Shoot for Justice: Annual LVL Clay Shoot
President’s My goal is also to visit with members of other local bar associations in the outlying parishes and encourage them to participate and take advantage of the many benefits of LBA. This year the LBA Miscellaneous CLE committee is working on providing CLE opportunities to engage attorneys outside of Lafayette Parish. Those areas many times do not have the benefit of full-time staff and as fellow attorneys, we should attempt to share resources with those areas. LBA is in the “Business of Partnerships.”
If put on the spot by a member and asked, “What can LBA offer me?” – it is highly likely I will quickly provide you with a response. Many times it is a very long response! I will attempt to immediately place you on a committee or ask you to simply support a program in any way you can. By any way -- I mean just that! I will ask you what is it that you have time to do and in what capacity. Any time you are willing to give is acceptable and extremely valuable. I was taught early in my work as a volunteer member of the local and state bar association that there are never too many volunteers. This year, members may have noticed some changes to the membership application that included various divisions, such as a real estate division and senior lawyers division. Let us know how we can engage you and LBA is at your service. We serve you. LBA is in the “Business of Member Engagement.” The membership application also requests that you inform LBA of other non-profit boards you serve on. It is incredibly important that we let the community and other members know that as members, we serve when called upon in and outside of the legal profession. By serving on other nonprofit boards, we provide a valuable service. This month ABiz highlighted attorneys and the work of LBA. I can’t stress enough how important it is that we also let the community know the services LBA provides. LBA is in the “Business of Community.”
As attorneys we all have different interests that relate to the practice and therefore, a member organization should also attempt to provide specialized programming. In the months to come, members can look forward to programming and events that serve those specialized interests. Such programming will be of interest to female attorneys, solo/small firm attorneys, senior attorneys, and young lawyers. LBA is in the “Business of Specialization.” As members, let’s continue to support LBA and LBA’s promise is to support you. After all, we of course are bonded by an area that we love, the “Business of Law!”
President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 New Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 SULC Alumni Round Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 LYLA President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2014 Shoot for Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 History of Running in Heels . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Off the Beaten Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Grapevine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
LBA Executive headed to New Orleans for the Louisiana Bar Foundation Gala where Frank Neuner will receive the Distinguished Attorney Award. The Lafayette Bar Auxiliary has brought back the tradition of the annual crawfish boil and will host it here at the bar center on Friday, May 2nd. Running in Heels, one of our signature CLE opportunities will be held on Friday, May 9th. Chaired by Cynthia Simon, the event has an amazing lineup of speakers and fabulous door prizes. Finally, hit the driving range to prepare for the annual Birdie with the Bar Golf Tournament, chaired by Keith Saltzman, which will be held Monday, May 19th at Le Triomphe. For more information or to register for an event, please visit www.lafayettebar.org or ring the bar office and any of our staff members will be happy to help. We hope to see you at one of these events! To say that the Lafayette Bar Association has expanded and changed in the years since I worked as Marketing Coordinator during Susan Holliday’s tenure would definitely be an understatement. It is nothing short of amazing to see how this organization has grown. Names and faces may have changed and this building is a far cry from the small suite of offices downtown, but at its core, the Lafayette Bar Association and Foundation remain the very heart and soul of the Lafayette legal community. I am thrilled to be here as my staff and I work together with our members to continue this amazing growth. The success of our organizations is due in large part to the tireless efforts of those members who give so much of their time. I’d like to thank Jacob Hargett for once again chairing the LVL Clay Shoot. Mother Nature delivered perfect weather and nearly $8,000 was raised to support the programs of LVL. Also, thanks to Bud Forrest who graciously donated back to LVL the $500 Yeti ice chest he won at the event as well as Miles Matt and Marianna Broussard for cooking lunch for attendees. April and May bring several big events. LVL Program Director Tammy DeRouen and I are
Tricia Pierre President Kyle Gideon President-Elect
Danielle Cromwell Secretary/Treasurer Blake David Immediate Past President
Candace Breaux Bianca Chretien Jeff Coreil Jean–Paul Coussan Paul Gibson Karen King Cliff LaCour Steve Lanza
John Mouton, III Donovan O’Pry, II Steven Ramos Maggie Simar Cynthia Simon William Stagg Melissa Theriot
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation, Candace Breaux Bench Bar, Missy Theriot Family Law Section, Maggie Simar Lafayette Young Lawyers, Cliff LaCour
Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, Jeff Coreil Louis A. Martinet Society, Karen King Maritime CLE, Chuck Mouton & Doug Truxillo Promulgator, Jill Wade
Josette Abshire, Executive Director Tammy Derouen, LVL Program Director Claire Oliver, Marketing Director Claire Prejean, Administrative Assistant
Written by Chanelle L. Collins, Third-Year Student, SULC will be honored as a part of the Southern University Law Center (SULC) Annual Alumni Round-Up, April 2 -5. Rickey Miniex and Clyde Simien, both members of the SULC Class of 1986 and founding partners of Simien and Miniex Law Firm, will be inducted into the Law Center’s 2014 Hall of Fame. Tricia Pierre, LBA President, will be recognized for her career distinctions, as a 2014 Distinguished Alumna. Miniex graduated second and Simien was fifth in their law class of 117 students in 1986. Both were members of the Southern University Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; and on the National Dean’s List. Simien earned a business degree with a major in accounting and Miniex earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1981. For more than fifteen years, they were assistant district attorneys. The south Louisiana natives have successfully presented more than 1,000 civil and criminal trials throughout the State of Louisiana, since they opened the doors of Simien and Miniex in 1987. When asked why they started the firm, “We wanted to practice law and make a difference in the community”, Simien said. More simply put, “we wanted to help people.” The firm performs work in the areas of automobile accidents, wrongful death, offshore injuries, defective products, energy law, tax law, and governmental defense litigation. The remarkable partners with their extensive legal experience and commitment to serving their community have been met with great success and new exciting opportunities. They are currently members of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, garnering the title of “The Top Trial Lawyers in America.” Our motto is, “We
have the energy, experience, and dedication to work hard on the behalf of our clients,” Simien said. Serving the community to make improvements in the quality of life of residents who work very hard for their money and the modest livelihoods they have is very important to the legal counselors. The partners have participated in Martin Luther King ceremonies in Lafayette since 1986, when King’s birthday was first observed as a holiday nationally, including serving as marshals in the annual parade. The success in the growth of their law firm has allowed Simien and Miniex to open a state-of-theart suite hotel, Staybridge Suites LafayetteAirport, in 2009 and the two are presently
working on other lodging projects. The partners credit Vice Chancellor Russell Jones among others with impressing upon them a sense of professionalism, earnestness, and fortitude. “Clyde and Ricky were destined for success. Always determined to reach the top, both carried the Law Center mantra – ‘seriousness of purpose’ - as a badge of honor,” Vice Chancellor Jones said. Tricia Pierre strives to “lead with a compassionate spirit” during her term as president of the LBA. Pierre’s career aspiration of becoming an attorney began at a young age. “I was inspired by my cousin John Pierre (who is Vice Chancellor for Institutional Development and the Evening Division at SULC), she said. “While I understand there must be ‘firsts,’ I embrace the day that it will not be in relation to race or gender, but simply for achievement,” said Pierre of being the first female African-American to serve as LBA president. She would much rather be recognized for her commitment to serving the
legal profession in a volunteer capacity and for collaborating with colleagues to “provide insight” that enhances the profession, she said. Despite this dream of the diminution of racial separation, Pierre acknowledged the victory for the minority community. She said, when given an opportunity to lead, it is important that the attorneys you are collaborating with are “diverse in gender, race, age, and legal and life experiences.” As a past president of Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Pierre has personal and professional experiences regarding the various challenges encountered by minority attorneys.” She noted that it is important that “we never forget the pioneers that formed this organization and that those individuals are on whose shoulders we stand.” Pierre’s practice areas are business law, collections, divorce, education law, and family law. A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) House of Delegates and the Committee on the Profession, she served as a member of the Diversity Committee, Task Force on Diversity, Legislation Committee, and Access to Justice Committee. In 2008, she was awarded the LSBA President’s Award. Pierre was formerly a staff attorney in the Juvenile Division of the 15th Judicial District Public Defender Office. She is also an associate instructor with the Lafayette campus of University of Phoenix. She served on the LBA board of directors for several years as a representative of the Louis A. Martinet Legal
LBA is looking for a used iPad to continue our growth as a technologically advanced association. The iPad would be used for event and law library kiosk credit card payments. If you have an iPad you are willing to donate, please contact Josette Abshire at email@example.com or by calling the LBA office at 337-237-4700.
Society, Inc. Pierre is a member of the American Inn of Court, American Bar Association, and Delta Theta Phi. Humility is high on Pierre’s list of attributes, as she names it an “essential quality” that attorneys must have when representing clients with minimal resources. “I will always be that small town girl that grew up in a community where the way you treat people is how you are defined as a person,” she says. Of her time at SULC, she notes the encouragement she received from law professors “to attempt to effect change even if it might be initially unpopular.” When asked about her outlook and aspirations for her term, she responded. “I look forward to a year that I hope is marked with prioritizing member benefits and increasing outreach to outlying parishes. I welcome the opportunity to
cultivate new relationships and nurture established relationships with members of the bar, bench, the Acadiana community, and other professional organizations.” The inductees are selected from among more than 4,000 law alumni. The Alumni Hall of Famers are recognized for their outstanding career accomplishments, commitment to bettering the community, and tremendous support to the Law Center. Their names will be placed on a special recognition wall display at the Law Center’s A.A. Lenoir Hall. They will join the 59 members of the SULC Hall of Fame who have been recognized since 2003, in the 12th year of this honor. Through their great work, the members of this elite group have made an indelible mark on their communities and throughout the nation and the world.
Lafayette Young Lawyers Baton Rouge sponsored by LYLA. Lanzi Helms and Britney Hebert have planned an educational day for the students to learn more about our state government.
2014 is turning out to be busy as always for LYLA. On March 29, Northside High School, as our local champions, participated in the State Mock Trial Competition at the United States District Courthouse in Shreveport. As always, they did an excellent job of representing our region and we congratulate them on a great year. Our own Sara Rodrigue was the State YLD Mock Trial Chair this year and worked tirelessly to ensure all ran smoothly. Congratulations to Sara and the YLD as well on a great competition. Following their successes in the mock trial competition, the Northside High School Students will be participating in a Law Week field trip to
In addition to our continuing community service, LYLA is also planning our own educational and entertaining events. On April 17, we will be hosting a Young Lawyers CLE and Wine Tasting at Jolie’s Bistro. Speakers include Frank Neuner and Judge Thomas Duplantier speaking about Professionalism; Judge John Conery speaking about Ethics; and Professor John Church speaking about the law of wine. Following the classes, there will be a wine tasting put on by sommelier-in-training Tanner Ducote. There are still spots left, but seating is limited. Registration is also now open for the 2014 Birdie with the Bar, LYLA’s annual golf tournament held at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club. This year’s tournament will be held on Monday, May 19. This tournament beneﬁts the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation so gather your teams and please Don’t miss the consider sponsoring this eventCrawfish as well.Boil We are Lafayette Bar Auxiliary’s hoping for a record turnout to support this worthy cause!
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The Family Law Section of the Lafayette Bar Association and the Lafayette Bar Foundation are proud to announce, in conjunction with the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer Program, the Paula K. Woodruff Memorial Internship was awarded to Taylor Johnson. Johnson’s mother, the Honorable Pamela Johnson was in attendance for the presentation. Johnson is a Junior in the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s Pre-Law program will assist the LVL program with client intake, have the chance to observe court proceedings, and assist the LVL program director with her various duties . °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° LBA was a proud sponsor of the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association’s 16th Annual Meeting and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar March 6 – 9, 2014 in Lafayette. LBA President Tricia Pierre and Executive Director Josette Abshire are pictured with City Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, Judge Edwin Lombard, Jerry Prejean and Judge Alonzo Harris at a reception hosted by IberiaBank. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° LBA is pleased to introduce our new LVL Intern, Taylor Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Claire Prejean, and Marketing Intern, Dianne Trim. We are happy to have them with our organization.
he Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation held its seventh annual sporting clay shoot on Friday, March 21, 2014 to raise funds for its Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer Program. Members of the legal community along with friends and colleagues came out to enjoy the T
a m a z i n g weather and pass a good time for a great cause. One of the LVL Programs, the Protective Order Panel, is a program which allows victims of domestic violence to find relief through a Title 46 Protective Order. Without funds raised by members of the Lafayette Bar Association at events like the clay shoot and others, this free service could not be provided to our community. This event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of Jacob Hargett. Hargett has chaired the clay shoot event since its established in 2008 and works diligently to increase the participation of teams and sponsors for a better clay shoot experience every year. Sometimes this even includes spending his Saturday putting flyers on cars at other clay shoots hoping to get participation from avid shooters in our area. Hargettâ€™s hard work resulted in the clay shoot raising over $8000 this year. Through funds raised at events life the clay shoot, victims of domestic violence can turn to the foundation to have their story heard, their paperwork filed, their filing fees paid, and to be guided through the process of getting legally disentangled from an abusive partner.
This year, the fundraiser included a raffle board for a chance to win $500 cash or a Yeti ice chest. The board filled up quickly and the first winner, Justin Leger, opted for the $500 cash. The winner of the Yeti ice chest was mediator L. Albert “Bud” Forrest. Because Mr. Forrest already has a cooler fitted to his boat, he decided to donate the Yeti back to LBA for next year’s Shoot for Justice raffle. Thank you, Mr. Forrest, for your generosity and unwavering support of the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation!
Written By: Jill Wade, Promulgator Editor
Running in Heels event is in its sixth exciting year. The seminar, a day of networking and CLE classes for women, was begun by Rebekah R. Huggins of The Glenn Armentor Law Corporation in 2009. Asked what inspired her to begin the program, Huggins says, “Women and men face similar challenges in the workplace. However, some work issues specific to women include glass ceiling and wage gap issues, the ‘bossiness’ phenomena, sexual harassment/discrimination, work assignment parity, and even stylistic differences. The Running in Heels CLE addresses these issues. Prior to its inception, there really was no such similar organized venue, in recent memory, for female lawyers in Lafayette.” In the beginning, some women were concerned that a women’s CLE would perpetuate separateness between male and female attorneys. “It is a legitimate concern. If work place challenges are overemphasized, there is a risk of using it as an excuse to forego work excellence. However, ignoring these obstacles can only lead to blind sightedness,” Huggins notes. In practice, however, Running in Heels has served as vehicle for female attorneys to network, identify rolemodels, engage mentors, and provide solutions to shared challenges. “It also allows for an opportunity to share experiences and to make new friends. Our profession benefits by addressing women’s issues in the same way as does society as a whole: if women are not
included fully in all aspects of life, society is not using all of its assets wisely,” says Huggins. Over the years, the seminar has offered such diverse activities as breakout sessions on work-life balance with Elise Bouchner of the Training Source, seminars on stress management and emotional well-being with Margot Hasha, PhD, LCSW, a discussion of career development and success with former Louisiana State Bar Presidents, Kim M. Boyle and Marta-Ann Schabel, and a wide variety of speakers including in-house counsel, partners in large and small firms, judges, and even successful women in other professions besides law. One of Huggins’ favorite speakers was Sharon Moss, owner of Moss Motors, who was on a panel with Dr. Rose Kennedy and CPA Germain Gjertson, last year. Other topics that have been explored are mentoring, compensation, flexibility, building relationships with clients, and conflict resolution. Some of the judges who have participated are the Honorable Patricia Koch (Ninth Judicial District), Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty (Western District of Louisiana), Honorable Lori Landry (Sixteenth Judicial District), Honorable Durwood Conque (Fifteenth Judicial District), and Honorable Susan Theall (Fifteenth Judicial District Court). Aside from the informative and often highly entertaining CLE courses, many attendees of Running in Heels cite the social and networking opportunities as their favorite part of Running in Heels. Huggins notes, “Women can be each other’s worst critic. It is, therefore, this camaraderie which has impressed me the most and which is most memorable.” Kate Loos, a mediator with Percy Dampf Solutions, has attended every year and was a panel member at last year’s event. “Running in Heels is one of my favorite CLE’s of the year. The seminar always addresses an array of interesting and timely topics which are tailored to
issues encountered by women in the practice of law. The presenters are always top notch. The seminar is also a great time to catch up with many of my women friends who are also lawyers,” says Loos. The seminar is a great resource for female attorneys, whether they have just started out or are seasoned practitioners. Rachel Godley, who has been in practice for just under seven years, says, “Running in Heels consistently provides incredibly relevant and useful information to female attorneys of all ages and experience levels. With the added bonus of networking with other female attorneys and forging new professional and personal relationships, I look forward to attending this CLE each year.” To facilitate the networking and social connections, the day usually begins with breakfast and mimosas and a fun trivia game. Participants have discovered some pretty interesting facts about each other. For example, amongst us there is rodeo clown, a fluent Japanese speaker, a trained mime, a former
journalist, a NASCAR fan, Downton Abbey addicts, dude ranch visitors, and marathon runners. Mentoring relationships have been formed and community involvement has been fostered. As a bonus, participants can turn in their trivia game sheets to go into a drawing for fabulous door prizes from local businesses, such as River’s Bend Bead Studio, Shoefits, Parish Brewing Company, and be.salon. This year’s event, on Friday, May 9, 2014, will feature three different CLE sessions. One will be a panel discussion with different perspectives on work-life balance from women with varied careers and life situations. There will be a judges’ panel on professionalism and a class on negotiation skills and strategy followed by breakout groups to facilitate a more dynamic exploration of this topic. As always, in addition to the CLE, there will be great company, great food, and even an opportunity to do a little shopping with Sue Nations of River’s Bend Bead Studio, who has set up shop with her gorgeous handmade jewelry for the event the last five years. So
Full Name: Shannon Seiler Dartez Place of birth and hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana Family (spouse and children's names, if applicable): Mike Dartez, Maddie, 13, and Jacob, 9 Education (high school, college, and law school): St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans; LSU, Bachelor of Arts; LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center What was your inspiration to go to law school? I am a rules follower, so I was always intrigued by laws and the enforcement of laws. When I was younger, I was always drawn to news stories and television shows that dealt with the administration of justice and different legal scenarios. I decided in 6th grade that I was going to be a lawyer, and never strayed from that path. What type of law do you practice? I am a personal injury attorney concentrating on mostly Worker’s Compensation and Automobile Accident cases. Is this what you originally thought you would do when you were in law school? No, when I was in law school, I thought I would become a criminal prosecutor. The Promulgator Editorial Committee has been told that you are involved in Junior League in your spare time. Please tell us about these experiences. My time in Junior League of Lafayette has been incredibly rewarding. I am the current president of the League, but I joined Junior League in 1999, so it’s been a big part of my life for a long time. One of things I most love about Junior League is that the organization offers a number of opportunities to give back to the community in an organized fashion which creates greater impact overall. I can volunteer my time teaching kids about nutrition and help combat childhood obesity while at the same time I can volunteer helping to impact the issue of impaired and distracted driving among teens and young adults. I can help spread awareness on the issue of food insecurity, while also helping to gather and donate toys for children at Christmas. These are just minor examples of what the League accomplishes. We have truly changed the landscape of Lafayette with the organizations and projects/programs we have developed over the years. The League is such an incredible organization, and I fully believe in its mission, which is why I have stayed involved for many years. We are an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. A key component of the mission is to train and develop women not only as volunteers but as true leaders in the community. The personal development opportunities afforded me through my League experience are immeasurable. What I have learned has carried 888.868.8973 over in my legal career and in my family life. I believe they have served me well. Anything else you would like to share about yourself with our readers? I am somewhat of a volunteer “junkie”. I balance my time between a busy legal career, a family with involved kids, and a healthy volunteer life. If you were wondering, no, I don’t sleep a lot!!
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