Louisiana State Bar Association News


LSBA Midyear Meeting Set for Jan. 18-20, 2018, in Baton Rouge
The Midyear Meeting schedule and meeting updates are posted online.

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Elections: Online Voting Underway, Continues Through Dec. 11
First-round voting is underway for contested leadership positions on the Board of Governors, Nominating Committee, Young Lawyers Division and American Bar Association House of Delegates.
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Interested in an Appointed LSBA House of Delegates Position? Respond ASAP
Several LSBA House of Delegates seats received no qualifiers by the Oct. 16 qualifying deadline and will be filled by presidential appointment.
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LSBA Section Membership: Renew or Sign Up by Dec. 15
The 2017-18 membership application for the LSBA’s 30 sections has been mailed.

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LBLS Now Accepting Certification Application Requests in 4 Areas
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is now accepting requests for applications for certification in appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law and tax law through Feb. 28, 2018.

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Elections: What Members Need to Know about Online Voting
Members received an email with their E-ballot on Nov. 13. 
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Comments Sought on Proposed Legal Writing CLE Requirement for Some Young Lawyers
The MCLE Committee is seeking comments on a proposal regarding a new CLE requirement aimed at improving legal writing.
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Young Lawyers: Save the Date for the Annual Louisiana64 Symposium
The LSBA’s Young Lawyers Division will present its annual Louisiana64 Symposium on Jan. 19, 2018.
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LSBA Announces Plans for 2018 CLE Cruise on the Danube River
The LSBA’s CLE Cruise on the Danube River will be Saturday, Dec. 8, through Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.
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Online Nominations Open for Three Diversity-Related Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the Guardian of Diversity Award, the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award and the Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award.
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$5000 Match Offered for Gift Card Donations to Puerto Rico
Consider making a donation for the Puerto Rico Bar Association (the Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico), its members, their staff and families to get back on their feet.
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House Resolution Deadline is Dec. 13 for 2018 Midyear Meeting
The LSBA Midyear Meeting is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 18-20, 2018, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.
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2018 State High School Mock Trial Competition Case & Handbook Now Available
The 2018 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition is scheduled for March 10, 2018. The event will take place at the 24th Judicial District Court (200 Derbigny St., Gretna). Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The State High School Mock Trial Competition is the culmination of four regional championships. It is coordinated annually by the LSBA's Young Lawyers Division. The competition is named in memory of the Honorable Richard N. Ware, IV, who enthusiastically volunteered for nearly a decade as the presiding judge of the final round of the Louisiana High School Mock Trial Competition. This year’s state case, State of Louisiana VS. Hendrix Rhodes, was written by the members of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Mock Trial Team.

All 2018 High School Mock Trial materials can be found on the LSBA Young Lawyers Division webpage.


Reminder: CLE Compliance by Dec. 31 for Board-Certified Specialists
Per Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) requirements, board-certified attorneys must meet a minimum CLE requirement for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2017. All attendance information must be reported by Jan. 31, 2018. Failure to earn and/or timely report specialization CLE hours will result in a penalty assessment.

For more information, contact LBLS Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann at (504)619-0128 or email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org.


Adult Civics Education Training to Be Offered at LSBA Midyear Meeting
The Louisiana District Judges Association, the LSBA and the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education have established an Adult Civics Education Program. A free training seminar is set for 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2018, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. To register, email peggy.cotogno@lsba.org.


Health Law Specialty Approved by LASC; Standards, More Information Online
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Sept. 28 approved health law as a new specialty under the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS). Review the standards and more information online: https://www.lascmcle.org/specialization/. Or, contact LBLS Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann, email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org or call (504)619-0128.


Registration Open for 9th Annual Animal Law CLE
The Animal Law Section will host its 9th Annual CLE on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter (800 Iberville St., New Orleans).

The seminar has been approved for 7 CLE hours (including 1 hour of Ethics and 1 hour Professionalism). Sessions will include an overview of recent litigation and legislative updates in animal law, discussion of Louisiana cases currently in litigation, and breakout groups addressing a myriad of ethical dilemmas faced by animal law attorneys.

Registration is $175 for LSBA Animal Law Section members and $185 for non-Section members ($50 for individuals not seeking CLE credits). Coffee and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register and view the agenda, go to: http://www.animallawla.org.



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