Distinguished Professor

2011 Distinguished Professor

Robert A. Pascal

Robert A. Pascal

Professor Robert A. Pascal obtained his J.D. from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1939, a Master of Civil Law from Louisiana State University in 1940, and a Master of Laws from the University of Michigan in 1942. He joined the law faculty of Louisiana State University in 1945, where he taught with distinction for 35 years until he became Professor Emeritus in 1980. He has taught at the University of Chicago Law School, at the University of Rome, Italy, and at Loyola University, New Orleans.

Professor Pascal has been a corresponding member of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, and consultant on trust law reform for the Louisiana State Law Institute. His expertise extends itself over the fields of Institutions of the Law, Family Law, Matrimonial Regimes, Anglo-American Real Property, Conflicts of Law, and Philosophy of Law. His notorious position as defender of the civil law of Louisiana, as teacher and scholar, are legendary. The merits accumulated in the course of his brilliant career obtained public recognition through the conferment on him of the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by Loyola University New Orleans in 1995.

2010 Distinguished Professor

Russell L. Jones

Russell L. Jones

Russell L. Jones, the Jesse N. Stone Endowed Professor, was named SULC vice chancellor of academic affairs in January 2007. The 1982 cum laude graduate of the Southern University Law Center and former articles editor of the Southern University Law Review joined the SULC faculty in 1984.

In 1992, Jones earned an LL.M. in labor law from Georgetown University School of Law. He is the co-author of two books: Harges and Jones', Louisiana Evidence, 2007 (Thomson-West Publishing Co., Lawyers Practice Series) and Harges and Jones', Louisiana Evidence: Problems and Materials. Jones has written several articles on Louisiana Evidence and the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors.

Jones established the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at the Law Center in January of 2009. He is the recipient of the 2010 Louis A. Martinet Legal Society's Outstanding Community Service Award; the 2009 Kean Miller Hawthorne, D'Armond, McCowan & Jarman Diversity Award; the 2001 Baton Rouge Bar Association President's Award; the 2000 Freeport-McMoRan Community Service Award presented by WAFB and Freeport-McMoRan Company; and the 1984 Pro Bono Attorney Award presented by the Capital Area Legal Service Corporation.

Recognized for his teaching, research and writing, and service to the legal community, Jones has been named the SULC Student Bar Association Professor of the Year annually from 1997-2004; the SULC Alumni Association Distinguished Professor in 2004; and the Black Law Students Association, Outstanding Law Professor at Nova University-Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1994.

2009 Distinguished Professor

Lucy S. McGough

Lucy S. McGough

Professor Lucy S. McGough is the Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. Prior to teaching at LSU she was the Charles Howard Candler Professor at the Emory University Law School, A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott College. Professor McGough graduated with distinction from Emory Law School. She was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. She was one of only two women in her class in 1966. She holds a master's of law degree from Harvard University. She was named a Kellogg National Fellow, from 1981-84.

Professor McGough has written several books and many law articles on family law and children's law topics, from delinquency to adoption. She has also written interdisciplinary work on the cognitive development of children and their fragility as witnesses. Since 1991, she has served as the Reporter for the continuous revision of the Louisiana Children's Code for the Law Institute. She is a member of the State Public Defender Board. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Emory University Law School, the Judge Richard Ware Award, the National Adoption Excellence Award for Individual Contributions, an Angels in Adoption Award from Congress and was named (Louisiana) Adoption Advocate of the Year for 2009. She has served on numerous committees of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association, currently on the Committee charged with rewriting the Accreditation Standards for American law schools. She has been actively involved in creating and sustaining a clinical program at LSU.

Professor McGough is a Reading Friend in the East Baton Rouge school system and for the past four years, has taken up the cello. She and her husband-colleague, James Bowers, came to LSU 25 years ago, they've raised seven children and ten dachshunds and made their personal and professional home in Baton Rouge.

2008 Distinguished Professor

Cheney C. Joseph, Jr.

Cheney C. Joseph, Jr.

Professor Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. is currently the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He holds the Erick V. Anderson Professorship in Law. In January, 2000, he returned to full-time teaching after serving as Executive Counsel to Louisiana Governor M. J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. during the Governor's first term (1996-2000).

Professor Joseph received his A.B., cum laude, in 1964 from Princeton and his J.D. in 1969 from the LSU Law Center, where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. He served as administrative assistant and special counsel to the district attorney in the 19th Judicial District before joining the LSU faculty in 1971. He was Vice Chancellor of the Law Center from 1981 to 1989.

He served as reporter for the Louisiana Code of Juvenile Procedure and currently serves as reporter for the Committee for Continuous Revision of the Louisiana Criminal Code and the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure for the Louisiana State Law Institute. He is also a reporter for the Louisiana Supreme Court's Advisory Committee for the Louisiana Judges' Benchbook (Louisiana Judicial College). He also served as reporter for the Speedy Trial Advisory Committee and as chairman of the Magistrate Selection Committee, both for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

He has been a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, the Louisiana Sentencing Commission, and the Advisory Committee for the Louisiana Code of Evidence (Louisiana Law Institute).

Professor Joseph served as First Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney in the 19th Judicial District from May, 1989 until January 1, 1991. He served from July, 1976 until August, 1977 as court appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. In 1992 and 1993, he served on the 16th and 40th Judicial District Courts as Judge Pro Tempore by appointment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

He formerly served and again serves as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College.

2007 Distinguished Professor

Cynthia Ann Samuel

Cynthia Ann Samuel

Cynthia Ann Samuel, W.R. Irby Professor of Law at Tulane University in New Orleans, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1969 and her law degree from Tulane University in 1972, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review. She spent the next year studying comparative family law at King's College, University of London before returning to her home town of New Orleans to practice law with Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann, and Hutchinson. In 1975 she began her career in law teaching on the faculty of Tulane Law School, where she has been fully and contentedly engaged for thirty-three years. She served as Associate Dean from 1984-87.

Professor Samuel's primary teaching fields are the Civil Law subjects that concern family property: successions, donations, trusts, and community property. In these areas she has written numerous articles and is the co-author with William A. Reppy, Jr. of Duke Law School of Community Property in the United States, now in its sixth edition, and with Katherine Spaht and Ronald Scalise of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of LSU of Successions, Donations, and Trusts: Cases and Readings. She has been a speaker on these subjects under the auspices of Tulane, LSU, The New Orleans Bar Association, The International Academy of Trust and Estate Law, The International Bar Association, and many other organizations. She also introduced the subject of intellectual property to the Tulane Law School curriculum and has written, spoken, and consulted on copyright law.

Early in her career she became active in law reform projects. She served in 1977-79 as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Joint Legislative Committee on Louisiana Community Property Reform that produced the change in the law giving wives authority equal to that of husbands in the management of the community property. In 1982 she served in a similar capacity to the Joint Legislative Committee on Partition of Community Property and as a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues, 1982-85. She is the reporter for the Louisiana State Law Institute's committee on trusts and subcommittee on charitable trusts, and a long-time member of the Institute Council. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. As a private citizen and professor she has sought to improve the law by volunteering many hours at the state capitol to offer information and opinion on issues within her areas of competence.

Professor Samuel has served as board member of The Riverside of Magazine Neighborhood Association, The Louise S. McGehee School, and the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts. She was also president of the St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir, a fifty-year-old community choir dedicated to performing the works of the renaissance, baroque and classical periods.

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