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Alternative Dispute Resolution

   Lynn Luker, Chair


Upcoming Events:

The Alternative Dispute Resolution CLE scheduled for May 13th has been postponed! Please stay tuned for upcoming meeting details!

Revising Louisiana's Archaic Arbitration Laws: Goodbye to 'Amicable Compounders' and Questions of Arbitration in Estates and Trusts 

The Louisiana State law Institute's ADR Committee is working on revising Louisiana's arbitration laws which are governed by old and sometimes conflicting provisions of the Louisiana Civil Code and the Louisiana Arbitration Act. The committee has started with the Uniform Arbitration Act as a model and considered whether changes are required due to distinctive Louisiana law features. Certain archaic provisions of Louisiana law (such as "amicable compounders" which is an archaic type of arbitration giving the compounder broad equitable powers) will be revised in light of modern practices. An issue increasingly being raised regarding state arbitration acts is whether arbitration clauses in estates and wills should be enforceable. 




Speaker: Edward F. Sherman, Tulane University Law School

Date:  Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Time:  12 Noon - 1 PM

Location: Jones Walker, 201 St. Charles Avenue (please arrive on the 51st floor)

Cost: NOBA Member Discount - $35.00; Non Member $55 (includes lunch)  

To Register:  

1. Email Katie Vutera or

2. Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or

3. Mail payment to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130 or

4. NOBA Members can pay online here



Recent Events:


On March 11, 2015, Magistrate Judge Michael North of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana sat down for a "meet and greet" with NOBA members to discuss his own experiences and practices with settelement conferences in USDC.

On March 12, 2014, Thomas K. Foutz explored various hypothetical situations that arise during negotiation and mediation in the "Ethics in Mediation" CLE.

On May 10, 2012, the Committee and the Young Lawyers Section co-sponsored a CLE "Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for a Mediation." Speakers included: J. Gregg Collins, ADR inc.; Ryan Malone of Duplass, Zwain; Jason Giles, Womac Firm