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About the NOBA Inn of Court


Upcoming Events


Understanding the Medical Causes of Stress and How it Affects Professionalism
September 26, 2013
Tommy's Bistro

Joint Inns of Court Meeting
October 16, 2013
Louisiana Supreme Court

Mardi Gras CLE
February 14, 2014
Antoine's Restaurant

Happy Hour Social
March 26, 2014
Tableau Restaurant





Recent Events

Mardi Gras CLE and Luncheon held at Antoine's on January 11, 2013


Stressed and Professional:  A Fish Tale??? was held on September 12, 2012


Recent Developments in Sports Law CLE - Any Given Sunday:  Sports, Torts, and the Lockout in the NFL and NBA was held on August 2, 2012.


Induction of Board Members and Reception was held on April 10, 2012.


Joint Meeting of the Inns of Court was held on October 5, 2011.


Inn of Court CLE - Couples Counseling: The Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Lunch followed by One Hour of Professionalism CLE on September 23, 2011


Inn of Court Wine Tasting Social at W.I.N.O. was held on July 7th, 2011.


Annual Joint Inns of Court Meeting was held on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 6 pm

New Orleans Chief of Police Ronal Serpas and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand spoke to the group in Judge Lemelle's Courtroom, 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans.


George's Lucky 13:  Professionalism with the First Gentlemen and the First President

The Hon. Joe Giarrusso addressed members on Friday, September 24, 2010.


Jazz Fest After Party - Dinner and Social

May 13, 2010 at 6 pm

Are You As Smart As a Law Student?  Ethics CLE was held on Friday, March 12, 2010.

Panelists include :

- Hon. Herbert A. Cade, Orleans Civil District Court
- Hon. Patricia R. Murray, LA Court of Appeal - 4th Circuit
- Carmelite M. Bertaut, Stone Pigman
- Jackie M. McCreary, Stone Pigman
- Michael J. Mestayer, Michael J. Mestayer, APLC
- Christopher K. Ralston, Phelps Dunbar
- Phillip A. Wittmann, Stone Pigman
- Pierce Azuma, Loyola Law School

Annual Joint Inns of Court Meeting was held on September 17, 2009 at 6 pm

Justice Greg G. Guidry will speak on professionalism with a reception to follow.


Federal Court CLE - Lawyers, Ethics, and Professionalism during Settlement Negotiations

One Hour of Professionalism CLE and Luncheon was held on October 14, 2009

with Judge Lance Africk, Judge Kurt Engelhardt, and Judge Jay Zainey


The Ethical Quagmire of Representing of Representing Multiple Parties in Litigation

One Hour of Ethics CLE and Cocktail Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

with William B. Wright


Inn of Court News and Views


"A Return Visit With Atticus Finch"

by The Hon. Terry Q. Alarcon
Judge, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

"Is It Live? Or Is It Television?"

Carolyn W. Gill-Jefferson

"Is Mentoring for You?"

by The Hon. Terri F. Love
Judge, La. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal


What is the Inn of Court?

The New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court was chartered in 1992 and is one of four New Orleans inns associated with the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court is a national association of attorneys and judges dedicated to increasing the level of professionalism and civility in the practice of law and the enhancement of the quality of legal services in our community. The program is patterned after the English Inns of Court in which more senior attorneys tutor law students and younger attorneys within the organization of inns and its members discuss emerging issues of law in a bench-bar setting.


Inn of Court Officers


The Hon. Terri Flemming Love 

Monica J. Manzella 

Christopher K. Ralston 
Jack C. Benjamin, Jr. 
The Hon. Robin M. Giarrusso 
-Vice-President Membership

Michael J. Mestayer 
-Past President


Nominations for Membership to the Inn of Court

Membership to the Inn of Court is a process which begins by a nomination from a member of the judiciary and/or an existing Inn of Court member. For information on joining the Inn of Court, please e-mail Inn of Court President Michael J. Mestayer or call bar staff liaison at CC Kahr at (504) 525-7453.


Inn of Court Professionalism Creed

Whereas, the Rule of Law is essential to preserving and protecting the rights and liberties of a free people; and

Whereas, throughout history, lawyers and judges have preserved, protected and defended the Rule of Law in order to ensure justice for all; and

Whereas, preservation and promulgation of the highest standards of excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills are essential to achieving justice under the Rule of Law;

Now therefore, as a member of an American Inn of Court, I hereby adopt this professional creed with a pledge to honor its principles and practices:

  • I will treat the practice of law as a learned profession and will uphold the standards of the profession with dignity, civility and courtesy.
  • I will value my integrity above all. My word is my bond.
  • I will develop my practice with dignity and will be mindful in my communications with the public that what is constitutionally permissible may not be professionally appropriate.
  • I will serve as an officer of the court, encouraging respect for the law in all that I do and avoiding abuse or misuse of the law, its procedures, its participants and its processes.
  • I will represent the interests of my client with vigor and will seek the most expeditious and least costly solutions to problems, resolving disputes through negotiation whenever possible.
  • I will work continuously to attain the highest level of knowledge and skill in the areas of the law in which I practice.
  • I will contribute time and resources to public service, charitable activities and pro bono work.
  • I will work to make the legal system more accessible, responsive and effective.

I will honor the requirements, the spirit and the intent of the applicable rules or codes of professional conduct for my jurisdiction, and will encourage others to do the same.