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May 2017 Newsletter


Thank you to Peter Mansfield for presenting at our April CLE. Our CLE this month will be on May 19th at Dakota Restaurant our speaker will be Judge Raymond Childress and his presentation will be on “Veteran Court”. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and the CLE will begin at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch is $28 and the CLE is $15. Please RSVP Judy at if you plan to attend.

Click on the link below to register and pay for the May 19th CLE.

Mark your calendars now for the monthly meetings: June 16th, July 21st, August 18th, September 15th, October 20th and November 17th (all day CLE at Southern Hotel).

Rene Frederick, President


If you have not already done so, it is time to renew your membership for 2017! To continue to be a member in good standing and receive our newsletter and bar information, the deadline for payment was April 30th. Please contact Judy if you have any questions at Below is the link to the membership form.

Membership Dues Link:


The first Community Outreach Luncheon is set for May 23, 2017 at Noon at Di Christina’s in Covington. The purpose of these luncheons is to spotlight local non-profit organizations and assess their needs and how the legal community can help. It is also a fundraising lunch for the non-profits. There will be a suggested donation of $50.00; it is not a requirement to attend the lunch. The Bar Association has graciously offered to match any contributions received up to $1,000.00. Noble Bates Young will be our speaker on behalf of the Miracle League. More information on the Miracle League can be found here:

We will also vote on who we want to spotlight at the next Luncheon. If you know of a local non-profit that you would like us to spotlight, please let us know. The cost for lunch is $25. If you cannot attend, please consider donating to this worthy cause.

Please RSVP to Judy at by May 19, 2017.

Community Outreach Luncheon:

Donations Only:

Rachael Catalanotto
Community Outreach Chair


The Criminal Law will host an All Day CLE on August 25th at the Southern Hotel. We have an excellent line-up of speakers and this CLE will be very informative to our Criminal Law Members, but is open to everyone. The registration form will be sent out as time gets closer, but please put this date on your calendar.

Attached is the bar membership form, please check the Criminal Law section if you wish to join this section and receive information regarding upcoming events and notices.

Membership Dues Link:

Michael Bradley & John Almerico
Criminal Law Co-Chairs


Remember to Save the date for the 22nd JDC Family Court Improvement Day to be held on August 22, 2017.

Angela Cox Williams
Family Law Chair


There will be an informal luncheon with Judge Brown on June 9th, more information will follow.

Kelly Rabalais
Women In Law Chair


Our first CLE of the year will be held on Wednesday, May 10th from 12-1:30 p.m. at Abita Roasting Company, 1011 Village Walk, Covington. Judge Gardner will present a CLE on Professionalism. This is a great opportunity to pick up a professionalism CLE credit! The cost for the lunch and CLE is $30. If you would like to attend, please RSVP Judy at

Click on the link to pay for the Young Lawyers CLE on May 10th

Molly Manieri
Young Lawyer Chair


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Must enjoy and have excellent legal research and writing skills. Must have excellent analytical skills. Must enjoy being a team player. Must have a positive attitude and stable employment history. 5+ years’ experience preferred. Judicial Clerkship experience preferred. Top 10% of class preferred.

To apply and for more information please visit the Curry & Friend, PLC, website at:


On April 2, 2017, the life of Whitney, the daughter of a legal secretary in Lake Charles, changed in an instant. She was on her way home from her prom and nearly lost her life due to a drunk driver. She had to be airlifted to Women & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, where they found out she had sustained a traumatic brain injury, collapsed lungs, bleeding on the brain, and brain swelling. She was in a coma for several days before she started to wake up. The doctors subsequently found it necessary to put her in a medically induced coma for several days so she could heal. Now that she’s awake, she’s having trouble with her memory, speaking, eating, and walking. On Monday, Whitney was transferred to the New Orleans Children’s Hospital for rehabilitation. Upon her initial evaluation, the doctors said she will have to stay there 8-9 weeks.

The main cause of stress on the family right now is trying to find affordable housing while in New Orleans. Ronald McDonald House is full. Most of the hotels are full due to Jazz Fest. Angela said the cheapest hotel they could find is $700/week.

1) Does anyone have a condo/house/apartment in the New Orleans area that they can donate or rent to Whitney’s family at a very reasonable price while Whitney is in Children’s Hospital for 8-9 weeks?
2) Does anyone have extra hotel points so that her family can stay in a nearby hotel that they can hopefully find?
3) Prayers for Whitney and her family because it appears that Lindsey will have permanent residual disability.
If you can assist, please directly contact Lindsey at :

If you have not submitted your information to our online Attorney Directory, you are missing out on potential new clients. We continue to get requests for referrals and this is where we send them. But you must fill out the online form. If you have any questions contact Judy at

  • The directory can be searched by name or practice area.
  • The directory not only allows members to find members, but also allows attorneys outside of our area to find your contact information, and allows the general public looking for an attorney based upon practice area.
  • The bar association receives many calls looking for an attorney, if you are not on the list you will lose out on this opportunity for new clients.
    The Basic Listing is included in your annual membership dues, but you must be a member in good standing and fill out the online form.

In addition to the Basic Listing, we are pleased to offer a Premium Listing at the low cost of $50 per year. The Premium Listing includes the same information as the Basic Listing, plus a link to your website, map to your office, and a photo.

Please visit our directory at to see the various possibilities.

Website Premium Directory Listing Link:

Judy Walz
Executive Director