LL.M. Wine & Cheese Party

On September 27, LL.M. candidates had an opportunity to meet with the faculty and mix with student members of the International Law Society and Hispanic Law Student Association, sharing happy moments.


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Ms. Raheel Ahmed visits from the University of South Africa

raheel-ahmedMs. Raheel Ahmed, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Private Law, University of South Africa, is presently visiting at the LSU Law Center (September 18 to October 7) as a guest of the Center of Civil Law Studies (CCLS), in order to further her doctoral research on “The explicit and implicit influence of reasonableness on the elements of delictual liability.”

Raheel Ahmed obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2003. After completing law school and articles of clerkship, she was admitted as an Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court of South during 2005 and 2006. She practiced law in South Africa from 2006 to 2009. During 2008 she joined the Department of Private Law at UNISA as a lecturer and has since been involved in teaching law of third party compensation, law of delict, and law of damages. In 2012 she obtained her Master of Laws from UNISA and was promoted to Senior lecturer. She has authored 13 articles in accredited and non-accredited law journals in South Africa on the law of delict, damages and third party compensation. She has also delivered papers nationally and internationally. She is a lecturer for the Law Society of South Africa/ Legal Education and Development, UNISA distance school for legal Practice. She is also a consultant for the Law Society of South Africa/ Legal Education and Development for online course development. In 2014 she was awarded research funding (under the Academic Qualification Improvement Programme) from the University of South Africa for a period of three years in order to complete her doctoral studies. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis titled: “the explicit and implicit influence of reasonableness on the elements of delictual liability”.

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Civil Law Faculty Position at LSU Law

The Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center seeks to hire tenure-track or tenured faculty members with a starting date in August 2017. Among others, we are looking for a civil law professor, preferably with a comparative law/international law profile, to teach civil law classes in our bi-jural, civil law and common law curriculum. International applicants should contact Prof. Bill Corbett (bill.corbett@law.lsu.edu) or Prof. Missy Lonegrass (missy.lonegrass@law.lsu.edu) and email them their resume at their earliest convenience, as the Faculty Appointment Committee will start organizing preliminary interviews in September 2016, and call shortlisted candidates for onsite visits in October and November. They may also want to contact Prof. Olivier Moréteau (olivier.moreteau@law.lsu.edu) for feedback on the LSU Law Center and its teaching and research activities. Below is the text of the official announcement.

LSU Law Highland


LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire tenure-track or tenured faculty members. Areas of particular interest to us include the following: business/transactional law; clinical; criminal law and criminal procedure; evidence; family law; and civil, international and/or comparative law. We also may consider applicants who specialize in areas other than those listed. Applicants should have superior academic credentials and publications or promise of productivity in legal scholarship. Contact: Melissa T. Lonegrass or William R. Corbett, Co-Chairs of the Faculty Appointments Committee, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, 110 LSU Union Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0106. The Paul M. Hebert Law Center of LSU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

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LL.M. Tour at the Louisiana Supreme Court

On August 5th, 2016, Prof. O. Moréteau and Christabelle Lefebvre accompanied the five new LL.M. candidates to New Orleans for a team-building and sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Law Library, in the splendid court building at 400 Royal Street. The visit of the Rare Books Room is always a highlight!


‘Father Chief Justice’ E.D. White, the only Louisianian who ever sat on the U.S. Supreme Court, welcomes the group at the court entrance at 400 Royal Street, New Orleans


Brandon Wright, Assistant Librarian at the Law Library of Louisiana, introduces the LL.M. candidates to the sometimes unique volumes kept in the rare books collection


4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Roland L. Belsome welcomes the delegation to the historical court building


French students travel all the way to Louisiana to hold an original copy of the Napoleonic Code (Code civil des Français, 1804)


Our three French candidates looking for article 1382 in the original: the excitement is palpable


Questioning looks


The new Louisiana Supreme Court? After all, they are seven!


Hail to the chief! In front of Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson’s portrait

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Welcome to Café Français and Que Pasa PMH

imagesVous parlez français? un peu? Come to the Café français, every Friday with an odd number, starting August 19 (tomorrow) and running all semester.

¿Habla español? ¿un poco? Do attend Que Pasa PMH, every Friday with an even number, starting August 26 and running all semester.

Time & Venue: CCLS/West Conference Room (W326B), 12:40 to 1:40 pm.

Format: informal conversation in French (café français) or Spanish (Que Pasa PMH). Coffee is served. Bring your lunch or goodies. Occasionally we have a presenter and you can volunteer. Informal atmosphere guaranteed to practice even minimal language skills and learn from one another.



Café français: Prof. Olivier Moréteau et Madame Marie-Antoinette olivier.moreteau@law.lsu.edu

Que Pasa PMH: LSU Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), President: Tatiana Torres, VP: Carolina De La Peña, Secretary: Matt Boles. hlsalsulaw@gmail.com

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Welcome to the LL.M. Class of 2017!

Five international students arrived last week for the LL.M. in Comparative Law, starting with a two-week orientation class. This is the first LL.M. group to be taken care of by Christabelle Lefebvre (Montreal, Canada), new Coordinator for the Center of Civil Law Studies and International Program.

16-17 LL.M. August Picture

From left to right, Christabelle Lefebvre (LL.M. Coordinator), Nils Langensteiner (Stuttgart, Germany), Sebastian Telecan (Cluj, Romania), Audrey Michenaud (Nantes, France), Clarisse Baugier (Aix-en-Provence, France), Prof. Olivier Moréteau (LL.M. Director), Sixtine Bonnard (Lyon, France)


From top left: Nils Langensteiner (Germany), Sebastian Telecan (Romania), Clarisse Baugier (France), Prof. Marlene Krousel (LSU), Sixtine Bonnard (France), and sitting, left to right, Christabelle Lefebvre (CCLS & International Programs Coordinator), Audrey Michenaud (France).




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All LSU Law Students and Faculty on the Lyon Program are Safe

From Dean Tom Galligan to the LSU Law Center Family:

All LSU Law students participating in the study abroad program in France have been accounted for and are safe in the wake of the tragic events at the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, on Thursday.  Five LSU Law students were in Nice at the time of the event, but they were not in the immediate area of the attack and were protected at all times. According to our LSU Law students and professors in Lyon, four students took shelter in a hotel until the attack was over and another was far removed from the location of the attack.

All of our LSU Law students and faculty in France are fine.  Thankfully they are safe.

The students are in their fifth week of the six-week Summer in Lyon program, which runs June 13 to July 23.  About 45 students are participating in this year’s summer program, which has been held in Lyon, France, for the past 14 years.  As you know, the program gives students the opportunity to study international law and an opportunity to experience European cities. Nice is an approximately four-hour train ride from Lyon.

We have reached out to those students – and their families – affected by the attack in Nice and have offered counseling and other assistance. All five of the students in Nice are scheduled to return to Lyon to finish the program.

The LSU Law family offers our sympathy and good thoughts to the families of those killed and to the injured. We mourn for all victims of violence.


Link to The Advocate coverage.


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Visit the Louisiana Civil Code Online

Over the course of more than five years, the Center of Civil Law Studies at LSU produced a translation into French of the Louisiana Civil Code. It was progressively published on Louisiana Civil Code Online, a webpage giving full access to the Code in English and in French, as revised and updated by the state legislature. The French translation now fully appears on this site.

The French part of the translation project (a Spanish translation will follow) was completed in July 2016, with the support of a Partner University Fund grant, supporting transatlantic partnerships around research and higher education, by the FACE Foundation, supporting French-American cultural exchange in education and the arts, in partnership with Université de Nantes.

Under the coordination of the CCLS director, the project mobilized the effort of fourteen French students visiting from the University of Nantes for three-month internships, three CCLS research associates, two CCLS coordinators, several visiting scholars, and a few world experts in legal translation.

The LCCO page was developed by Sam J. Levy, Internet Applications Developer at LSU Law.


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The Louisiana Civil Code is Now Entirely Available in French

July 4th, 2016, marked the United States’ 240th anniversary.

Today, July 5th, is an important day at LSU Law:

  • We welcome Thomas Galligan as our new Dean;
  • We wish Professor Emeritus Robert A. Pascal a Happy 101st Birthday; and
  • We congratulate the CCLS Team for completing the French translation of the Louisiana Civil Code, today fully available in English and in French on Louisiana Civil Code Online!


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LSU Law Welcomes Dean Thomas Galligan

Welcome Dean Galligan

Thomas C. Galligan was the president of Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire. Prior to this, he served as dean and the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he also taught torts and admiralty. He also taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. He has served as a member and chair of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee and is a frequent continuing legal education speaker on his areas of expertise. He holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and a L.L. M. from the Columbia University Law School.

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