October 2019
2019 Reunion Weekend brings hundreds of
LSU Law alumni, students together
The 2019 Reunion Weekend was a huge success, bringing hundreds of LSU Law alumni and students together for a weekend of celebrations on Oct. 25-26.

Reunion Weekend events kicked off on Friday, Oct. 25, with a pair of CLE classes on ethics and professionalism, presented by alumni James A. Brown and Skip Philips, respectively. Later that evening, graduates from the classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009 celebrated their reunions at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge.

The fun continued on Saturday, with the All-Alumni Tailgate and Hats 'n Canes toast, which preceded a thrilling 23-20 win by the LSU Tigers over Auburn.

LSU Law would like to thank all those who participated in this year's Reunion Weekend events, as well as Brown and Phillips for teaching the CLE classes, and NeunerPate and CSRS for sponsoring the All-Alumni Tailgate.

Melissa and Robert Rabalais (‘89) establish endowment to benefit Energy Law Program
Robert Rabalais (’89), a Partner in the Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and his wife, Melissa, have made one of the largest scholarship gifts ever received by the Law Center. The Melissa and Robert Rabalais Energy Law Endowment Fund is among the top five largest scholarship funds held by the Law Center for the benefit of its students.

LSU Law students achieve Louisiana’s highest pass rate on July 2019 bar exam
With 84.38% of its students passing the Louisiana State Bar Exam, LSU Law had the highest pass rate of all Louisiana law schools on the July 2019 exam. Among first-time takers of the exam in July, 85.6% of LSU Law students passed, which also ranks first among all law schools in the state.

Jake Henry named Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
After spending the past eight years as LSU Law Director of Admissions, Jake Henry is taking on a new challenge—and filling a new position at the Law Center—as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

In his new role, Henry will administer the Law Center’s interactions with its students, focusing on the academic, intellectual, psychological and personal aspects of student life at LSU Law.

Loos, Dillon win 2019 Tullis Moot Court Competition
Second-year LSU Law students Mary Katherine Loos and Emiley Dillon won the 2019 Tullis Moot Court Competition at the finals event held on Monday evening, Oct. 21.

Along with having their names inscribed on the Tullis plaque located outside of the Robinson Courtroom, they will also be invited to be members of the Board of Advocates next year.

LSU Law rises to No. 12 in 2019 ranking of Best Value Law Schools
For the 11th straight year, LSU Law is ranked among the nation’s Best Value Law Schools by preLaw magazine.

LSU Law posted another significant jump in this year’s rankings, rising to No. 12—up from No. 19 last year and No. 23 in 2017—and it’s the only public or private Louisiana law school to be included in the rankings.

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Professor Ray Diamond has been named to a four-year term as a member of the Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court on Oct. 15.
Professor Christina Sautter presented her article, “The Honeymoon or Transition," on Sept. 28 at the Corporate and Securities Litigation Workshop held at Boston University School of Law.
Professor Nick Bryner was honored by the Environmental Law Institute with an Environmental Futures Award, which is presented to the next generation of leaders striving to address the environmental challenges of tomorrow, at a special event on Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C. Read the full story.
Professor Lécia Vicente participated in the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City between Sept. 23-27 in her capacity as Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Relations of Angola. Read the full story.
In our latest Dean's Council Spotlight, LSU Law class of 1992 alumnus J. Randy Young talks about who and what inspires him.

Alumni committee committed to adding more courtrooms in LSU Law Center
LSU Law Center alumni and adjunct faculty members Frank Holthaus and Ed Walters are on a mission to see as many as five classrooms at the LSU Law Center renovated to include courtrooms.

LSU Law alumni to be honored with Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist awards
Two LSU Law alumni—Taylor Porter Partner Harry J. “Skip” Philips Jr. (’83), and Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens Partner Darrel J. Papillion (’94)—are among those being honored on Friday, Nov. 22, with the prestigious Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist award from The Emerge Center and The Emerge Foundation.

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