Louisiana State Bar Association News

A Message from the LSBA President Regarding Emergency Admission to the Bar
I am pleased that the Louisiana Supreme Court has resolved the issue regarding qualified 2020 bar applicants with a decision which balance the health and safety of bar applicants while mandating additional educational and mentoring requirements to preserve the integrity of the profession.

Nominating Committee to Meet Aug. 28 to Nominate President-Elect, Secretary
The LSBA's Nominating Committee will meet on Friday, Aug. 28, in New Orleans to nominate a president-elect for the 2021-22 term and a secretary for the 2021-23 term. The president-elect will automatically assume the presidency in 2022-23.

COVID-19 Updates and Information
View the LSBA's list of COVID-19 resources, including updates on meetings and events, free and discounted member services, webinar materials and a link to pro bono volunteer opportunities.

Supreme Court Order Addresses Emeritus Status
The Louisiana Supreme Court, by order signed April 9, 2020, amended Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XVIII with reference to emeritus status. Amendments to Section 3 address conditions and procedures for applications for transfer to emeritus status. The court order is effective immediately. Click here to view the Court Order. Click here for more information.

Louisiana Supreme Court Lifts Online MCLE Limit for 2020
In consideration of the continuing need to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued the following Order lifting the limitation on “self-study” credits. 

Board Certified Specialists May Earn Up To 12.5 Hours of Approved Specialization “Self-Study” Credits in 2020
On April 29, 2020, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization unanimously approved the following:

In compliance with the April 28, 2020 Supreme Court of Louisiana Order, and in accordance with LBLS Rules 7.4 and 7.9, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization deems its rules for specialty education amended for “self-study” credits and the limitation on “self-study” credits is increased from 4 hours to 12.5 hours for 2020 only.  All specialists may earn up to 12.5 hours of approved specialization “self-study” credits on or before December 31, 2020.

Law Library of Louisiana Offers Virtual Reference Desk
The Law Library of Louisiana (located at 400 Royal St. in New Orleans) may be physically closed to the public, but it is open virtually. Librarians have maintained, and continue to maintain, virtual reference desk services.

Attorneys who need legal research and reference assistance can contact the virtual reference desk by emailing or calling 504-310-2400. Librarians are on call to respond to any inquiries in a timely manner. The library is committed providing high-quality service. 

Librarians have access to a complete array of legal information resources, including Westlaw Edge, Lexis Advance, the LexisNexis Digital Library, Hein Online, and Newsbank, to respond to information needs. Document delivery fees have been waived while the library is physically closed. 

24th JDC Institutes Remote Check-In System
The 24th Judicial District Court has instituted a check in system to assist with limiting the number of people in the courthouse at any given time when the building reopens for those permitted to attend hearings in-person.

Appellant Files Reply Brief in Challenge Case
A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association filed suit against the LSBA, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Justices of the Court on August 1, 2019, challenging mandatory bar membership on First and Fourteenth amendment grounds.

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