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Message from LSBA President Joseph L. (Larry) Shea, Jr.: Your Help is Needed with the Oct. 23 “Lawyers in Libraries” Day of Service Event
Attorneys across the state have already offered their time and experience on Oct. 23 to provide an incredibly valuable service to those who lack counsel by agreeing to have brief consultations or provide community education to local library patrons.


Papillion, Mire, Chabert, Tate Nominated for LSBA, YLD Leadership Positions
Darrel J. Papillion of Baton Rouge and Alainna R. Mire of Alexandria have been nominated for the positions of 2015-16 Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) president-elect and 2015-17 LSBA secretary, respectively.


Ongoing Association News

State’s Legal Services Programs Schedule Activities for National Pro Bono Week in October
Planning is underway for Louisiana’s participation in National Pro Bono Celebration Week, Oct. 19-25. Sponsored by the American Bar Association, National Pro Bono Celebration Week is part of a coordinated effort to showcase the legal community’s commitment to public service and the positive impacts that pro bono lawyers make to the nation and the justice system. Local bar foundations and pro bono programs in Louisiana are scheduling recognition events and activities in conjunction with the event. For updates on all Pro Bono Week activities, go to: http://www.lsba.org/celebrateprobono. Members are encouraged to check back often as more events will be added.

LSBA’s Lending Library Webpage Gets a Makeover; New Request Form Available Online
Need information on the latest legal tech? Career advice? Setting up your law office? How about attorney billing and collection? Maybe marketing and social media for lawyers? The LSBA’s Lending Library webpage has been revamped, with 40 new titles by nationally recognized authors added to the list. The available selections also are categorized by subject matter for easy perusal. The LSBA is now offering free shipping to your office (you are responsible for return shipping charges). To review the new selections and to access the new request form, go to: http://www.lsba.org/Members/PracticeManagementLendingLibrary.aspx.

September 2014 Bar Briefs Available Online
The September 2014 issue of "Bar Briefs" is available for review online. To read this issue, go to: http://www.lsba.org/NewsAndPublications/BarBriefs.aspx. Next issue coming in November!

Diversity Committee Schedules Oct. 16 CLE
The LSBA Diversity Committee’s LGBT Diversity Subcommittee is hosting a free CLE program from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The program, “Recent Developments: Same Sex Marriage Legal Issues,” will be presented by Maria C. Cangemi, an employee benefits expert, and Todd Brower, professor of constitutional law at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif. Organizers have applied for 2 hours of CLE credit. For more information or to register online, go to: http://www.lsba.org/goto/diversitycle. Or email LSBA Outreach Coordinator Michelle Neal, michelle.neal@lsba.org.

LSBA ADR Section Celebrating Mediation Week with CLE, Meeting, School Outreach
The LSBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is celebrating National Mediation Week from Oct. 12-18. The section is co-sponsoring with the LSBA its eighth annual Dispute Resolution Seminar, “Impasse Is a Fallacy,” on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. For more information, to register online or to download a registration form, go to: http://www.lsba.org/goto/adrsectioncle2014. The section will conduct its annual meeting during the Oct. 17 seminar. The section also is presenting its second School Outreach Program. Attorneys interested in presenting a program at a local school either before, during or after Mediation Week should contact ADR Section Chair Paul W. Breaux at (225)235-7410 or email pcmkrs@cox.net.

Oct. 17 Deadline: Advertise in the 2015 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory
The advertising deadline is Oct. 17 for the LSBA’s seventh Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory. The directory will be mailed with the December 2014/January 2015 Louisiana Bar Journal. The directory also will be accessible online via the LSBA's website for a full year. As an added bonus, all advertisers purchasing space in the directory will receive a free text listing in the December/January Journal’s Service Directory. For more information, go to: http://www.lsba.org/goto/ExpertDirectory2015.

Heads Up! House Resolution Deadline is Dec. 17 for 2015 Midyear Meeting
The LSBA’s Midyear Meeting is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 15-17, 2015, at the Hotel Intercontinental, 444 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The deadline for submitting resolutions for the House of Delegates meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 17. (The House will meet on Jan. 17, 2015.) Resolutions by House members and committee and section chairs should be mailed to LSBA Secretary Barry H. Grodsky, c/o Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130-3404. All resolutions proposed to be considered at the meeting must be received on or before Dec. 17. Resolutions must be signed by the author. Also, copies of all resolutions should be emailed (in MS Word format) to LSBA Executive Assistant Mindi Hunter at mindi.hunter@lsba.org.

Members of Bar Leadership Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: View Videos Online!
Several members of the LSBA leadership, including the Executive Committee, executive staff and members of the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA class, recently participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a nation-sweeping event raising awareness and funds for those dealing with the neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. After these Bar members and staff had buckets of ice water poured over their heads, they challenged others to do the same, including members of the Board of Governors. No doubt, there are more challenges to come! To view the videos, go to the LSBA’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/louisiana.bar.

LSBA Launches Free App Offering Quick Access to Website
The LSBA has launched a free app which offers quick access to several popular sections of the main website, including the members’ directory, CLE events, publications information and the calendar. The app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android users. Members using these platforms should search “Louisiana State Bar Association” in their devices’ App Stores for the free download.

Pilot Mentoring Program Begins Jan. 1, 2015: More Mentors Needed
The LSBA and its Committee on the Profession are encouraging more mentors to participate in the Transition Into Practice (TIP) pilot mentoring program, set to begin Jan. 1, 2015, in the Baton Rouge, Shreveport and greater New Orleans areas.


Red Mass Scheduled for Oct. 6 in New Orleans; LSBA’s Memorial Exercises to Follow
The St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association and the Catholic Bishops of Louisiana are sponsoring the 62nd annual Red Mass at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. A reception will follow at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Also, the LSBA has scheduled its annual Memorial Exercises to honor deceased members of the Bench and Bar following the Red Mass, beginning about 11:45 a.m. at the Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal St., New Orleans.

Community Action Committee & 'WEEN DREAM Partnering for Halloween Costume Donations
The LSBA/Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Community Action Committee is assisting the ‘WEEN DREAM program in the collection of new and/or slightly used Halloween costumes for children in need. Law firms, attorneys and legal professionals wishing to donate should drop off costumes at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 3-4, during business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Costumes may simply be placed in bags. There is no labeling or sorting process required. ‘WEEN DREAM volunteers will handle the sorting process and match the costumes to children for Halloween 2015. (Costumes that were donated after Halloween 2013 are being distributed to children for 2014.) For more information, contact LSBA Communications Assistant Krystal Bellanger Rodriguez, (504)619-0131 or email kbellanger@lsba.org.

LSBA Family Law Section Schedules Seminar for Nov. 14
The LSBA Family Law Section will host a seminar on Nov. 14 titled, “Empirical Analysis of Child Custody Schedules and the Impact of Steroid and/or Drug Use on Parenting Skills.” This intermediate/advanced program is designed for attorneys, judges, hearing officers, custody evaluators and other professionals who want a better understanding of the specific child custody schedules that are in the best interest of children at particular age levels. This knowledge will assist in the presentation of such schedules during litigation. Additionally, this seminar will provide specific information concerning the emotional and psychological effect of steroids and other drug use and the impact of such substances on parenting skills, which should be considered in the formulation of a child custody schedule.

The seminar will take place at the Crown Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The program has applied for up to 6 credit hours. Section members receive a registration discount. For more information and to download a registration form, go to: http://files.lsba.org/documents/Committees/familylawsectioncle.pdf.

It’s Time for “New York, New York!” Registration Now Open for Multi-Topic CLE
The “New York, New York” Multi-Topic CLE will be held Saturday through Monday, Nov. 22-24, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. Attendees can earn up to 13 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of professionalism. The LSBA room block is reserved for seminar attendees only; the deadline to reserve rooms at the hotel is Oct. 22. Book airfare early as this is Thanksgiving week. Online registration is not available. To download a registration form, for hotel information and to review the seminar schedule and speakers, go to: http://www.lsba.org/goto/2014NewYorkCLE.

LBLS Accepting Applications for Bankruptcy Law Certification Through September
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is accepting applications for 2015 certification in business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law through Sept. 30, 2014. Regarding applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification, although the written test(s) is administered by the American Board of Certification, attorneys should apply for approval of the LBLS simultaneously with the testing agency in order to avoid delay of board certification by the LBLS. For more information, contact LBLS Executive Director Barbara M. Shafranski, email barbara.shafranski@lsba.org or call (504)619-0128.

La. Board of Legal Specialization Mails Recertification Applications
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) has mailed recertification applications to specialists whose certification expires Dec. 31, 2014. The completed application, along with a $100 check payable to the “Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization,” should be mailed to the LBLS, c/o Barbara Shafranski, Executive Director, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130. The application and check should be mailed no later than Oct. 15 to avoid revocation of certification. For more information, contact Shafranski at (504)619-0128 or email barbara.shafranski@lsba.org.

Want to Become Part of the SOLACE Network and Assist Your Legal Colleagues?
The LSBA/Louisiana Bar Foundation's Community Action Committee coordinates the program SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel — All Concern Encouraged). Through the program, the legal community reaches out in many ways to judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries and their families who experience deaths or other catastrophic illnesses, sickness or injury. Through a vast network of coordinators and volunteers, the requests for assistance are gathered and disseminated to the network. Within days or hours — even minutes — the requests are fulfilled. Volunteers working on this project have experienced a true sense of doing something for others in need. If you want to become part of this network, email Hon. Jay C. Zainey at jay_zainey@laed.uscourts.gov. For more on the program, go to: http://www.lsba.org/Members/solace.aspx.

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