Distinguished Professor

2006 Distinguished Professor

Katherine Shaw Spaht

Katherine Shaw Spaht

Katherine Spaht, Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Professor of Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1968 with a B.A. and from Louisiana State University Law School in 1971. In 1972 she began her teaching career at the LSU Law School, concentrating on Civil Code subjects that impact the family–Family Law, Matrimonial Regimes, and Successions and Donations. She also taught the course in Obligations for twenty-six years. During the calendar years of 1990-91 she served as vice chancellor of the Law Center.

In 1977 she was appointed by the Louisiana State Legislature to chair an advisory committee to draft revisions to Louisiana's community property law, resulting in the enactment in 1979 of a comprehensive reform of that law. Professor Spaht was subsequently appointed to chair two other legislative advisory committees and one legislative task force on the topics of the rights of illegitimate children and child support. She remains the reporter for the Marriage/Persons Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute, serving since 1981, and as such retains responsibility for the ongoing revision of Book I of the Civil Code. As a member of the American Law Institute she was an active participant during the 1990s in meetings and discussions of the Consultative Group for the project entitled Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (published in 2000). Her other public service also includes serving on several task forces created by Louisiana governors to study such issues as women's rights and the manner of judicial selection.

In an unofficial capacity, Professor Spaht drafted Louisiana's covenant marriage law and since its enactment in 1997 she has consulted and spoken widely in this country and abroad on the subject. As an active member of the informally recognized "Marriage Movement", she has taken part in numerous Smart Marriages conferences and consultative groups created by the Institute for American Values in New York. She served as a paid consultant to the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy in Washington, DC, drafting model legislation.

She is the author of a treatise on Louisiana community property (three editions), three textbooks in her subject matter areas of teaching, seven book chapters, and more than seventy articles and essays for law reviews and journals in the United States and overseas.

2005 Distinguished Professor

Brian Bromberger

Dean Brian Bromberger

Brian Bromberger was educated in his native Australia where he earned a bachelor of laws degree with honors at Melbourne University. He also completed an LL.M. degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his teaching career in law in 1969 and has taught or served as a visiting professor at law schools in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States including the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, the University of Utah, and William and Mary College.

While in Australia, he was the director of the Center for the Study of Law and Technology at the University of New South Wales. He also served on boards and a tribunal that focused on mental health issues and was a part-time lecturer at New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry and the School of Medicine.

He came to Loyola from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law since 1995. An accomplished scholar, Bromberger has written four books and numerous articles. His scholarship was recognized with a prestigious Ford Foundation Graduate Research Scholarship and a graduate scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bromberger relocated Loyola Law School onto the campus of the University of Houston for the fall 2005 semester-an unprecedented feat in America's legal education. More than 300 students from Loyola and Tulane participated in the Loyola Houston curriculum. For the first year law students Loyola's Houston program was the only way they could commence their legal education this year, and for a number of Louisiana students planning to graduate, taking Louisiana's unique civil law courses at other schools was not an option. Brombergers leadership kept Loyola Law School on track and boosted morale with a much needed "can-do" attitude.

Freddie Pitcher, Jr.

Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, Jr.

Freddie Pitcher, Jr, (Judge Ret.) was appointed Chancellor and Full Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center (SULC) in November 2002. Chancellor Pitcher's more than 25 years of teaching experience has included adjunct professorships at the Southern University Law Center and at LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Pitcher has been appointed to a three-year term of the American Bar Association Law School Legal Education Section's Committee on Professionalism and has been named to two ABA Site Evaluation Team for Reaccrediting Law Schools, one of which he serves as chair.

Under his leadership, the SULC has thrived. He has initiated a part-time evening division, created a distance learning partnership with New York Law School to offer an on-line curriculum; established a certificate program in Public Interest Law; added a Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and a Domestic Violence Law Clinic to its successful Clinical Education Program; offered its first Summer Studies Abroad Program to London, England; attracted a donation to establish the J.J. McKernan Distinguished Lecture Series; significantly increased in size and number faculty summer research stipends; and increased the Law Center's endowed professorships from two to eight.

Chancellor Pitcher is a member of the American Bar Association, National bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States Eastern, Middle, and Western District Courts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Southern University in 1966 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Southern University School of Law in 1973. While in law school, he was elected president of the Student Bar Association and won distinction as an outstanding moot court competitor. Chancellor Pitcher was also the founding vice president of the Southern University Law Center's American Inns of Court Chapter.

Pitcher has a career of many firsts. He became the first African American elected to a judgeship in Baton Rouge with his election to the City Court in a citywide election in April 1983. He was the first African American elected to the 19th Judical District in a parish-wide election in 1987. In 1992, he achieved another first with his election to the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, without opposition. Pitcher has also served as an associate justice ad hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Chancellor Pitcher authored close to 200 judicial opinions while serving on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal.

Upon his retirement from the bench in May 1997, Pitcher was named a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Phelps Dunbar LLP, an international law firm. His practice focused on the areas of commercial, casualty, and employment litigation. He was also a member of the firm's appellate practice group.

Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Pitcher was the principal partner in the firm Pitcher, Tyson, Avery and Cunningham. He has also served as a special counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, and as an assistant district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Chancellor Pitcher has been honored as a recipient of the Brotherhood Award by the Baton Rouge Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

2004 Distinguished Professor

Paul R. Baier

Paul R. Baier

Paul R. Baier is the George M. Armstrong, Jr. Professor of Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, and a member of the Louisiana Bar. He has taught constitutional law for over thirty years at L.S.U. Law Center and for the past seven years he has taught a course he created in L.S.U.'s Honors College, "The Constitution and American Civilization. Professor Baier is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and of Harvard Law School, where he was editor of Harvard Legal Commentary. In 1975-76, he worked inside the Supreme Court of the United States as a Judicial Fellow, where he scripted, narrated, and appears in the first film ever made inside the Court, featuring Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Justices Tom Clark and Lewis Powell. The film aired nationally on P.B.S. and at the Court for a decade. He served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1987-1991. Professor Baier's article, "The Court and Its Critics," published in the American Bar Association Journal (vol. 78, 1992) sounded his voice on the national stage of constitutional scholars. He is the editor of the Memoirs of Justice Hugo L. Black and Elizabeth Black, published by Random House (1986), and of Lions Under the Throne: The Edward Douglass White Lectures of Chief Justices Warren E. Burger and William H. Rehnquist, published by the Louisiana Bar Foundation (1995).

Professor Baier was the L.B.F.'s first Scholar-in-Residence, 1990-1992, and Editorial Chair of the Report of the Louisiana Bar Foundation Conclave on Legal Education and Professional Development (1995). He has taught courses on Constitutional Interpretation with Justice Harry A. Blackmun at Aix-en Provence, France, and Berlin, Germany, and for Tulane Law School with Justice Antonin Scalia in Siena, Italy. Professor Baier arranged a symposium, "The Bill of Rights and Judicial Balance: A Tribute to Lewis F. Powell, Jr.," which brought Justice Powell and Harvard Law School Dean Erwin N. Griswold to New Orleans to inaugurate the Bill of Rights Section of the L.S.B.A. Baier is a published playwright—"Father Chief Justice": Edward Douglass White and the Constitution, sponsored by the L.B.F.—which played most recently at Louisiana's Old State Capitol. He is the author of over thirty-five books, contributions to books, and teaching materials and over thirty-five published legal articles. He has rendered over fifteen appellate arguments in civil rights cases from the Montana Supreme Court to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States as Special Assistant Louisiana Attorney General. The Silver Anniversary Edition of Professor Baier's little book, The Pocket Constitutionalist, with a foreword by Justice John L. Weimer of the Louisiana Supreme Court, was published by Claitor's in 2003. "By the Light of Reason," Act IV of his play, will be published in the next no. of the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law.

2003-1997 Distinguished Professor Award

  • 2003 William E. Crawford

  • 2002 Kathryn V. Lorio

  • 2001 A.N. Yiannopoulos

  • 2000 Saul Litvinoff*

  • 1999 William D. Hawkland*

  • 1998 Frank L. Maraist

  • 1997 Marcel Garsaud, Jr.



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