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February 24, 2005

LSU Professor is Blogging

LSU Law Professor Christine A. Corcos is now publishing Media Law Prof Blog. The blog is part of the Law Professor Blogs Network. I wonder if she has spoken with Kaye Trammell?

Posted by AJR at 10:19 PM

August 10, 2004

RSS Feeds from NOAA

Although there is no legal connection, I though it was worth mentioning that the National Weather Service provides RSS Feeds of its tropical storm and hurricane advisories.

Posted by AJR at 11:24 PM

August 09, 2004

Barry Scheck to Speak in Baton Rouge

The News Star reports that Barry Scheck will speak to the Louisiana gubernatorial indigent defenders' task force, "perhaps as early as Thursday." Mr. Scheck is the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and will be speaking about the lawsuit that the association is preparing to file against the state in an effort to force adequate funding and reforms for the state indigent defense system.

Posted by AJR at 08:22 AM

July 13, 2004

Louisiana Bar Journal Archive

The Louisiana State Bar Association now has a searchable archive of Louisiana Bar Journal articles that have been published from 2001 to date (including the most Recent Developments in the law section).

Posted by AJR at 11:29 AM

July 23, 2003

Loyola Law Grad to appear in PBS FBI Documentary

The Times-Picayune reports that Cassandra Chandler, a graduate of Loyola Law School, and now the acting director of the FBI's Office of Public Affairs will appear in a documentary to air on PBS tonight. The article indicates that the documentary makers had unprecedented access to the FBI for the making of the film, including three days with Director Mueller.

Posted by AJR at 08:31 AM

June 19, 2003

Louisiana Law and Legal Research on the Internet

A slow news week, combined with an especially busy schedule, accounts for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. I do hope, however, to provide some commentary on this article from Around the Bar, a publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. The article, titled Information Literacy in Legal Research, makes some very interesting observations regarding the future of online research and offers some compelling suggestions for making it better. Perhaps this site can provide a forum for pursuing these ideas further.

Posted by AJR at 07:51 AM

June 04, 2003

US Supreme Court Blocks Entergy Refund

The Advocate reports on Monday's United States Supreme Court decision which overturned a refund to Entergy customers saying the Public Service Commission had no jurisdiction.

Although the case involved a relatively small amount of money for customers, utility regulators and some utility industry officials consider the matter important because it centers on a broader question of whether state regulators have the right to pass judgment on decisions made by their federal counterparts.

Posted by AJR at 07:32 AM

May 16, 2003

Experience Needed

The Times-Picayune reports on Louisiana House Bill 662, a proposed constitutional amendment requiring lawyers to have at least eight years experience to qualify for judicial office. The bill passed 88-11 and now moves to the Senate for debate. The state Constitution currently requires a lawyer to have five years' experience practicing law. The article also notes that the House fell short of two additional proposed changes that would extend the mandatory retirement age beyond 70.

Posted by AJR at 07:24 AM

May 06, 2003

ABA to Hold Meeting in NOLA

The Americana Bar Association's Young Lawyer and Law Student Divisions will be holding their annual conference in NOLA from May 15-18, 2003. One of the speakers will be Mr. Larry Feldman, the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association:

We are extremely pleased to present Michael E. Tigar--one of the nation's foremost legal educators--in both the Friday opening plenary session and "hands-on" workshop environments. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to the Section of Litigation for making Mr. Tigar's appearance possible. Mr. Tigar will be preceded by Louisiana State Bar Association President, Larry Feldman, Jr.--an accomplished leader and exceptional speaker.

More information is available here. Conference attendance is free for law students and is rumored to be an excellent event for anyone interested in international law.

Posted by AJR at 12:40 PM

May 02, 2003

Tulane Student Earns 2002 Pro Bono Publico Award

Emily Maw, a third-year student at Tulane University School of Law, was awarded the 2002 Pro Bono Publico Award by PSLawNet (a network of 120 law schools and nearly 10,000 legal public service organizations), reports Student Lawyer Magazine.

As a law student, Maw says she has spent "every other moment" of her life helping anti-death penalty organizations investigate cases, write briefs, counsel death row inmates and their families, advocate for legislative change, and help teach others how to defend capital cases.

"Emily is a singularly astounding human being," says Janet Hoeffel, one of Maw's professors at Tulane. "She has risked almost everything to engage in anti-death penalty work here in the United States. She has torn herself away from her family and loved ones, lives below the poverty line, and immerses herself in the swamps and backwaters of the South in search of clues that may save a man from dying at the hands of the state."

Maw, a native of the United Kingdom, plans to work in the United States after graduation, but eventually plans to return home. Congratulations!

Posted by AJR at 03:47 PM

Scholarship Available

The Martinet Legal Foundation will present a scholarship to one law student from each of Louisiana's law schools. First year, second year, and third year students seeking an L.L.M. should submit the application, essay, and transcript by May 15, 2003.

The application can be obtained on Martinet's website under the "Foundation" link.

Posted by AJR at 12:01 PM

April 25, 2003

National Archives Finds Bonds from LA Purchase

The Times-Picayune reports that the National Archives, featured as yesterday's site of the day, has found unredeemed bonds that suggest the United States might have shortchanged investors who financed the Louisiana Purchase. "The bonds, then called 'stock certificates,' were not canceled or stamped, so the Treasury may never have reimbursed the money that Dutch investors paid for them -- a $6,000 saving to the American taxpayer, $86,000 in today's change."

Posted by AJR at 07:46 AM

Louisiana Settles with H&R Block Regarding Guarantee

The Times-Picayune reports that H&R Block, Inc. has agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle a dispute over whether the company obtained its clients' consent before charging them for an accuracy guarantee. Louisiana was one of 41 states (and the District of Columbia) involved in the dispute. "An additional $1 million will be used to establish a consumer fund to provide refunds to eligible customers who received Block's so-called 'Peace of Mind' guarantee in 2001."

Posted by AJR at 07:43 AM

April 08, 2003

US Supreme Court Ruling Hinders Louisiana Shrimpers

The Times-Picayune reports that the United States Supreme Court rejected an animal rights group's appeal for stricter enforcement of a rule that would place the same restrictions on foreign shrimpers as their Louisiana counterparts. The 1989 law requires foreign shrimpers who sell their catches in the United States to use turtle excluder devices, which reduces the catch by also releasing shrimp. The court made its decision without comment.

Posted by AJR at 10:24 AM

April 03, 2003

Tauzin Yanks French Version of his Web Site

The Times-Picayune reports that Billy Tauzin has removed the French version of his web site. The most interesting part of the whole article indicates that neither President Bush nor President Chirac has accepted their invitations to the Bicentennial Celebrations of the Louisiana Purchase. I think Greg Peters at Suspect Device says it all right here.

Posted by AJR at 08:13 PM

April 02, 2003

News Round-up

Since I only have a short amount of time available this morning and there are a number of relevant stories to point out, I am only providing links with the first sentence of the story:

Tobacco settlement payment from Philip Morris may be delayed
Louisiana may not get its regular tobacco settlement payment from Philip Morris this month because the company insists it doesn't have the money to pay states as well as a $12 billion bond to appeal an Illinois tobacco lawsuit, Attorney General Richard Ieyoub said Tuesday.

Colonial to pay $34 million for spills
Colonial Pipeline Co. will pay $34 million for spilling more than a million gallons of oil in Louisiana and four other states, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

Shooter of alleged molester may go free
The state Pardon Board voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the governor release a man serving time for shooting his daughter's accused molester.

Panel says 'I do' to quickie weddings
Tourists and visitors to New Orleans could get married without having to wait 72 hours after getting a marriage license, under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Judge signals he'll OK revised remap
A federal judge told Louisiana lawmakers Tuesday that a federal panel probably will approve a compromise proposal for redrawing state House district boundaries if all parties are satisfied, participants in the closed-door meeting said.

Judges hear LSU dental case
Government arguments against the public's right to see details of a legal settlement involving the Louisiana State University dental school would leave control of such information solely in the hands of state bureaucrats, an attorney for The Times-Picayune said Tuesday.

Bodenheimer felt trial was too risky
It was a family reunion, but the gathering at Ronald Bodenheimer's Metairie home last Wednesday night was not joyful.

Law firm's bookkeeper gets 6 years
A former bookkeeper for a Covington-area law office was ordered to serve six years in prison Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the firm.

Attorney for city is found dead
An assistant New Orleans city attorney was found dead in his Algiers Point home Tuesday morning and an 18-year-old man who returned to the scene a few hours later in the dead man's car was booked with first-degree murder, police said.

Whitaker demands payment from Shreveport
Whitaker Construction, the now-bankrupt local firm picked by Shreveport to conduct part of the overhaul of Independence Stadium and to lead construction of the $71 million convention center, is expected to file a $5.2 million lawsuit against the city Monday claiming extensive delays on the stadium project cost the company millions.

Posted by AJR at 07:12 AM | Comments (0)

2TheAdvocate.com Launches

Today provides the launch of the new venture between The Advocate and WBRZ - 2TheAdvocate.com. See the press release for details. The site looks nice, but more importantly, it appears - at least for today - to be publishing more news on the web.

Posted by AJR at 06:49 AM


American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
MCLE Workshops
May 13, 14 and 15, 2003
New Orleans, LA

Register today for any of the following programs:

-Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act Basics
-Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete Basics
-Equal Employment Opportunity Basics
-National Labor Relations Act Basics

Please visit the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law website to view complete program agendas and speaker listings for these programs. You will have the opportunity to register for only the sessions that you'd like to attend or you may register for the complete three day package at a reduced rate.

The Section's "Basics" programs are one of our most popular CLE offerings. These programs each provide a comprehensive introduction to a different area of labor and employment law practice and they are very economically priced. Please visit our website or contact us at 312-988-5523 with any questions.

Posted by AJR at 06:41 AM

March 31, 2003

Brown Resigns

Jim Brown has resigned from his position as Louisiana Insurance Commissioner, according to this report by The Times-Picayune. "In a statement issued through his attorney, Brown said his resignation would be effective at noon Friday."

Posted by AJR at 02:51 PM

Jim Brown's Second Writ Denied

Suspended Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown had his second appeal to the United States Supreme Court rejected today, reports WAFB. "The high court's decision makes Brown's felony conviction final and it clears the way for Brown's removal from office." Check here to see Brown's first-hand perspective on his time in the federal pen.

Posted by AJR at 12:57 PM

Former Illinois Governor Ryan to Speak at Loyola

The Loyola University School of Law Gillis Long Poverty Law Center presents the 2003 Distinguished Speaker, Governor George Ryan. Based on this search, it appears that Governor Ryan has been making his rounds on the speaking circuit.

Monday, March 31, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.
Frederick Gisevius Moot Court Room 308
Loyola Law School
7214 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Fran, (504) 861-5746.

Posted by AJR at 10:47 AM

February 09, 2003

Judges of Color Forum

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, Office of Career Services, Diversity Programs, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Black Law Student Association, A.P. Tureaud Chapter, Spanish American Law Student Association, and the Student Bar Association are pleased to announce the "Judges of Color Forum." A prominent panel of Federal and State court judges from several states will discuss judicial clerkships, pitfalls to avoid in the transition from law school to the practice of law, and networking in the legal community.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 from 6-8 P.M. at the United States Courthouse located on 500 Camp Street (Room C525), New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Judges, attorneys, law professors, law students, and career counselors are encouraged to attend.

The list of judicial panelists includes: Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson, Honorable Eva Guzman, Honorable Elving L. Torres, Honorable S.N. Willett, Honorable Alvin T. Wong, and Honorable C. Kimi Kondo.

Posted by AJR at 10:38 PM

February 06, 2003

Declaration of Independence in Baton Rouge

One of twenty-five remaining "copies" of the Declaration of Independence is on display at the Old State Capitol until Friday, reports The Times. The document is part of the Louisiana Purchase documents display, which will continue until June.

The Advocate also reports and provides a little history on how this particular copy was found: "A man paid $4 for a painting at a flea market because he liked the frame. The document was found folded between the canvas and the frame."

Posted by AJR at 07:23 AM
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