Louisiana State Bar Association

601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130-3404
Telephone: (504) 566-1600
Fax: (504) 566-0930
Web: LSBA.org

Overview

Established: 1941
Membership is: Compulsory
Membership in other Bar Associations: American Bar Association, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Southern Conference of Bar Presidents

Bar Profile:
The Louisiana State Bar Association, in the mandatory form which continues to exist today, was organized in March 1941 under the rule-making power of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The Court appointed the first officers and board of governors, who served for approximately one month until the Association's first convention was held. The Articles of Incorporation were amended in 1957 to allow for the creation of the House of Delegates, which serves as the policy-making body of the Association.

In 1990, the Supreme Court of Louisiana by Court rule created the Disciplinary Board of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Louisiana State Bar Association, separate arms of the court responsible for attorney discipline.

Forerunners to the Louisiana State Bar Association include the Association of the Bar of New Orleans (founded 1847); The New Orleans Law Association (1855); the Louisiana Bar Association (1899); the Louisiana State Bar Association (voluntary - 1929).

Mission Statement The mission of the Louisiana State Bar Association is to assist and serve its members in the practice of law, assure access to and aid in the administration of justice, assist the Supreme Court in the regulation of the practice of law, uphold the honor of the courts and the profession, promote the professional competence of attorneys, increase public understanding of and respect for the law, and encourage collegiality among its members.

Goals

Goal 1) To identify the shared values and goals of our membership and use that information to increase participation, satisfaction and professional competence.

Goal 2) To reenergize the House of Delegates as the Association's policy-making body.

Goal 3) To identify and cultivate potential volunteers and leaders.

Goal 4) To increase member participation through customization of products, programs and services.

Goal 5) To increase career satisfaction among lawyers in order to ultimately increase professional competence.

Goal 6) To advance the full implementation of the rule of law by achieving access to justice for all.

Goal 7) To strengthen the relationship between the LSBA and the Judiciary.

Goal 8) To ensure the participation of all minorities (ethnic, gender, geographic, etc.) in positions of leadership in the Association.

Annual Meetings:
Annual Meetings of the Louisiana State Bar Association are traditionally held in early June at a beach location. Family participation is encouraged. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the Association's Summer School for Lawyers, a multi-topic seminar which includes a minimum of 15 hours of CLE credit, including ethics.

Current Officers & Leadership

President
Michael W. McKay
732 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-1060
Fax: (225) 214-1771
Email: mike@mwlclaw.com

President-Elect
Frank X. Neuner, Jr.
PO Drawer 52828
Lafayette, LA 70505
Phone: (337) 237-7000
Fax: (337) 233-9450
Email: fxnjr@labordeandneuner.com

Secretary
James R. McClelland
PO Box 592
Franklin, LA 70538-0592
Phone: (337) 828-1880
Fax: (337) 828-2232

Treasurer
Kim M. Boyle
Ste 2000, Canal Place
365 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
Phone: (504) 566-1311
Fax: (504) 568-9130
Email: boylek@phelps.com

Immediate Past President
Wayne J. Lee
546 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-3509
Phone: (504) 593-0814
Fax: (504) 596-0814
Email: wlee@stonepigman.com

Young Lawyers Section, Chairperson
D.W. "Beau" Sylvester, Jr.
2900 Military Hwy.
Pineville, LA 71360
Phone: (318) 641-1550
Fax: (318) 641-0026
Email: dbs2374@aol.com

Contacts

Executive Director
Loretta Larsen Topey

Access to Justice Director
Monte T. Mollere

Director of Administration
Denise N. Tingstrom

Communications Director
Michele C. Norris

Law Related Education Director
Maria Yiannopoulos

Membership Services Director
Judith W. Dugar

Professional Programs Director
Cheri Cotogno Grodsky

Specialization Board Director
Catherine S. Zulli

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Administrator
Kitty K. Hymel

Sections

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SECTION
Purpose is to provide a forum for study and discussion of administrative law issues arising under the laws of the State of Louisiana and the United States; to contribute to the continuing education of the attorney who practices in this field; to disseminate information regarding recent administrative law decisions of the state and federal agencies and courts; and to encourage publication of legal writings on administrative law questions among the members of the association.
Chair: Brain M. Begue
2127 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 944-8443, Fax: (504) 944-8446
Email: bbegue654@aol.com
Dues: $15 Membership: 84

ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS LAW
The purpose of this Section is to provide a forum for study and discussion of art, entertainment and sports law issues arising under the laws of the State of Louisiana and of the United States to contribute to the continuing education of attorneys who practice in this field; to disseminate information regarding recent legal decisions of the state and federal and international agencies and courts relative to these areas of law; to encourage publication of legal writings on art, entertainment and sports law questions among the members of the Association; to establish a liaison with the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, various industry and trade associations with legal relevance to the practice of art, entertainment and sports law, and the legal academic community to achieve these purposes; and to take such actions in respect thereto as may be desirable and consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of this Association.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The purpose of this section is to promote reasonable dispute resolution alternatives to litigation for use by the public, the judiciary and members of the Bar.
Chair: Josie G. Frank
651 Farris Ave
Eunice LA 70535
Phone: (337) 550-6500, Fax: (337) 550-6300
Email: jfg-6300@bellsouth.net
Dues: $25 Membership 194

ANTITRUST & TRADE REGULATION LAW
Purpose of this section is to provide a forum for members to study and discuss developments in antitrust, RICO, trade secrets and business torts.
Chair: Marie Breaux
701 Poydras Street
50th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 581-7979, Fax: (504) 556-5108
Email: mbreaux@liskow.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 108

BENCH & BAR
The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for the study and discussion of the composition and administration of the judicial branch of government; contribute to continuing education of attorneys regarding the judicial branch of government; provide a vehicle for the dissemination of information regarding legislation and/or litigation affecting the selection of judges; encourage study and publication of legal writings concerning the composition and administration of the judicial branch of government.
Chair: Val P. Exnicios
601 Poydras St., Suite 2655
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-3475, Fax: (504) 523-2508
Dues: $20 Membership: 92

BILL OF RIGHTS
The section's focus has been to inspire lawyers in the traditions of advocacy involving liberty and freedom. One issue that section members would like to address involves a basic "Bill of Rights" for lawyers who appear before the several tribunals in this state.
Chair: Samuel S. Dalton
P.O. Box 10501, Jefferson, LA 70181-0501
Phone: (504) 835-4289, Fax: (504) 835-4302
Email: ssdalton@bellsouth.net
Dues: $10 Membership: 51

CIVIL LAW & LITIGATION
This section is dedicated to the study of Louisiana civil law as distinguished from the common law of other states and to the procedure, practice and technique of civil litigation. Activities include sponsoring CLE meetings, publication in the Recent Developments section of the Louisiana Bar Journal and sponsorship of partial scholarships for section members to attend the Gulf Coast Regional Program of the National Association for Trial Advocacy held annually in January.
Chair: J. Robert Ates
13726 River Road, Suite A, Destrehan, LA 70047
Phone: (504) 764-9911, Fax: (504) 764-9686
Email: jrs@destrahanlaw.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 891

CONSUMER PROTECTION & BANKRUPTCY LAW
This section conducts CLE seminars each spring as well as at the Annual Meeting. This section publishes a newsletter and has expanded meeting programs in various parts of the state.
Chair: Jan M. Hayden
650 Poydras Street, Suite 2500
New Orleans, LA 70130-6175
Office: (504) 568-1888, Fax: (504) 522-0949
Email: jhayden@hellerdraper.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 198

CORPORATE & BUSINESS LAW
The section publishes a quarterly newsletter, featuring reports on legislative developments and activities of the section's substantive committees; Corporation Laws Committee, which reviews and makes recommendations on the Louisiana Business Corporation Law and related laws and the Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Opinions. The section produces a volume of "Basic Forms for Louisiana Corporations." The work is currently being revised to include basic forms for Louisiana corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.
Chair: Patrick J. Butler, Jr.
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
Phone: (504) 566-1311, Fax: (504) 568-9130
Email: butlerr@phelps.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 776

CRIMINAL LAW
This section places an emphasis on education. In addition to providing recent case reports through the Louisiana Bar Journal, the section participates in joint seminars designed to bring prosecutors and defense attorneys together to share their views and interpretations on a wide range of legal topics. The section also funds a number of scholarships to seminars both to encourage active participation by section members who might otherwise not attend and to assist members in meeting CLE requirements.
Chair: Michael S. Walsh
628 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 344-0474, Fax: (225) 344-9124
Email: michael@leeandwalsh.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 199

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
This section publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Louisiana Environmental Lawyer, and sponsors an annual half-day Environmental Law Seminar in New Orleans each fall. Other workshops and CLE programs of special interest to section members are also regularly planned. In addition, the section sponsors an annual Environmental Law Essay Contest in the Louisiana law schools. First, second and third place winners receive prize money awards at the section's annual meeting in Baton Rouge each spring.
Chair: Christopher A. Ratcliff
P.O. Box 82282
Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2282
Phone: (225) 765-0236, Fax: (225) 765-0485
Email: chrisr@deq.state.la.us
Dues: $20 Membership: 338

FAMILY LAW
The purpose of this section is to discuss and disseminate information concerning recent developments in statutes and jurisprudence; provide CLE to its members; study ways to improve the statutes and jurisprudence; recommend changes to appropriate LSBA committees and sections; promote interest, activity and research in the field of family law.
Chair: Robert P. Cuccia
311 Goode St.
Houma, LA 70360
Phone: (985) 873-8595, Fax: (985) 873-8597
Dues: $25 Membership: 331

FIDELITY, SURETY & CONSTRUCTION LAW
This section focuses on laws governing contracts, services and coverage of fidelity insurance, insurance guarantee bonds and contracts for construction projects of all sizes and descriptions.
Chair: H. Bruce Shreves
1100 Poydras Street, 30th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70163-3000
Phone: (504) 569-2030, Fax: ( (504) 569-2999
Email:bshreves@spsr-law.com
Dues: $15 Membership: 149

FRANCOPHONE
The purpose of this section is to encourage and foster discussions in the field of francophone issues; to contribute to and provide opportunities for the continuing education of attorney who deals with francophone issues; to promote interest in and study of the existing statutes and jurisprudence which govern this field; and to cooperate and establish liaison with the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, local bar associations and the legal academic community to achieve these purposes.
Chair: John A. Hernandez III
321 W. Main St., Ste. 2-G
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: (337) 233-5330, fax: (337) 234-5858
Email: notaire@bellsouth.net
Dues: $25 Membership: 61

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC LAW
This section provides a forum for both government lawyers and lawyers in private practice who represent or practice before governmental agencies, to disseminate information about governmental law to the specialized and non-specialized bar. The section holds quarterly CLE luncheons and an annual CLE program and publishes a newsletter.
Chair: Sheri M. Morris
PO Drawer 4425
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 346-1461, Fax: (225) 346-1467
Email: sherim@scbllp.com
Dues: $15 Membership: 176

HEALTH LAW SECTION
The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for study and discussion of health law issues arising under the laws of the State of Louisiana and of the United States; to contribute to the continuing education of the attorney who practices in this field; to disseminate information regarding recent health law decisions of state and federal courts; and to encourage publication of legal writings on health law questions among the members of the Association, and the legal academic community.
Chair: Anthony M. Dileo
546 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-3509
Phone: (504) 593-0811, Fax: (504) 596-0811
Email: adileo@stonepigman.com
Dues: $15 Membership: 232

INSURANCE, NEGLIGENCE, COMPENSATION & ADMIRALTY LAW
The purpose of the section is to provide data, encourage dialogue and examine pertinent issues regarding the areas of insurance, workers' compensation, admiralty and tort law. The section contributes a recent developments department and quantum study in each issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal.
Chair: Lawrence J. Centola, Jr.
650 Poydras Street, Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 523-1385, Fax: (504) 524-6891
Email: lcentola@hssbc.com
Dues: $20 Membership: 1,075

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
This section was established for those attorneys whose practice includes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues. This section will assist in keeping Louisiana lawyers abreast of new developments by having periodic CLE addressed solely to the needs of intellectual property attorneys. The section also regularly contributes to the recent development section of the Louisiana Bar Journal and maintains a web page on the Internet for the dissemination of information related to intellectual property law.
Chair: Mary Ellen Roy
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
Phone: (504) 566-1311, Fax: (504) 568-9130
Email: roym@phelps.com
Dues: $25 Membership: 169

INTERNATIONAL LAW
This section hosts seminars throughout the state on topics including export/import control, joint ventures abroad, money laundering, international trade, and international transactions. The section has proposed rules to allow foreign consultants to practice on a limited basis in Louisiana in the law of the country of their origin.
Chair: J. Marshall Page, III
201 St. Charles Avenue, 50th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170-1000
Phone: (504) 582-8248, Fax: (504) 582-8583
Email: mpage@jwlaw.com
Dues: $15 Membership: 88

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Many of the section members are involved with traditional labor law matters pertaining to the National Labor Relations Act and collective bargaining. The section also provides a forum for discussion in diverse and newly emerging areas of employment law such as employment discrimination law, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, OSHA, ERISA and state tort law. Annual activities include co-hosting a spring labor and employment law seminar with LSU. The section also co-sponsors, along with other states, the annual SMU Multi-State Labor Law Seminar.
Chair: Allison A. Jones
509 Market Street, Suite 800
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 424-4342, Fax: (318) 226-0168
Email: aajdnj@aol.com
Dues: $15 Membership: 401

MINERAL LAW
This section recently instituted an annual writing contest for law students in the four Louisiana law schools. Students can write on any topic regarding mineral law and papers are judged by section members. Winners are recognized at the Mineral Law Institute held at the LSU law school.
Chair: Larry C. Hebert
PO Drawer 52606
Lafayette, LA 70505-2606
Phone: (337) 232-2606, Fax: (337) 232-9867
Email: lchebert@ohllc.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 258

MINORITY INVOLVEMENT
The most diversely comprised section of the Bar, the Minority Involvement Section was designed to foster a sense of inclusiveness and community among those attorneys who feel their special needs are not currently an intricate part of the Bar system. The section sponsors a minority job fair each fall and they are also in the process of publishing a quarterly newsletter.
Chair: Dana M. Douglas
701 Poydras St., Ste. 5000
New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone: (504) 581-7979, Fax: (504) 556-4108
Email: dmdouglas@liskow.com
Dues: $20 Membership: 78

PUBLIC UTILITY SECTION
Purpose: to encourage and foster discussions in the field of public utilities; to contribute to and provide opportunities for continuing education of the attorney who practices in the public utility field; to promote interest in and study of the existing statutes and jurisprudence, which govern this field.
Co-Chair: Katherine W. King
P.O. Box 3513
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3513
Phone: (225) 387-0999, Fax: (225) 388-9133
Email: katherine.king@keanmiller.com

Co-Chair: Victoria K. McHenry
365 Canal Street, Suite 3060
New Orleans, LA 70130-1112
Phone: (504) 528-2050; Fax: (504) 528-2948
Email: victoria.mchenry@bellsouth.com
Dues: $25 Membership 74

SOLO & SMALL FIRMS
The section holds bi-monthly luncheon meetings in New Orleans that include a one-hour CLE program. Seminars in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Shreveport are also planned throughout the year. The section publishes a newsletter in the odd months, featuring CLE schedules and notices from members. The section also maintains a website on the Internet and publishes a handbook which includes a section Membership listing and listings of members by practice areas in which they receive referrals. Additionally the handbook contains survey results on issues including fees, profitability, experts, contract lawyers, paralegal, personnel, software, computer systems and many other items of interest. The section also maintains a Web site.
Chair: James F. Willeford
201 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 3203
New Orleans, LA 70170-3203
Phone: (504) 582-1286, Fax: (313) 692-5927
Email: jimwilleford@willefordlaw.com
Dues: $20 Membership: 520

TAXATION
The purpose of this section is to study and consider all problems related to federal, state and local tax laws and regulations and the practice of law. The Taxation Section sponsors several CLE programs. Technical meetings are held from September through May in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Monroe. Each meeting provides one hour of CLE credit. The section and the Louisiana CPA Society jointly present the annual Louisiana Advanced Tax Workshop.
Chair: J. Benjamin Warren, Jr.
P.O. Box 22260
Shreveport, LA 71120
Phone: (318) 227-7767, Fax: (318) 227-7850
Email: warrenj@cykg.com
Dues: $30 Membership: 315

TRUSTS, ESTATE, PROBATE & IMMOVABLE PROPERTY LAW
This section was organized to encourage and foster discussions, studies and the dissemination of information related to trusts, estate, probate and immovable property law. The section also provides CLE in these areas.
Chair: Deborah C. Faust
110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 360
Metairie, LA 7005
Phone: (504) 833-1230, Fax: (504) 833-2332
Email: dfaust@dfaustlegal.com
Dues: $10 Membership: 694