Monthly Newsletters

February 2016 Newsletter


Thank you to Elisia Tipton for speaking at last month’s luncheon. Her presentation on the revisions to Article 966 of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure was excellent, and I know many of us appreciate the helpful tips she offered for addressing these changes in our daily practice.

Our February CLE will be held at Keith Young’s Restaurant on Friday, February 19th. Our guest speaker will be Roger LaRue, who will speak on the ever-changing “Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” which, like many federal acts, saw another round of changes that will affect most civil litigation practices. Lunch will start at 12:00 and the cost is $25; the CLE begins as 12:30 and is $15 for members. Please RSVP Judy at if you plan to attend so that we can ensure that we have enough seating and can start on time.

At the February CLE, we will have two raffle drawings for tickets to the LA Bar Foundation Gala, which is held on Friday April 8th, and the Chef Soiree, which is held on March 20th. You must be present to win.

As I mentioned at our last CLE luncheon, we have added new sections to our association in response to multiple requests from within our membership. We are looking forward to working with our section chairs for a productive year and are excited to participate in the events that they have planned. Please visit our website calendar to see the complete listing of upcoming activities for the entire bar and the individual sections. Your participation is welcome in all of our sections, and if there’s something that you’d like to see us address this year, please let us know.

If you have any questions, concerns or recommendation, please feel free to contact me or one of the other officers. My ears and door are open!

Elizabeth Sconzert,


If you have not already done so, is time to renew your membership for 2016! The membership form link is below. This year the membership cards will be “blue” and your 2015 yellow membership cards are expired. We have added new sections, so if you want to be a part of any of the sections, please mark it on your membership form. If you have already sent in your membership dues and want to be included, contact Judy at to be added on that list. Our sections include:

  • FAMILY LAW – Chair: Jesmin Finley
    Offers CLE for Family Law Specialization and update on new laws impacting family law.
  • YOUNG LAWYERS – Chair: Kyle Wiedemann
    Offers a chance to meet with other newly admitted lawyers and CLE with members of the bench.
  • WOMEN IN LAW – Chair: Christie Forrester and Kelly Brian
    Offers a chance to meet with female lawyers and discuss current legal matters.
  • CRIMINAL LAW – Chair: Debra Henkels
    Offers CLE and updates on new laws impacting criminal law.
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH – Chair: Jessica Karr
    Offers a chance to work with other attorneys on community projects.


The monthly CLE’s are held on the third Friday of each month, January through October, at Keith Young’s Restaurant. Lunch is $25 and is served at 12:00 p.m. and the CLE is $15, for members, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. We will offer a full day of Family Law CLE in April, and a full day of general CLE in November, including Ethics and Professionalism. Both all day CLE’s will be held at the Courtyard Marriott.

Mark your calendars now for the rest of the monthly meetings: March 18th, April 15th, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, October 21st and November 18th (all day CLE). If you have CLE ideas/requests, please share them with us as we want to make the CLE’s relevant to our members.


This Section holds several CLE’s throughout the year and an All Day CLE providing Family Law Specialization credit. The cost for the CLE for members is $15. The All Day Family Law CLE will be held on April 22nd at the Courtyard Marriott. If you wish to be a part of the Family Law Section and receive emails regarding CLE and updated information, please check the section on your membership form.

Jesmin Finley,
Family Law Chair


This Section is composed of lawyers who are 40 years of age and under, or who have been admitted to the bar for 6 years or less. The Section conducts several CLE’s throughout the year. They also host luncheons with local Judges who offer valuable information and crucial skills to young lawyers. If you wish to be a part of the Young Lawyer Section and receive emails regarding CLE and Judges Luncheon, please check the section on your membership form.

Kyle Wiedemann,
Young Lawyer Chair


The 2016 Bench Bar & Badge Build is set for Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14th, more information will follow soon. If you are interested in helping with the projects, please check that section on your membership form.

Jessica Karr,
Community Outreach Chair


Offers a chance for female lawyers to network, socialize, and contribute to the community

Women in Law is planning a cocktail hour in the near future, open to all members of the Bar Association. If you are interested in being part of our section, please check that section on your membership form.

Christie Forrester and Kelly Brian,
Women in Law Co-Chairs


Join and be a part of creating the purpose of the section and how effective it can be regarding the criminal practice. If you practice in this area, what would you like this section to be about? Having a place to exchange ideas with the DA, Judges, etc. for improvement regarding the entire system? Lead useful CLE’s that apply to us?

We will have a social hour to meet and discuss what YOU want this section to do. But remember, you must first make sure you join the 22nd JDC Bar Association and check the Criminal Law Section on your membership form. We are a sub section of the association.

Debra Henkels,
Criminal Law Chair


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