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Nominating Committee to Meet Aug. 22 to Nominate President-Elect, Secretary
The LSBA's Nominating Committee will meet on Thursday, Aug. 22, in New Orleans to nominate a president-elect for the 2025-26 term and a secretary for the 2025-27 term. The president-elect will automatically assume the presidency in 2026-27.

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Board of Governors Approves FY 2024-2025 Budget
The FY 2024-2025 budget was approved by the 2024-2025 Board of Governors at its meeting on June 7. 

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U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Renders Judgment in Integrated Bar Challenge
On January 31, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana rendered a Judgment in Boudreaux v. Louisiana State Bar Association, Case No. 19-11962. This case was on remand from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, following that court’s decision in Boudreaux v. Louisiana State Bar Association, 86 F.4th 620 (5th Cir. 2023). In accordance with the 5th Circuit’s opinion, Judgment was rendered in part in favor of the Plaintiff and in part in favor of Defendants.
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Young Lawyers Division Seeking Young Lawyers for Committee Service
The LSBA YLD is inviting young lawyers to apply for service on four committees. Appointments are available on the Young Lawyers Conference Committee, the Barristers for Boards Committee, the Wills for Heroes Committee and the High School Mock Trial Committee. 

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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana: Changes Made to Local Civil and Criminal Rules
The judges of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana recently approved significant changes to the Local Civil and Criminal Rules, effective May 7, 2024. 

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LSBA Creates Senior Lawyers Listserv
The new Senior Lawyers Listserv provides a forum for discussion of issues unique to Senior Lawyers Division members and their practices. 

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Registration Open for LSBA 2024 Danube River Cruise & CLE Program
The LSBA is offering an exciting CLE program in November 2024 while cruising the Danube River and visiting Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. Partnering with Vacations At Sea Travel, the LSBA program is Saturday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024, aboard the Ama Waterways’ AmaLea. Five hours of CLE will be offered during the cruise. 

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TIP Mentoring Program Updated: New Website, New Benefits, More Resources
The LSBA’s statewide Transition Into Practice (TIP) Mentoring Program has been updated, featuring a new website, new benefits for mentees (including CLE hours and TIP Bucks) and more resources for mentors and mentees.

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Mediators/Arbitrators: Book a Listing in “Who’s Who in ADR 2024” Directory
Text listings and photos from arbitrators and mediators are being accepted for the “Who’s Who in ADR 2024” Directory, printed and mailed with the October/November 2024 Louisiana Bar Journal, then uploaded to the LSBA website for a year of access. Cost is $125 per listing (by the May 22 deadline) and $150 per listing through the final deadline of July 22. Learn more: http://www.lsba.org/newsandpublications/directoryarbitratorsmediators.aspx.


Early-Bird Deadline is Sept. 3, 2024, for 2025 Expert Witness, Consultant & Legal Services Directory
The directory will be mailed with the December 2024/January 2025 Louisiana Bar Journal and also will be accessible online for a year. Learn more:  https://www.lsba.org/NewsAndPublications/ExpertWitness.aspx.


Attorney Volunteers Needed for 2024 Lawyers in Libraries Events
Attorney volunteers are needed for the LSBA’s 2024 Lawyers in Libraries events, set for the week of Oct. 21-26 in conjunction with National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. During this week, two-hour “Ask-a-Lawyer” sessions will be offered in-person at libraries across the state and or by phone. To volunteer for the program, go to: https://lil.ivolunteer.com/2024. For more information, review the updated guide online at: https://www.lsba.org/documents/ATJ/LilGuideforAttorneys.pdf.


Interested in an Appointed LSBA HOD Leadership Position?
Several LSBA House of Delegates seats received no qualifiers by the Oct. 16, 2023, qualifying deadline. These positions will be filled by presidential appointment. Members interested in being considered for appointment to these positions should email LSBA Executive Assistant Jen France at jen.france@lsba.org. Available positions are listed below.

LSBA House of Delegates (June 2024-June 2026 term)
• First Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Second Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Third Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Fourth Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Fifth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Sixth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Eighth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twelfth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Thirteenth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.
• Seventeenth Judicial District: 2 appointments pending.

The following vacancies in the LSBA House of Delegates are also open for appointments.

LSBA House of Delegates (June 2023-June 2025 term)
• Twenty-Fifth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twenty-Sixth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Twenty-Eighth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirtieth Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Thirty-Second Judicial District: 3 appointments pending.
• Thirty-Seventh Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.
• Thirty-Ninth Judicial District: 1 appointment pending.


LBLS Accepting Applications for Bankruptcy Law Certification
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization is accepting applications for board certification in business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification through Sept. 30, 2024. To receive an application, contact Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann at (504)619-0128, (800)421-5722 or email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org. For more information about specialization, go to: https://www.lsba.org/Specialization/.


Interested in Creating a New Legal Specialty Area in Louisiana?
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) has adopted a written policy detailing how submissions must be made for the LBLS to consider a new legal specialty area. While new legal specialties must be approved by the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) House of Delegates, the LBLS is charged with recommending new specialties to the House of Delegates. For more information about creating a new legal specialty area, contact Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann at (504)619-0128 or email maryann.wegmann@lsba.org. Learn more about board certified legal specialization online at: http://www.lsba.org/specialization.


LSBA Modest Means Directory and Resources for Attorneys
The directory presents an opportunity for attorneys to grow their client base by increasing access to cost-effective services for the many people and families in Louisiana in need of affordable legal options. To join or learn more about the directory, go to:
http://www.lsba.org/ATJCommission/ModestMeans.aspx. Or email LSBA ATJ Training & Projects Counsel Amy Duncan at amy.duncan@lsba.org. 


Report Your Pro Bono Hours with the Voluntary Pro Bono Reporting Form
When seeking funding, pro bono and civil legal aid organizations are frequently asked, “What are attorneys doing to help?” Report your hours and double your impact by giving them information to answer the question. Complete the online “Voluntary Pro Bono Reporting Form” at: http://www.lsba.org/ATJ/ProBonoVoluntaryReporting.aspx. Or contact Bridget Berins at (800)421-5722, ext. 145.


LSBA Encourages Notification about Deceased Members
As a means to keep the membership database accurate and up-to-date, the LSBA is encouraging members to notify staff about deceased members (either from colleagues or the families of the deceased members). Members who become aware of a deceased colleague who may still be listed in the membership rolls as eligible are encouraged to email the LSBA Membership Department at processing@lsba.org.


Mandatory Bar Challenge
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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