- Jalaya Carter
- Aubrey Populars
- Ronald Randall
- Christopher Selders
- Michael Simpson
- Alex Taylor
- Serenity Williams
- Michael Wicker
- Jayda Woods (2nd year participant)
- Nijah Raby
Drum Roll News EditorUrban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, in partnership with Southern University Law Center recently announced the 2020 College & Career Ready Pre-Law Institute scholars.Established in 2017, the Pre-Law Institute introduces high school students to civics, law and criminal justice at SULC. This year’s institute is under the guidance of Program Instructor and third-year SULC student, Angela Jackson, and UREC Program Coordinator and Site Coordinator, Trenecia Smith. As a new feature of this year’s institute, scholars will participate in a book club that focuses on truth, racial healing, and transformation. They will read books such as the award-winning novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which will allow them to analyze and discuss the law and current issues through the lens of youth and young adults. Pre-law scholars will also facilitate the signature mock-trial at SULC’s moot courtroom and network with Baton Rouge attorneys and judges.The 2020 Pre-Law Scholars are:According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics occupational forecast, the number of attorneys will increase by 6% by 2028. This Pre-Law Institute cohort aspires to attain careers in family, corporate, civil rights and entertainment law, government, or politics.“UREC’s College & Career Ready Pre-Law institute is designed to give Baton Rouge youth the foundation and preparation needed to pursue legal studies and careers in this growing field of opportunities,” said UREC Youth Program Director Kathryn Robinson.“The Southern University Law Center is delighted to partner with UREC’s Pre-Law institute for the third consecutive year, as we work collaboratively to develop the next generation of legal professionals and leaders,” said Southern University Law Center Chancellor John Pierre.UREC’s College & Career Ready Pre-Law Institute is a 21st Century Community Learning Center that provides after-school learning. Community partners include Southern University Law Center, the City of Baton Rouge, Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation, Kean Miller, LLP, and Louisiana Department of Education.ONLINE: www.urecbr.orgPhoto: Seated (L-R), Jayda Woods, Nijah Raby, Serenity Williams, Aubrey Populars and Jalaya Carter. Standing (L-R), UREC Program Coordinator Trenecia Smith, Christopher Selders, Alex Taylor, Michael Wicker, Michael Simpson, Ronald Randall, and Program Instructor Angela Jackson.Read more »
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Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum presents SULC Chancellor John Pierre with the Hometown Hero Award and key to the city during the Southern University Law Center’s 30th Year Commemoration of Clark and Chislom Cases, October 21. Photo by Otis Henry.Read more »
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The Southern University System Board of Supervisors named John K. Pierre to become the seventh chancellor of the Southern University Law Center, on March 18.
Pierre, who is serving as interim SULC chancellor, was one of four finalists selected by a 14-member search committee to replace Freddie Pitcher Jr. who stepped down last June.
“First I want to acknowledge the diligence of the Law Center Search Committee members for their considerable efforts in bringing forth four outstanding candidates,” said SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton.
“After interviewing the final candidates and reviewing their qualifications along with committee and constituent feedback, I am happy to recommend John Pierre who is ably prepared to lead the SU Law Center,” said Belton.
Pierre became interim chancellor of the Southern University Law Center effective July 1, 2015, and has been on the faculty of the Southern Law Center since 1990. He was promoted to associate vice chancellor for special projects in 2003, and to vice chancellor of institutional accountability and evening division, on October 1, 2006. Additionally, he teaches commercial law, tax law, contracts, and property.
For seven years, Pierre was involved in the Baton Rouge school desegregation case as co-counsel for the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP in Davis v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He was also co-counsel in the landmark case McWaters v. FEMA.
Pierre is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and the Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.
He has previous teaching experience as a visiting and adjunct professor at California State University, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Loyola University Law School, Southern University College of Business, Saint Leo’s College, Webster University, and Northwestern State University.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University and A&M College in 1980, a master’s degree in tax accounting from Texas Tech University in 1982, and a juris doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, in 1985.
Pierre has published numerous articles on tax law, sales and contracts, real estate and commercial law, ranging from magazine features and law review articles.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity presented to me,” said the chancellor-elect. “Thank you for your confidence in me.”
Pierre acknowledged his wife, family members, and faculty and staff from the SU Law Center who he says share much of the credit for his success.
“I think of my mother and my father on a day like this and I am grateful they gave me the spirit I have to serve. I will work hard to propel the SU Law Center to be the institution you want it to be,” said Pierre.Read more »