LSBA House of Delegates

The Articles of Incorporation define the House of Delegates as the Association’s policy-making body. Created in 1957, the House meets at least twice each year: during the Association’s Annual Meeting and during the Association’s Midyear Meeting. Through authority vested to it in the Articles, the House has adopted Rules of Procedure which govern its meetings and administration. The Association president presides over meetings of the House of Delegates.

House members serve two-year terms and are elected from their respective judicial districts, with districts being entitled to one delegate for each district judge (including civil district judges, criminal district judges and family court judges). Delegates from the 1st through 19th judicial districts serve terms beginning in even-numbered years and those from the 20th through 40th judicial districts plus Orleans serve terms beginning in odd-numbered years. To be eligible for reelection, a delegate must attend at least 50 percent of all meetings held during his/her term or 50 percent of the in-state meetings held during his/her term, whichever is less. Provided attendance requirements are met, there is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a delegate may serve. Also, in accordance with the Rules of the House, the chair of each of the Association’s voluntary sections serves as an ex-officio voting member of the House.

Meeting of House of Delegates
The Louisiana State Bar Association held its House of Delegates meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida in conjunction with the LSBA Annual Meeting. 

  1. Resolution from the Public Utility Section to amend its Bylaws to increase the number of members elected to the council of the Section from two to five.
    Unanimously approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  2. Resolution from the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee proposing to recommend to the Louisiana Supreme Court amendment of Rule 1.5(f)(2), which would add additional requirements regarding flat fee arrangements.
    Approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  3. Resolution from the Legislation Committee asking the House of Delegates to support legislation that would prohibit discrimination in pay based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.
    Approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  4. Resolution from 9th Judicial District Delegate Edward L. Tarpley, Jr. asking the House of Delegates to approve a resolution urging the Louisiana Legislature to require unanimous criminal jury verdicts.
    Approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  5. Resolution from 29th Judicial District Delegate Don Paul Landry asking the House of Delegates to:
            ·  Recognize that LGBT people have a human right to be free from discrimination, threats, violence and denigration based on their LGBT status;
            ·  Urge the repeal of all constitutional amendments, laws, regulations and rules or practices that denigrate or discriminate against LGBT individuals; and
            ·  Urge the adoption of laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations for LGBT persons.

    Approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  6. Resolution from 24th Judicial District Delegate Adrian F. LaPeyronnie III which would require the LSBA to offer its members the opportunity to include in their online member profiles both their photographs and their legal office website addresses.
    Unanimously approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  7. Resolution from 1st Judicial District Delegate Joseph L. “Larry” Shea, Jr. asking the House of Delegates to:
            ·  Oppose any legislation and government rules or regulations which would permit non-lawyers to engage in the practice of law; and
            ·  Promote and support legislation to provide remedies and access to a Louisiana forum for Louisiana consumers who are harmed by non-lawyers who sell, license or market legal services and products, including software, online solutions and legal forms.

    Approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

  8. Resolution from Class Action, Mass Tort and Complex Litigation Section Chair Val P. Exnicios asking the House of Delegates to adopt a policy in favor of retaining LSBA representation on statewide boards, commissions and task forces.
    Unanimously approved by the House of Delegates on June 9, 2016.

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