Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou Guest Lecture Series: March 13

Professor Uma Outka, University of Kansas School of Law, will present at the first Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou guest lecture series.

Professor Uma Outka, University of Kansas School of Law, will present at the first Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou guest lecture series.

The first Bringing the Rockies to the Bayou guest lecture series will be held Thursday, March 13 at 12:40 p.m. in room 106. Professor Uma Outka with the University of Kansas School of Law will present, “Intrastate Preemption in the Shifting Energy Sector.”

Professor Outka joined the KU Law faculty as an associate professor in 2011 and is an affiliate faculty member in the KU Environmental Studies Program and Center for Environmental Policy. She teaches environmental law, energy law and related courses, and property.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

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LSU Law National Environmental Moot Court Team are National Finalists

L to R: Coach Karen Blakemore ('07), Joseph LeBeau, Jacob Laborde and Paige Gallaspy

L to R: Coach Karen Blakemore (’07), Joseph LeBeau, Jacob Laborde and Paige Gallaspy

The LSU Law Center’s National Environmental Moot Court team of Joseph LeBeau, Jacob LaBorde, and Paige Gallaspy recently brought home a national finalist title and placed as one of the top three teams nationwide at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition.  Hosted by Pace University Law School,the competition is one of the largest inter-school moot court competitions of any kind under one roof.  Seventy-eight teams from as many law schools competed in the tournament this year, with over 200 competitors combined.  In addition to the national finalist title, Jacob LaBorde received a Best Oralist recognition and Joseph LeBeau received two Best Oralist recognitions.

Karen Blakemore (’07) of Phelps Dunbar LLP, coached the team.  Blakemore was a member of the 2006 LSU Law team that won a national championship at the Environmental Moot Court competition.

The final round can be viewed online at http://law.pace.edu/live-webcast-final-round.

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LSU Law Black Law Students Association Named Chapter of the Year

L to R: Kiara Gradney, President; Dorian Woolaston, Vice President; Donald Williams, Regional Director of Programming at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Convention

L to R: Kiara Gradney, President; Dorian Woolaston, Vice President; and Donald Williams, Regional Director of Programming at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Convention.

The LSU Law Center’s chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (BLSA) brought back two awards from the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Convention: Chapter of the Year in the medium chapter division and Social Action Chapter of the Year.

The awards recognize the chapter for its campus and community outreach and involvement. BLSA has welcomed to the campus the Honorable Karen Bennett-Haro, who spoke on the school-to-prison pipeline; co-hosted the panel discussion, “A Questionable Verdict? Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and Stand Your Ground Laws”: promoted the C-SPAN Bus Tour, an interactive multi-media learning center that brings C-SPAN’s coverage of public affairs to communities nationwide; sponsored first-year students’ study sessions and exam preparations; and volunteered at a local elementary school by reading to students and organizing a Halloween costume drive for the students.

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Information Session: Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy

An information session on the new Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy will be held Monday, March 10 at 12:40 p.m. in room 106. Eligibility and requirements for the certificate will be discussed.  Lunch will be provided.

14 Feb Energy Concentration poster

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LSU Law Student Bar Association Hosts Annual Legislative Preview

L to R: Chancellor Jack Weiss, Representative John Bel Edwards ('99), Representative Patricia Smith, Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain, SBA Vice President Jeffrey Wale and SBA President Brooksie Bonvillain at the 2014 SBA Louisiana Legislative Preview.

L to R: Chancellor Jack Weiss, Representative John Bel Edwards (’99), Representative Patricia Smith, Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain, SBA Vice President Jeffrey Wale and SBA President Brooksie Bonvillain at the 2014 SBA Louisiana Legislative Preview.

The LSU Law Student Bar Association (SBA) hosted the annual Louisiana Legislative Preview on Tuesday, February 25, in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center. The panelists included State Representatives John Bel Edwards (’99) and Patricia Smith, and Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain. Jeffrey Wale, SBA Executive Vice President, moderated the open-subject forum about upcoming issues in the Louisiana legislative session, which begins March 10. Higher education, job growth in Louisiana, state infrastructure needs and proposed legislation for an increase in the minimum wage were among the many topics discussed.

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LSU Family Law Clinic Benefits Students and the Community

Third-year LSU Law student Porche Saulsberry “wanted to get out of the classroom and into the courtroom.” She found the perfect fit as a student in the Family Law Clinic where students represent indigent victims of domestic violence in protective order and other family law proceedings.

The Family Law Clinic, one of six clinics in the LSU Law Clinical Program, provides students, under close faculty supervision, the opportunity to represent actual clients with real legal issues before various courts and administrative agencies.  Third-year Clinic students are certified to practice law under Supreme Court Rule XX.  The Law Clinic allows students to put the substantive law they have been studying into practice.

“Custody, child support and domestic disputes were the main legal issues that I faced,” said Saulsberry, who took the Family Law Clinic to gain practical experience.

The student attorneys appeared in Family Court in East Baton Rouge Parish every Wednesday during the fall 2013 semester.  134 new cases were referred to the Family Law Clinic during the fall semester.  The total number of court appearances in all cases was 306.  Total client contacts included 340 in-person client conferences, 290 telephone conferences with clients, and 379 conferences with defendants, opposing counsel and/or witnesses.

“Before being in the clinic, I had not taken Family Law,” said Saulsberry.  “The clinic gave me a crash course of family law from a realistic approach,” she said.

“Not only does it provide an excellent service to our community, but it is highly beneficial to our students,” said John Leech, a third-year law student who took the Family Law Clinic in fall 2013.  It was Leech’s interest in family law and the opportunity to litigate that led him to the Family Law Clinic.

“I feel that the Family Law Clinic was the most beneficial thing I’ve done at LSU Law,” said Leech when asked why he took the clinic.  “Personally, I learn best from doing so that’s one reason why.  But there’s also something to be said for taking things you’ve learned and applying them to help those who need help the most.  On top of that, the clinic offered an opportunity to not only apply family law and matrimonial regime concepts to real life situations, but other areas of law, like civil procedure and even some criminal law practice concepts.  It was a unique chance to pull together a lot of different concepts.”

The LSU Law Clinic is directed by Robert Lancaster, the J. Nolan and Janice D. Singletary Professor of Professional Practice and Judge Earl E. Veron Professor of Law.  The Clinical program is supported, in part, by the Rick and Donna Guzman Richard Charitable Foundation.  Additional information about the LSU Law Clinic can be found here.

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Symposium to Address Historic Freedom of the Press Case and Impact on Government Politics and the Civil Rights Movement

Breaux-Poster-2-20The LSU Law Center will co-sponsor the LSU Manship School Reilly Center for Media & Public Affair’s 2014 John Breaux Symposium on March 5 and 6. This year’s Symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan. Legal and academic experts will discuss the impact the decision had on media coverage of government and politics.

“This is an exciting collaboration between the Law Center and our friends at the Manship School of Mass Communication,” said LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. “The Supreme Court’s 1964 decision in Sullivan was intended to have a powerful liberating effect on the news coverage of public affairs and public officials. Has it? Will it continue to do so? At what cost to other important values? The Breaux Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and journalists to discuss these questions together,” according to Weiss, a First Amendment authority.

LSU Law Visiting Professor Paul Finkelman, one of the nation’s leading legal historians, will kick off the Symposium on Wednesday, March 5, at 5:00 p.m. with a discussion of the historic case. The discussion will be held at the LSU Law Center in the McKernan Auditorium. Professor Finkelman’s talk will look at the historical context of New York Times v. Sullivan and examine the case in relation to the Civil Rights Movement. According to Finkelman, the case was as much a civil rights case as a freedom of speech/press case. Finkleman will discuss how First Amendment liberties are tied to the civil rights movement and how a different outcome in the Times case would have severely undermined the civil rights struggle in the South.

The Symposium continues on Thursday, March 6, with panel discussions from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Holliday Forum in the Journalism Building. Speakers for the panel discussions include:

• Kathleen Blanco, former governor of Louisiana
• Jack Weiss, LSU Law chancellor
• James C. Goodale, author and former New York Times legal counsel
• Regina Lawrence, professor of politics and media, University of Texas at Austin
• Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and law, University of Minnesota Law School
• Amy Reynolds, Reilly Center director and media law scholar
• Jerry Ceppos, Manship School dean and journalist

Panel discussions will address the importance of Times v. Sullivan for media and law; the impact of Times v. Sullivan on media coverage of politics and government; and the impact of Times v. Sullivan on the future of media. There will also be a lunch and book signing with speaker and author James C. Goodale, former general counsel of The New York Times.

For more information, please contact Emily at etille1@lsu.edu or 225-578-7312.

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Institute for Energy Law and LSU Law Center Announce Co-Presented Symposium: Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector

The Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center are proud to announce the upcoming Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector Symposium, to be held April 4-5, 2014 at the LSU Law Center.

The conference has been organized by co-chairs Patrick Dunn of EDF Trading Resources, LLC in Austin and Keith B. Hall of the LSU Law Center.

Symposium topics will include:

• In-house legal work
• Working as a landman
• Becoming a negotiator
• Regulatory and compliance opportunities

All topics will be delivered by senior industry professionals interested in helping new graduates. A panel of employer experts will conclude the symposium by addressing key skill sets necessary for success, with particular consideration being given to students not falling within the top ranks of graduates but who have skills and interest in working in the energy sector.

Informal networking opportunities will also be available to give attendees the chance to speak with industry participants one-to-one or in small groups.

Please visit www.cailaw.org/IEL for further details and to register.

About the Institute for Energy Law
An institute of the Center for American and International Law, IEL provides superior educational and professional opportunities for lawyers and other professionals in the energy industry through educational courses, conferences, scholarly publications and membership activities. IEL presents numerous educational conferences and seminars each year, publishes papers, periodicals and The Oil and Gas Reporter, and provides an important forum in which contemporary issues affecting the energy industries can be discussed.

About LSU Law Center
The LSU Law Center provides a rich educational environment that gives students one of the most demanding programs of legal education in the nation. The school is consistently ranked among the top 100 law schools and recently received a #3 Best Value ranking as a result of tuition costs, state bar exam passage rates, and the percentage of students employed after graduation.

About the LSU Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center
The LSU Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center will prepare lawyers for the full range of
21st century practice and leadership in the complex world of energy law. Created in 2012,
it is the first such center in Louisiana and one of a handful in law schools nationwide.

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LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources Announces Senior Editorial Board for Volume III

The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources is proud to announce the students who have been chosen to serve as the Senior Editorial Board for Volume III:

Kirbie Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Iman Montgomery, Managing Editor

Michael Landis, Articles Editor

Charmaine Borne, Production Editor

Samantha Costas, Production Editor

JoAnn Hymel, Notes & Comments Editor

Michael Neuner, Online Articles Editor

The LSU 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.

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LSU Law to Offer Free Tax Assistance to Foreign Students, Teachers and Researchers

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center offers a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program where law student volunteers provide free tax preparation services for federal and state income taxes to foreign students, teachers and researchers that qualify as non-resident taxpayers. Individuals who have F, J, M, or Q visas are eligible for assistance.

Dates and Time of service:
February 25, 26, and 27;
March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19
6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Location:
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
1 East Campus Drive
Room W210, First Floor
Enter the Law Center from the steps facing the parade grounds and turn right down the hallway. The VITA site will be in the classroom at the end of the hallway.

Eligibility:
Foreign students, teachers, and researchers with F, J, M, or Q visa status.

Please note the following will disqualify you from assistance: 1099-MISC, Capital Gains, Rental Income, Sale of Real Property, Gain for Sale of Personal Property, Dividends.

What to bring:
• Visa
• Passport
• 2012 tax return, if available
• Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
• Form W-2, if you received one
• Form 1042-S, if applicable
• Form 1098-T, if applicable
• Form 1099-MISC, if applicable
• Form 1099-R, if applicable
• Form I-94
• Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers (i.e., a blank check) if you wish to use direct deposit.

The law students have offered this service since 1999. Questions should be directed to Joe Ellison at jelli14@lsu.edu.

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