Experts from across the nation gathered at the LSU Law Center on Friday, January 16, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Acts at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote, was the focus of the day-long 2015 Louisiana Law Review Symposium. The LSU Law Center and the Pugh Institute for Justice co-sponsored the symposium.
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.
On November 5, 2014, LSU Law students toured the River Bend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville, LA. Coordinated by Professors Bob Sloan and Keith Hall, the field trip provided the students with insight into light water technology, uranium enrichment, fuel rod fabrication, the handling of spent fuel, and plant decommissioning, among others.
One of the world’s leading energy companies, Shell Oil, opened its doors on November 14, 2014, to 15 LSU Law students interested in careers in the energy sector. LSU Law alumnus J. Patrick Morris, Jr. (‘97), Senior Counsel, Upstream Americas Exploration, organized the tour of Shell’s state-of-the art training facility located in Robert, LA. Joining Morris in organizing the tour was fellow alumnus, J.T. Nesser, IV (’99), Shell’s Senior Legal Counsel, Upstream Americas - Deep Water. Students observed Shell’s safety and subsea operations, offshore oil drilling simulator, emergency helicopter evacuation procedures, and instrumentation and production operations training.
The Class of 2015 celebrated the annual Hats ‘n Canes celebration on Saturday, October 25. The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black hats and carrying canes, as Chancellor Jack Weiss toasted the class using the cane of the Law School’s first dean, Joseph Kelly. The annual Hats ‘n Canes tradition began in 1930 when seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.” Historical reference: W. Lee Hargrave. LSU Law: The Louisiana State University Law School from 1906 to 1977.
LSU Law Class of 2017 participated in a two-day orientation August 14 and 15. The students were welcomed by LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss and LSU President and Chancellor Dr. F. King Alexander. The students heard from faculty and students about the law school experience, attended a student fair organization, learned of student life and student services at the Law Center, and attended the LSBA Professionalism Program.
The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center awarded degrees to 222 students during Commencement ceremonies held May 31, 2014, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Robert “Bob” Barnett, the noted Washington, D.C. attorney who has represented Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, along with a host of other government officials and media and television celebrities, served as Commencement speaker. LSU Law alum and political author and commentator James Carville (’73) introduced Mr. Barnett.
The LSU Laborde Energy Law Center and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) co-hosted the 2014 Hartrick Symposium, “Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector,” on April 4 and 5 at the Law Center. Students from across the country attended the event. The Hartrick Symposium is an annual program of the IEL and the Center for American and International Law, a nonprofit institution dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers, prospective lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world.
On February 11, 2014, Chancellor Jack Weiss welcomed scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to the Faculty Club. The annual event honors those who help fund private 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. Thank you to all who attended this lovely event, and for your support of the LSU Law Center Scholarship Programs.
The LSU Law Center hosted Family Weekend February 21 and 22. Organized by the first-year class officers, the weekend offers an opportunity for family members to experience the life of a first-year law student and have some fun along the way. On Friday, February 21, family members of first-year law students accompanied their student to class—Administrative Criminal Justice, Legal Writing, Constitutional Law or Civil Law Property. The day ended with cocktails at the Roux House. On Saturday, February 22, a picnic was held for all LSU Law families on the beautiful LSU Law campus. Families also had the opportunity to attend an LSU baseball game.
Wearing black top hats and carrying black canes, the Class of 2014 continued the LSU Law tradition of the annual Hats-n-Canes celebration on Saturday, September 7. The class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building as Chancellor Jack Weiss toasted the class using the cane of the Law School’s First dean, Joseph Kelly. Carlo Gulina, 3L Class President, had the honor of presenting the cane to Chancellor Weiss.
Rain couldn't dampen the spirit of the Class of 2013 as they continued the LSU Law tradition of the annual Hats-n-Canes celebration on Saturday, September 29. Sporting black top hats and carrying black canes, the graduating class gathered in the rain on the front steps of the old Law Building as Chancellor Jack Weiss toasted the class using the cane of the Law School's first dean, Joseph Kelly. 3L President Josh Wood had the distinct honor of presenting the cane to Chancellor Weiss.
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 students had the opportunity to "Lunch with the Masters" on March 15, 2012 at the LSU Faculty Club. Six local practitioners visited with the law students in small groups to discuss their specific practice areas such as criminal defense, energy utility regulation, and real estate. "Lunch with the Masters" is a program designed by the Career Services Office to give students the chance to learn about specific areas of practice in a small group setting.
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.
Chancellor Weiss recently hosted the annual LSU Law Scholarship Reception at the Faculty Club. More than 100 privately-funded scholarships were represented by students, firms, LSU Law alumni, and memorial scholarship family members and friends. Guests were treated to the musical talents of Brianna Guerin (LSU Law '08) on the piano, and photo ops with Mike the Tiger, who dropped in for a visit. Scholarships funded by the financial contributions of alumni and friends of LSU Law make a lasting impact on the lives of students. The LSU Law Center deeply appreciates these contributions that make it possible to pursue excellence in legal education.