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Final Deadline Sept. 9: Pay Dues/Assessment, File Statement/Trust Account Form
The 2015-16 LSBA membership dues, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board assessment, the Attorney Registration Statement and the Louisiana Supreme Court Trust Account Disclosure and Overdraft Notification Authorization Form were all due on July 1. Delinquency notices were mailed Aug. 7 to members who have not complied.

LSBA President Cunningham Encourages Participation in October “Day of Service”
LSBA President Mark A. Cunningham is encouraging Louisiana lawyers to recognize Thursday, Oct. 29, as a “Day of Service” to the public by volunteering for the LSBA’s “Lawyers in Libraries” initiative.


Ongoing Association News

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to Louisiana District Court Rules
The Louisiana Supreme Court’s Court Rules Committee is seeking comments on its latest proposed amendments to the Louisiana District Court Rules. The proposed amendments, as well as a summary of the proposed amendments, are available for review online at: http://www.lasc.org
The proposed amendments will be posted on the website for 30 days, which began on Sept. 4.

Interested parties wanting to comment on the proposed changes during the 30-day period may do so by email to distctrules@lasc.org; by facsimile to the Court Rules Committee, (504)310-2606; or by mail to: Court Rules Committee, Louisiana Supreme Court, Ste. 1190, 400 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

Once the 30-day period has expired, the Court Rules Committee will review all comments, make any changes it deems appropriate, and then submit a final draft to the Louisiana Supreme Court for review and approval.

Reminder: CLE Compliance for Board-Certified Specialists
In accordance with the requirements of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS), as set forth in the individual Specialty Standards for each field of legal specialization, board-certified attorneys in a specific field of law must meet a minimum CLE requirement for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2015. CLE credits are computed on a calendar-year basis and all attendance information must be delivered to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education no later than Jan. 31, 2016. Failure to earn and/or timely report specialization CLE hours will result in a penalty assessment. Preliminary specialization transcripts will be mailed in November to specialists who are delinquent in their specialization CLE hours. To review specialty requirements or to obtain copies of specialization transcripts, go to: http://www.lascmcle.org/specialization. For more information, contact LBLS Executive Director Barbara Shafranski, (504) 619-0128, email barbara.shafranski@lsba.org.

Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules
On August 14, 2015, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Evidence Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. 

The public comment period is open for proposed amendments to:
  • Bankruptcy Rules 1001 and 1006; and
  • Evidence Rules 803 and 902.

The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on uscourts.gov.

The public comment period ends February 16, 2016.

District Court Rules: New Title IV Rules and Appendices for Family Law Proceedings in Effect
Following a 30-day public comment period, the Louisiana Supreme Court approved the new Title IV Rules and Appendices for family law proceedings on April 30. The Rules and Appendices took effect on July 1, 2015. To review, go to the Supreme Court’s website, http://www.lasc.org/rules/dist.ct/TitleIV.asp, or West’s 2015 Louisiana Rules of Court, Volume I, State Book. Questions or comments may be emailed to the Supreme Court’s Court Rules Committee at distctrules@lasc.org or mailed to Court Rules Committee, Ste. 1190, 400 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

Reserve Space in the 2016 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory
The LSBA is currently accepting advertising for the 2016 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory. The directory will be mailed with the December 2015/January 2016 Louisiana Bar Journal. The directory also will be accessible online via the LSBA's website for a full year. Early-bird pricing is available through Sept. 11. 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, click here.

LBLS Accepting Requests for Bankruptcy Law Certification
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is accepting application requests for 2016 certification in business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law through Sept. 30, 2015. Although the written test for these specialties is administered by the American Board of Certification, attorneys should apply for LBLS approval simultaneously with the testing agency 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. Or, go to the LBLS website at: http://www.lascmcle.org/specialization.

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. 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.  

Lawyers’ Assistance Program Offers Services to LSBA Members and Their Families
The Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Inc. provides confidential assistance to LSBA members and their families who are experiencing problems such as alcoholism, substance abuse, mental health issues, gambling and all other addictions. LAP is first and foremost an absolutely confidential method of providing help to an impaired lawyer or judge. The goal is to improve the quality of services rendered to the public by Louisiana lawyers through helping lawyers impaired by alcohol and other drugs to deal with their problems and regain their ability to provide legal services unaffected by drugs and alcohol.

To review the program's services, to obtain literature on lawyer depression and substance abuse, or to find the nearest LAP Support Group meeting, go to: http://www.lsba.org/lap.

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