The LSU Law Center’s Ruby Vale National Corporate Law Moot Court Team of Sydnee Doolittle, Paul Gillespie, and Joshua McDiarmid placed among the top four teams in the nation at their competition that was held March 14 to 16 in Wilmington, Delaware. The competition is judged by attorneys and judges from the bench and bar of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey who specialize in corporate law. The Law Center’s team is coached by Professor Glenn Morris, with assistance from Professor Christina Sautter.
LSU Law students David Schroeter and Anna Scardulla, members of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Team, brought home an award for “Best Brief for the Appellee” at the regional rounds of the competition, which were held March 15 to 17 in Houston. The team also placed in the top eight teams at the regional competition.
Hosted by the AIPLA, the competition is now in its 40th year and is one of the nation’s largest moot court competitions. This year’s problem examined a case of patent infringement and the standards to be applied to preliminary injunctions in the patent law content. The team is coached by alumni Warner Delaune (’91) of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Jeanne Davis (’95) of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips LLP, with assistance from Professor Lee Ann Lockridge.
The LSU Law Center’s National Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court competition team of Andrew Lambert and Kristi Obafunwa placed among the top 16 teams at their competition that was held March 15-16, in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School, this year’s competition examined the question of whose parental interests prevail in a contested adoption. The team is coached by Professor Andrea Carroll, with assistance from Professor Jeff Brooks.
Ms. Priya Aiyar, former Deputy Chief Counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and current Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, will speak at the LSU Law Center on Wednesday, March 27, from 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium. Her visit is hosted by the editorial board of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources.
Joining Ms. Aiyar for a panel discussion on the state of energy affairs will be Professor Robert Sloan, Director of the LSU Laborde Energy Law Center, and energy law and environment Professors Keith Hall and Blake Hudson. Ms. Aiyar will also discuss careers in the energy sector and her path to the U.S. Department of Energy.
While serving on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Ms. Aiyar led the Commission’s investigation of the government and industry response to the spill. She was previously legal advisor to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where she oversaw the work of the Wireline and International Bureaus.
Before entering government service, she was a partner at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. Her practice focused on trial and appellate litigation, administrative law, and internal investigations. She began her legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Ms. Aiyar received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and an M.Phil. with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
All LSU students and faculty are invited for the unique opportunity to participate in and observe this lunch time panel discussion. Lunch will be provided.
Ms. Aiyar will also be the guest speaker for the Journal’s inaugural banquet on March 27.
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC has awarded LSU Law student Kenneth Barnes the 2013 1L Diversity Fellowship, a distinguished honor given to a first-year law student. Barnes was selected from more than 50 applicants because of his proven leadership skills and excellent academic track record. Barnes currently serves as the 1L Class President.
The 2013 Diversity Fellowship includes a six week paid summer associate position in the firm’s New Orleans office, a $5,000 scholarship, and formal mentoring by McGlinchey Stafford attorneys throughout the recipient’s law school career. As the 2013 Diversity Fellow, Mr. Barnes will also participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Retreat, which brings together diverse law students from around the country to learn about interview skills, how to transition from law school into practice, the state of diversity in the legal profession, and the value of networking. The retreat is meant to build relationships among one another and to interact with general counsel and managing partners of the LCLD member organizations nationwide.
Over 125 LSU Law students and faculty members “Paused for a Cause” on Friday, March 1, 2013, when they volunteered a combined 581 hours at nine sites across Baton Rouge: White Hills Elementary School, Discover Law Day, Louisiana School for the Deaf or Visually Impaired, Connections for Life, The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 19th JDC Public Defender’s Office, Baton Rouge Park and Recreation-City Park, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure pre-run activities. Volunteer activities included painting and landscape maintenance.
“Pause for a Cause” is an annual day of service sponsored by the Law Center’s Public Interest Law Society in collaboration with the Student Bar Association.
View photos from the event.
R. Kyle Alagood, a first year student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was sworn in on March 16, 2013, as a member of the national Board of Governors for the American Bar Association Law Student Division at the Division’s annual board meeting that took place in New Orleans.
Student body presidents and representatives from thirteen law schools in Texas and Louisiana elected Alagood as Governor for the Thirteenth Circuit, which encompasses all law schools in the two states. His term will run from March 2013 to March 2014.
The ABA Law Student Division works with the ABA Section of Legal Education on issues of mutual concern to legal education. The Division also has an impact on practical and professional skills development and provides assistance in the search for jobs, both during and after graduation from law school. Additionally, the Division offers leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming, and practical skills competitions.
On his decision to run for an ABA board seat, Alagood says, “The changing legal market presents law students with challenges to traditional employment and opportunities for innovation. I ran for Circuit Governor to help law schools in Louisiana and Texas collaborate educational and professional development programming that bolsters students’ educations and develops new relationships with legal employers.”
The Louisiana Supreme Court celebrated 200 years of service as Louisiana’s highest court on March 1, 2013. The ceremonies took place in the Louisiana Supreme Court courtroom, which was decorated to recreate the 1930 centennial celebration.
LSU Law graduate and Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne (’79) served as ceremony emcee. LSU Law Professor Randy Trahan spoke about the Louisiana Supreme Court’s role in the preservation and development of Louisiana’s civil law tradition. LSU Law Professor Paul Baier serves as secretary of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society. For more information about the history of the state Supreme Court, please click here.
The LSU Law Center has again climbed upward in the latest national rankings of law schools, moving up three spots to #76 in the 2014 U.S. News rankings.
The #76 ranking is the second highest in LSU Law history, bested only by the school’s ranking of #75 in 2010. The U.S. News ranking of top law schools is a closely watched list among the nation’s public and private law schools.
“Taken together, the U. S News ranking, the #3 Best Value ranking by National Jurist/Pre-law Magazine (2012), our students’ consistently high rate of success on the Louisiana Bar Exam, and our graduates’ continuing strong performance in obtaining employment, confirm that we are providing our students with a valuable legal education at reasonable price,” according to LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.
The LSU Law Center ranked 11th in the nation in the percentage of 2011 graduates employed in full-time, long-term legal jobs within 9 months of graduation, according to an analysis published on June 25, 2012, by the Wall Street Journal. The ranking was based on detailed legal employment data reported by all accredited law schools to the American Bar Association.
Some 194 accredited law schools in the nation are reviewed by the magazine. LSU Law is one of only 6 public law schools from Texas to Florida, and only one of 3 law schools in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, public or private, ranked in the Top 100.
LSU Law entered the U.S. News Top 100 for the first time in 2004. The new ranking accentuates the Law Center’s positive movement in the rankings in recent years. “I’m pleased to report that we moved up three places, from # 79 to # 76,” said Chancellor Weiss. However, Weiss expressed some caution over the latest ranking.
“As I’ve said in previous years, the U.S. News rankings are notoriously unpredictable and are, in part, very subjective. Every law school dean holds his breath until the rankings are announced,” said Weiss. “As always at LSU Law, we will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and the state of Louisiana. A good U.S. News ranking is lagniappe, not our overriding goal.”
Factors in the rankings include Quality Assessment (peer assessment and assessment scores by lawyers and judges); Selectivity (undergraduate GPA at 25th-75th percentile, and acceptance rate); Placement Success (graduates employed at graduation, graduates employed 9 months after graduation, school’s bar passage rate in jurisdiction, and jurisdiction’s overall bar passage rate); and Faculty Resources (student/faculty ratio and expenditures per student for instruction, library, and supporting services).
“This is a remarkable achievement for the Law Center,” Chancellor Weiss said in offering his congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff. “Here’s hoping for an even brighter future for LSU Law,” he concluded.
The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources is pleased to announce the junior associate articles selected for publication in Volume II. Congratulations to the following students whose hard work and dedication to legal scholarship at LSU Law will be displayed in the Journal in the coming year:
Noah Baker, How Long Do We Have? The Applicability of the Suspension Doctrine for Louisiana Mineral Leases in Light of Ferrara v. Questar;
Cavarrio Carter, System Check: Evaluating the Appropriate Means for Achieving Balance Between the Necessity for Natural Resources Exploration and Texas Landowner Rights;
Sam Crichton, Strategic Retreat: A Proposed Response to Evasive Energy Company Tactics following the Shale Boom-and-Bust;
Joe Ellison, Renewing the Budget: Recommendations for Louisiana’s Renewable Energy Tax Credit;
Zachary Howser, A Binding and Perpetual Obligation: Protecting Louisiana’s Sixteenth Section Land as a Natural Resource;
Spencer King, Clearing The Air: The Misguided Ruling of EME Homer and The Future of Interstate Pollution Regulation;
Brian Lindsey, Shady Grove on the Bayou: Louisiana’s Procedural Limitations on Legacy Oil Suits in a post-Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates, P.A. v. Allstate Ins. Co. Landscape.
The Journal of Energy Law and Resources is a student-edited academic journal focusing broadly on energy and its relationship to other areas of law. The JELR was created to promote the study of energy law and the effects of technological innovation on a local, national and international level.