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New chancellor specializes in media rights, First Amendment
By Sarah Yokubaitis
The Daily Reveille
The Board of Supervisors named Jack Weiss to succeed retiring Law School
Chancellor John Costonis at a special board meeting Friday in Baton Rouge.
"I believe Jack Weiss has the moral and ethical strength, the depth of
knowledge, and broad professional perspective to be a great leader for our Law
Center," said LSU System President Dr. William L. Jenkins in recommending
Weiss' appointment as Chancellor to the Board.
After a long search, the New Orleans native Weiss was chosen over Michael
Krauss, Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law in
Arlington, VA, and Eric A. Chiappinelli, Professor and Associate Dean for Alumni
and Professional Relations at the Seattle University School of Law. Weiss will
assume his duties July 1.
Weiss, who currently specializes in media rights and the First Amendment as a
partner at New York firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutche, has previously served as an
as an adjunct professor of law at LSU, Tulane, and Columbia universities in
addition to a long legal career in Louisiana and New York.
"The LSU Law Center has a proud tradition and a bright future. I will do my
best to protect both," Weiss said in a statement "With strong support
from alumni, the LSU System, the State, and Chancellor Costonis, challenges
remain, but I am confident that, working as a team, we can meet those challenges
Weiss is considered one of the nation's leading experts on the First Amendment,
and was named one of the top media and entertainment litigators in New York by
Chambers USA's America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2006. He has represented
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Gannett,
Inc., The Washington Post, CBS, ABC, CNN and The Associated Press, and while
practicing in Louisiana, The Advocate and The Times-Picayune.
Weiss also represented Time Inc. and reporter Matthew Cooper before the U.S.
Supreme Court for their refusal to reveal confidential sources in the
investigation of whether White House officials illegally leaked the name of CIA
official Valerie Plame to the press.
Weiss graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1968, and received his law
degree magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1971. While at Harvard
Law, Weiss served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Gail B. Agrawal, Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of
Law, who nominated Weiss for the LSU post, described him as "a strong and
"Jack Weiss has strong academic credentials, substantially better than
those of many full-time legal academics," Agrawal wrote in her
recommendation, adding that Weiss, as an adjunct professor of law at LSU,
Tulane, and Columbia universities, had taught more classes than many sitting