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The Promulgator August 2011 | Volume 31 | Issue 4

Jimmy Davidson, III, 71st LSBA President: LSBA Annual Meeting

off the Beaten Path LYLA Summer Social LVL Bowling Tournament Social Security & Disability Law Update Upcoming Events Volume 31 Issue 4

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President’s LBA Member Directory Now Online sting i l r u o ut y Check o eagues ll Find co r pictures!

2010 -2011 LBA President André Doguet, Attorney at Law

The dog days of summer are upon us.

My English bulldog, Dudley, takes one step out onto the front porch for his walk, realizes the temp has increased 30 degrees, and promptly drops with an audible splat, but with August heat comes the anticipation of fall events. For LBA, that means the Bench Bar Conference, to be held once again at the magnificent Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans from Thursday September 8th to Saturday, September 10th. Roger Goodell with the NFL accommodated our request to schedule the Saints for Thursday night to coincide with our opening party at the outdoor pool area of the Roosevelt. Football, cool drinks, hot food and good friends. What a way to open the event.

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Click on the link for Members from the home page, then click the link for Member Directory on the right side of the Members page

The Friday CLE promises to be entertaining as well as informative. We will still start with breakfast with the Judges, but Event Chairman Joe Giglio came up with a great idea. A Judicial Round Robin will take place with practitioners staying put at their tables and the Judges moving around the room. The CLE will continue with Professionalism Issues from the Bench hosted by Magistrate Judges Michael Hill and Pat Hanna. We will get Senatorial Yarns from local Senators Fred Mills and Mike Michot. For people like me who don’t know what Facebook is or why I should care, there will be a presentation on the use of Social Networking sites for attorneys. There will be a Divorce/ Criminal law 101 presentation to help with those basic questions our biggest clients call us with after hours. The day will end with an Ethics presentation to assist all of us in recognizing and dealing with drug and alcohol problems before they can ruin a practice or career. My sincere thanks to Joe Giglio for putting this CLE program together. Go to the website to see more details or to reserve your spot.

Table of Contents President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Executive Director’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 LBA Building Usage Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 LSBA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas . . . . . . . . . . . . 6- 7 LYLA Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 LYLA Summer Social . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Social Security Disability Law Update . . . . . . . . . . 10

Speaking of the website, check out our newest addition, the membership directory. Now you can locate all our members, along with their contact numbers, practice areas, website addresses, etc. Kudos to Ruthie Toce for making this a reality.

Lafayette Firm Wins Dodgeball Tourney . . . . . . . . 11 LVL Bowling Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Access to Justice - Century Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Along with Bench Bar, we have a general membership meeting scheduled on October 5th at the Petroleum Club. The candidates for the Family Court seat on the District Bench will join us for a forum. There is much more already on the calender for the fall. The Young Lawyers Section will change leadership at a LaFonda gathering. Incoming President Larry Curtis will be installed on November 3rd. The year-end CLE extravaganza is being planned. All this is made possible by a committed, active and responsive membership. I’m proud to be part of this Association. The Promulgator August 2011

Off the Beaten Path- Warren Perrin . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Family Court Candidates Forum Registration . . . 16 Grapevine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Classifi ed & Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Message The Promulgator

The Promulgator is published six times a year by the Lafayette Bar Association. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Committee of the Lafayette Bar Association.

LBA Executive Director Susan Holliday

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Published by: Lafayette Bar Association 2607 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503 P.O. Box 2194, Lafayette, LA 70502-2194 tel: (337) 237-4700 fax: (337) 237-0970 The mission of the Lafayette Bar Association is to serve the profession, its members and the community by promoting justice, professional excellence, respect for the rule of law and fellowship among attorneys and the Court.

How was your Summer? Hope it was great! In June, I had the opportunity to attend the Louisiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas where our very own, Mr. Jimmy Davidson was sworn as President of LSBA, Ms. Maggie Simar was sworn in as Secretary of the LSBA Young Lawyer Section and Mr. Will Montz received the Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award. While Vegas was great, and staying at the Wynn was amazing, the icing on the cake was being able to proudly introduce myself as the Executive Director of the Lafayette Bar Association! This issue of the Promulgator features marketing information for various events on the horizon at your local bar association. Mr. Steven Ramos will be sworn in as President of our Young Lawyers Section on August 25th at LaFonda’s, Judge Haik will open his Cypremort Point Camp, Camelot to hold our annual Maritime CLE on August 25th and 26th, we head to NOLA on September 8th for our annual Bench Bar Conference and finally we will host a judicial candidates forum on October 5th for the judges running for the open family court seat. All of these events offer you an opportunity to get more involved with your local bar association, something that you will find is good for your well being!

André Doguet President

Blake David Secretary/Treasurer

Charles Ziegler Immediate Past President

Larry Curtis President-Elect

Board of Directors

Nicole Breaux Marianna Broussard Ariel Campos Danielle Cromwell Brad Duhé Cade Evans Kyle Gideon

Joe Giglio, Jr. Sam Flugence Dona Renegar Jeff Riggs Maggie Simar Cynthia Simon Cassie Willis

Committee & Section Chairs Acadiana Legal Services Corporation, Ariel Campos Bench Bar, Joe Giglio, Jr. Family Law Section, Cassie Willis Lafayette Young Lawyers, Danielle Cromwell Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers,

Marianna Broussard Louis A. Martinet Society, Sam Flugence Maritime CLE, Chuck Mouton & Doug Truxillo Promulgator, Elena Pecoraro

Editorial Committee

As I close this issue’s column I am reminded of a recent article I read on changes in the way people communicate. Either cell phones, texting, email and the ever important facebook. I want to let each of you know that we enjoy hearing from you and encourage you to communicate with us. Whether it be on a membership issue, a new idea, or “friending” the LBA on facebook so we can track the important happenings in your life. Our members are the lifeblood of this organization and I know I speak for my staff when I say this that this more than a job for us; we consider each of you a part of our extended family.

Elena Pecoraro, Editor Shawn Carter Cade Evans Lauren Gardner

Rebekah Huggins Barbara Olinde Laura Putnam Cynthia Simon

LBA Staff

Until next time…….. The Promulgator August 2011


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Susan Holliday Executive Director

Penny Rogers Executive Assistant

Ruthie Toce Marketing Director

Claire Oliver Marketing Assistant

Tammy Derouen LVL Program Director

Leah Patout LVL Assistant Volume 31 Issue 4

LBA Building Usage


Your investment dollars at work

November 22nd December 6th (Half Day) December 14th & 15th December 22nd & 23rd December 28th & 29th

This November will mark the 3rd anniversary of the opening of the Lafayette Bar Headquarters. Purchasing a building was a milestone in the history of the Lafayette Bar Association. Ownership comes with a price and it would not have been possible without the generosity of local law firms and the dedication of numerous bar leaders.

This year we are offering 52 hours of CLE credit over the course of November & December. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Susan Holliday or Cade Evans, 2011 CLE Chairman.

Having our own facility has forever changed our organization. It has brought about so many positive changes. A few of which need to be shared with the membership.

Susan - 237-4700 or Cade - 291-1660 or

The building has increased access to justice for residents in Lafayette Parish. On a monthly basis the Lafayette Bar Association has approximately 150 people who access the office for various legal needs and issues. That breaks down to about 6 people a day that we are able to serve in some manner every day. Whether they accessing our Pro Se Kiosk, need to look something up in the library on Westlaw (free service to members and the public), or wanting pro bono representation from Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers our building provides them with a vital resource that is unmatched in our community. The building has also increased benefits to our members. All committee and section meetings are held at the LBA office. This equates to about 5-7 standing monthly meetings. These meetings are comfortable, efficient and more cost effective than meeting at a local restaurant or alternate venue in town as was the norm previously. Rental fees from mediation and depositions fees have steadily increased. On average the office hosts 4-6 mediations and 2-6 depositions per month. These fees have all been used to pay down the building note and help to bring us closer to a paid for facility. The facts and statistics do not even account for the increased visibility of our organization to members of the Lafayette Community. The Bar Headquarters has become the symbol for the legal community in Lafayette. Each one of us should take pride that the building was indeed a good investment for our Association and will serve our organization’s needs for many years to come. Volume 31 Issue 4

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Feature: LSBA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas

Everyone has heard the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, well I am proudly breaking tradition to share with each of our members the happenings at the recent Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) annual meeting in June at the Wynn Resort. Lafayette’s own, James Davidson III, with Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards was sworn in as the 71st President of Louisiana State Bar Association. A special brunch was held in Jimmy’s honor to celebrate the momentous occasion complete with mimosas, bloody mary’s and a heartfelt video tribute to Davidson which included photos from his younger days of fishing, hunting and spending time with his children. Members from Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards and other LBA members who attended the grand event are: Jack McElligott, Kyle Gideon, Glenn and Heather Edwards, Chris

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Piasecki, Phillip Fontenot, David and Gina Calogero. Other LBA members in attendance included: Andre’ Doguet, Nora Stelly, Joel Gooch, Joe Giglio, Buzz Durio, Maggie Simar, Tricia Pierre, Cynthia Simon, Joe Oelkers, Pat Ottinger, Lisa Hanchey, Barbara Olinde, Franchesca Hamilton-Ackers and Ariel Campos. Lafayette was also honored to have LBA Board member, Maggie Simar installed at the Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section for the Louisiana State Bar Association. As Secretary, Maggie will represent the needs of younger attorneys and encourage participation in the LSBA. Maggie and other LSBA officers were installed by the Honorable D. Kent Savoie. In addition to Maggie’s installation as an LSBA young lawyer officer, LBA member Will Montz with Laborde and Neuner received Outstanding Pro Bono Award. This award is given out annually to only one young lawyer in the state of Louisiana who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to pro bono service. Montz was honored for his tireless efforts in working with Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers assisting more than 60 clients in the last five years. The LSBA annual meeting concluded with an elegant dinner reception topped off by an appearance from old blue eyes himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Music carried throughout the elegant ballroom while Frank entertained and delighted us as we all became dancing strangers in the night. Written by Susan Holliday, LBA Executive Director

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LYLA Young Lawyers Message Lafayette installation banquet at La Fonda’s on August 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This LYLA tradition is always a crowd pleaser so be sure to save the date and get there early to make the most of the margaritas and camaraderie! Thank you to all of our members for your participation and support of LYLA events and programs. I encourage all of you to get involved in some way with LYLA. It is a terrific opportunity to meet wonderful people, do great things and gain valuable leadership experience. LYLA meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at noon at the LBA office and are always open to the general membership.

Lafayette Young Lawyers President Danielle Cromwell Acadiana Computer Systems

It has been an amazing year and I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as your president. I am extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Bar staff. A special thanks to Susan and Ruthie for their never-ending support and assistance. Thanks for making me look marvelous, darlings!

It is with great joy (and sadness) that I write my last LYLA President’s Message. They say time flies when you are having fun. For all of you who have made it out to our fabulous LYLA events this year, you know just how much fun we are having. Our social committee outdid themselves for our LYLA Summer Law Clerk Social on July 21st at Jefferson Street Pub. Summer law clerks and lawyers, young and young at heart, enjoyed refreshing drinks and splendid conversation during our evening of live social networking. I encourage you to support our sponsors by utilizing their services. LYLA events are so successful due to the generous backing of our various sponsors. I extend special thanks to Teche Federal bank for serving as our headline sponsor and to Adam and Jean Paul for a fantastic finale to their reign as social chairs. Check out the pictures on page __ and on LBA’s Facebook page.

In the eternal words of Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Farewell, my friends.


Members and non-members alike are locked and loaded for the 2011 Shoot for Justice Sporting Clay tournament benefiting the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation’s LVL program on August 6th at GOL Shooting Range. LYLA applauds Jacob Hargett for his assistance in getting us on target for this event. The Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, joined by the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association, will host another Wills for Heroes event in September benefiting the Lafayette Police and Fire Departments. Free wills and other estate planning documents will be provided. Volunteers are needed once again. Please be on the lookout for details.

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LYLA Summer Social

On Thursday, July 21st, Lafayette

attorneys, law clerks and judges gathered at Jefferson St. Pub downtown for drinks, camaraderie and networking. Thanks to sponsorship from Teche Federal Bank and their Young Professionals loan program and many other generous sponsors, the event was a success with over 60 people attending and just under 20 of those being law clerks coming to learn more about the bar association and to meet other attorneys and their guests. Door prizes were given out from Teche, Brother’s on the Boulevard, and Harrison Paint Company.

Thanks TO OUR Sponsors:

American Inn of Court Acadiana Brian Beduze

Harrison Paint Company

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If you represent injured clients

Workers remain eligible for Benefits for only a limited period of time after leaving the workforce. 20 C.F.R. § 404.130. To be eligible for Benefits, a worker must be insured under the Act. Attaining disability insured status for those over 31 years of age requires 20 quarters of coverage out of the 40 calendar quarters before they became disabled. Id. A worker maintains eligibility for Benefits through consistent employment and payment of FICA taxes, but even with consistent employment for the 5 year period prior to being injured, a worker maintains eligibility for Benefits for a maximum of 5 years after leaving

in connection with either Workers’ Compensation or personal injury claims, the question of whether and when a client should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (“Disability Benefits” or “Benefits”) is sure to arise. This article briefly addresses several significant, albeit relatively obscure, federal statutes and regulations that should be considered in deciding when to file an application for Disability Benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act (the “Act”). The Act

When Should Injured Clients Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits? provides for payment of Disability Insurance Benefits, and just like an insurance contract, the Act has strict parameters limiting coverage. Failure to consider these parameters can cause an applicant to be time-barred from receipt of Benefits, to sacrifice a period of entitlement to Benefits, or to experience a lengthy delay in Medicare eligibility.

the workforce. Id. The eligibility period may be shorter for workers who become disabled under the age of 31, have a previous period of disability, have not maintained consistent employment, or have not consistently paid FICA taxes. If there is any doubt about how long your client remains insured for Benefits, the client can inquire as to the duration of his or her disability insured status at the local Social Security Administration (SSA) office.

Title II of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 401, et seq., provides for payment of Disability Benefits to individuals who are disabled within the meaning of the Act and who are insured under the Act by virtue of their contributions to the Social Security trust fund through Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes. In general, to be found disabled under the Act, a claimant must be unable to perform his or her past work or a significant number of other jobs in the national economy because of medically-determinable mental or physical impairments that will last for at least one year. 42 U.S.C. § 423(d); 20 C.F.R. § 404.1520. If it appears likely that a client’s injuries will keep him or her out of work for a full year, the question then becomes when he or she should file an application for Benefits.

Workers who file for Disability Benefits more than 17 months after becoming disabled may sacrifice one or more months of Benefits due to restrictions on retroactive Benefits. Disability Benefits can be paid up for up to one year prior to the application date. 42 U.S.C. § 423(b). In addition, there is a 5-month waiting period following the date of disability during which Disability Benefits are not payable. 42 U.S.C. § 423(c)(2). In other words, for the first 5 months after a worker is deemed disabled, no Benefits are paid. Benefits start in the sixth full month of disability. The 5-month waiting period operates with the one-year retroactivity period to create the 17-month filing

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Local Law Firm Takes Home the Trophy for Corporate Dodgeball Tournament

benchmark, which can cause unaware applicants to sacrifice benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled. For example, an insured worker who sustains disabling injuries on January 1, 2011, and who files an application for Benefits no later than 17 months thereafter could begin receiving Benefits on June 1, 2011. In contrast, if the same worker files an application 24 months after the injury, or on January 1, 2013, the worker could begin receiving benefits only as of January 1, 2012. In the second example, the worker sacrificed 7 months in Benefits due to the delay in filing.

Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive and Dodgeball! The Giles Automotive Lafayette Corporate Dodgeball Tournament was held on Saturday June 18, 2011 at the Cajun Dome. The tournament benefited the Evangeline Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (4,800 scouts in Acadiana). Over 30 teams played in this year’s tournament. Laborde & Neuner, winners of this year’s event showcased their 2011 Golden Baller Trophy and returned the $1,000 cash prize to the Evangeline Area Council.

If an injured worker is receiving Workers’ Compensation (WC) benefits, then Disability Benefits otherwise due for the same period may be offset or reduced. 20 C.F.R. § 404.408. The application of the offset provision is a factspecific inquiry that depends on the worker’s past earnings and the amount of WC being received. Regardless of whether a worker’s Disability Benefits would be offset by receipt of WC, it remains important to establish the earliest possible disability onset date with SSA to avoid jeopardizing your client’s eligibility for Medicare. Medicare is government health insurance available to those over 65 years of age or who are disabled under the Act. After receiving Disability Benefits for 24 months, workers are eligible for Medicare. 42 U.S.C. § 426(b)(2)(A). Of course, due to the 5-month waiting period for receipt of Disability Benefits, eligibility for Medicare begins 29 months after the established onset of a worker’s disability. Thus, even if the WC offset may reduce a worker’s monthly Disability Benefits, it is still important to timely file in order to start the clock on the 29-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility. In conclusion, in advising disabled clients when to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, in is important to know when their disability insured status expires, that filing for Benefits more than 17 months after becoming disabled may lead to the loss of a period of Benefits, and that even if subject to offset, establishing eligibility for Disability Benefits commences the lengthy waiting period for Medicare eligibility. If you have questions about a client’s potential eligibility for Benefits or when to apply, feel free to contact the author at or (337) 593-4139.

Championship team members, Philip Boudreaux Jr. and Jeremy Morrow presenting the check to Chavanne Stine with the BSA council

Written by Matthew D. Lane, Jr., Ziegler & Lane

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1st Place Team Andrew Hill, Allen Hill & Greg Koury– Not pictured: Michael Groetch Koury & Hill

The Lafayette Bar Association held its annual bowling tournament, this year with a fun “Jamaican Me Crazy” theme, on Friday, June 3rd. Lafayette area judges, legal staff, lawyers, and their families were invited to the event in order to help raise over $5,000 to benefit the community through the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation programs. Through funds raised at events like the bowling tournament, these programs help underprivileged members of our community with legal matters they would otherwise be powerless to handle.

Written and Designed by Claire Oliver, LBA Marketing Intern

Highest Male Score Kermit Arceneaux Liskow & Lewis

2nd Place Team Padgette Richard, Randy Olson, Gerald Dartez & Kim Turner Olson & O’Neil, APLC

Last Place Team Charles Hebert, Angie Hebert, Denise Cope & Mike Cope Onebane Law Firm Lowest Male Score Mike Cope Onebane Law Firm

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Highest Female Score Courtney Albarado Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards

3rd Place Team Crystal Hightower, Trey Hightower, III, Danny Poolson, Jr. & Amy Poolson Judice & Adley BELOW Spirit Award Winners Williams & Associates Law Firm, LLC

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LSBA Honors Exceptional Louisiana Pro Bono Work New Orleans - The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court, hosted the 26th Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on May 24th. The ceremony was held in the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New Orleans, and was followed by a reception. The Pro Bono Awards Ceremony honors attorneys and other public interest legal professionals from around the state who provided exceptional pro bono services to Louisiana’s indigent, who may not otherwise have received adequate

representation or access to the legal system. For the second year, the Pro Bono Century Award was also handed out. This award recognizes attorneys that have shown consummate pro bono leadership by completing one-hundred hours of service from January 2010 through December 2010. Visit http://www. ProBonoAwards.asp for more information on the 26th Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and for a complete list of this year’s award recipients and their biographies.

2011 Lafayette Century Award Recipients: Marianna Broussard Bianca Chretien Jeffery K. Coreil Laura Davenport Bradford Felder Judith R. Kennedy Gregory A. Koury Lindsay Meador Charles William Montz, Jr. Michael Rainey Dwazendra Smith G. Andrew Veazey

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Off the Beaten Path

History of Vermilion Parish Told Through Photographs by LBA Member Warren Perrin Author Warren A. Perrin, local historian and cultural preservationist, served as president of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) from 1993 to 2010 and is a native of the parish. He presents the history of Vermilion Parish through its citizens: families, farmers, students, ranchers, fishermen, educators, musicians, and politicians. Always friendly and often colorful, the people who make up the intricate tapestry of the area tell the beautiful story of Vermilion Parish’s rich history.

Highlights of Vermilion Parish:

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Vermilion Parish from local author Warren A. Perrin. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. Vermilion Parish is a region with fascinating history and culture. From the settlement of the area--beginning as early as 1757, predominately by French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, and Acadian colonists and the native Attapakas people--Vermilion Parish has evolved to become recognized as “the most Cajun place on earth,” as noted by its motto. Today it is still common to hear Cajun French spoken on the streets of its villages, towns, and hamlets. Vermilion Parish people are a lively multicultural blend marinated in history and infused with a unique joie de vivre. Cajuns make up a significant portion of its population and exert a huge impact on its culture. They are family-friendly, predominantly Catholic, and known far and wide for their lively Cajun music--as well as their spicy Cajun cuisine using local ingredients, such as okra, rice, pecans, seafood, and wild game. Volume 31 Issue 4

Origins and settlements

The Acadian Diaspora

Towns and hamlets

Where minorities are the majority

The legends of the parish

Communal independence

Music and entertainment

Art, culture and traditional crafts

Public affairs, sports, and education

Social life

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www. or (888)-313-2665. Vermilion Parish by Warren A. Perrin Images of America Series Price: $21.99 | 128 pages/ softcover Page 15

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Kay Gautreaux began practicing law in 1987 after graduating from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. As the former law clerk to Judge John M. Shaw, her law practice focuses on family law, and also includes other general areas of law that affects family life.

What: Come meet the candidates and hear their views for the upcoming Family Court seat.

Who: LBA Members and Judges


Marshall Montgomery has had a successful law practice in Acadiana for the past twenty years. His real life experiences include working in the oil field during college, opening my law practice, and being a husband and father.

Petroleum Club- Main Ballroom

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Registration: 7:45 AM– 8:00 AM

Cost: $15

Susan Theall began practicing law in 1985 after graduating from the Loyola School of Law. She is a board certified family law specialist, a designation granted by the Louisiana State Bar Association of Legal Specialization and is a frequent lecturer on Family Law Topics.

Breakfast will start promptly at 8:00 AM

Family Court Judicial Candidates Forum

Please complete this form and send it back to Claire Oliver at the Lafayette Bar Association office via fax to 337.237.0970 or e-mail to You may mail your form and remittance to the LBA office to Post Office Box 2194, Lafayette, LA 70502-2194. Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Firm: ____________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________________________________________________________ **Registration will be accepted until the day of the event. No refunds will be given however registration is transferrable to a colleague. The Promulgator August 2011

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Grapevine Robert D. Felder is now practicing with Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards. The Gachassin Law Firm won the Spirit Award at the 2011 Justice Grillin for M. S. Burger Cookoff. Justice Grillin’ Hamburger Cook-Off was created in 2001 by members of the Lafayette legal community affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Funds raised go to the Southwest Louisiana MS Foundation. The Gachassin Law Firm has participated in this event since 2002. Liskow & Lewis is pleased to announce new practice area and attorney rankings in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm received esteemed first-band (firsttier) rankings for the state of Louisiana in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, and Litigation: General Commercial, noting the firm’s capabilities in these areas. Attorneys selected from the firm’s Lafayette office include: Joseph P. Hebert, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Richard W. Revels, Jr., Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, Lawrence P. Simon, Jr., Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Cade Evans has joined the firm of Allen & Gooch as a partner. Christopher T. Lee and his wife Amy are proud to announce the birth of their son, Christopher Todd Lee, Jr. 15th Judicial District Judicial Race Candidates Forum Breakfast Petroleum Club | 8:00 am Wednesday, October 5th Hosted by the Lafayette Bar Association Members are invited to bring a guest Cost: $15

Williams & Associates Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that David C. Clarke has joined the firm as an associate. Our condolences go out to Jason Reed with Laborde and Neuner in the loss of his mother. Blake David and his wife, Amber, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Colette Marie David. Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, LLC is pleased to announce the expansion of their practice’s offerings in Texas with the addition of Courtney S. Lauer as a member in the Houston office. Volume 31 Issue 4

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August Events

• 6. LVL 4th Annual Shoot for Justice • 25. LYLA Installation at La Fonda • 25 - 26. Maritime CLE at Cypremort Point • 25. Beyond the Bench with Judge Robert Summerhays

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September Events • 8-10. Rolling into the Roosevelt Bench Bar 2011

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October Events • 5. Family Law Court Judicial Candidates Forum at Petroleum Club 8 am

Lafayette Health Care Defense Firm Interviewing for associate with 3+ years experience to handle medical malpractice defense cases

To place an ad in the Promulgator, contact Ruthie Toce, LBA Marketing Director at 337-237-4700 or by e-mail

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Accepting Referrals in Significant Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases

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Richard C. Broussard

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The Promulgator February April 20102010

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