64th Bi-Annual Bridging the Gap


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New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District Hotel
859 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans

Bridging the Gap has been planned to acquaint recent law school graduates with many of the practical aspects of a law practice and to afford newly admitted active members of the Louisiana Bar the opportunity to obtain their mandatory continuing legal education.

Join us for this two-day program presented by skilled, highly respected practitioners and jurists to learn practical information that hopefully will serve you well throughout your legal careers!

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Registration Fees 
The fee includes electronic course materials and seminar attendance.

TIP Mentees ..... $50  
   (TIP Mentees ONLY – You May Choose to register either (1) In Person attendance OR (2) Simulcast participation)

• 2023 New Admittees & Young Lawyers ..... $195

• All Others ..... $420

Important Note: Electronic program materials are accessible via a link where attendees can download/save OR download/print the seminar materials. The link will be sent to the email address of record you provided to the LSBA, prior to the seminar. 

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than April 26. Cancellations will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee. Absolutely no refunds will be made after April 26.

CLE CREDITS: This program is approved for 15 CLE credits, including 5.5 hours of ethics, 1.5 hours of professionalism, and 1 hour of law office management.

For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Andrea Amor
(504) 619-0102             (504) 619-0137


Tuesday, May 7 — Daily Total CLE Hours: 7

8:00-8:30 a.m. - (Non-CLE credit)
Welcoming Remarks 

Chief Justice John L. Weimer – LA Supreme Court
Shayna L. Sonnier – LSBA President
Senae D. Hall – YLD
Hon. John C. Davidson– LA Bar Foundation
Hon. Jay C. Zainey – SOLACE
Kathryn Lafrentz – The Pro Bono Project

8:30-9:30 a.m. - (1 credit)
Wills & Successions 
Vincent P. LoCoco, Stephanie M. Quinlan & Eric Schorr

9:30-10:00 a.m. - (.5 credits; Prof.)
A Safe Haven for Healing - JLAP (Professionalism)
Dr. Angela 

10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:15 a.m. - (1 credit)
Divorce Your Loved One with Dignity
S. Guy 

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - (1 credit; Ethics)
Malpractice Insurance (Ethics)
Andrea B. Owen

12:15-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 p.m. - (1 credit; Ethics)
Conflicts of Interest (Ethics) 
Joseph L. “Larry” Shea, Jr.

2:00-2:30 p.m. - (.5 credits; Ethics)
Lawyer Advertising (Ethics)

Richard P. Lemmler, Jr.

2:30-2:45 p.m.

2:45-3:45 p.m. - (1 credit)
State Civil Court Rules & Motions
J. Edward McAuliffe III

3:45-4:45 p.m. - (1 credit)
20 in 2022: Pro Bono Trends & Opportunities
Rachael Mills, CC Kahr, and Gregory D. Hopkins

Wednesday, May 8 — Daily Total CLE Hours: 8

8:00-9:00 a.m. - (1 credit; Ethics)
Common Ethical Pitfalls (Ethics)
Andrew O. Dotson III

9:00-10:00 a.m. - (1 credit; Prof.)
Transition into Practice (Mentoring Program; Professionalism)
Barry H. Grodsky

10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:15 a.m. - (1 credit)
Personal Injury
Raymond C. Lewis and Michael J. Ecuyer.

11:15 a.m-12:15 p.m. - (1 credit)
Appellate Practice
Raymond P. Ward

12:15-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 p.m. - (1 credit)
vLex Fastcase
Lori Noonan

2:00-3:00 p.m. - (1 credit; Ethics)
Attorney-Client Relationship (Ethics)
William N. King

3:00-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4:15 p.m. - (1 credit; Ethics)
Trust Accounting and Trust Accounting Demo (Ethics)
Eric K. Barefield

4:15-5:15 p.m. - (1 credit; LOM)
Law Office Management (LOM) 
Brett A. Bonin 


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The LSBA continues to encourage all its members to participate in the preparation and presentation of LSBA CLE programs.

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