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Fifth Circuit Upholds Mandatory Bar, Clarifies Germaneness Standards

On November 13, 2023, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals released its opinion in Boudreaux v. Louisiana State Bar Association, Case No. 22-30564 (“Boudreaux II”). The Court reconfirmed that the LSBA can continue to operate as a mandatory bar association provided that it confines its programming to constitutionally germane activities. “If a bar’s speech activities are germane, then there is no free association or free speech problem with compulsory membership.” Id. at 9. The Court further recognized that “the LSBA has ceased all the conduct that Boudreaux originally challenged.” Id. at 11. But the Court noted that the plaintiff still had identified “some examples of non-germane speech.” Id. at 2.



House of Delegates Jan. 20 Meeting: Resolutions Approved; Delegates Elected to Committees
The LSBA's House of Delegates approved three resolutions and elected delegates to committees during its Midyear Meeting on Jan. 20 in Baton Rouge.

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La. Supreme Court Issues Letter Discussing the Emergence of Artificial Intelligence Technology
The Louisiana Supreme Court, by letter dated Jan. 22, 2024, has commented on the challenges and opportunities presented by the emergence of artificial intelligence technology and the use of this technology in the legal profession. 

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LBLS Accepting Applications for Board Certification; Deadline Extended to March 15
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization is accepting applications for board certification in appellate practice, employment law, estate planning and administration, family law, health law, labor law and tax law from now through the extended deadline of March 15, 2024. 

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Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference Set for April 12 in New Orleans; Sponsors Sought
The LSBA’s Young Lawyers Division is presenting its 2024 Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference on Friday, April 12, at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District Hotel. 

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YLD to Host Hybrid Level Up Learning Series on March 20
The LSBA YLD will host the "Level Up Learning" series, “Taking and Defending Depositions,” on Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, or via Zoom access. 

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Nominations Open for 2024 Catherine D. Kimball Award
The nomination deadline is Friday, April 5, for the LSBA's 2024 Catherine D. Kimball Award for Advancement of the Administration of Justice. 

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Committee Preferences: Get Involved in Your Bar!
Committee assignment requests are now being accepted for the 2024-25 Bar year. Response deadline is Wednesday, April 10. 

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LSBA Section Membership: Renew or Sign Up by April 15
The 2024-25 application for membership in the LSBA’s 30 sections was mailed. 

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Nominations Open Online for Trailblazer Award, Guardian of Diversity Award
Nomination deadline is Feb. 28 for the LSBA’s Trailblazer Award and the Guardian of Diversity Award.

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House Resolution Deadline is May 13 for Annual Meeting
The deadline for submitting resolutions for the next LSBA House of Delegates meeting is Monday, May 13.

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Registration Open for LSBA 2024 Danube River Cruise & CLE Program
The LSBA is offering an exciting CLE program in November 2024 while cruising the Danube River and visiting Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. Partnering with Vacations At Sea Travel, the LSBA program is Saturday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024, aboard the Ama Waterways’ AmaLea. Five hours of CLE will be offered during the cruise. 

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TIP Mentoring Program Updated: New Website, New Benefits, More Resources
The LSBA’s statewide Transition Into Practice (TIP) Mentoring Program has been updated, featuring a new website, new benefits for mentees (including CLE hours and TIP Bucks) and more resources for mentors and mentees.

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Interested in an Appointed LSBA HOD Leadership Position?
Several LSBA House of Delegates seats received no qualifiers by the Oct. 16, 2023, qualifying deadline. These positions will be filled by presidential appointment. Members interested in being considered for appointment to these positions should email LSBA Executive Assistant Jen France at jen.france@lsba.org. Available positions are listed below.

LSBA House of Delegates (June 2024-June 2026 term)
• First Judicial District: 4 appointments pending.
• Second Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Third Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Fourth Judicial District: 4 appointments pending.
• Fifth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Sixth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Eighth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twelfth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Thirteenth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Fourteenth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Seventeenth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.

The following vacancies in the LSBA House of Delegates are also open for appointments.

LSBA House of Delegates (June 2023-June 2025 term)
• Twenty-Third Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twenty-Fifth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twenty-Sixth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twenty-Eighth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirtieth Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Thirty-Second Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Thirty-Seventh Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirty-Ninth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.


2024 LBLS Annual Dues: Mail/Deliver by March 8, 2024, to Avoid Penalties
The 2024 Annual Dues Notices have been mailed to all qualified Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) specialists. The completed original dues notice, together with proof of professional liability insurance and the appropriate fee, should be mailed or delivered to the LBLS office, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, no later than March 8, 2024, to avoid a penalty assessment. For more information, contact LBLS Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann, (504)619-0128 or email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org.


LSBA Seeking Sponsors, Exhibitors, Advertisers for Annual Meeting & Summer School
Businesses, organizations and legal professionals are encouraged to sponsor an event, set up a booth at the Lawyers’ Expo or advertise in the program for the combined 83rd LSBA Annual Meeting and Louisiana Judicial College/LSBA Joint Summer School. The sponsorship and vendor deadline is April 19. Contact LSBA Program Coordinator/Marketing and Sections Christine A. Richard, email crichard@lsba.org or call (504)619-0105. The program advertising deadline is April 19. Contact LSBA Advertising and Communications Coordinator Krystal Bellanger Rodriguez, email kbellanger@lsba.org or call (504)619-0131.


Sponsorship Opportunities Open for 2024 Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession
The 16th annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, with the theme “Every Voice Counts: Bridging Divides, Celebrating Differences,” is set for Aug. 9 at the Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel, 2 Canal St. The deadline for sponsorships is April 22. Learn more about the event, register or access sponsor information at: https://www.lsba.org/Diversity/ConclaveLegalProfessionEvent.aspx.


Online Application Portal Open for 2024 Suit Up Program
Do you know a 2024 high school junior, senior or recent graduate who is interested in the legal profession? Then consider registering them for participation in the 2024 Suit Up for the Future High School Legal Institute and Intern Program, scheduled for June 10-28. The online application portal is open: https://www.lsba.org/Diversity/SuitUpfortheFutureHome.aspx.


LSBA Modest Means Directory and Resources for Attorneys
The directory presents an opportunity for attorneys to grow their client base by increasing access to cost-effective services for the many people and families in Louisiana in need of affordable legal options. To join or learn more about the directory, go to:
http://www.lsba.org/ATJCommission/ModestMeans.aspx. Or email LSBA ATJ Training & Projects Counsel Amy Duncan at amy.duncan@lsba.org. 


Report Your Pro Bono Hours with the Voluntary Pro Bono Reporting Form
When seeking funding, pro bono and civil legal aid organizations are frequently asked, “What are attorneys doing to help?” Report your hours and double your impact by giving them information to answer the question. Complete the online “Voluntary Pro Bono Reporting Form” at: http://www.lsba.org/ATJ/ProBonoVoluntaryReporting.aspx. Or contact Bridget Berins at (800)421-5722, ext. 145.


LSBA Encourages Notification about Deceased Members
As a means to keep the membership database accurate and up-to-date, the LSBA is encouraging members to notify staff about deceased members (either from colleagues or the families of the deceased members). Members who become aware of a deceased colleague who may still be listed in the membership rolls as eligible are encouraged to email the LSBA Membership Department at processing@lsba.org.


Mandatory Bar Challenge
A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association filed suit against the LSBA, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Justices of the Court on August 1, 2019, challenging mandatory bar membership on First and Fourteenth amendment grounds.

Louisiana State Bar Association
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New Orleans, LA 70130
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