House of Delegates Jan. 20 Meeting: Resolutions, Liaison Committee, Award Recipients, Leadership Class


The LSBA's House of Delegates considered resolutions and several other business items at its Jan. 20 meeting in Baton Rouge.

Regarding the resolutions, the House:

• Unanimously approved the resolution from the Committee on the Profession to adopt an aspirational Code of Professionalism.

• Unanimously approved the resolution from the Labor Relations and Employment Law Section to amend the Section’s bylaws.

• Approved the resolution from the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization to amend Tax Law Standards.

• Approved by a hand vote (102 to 66) the resolution from Francis Barry and Glenn Adams (both of the 41st Judicial District) requesting that the House of Delegates: 1) suspend implementation of the current standards for specialization in Employment Law; and 2) request that the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization conduct further study on the Employment Law Standards.

• Approved by a voice vote the resolution from Francis Barry and Glenn Adams (both of the 41st Judicial District) requesting that the House of Delegates: 1) suspend implementation of the current standards for specialization in Labor Law; and 2) request that the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization conduct further study on the Labor Law Standards.

• Tabled a resolution from Dan M. Boudreaux to amend the LSBA Bylaws to create a dues waiver procedure for those lawyers who complete at least 20 hours of approved pro bono legal services per fiscal year of the LSBA.

• Withdrawn: Resolution from Ben E. Clayton (22nd Judicial District) for the LSBA to establish and maintain a section dedicated to the study, evaluation, consideration and other aspects of both the United States and Louisiana Constitutions.

• Failed by a voice vote the resolution from R. Bradley Lewis (22nd Judicial District) that the LSBA: 1) supports the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I of the Louisiana Constitution, and freedom of speech and the freedom of religion; 2) urges the repeal of all laws and municipal ordinances, regulations, rules, executive orders and other practices that prohibit or impair the freedom of speech or the freedom of religion; 3) urges the repeal of all laws that discriminate against persons because of their faith, their free exercise thereof, or because of their expression of their religious or political views; 4) urges the adoption of laws which protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion; and 5) sends a copy of the resolution to the Louisiana Governor, the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, the President of the Louisiana Senate, and to the Louisiana Municipal Association.

In other business, the House:
• elected Shayna Beevers Morvant (24th Judicial District) to serve a three-year term on the House of Delegates Liaison Committee (2018-21); and
• elected Sandra K. Cosby (24th Judicial District) to chair the House of Delegates Liaison Committee for 2018-19 (the chair is a voting member of the Board of Governors).

Prior to convening the House meeting, several recipients of the LSBA’s Citizen Lawyer Award were recognized by LSBA President Dona Kay Renegar. Recipients are Judge Scott U. Schlegel, Gretna; Meredith S. Grabill, New Orleans; Benjamin W. Kadden, New Orleans; Walter J. Leger, Jr., New Orleans; Pamela A. Stewart, Ruston; and Adrienne D. White, Mansfield.

Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education President Lawrence J. Centola III presented the Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award to Judge Sheva M. Sims of Shreveport.

President Renegar also recognized the members of the Leadership LSBA 2017-18 Class — Brittany O. Rosenbloom, co-chair, Metairie; Micah C. Zeno, co-chair, New Orleans; Bethany A. Blackson, Baton Rouge; Kristian B. Dobard, Baton Rouge; Shanerika M. Flemings, Shreveport; Gerald J. Hampton, Jr., New Orleans; R. Gary Higgins, Jr., Covington; Kathleen M. Legendre, New Orleans; Betty A. Maury, Gretna; J. Reed Poole, Jr., Metairie; Anna Brown Priestly, Shreveport; Alexander L. Reed, Lake Charles; Christopher J. Sellers, Jr., New Orleans; Elizabeth Fontenot Shea, Lake Charles; Todd C. Taranto, Mandeville; and Arielle L. Young, Baton Rouge.

To review the meeting agenda, resolutions and supporting documents, go to: https://www.lsba.org/BarGovernance/HouseofDelegates.aspx.



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