Louisiana State Bar Association News

Judge Dismisses Boudreaux v. Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Supreme Court, et al
On January 13, 2020, Judge Lance M. Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed the lawsuit filed by attorney Randy Boudreaux against the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Justices of the Court.

House of Delegates to Consider 10 Resolutions at Jan. 18 Meeting
The LSBA's House of Delegates will consider 10 resolutions and other business items at its Midyear Meeting scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.

Save the Dates for 2020 LSBA Annual Meeting & LSBA/LJC Summer School
The 79th LSBA Annual Meeting and the LSBA/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School are scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 7-12, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.

Registration Open for ABA TECHSHOW 2020
LSBA members recieve a discount to the ABA TECHSHOW 2020, set for Feb. 26-29 in Chicago, Ill.


Early-Bird Registration Open for LSBA 13th Annual Solo, Small Firm and Tech Conference
Take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $300 (through Feb. 18) for the conference, set for March 3-4 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

2020 Conclave on Diversity: Early-Bird Registration Open; Exhibitor, Sponsor Opportunities
The 13th annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, “Celebrating 55 Years of Civil Rights: Moving from Why to How,” will be held Friday, March 27, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Nomination Deadline is Feb. 28, 2020, for Trailblazer Award, Guardian of Diversity Award
The LSBA’s Member Outreach and Diversity Department has listed information and nomination forms for the awards online.

Nominations for 2020 Pro Bono Awards Now Open!
Nominations are open through Feb. 7 for the 2020 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards.

Election: LSBA Members Certified Elected; 5 Runoffs Set; Amendment Approved
More LSBA members were certified elected for leadership positions following the close of first-round voting on Dec. 16. Runoff elections are needed to fill positions on the Board of Governors and the Nominating Committee. Runoff balloting (online only) will begin Jan. 27 and continue through Feb. 19.


Louisiana Bar Center to Close for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Louisiana Bar Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

MCLE: Deadline is Jan. 31 for Reporting CLE Hours
LSBA members are reminded that all CLE hours must be reported no later than Jan. 31, 2020, or late penalties will apply.

CLE Compliance Reporting for Board-Certified Specialists is Jan. 31
Board-certified attorneys in a specific field of law must have met a minimum CLE requirement for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2019, and must report those CLE hours to the Committee on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) no later than Jan. 31, 2020. Failure to earn and/or timely report specialization CLE hours will result in a penalty assessment.

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LBF Seeking Nominations for 2020 Boisfontaine Award
The Louisiana Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2020 Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award.

2020 Judicial Interest Rate is 5.75%
Pursuant to authority granted by La. R.S. 13:4202(B)(1), as amended by Acts 2001, No. 841, the Louisiana Commissioner of Financial Institutions has determined that the judicial rate of interest for calendar year 2020 will be five and three quarters (5.75%) percent per annum.

IRS Sets 2020 Mileage Rate for Business Purposes
The Internal Revenue Service has set the 2020 mileage rate for business purposes at 57.5 cents per mile. This rate became effective Jan. 1.

Scam Alert: LSBA Warns Members about New Scam
The LSBA is continuing its mission to alert members about scams targeting lawyers and law firms. Recently, an LSBA member recounted the following incident in hopes of preventing similar situations.

LBLS Accepting Requests for Certification Applications
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is accepting applications for certification in five specializations — appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law, health law and tax law — from now through Feb. 28, 2020.

Interested in an Appointed LSBA House of Delegates Position? Respond ASAP
Several LSBA House of Delegates seats received no qualifiers by the Oct. 21, 2019, qualifying deadline and will be filled by presidential appointment. Members interested in being considered for appointment to these positions should email LSBA Executive Assistant Jennifer France at as soon as possible. Available positions are listed below.

LSBA House of Delegates (June 2020-June 2022 term)
• Second Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Third Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Fifth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Sixth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirteenth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.

LSBA House of Delegates (June 2019-June 2021 term)
• Thirtieth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Thirty-Fifth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirty-Sixth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirty-Ninth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.

Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Files Suit Against the LSBA
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.

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