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Bench Bar 2014


April 4 - 6, 2014

Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, Mississippi

Where can you earn 8 hours of CLE including Ethics and Professionalism while mingling with colleagues and judges from state and federal courts?

Register today and enjoy discounted rates. Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or email CC Kahr.

Join the New Orleans Bar Association for its annual Bench Bar Conference at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. The weekend promises to be a fascinating exploration of the latest developments in the legal community including Meet the Judges, a rapid-fire, round-robin session where lawyers will be given the opportunity to meet and interact with judges from state and federal courts.





Click here for the Agenda 

Earn 8 hours of CLE including ethics and professionalism.  Topics include:

  • Meet the Judges
  • Lessons Learned from BP
  • Summary Judgment
  • Class Actions & Complex Litigation
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics 

Enjoy opportunities to relax and mingle with colleagues:

  • Friday Night Dinner & Party 
  • Saturday Evening Cocktail Party
  • Amenities offered by the Beau Rivage


The New Orleans Bar Association room block  at the Beau Rivage has expired, but you can still reserve a room at a discounted rate of $149/night by calling NOBA directly. Please call the New Orleans Bar Association at (504) 525-7453 and to reserve a room.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453.  

Registration and Conference Fees

Bench Bar CLE Priority Early Registration (Before March 24, 2014) $325                                                                                                 
Bench Bar CLE Registration(After March 24, 2014)          $375
Bench Bar Young Lawyer CLE Priority Registration (Before March 24, 2014) $175
Bench Bar Young Lawyer CLE Registration (After March 24, 2014) $225
Friday Night Dinner $110
Guest Registration  $150
Spa Registration (valid only on Thursday, April 3, 2014) $150

To Register:

Download the Bench Bar Registration Form and 

1.  Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
2.  Email CC Kahr or
3.  Fax (504) 525-6549 or
4.  Mail to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA. 

Written cancellations must be received by March 24, 2014 for a refund minus a $30 administrative fee. No refunds for no shows. 


Co-Sponsors & Committees

Special thanks to our co-sponsors:

  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Orleans Parish Civil District Court
  • Orleans Parish First and City Courts
  • Orleans Parish Criminal District  Court
  • With Special Thanks to the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.

Bench Bar Conference Committee

  • The Hon. Jay C. Zainey, United States District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana, Chair
  • The Hon. Michael G. Bagneris (ret.), Chair
  • Lisa M. Africk, Brown Sims
  • William B. Gaudet, Adams and Reese
  • Dana M. Douglas, Liskow & Lewis
  • Walter J. Leger, Jr., Leger & Shaw
  • Monica J. Manzella, City of New Orleans
  • Christopher K. Ralston, Phelps Dunbar
  • Sharonda R. Williams, City of New Orleans 


Gold Gavel

  • Adams and Reese LLP
  • Deutsch Kerrigan & Stiles, L.L.P.
  • Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith, A PLC
  • Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
  • Jones Walker LLP
  • McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Silver Gavel

  • Chaffe McCall, L.L.P.
  • Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams, LLP
  • Liskow & Lewis
  • Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P.
  • Pugh, Accardo, Haas, Radecker & Carey LLC
  • Taggart Morton, L.L.C.

Bronze Gavel

  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
  • Frilot L.L.C.
  • Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.
  • Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC
  • Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard
  • Michael J. Mestayer, A PLC
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC
  • Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Thank you to the Louisiana State Bar Association for their continued support of this program.