LSBA House of Delegates
The Articles of Incorporation define the House of Delegates as the Association’s policy-making body. Created in 1957, the House meets at least twice each year: during the Association’s Annual Meeting and during the Association’s Midyear Meeting. Through authority vested to it in the Articles, the House has adopted Rules of Procedure which govern its meetings and administration. The Association president presides over meetings of the House of Delegates.
House members serve two-year terms and are elected from their respective judicial districts, with districts being entitled to one delegate for each district judge (including civil district judges, criminal district judges and family court judges). Delegates from the 1st through 19th judicial districts serve terms beginning in even-numbered years and those from the 20th through 40th judicial districts plus Orleans serve terms beginning in odd-numbered years. To be eligible for reelection, a delegate must attend at least 50 percent of all meetings held during his/her term or 50 percent of the in-state meetings held during his/her term, whichever is less. Provided attendance requirements are met, there is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a delegate may serve. Also, in accordance with the Rules of the House, the chair of each of the Association’s voluntary sections serves as an ex-officio voting member of the House.
House of Delegates Resourses
Meeting of House of Delegates
The Louisiana State Bar Association's House of Delegates meeting was held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., in conjuction with the LSBA Midyear Meeting.
- Resolution from the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee to amend RPC Rule 1.15 to require reconciliation of client trust accounts at least monthly, as well as maintenance of such records of the reconciliation(s).
- Resolution from the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee to ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to adopt recent ABA changes with regard to: Rule 1.0, change reference from “email” to “electronic communications;” Rule 1.6(b)(7), confidentiality of information; Rule 1.6(c), confidentiality of information; Rule 1.18, duties to prospective clients; Rule 4.4, respect for rights of third persons; and Rule 5.3, responsibilities regarding non-lawyer assistance.
- Resolution from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section to amend its bylaws.
- Resolution from Bill of Rights Section Chair Leo C. Hamilton urging the LSBA to: strengthen its commitment and efforts to improve availability of a full-range of legal services to all Louisiana citizens; actively participate in the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Louisiana Campaign to Preserve Civil Legal Aid by establishing specific goals for various groups within the LSBA; and encourage Louisiana lawyers to expand their pro bono efforts.
- Resolution from 15th Judicial District Delegate Jeffrey A. Riggs and Solo and Small Firm Section Chair Richard W. Martinez urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to adopt proposed Rule 1.19 of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct regarding preparation of succession plans by lawyers.