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Digital Communication: A Case for Technical Difficulties or Technical Discoveries?


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President’s Message Finally, I want to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lafayette Bar Association. From using the arbitration rooms to attending CLE’s to participating in our social activities to volunteering to take an LVL case -- it all adds up to a vibrant, meaningful association.

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Has anybody noticed what a wonderful spring we have been given? The Bar Association and Foundation have not let it go to waste. Just a few weeks ago, 18 teams gathered for our Second Annual Birdie with the Bar golf tournament, organized by the young lawyers to benefit the work of the Foundation, primarily LVL. Kudos to committee members Keith Saltzman, Trey Hightower, Will Montz, and Jeremy Morrow. They increased the number of teams, increased the number of sponsors and therefore increased the monies raised for our signature Pro Bono project.

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Speaking of Pro Bono, the firm of Huval, Veazey, Felder & Renegar along with Pat Ottinger, Lindsay Meador, Will Montz, Greg Koury, and Bianca Chretien will be honored for their volunteer legal work by the Supreme Court at a reception in their honor on May 24th. Keep up the good work!

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More good news! Our Foundation, which owns the bar building will work on one last push to secure financial pledges to pay down the outstanding loan balance and convert to long term financing. For each of you that has not yet participated in this pledge drive, I urge you to consider doing so at this time. Our building has allowed us to expand our offerings both to members and the public at large. I promise that this will be the last pledge drive. For those of you that have already given, feel free to give a little extra to help us meet our goals.

President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Executive Director’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Technical Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Bar Leaders Attend BLI in Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 LYLA Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2nd Annual Birdie with the Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-13

I want to remind everyone of a couple of important upcoming events. We will be hosting our Running in Heels program, devoted to women’s issues in the law. That will be held on May 6th. If you want to participate in the annual bowling tournament on June 3rd, you better sign up early as that event fills up every year. We are hosting the clay shoot again on Saturday, August 6th. Check the website for details on these events as well as everything else on the calender. Volume 31 Issue 2

LYLA Spring Social Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 Mock Trial 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17 Grapevine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

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Executive Director’s 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.

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

LBA Executive Director Susan Holliday

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.

Spring ng is s here e e and an luckily c we have been fortunate to be blessed with beautiful weather in Cajun Country.


The staff and I have been busy with our recent golf tournament which was a huge success. Great events like the golf tournament don’t just happen, its take many people doing tons of behind the scenes work. I want to take this opportunity to thank Keith Saltzman, Chair of the event and his “sidekicks” Trey Hightower, Will Montz, and Jeremy Morrow. Each of these gentlemen really stepped up and made this event happen. Also, I want say thank you to Glenda Matt with our bar auxiliary who supported the event and was responsible for collecting all the door prizes which were given out during the tournament. We had a ton of great prizes, and those lucky golfers who won a door prize definitely left happy! Our bar auxiliary has a new focus and has made it a goal to support our organization and its fundraisers, and I for one could not be happier.

Blake David Secretary/Treasurer

Larry Curtis President-Elect

Charles Ziegler Immediate Past President

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,

Also, no event would be nearly as successful without the generosity of our sponsors. Sponsorships go a long way in making sure an event is impressive, memorable and of course, fun. I ask each of you to become more aware of those businesses who sponsor and support the LBA. These are the vendors who you should be using in your law firms. I believe the support sponsors contribute to our organization needs to be not only recognized, but most importantly reciprocated! Inside this issue you will find the Golf Tournament sponsors. Check them out and please consider using them.

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

Editorial Committee Elena Pecoraro, Editor Shawn Carter Cade Evans Lauren Gardner

Looking ahead to Summer…. the Louisiana State Bar Association will host its annual meeting in Las Vegas, June 28th-30th. Our own Jimmy Davidson will be installed as the President of our state organization and Maggie Simar will be installed as an officer of the State Young Lawyers. It’s great to see our members assuming such important position in the LSBA. Looking forward to visiting with all the Lafayette people in Sin City! The Promulgator April 2011

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Rebekah Huggins Barbara Olinde Laura Putnam Cynthia Simon

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LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES CONCERNING THE GROWING TREND OF SOCIAL NETWORKING Social networking has become so commonplace in our society that almost everyone has a Facebook page or a Twitter account. For individuals, social networking is great because it allows people to keep in touch with old classmates and friends. However, when social communication that was normally done in person or by telephone is now being done on the world wide web, your everyday interactions with your friends are now made public for anyone to see. As lawyers, we should be very cautious about what we put out there and be aware of the various pitfalls that may arise. Most importantly, we should all remind ourselves that the Rules of Professional Conduct are always in force – even online. What you post on Facebook or Twitter can come back to haunt you. One Florida attorney posted on Facebook, “brutal trial day, judge is an evil unfair witch!” When he arrived at the courthouse the next morning, he was greeted by the judge and opposing counsel in chambers with the screen of his Facebook page pulled up. Besides upsetting the court, the Florida bar found five violations of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct with regards to this post.1

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Lawyers also have a duty of confidentiality to their clients and should not publicly post anything that would violate this duty. There is no privilege for social media conversations.2 A less obvious pitfall for attorneys is cloud computing. Cloud computing is when the processing and related data is not in a specified, known or static place, which is in contrast to a traditional model where processing takes place in one or more specific servers that are known. A lawyer who does any work in the cloud should be wary of the documents he or she uploads to the cloud because once your information goes into the cloud, it has been disclosed to that cloud service provider, which could possibly breach the duty of confidentiality.3

Supreme Court issuing any Opinion regarding this issue. In addition to lawyers and judges, we should advise our clients that anything they post online, could be subject to discovery. There have been various cases where one side is seeking the online social media accounts of the other. Parties have tried to block access to this information by arguing that only the “public” parts of the person’s account are discoverable and that the “private” information is not subject to disclosure. Routinely, courts have compelled the disclosure of this information, noting that “it is the very nature and purpose of these social networking sites [to share and disclose information], else they would cease to exist.”8 However, when seeking this information, you should do so in accordance with both the discovery rules and Rules of Professional Conduct.

Additionally, both lawyers and judges should be careful of who they “friend” on Facebook. It is entirely possible that an attorney at some point could “friend” an opposing witness or even a party in a suit. This “friendship” could serve as a basis for a conflict of interest complaint.4 It has been suggested that attorneys should review their Facebook connections as part of ordinary conflict checks and if necessary, get informed consent from clients regarding any questionable Facebook connections.5 With regards to judges, jurisdictions are split as to whether or not a judge can “friend” an attorney. Florida has taken the approach that judges cannot “friend” lawyers because it creates an impression that these lawyers may be in a special position to influence the judge. 6 Ohio, New York, and South Carolina permit “friending” between lawyers and judges but with the caveats that no ex parte communications occur regarding any pending or likely to be pending matter, and that if the exchange would cause a casual observer to conclude that the interactions rose to a level of a “close social relationship,” it would trigger the requirements of disclosure and recusal. 7 I am unaware of the Louisiana

The Philadelphia Bar Association issued an advisory opinion regarding contacting a witness the attorney knew had a Facebook and Myspace account, which was set to “private.” After a deposition, the attorney believed this witness’ Facebook and Mypsace accounts contained information beneficial to his case. When he tried to access the account, it was set to “private” meaning only “friends” of this witness could access her information. The attorney believed the witness would not “friend” him so he asked for an opinion on whether or not it would violate the rules of professional conduct for a third person to “friend” this witness, without disclosing the fact that the person was doing so on behalf of the attorney. The Philadelphia Bar Commission’s Advisory Opinion stated that such a tactic would violate the rules of professional conduct. I believe such a scenario would also violate the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct.

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The things clients post online can also impact their sentencing

ances and Discipline, Op. No. 2010-7 at 8 (December 3, 2010); New York, Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, Op. No. 08-176 (2009); South Carolina, Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct, Op. 17-2009 (2009). 8 Romano v. Steelcase, Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op. 20388, 30 Misc. 3d, 426. Page 6

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in criminal cases. A California defendant was convicted of vehicular manslaughter for driving under the influence. The judge in that case disregarded the probation department’s recommendation of less than a one year jail sentence, opting instead for a harsher penalty of five years and four months in state prison. The judge ultimately decided that pictures on the defendant’s Myspace page where she was wearing a “I heart Patron” t-shirt and drinking with friends after the fatal accident indicated a lack of remorse.9 As this case shows, information is now readily available to anyone who goes looking. In the courtroom, this could have serious consequences for clients. While the advancement of social media is a great online resource, we should all use it responsibly and advise our clients to do the same. Written by: Lauren L. Gardner, Dennis, Bates & Bullen, LLP

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privacy and security of PHI by expanding the class of persons who can be sanctioned for privacy and security breaches. Under the HITECH Act, lawyers and lawfirms can now be sanctioned for permitting unauthorized disclosures.

Electronic Privacy and Security: Is there an App for that? It has been said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. It can also be said that one person’s convenience, is another person’s problem. As technology proliferates, so does accessibility to information. For the person seeking to discovery or share information, technology is a wonderful thing. However, for the person obligated to protect and safeguard that same information, technology can present a problem.

In light of the stringent privacy requirements of these laws, attorneys and lawfirms must be competent in matters of computer technology systems and procedures. They must also be mindful when storing, retrieving, or sending PHI on laptops, flash drives, smart phones, and any other electronic storage devices.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 42 U.S.C. § 1320d, et seq, (“HIPAA”) imposes stringent federal protections on the privacy and security of Protected Health Information (“PHI”). Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), patient information is protected, and health care providers are subject to sanction for permitting unauthorized disclosures.

Congress recognized that PHI is commonly stored and accessed using computers and is shared using the Internet. To accommodate the efficient sharing of PHI, the HITECH Act provides safe harbors for technologies and methodologies that render PHI unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals. There are several vendors who provide encryption services and software that allow attorneys and firms to fall within the protection of the HITECH safe harbors.

To safeguard PHI, HIPAA required health care attorneys (and other business associates) to sign business associate agreements with the doctors and hospitals they represented whereby they agreed to handle PHI in a safe, secure manner. However, attorneys were not subject to sanctions for privacy and security breaches. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”) was enacted on February 17, 2009 as part of the Stimulus Act. In the HITECH Act, Congress expressed a goal that health care providers in the United States use electronic health records (“EHRs”) for all patients by 2014.

Lawyers are notoriously slow in adapting technology into their practice. Incorporating evolving technology into a law practice is almost unavoidable in today’s global market. Lawyers who overcome technophobia and embrace technology will stay ahead of the curve (and stay out of trouble).

Another congressional goal of the HITECH Act was to expand enforcement of the federal protections of the

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C H I C A G O — Joining over 300 other emerging leaders of lawyer organizations from across the country at the American Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), March 10-11 was Larry Curtis of Lafayette, Louisiana, President-Elect of the Lafayette Bar Association. Curtis was joined by his wife, Brenda, and the Executive Director of the Lafayette Bar Association, Susan Holliday.

Lafayette Bar Leaders attend American The BLI offers incoming officials Bar Association Leadership Conference of local and state bars the opportunity to confer with ABA officials, bar leader colleagues, executive staff and other experts on the operation of such associations. Curtis and Holliday joined ABA President Stephen N. Zack of Miami, FL and ABA Pictured Above: ABA President Stephen N. Zack, LBA Executive President-Elect Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III of Florence, KY in Director Susan Holliday, Brenda Curtis, LBA President-Elect sessions on bar governance, finance, communications, and Larry Curtis and ABA President-Elect William T. Robinson III planning for a presidential term.


Ziegler & Lane, LLC is proud to announce that attorney Catherine Bordelon Politz has recently joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Politz is happily returning to South Louisiana after having spent the past four years representing Social Security Disability claimants in Natchitoches and Alexandria. Ziegler & Lane, LLC represents Social Security Disability claimants at all stages of the administrative appeal process, including Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and appeals of unfavorable ALJ decisions to the Appeals Council. We also handle federal court appeals of adverse rulings by the Social Security Administration. | (337) 593-4139 | (800) 451-0300 Principle Office: Lafayette | Alexandria by Appointment Matthew Lane

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LYLA President’ Message Lafayette YoungsLawyers LYLA President-Elect, Steven Ramos, recently participated in a Young Lawyer’s Symposium comprised of all Young Lawyers Associations across Louisiana. I am proud to say that Lafayette’s Young Lawyers Association clearly has the most successful events of all Young Lawyers divisions and is a model for the rest of our State. So come see what all of the fuss is about. Give your LYLA involvement a good spring cleaning! We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events.

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Lafayette Young Lawyers President Danielle Cromwell Acadiana Computer Systems

Family Law and Mediation Practice

Nicole B. Breaux Attorney at Law 415 Parkerson Avenue Crowley, Louisiana 70527

Spring is the time that we get rid of the old and look forward to the new. LYLA invites all newly admitted attorneys in the area to participate in our organization. Our LYLA meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at noon at the Bar Association office and are always open to the general membership. I encourage all young lawyers (defined as all lawyers who are thirty-nine and under, or who have been admitted to their first bar less than five years) to become active members. It is almost time for nominations for next year’s LYLA Board. If you are interested in serving on a committee please email me at and be on the lookout for more information.

Phone: 337-783-0888 Fax: 337-788-3873

Our current LYLA committees have been hard at work. A special thanks to our Speaker’s Luncheon Committee Chairs, Jeff Coreil and Rachel Chance, for a fantastic CLE event with our Louisiana Bar President Michael Patterson. Once again, our Mock Trial Committee was successful in planning and organizing our regional competition with an added challenge of a newly expanded region. Great job Suzanne deMahy, Lauren Gardner, and Cliff LaCour and thank you to all of our volunteers. We could not do this without you! Our Social Committee members, Adam Abdalla and Jean Paul Coussan, never cease to impress. The LYLA Spring Social at Jolie’s was the perfect combination of old and new friends, great conversation, delicious delicacies and lively libations. Our Fundraising Committee was in full gear for our Second Annual Birdie with the Bar. Members came out and dusted off thier clubs, got a teams together and came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather on April 8th at the Wetlands.

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inone on the Par 3 hole. While these golfers were enjoying a great day on the course, there were also raising money for charities championed by the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation. Money raised will help cover the costs of filing, administration, and processing of cases associated with the foundation’s three major programs: Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.), Protective Order Panel for Victims of Domestic Violence, and Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers program.


The 2nd annual Birdie with the Bar golf tournament organized by the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association was held at The Wetlands golf course on Friday, April 8, 2011 in order to benefit the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation.

With the funds raised at events like the golf tournament, the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer program together with Acadiana Legal Services Corporation offers individuals help with cases such as divorce, custody, bankruptcy and SSI. Through the Protective Order Panel, a woman in need can obtain a Title 46 Protective Order against her abuser. Additionally, a homeless person can call on the members of Lafayette’s legal community for help obtaining his or her birth certificate through the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.) program located at the Acadiana Outreach center.

New to the charity golf tournament scene in Lafayette, the tournament put on by the young lawyers of the Lafayette Bar Association included all the trappings of a memorable and fun four man scramble. Attorneys and judges came out with their clients, friends and family to compete and were greeted at every other tee box along the course by sponsors giving away refreshments and goodies. Hole 16 even offered a holein-one challenge thanks to Lafayette Chiropractic with a Jeep Wrangler as a reward for anyone who could get make a holeThe Promulgator April 2011

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Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards. Team members included Chris Afeman, Kevin Dills, David Calogero and Jacob Hargett.

from Another Broken Egg Café. First place team members included Jake Alleman, Justin Guy, Cody Gielen and Clint Meche.

The longest drive contest winner was Kevin Dills, an attorney with the firm of Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards. The closest to the hole contest winner was Judge Glennon Everett of the 15th JDC.

The tournament winner with the most net points was the team sponsored by Felicia Smith Court Reporters. Their team members included Felicia Smith, Dale Smith, Jim McCartney and Tommy Talbot. Second place (net) team was sponsored by tournament headline sponsor Northwestern Mutual. Team members included Taylor Davis, Tyson Cromwell, Ben Richard and Don Dupuis.


Third place (net) team was sponsored by Davidson,

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Legal Reporting Lori Heaphy & Associates

Mike Skinner Another Broken Egg Perry Dampf Café

Acadiana Bottling Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards

Daiquiris Supreme GoDEPO Jeansonne & Remondet

Mike Harson, 15th JDC D.A.

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Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan

Keaty Real Estate

Quality Investigative Group Rep. Jack Montoucet Terry R Wofford: State Farm Thomas R. Hightower, Jr. APLC

Lafayette Chiropractic

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Haik, Minvielle & Grubbs, LLP is pleased to announce that

J. Will Grubbs has been invited to join the prestigious Council on Litigation Management. The Council is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claim professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM fellows. Mr. Grubbs has been an attorney with Haik, Minvielle & Grubbs for 24 years and a partner since 1992. He practices in complex tort litigation matters. 1017 E. Dale Street · New Iberia, LA 70560 Volume 31 Issue 2

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To see more pictures from the event, please check out our web site or stop by our Facebook page.

LYLA Spring Social at Jolie’s The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association put together another great social in March at Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro. Thanks to sponsorship from Jolie’s; Kari Behan at Legal Reporting; Jean Paul Coussan at Andrus Boudreaux, Landry & Coussan, APLC; JoEllen Coussan at Van Eaton & Romero, as well as Andrew Perrin at Perrin Architecture for making this event possible.

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The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association hosted its annual Mock Trial which was held at the 15th Judicial District Courthouse on February 19, 2011. A total of six teams competed representing Lafayette High School, Northside High School and Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning. Region II is composed of nine area parishes including Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Lafayette, St. Landry and Vermilion Parishes.

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between Northside High School and Lafayette High School. After an intense trial and much deliberation, Northside High’s team took first place over Lafayette High’s team. Individual performance awards were given to students who performed their roles exceptionally. In the category of Best Attorney, Nina Baumgartner from Lafayette High took home the trophy for the second year in a row, and Aaron Abbott from the Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning took home the Best Witness trophy.

Each team is given case material that includes the statement of the case, facts and background, descriptions of witnesses for both the plaintiff and defendant and possible exhibits. The teams are given the case in November which gives them time to study and prepare their case. “This is such a good experience for the students,” said Liz Tullier, Northside High’s coach, “It teaches them poise and confidence and it gives them knowledge about courtroom procedure.”

Brad Duhe, one of the volunteer scoring judges said that participating in the Mock Trial tournament has always been a positive experience. Duhe said, “I am always enthused an encouraged by the job the students are able to do.”

The mock trials are held in a real courtroom where the teams present their case before a presiding judge, jury of scoring attorneys, family and friends. Each team competed in two preliminary rounds in which the teams were given the opportunity to play the role of plaintiff and defendant. After the preliminary rounds, the scores were tallied to determine which two teams would go to the final round. This year’s final round was

Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning coach, Ken Brown, seemed very motivated about the program stating, “The students had a great time, learned a lot about the legal system, and are intent on pursuing careers in law--all of which constitute a resounding success for the LSBA’s Mock Trial program.” Written by: Claire Oliver, LBA Marketing Intern

Professional Mediators, Arbitrators & Special Masters

Our South Louisiana Panel features: Patrick J. Briney Robert S. Dampf H. Ward Fontenot (Ret.)

David H. Hanchey Richard J. Hymel Thomas R. Juneau, Sr. Katherine Loos

Andrew D. McGlathery, III Emmett C. Sole Patrick M. Wartelle

For a complete listing of our Panel Members, visit our website:

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Grapevine G Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith is pleased tto announce that Lindsay Meador has joined the firm. Kyle Bacon is now practicing with Jones Walker Law K Firm in its Lafayette-River Ranch office. F Charles J. DeBaillon, Jr., a longtime member of the bar C since 1946, passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Our sincere sympathies go to his family and friends.

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Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC is pleased to announce that Phil Antis, Christopher Bailey, Ashley Green, and G. Keyes Page III have become members of the firm. Daniel Finch and Jane Jackson have joined the firm as associates and Frank P. Simoneaux is now of counsel. Dampf Dispute Solutions will be honored as one of D the t top 100 fastest growing tiger businesses during the LSU 100 Awards Luncheon. The LSU 100 celebrates the L success of LSU graduates and recognizes the impact of s LSU L on the local, regional and national economies. Our O condolences go out to the family and friends of long-time LBA member Mr. Bennett Voorhies, Jr. who l passed away recently. p The law firm of Briney Foret Corry is pleased to T announce the association of Dana Graham Hall. an

2nd Place Regional Winners: Lafa yette High School

Jones Walker is pleased to announce that R. Keith Jo Colvin, Susan M. Tyler and Jeffrey P. Good have joined C the firm. Jeremy Morrow and his wife, Sondra, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter McAllister Hume Morrow. Condolences to Judge Rick Michot and his wife Suzanne Michot for the loss of Judge Michot’s mother. Both Judge Michot and Suzanne are long time members of the bar association, and our prayers are with them and their loved ones. Congratulations to Dona Renegar for being elected to represent our area on the LSBA Board of Governors.

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April Events •

Medium sized, Lafayette AV-rated tort and commercial litigation and transaction firm seeks an associate with three to four years experience to work in its litigation section. Applicant should have strong writing skills and have significant litigation and file handling experience. Excellent salary, benefits and work environment. Please send cover letter, resume, list of referrals and writing sample to: Recruiting Coordinator, P.O. Box 2644, Lafayette, La. 70502. All inquiries shall be maintained in strictest confidence.

24. Happy Easter!

Closed for Good Friday

May Events •

Lunch meeting all young lawyers welcome to attend, Cost $5, 12 pm at LBA Headquarters

6. Running in Heels - Making the Most of the Marathon: Women’s CLE 8 am - 2:30 pm, Cost $100, 4 Hours CLE Credit

Experienced administrative assistant needed for partner in small downtown firm. Excellent communications, typing, and computer skills required. Billing and bookkeeping experience also required. Send résumé to mike@

30. LBA office closed for Memorial Day

10. LYLA Monthly

June Events •

3. Jamaican Me Crazy! Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Bowling

AV-rated maritime and insurance defense firm with offices in Texas and Louisiana seeks attorney for its Lafayette office. Great opportunity for motivated and ambitious self-starter who is seeking considerable hands-on experience, a progression to partnership commensurate with experience, excellent compensation and fringe benefits package. Mail confidential resume to PO Box 2194, Lafayette, LA 70502-2194.

Tournament fund raiser at Lafayette Lanes, 6pm


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