Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Etouffee

CLE Seminar: Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Etouffee
Hosted by the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Civil Rights Law Section, FBA New Orleans Chapter, FBA SDNY Chapter, and the Louisiana State Bar Association's Diversity Committee
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. ONLY ONSITE registration will be available. Checks will only be accepted at onsite registration.
Date: February 15, 2019
Location: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation • 1205 N. Rampart Street• New Orleans, LA
Attorney Registration Fee (Discounted): $110.00 
Discounted fee for members of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), and National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)
Non-Members/Non-Attorneys Registration Fee: $150.00
Law Students and Public Interest Lawyers Fee: $35.00
Registration: 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
CLE: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CLE Credit hrs: 6.0 CLE credits 
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to; telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received in writing before February 1, 2019, will be fully refunded minus a $15.00 administrative fee. If written confirmation of cancellation is not received by February 1, 2019, no refunds or credits will be issued of any kind. Credits will be processed within two weeks of receipt of the cancellation request.

Please note that if you are an attorney impacted by the government shutdown, we can offer a reduced rate. Please email for more information.  

Louisiana Attorney

If you prefer not to register online, please click here for the Louisiana Attorney Registration Form. Submission instructions are on the form.

Out-of-state Attorney (Online registration is not available)
If you are an out of state attorney, please click here for the Out-of-State Attorney Registration Form. Submission instructions are on the form. 

Non-Attorney (Online registration is not available)
If you are a non-attorney, please click here for the Non-Attorney Registration Form. Submission instructions are on the form.

Law Student (Online registration is not available)
If you are a law student, please click here for the Law Student Registration Form. Submission instructions are on the form. 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available (Click Here for a Sponsorship Form) 

Panelists include attorneys from ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Utah Attorney Generals Office, National Police Accountability Project, Louisiana Law School Deans, MacArthur Justice, Electronic Freedom Foundation, Vera Institute for Justice, FBA Civil Rights Law Section and more. 

Event Schedule 

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Registration & Coffee/Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks/Sponsor Recognition 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Breakout Session 1
1A - "First & Fourth Amendments in 21st Century Policing Techniques"
  • Stephen Smith, StanFord and Former MJ
  • Wylie Stecklow, FBA Civil Rights Law Section
  • Jamie L. Williams, Electronic Frontier Foundation

1B - "School Safety: How Safe is Too Safe?" 
  • William Goren, FBA Civil Rights Law Section
  • Caryl Oberman, FBA Civil Rights Law Section
  • Zoe Savitsky, Southern Poverty Law Center

10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. - Breakout Session 2
2A - "Qualified Immunity Policy & Law Update"
  • Michael Avery, National Police Accountability Project
  • John Burton, National Police Accountability Project
  • Jeff Rothman, National Police Accountability Project

2B - "Due Process and the Immigration Courts: To Be or Not To Be an Article I Court?"
  • Jeff Feinbloom, FBA Civil Rights Law Section
  • Hon. Paul W. Schmidtt (ret.), Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • Elizabeth Stevens, FBA Immigration Law Section

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. - Plenary Panel: "End of Money Bail" 
  • Bruce Hamilton, ACLU
  • Katie Schwartzman, MacArthur Justice Center
  • Ivy Wang, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Micah West, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Jon Wool, Vera Institute of Justice

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Keynote Luncheon
Speaker TBA

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Breakout Session 3
3A - "Class Actions: A Civil Rights Primer"
  • Joni Jones, Utah Attorney General's Office
  • Cary McGehee, Pitt McGehee
  • Jon Moore, Beldock Levine Hoffman
  • Robin Wagner, FBA Civil Rights Section 

3B - "Marijuana Law and Civil Rights"
  • Jerry Goldman, Anderson Kill
  • Bonnie Kift, FBA Civil Rights Law Section

2:55 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. - Plenary Panel - "The Lawyer as a Social Engineer: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow"
  • Dean Thomas Galligan, Jr., LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Dean David Meyer, Tulane University Law School
  • Chancellor John K. Pierre, Southern University Law Center

3:55 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. - Afternoon Break 

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Breakout Session 4
4A - "How to Litigate an Over-Detention Claim"
  • Stephen Haedicke, FBA Civil Rights Law Section
  • William Most, National Police Accountability Preoject
  • Emily Washington, MacArthur Justice Center

4B - "What All Civil Rights Attorneys Need to Know About the First Amendment"
  • Kyle Kaiser, Utah Attorney General's Office

Need a hotel room? The FBA has a great rate!
Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville, 910 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA
(504) 523-2400

The FBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville hotel at a discounted rate of $209.00 per night (excluding taxes and fees). You are urged to make reservations early, as there are only a limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate listed above. The FBA room block is reserved for seminar attendees only. In order to reserve a room, please click here. 

Hotel Reservation/Cancellation Policy: All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card by January 23, 2019 and the credit card will be charged a deposit of one night’s room and tax when reservations are made. Any requests received after January 23, 2019 will be handled on a space and rate availability basis only. Please note that if your plans change and you do not timely cancel your room reservation by January 23, 2019, you are responsible for the room charge.

 Complimentary WiFi * Easy Access to downtown attractions *Steps away from globally recognized restaurants *On-Site Bistro service   Starbucks Coffee, breakfast and dinner and cocktails served at Vieux Carre Café *On site Spa *24 hour access to on site fitness center

For questions, please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team at

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600