LSU Hosts 5th Annual Arbitration Competition

By: Robert Glueck

Congratulations to Caitlin Cline and Rome Gonsoulin, the winners of the 2016 LSU Arbitration Competition!

Congratulations to Caitlin Cline and Rome Gonsoulin, the winners of the 2016 LSU Arbitration Competition!

On January 29-31, the LSU Law Trial Advocacy executive board will host its 5th annual Arbitration Competition. The competition, which dates back to the 2011-2012 school year, focuses on disputes which arise in transactional or business settings, such as employment-related disputes or disputes over real property. This year’s competition centers on a dispute between an individual and a farming corporation regarding the sale of real property. According to Professor Jeff Brooks, Director of Trial Advocacy Programs at LSU Law, the 2011-2012 Trial Advocacy Executive board created this competition in light of the need to prepare students for alternative dispute resolution, which is becoming more common in today’s legal landscape. (more…)

Jogging for Cheney Joe

By: Annie Beckstrom

January 10th marked the first annual “Jog for Cheney Jo,” a two-mile run created by the LSU Law Running Club and SBA to honor the memory of beloved professor and Interim Dean, Cheney Joseph.

Current students, alumni, faculty and others in the legal community were invited to participate in a quick jog around the LSU lakes and sorority row, which ended in a celebratory gathering at the Law Center featuring Professor Joseph’s drink of choice, Natural Light. Those who could not attend the run were encouraged to pay homage to Professor Joseph by going for a run, snapping a picture, and posting it to various social media outlets with the hashtag, “#jogforcheneyjo.” (more…)

Making a Murderer: Challenging the Justice System

By: Jacob Longman

AP Images

AP Images

The tension between factual innocence and legal guilt is where Netflix’s Making a Murderer builds its home. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the filmmakers, spent ten years following the case to make their documentary and it’s clear fairly early on what they believe actually occurred in the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man on trial for the murder of a photographer named Teresa Halbach. What caught the filmmakers attention is the hook of the whole documentary. Before going to trial for the murder of Halbach, Avery had been exonerated by DNA evidence after spending eighteen years in jail for a violent rape that he didn’t commit. (more…)

Cheers to you, Cheney Joe

  On November 12, 2015, students, faculty and staff gathered on the front steps of the LSU Law Center to honor and celebrate beloved professor and co-dean, Cheney Joseph. Students paused for a moment of respect for Professor Joseph before raising cans of Natty Light and cheering excitedly for him. Read more…

Banning the Box: the Human Resource Element of Criminal Justice Reform

By: Bill­ Schulz

One of the most talked-about issues this election season is criminal justice reform.  While the specifics vary from candidate to candidate, there is rising, bipartisan support for widespread changes to the way the criminal justice system works in America.  Among the changes being considered is the idea that reintegrating those convicted of crimes into the community’s economic environment will help rehabilitate them while also reducing the rate of recidivism.  The United States Department of Justice has recently published the results of a five-year study of recidivism rates amongst those released from prison in 2005 across thirty different states.  The DOJ concluded that by 2010 nearly 80% had been rearrested and nearly 60% had been convicted of new offenses.[1]  This is catastrophic and suggests that once convicted, many inmates face a depressingly predictable future of rearrest and subsequent return to prison with little time spent gainfully contributing to society.  A possible solution to this problem, as noted above, is the assisted reintegration of released offenders into society.   A key element to this reintegration is gainful employment. This factor is understood to be critical to avoiding future criminal behavior.  This assumption though, while backed by socioeconomic research, is not without controversy, as three separate studies have demonstrated.  (more…)

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