Second in a 3-Part Disability-Related CLE Series: "Fit to Practice"- January 21, 2016

The second in a disability-related three-part CLE series, titled "Fit to Practice," was held on January 21, 2016 at the Louisiana Bar Center in New Orleans, LA.  The two hour seminar focused on liability and ethics issues in the event an attorney experiences a short or long-term disability. The panel of speakers discussed the risks and ethics/liabilities that attorneys with disabilities face, and offered resources available in Louisiana to help practitioners.  This session was especially relevant to solo and small firm attorneys. CLE credit for this seminar included 1.00 hour of Professionalism and 1.00 hour of Ethics.

The third session is scheduled on May 6, 2016, in conjunction with the Alexandria Bench Bar hosted by the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Alexandria Bar Association.

Photo ID:  J. E "Buddy" Stockwell, III, Executive Director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) addresses the New Orleans attendees and the attendees in Baton Rouge viewing via video conference.  The other presenters (not pictured) included Richard P. Lemmler, Jr., Ethics Counsel, LSBA; Julie Brown White, Partner, Schiff, Scheckman & White, LLP; and Bryan Jenkins, group benefits consultant for Gilsbar.

Disability Series Information

The Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee (LSPD) have joined forces in order to produce a three-part CLE series focusing on disabilities-related legal issues. The 2015-2016 year is the second year of hosting this successful seminar series.

Session I - Intoduction to Special Needs Planning
Thursday, September 24, 2015 (New Orleans, LA)
Carol Cukel Neff an estate planning specialist discussed how to counsel families on financing long-term care needs, including long-term care insurance and Medicaid eligibility, and on financial and legal planning for disabled family members, including special needs trusts designed to preserve eligibility for governmental benefits.

Session II - Fit to Practice
Thursday, January, 21, 2016 (New Orleans, LA)
The two hour seminar will focus on liability and ethics issues in the event an attorney experiences a short or long-term disability. This session is especially relevant to solo and small firm attorneys.

Session III - Introduction to Social Security Appeals
Friday, May 6, 2016 (Alexandria, LA)
Social Security Insurance (SSI) is vital to the well-being of disabled and vulnerable individuals who are unable to work. Lawyers play an important role in this process by advocating for clients’ rights, and ensuring that these cases are adjudicated properly. Further, the demand for counsel in this area has risen in recent years as the median age of our state continues to rise. This session will provide a cursory overview of social security appeals, and include practical tips for garnering business and ensuring high-quality representation. The session is ideal for relatively new practitioners and/or those looking to expand their practice into this area.

Online registration for Session III will be available soon.

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