June 2016 Your LSU Law Center Online Newsletter law.lsu.edu   
Thomas Galligan Takes Reins July 1

Thomas Galligan begins his tenure as the 11th dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center on July 1. The Law Center is planning meet-and-greet opportunities with Dean Galligan and LSU Law alumni and friends. More information - including dates and locations - will be available on the LSU Law website and in the July On the Move newsletter. We hope that you will join us as we introduce Dean Galligan to LSU Law alumni throughout the state and nation.

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166 Students Receive Degrees at LSU Law Commencement

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center awarded degrees to 166 students during Commencement ceremonies held May 27 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Three students- Thomas Dalton Bourgeois Jr., Jared Andrew Clark and Leah Nicole Neupert - graduated Summa Cum Laude, ranking within the top two percent of the graduating class. Eighteen students graduated Magna Cum Laude, and 22 students graduated Cum Laude. In addition, 18 students were elected to membership in The Order of the Coif, a national honorary law fraternity that accepts to membership only students from the highest 10 percent of the third-year class.

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Louisiana Governor and 1999 LSU Law graduate John Bel Edwards delivered the Commencement address. "I believe a great lawyer is someone who uses their abilities to make a positive difference in both the legal profession and the community," Edwards said. "On your first day practicing law, unlike just about any other profession, you can start changing the world for the better. More than an awesome opportunity; this is an obligation."

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LSU Law in Top 50 in Employment Rankings

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center is ranked in the top 50 in law schools across the nation by a pair of listings based on employment data. LSU Law is No. 43 by Above the Law and is No. 42 by National Law Journal, both rankings released in May 2016. These organizations primarily use law schools' employment data to determine their respective rankings. LSU had 130 of 187 (69.52 percent) class of 2015 graduates employed in full-time law jobs 10 months after graduation. According to National Law Journal, the national average is 59.3 percent.

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LSU Law Grad Lauren Bradberry Receives LSBA Law Student Pro Bono Award

LSU Law Class of 2016 graduate Lauren Bradberry was recently honored with the 2016 Law Student Pro Bono Award, given by the Louisiana State Bar Association. LSU Law professor John Devlin nominated Bradberry for the award due to her work with the underserved community. Bradberry was the president of the LSU Public Interest Law Society for the 2015-16 school year and completed more than 50 hours of pro bono service.

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2016 Grad Brittany Holt Honored with CLEA Outstanding Student Award

LSU Law Class of 2016 graduate Brittany Holt recently was named the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award for her work in both the Juvenile Defense Clinic and the Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic. Holt represented three clients in the Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic and helped guide her clients and their families to develop a reentry plan. With her work in the Juvenile Defense Clinic, Holt represented a client with severe mental health issues facing a violent felony delinquency petition. CLEA created the award to honor students who have excelled in a clinical course.

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Amond Selected as American Law Institute CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award Recipient

LSU Law Center Class of 2016 graduate Kristen Amond was recently selected as the school's recipient of the American Law Institute CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award. Each year, law schools are invited by the America Law Institute to select a student for the award, which recognizes a law student in the graduating class who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership. Amond graduated Magna Cum Laude and a member of the Order of the Coif. In addition, she was editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review for Volume 76 and exceeded more than 50 hours of pro bono service while at LSU. Interim Dean Bill Corbett, pictured with Amond, presented the award on May 26 at a special ceremony at the Law Center.

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LSU Law Alum Darrel Papillion Installed as President of LSBA

Darrel J. Papillion, a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, L.L.C., and 1994 graduate of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was installed June 9 as the 76th president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) during the LSBA's Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla. Papillion said he wants to bring accountability and efficiency to the LSBA during his one-year term. In addition, two LSU Law alums were elected officers and seven were named to the board of governors by the LSBA.

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Reunion Weekend

Save the Date! The 2016 Reunion Weekend for the classes of 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2005 and 2011 is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2016. More details to come.

For information on how to serve on the reunion committee, contact John Hightower at john.hightower@law.lsu.edu or at 225-578-8343.

Faculty News

LSU Law Professor Edward Richards Named to Editorial Board of "Laws" Read More »

LSU Law Professor Lonegrass, 2010 Graduate Odinet Named LBF Scholars-in-Residence Read More »

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

Class Notes

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

View the June 2016 Class Notes.

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

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