Monthly Newsletters

June 2016 Newsletter


Thank you to Marta-Ann Schnable and Gregg Collins, who spoke on “Venus & Mars: The Role of Gender in Negotiations,” at our last luncheon. As expected, the discussion was not only entertaining, but also offered useful insight that will be helpful the next time we are in a mediation.

Our June CLE will be held at Keith Young’s Restaurant on Friday, June 17th. Our guest speaker will be Judge Scott Gardner, who will speak on “Jury Considerations”. You won’t want to miss Judge Gardner’s tips on effectively presenting your case to the trier of fact.

Lunch will start at Noon and the cost is $25; the CLE begins as 12:30 and is $15 for members. Please RSVP to Judy at if you plan to attend so that we can ensure that we have enough handouts for everyone, the restaurant can have enough food and seating, and we can get started on time.

Elizabeth Sconzert, President


The Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services are hosting a Wills for Heroes Event. The Wills for Heroes Foundation works nationwide with affiliate organizations to provide free wills and other estate planning documents to America’s first responders, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Every participating first responder will have the opportunity to meet individually with a licensed attorney and have a Last Will & Testament, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Declaration/Living Will drafted on his/her behalf without charge.

This will take place this Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mandeville Community Center, 3090 E. Causeway Approach. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Cynthia Bordonaro at or 985-893-0076.


We are co-hosting a CLE with the Federal Bar Association, entitled State vs Federal Rules of Civil Procedures – Similarities and Differences. Judges Penzato and Milazzo will be leading the discussion and sharing their experience from the bench as to how to improve your practice in each venue. A one (1) hour CLE at the Southern Hotel on June 23, 2016, from 4-5, social to follow. More information and registration attached.

Federal Bar Association CLE Information PDF


We will be holding our first meeting later this month. If you have not already done so, please let Judy know if you want to receive the notices regarding our Criminal Law Section so you can be added to our list.

Debra Henkes
Criminal Law Chair


The Family Court Judges will be hosting Court Improvement sessions on August 16th and August 17th. Please block your calendars, and look for more information to be coming shortly.

Jesmin Basanti Finley
Family Law Chair


Anyone interested in attending an Evidence Workshop hosted by Judge Gardner please contact me at The Workshop is interactive and would benefit any lawyer looking to sharpen his or her cross examination skills and will be eligible for CLE credit. Space will be limited.

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. For details, contact me at

Kyle Wiedemann
Young Lawyer Chair


$450 office available in heart of Old Mandeville. Beautiful, furnished corner office (two windows). Wifi, utilities and cleaning service included. Furnished secretarial space also available (both for $600). Please contact Elaine at 985/727-1664 or

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