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Judges should be barred from hearing campaign donor's cases, LSU law professor says

Karen Kidd Nov. 7, 2016, 9:51pm

BATON ROUGE  – While trial lawyers and other such groups have every right to make campaign contributions, they're not immune to the consequences of those donations, an Louisiana State University law professor said during a recent interview.

Louisiana governor, attorney general argue over who can hire lawyers

John Breslin Oct. 30, 2016, 9:13pm

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana’s governor and its attorney general are involved in a dispute over who ultimately has, under the constitution, the authority to hire lawyers to represent the state.

Federal lawsuit in wrongful conviction case advances

Kate Jacobson Oct. 28, 2016, 6:02pm

SHREVEPORT — Despite a recent state decision denying a hearing for a compensation case of a wrongfully convicted man, two federal lawsuits filed by the man's estate are forging ahead.

Louisiana State University law school students surpass state's passage rate

Karen Kidd Oct. 22, 2016, 6:18pm

&&& BATON ROUGE -- The dean of Louisiana State University's (LSU) law school expressed pride soon after this year's bar exam results were in that showed LSU has the highest percentage of students passing the Louisiana State Bar Exam.

Senate candidate loses legal fight to join upcoming debate

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 16, 2016, 11:17pm

BATON ROUGE — A judge has quashed a political candidate’s attempt to legally force organizers of an Oct. 18 debate to include more participants.

Benson family feud over sports teams will move to the courtroom

Quinten Plummer Sep. 2, 2016, 4:47pm

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set a Feb. 8, 2017, trial date to reach a decision in Tom Benson’s lawsuit seeking to remove shares of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans from a trust entrusted to his estranged heirs.

Streamlining operations on the agenda for new bar association president

Kerry Goff Aug. 7, 2016, 6:45pm

NEW ORLEANS – Darrel J. Papillion, the 76th president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), recently spoke to the Louisiana Bar Journal about his credentials, family and his goals for the LSBA during his one-year his presidency.

LSU Law Center reaches Top 50 status in two national law school rankings

Ashley Wright Jul. 13, 2016, 11:43am

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge has been rated a Top 50 institution in two national law school rankings thanks to its high graduate employment rate. 

LSU law professor named to editorial board

Dawn Brotherton Jul. 10, 2016, 11:05pm

BATON ROUGE—Louisiana State University Law Professor Edward Richards has been named to the editorial board of Laws, an open-access journal covering legal theory, legal institutions and a wide range of legal subjects. 

Senate resolution that approved closure of Huey P. Long Medical Center deemed null and void

Carrie Salls Jul. 9, 2016, 6:33pm

BATON ROUGE – A state Senate resolution that was partially responsible for the June 30, 2014 closure of the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville was recently deemed “null and void” by a judge in the 19th Judicial District Court.

Louisiana Bar gives LSU law student pro bono award

Edward Bassett Jul. 8, 2016, 4:37pm

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s State Bar Association recently gave its 2016 Law Student Pro Bono Award to a Louisiana State University Law School student just as the American Bar Association (ABA) said that law school pro bono work “is sweeping the nation.”

Group sues to restore voting rights of ex-offenders in Louisiana

Dawn Brotherton Jul. 5, 2016, 1:48pm

NEW ORLEANS—Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) filed a class-action petition on July 1 in the 19th Judicial District Court, seeking to restore the voting rights of more than 70,000 Louisiana residents who are on probation or parole for felony offenses.

Coastal land loss lawsuits overlooking science behind the issue

Emily Crowe Jul. 4, 2016, 8:04pm

Many believe oil and energy companies have destroyed coastal marshes and wetlands along the Gulf Coast through standard drilling activities, though scientific and geological research paints a different picture of the true cause of coastal land loss.

Fifth Circuit Court upholds sanctions barring attorneys from representing Deepwater Horizon claimants

April Bamburg Jul. 2, 2016, 4:13pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld sanctions against two attorneys in June, who were disciplined in 2015 for allegedly paying for referrals for claims related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fired LSU band director's suit moved to federal court

Nancy Crist Jun. 23, 2016, 3:46pm

BATON ROUGE – The lawsuit filed last month against Louisiana State University (LSU) by its former marching band director, Roy King, is moving to federal court as the result of a notice filed by the school.

Louisiana judges are held accountable under Judicial Code

Mike Helenthal Jun. 22, 2016, 3:57pm

A law professor at Louisiana State University says provisions in the judicial code of conduct could be triggered if allegations against four Louisiana district judges are able to be proven in federal court.

Retrial ordered after judge's alleged bizarre behavior in medical malpractice case

Emily Crowe Jun. 18, 2016, 4:14pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered a retrial in a medical malpractice case during which the judge allegedly displayed "bizarre and disturbing" behavior.

Lone Pine Order removes more than 20,000 'meritless' Deepwater Horizon claims

Rebecca Campbell May 31, 2016, 2:14pm

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge issued a Lone Pine Order earlier this year to identify and cull more than 20,000 potentially meritless claims against clean-up companies that responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.

Calls for 18th Judicial District Court judge to resign

Taryn Phaneuf May 21, 2016, 3:44pm

BATON ROUGE — As the Louisiana Supreme Court considers a recommendation to suspend Judge J. Robin Free for a year over allegations of misconduct, a local editorial board is calling for his resignation.

Resolution would direct Louisiana Law Institute to examine state discovery rules

Karen Kidd May 20, 2016, 5:15pm

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution set for hearing on Monday looks largely like a bit of legislative housekeeping, but could have implications for discovery procedures attorneys in the state are required to follow.