LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced on September 12, 2014, an $800,000 gift from the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation to the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. The gift establishes the J. Bennett Johnston Energy Law Endowment Fund in honor of Senator Johnston and will support student internships and externships in energy law and policy. The fund will serve as a challenge fund for the Law Center’s $20 million Energy Law Center fundraising campaign. The internships and externships created as a result of the gift will allow LSU Law students to be placed in prestigious energy-related positions in government, industry and nonprofit organizations. These new experiential learning opportunities, a hallmark of the newly created Certificate in Energy Law and Policy, will afford students opportunities to expand their knowledge of the practical aspects of energy law and policy. Joining Chancellor Weiss for the gift announcement were Senator Johnston, a 1956 graduate of the Law Center; Mary Johnston Norris, daughter of the Senator and Chair of the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation; David Norriss, member of the Johnston Science Foundation; Ryan Crespino, V.P. for Finance and Administration, Greater New Orleans Foundation; and Daryl Owen (’81) and Charles McBride, former staff members during the Johnston years in Washington, D.C..
For the third year in a row, the LSU Law Center welcomed the U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program to the campus on April 17. The U. S. Army War College represents the highest level of education offered by the military services, according to program literature. The Eisenhower Series College Program is designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between students of the Army’s senior educational institution and the public at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Panelists included LSU Law Alumnus Colonel Sherb Sentell (’95), Lt. Colonel Thomas Anthony Boone, Lt. Colonel Charles Poche and Captain Jim Boswell. Topics discussed included: Guantanamo Bay: Is There a Better Way?; Legal Aspects of Cyber War and the Cyber Domain; and U.S. Policy on Drone Strikes.
The LSU Law Center welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Michelle Shamblin Stratton, the Law Center's first-ever U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, to the campus on September 6 and 7 for two busy days of educational events. The agenda for the Justice and Ms. Shamblin included student forums, classroom teaching, and meetings with students, leaders of student organizations, and the faculty.
LSU Law graduates of "51 Years or Better" gathered for the annual Les Avocats reunion on August 15 at the Faculty Club. The Class of 1961 is the newest class to be added to this distinguished group of alumni. The attendees enjoyed seeing old classmates and reminiscing about their law school days.
LSU Law Family Weekend was held February 10 and 11, 2012. On Friday, February 10, family and friends of first year law students observed life at the law center by attending class with their first year student. Once classes finished, the LSU Ambassadors gave tours of the beautiful LSU campus. The day ended with the first annual Casino Night. On Saturday, February 11, all members of the Law Center and their families were invited to the LSU Law Family Bar-B-Q hosted by the first year class.
On April 14, 2011, Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed 130 scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to the Faculty Club. The annual event honors those who helped fund scholarships at the Law Center, and the students who have benefited from that generosity. The reception also provides the Law Center an opportunity to say "thank you" to our donors, and, of course, to acknowledge our wonderful students. Chancellor Weiss also recognized the generous donors who have recently established scholarships. Some 27 new endowed and annual scholarships have been established since our last reception in 2009. Thank you to all who attended this lovely event, and for your support of the LSU Law Center Scholarship Programs.
March 25, 2011 - Baton Rouge Chancellor Jack M. Weiss announced today a gift from the John T. Nesser Family to establish the Nesser Family Endowed Chair in Energy Law. LSU Law Center alumni John T. Nesser III, J.T. Nesser IV, and Amanda Nesser Moeller established the endowed chair through a gift to the LSU Law Center's Forever LSU campaign. The Nessers' gift is the largest philanthropic gift the Law Center has ever received from a living donor and only the second endowed chair in the Center's history. It will support a major new initiative, allowing the LSU Law Center to broadly expand its already strong program in traditional oil, gas and mineral law into the vastly expanded field of 21st century energy law.
The annual Chancellor's Council dinner was held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on March 25, 2011. This event recognizes alumni and friends who have given unrestricted gifts of $1000 or more to teh Law Center. The Council and the Law Center also use the occassion to thank and acknowledge major gift donors to the Law Center. Annual contributions from Chancellor's Council members are used to support a variety of student and faculty activities, academic programs and alumni services. Student financial aid, facility and technology improvements, as well as other initiatives that enhance the standing of LSU Law, would not be possible without the generosity of our Chancellor's Council members and major gift donors. Six retiring LSU Law faculty members were honored during the dinner. Those faculty members honored were Howard L'Enfant, Frank Maraist, Patrick Martin, Warren Mengis, Kenneth Murchison and Katherine Spaht. Video tributes documented their outstanding service and careers. These professors have made remarkable impressions on many students' and colleagues' lives over the years, and they will be missed. On behalf of the Chancellor's Council and the Law Center, we wish them well in their future endeavors.