Louisiana State Bar Association News

Nominations Accepted Through June 30 for Citizen Lawyer Award
The Citizen Lawyer Awards recognize lawyers who perform noteworthy public service or engage in charitable and civic activities for the benefit of others out of a sense of concern, duty, responsibility, and professionalism.

Deadline July 1: Paying 2019-20 LSBA Dues, LADB Assessment; Filing Registration Statement, Trust Account Form
LSBA members must pay their 2019-20 LSBA dues and Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) assessment and file their Attorney Registration Statement and Louisiana Supreme Court Trust Account Disclosure and Overdraft Notification Authorization Form by July 1.

It’s Important to Report Your Pro Bono Hours!
Local pro bono and civil legal aid organizations benefit from LSBA members’ reporting of their annual pro bono hours.

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

Application Deadline is July 5 for Leadership LSBA 2019-20 Class
LSBA President Robert A. Kutcher is currently seeking applications from young lawyers for the Leadership LSBA 2019-20 Class.

Nominations Open for 2019 Civil Legal Aid Awards
The Civil Legal Aid Awards recognize the outstanding work of lawyers serving in the public interest community.

Volunteers Sought for 2019 Law School Professionalism Orientations
The LSBA’s Committee on the Profession is seeking lawyers and judges to lead discussion groups in the next round of law school professionalism orientations.

Respond by Aug. 2: Sponsors Sought for 2019 Law School Professionalism Orientations
Sponsors are needed for the August orientations at Loyola University College of Law, Southern University Law Center and Tulane University Law School.

Registration Open for Francophone Section’s August CLE Program in Canada
The LSBA's Francophone Section is presenting a CLE program, “Acadian Diaspora: From Louisiana to Acadia,” on Aug. 20 on the campus of the University of Moncton School of Law in New Brunswick, Canada.

Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Louisiana District Court Rules
In response to the addition of a new Department of Children & Family Services (“DCFS”) form requirement set forth in Act 277 from the Legislature’s 2019 Regular Session, the DCFS Form Subcommittee – a subcommittee of the Supreme Court’s Court Rules Committee – has created a proposed new District Court Rule 31.4, as well as a proposed appendix to this Rule that will contain the new form that will be required by law as of August 1, 2019. The Court Rules Committee has reviewed and approved these subcommittee materials, which also include a proposed title change to the caption of Title IV of the District Court Rules to include Title IV-D proceedings, and they may now be found on the Supreme Court’s website. These materials will remain posted for a 30-day public comment period that will run through July 21, 2019.

Interested parties who wish to comment on the materials during the thirty-day comment period may do so via electronic mail, facsimile, or U.S. Mail. Please submit all e-mails to Comments also may be faxed to the Court Rules Committee at 504-310-2606 or mailed to: Court Rules Committee, Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal Street, Suite 1190, New Orleans, LA 70130. 

Once the comment period has expired, the Court Rules Committee will review all comments, make any changes it deems appropriate, and then submit a final draft to the Louisiana Supreme Court for review and possible approval. All approved materials will take effect on August 1, 2019.

U.S. 5th Circuit Revises Local Judicial Misconduct Rules
The rules have been approved subject to any necessary changes after public comment.

House of Delegates June 6 Meeting: Resolutions Discussed, Delegates Elected
The LSBA's House of Delegates took action on six resolutions during its June 6 meeting in Destin, Fla., held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.

Kutcher Installed as 79th LSBA President
Robert A. Kutcher, managing partner in the Metairie law firm of Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, L.L.P., was installed June 6 as the 79th LSBA president during the Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla. Administering his oath of office was Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.

2019-20 LSBA Officers and Board of Governors Members Installed
The officers and Board members were installed June 6 in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla.

Young Lawyers Division’s 2019-20 Officers and Council Installed
The officers and council members were installed June 6 in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla.

Awards Presented to LSBA Members at Annual Meeting
LSBA members received various awards for service to the association and the legal profession during the 2019 Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla.

Suit Up Program Featured on New Orleans TV Station
The Suit Up for the Future Program was featured on WDSU-TV News. Suit Up Program 2018 alumnus Christian Lacoste (now a freshman at Louisiana State University) and 2019-20 LSBA President Robert A. Kutcher were interviewed in the segment.

View the segment here:

Early-Bird Ad Deadline is Sept. 6 for 2020 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory
The directory will be mailed with the December 2019/January 2020 Louisiana Bar Journal and accessible online for a year.

LSBA Implements new "Spot Mentoring Program" for Young Lawyers
The program gives 2-7 year lawyers seeking advice the ability to securely post questions via email.

Fastcase 7 Activated: Learn More Online
Exciting news from Fastcase for LSBA members: Fastcase 7 is now officially the LSBA’s default.

LSBA Members: Update Your Member Record Contact Information
The LSBA contacts members with important information throughout the year.

Mediators/Arbitrators: Book a Listing in “Who’s Who in ADR 2019” Directory
Text listings and photos from arbitrators and mediators are being accepted for the “Who’s Who in ADR 2019” Directory. The Directory is printed and mailed with the October/November 2019 Louisiana Bar Journal, then uploaded to the LSBA website for a year of access. The cost is $125 per listing. The submission deadline is Monday, July 22, 2019.

Learn more:

Louisiana State Bar Association
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New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600