master lawyers and judges. The one-hour credit program is offered free to participating students who devote the week to thoughtful preparation for class and diligent completion in assigned individual and group projects.

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Law Review Launches The Legal Ease–A Podcast of the Louisiana Law Review

The Legal Ease, a podcast of the Louisiana Law Review, is now available free to alumni and the broader community. The Legal Ease is an academic podcast aimed at apprising legal students and professionals of relevant legal topics.

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Law Center Mourns the Passing of Professor Emeritus Thomas A. Harrell

Professor Emeritus Thomas A. Harrell passed away on January 20, 2016. Professor Harrell was a Coif graduate of the Law Center, Class of 1951. Professor Harrell joined the Law Center and served on the faculty for 23 years, teaching courses in mineral rights (oil and gas), property, security devices, corporations, contracts, oil and gas taxation, law office practice, Civil Law Systems, oil and gas law seminars, and security in moveables (U.C.C. Art. 9). He held the Campanile Professorship.

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Law Center Community Gathers for First "Jog for Cheney Jo"

Some 150 students, family members, friends, and colleagues gathered for the first annual, "Jog for Cheney Jo," on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The event was held in honor of Cheney Joseph, long-time professor and Interim Co-Dean of the LSU Law Center, who passed away on December 18, 2015. The walkers and runners followed the route taken by Cheney nearly every afternoon during his 40 years of teaching at LSU Law. Mary Terrell Joseph ('70) and other family members joined in the run and walk on the brisk, sunny afternoon.

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Former Students and Participants in Juvenile Defense Clinic Square Off in U.S. Supreme Court Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today on a case presented by LSU Law alumni and former participants in the Center's Juvenile Defense Clinical Legal Education program. LSU Law alums squared off on both sides of Montgomery v. Louisiana (case No. 14-280).

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama, prohibiting a mandatory life without parole sentence for juvenile offenders, provides for a new substantive rule that is retroactive in cases on state collateral review, the court decided in its 6-3 decision.

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Do Your Remember When?

Take a scroll down memory lane and help the LSU Law Library! As part of its archival collections, the Law Library has numerous photos of Law Center students and activities. Unfortunately, many of the photos from late 1980s through the early 2000s are unidentified.

To help preserve the archival record of the Law Center, the Law Library is hoping our alums will take a few moments to identify familiar faces and events depicted in these unidentified photos the Library has uploaded to Flickr. Please visit the Flickr page, browse the photos, and when you see someone you know, or remember what event is taking place in the photo, leave a comment with that information. Library staff will later take those comments and add them to our documentation for the collection. To comment on the photos, please take the following steps:

  1. Go to www.flickr.com
  2. Sign into your account (or create one via Yahoo, Facebook, or Google).
  3. Visit our Flickr page.

We appreciate your assistance with this project. If you have any questions, please contact Travis Williams, LSU Law Metadata Librarian and Archivist.

Faculty News

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

Student News

LSU Law Students Receive Academic Honors for Fall 2015 Semester
The LSU Law Center has announced the names of those law students who earned academic honors for the Fall 2015 semester. Read more

Petit and Sprinkle Win 2015 Robert E. Tullis Moot Court Competition
Congratulations to LSU Law Students Julien Petit and Richard Sprinkle, winners of the 2015 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition! Read more

Upcoming Events

The Continuing Struggle of Desegregation, CLE and Reception
February 25, 2016
Contact: Tricia Pierre
Rep. Phone #504-444-7378
E-mail: Tricia.Pierre@LSBA.org

Current Developments in Labor & Employment Law
March 11, 2016, LSU Law Center

Louisiana Law Review Civil Law Symposium
March 18, 2016
E-mail: lawreview@law.lsu.edu

Mineral Law Institute
March 31, 2016 - April 1, 2016
E-mail: lsucle@law.lsu.edu

Intersection of Energy and Natural Resources
March 4, 2016, LSU Law Center
Registration unavailable at this time; please check this page often.

14th Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law
April 8, 2016, LSU Law Center
Registration unavailable at this time; please check this page often.

Stay Tuned for Class Reunion Information

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming fall reunions for the Classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006, and 2011! If you'd like to volunteer to be on your Class Reunion Committee, please contact Joana Hernandez Edwards at 225/578-0733 or joana.hernandez@law.lsu.edu.

Golden Graduates from the Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th reunion during Commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2016. A reunion luncheon will follow. More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

Class Notes

Find out about the latest news and accomplishments of your classmates!

View the January 2016 Class Notes

To submit an item for Class Notes, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

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