Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons With Disabilities Committee Launch Three- Part Disability CLE Series

The Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee (LSPD) have joined forces and launched a three-part CLE series focusing on disabilities-related legal issues. The first in the series, titled "Long Term Planning for the Special Needs Client,"  is scheduled for November 21 in New Orleans and is for those who are interested in best serving clients with special needs.  Registration for Session I is closed as the session is full.

The second session in the series, titled "Fit to Practice," focuses on attorneys living with disabilities and ways that attorneys can protect themselves in the event they are diagnosed with a short or long term disability.  This session, scheduled for January 29 in Baton Rouge, still has slots available.   Click here for online registration for "Fit to Practice".

Session I - Long-Term Planning for the Special Needs Client
Joel Mendler, a long-time estate planning attorney licensed to practice in both Louisiana and Alabama, will discuss how he counsels families on financing long-term care needs (including long-term care insurance and Medicaid eligibility), and on financial/legal planning for disabled family members - including special needs trusts designed to preserve eligibility for governmental benefits.   Registration Closed - Session is full. Date: November 21, 2014

Session II - January 29, 2015 in Baton Rouge. 
Fit to Practice
Substance abuse, as well as physical and mental health disability issues affect people of all professions-- and lawyers are no exception. In addition to the personal challenges of those suffering from these issues, this brings potential risk to the attorneys as they handle important matters and continue to work in the profession. This session will discuss the risks, ethics and liability issues that attorneys with disabilities face. In addition, it will offer resources available in Louisiana to help practitioners and give practical advice on avoiding personal and vicarious liability during this process.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Location: Baton Rouge Bar Center, 544 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Cost: $25.00

CLE credit: 2.0 hours (request pending)

Registration: 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Lunch and CLE: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served and is included in the fee

Session III -  April 17, 2015 in Shreveport.  Introduction to Social Security Appeals
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 ensuring high-quality representation and garnering business. The session is ideal for relatively new practitioners and/or those looking to expand their practice into this area.

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