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In 1938, in the wake of the notorious Louisiana Scandals, the acting president of Louisiana State University called upon Taylor Porter to provide "ethically sound legal counsel." Since then, the university has grown enormously as has the Firm's practice in providing the comprehensive legal services required by the state's flagship university system.

The Firm provides counsel and representation on matters relating to faculty, staff and student relationships, civil service, procurement, public financing contracts, property, contract confection and negotiation, NCAA regulations, desegregation, campus records, research confidentiality, claims under Title VII, Title IX and the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, church/state relations and free speech issues, technology transfer and numerous other public law issues regarding higher education. Highlights of this representation include:

  • Acting as issuer's counsel to Louisiana State University for issuances of bonds and other debt totaling more than $200 million.
  • Representing the University on employment matters such as discrimination, sexual harassment and other faculty issues.
  • Representing the LSU System in the Louisiana higher education desegregation suit originally filed in 1974.
  • Counseling the University on corporate sponsorships and representing it in litigation concerning enforcement of collegiate licensing of trademarks and symbols.
  • Representing the University in its procurement of goods and services, including representation before appropriate state agencies and the district and appellate courts and Supreme Court of Louisiana.

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