Louisiana State Bar Association News

Louisiana Supreme Court Issues Order on August and October Bar Examinations
On August 12, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an Order regarding changes to the method of administration of the August 24 and October 10, 2020 Louisiana bar examinations. The Court and its Committee on Bar Admissions are responsible for all aspects of admission to the Bar. Click here to read the Court Order and Court press release.

Free 19th Amendment CLE Webinar Offered on Aug. 18
Registration is open for the free CLE webinar, “Yet She is Advancing”: The 19th Amendment, New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878-1970

TIP Mentor Program: More Mentors Needed!
The LSBA Committee on the Profession’s "Transition Into Practice" (TIP) mentor program is seeking additional mentors.

Louisiana Bar Center to Close for Labor Day
The offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

A Message from the LSBA President Regarding Emergency Admission to the Bar
I am pleased that the Louisiana Supreme Court has resolved the issue regarding qualified 2020 bar applicants with a decision which balance the health and safety of bar applicants while mandating additional educational and mentoring requirements to preserve the integrity of the profession.

Nominating Committee to Meet Aug. 28 to Nominate President-Elect, Secretary
The LSBA's Nominating Committee will meet on Friday, Aug. 28, in New Orleans to nominate a president-elect for the 2021-22 term and a secretary for the 2021-23 term. The president-elect will automatically assume the presidency in 2022-23.

COVID-19 Updates and Information
View the LSBA's list of COVID-19 resources, including updates on meetings and events, free and discounted member services, webinar materials and a link to pro bono volunteer opportunities.

Early-Bird: Book Ad Space for 2021 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory
The Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory is an annual advertising supplement that assists attorneys in obtaining services they require in their day-to-day practices. The directory is mailed with the December/January issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal and uploaded to the LSBA’s website. The directory offers half-page and full-page color or black/white ads. 

The early-bird deadline for this advertising supplement is Sept 2. Download 2021 information or review the 2020 directory at:

AAA Offering LSBA Members a 50% Promotional Discount through Oct. 1
AAA (American Automobile Association) is offering LSBA members a 50% promotional discount through October 1, 2020. Perks of a AAA membership include: 24/7 Roadside assistance, 24/7 free identity theft monitoring, and discounts and rewards with over 150 venues.

This promotion is available to new (and expired) AAA members. Interested LSBA members should contact Kristie Thomas at or by phone at 501-454-9006.

Click here to learn more about AAA:

Applications for Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program Now Active Online
To get Louisiana businesses the economic support they need, Act 311 of the Louisiana 2020 Regular Session set aside $275 million from the CARES Act for the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program, a grant program designed to reimburse eligible small businesses for expenses related to COVID-19.

The application is now live online. Business owners can apply at:

To learn more about key program dates and deadlines, as well as seeking help to set up an account and complete the application, access the User Guide on the Resource Center web page at:  

Download more information here.

Supreme Court Order Addresses Emeritus Status
The Louisiana Supreme Court, by order signed April 9, 2020, amended Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XVIII with reference to emeritus status. Amendments to Section 3 address conditions and procedures for applications for transfer to emeritus status. The court order is effective immediately. Click here to view the Court Order. Click here for more information.

Louisiana Supreme Court Lifts Online MCLE Limit for 2020
In consideration of the continuing need to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued the following Order lifting the limitation on “self-study” credits. 

Board Certified Specialists May Earn Up To 12.5 Hours of Approved Specialization “Self-Study” Credits in 2020
On April 29, 2020, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization unanimously approved the following:

In compliance with the April 28, 2020 Supreme Court of Louisiana Order, and in accordance with LBLS Rules 7.4 and 7.9, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization deems its rules for specialty education amended for “self-study” credits and the limitation on “self-study” credits is increased from 4 hours to 12.5 hours for 2020 only.  All specialists may earn up to 12.5 hours of approved specialization “self-study” credits on or before December 31, 2020.

Appellant Files Reply Brief in Challenge Case
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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