Compulsory membership: New Orleans lawyer Randy Boudreaux’s is heading to a federal appeals court with his claim that Louisiana lawyers are unconstitutionally required to join and pay dues to the state bar association. Boudreaux’s lawsuit is one of several around the country challenging compulsory membership and dues obligations to state bar associations. Prior to his current appeal, Boudreaux’s claim was rejected in January by a federal judge in New Orleans who cited Supreme Court precedent. His success may hinge on one of the other similar cases being pursued around the country. Read the full story.
Production increase: Oil production from U.S.-managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, federal officials said Tuesday. The production figure was up by 122 million barrels, or more than 13% from 2018. The amount of oil now coming from federal lands has broader geopolitical significance by helping give the U.S. a large enough stake in the world oil market to have more sway in setting crude prices. Read the full report.
Tokyo bound: If all goes according to plan over the next several months, LSU civil engineering major Juan Celaya-Hernandez will head to Tokyo as a member of Mexico’s Olympic team. He won’t be the only athlete with LSU ties competing, with pole vaulter Armand Duplantis representing Sweden. Celaya-Hernandez, a standout on the LSU swimming and diving team, won bronze at the FINA World Championships in South Korea with his partner, Yahel Castillo, in the 3-meter synchronized dive last year. Read the full story about Celaya-Hernandez.