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Second Annual Apprenticeship Week Sets Sail

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed students to the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Week on Monday, January 5, 2015. The week-long program offers a variety of mini-courses aimed at providing students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience. Courses offered include many practical, hands-on topics that are taught by volunteer master lawyers and judges.

Chancellor Weiss commended the law students who returned to school a week early to take advantage of the practical simulation courses taught during Apprenticeship Week.

“Why are you here? To learn by doing,” Chancellor Weiss told the students. “We are grateful to the Apprenticeship Week faculty—all volunteers—who have given up valuable time to teach our students,” he said.

The one-hour credit program is offered free to participating students. Students devote the week of the program to thoughtful preparation for class and diligent completion of the individual and group projects assigned. To enhance the communal experience and provide networking opportunities for students, each day includes an all student/all faculty lunch and mid-morning coffee break.

“This week should be a lot of work and a lot of fun,” said Professor John Church, Director of Apprenticeship Week. “This program gives you the opportunity to see how your Apprenticeship Week faculty practices their craft.”

Course offerings and visiting faculty include:

The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses
Faculty: James P. Roy (’76), Managing Member, Brian Colomb, (’98) Member, and Andrew Quackenbos, Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C., Lafayette, LA

The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice
Faculty: Edwin G. Preis, Jr. (’72), Founding Partner, Preis PLC and Robert M. Kallam (’90), Partner, Preis PLC, Lafayette, LA

Integration of Drones Into Domestic Airspace-Selected Legal Issues
Faculty: Edward D. Markle, Of Counsel, James Carter Law Firm, New Orleans, LA

Introduction to Leveraged Energy Finance
Faculty: Robert R. Rabalais (’89), Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, Houston, TX

Lawyering and the Legislative Process
Faculty: Mark D. Boudreaux (’84), Former Senior Director, Federal Relations ExxonMobil Corporation, Washington, DC

Managing the Personal Injury Case
Faculty: Edward J. Walters, Jr. (‘75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC; Darrel Papillion (’94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA

Navigating the Complex Regulatory World of Offshore Leases
Faculty: Jonathan A. Hunter (’87), Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, LA

Negotiating and Drafting a Commercial Lease
Faculty: Sterling Scott Willis (’83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA

Practical Antitrust Issues Involving Mergers and Acquisitions in the Energy Industry and Related Competitor Collaboration Questions
Faculty: John A. Herfort, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Cutcher, New York, NY

The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury
Faculty: Timothy F. Daniels (’85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC, New Orleans, LA

The Strategy and Drafting of Dispositive Motions
Faculty: R. Patrick Vance (’75), Partner and Leader, Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say
Faculty: Honorable Elizabeth Foote (’78), United States District Judge, Western District of Louisiana; Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas

Workshop on Effective Mediation Advocacy Skills
Faculty: Lynne Rothschild Stern, Principal, Louisiana Mediation and Arbitration (LAMA)

Faculty biographies and additional information on Apprenticeship Week may be found at

Apprenticeship Week is the Quality Enhancement Plan for the Law Center’s SACSCOS Accreditation. The 2014 inaugural Apprenticeship Week activities received rave reviews from student participants.