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LSBA Members Certified Elected in 3 Runoff Races
Three Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) members were certified elected for leadership positions following the close of runoff voting on Feb. 1. Two Nominating Committee positions were filled — Frank A. Fertitta, District 2A; and Robert L. Bussey, District 3C. Cristin F. Bordelon was elected to the First Board District seat on the LSBA Young Lawyers Division Council.

Louisiana Bar Center to Close for Mardi Gras
The Louisiana Bar Center will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9, in observance of Mardi Gras.

Volunteers Needed to Judge High School Mock Trial Competitions
Attorneys and judges are needed as Presiding and Scoring Judges for several high school mock trial competitions throughout the state in February and March.

Early Registration Ends February 12 for Conclave on Diversity
The ninth annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession is set for Friday, March 4, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge).

Nomination Deadline is Feb. 12 for 2016 Young Lawyers Division Awards
Five 2016 LSBA Young Lawyers Division awards will be presented at the June 2016 LSBA Annual Meeting: the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Service to the Public Award, Service to the Bar Award, and the YLD Pro Bono Award.

Nomination Process Open for 2016 Pro Bono, Children’s Law Awards
Nominations are open for the Friend of Pro Bono Award, Pro Bono Publico Award, Career Public Interest Award, the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, the Law Student Award and the Children's Law Award.

LBLS Accepting Requests for Certification Applications
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is currently accepting requests for applications for January 2017 certification in five areas — bankruptcy law (business and consumer), estate planning and administration, family law and tax law.

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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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