Louisiana State Bar Association News

Louisiana Re-Entry Court Collaborative Lawyering Project: Free CLE for Volunteers on June 29
Handle a legal matter for a person in Re-Entry Court and get 3.0 hours of free CLE.

Dona Kay Renegar Installed as 77th President of the Louisiana State Bar Association
Dona Kay Renegar, a member in the Lafayette law firm of Veazey, Felder & Renegar, L.L.C., was installed June 8 as the 77th president of the Louisiana State Bar Association during the Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla. Administering her oath of office was Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer.

House of Delegates Considers Resolutions, Elects Committee Members
The LSBA's House of Delegates discussed resolutions and elected members to the Legislation Committee at its June 8 meeting.

LSBA 2017-18 Officers and Board of Governors Members Installed
The installation ceremony was June 8 during the Annual Meeting. 

LSBA Young Lawyers Division’s 2017-18 Officers and Council Installed
The installation ceremony was June 7 during the LSBA’s Annual Meeting.


Awards Presented at LSBA Annual Meeting to Members, Professor, Students
Ten awards were presented during the Annual Meeting to LSBA members, a law school professor and students for services to the Association and the legal profession.

LSBA Members, Bar Association Honored with 2017 Young Lawyers Division Awards
Five LSBA members and the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section received 2017 YLD awards, presented by 2016-17 YLD Chair Scotty E. Chabert, Jr. and other YLD Council members during a June 7 ceremony during the LSBA’s Annual Meeting.

LSBA Dues, LADB Assessment Cycle Continues Through July 1
Via the online payment/filing procedure or the downloadable form, LSBA members also may make voluntary, tax-deductible contributions to the Access to Justice Fund, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc.


2017 High School Mock Trial Winners Announced
Congratulations to Caddo Parish Magnet High School of Shreveport, winners of the 2017 Richard N. Ware IV State High School Mock Trial Competition.

Southern University Law Center Wins 2017 LSBA Law School Mock Trial Competition
Congratulations to Southern University Law Center, winner of the LSBA YLD's 2017 Law School Mock Trial Competition.

Application Deadline is July 7 for Leadership LSBA 2017-18 Class
LSBA President-Elect Dona Kay Renegar is seeking applications from young lawyers for the Leadership LSBA 2017-18 Class.

Mediators/Arbitrators: Book a Listing in “Who’s Who in ADR 2017” Directory
The response deadline is July 28.

Louisiana Bar Center to Close for July 4
The office will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m. on July 5.

ATJ Developing Leadership Internship Program to Begin Second Year
With the success of the first year of the Access to Justice Developing Leadership Internship Program, representatives of the LSBA, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana civil legal aid providers, the Louisiana District Judges Association, Louisiana law schools, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the private bar are joining forces once again for the second year.

Louisiana Civil Justice Center Launches Second “Justice Tour,” Seeks Attorney Involvement
The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) began its second “Justice Tour” in March. The tour, which will continue through October, addresses the overwhelming legal needs in the poorest and most underserved rural parishes of Louisiana.

LCJC will host civil legal clinics at libraries in 16 parishes. The clinics, open to the public, allow residents to speak with attorneys about civil legal issues, including divorce and custody, consumer debt, housing and successions. Attorneys offer advice, legal documents and referrals free of charge. LCJC representatives also meet with businesses, community groups and legal services organizations to discuss the main legal challenges facing each parish and build awareness about the services that LCJC offers.

Attorney participation is encouraged to conduct civil legal clinics in parish libraries or to take on cases on a sliding scale or pro bono.
More clinics are scheduled through October. To sign up, email coordinator@laciviljustice.org. To review the tour schedule, go to: http://laciviljustice.org/.  

The 2016 Justice Tour visited 15 parishes, providing more than 500 people with direct legal assistance and, through new partnerships with libraries and local organizations, sharing critical information about existing legal resources at the local and statewide levels with rural communities. In recognition of its success in raising awareness about barriers to justice in rural Louisiana, the tour was honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2016 Legal Services Innovation Award.

LBLS Sets Submission Date for Bankruptcy Law Certification Applications
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is accepting applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification through Sept. 30, 2017.

In accordance with the Plan of Legal Specialization, a Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) member in good standing who has been engaged in the practice of law on a full-time basis for a minimum of five years may apply for certification. Further requirements are that each year a minimum percentage of the attorney’s practice must be devoted to the area of certification sought and a written examination must be passed to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, skills and proficiency in the area for which certification is sought.
Applicants must meet a minimum CLE requirement for the year in which application is made and the examination is administered. CLE is regulated by the American Board of Certification, which is also the testing agency.

With regard to applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification, although the written test(s) is administered by the American Board of Certification, attorneys should apply for approval of the LBLS certification simultaneously with the testing agency in order to avoid delay of board certification by the LBLS. Information concerning the American Board of Certification will be provided with the application form(s).

Anyone interested in applying for certification should contact LBLS Executive Director Mary Ann Wegmann, email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org. For more information, go to the LBLS website: https://www.lascmcle.org/specialization/.  

Supreme Court Approves Amended LSBA Plan of Legal Specialization
By court order signed on March 9, 2017, the Louisiana Supreme Court approved an amended Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization, effective upon signing. To review the amended plan online, go to: https://www.lascmcle.org/specialization/LSBA_Plan_of_legal_specialization_2017.pdf.

Attorney Volunteers: Offer Your Time with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org!
To volunteer or learn more, go to the LSBA’s Access to Justice webpage, https://www.lsba.org/atj. Or contact Rachael Mills with the Access to Justice Department at (504)619-0104 or email rachael.mills@lsba.org.

Yes, It Is Important to Report Your Pro Bono Hours!
Is it really that important to report pro bono hours? Yes . . . if you want to support your local pro bono and legal services programs.

Each year, attorneys provide thousands of hours of pro bono work for those who cannot afford to pay for legal services — and each year thousands of hours go unreported. Some attorneys say it is self-aggrandizement to report. Others say only the office manager sees the reporting form.

Don’t do a disservice to your local pro bono and legal services programs by not reporting. When seeking funding, these organizations are frequently asked, “What are attorneys doing to help?” Help the Louisiana State Bar Association support your local public interest organizations by providing them information to respond to that question.

Report your hours online at: www.lsba.org/goto/pbreporting.

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