Chancellor Weiss Resigns: PMH Community Responds

By: Mallory Richard

Following an eight-year stint at the helm of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, former Chancellor, Jack Weiss, steps down this month, citing “major differences” with the Law Center faculty as his reason for resigning.

“I am proud of the many positive developments at the Law Center during my eight years as Chancellor and look forward to submitting the progress of the Law Center during those years to the judgment of history,” Weiss said in a July statement.

“Unfortunately, however, major policy differences with a vocal segment of the faculty have made it difficult, if not impossible, for me to continue to lead the Law Center on a day-to-day basis and to implement my vision for the Law Center’s future.”

Though the specific events that led to Weiss’s decision to resign remain unknown, his resignation comes on the heels of a petition signed by Law Center faculty calling for an “urgently needed” change in leadership. The petition, which surfaced as a result of a public record request filed by 2015 law school graduate, Kyle Alagood, is signed by 25 of the 33 Law Center’s tenure or tenure-track faculty members and was presented to LSU’s provost in May.

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Obergefell v. Hodges: Decision Debate

By: Alaina Richard

Had you been scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed on June 26, 2015, you might have seen a rather colorful display of newly updated rainbow-filtered profile pictures. On the day the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, there was a raucous and emotional response on the Internet, on the steps of the Supreme Court building, and even on the exterior of the White House. There is no dispute that the decision in Obergefell created a tidal wave of change that is still crashing down on the social and political foundation of our country. For some, it marked the end of a decades-long battle for what they viewed as (and what SCOTUS has now declared) a “fundamental right” – marriage for same gender couples. For others, it rattled their view and definition of an ancient institution – marriage between a man and a woman. It is somewhat moot to discuss the hesitancy many felt and still feel regarding the decision in favor of same gender couples. The highest court in the land has spoken and the issue of marriage as a fundamental right has been (somewhat) laid to rest. However, it is helpful to attempt to understand the social and political backlash that always accompanies major social change by delving into the arguments against the Supreme Court’s ruling, outlined in a dissenting opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts. And perhaps more importantly, many feel that this decision has unearthed a bevy of new questions that still beg to be answered.

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Summer SCOTUS Review

By: Bill Schulz

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The October 2014 United States Supreme Court term produced some sixty-six decisions, a number of which will fundamentally alter the United States’ legal landscape for decades to come. It is no exaggeration to point out that significant shifts in the Court’s legal thinking, long sensed by court watchers, were made quite explicit this term. Certainly those shifts were displayed by the two headline cases, King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges. Volumes can and, likely, will be written about those marquee cases, but more instructive are cases such as Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. and Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency. What makes these cases so interesting is their huge impact on administrative law, legislative intent, and evidentiary standards of legal interpretation.

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Dismissed with Prejudice: To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

By: Cody Grosshart

It was a Wednesday morning in late September, and I was perched on the far right corner of the last row of the classroom. It was a location so remote that the roll sheet never even made it up that far. I thought that I was hidden from the world, that I was going to make it through this battle without a scratch. In fact by 8:30 a.m., I had already made it halfway though the Socratic shelling that had pulverized the left column of the classroom. You never forget the look of pure exhaustion and self-disdain on a student’s face after the debris and smoke settle from the quizzical bombardment.

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