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LSU Law Center boasts highest bar exam passage rate in La., 81.5%

With more than 80% of its students qualifying to practice law during the July bar exams, the LSU Law Center is boasting the highest passage rate among all of the state's law schools. LSU says 81.5% of all of its bar exam takers passed, including 85.8% of those taking the test for the first time.
LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss says he's especially pleased to see the percentage of students passing the exam on their first try increased by nearly 13 percentage points over last year's passage rate. The LSU Law Center also had the highest percentage of students passing the bar in July 2013, with a roughly 70% passage rate overall. This year's rate is more than 11 percentage points higher.

Making way for whistleblowers

Whether you are an employee of a private company or the owner of one, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could soon change the way your business operates.

How to hire a lawyer

If you're being sued, the prime time to hire an attorney has already passed.

Lafayette lawyer fires back at BP after taking heat for handling of oil spill claims

Lafayette attorney Patrick Juneau has administered some of the biggest claims settlements in U.S history. He handled Vioxx and Toyota settlements. And he is the administrator for BP settlements, paying claims to those who can prove their businesses were damaged by the impact of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The BP settlement is complex and mammoth—more than 1,000 pages—and Juneau had nothing to do with writing or approving it. He was appointed by a federal court to administer it, which includes filing and reviewing claims in a timely fashion and keeping track of the company's appeals. Not once in his career, Juneau maintains, has a corporation attacked his integrity—until BP. In a recent interview with The Daily Advertiser, Juneau fights back. "BP's CEO Bob Dudley said I was willfully misinterpreting the settlement; that's a lie and, yes, it is actionable," Juneau says. "BP agreed to the settlement and its terms and it had the advice of some...

Kimberly Robinson

Kimberly Robinson's passion for justice and improving people's lives is what attracted her to the practice of law. Few would assume her area of expertise—tax law—could be the means to feed those passions.

'Business Report': Business takes on plaintiff lawyers at Capitol

"The most sweeping legal reform bill of the year died pitifully less than halfway through the session," writes Business Report's David Jacobs in the magazine's new cover story. In Louisiana, when the plaintiff in a civil suit wants less than $50,000, the combatants don't have the right to a trial by jury. Most states have no such barrier; of those that do, the cutoff is $15,000 or less. "It's such an obvious example where Louisiana is far out of alignment with many other states," says Melissa Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch. "We're completely off the reservation." But House Bill 917 never even got a real vote. On April 15, the House voted 51-49 to table the measure, which means the $50,000 threshold most likely lives at least another year. "I'm still a little stunned that the debate ended the way that it did," Landry says. Plaintiff attorneys lined up with the courthouse crowd, led by the Louisiana District Judges Association, in support of the...

Merit selection: Not an option

"Judges are not politicians," U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared during his 2005 confirmation hearing.

Blane Clark

"My first real job was at McDonald's, where I worked for Charlie Valluzzo and many other managers who taught me a lot. My friends and colleagues at Kean Miller make fun of me for continuing to tell McDonald's stories' 35 years later. However, there is a piece of advice from one of my former managers, Charlie Jones, that I took to heart. He told me that if you wanted to advance up the corporate ladder, you had to train people to take your place. I am not sure if that philosophy is taught in management schools across the country, but it always made sense to me."

Local law firm now accepting Bitcoin for payment

Local real estate attorney Bryan G. Jeansonne kicked off the new year with a new way of doing business. On Wednesday, Jeansonne's firm, Dore Jeansonne, began accepting the digital currency Bitcoin as a method of payment, along with more traditional modes of payment like credit cards and personal checks. "A lot of people find it easier to use than regular currency," says Jeansonne, explaining why his firm decided to begin accepting Bitcoin. For those unfamiliar with the technology, Bitcoin is a four-year-old electronic currency that in many ways functions like any other currency. It was created by a software developer and is accepted as payment by a growing number of merchants, both online and in the real world. What makes Bitcoin unique is that it is decentralized and no single institution controls the Bitcoin network. Jeansonne says for his clients there are a couple of potential advantages to using the digital currency. "There are a lot fewer fees than payment processing companies...

Ex-BP engineer convicted on one obstruction charge, acquitted on second

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted today of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix was found guilty on one charge and acquitted of a second charge. A federal jury deliberated for more than nine hours over three days before reaching the verdict on his case. The count of obstruction of justice carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Mix will be released on his present bond, and sentencing is scheduled for March 26. The Associated Press reports Mix hugged his friends and family members in the courtroom before leaving the courthouse hurriedly. "I'm only going to speak through counsel," he told one reporter trying to ask him a question. Trailing behind her brother in the courthouse lobby, Bridget Mix called the verdict "just unbelievable." "You can't wrap your head around any of it," she said. Prosecutors argued that the 52-year-old engineer...