May 2019
178 students receive degrees at 2019 LSU Law Center Commencement ceremony

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center awarded degrees to 178 students during Commencement ceremonies held Friday, May 24, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, with former LSU Law and current Seton Hall Law professor Michael Coenen delivering the Commencement address.

LSU Law’s 2019 graduating class represents 25 Louisiana parishes, 15 U.S. states and five countries. Men made up 59 percent of the class, and women made up 41 percent. LSU Law awarded the Juris Doctor degree to 170 students, with 139 of those students also earning the Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law and four earning the Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy. Eight students received the Master of Laws degree.

“This class molded and shaped an identity as a concerned, collaborative, committed and concentrated group,” LSU Law Dean Tom Galligan said. “They have made this law school a better place. I thank them, and I praise them.”

17 LSU Law students elected to The Order of the Coif
Seventeen members of the LSU Law Class of 2019 were inducted into The Order of the Coif in a ceremony May 24 in the McKernan Auditorium.

The Order of the Coif is a national honorary law fraternity. The Louisiana chapter was established in 1942, and its purpose is to stimulate scholarly work of the highest order and to foster and promote a high standard of professional conduct.

10 LSU Law students inducted into The Order of the Barristers
Ten members of the LSU Law Class of 2019 were inducted May 22 into the Order of the Barristers during a ceremony in the Robinson Courtroom.

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs.

2019 grad MJ Hernandez recipient of American Law Institute Award
LSU Law 2019 graduate MJ Hernandez was selected as the recipient of the school’s American Law Institute CLE Scholarship & Leadership Award. Hernandez, from Mandeville, graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the national honorary law fraternity The Order of the Coif.

Chair in Maritime Law established thanks to Dodson & Hooks gift
The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center announces the establishment of the Endowed Chair in Maritime Law thanks to a gift made by the Dodson & Hooks, APLC law firm.

The more than $600,000 gift from Dodson & Hooks was matched with $400,000 through the Louisiana Board of Regents competitive matching grants program.

Professor Lisa Avalos was awarded LSU International Scholar Research/Arts & Performance Grant for her proposal titled “She must be lying to us! Rape, Disbelieved Victims, and the Politics of Charging Victims with False Reporting (England).”
Professor Robert Lancaster was a visiting professor at Université Grenoble Alpes Law School (UGA) in Grenoble, France, during the Spring 2019 semester. He taught a course on Comparative Criminal Justice Systems to students from 12 different countries in the Diploma of Legal Studies Program at UGA.
Professor Elizabeth Carter’s article “Rethinking Premarital Agreements: A Collaborative Approach, 46 N.M. L. Rev. 354 (2016) was cited by the Delaware Supreme Court in the case of Silverman v. Silverman, 2019 WL 964060 (2019).
What advice does Minor Pipes have for today’s law students? Read on to learn more about Minor and find out who joined the Dean’s Council in May.

2019 Reunions
Reunion weekend for the LSU Law classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009 will be held Oct. 25 and 26. We need volunteers to serve on reunion committees. Contact Bobbi Zaunbrecher ( or 225-578-8705 ) if you are interested in serving on a committee or if you have any questions.

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