Monthly Newsletters

July 2016 Newsletter


Thank you to Judge Scott Gardner, who spoke at our June CLE on “Jury Considerations.” His discussion offered many useful tips from his experience as a litigator and from his perspective from the bench. We’re looking forward to putting them into practice.

Our July CLE will be held at Keith Young’s Restaurant on Friday, July 15th. Our guest speaker will be our newly appointed Sheriff Randy Smith, who will speak on “The Operation of the Sheriff’s Office and Future Plans for the same”.

This CLE is anticipated to be highly attended, therefore it will be necessary to RSVP by prepaying by July 12th. As we all know, Young’s Restaurant is limited in the number of seats, so if you plan to attend, you must prepay. Prepay will speed up the sign-in process and assure you a seat. We cannot guarantee you a spot if you do not RSVP.

Please mail your check for $40 payable to “22nd JDC Bar Association PO Box 2074 Covington, 70433. If you have any questions regarding prepayment, please contact Judy at

Elizabeth Sconzert, President


The 22nd JDC Public Defender’s Office has its own clothing closet for clients who may not have access to appropriate attire for court. The closet desperately needs to be replenished with suits, dress shirts, career dresses, pants, ties, and shoes for men and women of all sizes.

Your donations of clean, gently worn professional and business casual attire will help maintain the dignity of both the clients and the court proceedings. Public Defender John Lindner and his staff will be accepting the donations at their offices located at 402 N. Jefferson Avenue in Covington and at 919A Washington Street in Franklinton during regular business hours throughout the month of July.

For more information or to schedule a pickup of your donations, please contact Judy at or 985-867-4833.

Jessica Karr
Community Outreach Chair


Court Improvements sessions will be held on August 16-17, 2016. Please mark your calendars. This year, the Family Law section would like some input from its’ members before the session are held, please click the link attached to answer 3 short questions regarding court improvement. The intent is to make the sessions as helpful and effective for our membership.

Link to Short Survey

The survey will be open until July 22, 2016 at noon. Thank you.< p>

Jesmin Basanti Finley
Family Law Chair


  • Judge Scott Gardner will be opening his courtroom to host a “Cross Examination Workshop” on Friday, August 12th. This CLE/Lunch is open to all young lawyers and will be from 11-1 p.m. The program will be eligible for 2 hours of CLE credit and includes lunch. The cost for the CLE and lunch will be $35. Due to the nature of this workshop, pre-registration with payment is mandatory to ensure that each participant receives the course materials in advance and comes to the workshop properly prepared. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Judy at and mail your payment by August 1, 2016 to:
    22nd JDC Bar Association
    Box 2074
    Covington, LA 70434
  • The Young Lawyers Section will host the 7th Annual Court Chase 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run in downtown Covington on Saturday, September 10. All proceeds will be donated to the Youth Service Bureau ( Please consider becoming a Sponsor and/or coming out to participate in the race. Sponsorship and Registration Forms are attached.
    Court Chase Sponsor Form PDF
    Court Chase Registration Form PDF

Kyle Wiedemann
Young Lawyer Chair


Experienced legal secretary need for Slidell office. Dictation, client contact, calendaring, assisting the attorney in a fast paced office and general clerical duties on a daily basis. Please send resume and salary requirements to No phone calls please. Salary DOE.


  • Insurance Defense firm in Slidell, LA seeking a trial attorney with 3-7 years experience in insurance defense litigation. Must possess strong writing skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Interested candidates must submit a writing sample and resume to Shannon Livermore at
  • Lifelong resident of West St. Tammany, 30+ years experience in working up cases and behind-the-scenes litigation work, i.e., development of strategy & action plans, drafting of pleadings & dispositive motions, conducting of discovery, pre-trial and trial prep; extensive experience in drafting appellate briefs, writ applications, and other appellate procedure, seeking a full-time position where these skills can be utilized. In the short-term, contract work accepted. If interested, please direct response to


The Village Shops Office Building located at 209 Highway 22 West in Madisonville has available several sized offices for rent starting at $600.00/month, which includes receptionist, phones, copy machine, internet, etc. There is a shared space including a large conference room, kitchen, etc. There are four (4) other attorneys located in this space. If interested, please call 985-792-5220 and ask for Judy.

Judy Walz
Executive Director