Big Easy Bootcamp: Basic Training for Lawyering in New Orleans





On October 20th, we will hold our annual Big Easy Bootcamp CLE program, but this year it will be at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit! Not to mention that this program is the winner of the American Bar Association's 2017 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award!

Earn 6.5 hours of CLE credit, including Ethics, Professionalism & Law Practice (Office) Management CLE from well-respected lawyers and judges. A reception at the Ace Hotel for the new admittees follows the CLE, sponsored by Thompson Reuters! 2017 New Admittees get FREE CLE at Big Easy Bootcamp if they become a NOBA member. 

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Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: 8:30 am Registration begins; 9:00 - 4:55 pm CLE; Reception follows

CLE:  6.5 Hours of CLE including 1 Hour of Ethics, 2 Hours of Professionalism, and 2 Hours of Law Practice (Office) Management

CLE Location:  
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals West Courtroom) 
600 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
*Please bring photo identification.

Reception Location:  
Ace Hotel New Orleans (lobby bar)
600 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 
  2. Email Hayley Landry
  3. Fax NOBA at (504) 525-6549 


2017 New Admittees - Join NOBA and Big Easy Bootcamp is FREE! Click here to download the NOBA membership application

NOBA Member Discount, Practicing Less than Two Years - $100.00

NOBA Member Discount, Practicing Over Two Years - $120.00

Non Members - $150.00

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less $15 administrative fee. No refunds for no shows. 


8:30 - 8:55 am


8:55 - 9:00 am

Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00 - 10:00 am

Ethics 101

You’ll get practical information on ethics geared to new lawyers. Learn about ethical issues encountered by most new lawyers, the nuances of professional responsibility, attorney-client relationships, confidentiality, malpractice, and the use of social media.

  • Judge Paul Bonin, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
10:10 -11:10 am

Top 10 Things Every Associate Should Know
What does it take to be a top notch associate? What are the experiences of both plaintiff and defense lawyers? What are the expectations when you practice in a small firm versus a larger firm? 

  • M. Nan Alessandra, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
  • Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP
11:15 - 12:15 pm

Nuts and Bolts of Law Practice Management
Learn about running a practice, establishing billing procedures and other law practice management issues. Review this and day-to-day office practices that all attorneys face.

  • Ashley J. Becnel, City of New Orleans Law Deptarment
  • Aaron B. Greenbaum, Pusateri, Johnston, Guillot & Greenbaum, LLC
  • Kimberly R. Silas, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC
12:15 - 1:20 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Courtroom Demeanor
Learn about professional conduct in and out of the courtroom. Find out what standards are expected of today’s lawyers from the perspective of the bench.

  • The Hon. Roland L. Belsome, Jr., Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Lori A. Waters, Irpino Law Firm
2:35 - 3:35 pm

Balancing the Scales of Justice and Your Life
Learn about running a practice, establishing billing procedures and other law practice management issues. Review this and day-to-day office practices that all attorneys face.

  • Anna F. Cavnar, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC
  • Kelly G. Juneau Rookard, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC
  • Ross M. Molina, AIG Insurance Company 
3:40 - 4:55 pm

Mastering Cocktail Conversation
Hear the answers to questions that your friends will ask you such as getting someone out of jail, needing a will, family, and real estate problems.

  • Harry Rosenberg, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
  • Tyler J. Douglas, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver L.L.P.
  • Brooke C. Tigchelaar, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC


Thank you to our Ace Hotel Reception sponsor: