Louisiana State Bar Association News

Heads Up on New Email Scam: Fake Disciplinary Warnings
According to reports by attorneys in several nearby states, an email scam is targeting lawyers with fake disciplinary warnings.

Interested in an Appointed LSBA House of Delegates Position? Respond ASAP
Several LSBA House of Delegates seats received no qualifiers by the Oct. 17 qualifying deadline and will be filled by presidential appointment.

LSBA Elections: Online Voting Underway Through Dec. 12
Balloting will be conducted electronically only; no paper ballots will be provided.

House Resolution Deadline is Dec. 15 for 2017 Midyear Meeting
The LSBA's Midyear Meeting is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 19-21, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Earn CLE Credit and Help a Person in Re-Entry Court!
The LSBA Access to Justice Program will hold a 3-hour CLE on Dec. 13 to discuss a new program designed to reduce barriers faced after incarceration.

Save the Dates: 10th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
The March 9-10, 2017, event is at the Sheraton New Orleans and is the only conference dedicated to the small office practitioner.

Nominations Being Accepted for Diversity/Inclusion Awards through Feb. 28, 2017
The LSBA’s Member Outreach and Diversity Department has opened the nomination period for two awards.

2017 YLD Awards: Nomination Deadline is Feb. 10, 2017
The LSBA Young Lawyers Division will present five awards in 2017.

Animal Law CLE Scheduled for Dec. 16
The 8th Annual Animal Law CLE is titled "Practice, Practice, Practice" and has been approved for 7 hours of CLE credit.

Registration Open for ABA TECHSHOW 2017
LSBA members receive a registration discount to the TECHSHOW, set for March 15-18 in Chicago, Ill.

Earn CLE Credits Online!
LSBA members can earn up to 4 hours of electronically assisted CLE credits. Visit the LSBA catalog of online CLE courses at: http://lsba.inreachce.com/. It is an easy and convenient way to earn CLE hours! 

Elections: What Members Need to Know about Online Voting
Members received an email with their E-ballot on Monday, Nov. 14. The sender address was “LSBA Election Admin” and the Subject Line referenced “Vote now in the LSBA 2016-2017 Election.” The email includes a link to the voting website. On the voting website, members must type in their 5-digit member ID number and birth date to access the ballot. Ballots will only include races for which the member may cast a vote.

Members who do not have an email address, or members preferring to vote from the LSBA website, may log-in from the LSBA website to a special page and will be asked to enter the same credentials (5-digit member ID and birth date). The “Vote Now” icon will be active from Nov. 14 through the end of the voting period on Dec. 12.

La. Board of Legal Specialization’s Application Period Runs Through Feb. 28, 2017
The application period for appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law and tax law certification is open and will run through Feb. 28, 2017.

MCLE Committee Approves Hardship CLE Exemption for Flooding Victims
The Louisiana Supreme Court’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee has approved a CLE hardship exemption for 2016 for attorneys who have had substantial flood damage to their homes and/or offices.

LBLS-Certified Specialists Being Offered Hardship CLE Exemption
Specialists certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) who experienced substantial flood damage to their homes and/or offices can take advantage of a specialization CLE hardship exemption for 2016.

LSBA Disaster Response Resources Available Online
The LSBA Disaster Response Website serves as a single source for information on court closings, announcements, and emergency contact information in the aftermath of natural disasters like the August floods. The website also includes information on how affected members can seek assistance through the SOLACE program. Additionally, the LSBA Disaster Planning Handbook, which contains practical information on emergency response, the recovery process, and how to prepare your law practice for emergencies in the future, is available as an online resource.

Click here to visit the LSBA Disaster Response Website.

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