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LSU chief lawyer lacks La. license

1 year 6 months 1 week ago April 11, 2015 Apr 11, 2015 Saturday, April 11 2015 April 11, 2015 12:57 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State University System's newly hired, $270,000-a-year general counsel does not have a license to practice law in Louisiana.

Thomas Skinner, who has a law license in Illinois, says that the lack of a Louisiana law license won't hinder his ability to do the job of LSU's chief lawyer.

The LSU Board of Supervisors approved Skinner's hiring in December. He officially started work in January, leaving a Chicago law firm, where he specialized in regulatory and environmental matters.

Skinner says he has applied to the Louisiana Supreme Court for a "limited admission for in-house counsel" to allow him to practice law exclusively for LSU.

Louisiana Supreme Court spokeswoman Valerie Willard says the review process generally takes 90 to 120 days. Limited admission lasts for four years.

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