Louisiana Legal History at Tulane and LSU

On Friday, November 4, 2016, The Portalis Society, The Eason Weinmann Center, and The Tulane Law School organized an international conference in New Orleans on Early Louisiana and Her Spanish World: Legal Tradition, Laws and Customs in Luisiana and the Floridas. Two of the conference speakers traveling from other parts of the world made short visits to LSU Law.

Dr. Seán Patrick Donlan, LSU Law graduate, presently Professor and Deputy Head of Law at the University of the South Pacific (Port Vila, Vanuatu), presented on November 3 on Law in the Feliciana (West Florida).

Dr. John Cairns, Professor at the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Law, visited with Ms. Georgia Chadwick, former Head of the Louisiana Law Library in New Orleans, to present on The Printing of the Digest of 1808.


Matt Boles, Prof. Olivier Moréteau, Prof. Vernon Palmer, and Barlow Holley


Prof. John Cairns, Olivier Moréteau, and Sean Donlan


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Newsletter Online

The Russell Long Chair and CCLS Newsletter is available online, presenting the Louisiana Civil Code in French, the LL.M. Program, the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and other news.


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Journal of Civil Law Studies, Vol. 9 No. 1 is Online

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This issue of the Journal of Civil Law Studies features The Constitution as Code, by Prof. Paul R. Baier, with a Postscript by Justice Nicholas Kasirer, of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Brazil is a guest of honor with articles by Prof. Sombra and Dias.

In addition to Civil Law in the World (Quebec) and a Book Review, the Journal also publishes a first installment of conference papers discussing the Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project (translation of the Code into French), held at LSU Law in April 2014. The French translation is now complete and fully available online.



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Professor Francois Du Toit Presents on South African Law

Prof. Francois Du Toit, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, visited at the LSU Law Center (October 7 to 24) as a guest of the CCLS, to conduct comparative law research, in the areas of successions and trusts. He gave two presentations during his visit, one on the South African Trust, as a guest of Prof. Elizabeth Carter, and one on the legal system of South Africa, upon invitation of the International Law Society.

Prof. Du Toit is South Africa’s national correspondent for the Journal of Civil Law Studies, where he has published South Africa – Trusts and the Patrimonial Consequences of Divorce: Recent Developments in South Africa (Volume 8, 2015) and Criticism of the Testamentary Undue Influence Doctrine in the United States: Lessons for South Africa? (Volume 6, 2013).

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LLMs meet with Lousiana Judges

As part of the Introduction to United States Law class, Professor Moréteau invited three State Judges to present on criminal justice in Louisiana and the United States, sharing on their experience as judges, prosecutors, and also adjunct professors at the LSU Law Center, with our international law graduate students. The late Professor Cheney Joseph used to coordinate the event, and this year’s session brought his memory to the classroom.

The Law Center thanks Judge Doug Moreau, Judge Lou Daniel (19th Judicial District Court), and Judge Guy Holdridge (Louisiana Court of Appeal, 1st Circuit), who appear left to right on the photo, for their participation to what happened to be an animated, spirited, and at times passionate conversation, bringing comparative and cultural perspectives.

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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.

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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


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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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