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Elections: Online Voting Underway, Continues Through Dec. 14
LSBA members may now cast votes for contested leadership positions and an amendment to eliminate the law student membership category. Go to: http://www.lsba.org/goto/elections.

Interested in an Appointed LSBA House of Delegates Position? Respond ASAP
Several LSBA House of Delegates seats received no qualifiers by the Oct. 19 qualifying deadline and will be filled by presidential appointment.

Registration Open for Midyear Meeting Jan. 14-16, 2016
The Midyear Meeting at the JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans will feature leadership meetings, a reception honoring 50-, 60- and 70-year LSBA members, and CLE programs.


Ongoing Association News

MCLE Committee Can Assist with Hardship Provisions for MCLE Credits
Preliminary transcripts of 2015 attorney MCLE credits were mailed at the end of November.

LSBA members facing undue hardships (such as disability, sickness or other clearly mitigating circumstances) that are preventing them from earning their CLE hours before year’s end should contact the MCLE Committee. Depending on the severity of the situation, the committee can grant extensions of time, credit substitutions, late-fee waivers and sometimes a complete waiver of the yearly requirement. But the committee needs to be aware of the specific situations as soon as possible.

Members needing assistance should contact MCLE Committee Director Kitty Hymel — fax (504)828-1416; email kittyh@LASCMCLE.org; or regular mail to MCLE Committee, Ste. 355, 2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002.

Members are required to provide minor documentation, including the basis for the requests. The requests are reviewed by a three-person subcommittee. All requests are confidential. The committee is currently reviewing requests, so there is no need to wait until next year before seeking assistance.

If problems are financial, the committee will direct members to free or low-cost CLE programs. Availability of these programs at the end of the year is limited, so members are encouraged to contact the committee as soon as possible.

LSBA Expands the LIFT Incubator Program Statewide
The LIFT Legal Incubator and Accelerator Program helps new attorneys develop social justice law firms that address the unmet legal needs of modest means clients. The program has ten Fellows with solo practices in the Greater New Orleans metro area and Baton Rouge and is currently in the process of expanding statewide.

Through collaborations with legal aid and local nonprofit legal organizations, the LIFT expansion process will involve, first, identifying unmet legal needs in various areas of the states, and second, developing program models to specifically address those needs and thus cultivating the next generation of access to justice bar leaders. For more information on how to become a LIFT Fellow, contact ATJ Training and Projects Counsel Amy Duncan at amy.duncan@lsba.org.

Thanks, Secret Santas! All 765 Children Have Been “Adopted” This Year
The LSBA/Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Community Action Committee would like to thank all legal professionals who participated in this year’s Secret Santa Project. Thanks to the generosity of “adopting” Santas and to those who made monetary donations, 765 children (ages 12 and under) will receive a much brighter and happier holiday. Many thanks and happy holidays!

Monetary donations are still being accepted. These donations cover expenses associated with gift purchases for children whose “Santas” may not be able to fulfill the commitment this year or children who are not “adopted” for future projects. If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here.

If you wish to mail a check for a monetary donation, make the check payable to the “Louisiana Bar Foundation” and mail to the following address:

Louisiana Bar Foundation
Attn: Secret Santa Project
1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000
New Orleans, LA 70112

“International Energy Issues in a Downward Market” CLE Scheduled for Dec. 9
The International Law Section is co-sponsoring a CLE seminar in Lafayette on Dec. 9 titled “International Energy Issues in a Downward Market.”

This program will take an in-depth look at various legal and policy issues related to the new world energy order. The program is open to everyone with an interest in the U.S. energy market, and is especially appropriate for attorneys and business leaders operating in the energy sector.

The registration fee for this event is $95. Advance registration is open until Dec. 4. The CLE will be held at the Petroleum Club (111 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette). For more information or to register online, click here.

Sponsors Sought for 50-, 60- and 70-Year Members’ Reception
The reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in conjunction with the LSBA Midyear Meeting. Sponsors for the reception should contact LSBA Program Coordinator/Marketing and Sections Christine A. Richard at (504)619-0105, email crichard@lsba.org.

For more information on the LSBA Midyear Meeting, click here.

Louisiana Bar Center to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Louisiana Bar Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

Elections: What Members Need to Know about Online Voting
Members received an email with their E-ballot on Nov. 16. The sender address was “LSBA_Election_Admin@vres.us” and the Subject Line referenced “Louisiana State Bar Association E-ballot.”

The email includes the member’s PIN number and a link to the voting website. On the voting website, the member must type in the PIN number to access the ballot. Ballots will only include races for which the member may cast a vote.

Members who do not have an email address, or members preferring to vote from the LSBA website, may log-in from the “Vote Now” icon at https://www.lsba.org/BarGovernance/Elections.aspx. You will be asked to provide additional information (Bar roll number, birth date, zip code) in order to log on.

LBLS Adds Appellate Practice Specialty
An amendment to the LSBA’s Plan of Legal Specialization to add a new specialization certification in appellate practice was approved by the Louisiana Supreme Court. An Appellate Practice Advisory Commission has been appointed and is currently working on implementing the specialty. The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) anticipates accepting applications for certification in Appellate Practice in 2016.

A copy of the amended Plan of Legal Specialization and the Appellate Practice Standards may be downloaded from the LBLS website at https://www.lascmcle.org/specialization.

For more information or if you are interested in applying for this certification, email
LBLS Executive Director Barbara M. Shafranski, barbara.shafranski@lsba.org.

House Resolution Deadline is Dec. 9 for 2016 Midyear Meeting
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Midyear Meeting is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 14-16, 2016, at the JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans.

Animal Law Section CLE Scheduled for Dec. 11
Registration is now open for the LSBA Animal Law Section's 7th Annual CLE "From Trust to Farm." The seminar will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the St. Christopher Hotel in New Orleans (114 Magazine Street).

LSBA Sections: Time to Join or Renew Section Membership
The 2015-16 membership application for the LSBA’s 31 sections was mailed to members.

LSBA Government and Public Law Section to Host Seminar Dec. 17-18
The LSBA Government and Public Law Section will host a two-day seminar, Dec. 17-18, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge (7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.). This year’s theme is “Practice in the Public Sector XIV.” The program has been approved for 12.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of professionalism.

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to District Court Rules’ Appendices
Proposed amendments to Appendices 28.1B and 28.2B of the District Court Rules (Title IV) are available for review on the Louisiana Supreme Court’s website, http://www.lasc.org, through Nov. 30.

LSBA is Turning 75 in 2016! Louisiana Bar Journal Seeking Material
Help the LSBA celebrate its 75th anniversary by submitting material for the commemorative issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal to be published in spring 2016. Do you have an article idea? Do you want to write an article? Do you have photographs in your collection that would be of interest to the membership?

Email your ideas by Friday, Dec. 4, to Editor Alainna R. Mire, alainna.mire@cityofalex.com, or Publications Coordinator Darlene M. LaBranche, dlabranche@lsba.org.

LBF Sets Grant Application Deadlines
The Louisiana Bar Foundation’s grant application for 2016-17 funding is available online; the deadline for submitting grant applications is Dec. 1. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) application for 2016-17 funding also is available online; the deadline for submitting LRAP applications is Feb. 12, 2016. For more information: http://www.raisingthebar.org.  

Louisiana Supreme Court Approves District Court Rules Amendments
Following a 30-day public comment period and review of all comments received by the Court Rules Committee, the Louisiana Supreme Court approved the latest District Court Rules amendments on Oct. 7. The approved amendments may be viewed on the Supreme Court’s website: http://www.lasc.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. 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.  

Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) Offers Services to LSBA Members and Their Families
The new Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc.’s (JLAP) redesigned website is now accessible online at: http://www.louisianajlap.com.

JLAP is a full-service and comprehensive mental health and wellness assistance program with full-time professional clinical staff members. It provides direct and confidential assistance to LSBA members and their families who are experiencing problems such as mental health issues, alcoholism, substance abuse, gambling and all other addictions. The website offers ease of navigation and quick access to important information.

“JLAP will never rest in furthering its mission to save lives and careers in the legal profession while also helping to protect the public from the harm that can be caused by impaired lawyers and judges,” said JLAP Executive Director Buddy Stockwell.

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