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We Want to #SeeYouInDestin

Lawyers and judges from across the state have joined together with the LSBA leadership for a video invitation to the combined 74th Annual Meeting and LSBA/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School! Will we #SeeYouInDestin?

Louisiana Rising: Great Rates Still Available for Annual Meeting/Summer School
Registration is still open for the combined 74th LSBA Annual Meeting and LSBA/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School.

LSBA Announces Electronic Billing for FY 2015-16 Dues, Assessment Collections
The LSBA will once again utilize electronic billing for the collection of LSBA dues and Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) assessments.

Ongoing Association News

Supreme Court Issues Order Allowing Lawyers to Earn CLE Credit for Pro Bono Work
Effective May 1, every lawyer who does pro bono work can earn up to three hours of CLE credit each year, under an order signed by Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. Under the new rule, attorneys who provide pro bono legal representation can earn one hour of CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono representation, up to a maximum of three hours of CLE credit per year.

Review the court order: http://www.lasc.org/rules/orders/2015/RULE_XXX_Rule_3_Regulation_3_21.pdf.

LSBA Legislation Committee’s April 25 Meeting is Open to Members and the Public
The LSBA Legislation Committee’s second meeting is set for Saturday, April 25, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. This meeting is open to the membership and the public. The LSBA reminds members that timely input will be accepted on proposed legislation which falls within the LSBA’s purview. Fewer potentially relevant bills are expected because the upcoming session is dedicated primarily to fiscal issues. For more information, go to: http://www.lsba.org/Legislation/.

House of Delegates Resolution Deadline is May 12 for Annual Meeting
The deadline for submitting resolutions for the next LSBA House of Delegates meeting is Tuesday, May 12. The House will meet on Thursday, June 11, in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.

Application Deadline is May 8 for 2015 Suit Up for the Future High School Program
The LSBA, in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, will host the 2015 Suit Up for the Future High School Internship Program this summer. Students entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2015, or entering their first year of college, should complete the online application by May 8: https://www.lsba.org/diversity/hsinternapp.aspx.

Winners Announced for Hackcess to Justice - Louisiana
The Leadership LSBA Class partnered with the ABA Journal and New Orleans Entreprenuer Week to present the state’s first legal aid hackathon, “Hackcess to Justice - Louisiana.” The two-day event was held March 21-22, 2015 at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. The hackathon presented an opportunity for participants to use their legal, entrepreneurial, coding and other skills to help create a technology-enabled solution for the numerous challenges faced by citizens who cannot afford a lawyer and the lawyers trying to serve them. Click here to view photos of the event.

The LSBA would like to congratulate the winners of Hackcess to Justice – Louisiana:

FIRST PLACE: “Legal Proof”
By: Omega Ortega
Developer Description: Legal Proof is the "app for that" when you need legal evidence of things. Regardless of the civil category (Divorce, Custody, Wills, Landlord, Workplace Issues), the app provides a simple way to create court-admissible evidence.

SECOND PLACE: "Paperless App"

By: William Palin and Ernie Svenson
Developer Description: PaperLess is a case management platform for attorneys, which enables legal aid to check eligibility of clients, and send and receive documents through their private communications. The app would allow organizations to text clients without sharing a phone number, and allow clients to continue to communicate without a phone plan, or if their minutes run out. The App even supports push notifications, and local reminders so clients will be reminded of upcoming meetings, court dates and other legal issues.

THIRD PLACE: “ExpungeMe”
By: Benjamin Schenker, George Mauer and Steve Price
Developer Description: ExpungeMe helps individuals with convictions prepare expungement records without a lawyer, freeing up time for legal aid providers.

The first place team received $1500 and a week of free business boot camp services donated by 52Businesses. The second place team received $1000 and the third place team received $500. A complete list of submissions can be viewed here.

Professionalism Speakers’ Workshop Set for May 15
The LSBA Committee on the Profession’s "Professionalism Speakers’ Workshop" is set for 2-5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Louisiana Bar Center (601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans). Anyone interested in becoming a better speaker on professionalism topics should register for this free highly interactive workshop. For more information or to register, contact LSBA Professional Programs Counsel for Practice Assistance Bill King at (504)619-0109 or e-mail bking@lsba.org.

2015-16 LSBA Committee Preferences: Respond by April 17
Committee assignment requests for the 2015-16 Bar year will be accepted through Friday, April 17. LSBA President-Elect Mark A. Cunningham will make all committee appointments. Review all committees and download a preferences form: http://www.lsba.org/BarGovernance/Committees.aspx.  

Mediators/Arbitrators: It’s Time to Book a Listing in “Who’s Who in ADR 2015” Directory
Text listings and photos from arbitrators and mediators are now being accepted for the “Who’s Who in ADR 2015” Directory, printed and mailed with the October/November 2015 Louisiana Bar Journal, then uploaded to the LSBA website for a full year of access. The cost is still $125 per listing. The submission deadline is July 31. More information at: http://www.lsba.org/newsandpublications/directoryarbitratorsmediators.aspx.  

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