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The Promulgator The Official Magazine of the Lafayette Bar Association



promoting access to justice october 2020 | volume 33 | issue 5

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Association Board

Theodore Glenn Edwards, President Karen King, President-Elect Shannon Dartez, Secretary/Treasurer Maggie Simar, Imm. Past President John Swift, Foundation Chair Bart Bernard Paige Beyt Roya Boustany Carolyn Cole Robert David Claire Edwards Taylor Fontenot Kyle Gideon Kenneth Hebert McKinley James Robert Kallam Pat Magee Jason Matt Lindsay Meador Young Gregory Mier Gregory Moroux Joseph Oelkers Dan Panagiotis

Foundation Board

John Swift, Foundation Chair George D. Earnest III, Vice Chair Thomas R. Hightower, Jr., Imm. Past Chair Greg Tonore, Secretary/Treasurer Lindsay Meador Young, Pro Bono Advisory Chair

Dean Cole Larry Curtis Blake David Glenn Edwards Karen King Miles Matt John E. McElligott Kenny Oliver Pat Ottinger Maggie Simar

Editorial Committee Hallie Coreil, Editor Matt McConnell Chris Ortte Dwazendra Smith

OUR MISSION is to serve the profession, its members and the community by promoting professional excellence, respect for the rule of law and fellowship among attorneys and the court.

THE PROMULGATOR is the official magazine of the Lafayette Bar Association, and is published six times per year. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Committee.


In this issue of The Promulgator, we celebrate National Pro Bono Week (October 25-31) by examining issues related to pro bono funding and initiatives. This includes the free legal services offered by the Lafayette Bar Foundation and its volunteer attorneys who selflessly give of themselves to ensure that all have equal access to justice. Read more on page 10.


President's Message..........................................................4 Executive Director's Message.....................................5 Access to Justice: Foundation News.....................6 Young Lawyers Section Update................................7 Cover Story: Promoting Access to Justice........10 Family Law Section Update.........................................14


Pro Bono Honor Roll..........................................................6 Trivia Question........................................................................6 Top 10.............................................................................................15 Health & Wellness................................................................15 Classifieds...................................................................................16 The Grapevine.........................................................................16


Golf Tournament..................................................................8 Tennis Tournament............................................................9 Young Lawyers Installation..........................................17

Pam Landaiche Executive Director

Marilyn Lopez Director of Pro Bono Services


Look for upcoming events on our website and Facebook. www.lafayettebar.org


The Carriage House CLE "Divorce 101: FAQ for the NonFamily Law Attorney" presented by Taylor Fontenot - 4:00 - 5:00 PM Social - 5:00-7:30 PM

OCT. 30 | CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE Champions of Justice Awards Banquet - Virtual Event 8:00 AM | Streamed Live


UL Alumni House 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Register to attend at www.lafayettebar.org

BENCH BAR CONFERENCE NEW DATE: NOV. 12-14 Nov. 12-14th at The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, LA Registration is available now! www.lafayettebar.org

Lafayette Bar Staff

Katelyn Guidry Director of Marketing & Membership Development


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City Club at River Ranch 6:00 PM Cocktails 7:00 PM Program


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To register for events, visit lafayettebar.org or call (337) 237-4700.


president' s message "Adieu, adieu, parting is such sweet sorrow."

Had anyone suggested to me at the end of 2019 when I began my term as bar president that 2020 would be as 2020 has been, I would have laughed it off as not at all likely. That said, and despite the fact that we have had to forego many of the opportunities our association normally enjoys to socialize, network, and maintain the cordiality that we so abundantly enjoy, the time has truly flown by.

Glenn Edwards

In my last message, I want to assure everyone that the business of our association has continued through new and unique challenges and services have been maintained and professionally delivered albeit through different methods. I cannot thank my fellow board members enough for their dedication and support this year. We too have adapted to an ever changing environment and worked hard with our staff to push forward and continue the work of our association without being diverted by this year's challenges. I have thanked our staff before, but cannot thank them enough, for their tireless efforts in doing their jobs under trying conditions. I complete my term as president in early November of this year. I leave the association in a strong financial position, with a solid staff and an eager board, and I welcome our incoming president, Karen King. Our association and the Lafayette Bar Foundation enjoy a collegial relationship and we are both committed to the promotion of service and justice in our community as well as the growth and prosperity of our organizations.

"I LEAVE THE ASSOCIATION [AS OUTGOING PRESIDENT] IN A STRONG FINANCIAL POSITION, WITH A SOLID STAFF AND AN EAGER BOARD..." Although issues greater than ourselves have not allowed us to enjoy as many social opportunities as the year would normally bring, I have enjoyed immensely getting to know those of our members who I have met and interacted with this year, and I appreciate deeply the support I have felt from our membership. We are trying to reengage. As of now we are planning to proceed with the Bench Bar Conference in New Orleans on November 12-14. I encourage as many of you as are able to consider joining us. It is always and will be this year a special event. We are still exploring opportunities for our annual membership meeting and officer installation on November 5th, 2020 and word will be out about that function soon.


CLE by the hour plans for December 2020 will be underway soon and the Bar Foundation has announced a "virtual" Champions of Justice Breakfast honoring our pro bono program participants on October 30th. Please keep up with your emails from the association as plans for the coming months are ever evolving. It is my fervent hope that we can begin, as soon as safely possible, to reengage on an interpersonal level with our friends and colleagues. While we enjoy in our small part of the legal world an exceedingly pleasant and professional environment, relationships as such require continued nurturing and attention to persist. I recently read an editorial-like statement written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia's son, Christopher, remarking on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Christopher Scalia recalls his father's bond with Justice Ginsburg as one "based on a shared love of opera and a common humanity that outweighed any differences over politics or jurisprudence." The publication also recounts a story when Scalia, the Justice, planned to surprise Justice Ginsburg with 24 roses for her birthday. Shocked to learn of the gesture a reporter asked Justice Scalia if he was trying to "butter up" Justice Ginsburg with the flowers. Scalia relied, simply, "Somethings are more important than votes." We too, in our legal community, have traditionally enjoyed endearing relationships with our colleagues without regard to politics. We have mourned together over the loss of colleagues due to illness or other tragedies and have relished in the success and accomplishments of our brothers and sisters in the law. I am convinced that one of the most significant and harmful effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic is that quarantines and social distancing have fostered a horrible social divide and profoundly impacted our interpersonal discourse. We hide behind politics and social media and keyboards and spew vitriol that we would never undertake in face to face personal or professional conversations. As I complete my term, extending my thanks to everyone and pledging my continued support of the incoming officers who will lead our association, I pray for healing and personal reengagement in 2021. May we all, in pursuing our personal and professional relationships, be ever mindful of the Scalia-Ginsburg bond. Two human beings who could not be more diametrically opposed in their political points of view, but yet bound by the common humanity that binds us all remained dearest of friends. And so should we all. Thank you.

executive director' s message Looking to the Future and Hoping for the Best

Phase Three. It’s safe to say that the Lafayette Bar has been waiting with much anticipation for Louisiana to enter phase three of the reopening plan. We are excited to move forward and hope to see more of our members participate in section meetings and upcoming events. Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. The destruction and devastation are heartbreaking. If you know of an attorney from one of the affected areas who is residing in Lafayette while they recover and may be in need of temporary office space or just a place to occasionally meet with clients, connect to WIFI, etc. please put them in touch with me (pam@lafayettebar.org or 337-446-2179). In an effort to educate our members and the public on the candidates for the upcoming election on November 3rd, the Lafayette Bar Association has created a dedicated page on our website for at-a-glance information. This page includes biographical information submitted by each candidate running for the seats of 15th JDC Judge, City Court of Lafayette, and the 15th JDC District Attorney. You will also find a voter guide by parish and a map of the 15th judicial districts. Check it out at lafayettebar.org/2020elections. Please share this valuable resource with colleagues, friends, and family members. National Pro Bono week will be held October 26-30. We love our Pro Bono attorneys and their willingness to volunteer and serve, especially during this unpredictable year. Once again, we will be kicking off the week with Geaux Casual for Pro Bono. All law offices and firms are encouraged to participate in the event. All donations will help to fund pro bono programs put on by the Lafayette Bar Foundation. Pro Bono week will culminate with the annual Champions of Justice Awards which recognizes those attorneys who have served the Lafayette Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono program this past year. This year’s honorees will receive their awards privately and will be showcased during the Champions of Justice virtual presentation on Friday, October 30. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with pro bono cases. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the office at (337) 237-4700. Plans are moving forward right now for the LBA Installation of Officers on November 5, Bench Bar November 12-14 and CLE by the Hour throughout the month of December. Please stay tuned to the Lafayette Bar website, lafayettebar.org and our social media channels for updates. If you have not already registered for Bench Bar, please consider doing so. We will have a great lineup of speakers thanks to chair Maggie Simar and committee members Jonathan Jarrett, Jason Matt, and Taylor Fontenot.

mentor program not only gives new lawyers a great opportunity to learn practical experience from seasoned lawyers, but it also gives experienced Bar members a chance to give back, and to guide new lawyers in the right direction. Mentors must be in good standing, have no public disciplinary history, and must have at least 10 years of experience. Mentors can receive up to 6.0 hours of free CLE credit by volunteering. Mentors and mentees will meet four times Pam Landaiche over the course of the program to discuss various well-defined and organized topics. There is a handbook available which contains all the information mentors would need to cover the topics required by the program. To learn more about the program or to register as a mentor, go to: https://www.lsba.org/Mentoring/. My best to you – stay safe and well!

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installation of officers installing

Karen King as president em nov ber Please join us for the installation

And finally, the LSBA Committee on the Profession’s "Transition Into Practice" (TIP) mentor program is seeking additional mentors. Since the program was first implemented in 2015, numerous mentor and mentee pairings have successfully occurred across the state. The

of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors

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CLE by the Hour dates have not been set as of the writing of this column, but please check the Lafayette Bar website for dates and to keep up with topics/speakers. We do plan on offering a combination of in-person and virtual options this year in order to accommodate as many people as possible.


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Access to Justice A report of the Lafayette Bar Foundation, provided by Foundation Chair John Swift

We take this opportunity to thank all of our members who generously give their time and talents to addressing important legal needs within our community. During the month of October we ask you to pledge to make a difference. We need volunteers now more than ever during this difficult time. Will you help? You can volunteer for the Protective Order Panel. We offer a free virtual CLE entitled “Representing a Domestic Violence Survivor” for your guidance. You can give 15 minutes of legal advice through the Counsel on Call Program to participants in a virtual setting. You can accept an Acadiana Legal Service Corporation referral case for a divorce, custody, support, wills, successions and other consumer issues. We provide a pro bono packet with forms and guidance for you. You can participate in the H.E.L.P. Program to assist those that are homeless or displaced with obtaining certified copies of birth certificates to help prove their identity. The newly formed Eviction Panel is for clients that have an opportunity to negotiate with a landlord prior to suit being filed. Acadiana Legal Services Corporation has agreed to provide training for any lawyers volunteering to assist tenants. We also have opportunities to speak at a virtual seminar for the public. Acadiana Legal Service Corporation has told us that not only are we the best run pro bono program in their service area, but the members of our Bar Association have an enthusiasm for helping the public far and above what is seen in other localities. By volunteering you can not only help clients with a legal problem and make a positive change in their life, but you can meet your aspirational goal to the Bar. By volunteering your time, you can also earn CLE credit and gain courtroom experience in a different area of law than your normal practice. Simply put, you can make a difference in their lives and yours. The Birdie With The Bar Golf Tournament hosted by the Young Lawyers Section to benefit the Foundation was held on Friday, October 2nd at the Wetlands. The turnout of players and sponsors, complete with beautiful fall weather, made for a very successful tournament. On behalf of the Foundation, thank you to all those who participated and volunteered. On the morning of October 30 we will present the Champions of Justice Program to honor our outstanding volunteers. Judge Jonathan Perry will be our keynote speaker and we will present awards to the outstanding pro bono attorneys and firms who provide all the well needed services to our community. The program will be presented virtually this year. Please be on the lookout for a link to watch. To all those award recipients, we say thank you very much. On November 12 The Bench Bar Conference will be held in New Orleans. The Foundation is offering two scholarships to cover the registration fees to young lawyers that participated in the Foundation’s pro bono programs during this past year. The scholarships are our way of saying thank you to the young lawyers of our Bar for all of their participation and service. Volunteer service benefits not only the clients and enriches the life of


the volunteer lawyer, but also improves the image of our profession. Most of our citizens know very little about the many volunteers we have and the number of hours that are donated providing free legal services. I encourage you to spread the news about all the good work you, our members, and our staff do to help those in our community. Everyone should have respect, dignity and access to justice. I thank all of the volunteers and staff of the Lafayette Bar Foundation who help with our mission.


HONOR ROLL the following attorneys have accepted one or more Pro bono cases in the past two months Katelyn Bayhi NeunerPate

Jonathan Jarrett The Jarrett Firm

Beth Bloch NeunerPate

David Kobetz NeunerPate

Stuart Breaux   Southern Lifestyle Development Co.

Lindsay Meador Young Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith

Claire Edwards Attorney at Law

Christine Mire Law Office of Christine M. Mire, LLC

Valerie Garrett Valerie Gotch Garrett, APLC

Jami Pellerin Attorney at Law Phillip Smith NeunerPate

Jessica Hapak Attorney at Law Thomas "Trey" Hightower Thomas R. Hightower, Jr. APLC

Kenneth St. Pé Kenneth D. St. Pé, APLC


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The Young Lawyers Section is proud to support the pro bono mission of our Association and Foundation. I have gotten to know many young lawyers through participation in the pro bono programs offered by the Lafayette Bar Foundation, and have personally gained invaluable experience as well as personal fulfillment in giving back through those programs. For any young lawyer who may be looking for a way to gain experience in the courtroom, the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers and Protective Order Program provide those opportunities and greatly assist our courts in facilitating resolution of matters that would otherwise proceed pro se. On August 6th, the installation of the 2020-2021 officers was held at the Bar Association, and we were honored to be sworn in by Judge Francie Bouillion, both in person and remotely. No event these days would be complete without a screen full of Zoom participants. The 2020 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award was presented to a welldeserving recipient, our Immediate Past President, Stuart Breaux. Thank you to our sponsor, IberiaBank, for supporting the event.

temperatures dropped below 90 degrees. The event could not have been possible without the support of Red’s and our other sponsors. Thanks to our platinum sponsor, Liskow & Lewis; our gold sponsors, Claire Bergeron Edwards, Recovery ChiroMed, and the Law Offices of Kenneth W. Dejean; our silver sponsor, Daniel E. Gilder & Associates; and our contributing sponsors, Acadiana Bottling, Whole Foods, Red’s, and Brazee Edwards & Durio. Thanks also to our Tennis Committee chair, Claire Bergeron Edwards, and members Evan Edwards and Rebecca Guidry, for organizing such a successful event. On October 2nd, the YLS hosted the 12th Annual Birdie with the Bar Golf Tournament at The Wetlands Golf Course. The event was not only a great opportunity to play golf and enjoy socializing as the weather begins to cool, it also furthered our pro bono mission as a fundraiser for the Lafayette Bar Foundation, with all proceeds going toward funding the LBF’s pro bono programs. The event was a huge success thanks to all the participants, volunteers and sponsors. Finally, YLS is excited to announce the winners of the Bench Bar Scholarship for our members to attend this year’s Bench Bar conference at the Windsor Court in New Orleans. They are Jason Matt and J.P. Graf.

On September 19th, the YLS officially got back in the swing of things by hosting the annual YLS Tennis Tournament at Red Lerille’s Health and Racquet Club. Over thirty teams participated in this year’s tournament, and enjoyed fantastic competition weather as the

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After being postponed due to the pandemic, the 12th Annual Birdie with the Bar Golf Tournament was held on Friday, October 2nd. This annual event benefits the Lafayette Bar Foundation's pro bono programs, which provide free legal services to the most vulnerable in Acadiana. The event began with check-in at 12:00 PM and a shotgun start at 1:00 PM with a record-breaking 32 teams! As they played their round of 18 holes, golfers had the chance to win prizes, including a hole-in-one competition for a $10,000 cash prize. The event was organized by Chair Jason Matt and committee member Chris Ortte. "We were blown away by the record breaking participation that we experienced this year. We were able to raise a significant amount of money for the great pro bono services we offer to our community. We appreciate the support of our sponsors and the help of all volunteers. Everyone had an absolute blast. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's tournament on March 12, 2021." 1st place Gross - 57 Garrett McClelland, Matt Goulas, Justin Robichaux, Lance Poche 1st place Net - 52 Phillip Cripps, Taylor Luce, Billy Dressler, Chaz Roberts 2nd place Net - 55 - Won on scorecard playoff Brent Eckert, Chris Prejean, Cody Touchet, Adam Love 3rd place Net - 55 Ryan Hebert, Luke Jordon, Lance Dupuis, Jacque Labry ACE - $1,000 Jason Matt and David Gary

Kelsey Hebert, Sara Hollier and Courtney Guillory

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TEE BOX - $125 Anderson, Dozier, Blanda & Saltzman Committee to Elect Michele Billeaud Edward Jones, Nick Sapienza Friends to Elect Valerie Garrett infoTECH Solutions Law Offices of Kenneth W. DeJean Lori Heaphy & Associates


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PROMOTING ACCESS TO JUSTICE An Explanation of the Lafayette Bar Foundation Pro Se Kiosk By: Katelyn H. Guidry

Since 1989, the Lafayette Bar Foundation has been providing free legal services for the most vulnerable and indigent in our community. These services include assigning volunteer attorneys to pro bono cases and protective order cases, assisting the area homeless with obtaining certified copies of birth certificates, free 15 minutes consultations with a volunteer attorney, and the Pro Se Kiosk.

have the effect of interrupting the litigation process, effectively preventing access to justice. Therefore, allowing the public to purchase these forms directly from the Bar results in accurate forms and the justice system moving forward.

The Pro Se Kiosk provides litigants who choose to represent themselves the ability to purchase legal forms. These forms are prepared and provided by the judges of the 15th Judicial District Court, and include petitions, affidavits, and other common forms pertaining to civil matters. The Pro Se Kiosk is located in the Public Law Library within the Lafayette Bar Association and Foundation building. Not everyone has access to an attorney, and it has long been recognized in the history of the United States that an individual has the right to represent his or herself.1 While it is the priority of the Lafayette Bar Foundation to encourage and educate the public on the importance of hiring attorneys, it is also our mission to assist Louisiana’s indigent.

The Lafayette Bar Foundation strongly advises pro se litigants that it is in their best interest to seek an attorney’s expertise and advice on any legal matter. To assist them in selecting an attorney, the Bar provides an online directory of our members on the website. The Online Member Directory is categorized by common areas of law practice, and members have listed their contact information so that their offices can be contacted directly.

The inception of the Pro Se Forms Kiosk came in the early 2000s with the American Bar Association’s Equal Justice Conference. Attendees from the Lafayette Bar Association generated the idea, and after much deliberation between the judges of the 15th Judicial District Court, the Lafayette Bar Association and Foundation boards, and the Lafayette Bar Association Family Law Section, the Pro Se Kiosk was born. While the Pro Se Kiosk and other free legal services have experienced modifications in their operations due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus, these services are continuing to be offered to the public.2 Both members of the public and the legal community have questions about the history, purpose and operation of the Pro Se Kiosk. Because the Lafayette Bar Association and Foundation recognizes the National Celebration of Pro Bono during the last week of October, it was only fitting to answer these questions in one easy-to-follow article. Why does the LBA offer these forms? The Lafayette Bar Association offers these forms because it understands that not everyone is in the financial position to afford an attorney. Therefore, the LBA offers indigent litigants the opportunity to purchase civil legal forms. The forms available were carefully drafted according to Louisiana law by the 15th Judicial District Court. While the public may be able to find a seemingly similar form online, laws vary from state to state and may not take into consideration the law of the State of Louisiana. Because of this, forms purchased from third party websites are often not accepted by the clerk of court. The public may pay much more than $10 or $15 to the online third party, sometimes hundreds of dollars, only for the form to be rejected by the courts. This can

How can the LBA support the legal community while offering these forms?

Why does the LBA charge for forms? The LBA is a 501(c)(3) organization. According to the IRS, a 501(c)(3) "must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual." It is an organization that provides charitable works that furthers a social cause and provides a public benefit. All of the money that is raised or donated is used to keep its programs running, and income is not distributed to any individual. The forms pay for services available to members and the public. To purchase forms, individuals must enter the Law Library, conveniently located inside the building. The Law Library is completely free to the public and members, with access to law books and legal documents for legal research. When an individual purchases a form, they are providing the funds needed to purchase updated versions of those same legal books with the latest revisions. Their purchase is also providing funding for the physical maintenance of the library. The legal-size paper on which the forms are printed, copier ink and toner, and computer maintenance are all paid for by the purchase of legal forms. The purchase is directly helping someone less fortunate in Acadiana. The Lafayette Bar Foundation provides legal programs to educate and guide the indigent, low-income, and disadvantaged within our community. While there is no charge for services, there are costs associated with the programs. The money from a purchased legal form goes a long way in our community by providing needed funding for operation of the Foundation’s pro bono programs. Without funding provided by the sale of the legal forms through the Pro Se Kiosk, the Bar would not be able to host the Counsel

on Call program. Counsel on Call, a weekly Bar Foundation pro bono program that takes place inside the Law Library at the Lafayette Bar office, benefits financially from the purchase of forms. During the Counsel on Call program, the public is allowed a free fifteen minute consultation with an attorney to receive legal advice on almost any civil matter. This program is offered free of charge, and while neither the attorney nor the Lafayette Bar Foundation receives any money or compensation for these services, money from the purchase of forms is used to fund the Law Library’s maintenance and supplies. During a consultation, a volunteer attorney may print forms for the consultee or use the law books to research codes and statutes while giving legal advice. The Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.) program provides birth certificates to area homeless in order to help those individuals apply for jobs or gain entry into shelters. Attorneys volunteer their time and expertise by authorizing the necessary documents. When the Lafayette Bar Foundation completes the application for these birth certificates, there are costs associated with obtaining, processing, printing and shipping the application. Neither the attorney nor the Lafayette Bar Foundation receives any money or compensation for these services. When you purchase a form, you are personally providing this birth certificate to someone right here in Acadiana experiencing homelessness. Another program that is funded by the purchase of forms is our Protective Order Panel. When a survivor of domestic violence is in need of a protective order against their abuser, the Lafayette Bar Foundation provides an attorney for the survivor as they navigate the stressful and sometimes grueling process. The attorney volunteering his/her time and expertise is there to give legal representation and moral support as the survivor faces his/ her abuser in court. The Lafayette Bar Foundation has a full-time employee available to survivors of domestic violence to help with the process of obtaining court documents and locating a volunteer attorney. Neither the attorney nor the Lafayette Bar Foundation receives compensation for these services. When someone purchases a form, they are directly giving a survivor of domestic violence safety and freedom from his/her abuser. It is the mission of the Lafayette Bar Association and Foundation to be “Motivated by Justice, Inspired by Service,” and we continue to uphold that mission by the services provided by the Lafayette Bar Foundation. For over thirty years, the Lafayette Bar Association and Foundation has provided free legal services to the indigent of Acadiana. No other Bar Association in the State of Louisiana provides the level of services we do here in Acadiana. The Pro Se Kiosk is an integral part of providing these services. --1 McLaughlin, Joseph M. “An Extension of the Right of Access: The Pro Se Litigant’s Right to Notification of the Requirements of the Summary Judgment Rule.” Fordham Law Review, Vol. 55, no. 6, 1987, pp. 1109. 2 The free legal services provided by the Lafayette Bar Foundation experienced modifications in operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in March 2020. Some modifications of these programs and services include regulating the use of the public Law Library, offering assistance programs virtually, and making the Pro Se Kiosk available online so the public can purchase forms if they are unable to leave their homes due to health risks or stay-at-home orders.

From the clients...

“It brought my son and I together.” “It affected my life in a major way. I left that marriage broken and shattered from many years of emotional and psychological abuse. This divorce changed my life in a major way!” “This case was extremely important to myself and my family. [My pro bono attorney] helped with things that were not even required of him. He’s an angel – our angel.” “My life is finally at peace and I can start over for the better and for my son. I fully appreciate everything that everyone did for me and my son.” “This outcome was important to me. I could move on with my life.” “I am and will always be very grateful for what [my pro bono attorney] has done for me.”

From the attorneys... “We are given certain opportunities and skill sets as attorneys that many people cannot access because of their financial restraints. They are always so thankful and relieved just to feel like they have someone fighting for them.” - Lindsay Meador Young “Nothing in my practice is more rewarding than volunteering my time representing victims of domestic abuse to obtain protective orders. I encourage all lawyers to regularly incorporate pro bono work into their practice, not only to improve their communities, but to also improve the image of our profession.” - Phillip Smith “It is not often in the law practice that things are clearly right or wrong, but helping someone who has survived abuse is always right. The core causes and solutions for domestic violence are complex and varied, but I just have to help one person at a time.” - Jonathan Jarrett “We are the guardians of Justice and we have an obligation to uphold and serve those who are less fortunate as well as those who can afford our services.” - Valerie Garrett “I believe that every lawyer who participates in volunteering will find his or her own rewarding experience and I strongly encourage everyone to volunteer.” - David Kaufman “No matter the case, it’s an incredibly direct and personal experience to make a lasting, positive difference in someone’s life.” - Christopher Ortte “Volunteering time and offering legal assistance to those in need in our community provides an invaluable service to those who would otherwise likely never receive any relief or information about issues impacting their daily lives while also helping the volunteer to grow in their skills as an attorney.” - Geralyn Siefker “It is so helpful to the community when attorneys step forward and serve those in need. I certainly encourage other attorneys to volunteer their time and skills in LVL cases and Protective Order Panel cases.” - Claire Edwards

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Nomination Period: October – February This award recognizes individual attorneys and judges who champion the ideals set forth by Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, the first African American chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Guardian of Diversity Award

Nomination Period: October – February This award recognizes local and specialty bar associations, courts, law firms/departments, community organizations (which includes nonprofits and public interest organizations), and educational organizations (which include law schools and schools with a law-related program) that implement and advance diversity programs to promote and support diversity in the legal community.

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The Lafayette Bar Association Young Lawyers Section hosted the fourth annual Tennis Tournament at Red Lerille’s Racquet & Health Club on Saturday, September 19th. Players begin arriving and checking in by 8 o'clock in order to hit the courts at 9. The tournament was held in a doubles format, and teams of both attorneys and non-attorneys were entered. The fall weather conditions were perfect for play, and attracted a record-breaking number of participating teams. The event was organized by committee chair Claire Edwards and committee members Evan Edwards and Rebecca Guidry. Women's Division Winners: Paige Laperouse and Barbara Halveston Hailey Manning and Liz Callier Faith Hickson and Jennifer Meaux Timi Wadleigh and Ruthie Landry Riley Tomney and Brenda Venable Men's Division Winners: Will Montz and Ross Caughty Chris Hebert and Zach Parsons Derek Bergeron and Bryant Angelle


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Family Law Section News


Greetings members! I hope everyone is staying safe and well as Fall arrives and things slowly return to normal. Although masks and social distancing are still ubiquitous, the courts are open, and football has returned! Following our regular summer break in June and July, the Family Law Section resumed monthly meetings and CLE presentations in August. In order to accomplish this while keeping members and the LBA staff safe, the section is offering in-person and virtual attendance options for at least the remainder of the year. At our August meeting, the Honorable Judge Keaty gave an insightful presentation that included general appellate practice tips and pointers. As a reminder, all of our CLE presentations are open to any member of the Lafayette Bar Association. So if you see an upcoming CLE that may benefit your practice or otherwise interests you, feel free to sign up and we would love to have you join us! Non-member pricing is $50 for in-person attendance (includes lunch) and $40 for virtual attendance. Also at the August meeting the section approved a motion to sponsor and send 2 section members to this year’s Bench Bar Conference. This year, the conference is heading back to the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 12-14, 2020, with exciting events and CLEs to keep us "Looking to the Future." Please sign up and reserve your rooms soon if you plan on attending.


In keeping with this month’s theme, I would also remind everyone that proceeds from the Bench Bar Conference benefit the Lafayette Bar Foundation, which provides pro bono legal programs to educate and guide the indigent, low-income, or disadvantaged within our community. I encourage everyone to participate and help out in any way you can. For myself, when I began practicing family law the LVL program was a great way for me to gain some experience while also providing a service to the community. Cases typically include simple divorce or incidental matters such as custody and child support. If you can’t take an LVL case, another option is to sign up for Counsel on Call on Fridays, where you spend an hour providing general legal advice and helping those in need fill out form pleadings. Also of note, on September 18th, the Liaison Committee met with the family court judges and other stakeholders to address a number of issues germane to our local practice, including information on the Clerk of Court’s new online system, suggestions for more productive hearing officer conferences, and information related to cases proceeding through the Clearstart docket. For a full report from the Liaison Committee, be sure to attend our next meeting on October 19, 2020, where Geralyn Siefker, will discuss representing domestic violence survivors and other trauma informed services.



NOVEMBER 09, 2020 | "Innocent Spouse Relief" presented by Brandon Juneau, Bryson Law Firm To register for in-person or virtual attendance, go to www.lafayettebar.org. In-Person Price including lunch: $25 Members / $50 Non-Members Virtual Price: $15 Members / $40 Non-Members



Your time and money would be better spent with Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers or on other pro bono legal causes. By Hallie Coreil 1. The Critter Connection, Inc., is a non-profit group located in Durham, Connecticut dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned and neglected guinea pigs. 2. Tall Clubs International, Inc. is devoted, obviously, to tall people. The nearest TCI chapter is in New Orleans, far away from vertically-challenged Cajun country.

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Let’s do a sampling of Jack Kornfield’s “A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.”* I picked up this book this time of year SEVEN years ago! It was great to reflect the yoga/meditation practice I had at the time. Further, I was really involved volunteering with a high school youth group in 2013, and this book mirrored the Catholic-Christian values of spiritual practice we were helping the teenagers develop. I believe the best place to start with Jack Kornfield is with the Loving Kindness meditation: LOVING KINDNESS: Sit in a comfortable fashion, and begin to recite inwardly the following phrases directed to yourself. You begin with yourself because without loving yourself it is almost impossible to love others. May I be filled with loving-kindness.

3. The Zombie Squad promotes itself as an organization dedicated to disaster preparedness. Considering the mere $8 membership fee, the risk-benefit analysis is persuasive.

May I be well.

4. In a 2011 inspiring charity event, Evanston Township High School in Illinois raised $1,000 to help a struggling café and art center through an archaic mode of torture – re-playing Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” until the target funds were paid to stop the insanity. The school reached their goal in just 3 days.

May I be happy.

5. No Top 10 list is complete without a jab at millennials: The National Association of Self-Esteem offers lessons and activities to boost low self-esteem. If this doesn’t hurt your feelings, maybe you belong in the Iron Butt Association instead. 6. And the Boomer counter-point: The Association for Dressings and Sauces, with blog posts such as, “What is Mustard?” and “The Breakout Star: Mayonnaise.” (Get it? Because they’re old and have dentures!?) 7. Naked Clowns – yes, naked clowns. [Shudder.] These provocative punsters have raised over $1,000,000 for multiple sclerosis by performing sans-enormous-overalls and posing as petty pin-ups. 8. Ron Swanson’s mustache – shaved from actor Nick Offerman’s face, reassembled, and mounted – was sold in 2012 for an undisclosed amount to raise money for pediatric cancer efforts. 9. As publishing luck would have it, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, October 14, 2020 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Katie, my 70 pound beagle, will celebrate with an organic T-bone. 10. Any number of charitable, though regrettable stunts garnering instant stardom. i.e. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Uniform Project (wear the same little black dress for 365 days); Movember. If 2020 has taught us anything, “viral” is not a good thing.

May I be peaceful and at ease.

Practice this meditation repeatedly for a number of weeks until the sense of loving-kindness for yourself grows. Kornfield allows us to explore our inner selves in this book, and here are the three most powerful quotes that stood out to me. I believe we, as attorneys, can greatly grow in professionalism by attending to our spiritual selves. I have included quotes on taking care of our bodies, on seasons of life, and on living wisely in the world. In this book, you will also find detailed meditations and other amazing topics, such as naming the demons and forgiveness. On taking care of our bodies: “Bringing systematic attention to our body can change our whole relationship to our physical life. We can notice more clearly the rhythms and needs of our bodies. Without mindfully attending to our bodies, we may become so busy in our daily lives that we lose touch with a sense of appropriate diet, movement, and physical enjoyment. Meditation can help us find out in what ways we are neglecting the physical aspects of our lives and what our body asks of us.” (Kornfield 45) On seasons of life: “Just as there is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth’s seasons and an inner grace in honoring the cycles of life, our spiritual practice will be in balance when we can sense the time that is appropriate for retreats and the time that is appropriate for travel, the time for settling down and planting roots, and the time to have a family and children.” (Kornfield 171) On living wisely in the world: “The law of karma describes the way that cause and effect govern the patterns that repeat themselves throughout all life. Karma means that nothing arises by itself. Every experience is conditioned by that which precedes it. Thus our life is a series of interrelated patterns. The Buddhists say that understanding this is enough to live wisely in the world.” (Kornfield 273)


THE GRAPEVINE Congratulations to the following attorneys of Onebane Law Firm on their firm anniversary: Larry Lewis, 50 years; Randy Songy, 43 Years; Richard Petre, 39 years; Thomas Smart, 38 years; and Steve Lanza, 31 years. Congratulations to Alfred and Roya Boustany on the birth of their son and third child, Jack. The Lafayette Bar would like to offer its deepest condolences to member Edward Barousse and family on the death of Mr. Homer Edward Barousse, Jr., who passed away on August 6, 2020.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the untimely deaths of Lafayette Bar Association member Kenneth Hix and his wife, Missy Lynn, both whom passed away on September 20, 2020. Shannon Dartez was appointed by Louisiana Bar Foundation President Skip Philips as the 2020-2021 Community Partnership Panel Chair for the Acadiana region. The Gaar Law Firm is pleased to announce that Douglas Lee has joined their firm as an associate attorney. Congratulations to Michael Guidry, of Jeansonne & Remondet, and his wife Danielle on the birth of their son, Knox Michael.

Maggie T. Simar has recently been named to the Maddie's Footprints Board of Directors and the Louisiana State Bar Foundation Board of Directors, serving on the membership and finance committees. Congratulations, Maggie!

The Panagiotis Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana, is pleased to announce that Dan C. Panagiotis has been appointed as United States Administrative Law Judge, Department of Labor, Longshore Division, effective November 8, 2020.

Congratulations to the family of LBA President Glenn Edwards as they celebrate the birth of their newest family member and granddaughter, Genevieve.

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Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, LLC is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. James Parkerson Roy was recognized as Lawyer of the Year. Bob F. Wright was recognized for his work in Admiralty and Maritime Law, and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. Both Elwood C. Stevens, Jr. and James Domengeaux were recognized for their individual work in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. Blake David was recently named President-Elect of Louisiana Association for Justice. The Glenn Armentor Law Corporation is excited to announce that GALC attorney Jeremy Bazile was selected to serve as the co-chair for this year's Leadership LSBA Class. Congratulations, Jeremy! Congratulations to Jason Matt, who was selected by Super Lawyers as a 2020 Rising Star Honoree. Preis PLC is pleased to announce that Bianca Chretien and Larry Mobley have joined the Firm’s Lafayette office as Partners. They follow 2018- 2019 new Partners, Doug Ortego, Joshua Trahan, John Guillory, and Julie Scheib. Ms. Scheib will be relocating to the New Orleans office in September to oversee the Coverage Section for the Firm. And in the Houston office Preis PLC welcomes Elizabeth Cope as a new Associate.

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The LBA Young Lawyers Section installed its 2020-2021 Officers on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The event was held at the Lafayette Bar Association Office at 5:30 in the evening. In order to provide a safe environment to conduct the swearingin of the new officers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendance was limited to those being sworn-in. Other section officers were permitted to join via Zoom for a “virtual swearingin” while the rest of the association was invited to watch the event via Facebook Live.

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Outgoing Young Lawyers Section President Stuart Breaux began the evening with a brief introduction of Hon. Frances Bouillion, Lafayette City Court, who conducted the swearing-in of the new president, officers, and committee chairs. The Immediate Past President Stuart Breaux, received a gift from the Young Lawyers Section as a gesture of appreciation for his dedication and service to the section during his presidency. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, an honor meant to embody a member of the Young Lawyers Section who has a commitment to excellence, a commitment to leadership, and demonstrates professionalism, was also presented to Stuart Breaux.

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conference registration Registration includes all Bench Bar events for you and your registered spouse/guest. Hotel reservation, parking, room service, and other incidentals are not included. After Monday, October 26, 2020 registration may be transferred to a colleague, but not cancelled or refunded. Please note that you are responsible for making your own hotel accommodations. Reservations may be made online through the Windsor Court Hotel.

Please Select Your Conference Registration Type: LBA Member Registration - $525

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This registration is reserved for current LBA Members who are considered Member Type: Private Practice

This registration is available for non-members and will include a 2020 LBA Membership.

Young Lawyer 6-10 years - $475

Government / Public Service - $475

This registration is reserved for LBA Members who have been practicing more than five years but less than ten years.

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Young Lawyer 5 years or less - $400

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This registration is reserved for LBA Members who have only been practicing less than five years.

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CLE & EVENTS SCHEDULE *Disclaimer: Times subject to change THURSDAY, November 12 – Pat O’s on the River 5:30-6:30 pm

“History of Bourbon Law” (1.0) presented by Jason Matt and Jonathan Jarrett

6:30-7:00 pm

Bourbon Tasting

7:00-9:00 pm

Welcome Reception

FRIDAY, November 13 7:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration / 7:45 am Welcome and Introduction

8:00-9:00 am

“Pro Se Litigants” (1.0) presented by Hon. Michelle Breaux and Glenn Edwards

9:00-10:00 am

“Criminal Law” (1.0) presented by Alfred Boustany and Karl Ludwig

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:15 am

“Ethics” (1.0) presented by Hon. S. Maurice Hicks, Jr.

11:15-12:15 pm

“Civil Law / Recent Developments” (1.0) presented by Hon. Guy Holdridge

12:15-12:30 pm


12:30-1:30 pm

“Lawyer Wellness” (1.0) presented by Dr. David Barczyk

1:30-2:30 pm

“COVID & the Federal Court” (1.0) presented by Tony Moore

2:30-2:45 pm


2:45-3:45 pm

“Professionalism” (1.0) presented by Hon. Kern Reese, Hon. Roland Belsome & Justin Reese

6:00-9:00 pm

Dinner at Arnaud’s

SATURDAY, November 14 7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 am

“Coffee Law” (0.5) presented by Melissa DeBarbieris (PJ’s Coffee)

8:30-9:30 am

“Recent Developments” (1.0) presented by Hon. Douglas Saloom and Claire Edwards

9:30-10:30 am

“Workers’ Compensation” (1.0) presented by Shannon Dartez and Dona Renegar

10:30-10:45 am


10:45-11:45 am

“Family Law” (1.0) presented by Professor Elizabeth Carter

11:45-12:45 pm

“Diversity” (1.0) presented by Karen King

12:45 pm Adjourn

JUDGES SCHEDULED TO ATTEND United States Western District of Louisiana Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Guy Holdridge 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Phyllis Keaty Judge Candyce G. Perret 2nd Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Fallin 10th Judicial District Court Judge Lala Sylvester 15th Judicial District Court Judge John D. Trahan Judge Michelle Breaux Crowley City Court Judge M'Elise Trahan Kaplan City Court Judge Frank Stanton Hardee III New Iberia City Court Judge Theodore M. Haik III Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Kern Reese Lafayette City Court Judge Frances Bouillion Judge Douglas Saloom

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Featuring Keynote Speaker

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2020 Outstanding Attorney Awards Joshua Barnhill Stuart Breaux Claire Edwards Valerie Garrett Courtney Guillory Jessica Hapak Jonathan Jarrett David Kaufman Gregory Koury Emily Latiolais

Lindsay Meador -Young Tyler Minick Christine Mire Christopher Ortte Dyan Schnaars Geralyn Siefker Phillip Smith Kenneth St. Pé L. Shaun Trahan

Outstanding Counsel on Call Award David Kaufman Outstanding Protective Order Award Jonathan Jarrett Outstanding H.E.L.P. Joshua Barnhill Outstanding Pro Bono Award Jonathan Jarrett Outstanding Solo Practitioner The Jarrett Firm Outstanding Small Firm Claire Edwards Law Firm Outstanding Medium Firm Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith Outstanding Large Firm NeunerPate Tammy Derouen Outstanding Service to the Bar Lindsay Meador - Young Steven Matt Outstanding Attorney Award To Be Announced

Pro Bono Week 2020 SATURDAY OCTOBER 24



Mayor-President Joshua Guillory to proclaim October 24th to 31st as National Pro Bono Week in Lafayette, LA.

Have your Healthcare POA’s drafted for free by attorney volunteers. Preregistration is REQUIRED. Must bring proof of I.D. GEAUX CASUAL FOR Social distancing will PRO BONO be observed. Masks are Wear jeans to the office mandatory. on Monday for $5. To register call (337) 237- Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Bar Foundation 4700 or email probono@lafayettebar.org Pro Bono Programs. All offices and firms welcome to attend. Contact the Lafayette Bar to receive your fundraising packet.




Meet with an attorney virtually for 15 minutes to discuss your civil legal matter and receive legal advice. You must RSVP for your time slot. (337) 261-5787 301 W Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70501





Attorney Jonathan Jarrett will be educating the public on Ex Parte Custody. This event will be virtual via Facebook.

Honoring attorneys who have taken pro bono cases or been active in the Foundation’s pro bono programs throughout the past year.

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Register at www.lafayettebar.org to receive a link to view the event.

“Divorce 101: FAQ for the Non-Family Law Attorneys” presented by Taylor Fontenot followed by a social at The Carriage House at 5:30 PM.

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ALL MONTH LONG “Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor and Trauma Informed Services” Online CLE Presented by Geralyn Siefker 1.0 Hours This course, presented by Geralyn Siefker, is a 101 on representing a domestic violence survivor during a protective order case. After explaining the differences in domestic violence situations and cases, Siefker explains why attorneys should take domestic violence/protective order cases. She also gives an overview on domestic violence law, meeting with survivors of domestic violence, how to prepare for your case, and what you can expect during the case as well as after the case is tried. The Lafayette Bar Foundation is encouraging everyone who watches the CLE to take a protective order case with the Lafayette Bar Foundation. For more information, please contact Marilyn Lopez, Director of Pro Bono Services at marilyn@lafayettebar.org.




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2020 Vol 33 Issue 5 October Promulgator  

2020 Vol 33 Issue 5 October Promulgator