57th Bi-Annual Bridging the Gap

Oct. 17 & 18, 2017
New Orleans Marriott Hotel - 555 Canal St., New Orleans

Bridging the Gap has been planned to acquaint recent law school graduates with many of the practical aspects of a law practice and to afford newly admitted active members of the Louisiana Bar the opportunity to obtain their mandatory continuing legal education.

Join us for this two-day program presented by skilled, highly respected practitioners and jurists to learn practical information that hopefully will serve you well throughout your legal careers.

Registration Fees, Cancellations and Refunds
• TIP Mentees ..... $50
• 2017 New Admittees & Young Lawyers ..... $195
• All Others ..... $420

TIP MENTEES: TIP Mentees may participate in person OR via simulcast if located outside of the New Orleans metropolitan area.

The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.

On-Site Registrants will be provided the link to download electronic course materials at the time of registration.

Important Note: This program is Paper-Free! Electronic program materials are accessible via a link where attendees can download/save OR download/print the seminar materials. NEW ADMITEE: The link will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form, prior to the seminar. ALL OTHERS: The link will be sent to the email address of record you provided to the LSBA. We suggest you print the materials in advance and bring them with you. If you choose to review the materials from your laptop, we strongly suggest you charge your laptop battery, as electrical outlets may be limited. Internet access will not be available in the meeting room.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than Oct. 6 Absolutely no refunds will be made after Oct. 6.

This program has been approved for a maximum of 14 hours of CLE credit, including 5.5 hours of ethics, 1.5 hours of professionalism, and 1 hours of law office management.
For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
(504) 619-0102            (504) 619-0137

aburas@lsba.org           bridget.berins@lsba.org  

Hotel Information:
Although the LSBA does not have a room block at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, discount rates for LSBA members may be available. Contact Contact: Reservations Team at (888) 364-1200. Be sure to mention that you are an LSBA member and Corporate Code: ABA. You may also book a room directly by clicking NEW ORLEANS MARRIOTT. Availability is not guaranteed. Prevailing rates will apply.


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 — Daily Total CLE Hours: 7.5

7:30-8:00 a.m.

8:00-8:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks & Pro Bono  (Non CLE credit)
Bradley Tate – YLD Chair
Jennifer Rizzo-Choi – The Pro Bono Project

8:15-9:15 a.m.
Law Office Management (1 credit)(LOM)
Brett A. Bonin

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Trust Accounting and Trust Accounting Demo (1 credit) (Ethics)
Dane S. Ciolino

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Personal Injury (1 credit)
George P. Hebbler, Jr. and Michael J. Escuyer

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fastcase (1 credit)
Charles Lowry

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Substance Abuse and Stress (.5 credits)(Professionalism)
Donald C. Massey

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Common Ethical Pitfalls (1 credit)(Ethics)
Charles B. Plattsmier

3:00-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4:15 p.m.
State Civil Court Rules & Motions (1 credit)
John E. McAuliffe, Jr.

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Wills & Successions (1 credit)
Vincent P. “Chip” LoCoco and Stephanie M. Quinlan

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 — Daily Total CLE Hours: 6.5

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Conflicts of Interest (1 credit)(Ethics)
Eric K. Barefield

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Appellate Practic e(1 credit)
Raymond P. Ward

10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Be Professional from the Start (1 credit)(Professionalism)
Barry H. Grodsky

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Family Law (What’s Love Have To Do With It?) (1 credit)
J. N. Prather, Jr.

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:15-1:45 p.m.
Lawyer Advertising (.5 credits)(Ethics)
Richard P. Lemmler, Jr.

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Malpractice Insurance (1 credit) (Ethics)
Ashley M. Flick and Madeline C. Rice

2:45-3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Attorney-Client Relationship (1 credit)(Ethics)
Rodney B. Hastings


Those who plan and teach LSBA seminar are volunteers. Their generous contributions of time, talent and energy make this and every LSBA seminar a success. We deeply appreciate their work.

The LSBA continues to encourage all its members to participate in the preparation and presentation of LSBA CLE programs.

* Please contact the LSBA CLE Dept. if you have a disability which may require special accommodations at this program. The LSBA is committed to enduring full accessibility for all registrants. *

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