Louisiana State Bar Association News

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Remarks by Mark A. Cunningham at His Installation as President of the LSBA
Mark A. Cunningham was installed as 2015-16 LSBA President on June 11, 2015. Review his installation address.

Ongoing Association News

Application Deadline Extended to July 3 for Leadership LSBA 2015/16 Class
LSBA President-Elect Mark A. Cunningham is currently seeking applications from young lawyers for the Leadership LSBA 2015/2016 Class. All applicants must have been admitted to the practice of law for at least two years (admitted before May 2013). This program was created in 2002 by LSBA President Larry Feldman, Jr. and provides exposure to how the LSBA functions as well as the pressing issues that face the Association and the legal profession. It also provides participants with general information on the responsibilities of volunteer leaders. Through at least one project (previous projects included a high school art contest, a series of pro bono CLEs, a 5K benefiting the Lawyers Assistance Program, and a legal aid hackathon), the program strives to further develop young attorneys’ leadership skills and to provide them with opportunities for statewide networking. Prior classes have ranged in size from 5 to 16.
By conclusion of FY 2015/2016 (which ends in June 2016), participants will be required to:
  • Attend one meeting of the Board of Governors;
  • Attend one meeting of the House of Delegates;
  • Attend one meeting of the Young Lawyers Division Council;
  • Attend one Budget Committee meeting;
  • Attend one meeting of the Access to Justice Committee;
  • Attend one meeting of an LSBA committee of their choice;
  • Work with their class to develop and implement a class projects with the help of staff; and
  • Commit to serve on an LSBA committee for 2016/2017.
For the above events and other activities (with the exception of the Annual Meeting in Sandestin), the LSBA will reimburse expenses in accordance with existing policies.  At the conclusion of the year, class members who have completed all requirements will be recognized at the LSBA Annual Meeting. 
So that these appointments may be made by mid-July, candidates should send their completed application (see below) along with a resume or CV, no later than Friday, July 3, to:
Danielle Boveland
Communications Coordinator – Online Media
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
FAX (504)566-0930
Click here to download the Leadership Class Interest Application.

Volunteers Sought for 2015 Law School Professionalism Orientations
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Committee on the Profession is seeking lawyers and judges to lead discussion groups in the next round of law school professionalism orientations in August. (See schedule below.) The orientations, conducted at each of the state’s four law schools, are a permanent part of the orientation process for entering law students. The committee is asking lawyers and judges to return to their alma mater or to any of the schools to help give back part of what the profession has given them by dedicating a half-day of their time.

Law School Professionalism Orientations
Southern -  Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 • 10 a.m.
LSU - Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 • 2 p.m.
Loyola -  Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 • 5:45 p.m.
Tulane  - Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 • 10:15 a.m.

The purpose of the program is to introduce the concept of professionalism to first-year students. The committee will provide leaders with a list of hypothetical situations, including annotations and suggested questions. Pair up with a friend or classmate to co-lead a group of aspiring lawyers in a practical discussion of lawyer professionalism.

For more information or to volunteer, contact LSBA Associate Executive Director Cheri Cotogno Grodsky at (800)421-5722, ext. 107, (504)619-0107, fax (504)598-6753 or email cgrodsky@lsba.org.

Deadline Aug. 3: Sponsors Sought for 2015 Law School Professionalism Orientations
Sponsors are being sought for the Louisiana State Bar Association Committee on the Profession’s 15th annual professionalism orientations at the state’s law schools. Sponsor response deadline is Monday, Aug. 3. The orientations are designed to introduce the concept of professionalism to first-year law students. Sponsors are needed for the August orientations at Southern University Law Center (Aug. 13), Loyola University College of Law (Aug. 17) and Tulane Law School (Aug. 18).

For sponsorship information, contact LSBA Program Coordinator Christine A. Richard, (800)421-5722, ext. 105, (504)619-0105, or email crichard@lsba.org.

Mediators/Arbitrators: Deadline is July 31 for Listings 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 $125 per listing. The submission deadline is July 31. More information, click here.

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.

Bar Center Will Be Closed on July 3
The Louisiana Bar Center will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6.

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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