January 2020
LSU Law announces 2020 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Achievement honorees
LSU Law has selected William Crawford, Hon. Ernestine Gray, Hon. Guy Holdridge, H. Alston Johnson III and James P. Roy Sr. as its 2020 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, and Glenn Armentor, John M. Madison Jr. and Mary Olive Pierson as this year’s Distinguished Achievement honorees.

“The Law Center’s graduates work and serve the profession in a variety of capacities, from government service to the judiciary to private practice and more, occasionally even returning here to teach new generations of students, and this year’s honorees reflect that diversity,” says LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge. “We are proud to recognize our Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Achievement honorees for their professional accomplishments as well as for their support of and service to the Law Center and the community.”

The eight LSU Law alumni will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

The Distinguished Alumni award is given annually to alumni 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.

For sponsorship and ticket information about the March 6 ceremony, please contact Christine Briede at 225-578-8343 or cbriede@lsu.edu. Tickets and tables for the event may also be purchased online.

LSU Law Professor Emeritus awarded honorary doctorate from University of Bucharest
LSU Law Professor Emeritus Alain Levasseur has been honored by one of the top civil law schools in Eastern Europe with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.

Levasseur, who retired in 2015 but still teaches one course each semester at LSU Law, traveled to Romania in October to accept the honorary doctorate—the third of his career—at a special event at the University of Bucharest.

“None of this would be possible without the continued support of LSU Law,” says Levasseur, who was previously honored with a Doctor of Law Honoris Causa from the University of Paris Panthéon Assas in 2010 and a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from Paul Cézanne University Aix-Marseille III in 1998.

More than 140 LSU Law students receive academic honors for Fall 2019 semester, six graduate
Sixty LSU Law students have been awarded the Paul M. Hebert Scholar honor for academic achievement in the Fall 2019 semester and 81 have been selected to be Dean’s Scholars. Six LSU Law students also completed their degree coursework during the semester and graduated.

The Paul M. Hebert Scholar is awarded to the top 10% of LSU Law students earning 12 or more semester hours of credit in courses taken during an individual semester at the Law Center and the Dean’s Scholar is awarded to the top 25% of students who earn at least 12 hours of credit during an individual semester. The awards are noted on the students’ transcripts.

Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to deliver 2020 Rubin Lecture at LSU Law on Feb. 6
Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the nation’s leading experts on constitutional law, will deliver the 2020 Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor Lecture at the LSU Law Center on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The lecture, "Closing the Courthouse Doors," will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Robinson Courtroom and be followed by a reception. It is free and open to the public.

Chemerinsky is the author of 11 books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure and federal jurisdiction. In 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Chemerinsky as “the most influential person in legal education in the United States.”

Hundreds of LSU Law students participate in 2020 Apprenticeship Week
Hundreds of LSU Law students were led by nearly two dozen adjunct faculty members during 2020 Apprenticeship Week, which was held Jan. 6-10 on the week before spring semester classes began.

Led by master lawyers and judges, Apprenticeship Week mini-courses provide students with task-oriented training that’s usually only available through actual practice experience.

“It’s wonderful to teach and interact with the students and, honestly, I think I get a lot more out of it than they do,” says Theresa Gallion (’82), a member at Cornell Smith LLC in Austin who traveled to Baton Rouge to teach at Apprenticeship Week for her fifth year. “I really learn a lot from the wisdom in the room and I’ve already agreed to do it again next year.”

Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge named interim dean of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge, David Weston Robinson Professor of Law and McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law, has been named interim dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Lockridge will act as interim dean while Dean Tom Galligan serves as LSU’s interim president as LSU conducts a national search for a new president.

“I am very happy that Professor Lee Ann Lockridge has agreed to serve as interim dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center,” says Galligan. “Professor Lockridge has demonstrated effective leadership during her tenure as professor and is well respected by her colleagues and her students in the Law Center.”

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Professor Olivier Moréteau presented on “Civil Law Communitarianism v. Common Law Individualism: A Systemic Divide?” at Mississippi College School of Law on Jan. 22. He also presented at the 2406 Prytania Dialogue Series at the Consulate General of France in New Orleans on Dec. 19. And at the end of the fall semester, on a teaching visit at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France, he discussed “Legal Studies in the United States and LL.M. Opportunities” with dozens of students both in Lyon and at Aix-Marseille University.
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Professor Paul Baier’s biography of Colonel Frederick Bernays Wiener, "Written in Water: An Experiment in Legal Biography,” will be published by Twelve Tables Press in early 2020. Baier’s biography of Wiener is the capstone of his scholarship over the course his 47 years at LSU Law. He retired following the fall semester.
Professor Clare Ryan presented her article, “Children as Bargaining Chips,” at the McGill Faculty of Law Legal Theory Workshop in Montreal on Nov. 29. Her article, “The Law of Emerging Adults,” will be published by the Washington University Law Review in January.
Professor Leah Vicente’s article “The Promise of Sustainable Development Through Global Connections and Cultural Ruptures: East-Central Europe and South-Central Africa Compared” has been selected for inclusion in the annual meeting of the Law & Society Association, which will take place in May in Denver. The paper follows Professor Vicente’s participation as a delegate at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In our latest Dean's Council Spotlight, we profile Baton Rouge-based Taylor Porter and how the law firm's generous membership match program has helped it build the largest number of Dean's Council members from any single firm.

Challenge accepted: The Class of 1978 ‘shined yet again’ as they came together to meet a challenge and create an endowed scholarship
Hoping to create an endowment of $300,000, dozens of members of the LSU Law Class of 1978 have responded to a challenge from two of their classmates by collectively raising $100,000. Forty years after they graduated, they established just the second law endowed scholarship named in honor of a graduating class.

“It really speaks well of the values and character LSU Law instilled in our class, which had a lot of camaraderie and was full of talented people who went on to be highly regarded and very successful in the legal community,” says Warren Byrd, deputy commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Insurance and a Class of 1978 Scholarship Committee member. “I’m just very proud of my class. We rose to another challenge and shined yet again.”

The challenge began with a gift from Ross and Beth Erny Foote, who met on their first day of law school, married shortly thereafter and graduated together in 1978.

“Our lives have been made possible by the LSU Law Center,” says Ross Foote, a retired judge. “We left with so much more than just law degrees, and we’ve always thought it was important—not only for ourselves but for everyone who owes their success to the LSU Law school—to give back as much as possible.”

New Orleans native Katherine Dukes could have attended any law school she wanted to after earning her undergraduate degree in sports management from Howard University in 2016. Though she didn’t plan on returning to Louisiana when she left for college, she missed home and toured every university in the state when she decided to pursue an advanced degree.

She chose to attend LSU Law because of the warm welcome she received from the faculty and staff here—and how helpful the school has been with scholarships.

The scholarships she has received are especially significant because Dukes is also pursuing an MBA at LSU while she earns her law degree. Her first two years were spent in law school, last year was all business and this year is a mixture of both as she works to graduate with both degrees this spring.

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