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Final Deadline Sept. 9: Pay Dues/Assessment, File Statement/Trust Account Form
The 2014-15 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.


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.


Attorneys Needed to Present “Day of Service” Legal Programs at Parish Libraries; Sign Up by Sept. 15
LSBA President Joseph L. (Larry) Shea, Jr. is encouraging Louisiana attorneys to volunteer their time and talent by participating in the LSBA’s Day of Service “Lawyers in Libraries” event on Thursday, Oct. 23.


Ongoing Association News

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.


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.


Bar Center to Close for Labor Day
The Louisiana Bar Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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.

Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee Sets Free Educational Seminars
The Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee, in conjunction with the Louisiana Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, will conduct free educational seminars throughout the state in August and September, said attorney Marta-Ann Schnabel, chair of the Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee.

The seminar series will begin following the Aug. 21-22 qualifying period for the fall 2014 elections.

“The first hour, which is directed towards all candidates, will be provided by the Louisiana Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure and will provide information on the Louisiana Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, along with instruction as to the proper completion of forms. The second hour, which is directed towards judges, judicial candidates and their campaign managers, will be conducted by the Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee and will focus on Canon 7 of the Louisiana Judicial Code of Conduct,” Schnabel said.

All seminars are open to the public. Approval is pending for continuing legal education credit. All seminars are 4:30-6:30 p.m., except the Shreveport seminar (5-7 p.m.). In Lafayette, the doors will close at 5 p.m. and no camera phones will be allowed. Attendees may wish to check with each individual location concerning any restrictions with regard to camera phones and other devices.

The seminar schedule is:
• Thursday, Aug. 28, Lake Charles: Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 100 Main St.
• Tuesday, Sept. 2, Monroe: Ouachita Parish Courthouse, Courtroom 3, 300 St. John St.
• Wednesday, Sept. 3, Shreveport: Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal, 430 Fannin St.
• Thursday, Sept. 4, Baton Rouge: Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, 1600 N. 3rd St.
• Tuesday, Sept. 9, Alexandria: Rapides Parish Courthouse, Second Flr., 700 Murray St.
• Wednesday, Sept. 10, Lafayette: Lafayette Parish Courthouse, 800 South Buchanan St.
• Thursday, Sept. 11, New Orleans: Louisiana Supreme Court, Fourth Flr., 400 Royal St.

For more information about the seminars, contact Louisiana Supreme Court staff attorney Tracy Buccino at (504) 310-2550.

Articles from Senior Lawyers Division’s E-Newsletter Seasoning Accessible Online
The LSBA Senior Lawyers Division’s e-newsletter, Seasoning, was e-blasted to Division members last week. All LSBA members can access the articles in the July 2014 issue online at: http://www.lsba.org/SLD.

La. Board of Legal Specialization Revises Specialty Standards
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization has revised Specialty Standards for bankruptcy law, estate planning and administration, family law and tax law, effective June 5, 2014. To download a copy of the revisions, go to: http://www.lascmcle.org/specialization.

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.

Save the Dates for LSBA CLEs and Events: New York, Disney, Diversity, Solo and Small Firm
New York: The “New York, New York!” multi-topic CLE is Nov. 22-24 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York. Stay tuned for more details online.

Disney: The “Dazzling Disney!” multi-topic CLE is Feb. 16-18, 2015, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. More details to come.

2015 Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession: Friday, March 6, 2015, at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans.

2015 Solo and Small Firm Conference: Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans.

Interested in Volunteering for a Diversity Subcommittee? Respond by Aug. 30
The LSBA’s Diversity Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on six subcommittees: Diversity Awards; Diversity Communications; Diversity Conclave; LGBT Diversity; Diversity Integration; and Pipeline to Diversity (outreach to law students, students, law firms and judiciary). The preferences form should be returned by Aug. 30. For more information and to download the form, go to: http://files.lsba.org/documents/Diversity/2014Divsubcomprefform.pdf.

Book Ad Space Now in the 2015 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory

The LSBA is publishing its 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. Early-bird pricing is available through Sept. 12. As an added bonus this year, 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.  

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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