Jan. 6, 2014 — LSU Law kicked off its first Apprenticeship Week today, with over 130 students and 16 master lawyers and judges serving as faculty. The innovative program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the practical aspects of legal education in focused, task-oriented, small enrollment mini-courses.
“This week is about exposing you to the way great lawyers and judges think about legal problems,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss at today’s orientation. “We want to expose you to how great lawyers and judges make choices; that’s ultimately what we do in legal practice. A second goal is to allow students and faculty to cross-pollinate, and to get to allow you, as students, to get to know this extraordinary group of lawyers and judges…Lastly, the week is about having some fun with the law,” said Chancellor Weiss.
Course offerings and visiting faculty include:
Advanced Appellate Brief Workshop
Michelle Stratton (’09), Associate, Baker Botts
The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses
James Parkerson “Jim” Roy (’76), Managing Member, Brian Colomb, Member (’98), & Andrew J. Quackenbos, Associate, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice
Edwin G. Preis, Jr. (‘72), Founding Partner, & Robert M. Kallam (’90) Partner, Preis & Roy PLC
Lawyering and the Legislative Process
Mark D. Boudreaux (’84), Senior Director, Federal Relations ExxonMobil Corporation
Managing the Personal Injury Case
Edward J. Walters, Jr. (’75), Partner, & Darrel Papillion (’94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Navigating the Complex Regulatory World of Offshore Leases
Jonathan A. Hunter (’87), Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis
Negotiating and Drafting the Commercial Lease
Sterling Scott Willis (’83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P.
The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury
Timothy F. Daniels (’85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
The Strategy and Drafting of Dispositive Motions
R. Patrick Vance (’75), Partner and Leader, Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Jones Walker
Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say
Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas & Honorable Elizabeth E. Foote (‘78), United States District Judge, Western District of Louisiana
Workshop on Effective Mediation and Advocacy Skills
Lynne Rothschild Stern, Principal, Louisiana Mediation and Arbitration (LAMA)
LSU Law Professors John Church and Jeffrey Brooks serve as director and deputy director, respectively. The program concludes on January 10.
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LSU Law Center’s ABA Arbitration Team Wins Regional Championship
Taking First Place at the ABA Arbitration Regional Competition on November 16 and 17, was the Law Center’s Arbitration “Purple” Team of Deanna Candler, Anna Grand, Justin Hall, and Leigh Hill. The Purple team advanced to the national championships of the Arbitration Competition, which will be held at the ABA’s headquarters in Chicago in January 2014. LSU Law students Nicholas Antaki, Breanna Green, Philip Prejean, and Leah Scott with the “Gold” team advanced as one of the top four teams in the competition to the Semifinal Round. The LSU Law Center’s Advocacy Programs hosted the regional competition which was held at the LSU Law Center.
Over one hundred teams from law schools across the United States competed in regional rounds of the competition for one of twelve spots in the national finals. Twelve teams fielded by Emory University School of Law, the LSU Law Center, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Texas A&M University School of Law, South Texas College of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law competed in the Louisiana regional rounds of the Arbitration Competition.
The American Bar Association’s Arbitration Competition gives students at law schools around the country the opportunity to gain experience in alternative dispute resolution by engaging in a mock commercial arbitration. This year’s students presented their clients’ positions in a fictional real estate transaction dispute to arbitral panels composed of experienced attorneys. Students presented opening arguments, called and examined witnesses, made evidentiary presentations, and presented summations to the panels.
The Advocacy Programs extend thanks to the many LSU Law Center alumni and faculty who gave of their time to serve as volunteer arbitrator-judges!
John P. Laborde Receives The 2013 Pope John Paul II Award: Family and Faith Inspire a Lifetime of Service
LSU Law alumnus John P. Laborde was honored as the 2013 Pope John Paul II Award Recipient by the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. The Pope John Paul II Award is presented annually to a deserving layperson or permanent Deacon who resides in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and who exhibits inspirational examples of Christian stewardship. The award criteria include an outstanding record of volunteer service, high moral character and exemplary values.
Some 650 guests, including family, friends, colleagues, LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, and faculty and staff, attended the dinner and awards ceremony at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Laborde spoke of his love of family, church, and country, while encouraging the audience to aspire to a life of service and commitment to values. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans remarked on Mr. Laborde’s humility and generosity to those in need.
Mr. Laborde is a 1949 graduate of the LSU Law Center. On October 26, 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved naming the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center in recognition of his historic $2 million gift to the Energy Law program, as well as his lifetime support of the Law Center.
Mr. Laborde has served in multiple leadership roles with the Law Center, and was honored as the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1993. He has been a longtime member of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council, a former member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees, and a member of the Law Center’s Forever LSU Campaign Steering Committee. Mr. Laborde served as Chair of the Law Center’s Annual Fund Campaign from 1999 – 2003.
Read the John Laborde News Release .
Congratulations to Ben Aguiñaga and C.J. Murray, who placed first in the 2013 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition! The Honorable James Brady (’69) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Honorable C. Michael Hill (’76), U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana and the Honorable Guy Holdridge (’78) of the 23rd Judicial District Court, judged the competition that was held November 4 at the Law Center.
LSU Law Center Honors 2013 Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Achievement Honorees at Awards Dinner
The LSU Law Center honored Vice Chancellor Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. (’69) as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the Honorable Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. (‘66), Richard F. “Dick” Knight (’58), Marilyn C. Maloney (’75) and Michael A. Patterson (’71) for Distinguished Achievement at an awards dinner on November 1, 2013 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Guests enjoyed video tributes of each honoree. A highlight of the event was a “roast” of Distinguished Alumnus Cheney Joseph by LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, and longtime friends and colleagues, Professor Bill Corbett and Charles McCowan. View the photo gallery.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to a graduate for rare distinction in professional achievement and loyalty to the LSU Law Center. The Distinguished Achievement awards recognize graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community.
Biographies of Honorees
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. serves as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He previously served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1981 to 1989.
Professor Joseph received his A.B. degree with honors in Philosophy from Princeton University and his Juris Doctor from the Law Center, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and The Order of the Coif. Before joining the LSU Law faculty in 1972, he served as administrative assistant and special counsel to the district attorney in the 19th Judicial District. In July 1976, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana appointed Professor Joseph to serve as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, where he served until August 1977. He served as First Assistant and District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District from May 1989 until January 1, 1991. The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed him to serve as Judge Tempore on the 16th and 40th Judicial District Courts in 1992 and 1993. Later, the Court appointed Professor Joseph to serve as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College, a position he held from 1994 to 1996, and again in 2001. He continues to serve as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College. Professor Joseph was appointed by Governor M.J. “Mike” Foster, Jr. to serve as his Executive Counsel. He served from January 1996 until January 2000, when he returned to the law school as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The Honorable Stanwood Duval, Jr. received his Juris Doctor in 1966 from LSU Law. Since October 1994, Duval has served as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He achieved Senior Status in December 2008. From 1966 until his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Duval practiced law in Houma, Louisiana, as a partner with Duval, Funderburk, Sundberry & Lovell, L.L.P. Additionally, during those years he was Assistant City Attorney from 1970 to 1972 and Parish Attorney for the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government from 1988 to 1992. Judge Duval served as a member of the Indigent Defender Board from 1976 to 1982. He was an elected delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1973 and was elected to the Committee to Write Rules of Procedure.
Judge Duval has served as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States Courts, the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute and the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council. He is a Past President/Current Member of the Tulane Inns of Court. Since 2001, Judge Duval has served on the Board of Directors of Covenant House of New Orleans, a non-profit corporation which provides aid to homeless adolescents.
A 1958 graduate of LSU Law, Richard F. “Dick” Knight is the Chairman of the Board of Resource Bank. During his time in law school, Knight served as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi honor societies. Knight served as Judicial Administrator for the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1958 through 1960, one of the earliest court-appointed administrators in the United States. In 1960, Knight entered private practice as partner in the Bogalusa law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes & Knight. During his 42 years of active practice with the firm, his work focused on business and corporate law, estate planning, real estate and banking. In 1998, Knight was one of the organizers of and attorney for Resource Bank, and he was selected as its first Chairman. He left the practice of law in 2002 to become the CEO of Resource Bank until a permanent CEO was selected. After the selection of a new CEO, Knight remained as full time Chairman of the Bank and its one Bank Holding Company.
For his commitment to civic and charitable service, Knight received the 2004 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the 2013 Legacy of Scouting Award, and the 2011 St. Tammany Parish West Chamber of Commerce Community Leader of the Year Award. Each March 21, the Covington community celebrates Richard F. Knight Day in recognition of his lifetime of community service. Knight is the Chairman of the Civil Procedure Committee for the Louisiana State Law Institute. He also has served as CLE lecturer at the Law Center. Knight is a member of the LSU Law Hall of Fame, former member of the LSU Law Board of Trustees, and is a member of the LSU Law Center Chancellor’s Council.
Marilyn C. Maloney received her Juris Doctor from LSU Law Center in 1975 where she was Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and a member of The Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. A shareholder with Liskow & Lewis, Maloney served as the founding chair of the firm’s Houston office. She is a transaction attorney with experience in a range of commercial areas, including commercial lending, energy transactions, corporate trust, real estate, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions.
Maloney is Chair Emeritus of the Louisiana State Law Institute. She is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Maloney is an accomplished leader in many civic, legal, professional, and religious associations. In 2004, her achievements were recognized by the Louisiana Bar Foundation, which presented her with its 2004 President’s Award. The same year, she was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the Women of the Year. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Maloney is a member of the LSU Law Center Chancellor’s Council and is Past Vice President of the LSU National Law Alumni Board.
Michael A. Patterson, a 1971 graduate of the LSU Law Center, is a partner with Long Law Firm, L.L.P. in its Baton Rouge office. He received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and LLM in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Patterson’s practice is focused in the areas of business litigation, professional liability, mediation and settlement counsel. He is also a founding and managing member of The Patterson Resolution Group, which provides mediation, arbitration and mediation counsel services throughout the State of Louisiana. Patterson has been mediating cases for over 20 years and has handled cases in virtually every area of the law. Patterson was the 2007 recipient of the California Dispute Resolution Council “Excellence in Dispute Resolution Scholarship” for his paper An Evaluation of Hurricane Katrina Mediation Program Administered by the Louisiana Department of Insurance. In 2002, he served as Judge pro tempore on the First Circuit Court of Appeal. Patterson is an Adjunct Professor of trial advocacy and evidence at the Law Center.
An active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Patterson served as President in 2010-2011. During his tenure as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, he obtained a grant to establish the first pro-bono plan in Louisiana and hired the Association’s first full-time executive director. Patterson served as the original director of Baton Rouge Lawyer Referral Service, the first referral service in the state. Patterson is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and served as its Chair from 2009-2010.
The LSU Law Center’s National Pretrial Competition team recently took First Place at the National Pretrial Competition, one of the most intensive law school advocacy competition experiences in the United States. The competition was held October 10-13, 2013, at Stetson University College of Law. The LSU Law team of Danielle Borel, Doran Drummond, Matthew Hamilton, and Sikandar Mehr was one of 16 law schools from around the country that competed for a chance to win the competition. Ms. Borel and Mr. Mehr also each won an award for Best Oralist. The Pretrial team is coached by alumna LaToya Jordan (’10) and Professor Jeff Brooks.
“LSU’s success at the National Pretrial Competition demonstrates how an LSU Law education prepares graduates to be ready to practice,” said Professor Jeff Brooks, Preis & Roy Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice. “The Pretrial Competition closely simulates a day in the life of an attorney practicing in federal court. It calls for high levels of critical thinking and knowledge of the law from students, requires them to think and react in a high-pressure courtroom setting, and makes them demonstrate competence in a number of different litigation skills.”
The Law Center Advocacy Programs are among the largest advocacy competition programs in the United States. Law Center teams compete at 27 different moot court (appellate advocacy), trial advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution competitions across the United States. These competitions provide students with some of the most intensive and rigorous skills development available to law students. Working under the direct supervision of faculty and practitioner coaches, each team spends weeks preparing for its individual competition. The Advocacy Programs also sponsor a series of workshops and boot camps for student competitors, providing them with additional training and development.
In commemoration of Constitution Day on September 17, Vice Chancellor Ray Diamond and Professors Michael Coenen and John Devlin discussed and took questions from students on the major constitutional issues the Court is set to address, such as:
- The meaning of the Recess Appointments Clause;
- The scope of Congress’s powers to implement treaties;
- The constitutional validity of statewide affirmative-action bans; and
- First Amendment limits on government-sponsored prayer.
As part of the discussion, the professors discussed three cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court: NLRB v. Canning, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Town of Greece v. Galloway.