Louisiana State Bar Association News

COVID-19 Updates and Information
The Louisiana Bar Center is closed and staff members are working remotely until further notice. All meetings and/or events scheduled in the building at least through Friday, April 10 are likewise cancelled.
• All LSBA events through the end of May have been postponed or cancelled. Registrants will receive full refunds in the form of original payment for cancelled CLE seminars.


Court-Specific Resources
• Information on Louisiana Courts: 
• 24th Judicial District Court:
• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana:
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit:

Louisiana-Specific Resources

• Louisiana Department of Health:
• Governor’s Information Page: 
• Louisiana LawHelp:
• Governor’s Expanded Emergency Proclamation:  
• Governor’s Proclamation Regarding Remote Notarization:

Coronavirus Control & Prevention

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 
• World Health Organization:

Member Resources

• ABA Resources:
• Wellness in the time of COVID-19: 
• JLAP COVID-19 Support Guide:
• LawSites Free Product List:

LSBA Member Service 
COVID-19 Free Offerings & Discounts

• LSBA COVID-19 Webinars:
• Rocket Matter:
• Clio:
• Fastcase: 


Update from President Regarding LSBA Response to Coronavirus
A letter from LSBA President Robert A. Kutcher regarding the coronavirus and its impact on the Association's operations.

Louisiana Supreme Court Order for Louisiana Courts Regarding COVID-19
On March 20, 2020, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson issued the attached press release regarding filing deadlines and extending the March 16 order to delay the majority of new court proceedings across the state in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. On March 23, 2020, Justice Johnson issued the attached order regarding further court restrictions.

LSBA Creates Webinar Series for COVID-19 Related Practice Issues
The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, and lawyers are having to adapt quickly. To that end, the LSBA is creating a series of free, timely CLE webinars on topics that will help ease your practice into this new reality.

LSBA Online CLE Available
LSBA members may earn up to 4.0 hours of electronically assisted CLE from the comfort of their own computers. The LSBA has coordinated many online programs in 2020 for members to earn their required CLE hours, anytime day or night. 

Choose from one of these CLE bundles and save even more:

• Ethics and Jury Persuasion
• Ethics and Mediation
• Professionalism, Tips, Tactics and Themes
• Professionalism and Case Planning

For more information and to register, go to:

Volunteer Opportunities Open for 2020 Suit Up for the Future Program
The 2020 summer program for high school students interested in the legal profession is scheduled for June 15-26 and July 6-10.

LBLS Extends Deadline to April 17 for Certification Application Requests
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) has extended the deadline to April 17, 2020, to accept applications for certification in five specializations — appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law, health law and tax law.

Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Amends Specialization Standards for 2020
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) announced that the Appellate Practice Standards, the Bankruptcy Law Standards, the Family Law Standards, the Estate Planning and Administration Standards, and the Tax Law Standards have been amended for 2020.

Committee Preferences: Get Involved in Your Bar!
Committee assignment requests are now being accepted for the 2020-21 Bar year.

LSBA Section Membership: Renew or Join by April 30
The 2020-21 membership application for the LSBA’s 30 sections was mailed on Feb. 14.

House of Delegates Resolution Deadline is May 13 for Annual Meeting
The House will meet on Thursday, June 11, in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.


Deadlines Set for Annual Meeting/Summer School Advertisers, Sponsors, Exhibitors
The LSBA is seeking program advertisers, sponsors, exhibitors and vendors for the 79th LSBA Annual Meeting and the LSBA/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School from June 7-12 in Destin, Fla.

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: 2 appointments 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-Sixth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirty-Ninth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.

Nomination Deadline is April 3 for Kimball Award
The nomination deadline is Friday, April 3, for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2020 Catherine D. Kimball Award for Advancement of the Administration of Justice.

The award, established to honor Catherine D. Kimball, the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, is open to both attorneys and judges who have conducted exceptional outreach activities that support the goals and purposes of the judicial branch. These activities may include (but are not limited to) improving services to those who use the Louisiana court system including jurors, witnesses, litigants, attorneys and defendants; improving court facilities; enhancing services to pro se litigants; producing materials for public education; facilitating access to the courts; improving accountability; or hosting conferences, meetings or other outreach efforts that facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage collegiality within the judicial branch.

In addition to presenting a plaque to the individual, a larger plaque is displayed at the Louisiana Supreme Court to list new recipients of the award.

For more information on the award and to download a nomination form, go to:  

Nominations Accepted Through June 30 for Citizen Lawyer Award
Nominations will be accepted through June 30 for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Citizen Lawyer Award, a service award that recognizes individual attorneys and judges who have performed public services out of a sense of duty, responsibility and professionalism.

In 2001, the LSBA instituted the Crystal Gavel Awards. This award program was updated in 2014 and renamed the Citizen Lawyer Awards.

To be nominated, the lawyer must be admitted to practice in Louisiana, and the judge must have been elected or appointed to a state or federal court in Louisiana. Nominees must have made a difference in their local communities, in local organizations, or in the life of one person, and have served the public in a number of areas, including:
• Aiding the administration of justice.
• Assisting groups or individuals on a volunteer basis in a non-legal capacity.
• Educating the public or individuals or students about legal matters.
• Providing pro bono legal services in a matter of a significant nature, or in a significant number of cases, or in a way that significantly changed the life of a person or group.
• Working in conjunction with the court system to make it more welcoming, inviting and understandable for jurors, witnesses or victims of crime.

Awards are presented in local communities throughout the state. There is no limit to the number of awards which will be presented, as the LSBA wishes to recognize all deserving individuals.

For more information about the award or to submit a nomination, go to: Or email the LSBA’s Member Outreach and Diversity Department at  

Grow Your Business with LSBA’s Online Modest Means Legal Directory
The LSBA’s Online Modest Means Legal Directory connects attorneys offering affordable legal options with people who can pay for discounted services. With more than 1,700 directory views in the first year, the directory offers members the chance to gain clients and increase access to legal representation.

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Member Appeals Dismissal of Suit Against 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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