Louisiana State Bar Association News

Election: Rabalais Certified Elected for BOG Fifth District Seat
Kelly M. Rabalais of Mandeville has been certified elected for the LSBA Board of Governors’ Fifth District seat. Voting closed on Feb. 11.

LBF Offers Info on Handling Unclaimed, Unidentified Funds and Lists IOLTA Prime Partners
The Louisiana Bar Foundation is providing information concerning how lawyers and law firms should handle unclaimed funds accumulated in their IOTA accounts.

Volunteer Opportunities Open for 2019 Suit Up for the Future Program
The 2019 summer program for high school students interested in the legal profession is scheduled for June 10-28.

Online Nominations Open for LSBA 2019 Pro Bono, Children’s Law Awards
The online nomination process will be open through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

Nomination Process Open for Trailblazer Award, Guardian of Diversity Award
The LSBA's Member Outreach and Diversity Department has announced the nomination periods and procedures for the Trailblazer Award and the Guardian of Diversity Award. Nomination deadlines are Feb. 28 for both awards.

Registration Open for LSBA Tax Section Annual Mardi Gras Meeting
The LSBA Tax Section will hold its annual Mardi Gras Meeting CLE on Friday February 22, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel (300 Bourbon St., New Orleans).

LSBA Section Membership: Renew or Sign Up by April 15
Heads up! The 2019-20 membership application for the LSBA’s 30 sections will be mailed in mid-February.

Committee Preferences: Get Involved in Your Bar!
Committee assignment requests are now being accepted for the 2019-20 Bar year.

Registration Open for 2019 Conclave on Diversity
The 12th annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, “Strides in Diversity: Opening Doors for the Next Generation,” is Friday, March 8, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel (500 Canal Street).


Registration Open for “Experience the Charm of Quebec” Multi-Topic CLE March 27-29
The iconic Fairmont Le Château inside the walls of Old Quebec is the location for this multi-topic program, offering attendees up to 13 CLE credits, including ethics and professionalism. Review programming, download a registration form and make hotel reservations at:

Early-Bird Registration Open for 2019 Solo, Small Firm and Tech Conference
Early-bird registration is now open for the 12th annual Solo, Small Firm and Tech Conference, set for April 9-10 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Early-bird registration of $300 will end on March 25. Conference organizers also are seeking more exhibitors. Register online or download a registration form at:

The final program will be available soon! 

LBLS 2019 Annual Dues Notices Mailed
All qualified Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) specialists have been mailed dues notices. The completed original dues notice, together with proof of professional liability insurance and the appropriate fee, should be mailed or delivered to the LBLS office, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, no later than Feb. 28, 2019, to avoid a penalty assessment. For more information, contact LBLS Specialization Director Mary Ann Wegmann, (504)619-0128, email

Louisiana Supreme Court Approves Amendments to District Court Rules
Following a 30-day public comment period, the Louisiana Supreme Court approved the Fall 2018 District Court Rules amendments. Review the amendments on the Supreme Court’s website at:  

Registration Open for ABA TECHSHOW 2019
The LSBA has been approved as an event promoter for the ABA TECHSHOW 2019, set for Feb. 27-March 2, 2019, in Chicago, Ill. ABA TECHSHOW is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. A variety of CLE programming offers a great deal of education in just a short amount of time.

LSBA members should use the promoter code EP1903 for extra registration discounts. Learn more:

LBLS Accepting Requests for Certification Applications
The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is accepting applications for certification in four specialties — appellate practice, estate planning and administration, family law and tax law — through Feb. 28. The LBLS is accepting applications for certification in the new specialty of health law through March 31. The LBLS will accept applications for business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law certification through Sept. 30.

Learn more:

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