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Scholars to Speak at Civil Law Symposium; Event to Honor Professor Alain Levasseur

On March 18, 2016, the Louisiana Law Review and The Center of Civil Law Studies will host a symposium entitled "More Than a Tradition: The Future of the Civil Law in Louisiana and Abroad." In addition to honoring the work of former LSU Law Civil Law Professor Alain Levasseur, the presenters will celebrate the civil law as a legal tradition and discuss the future of the civil law as a primary legal tradition.

Joining us in the celebration will be several scholars from throughout the world, including Michel Séjean and Mustapha Mekki from France, as well U.S. colleagues, including our own Professor Randy Trahan, Ronald Scalise (Tulane Law School), David Gruning (Loyola Law School), Symeon Symeonides (Willamette University School of Law) and Vivian Curran (University of Pittsburgh School of Law).

The symposium is free and open to the public. To register and to view the full program

We hope you are able to join us!

Law Grads Honored by LSU Alumni Association

LSU Law grads Bernette Joshua Johnson ('69) and Frank P. Simoneaux ('61) were among five LSU alumni inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction on March 4, 2016. Both recognized their law school experience as a cornerstone of success.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Johnson said "I attribute my professional success to the excellent training that I received at LSU Law..." Simoneaux noted that "LSU has meant learning principles of government, military life and law which enabled me to reach far beyond Brusly St. Vincent where I was born."

The Hall of Distinction awards began in 1966. This was the 50th annual award ceremony.

Maraist Lecture Hall Campaign

The Frank L. Maraist Lecture Hall Campaign is on track to finish strong. The campaign committee, chaired by Ralph Kraft ('75) has just a little less than $100,000 left to reach the campaign goal. Professor Maraist made an indelible impression on generations of LSU Law grads with his intense and demanding classroom style. He helped many of you find your first job. He is a living legend whose scholarship continues to influence decisions rendered in our state's courtrooms. If you haven't yet made your contribution to the campaign, please click here to donate.

For more information about the campaign, committee members and current donors, click here.

Saluting Professor Harriet Daggett during Women's History Month

Harriet Spiller "Ma" Daggett (1891-1966) was admitted to the practice of law in 1926 and began teaching at LSU Law the same year. When she was named a full professor of law in 1931, it was a "first" – for LSU and the nation! There were no other women who held full professorships of law at any ABA-approved AALS-member college. It was two years before the second woman full professor of law was named at California Berkley and 10 years before the third, at Baylor. "Ma" Daggett was a scholar of mineral rights, community property and domestic relations. She served on the state bar board of governors and co-founded the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court. LSU Law is proud of this legendary trailblazer!

Family Law Moot Court Team Wins National Championship

Congratulations to the Law Center's National Family Law Moot Court Competition team of Miesha Dunn, Samantha Gonzalez, and Keanan Parr, who took first place honors at the Domenick L. Gabrielli competition, which was held March 3-5 in Albany, NY! Third-year LSU Law student Miesha Dunn was also named the competition's Best Overall Oralist.

The Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition is sponsored by Albany Law School, and asks students to brief and argue cutting-edge issues in the realm of family law. This year's case file dealt with whether a sperm donor could seek parental rights under a state's artificial insemination and third-parent statutes, and whether awarding the sperm donor parental rights would be in the best interests of the child.

The Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court team is coached by Ms. Lykisha Vaughan ('12) of the Law Office of Lykisha R. Vaughan, LLC.

(Pictured are students Keanan Parr, Miesha Dunn, and Samantha Gonzalez.)

LSU Law Takes National Championship at Admiralty Moot Court Competition

For the second consecutive year, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center took first place honors at the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition. The winning team was composed of Phillip Smith, Arielle Minor and Caroline Darwin. Thirty teams from nineteen different law schools from around the country participated in this year's competition which concluded this past weekend. The team was coached by Dean Sutherland ('75). Former LSU Law admiralty team members Jennifer Mayberry ('14), Ahmed Mohammed ('15), C. Jacob Gower ('12) and Shelly Napolitano ('12) each participated in pre-competition practices, along with Professor John Devlin.

Also for the second consecutive year, Phillip M. Smith won the Rebecca Jackson Award for the Best Oral Advocate in the Championship Round. The winning team also won the Law Offices of George W. Nowell Award for the Best Respondent's Brief.

The LSU Law team of Stephanie Lott, Markel Guidry and John Nickel received a quarterfinalist award, placing ninth, and barely missing the quarterfinals by a fraction of a point on the third tie-breaker.

"I am extremely proud of all six of these LSU students, who devoted an enormous amount of their time and effort to participate in this competition. I am grateful to the LSU Law Center for providing me the opportunity to work with these bright, talented and motivated law students," said Coach Dean Sutherland.

Other Student News

Jessup Moot Court Team Wins 5th Place Best Brief Award

Kalinka-Stutes Tax Team One of Four Best in the Country

National Appellate Advocacy Teams are Regional Finalists

Criminal Trial Team Top Eight Nationally

National Civil Mock Trial Places Second

NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Team Quarterfinalists

Journal of Energy Law and Resources Names Editorial Board

Chancellor's Council Members - Save the Date

Chancellor's Council members and their families are invited to a tailgate party before the LSU Spring Football Game. An invitation with details will follow. We hope you will be able to join us!

Date:  Saturday, April 16th
Time:  Noon – 2pm

To renew your Chancellor's Council membership, click here.
(Click under Designations and select Law Center Chancellor's Council Fund).

Reunion Weekend

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

For information on how to serve on the reunion committee, contact Joana Hernandez Edwards at or at 225/587-0733.

Event to Honor Susan Halsey, Dallas Alum ('83)

Interim Dean William Corbett and the LSU Law Center invite you to join us for a celebration of the Susan A. Halsey Memorial Fund honoring the late Susan A. Halsey ('83). The gift announcement will be held on March 29th at 4:30 pm at the Jackson Walker LLP office in Fort Worth.

To RSVP, contact Joana Hernandez Edwards at or at 225/587-0733.

Law Center to Dedicate Room to Bruce MacMurdo ('78)

On Friday, April 22, 2016, classroom W220 will be dedicated to the memory of Bruce Macmurdo ('78) at a 3:30 ceremony that is open to all alumni and friends. After Bruce's untimely and unexpected passing in 2007, his friends Vic Marcello, Jack Young, Bill Steffes and Ed Walters spearheaded a campaign to raise the necessary funds. They completed the task just weeks ago.

Bruce's son, Mark, will participate in the dedication. Mark is currently a 3L and will graduate in May. Register for the dedication, which will be held in the West Foyer (lobby of the old building).

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
  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.

March CLE Opportunities

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

63rd Mineral Law Institute
March 31-April 1, 2016
LSU Law Center

Coming in April

14th Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law
April 8, 2016
LSU Law Center

LSU Law Dean-designate Tom Galligan is part of a star-studded cadre of instructors that includes: Professor David W. Robertson of the University of Texas School of Law; Kenneth G Engerrand of Brown Sims, PC in Houston; Judge W. Eugene Davis of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; Judge Jane Triche Milazzo and Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III of the U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana; Alabama Deputy Attorney General, Corey L. Maze; and Lt. Megan K. Clifford and Clint Thompson, of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Faculty News

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 most recent 2016 Class Notes.

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

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