Richard K. Leefe Installed as 73rd President of the Louisiana State Bar Association
Richard K. Leefe, a senior partner in the Metairie law firm of Leefe Gibbs Sullivan & Dupré, L.L.C., was installed June 6 as the 73rd president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla. Administering Leefe’s oath of office was Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.
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The LSBA's 2013-14 officers and members of the Board of Governors were installed June 6, in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla.
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LSBA President Richard K. Leefe announced that the Ordre des Avocats de Paris (the Paris Bar) is offering Louisiana young lawyers an opportunity to participate in a traineeship called “Stage International.” LSBA members who meet the requirements outlined in the accompanying letter and are interested in participating should contact Leefe no later than June 24 at (504)830-3939 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 3, 2013
Dear President Leefe:
As in every year, in October and November 2013, the Paris Bar will organize a traineeship known as the “Stage International,” intended to educate young French-speaking foreign lawyers who want to discover our law and practice of the legal profession in France in an international environment.
In 2012, this traineeship drew 52 young lawyers from 35 different countries from every continent.
In October, young lawyers selected will attend courses on the legal system, legal ethics and legal procedures in France at the Ecole de Formation du Barreau which trains lawyers in Paris, taught by some of the most distinguished and highly qualified French instructors in Paris.
Then, in November, they will have practical experience in a law firm. We select host firms ourselves in order to ensure that they are adapted to our foreign lawyers’ needs.
This international traineeship — the meeting place for lawyers who would like to compare legal practices — offers the unique opportunity to create a sustainable professional and friendly network between young lawyers from diverse backgrounds.
I would be happy to accept one or more lawyers who would have been pre-selected by your Bar, bearing in mind that the candidate must be a member of your Bar and must satisfy the programme’s requirements, which means being fluent in French, being less than 40 years of age, and being covered by legal liability insurance.
Applications can be submitted until June 30.
Lastly, I would like to mention that courses are entirely free as they are totally funded by the Paris Bar. The trainee is responsible for travel costs, as well as accommodation and living expenses in Paris.
However, participants can benefit from a scholarship offered by the French Embassy. I have sent a letter to the French Embassy of your country, so that appropriate measures might be taken to set up one or more scholarships for lawyers from your Bar who are selected to participate in the traineeship. Nevertheless, it depends on the resources of each Embassy.
I look forward to welcoming lawyers from your Bar in Paris.
Legal Professionals, Law Students Recognized for Exceptional Pro Bono Work
The LSBA, in conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court, hosted the 28th Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on May 21. LSBA Access to Justice Committee Co-Chairs Marta-Ann Schnabel and Luz M. Molina presented the awards to the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award recipients. Children’s Law Committee Co-Chairs Cherrilynne W. Thomas and Judge Sandra Jenkins presented the Children’s Law Award. The awards recognize attorneys and other public interest legal professionals who provided exceptional pro bono services to Louisiana’s indigent. For the full list of award recipients, go to: http://www.lsba.org/GoTo/2013ATJAwards.
“Suit Up for the Future” Program Selected for National ABA Award
The “Suit Up for the Future” High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program, a joint project of the LSBA and the Just the Beginning Foundation, has been selected as one of the 2013 recipients of the American Bar Association’s Partnership Award. The award will be presented Aug. 9 by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. The Suit Up Program was recognized for being “an excellent pipeline initiative, well-developed and well-executed, providing an amazing experience for the student participants.” This year’s three-week program for 28 high school juniors and seniors and three recent high school graduates began Monday, June 10.
Volunteers, Sponsors Sought for 2013 Law School Professionalism Orientations
The LSBA’s Committee on the Profession is seeking lawyers and judges to lead discussion groups in the next round of law school professionalism orientations. The orientations, which introduce the concept of professionalism to first-year law students, are scheduled for: Loyola University College of Law, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12; Southern University Law Center, 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 15; Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16; and Tulane Law School, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21. For more information or to volunteer, contact LSBA Associate Executive Director for Professional Programs Cheri Cotogno Grodsky at (800)421-5722, ext. 107, or (504)619-0107, fax (504)598-6753, or email email@example.com. Sponsors also are being sought for the orientations at Loyola, Southern and Tulane. Sponsor deadline is Monday, Aug. 5. For sponsorship information, contact LSBA Program Coordinator Christine A. Richard, (800)421-5722, ext. 105; (504)619-0105; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: LSBA 2014 Solo and Small Firm Conference
The LSBA’s seventh annual Solo and Small Firm Conference will be Thursday and Friday, March 6-7, 2014, at the New Orleans Marriott. The conference will have more than 50 national and regional speakers, four topic tracks and, new in 2014, “Solo Hot Spots.” Attendees can earn up to 14 hours of CLE credit, satisfying an entire year of CLE requirements. Check future print and online LSBA publications for more information!
LSBA Members, Martinet Society Receive Awards at Annual Meeting
Eleven LSBA members and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. received awards during the Association’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla. The awards were presented during ceremonies June 6.
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More...July 1 Deadline: Filing Registration Statement and Trust Account Disclosure Form, Paying LSBA Dues and LADB Assessment
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LSBA Pairing CLE Program with Danube River Cruise in December 2013
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The LSBA’s Senior Lawyers Division has scheduled an afternoon CLE for Friday, July 26, at the Hyatt French Quarter, 800 Iberville St., New Orleans. Three sessions will earn CLE credit: Retirement/Estate Planning/Social Security; Mentoring; and Technology (in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division). There will be two non-credit sessions on Wellness and Leisure. To register or for more information, contact LSBA Associate Executive Director for Professional Programs Cheri Cotogno Grodsky, (504)619-0107 or email email@example.com.
Nominations Sought for Crystal Gavel Awards
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