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OCTOBER 2-4 | THE RITZ-CARLTON | NEW ORLEANS

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2013-2014 LBA President Tricia R. Pierre, Attorney at Law

Table of Contents Executive Director’s Message.......................... 4 Running in Heels CLE ..................................... 5 Reinventing the Lafayette Parish Courthouse ........................... 6 LBA Hall of Fame ............................................ 7 LYLA President’s Message............................... 8 Bar Auxiliary Crawfish Boil ............................. 9 Birdie with the Bar ......................................... 10 FLS President’s Message................................. 13 Off the Beaten Path ........................................ 14

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recognized for their accomplishments and achievements until being eulogized at Court Opening. The LBA Hall of Fame is a perfect opportunity to honor those men and women who have undoubtedly inspired some of you to pursue your dream of being a lawyer.

LBA Executive Director, Josette Abshire

When you're eight or nine years old... anything is possible. And that is something we need to not lose sight of - that the inspiration and permission to dream is immense.

I’d like to encourage you to nominate someone who not only achieved a great level of personal and professional success, but also serves as an inspiration for the next generation of lawyers. I am certain that the inaugural class of the LBA Hall of Fame will indeed be the penultimate example of distinguished service to the bar and community. As for me, my childhood dream was to be either WonderWoman or the next Nellie Bly. My around‐ the‐world trip will just have to wait ‘til I get that invisible jet...

RANDY PAUSCH Officers

The summer has traditionally been the time of year that the frenetic pace of events at the Lafayette Bar wanes a bit allowing the staff to do a little belated spring cleaning, take stock of things and begin preparing for the major events of the fall: LVL Bowling Tournament, Bench Bar conference, installation banquets and holiday party. As part of my own personal ‘spring cleaning’, I’m re‐reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, a brilliant, well‐ known computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He gained fame outside of academia before his death from pancreatic cancer at age 47 for his last lecture titled Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. Do you remember what inspired you to go to law school? Was it your first introduction to the iconic Atticus Finch? Maybe an aspiration to be a great crusader like Clarence Darrow or a trailblazer like Sandra Day O’Connor? Could it possibly have been someone you actually knew?

Tricia Pierre President Kyle Gideon President‐Elect

Board of Directors Steve Lanza John Mouton, III Donovan O’Pry, II Steven Ramos Maggie Simar Cynthia Simon William Stagg

Candace Breaux Bianca Chretien Jeff Coreil Jean–Paul Coussan Paul Gibson Karen King Cliff LaCour

Committee & Section Chairs Acadiana Legal Services Corporation, Candace Breaux Bench Bar, Missy Theriot Family Law Section, Maggie Simar Lafayette Young Lawyers, Cliff LaCour

I am so very pleased to share with you the creation of a new event: the Lafayette Bar Association Hall of Fame. Many members have noted through the years that more senior attorneys weren’t always The Promulgator June 2014

Danielle Cromwell Secretary/Treasurer Blake David Immediate Past President

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Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, Jeff Coreil Louis A. Martinet Society, Karen King Maritime CLE, Chuck Mouton & Doug Truxillo Promulgator, Jill Wade

LBA Staff Josette Abshire, Executive Director Tammy Derouen, LVL Program Director Claire Prejean, Administrative Assistant

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Running in Heels: Making the Most of the Marathon

The 6th Annual Running in Heels CLE kicked off bright and early on Friday, May 9th as female members of LBA joined to network with other professional women and learn skills to improve their lives as working women. The CLE was created to address the unique issues women attorneys face in the legal profession. Class topics included Negotiation Skills presented by Nan Landry, Sue Nations and Nora Stelly, Professionalism presented by the Honorable Sylvia Cooks, the Honorable Elizabeth Pickett and the Honorable Frances Bouillion and Thoughts on Success and Work/Life Balance presented by Valerie Garrett, Rebekah Huggins and Dona Renegar.

A special thanks to Elizabeth Haik Johnson with Shoefits Lafayette for providing breakfast, Tyson Cromwell of Northwestern Mutual for providing mimosas and Café Vermilionville for providing lunch. Also, this event would not be as special without donations from La Femme, Junior League, Coccolare Spa, River’s Bend Jewelry, Ruffino’s, Pascale Spa, Paul’s Jewelry, Caroline & Company, Village Café/ Pour, Mary Kay, Parish Brewing, Elle Design & Décor, be. Salon & Spa and Sky Blue.

More than a way to obtain required CLE credits, the class is a place where women attorneys can find support in others that understand their struggle. One attendee commented, “I always enjoy this seminar and the fact that this is the only place that faces issues unique to women and how they relate to the practice of law.” With the growing success of the CLE, we can expect many years of informative and enjoyable classes to come.

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Reinventing TH E LAFAYETTE PARISH COU RTHOUSE

The good news is that the Lafayette Parish Courthouse has gotten some much needed tender loving care in the last few years—with a couple of more improvement projects soon to begin. The bad news is that the courthouse is 50 years old, not getting any younger, and as necessary as the recent work has been, it is still not a long‐term solution, said Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret. “We are limping along to simply make the building inhabitable,” Perret said. In the last four years, Lafayette City‐Parish Government has replaced chillers, the cooling tower, an HVAC system and completed some first phases of asbestos removal—just to name a few of the projects. The higher profile work has included renovation and asbestos removal on the 6th and 7th floors. The old jail on the 7th floor has been removed and the floor has been “shelled out” so that it can be used for office space—with air‐ conditioning and bathrooms. The work has also included replacement of two elevators. The newer elevators are faster and easier to repair than the older elevators, which were pieced together from different manufacturer’s parts. The next phase of the work will refurbish the other three elevators at the courthouse (the third is the “jail” elevator). That work is due to be bid out on July 1. And, depending on additional funding in the upcoming city‐parish budget, another round of asbestos removal will take place on the 1st and 2nd floors. Perret, who has long championed the cause of tackling the issues with the parish courthouse, said that the city‐parish government deserves credit for the roughly $4 The Promulgator June 2014

million in past and planned repairs. “We are very appreciative of these small steps,” Perret said. “These are small steps to make this into a usable building, but it is still not usable courthouse.” The courthouse was built and designed when there were two judges in Lafayette Parish—now there are 13. Technology has left the building behind. The design is cramped and not able to meet modern safety needs, Perret said. Space is so scarce that some judges have requested use of the Clerk of Court’s conference room to hold proceedings. And in the meantime, Lafayette continues to grow. “Lafayette is not getting any smaller. We are a growing, progressive community,” Perret said. “We cannot take a 1960s courthouse and just make it fit.” There is hope, however. The upcoming comprehensive plan for Lafayette, Plan Lafayette, has identified the need to tackle the courthouse issue. One of the proposed action items states: “Provide for a parish courthouse complex that will meet future demands for public service, including up‐to‐date technology and safety features, and that is an asset to downtown.” There have been many proposals and studies over the years, including a failed millage proposal. But Perret said he remains hopeful that the community will be able to coalesce over a solution.

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Lafayette Young Lawyers

2013-2014 LYLA President Cliff LaCour, NeunerPate

Is it time for an upgrade? Donate your used iPad to the Lafayette Bar Foundation! The LBA staff is in need of an iPad to be able to accept credit card payments in-person at the bar center as well as at off-site events. Call 237-4700 or email jo@lafayettebar.org

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Mudbugs & Movies

Lafayette Bar Auxiliary Crawfish Boil On Friday, May 2nd, members of LBA and the Auxiliary joined at the LBA headquarters to enjoy some amazing weather, tasty crawfish and great company. Thanks to Lafayette Bar Auxiliary President, Glenda Matt for planning the event and MidSouth Bank for their sponsorship.

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BIRDIE WITH THE BAR

BENEFITTING THE LAFAYETTE PARISH BAR FOUNDATION

The 5th Annual Birdie with the Bar golf tournament organized by the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association was held at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club on Monday, May 19th to benefit the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation. While the golfers were enjoying the amazing weather on the course, they were also helping to fund the many programs of the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation including the Protective Order Panel, the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.)

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program and the Lafayette volunteer Lawyers program. Money raised will help cover the costs of filing, administration, and processing of cases associated with those three major programs. Special thanks to the Golf Tournament committee including Jason Matt, Will Montz and chaired by Keith Saltzman for all the planning and preparation that went into making this event a continued success.

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FLS President’s

2013-2014 Family Law Section President Maggie Simar, 16th JDC Hearing Officer

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LAFAYETTE PARISH LAW LIBRARY COMMISSION is seeking volunteers attorneys to serve on the commission. For more information, please call the LBA office at 237-4700 or send an email to director@lafayettebar.org The Promulgator June 2014

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Stop by GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO. to vote for LVL to win $200. It is as easy as dropping a token into the Lafayette Bar Foundation’s jar! LBF was selected as one of three charitable organizations in the Lafayette area as part of their Community Counts program. Voting is open until the end of June so go by and show your support! Volume 34 Issue 3


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Our condolences to the family and coworkers of Graham Liskow & Lewis is pleased to announce that Brittan Smith, who has passed away. He was an attorney J. Bush has joined the firm’s Lafayette offi ce as an with Onebane Law Firm. associate. Andrus, Boudreaux, Landry & Coussan, APLC is pleased Liskow & Lewis is pleased to announce new practice to announce that Steven Ramos has joined the firm as a area and attorney rankings in the 2014 edition of partner. Steven will lead the Commercial, Banking and Estate Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Planning divisions of the firm. Business. Preis & Roy is pleased to announce that Karnina D. Bob Duplantis and Gerald H. Schiff of Gordon, Dargin has joined the Firm’s Lafayette offi ce. Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC law firm Effective May 26, 2014, the Lafayette office of LeBas Law have been named as leaders in their fields by Chambers Offices, APLC will move from suite 600 to suite 100 USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. within the LaHaye Center. New address 201 Rue Iberville, Suite 100, Lafayette, LA. 70508 888.868.8973

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