May 2016 Your LSU Law Center Online Newsletter   
2016 Commencement

Members of the LSU Law community are invited to join us in celebration of the 2016 Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana Governor and 1999 LSU Law graduate John Bel Edwards will deliver the commencement address, and the LSU Law Golden Graduates from the Class of 1966 also will take part in the ceremony.

For those unable to attend, Commencement will be streamed online starting at 10 a.m. and will be available here.

For more information, click here.

Golden Graduates from the Class of 1966: For more information about the 50th reunion during Commencement ceremonies and the reunion luncheon, click here.

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 or at 225-578-8343.

Macmurdo Classroom Dedication

More than 100 friends and family members gathered to dedicate the R. Bruce Macmurdo Classroom on April 22. A standing-room only crowd squeezed into the "old building" classroom to witness the unveiling of the plaque that bears Bruce's image and tells a little of his personal story. Vic Marcello ('76) and Bill Steffes ('78) shared memories of political campaigns, trial preparation habits, a passion for sports and the pure love of people that characterized Bruce Macmurdo's life. Bruce's children Josie, Scott, and Mark ('16) joined their mother, Sandy, to acknowledge the dedication and thank the donors who made it possible. The dedication adjourned to a reception in the lobby of the 1937 building. Photos from the event may be viewed here.

Cheney Joseph Memorial Fund Committee Named

Cheney Joseph left an indelible mark on generations of LSU Law Center graduates, and he is remembered with fondness by those students, his colleagues and friends. His contributions will be commemorated through creation of a professorship and the naming of classroom 210W in his honor. A committee of alumni and friends has accepted the challenge to raise $680,000 to support these efforts. The committee of Pete Adams ('74), Bernie Boudreaux ('61), Emma Devillier ('88), Theresa Gallion ('82), Leo Hamilton ('77), Cordell Haymon ('68), David Joseph ('03), Maggie LeBato ('09), John Madison ('69), Charles McCowan ('67), Danny McGlynn ('85), Hillar Moore, Dean Mosely ('69), Russell Mosely ('02), Doug Moreau ('73), Randy Piedrahita ('93), Eulis Simien ('81), Scott Sternberg ('10), Erin Thrash ('82), Lewis Unglesby ('74), Paul West ('80), and Carey Wicker ('78) will be led by Interim Dean Bill Corbett and Dean-designate Tom Galligan. To make your gift in honor of Cheney Joseph, go to

Phone-a-thon Results

Thanks to our generous alumni and donors who answered the call during our recent LSU Law Center Phone-a-thon. Thank you to everyone who gave or made a pledge. We are grateful for your support!

Yearbooks Available for Alums

The Law Library has provided the Alumni Office a limited number of Les Avocats yearbooks that were produced by students for many years. If you are a graduate of any of these years, and you would like a copy, please email

Available yearbooks are from classes of 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

If you'd like to make a donation to offset mailing costs, please click here to donate to the Annual Fund.

Attention Class of 2014: Graduate Composite Photos Available

The Alumni Office has extra copies of the Class of 2014 graduate composite photo that were not picked up during 2014 Commencement activities. If you would like a copy, please send an email with your address to, and we'll mail your photo.

Faculty News

LSU Law Professor Michael Coenen Receives 2016 Rising Faculty Research Award. 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 May 2016 Class Notes.

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

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