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LSBA Elections: Nominating Committee to Meet Aug. 21
The LSBA's Nominating Committee will meet on Friday, Aug. 21, to nominate a president-elect for the 2016-17 term and a treasurer for the 2016-18 term. The president-elect will automatically assume the presidency in 2017-18.

Avoid Penalties and Ineligibility: Pay Dues, Assessment; File Statement, Trust Account Form
The 2015-16 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.


LSBA President Cunningham Encourages Participation in October “Day of Service”
LSBA President Mark A. Cunningham is encouraging Louisiana lawyers to recognize Thursday, Oct. 29, as a “Day of Service” to the public by volunteering for the LSBA’s “Lawyers in Libraries” initiative.


Ongoing Association News

Member Benefit Update: New Version of Fastcase Premiers in Beta
Fastcase unveiled a complete overhaul of its platform on July 9, available in beta by invitation only. The Law Sites blog has a first look at the new and enhanced features of Fastcase 7, which “promises greater speed, expanded search, more intuitive functionality, and a more readable interface.” Read the full article: http://bit.ly/1NRrT4n.

Publications: New Issues Available Online
Read the current issues online.
July 2015 “Bar Briefs.” Go to: http://www.lsba.org/NewsAndPublications/BarBriefs.aspx.
July 2015 “Seasoning.” Read content from the Senior Lawyers Division’s e-newsletter: http://www.lsba.org/SLD/.

2015 Legislative Recap: Status of Bills Supported/Opposed by LSBA
The 2015 Louisiana legislative session brought 847 House bills and 285 Senate bills. Through its Legislation Committee and its Board of Governors, the LSBA supported six bills and opposed 19 bills. The LSBA lobbyist’s final report on bills which drew a position from the LSBA is posted at: http://files.lsba.org/documents/Legislation/2015LSBABillSlate.pdf. Relevant deadline and meeting dates for the 2016 state legislative session have been posted on the LSBA’s Legislative Advocacy webpage at http://www.lsba.org/Legislation.

2 New LBLS Certification Designations Approved
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) received approval from the LSBA House of Delegates and the Louisiana Supreme Court to revise the LSBA Plan of Legal Specialization and the LBLS Rules and Regulations to provide for two new certification designations, specifically “inactive” and “senior.” A copy of the amended LSBA Plan, the LBLS Rules and Regulations and relevant forms may be downloaded at: http://www.lascmcle.org/specialization. For more information, email LBLS Executive Director Barbara Shafranski at barbara.shafranski@lsba.org.

Louisiana Civil Justice Center Launches Online Legal Resources
The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) announces the launch of its new website and online legal resources at: http://www.laciviljustice.org. Via the website, community members can benefit from better access to legal services, including an online legal intake form, mobile-friendly formatting and links to helpful resources to assist them in resolving their legal issues. Interactive tools also allow residents to locate nearby legal clinics and enables attorney volunteers to sign up to help at various legal clinics.

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.

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.  

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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