September 2019
2015 LSU Law graduate Ben Aguiñaga reflects on his recent clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court
Since wrapping up his clerkship for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito during the 2018-19 term, 2015 LSU Law graduate Ben Aguiñaga has been enjoying some well-deserved downtime, traveling with his wife and perfecting his barbecuing skills.

As he prepares to join Jones Day at its Washington, D.C. office this fall as an attorney in its Issues and Appeals group, Aguiñaga—who’s only the second LSU Law graduate to clerk for a Supreme Court justice—recently reflected on his time at the nation’s high court.

In an extensive Q&A, Aguiñaga discusses his day-to-day duties as a clerk; shares step-by-step advice to law students who aspire to follow in his footsteps; expands on how his experiences at the LSU Law Center and subsequent clerkships prepared him to work for Justice Alito; and talks about some of the “truly memorable experiences” he had at the Supreme Court—including locking eyes with Arnold Schwarzenegger and seeing Justice Sonia Sotomayor playfully pinch Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Featured alumnus: Armin Moeller, Jackson, Mississippi
He’s been named a Mississippi Leading Attorney by Mississippi Business Journal, and he’s been inducted into Human Resource Executive magazine’s Hall of Fame among “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.”

Meet Armin Moeller, a New Orleans native and 1972 LSU Law graduate who has spent much of his nearly 50-year career practicing in Mississippi.

LSU Law Center welcomes first student mental health professional
LSU Law students now have access to free mental health consultation and therapy services at the LSU Law Center from Catherine Seemann, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Seemann joins LSU Law with more than a decade of experience providing counseling and wellness services, and her arrival marks a historic first for the LSU Law Center.

Dean Tom Galligan has become the first holder of the Dodson and Hooks Endowed Chair in Maritime Law, following scholarly review by the LSU Law Center faculty, and recent approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents and LSU Board of Supervisors. The endowed chair was made possible by a generous donation from Richard “Jerry” Dodson (’66) and Kenny Hooks III (’97) of Dodson & Hooks.
Professor Emerita Lucy Bowers McGough is the subject of a “Louisiana Women” profile by WVLA-TV, which highlights her career accomplishments as “a trailblazer for women in the law profession.” 
Professor Lécia Vicente’s new book chapter “Abuse of Companies Through Choice of Incorporation?”—co-authored with Professor Martin Gelter from Fordham University School of Law—is forthcoming in Abuse of Companies (Hanne Birkmose, Mette Neville & Karsten Engsig Sørensen, eds.) Wolters Kluwer (2019). In the chapter, the authors discuss the concept of abuse in the context of cross-border firm formations and cross-border mergers. It's available now on SSRN and as a working paper of the European Corporate Governance Institute.
Professor Margaret Thomas was interviewed by The Advocate regarding a Denham Springs woman’s proposed class action lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs Inc., which marks the first vaping case in a federal court in Louisiana, mirroring similar cases across the country. Thomas believes vaping cases stand a good chance of success if they follow the path of the cases against tobacco companies decades ago.
In our latest Dean's Council Spotlight, LSU Law class of 1996 alumnus Mark J. Neal has this advice for today's law students: "Read books outside of school, both fiction and non-fiction. Much of what we do revolves around the written word and if you want to learn to write, reading is a good way to get there. Also, take as many trial advocacy courses as you can. Oh, learn to type!"

All-Alumni Auburn game tailgate sponsored by NeunerPate and CSRS
Come pass a good time on Saturday, Oct. 26, at our free All-Alumni Tailgate! Enjoy great food, fun and fellowship as we cheer on the Tigers and celebrate our 3Ls’ Hats ‘n Canes toast on the Highland Road side of the Law Center.

2019 Reunion Weekend
As the Oct. 25-26 Reunion Weekend for the LSU Law classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009 approaches, each class is building a scholarship and classmates are registering for reunion events through the Law Center Alumni Reunion web page.

Get complete details on all reunion weekend activities, and contact Gigi Gauthier at or 225-578-0733 if you have questions.
Find out about the latest news and accomplishments of your classmates.

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