Procrastinators' Programs on December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
All Day or By the Hour

NOBA Presents "By Young Lawyers, For Young Lawyers"

Earn 7 hours of CLE including 1 hour of Ethics and 1 hour of Professionalism

Conveniently located at the Pan Am Building, 11th Floor Auditorium, 601 Poydras Street, New Orleans

Early Bird Pricing and Reduced Rates for New Orleans Bar Association Members






CLE Hours

Register by the hour of the full day.

Procrastinators' Programs (sm) offers 7 Hours of CLE including 1 Hour of Ethics and 1 Hour of Professionalism each day.


3 Easy Ways To Register!

1.  Call the Bar Office at (504) 525-7453 or

2.  Email Hayley Landry or

3.  Download the Procrastinators' Programs Registration Form



8:30 am - 9:00 am   

Registration Opens


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Ethics: Avoiding Malpractice Mistakes - What Every Young Lawyer Should Know
There are many costly and career-damaging ethical mistakes attorneys make. Learn how to avoid these mistakes related to billing, responding to client questions, maintaining documents, and missing deadlines. The panel will dig into the Rules of Professional Conduct, give tips, and cover several real-life examples from malpractice cases and disciplinary proceedings. Missing this informative CLE could cost you!

Michael S. Finkelstein, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC
Caitlin R. Byars, Taylor, Wellons, Politz & Duhe, APLC
Skylar B. Rudin, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC
Krystin M. Frazier, Kelly Hart & Pitre
Avery B. Pardee, Jones Walker LLP

10:10 am - 11:10 am

Behind the Scenes with Law Clerks
They say that behind every great judge is his or her law clerk. Join us in this panel style presentation as judicial clerks from Jefferson Parish, Orleans Civil District Court, and Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Court shed insider insight on navigating the court system. Topics will include general guidelines, local rules, oral advocacy, and motions practice, followed by a question and answer period.

James H. Gilbert, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Megan Dupuy, Law Clerk for Judge Mary Ann Lemmon
Marcus B. Hunter, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC
Justin M. Woodard, Jones Walker LLP


11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Work/Life Balance From A Business Development Perspective

Scott Sternberg, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC
Atoyia S. Harris, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
Hannah B. Salter, Cardone Law Firm
Teva F. Sempel, Schonekas, Evans, McGoey & McEachin, LLC
Ebony S. Morris, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch on Your Own


1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Disaster Preparedness For Your Practice

Graham H. Ryan, Jones Walker LLP
Matthew S. Smith, Matt Smith Law, LLC
Evian Mugrabi, LA Civil Justice Center
Shayna Beevers Morvant – Beevers & Beevers LLP

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

30 Practice Tips in 60 Minutes
The presentation will encourage thoughtful discussion and the sharing of ideas not only between the panel members, but also from the audience. Each of the panelists selected for this presentation is a young lawyer, but all panelists have years of associate-level experience in a variety of fields and practice areas. These panelists will provide information on some of the toughest aspects of being a young lawyer, from dealing with extensive document productions to negotiating techniques. Regardless of how many years it has been since you passed the bar, the tips and discussion from these panelists are sure to benefit your practice.

Cayce C. Peterson, The Lambert Firm, PLC 
Kelsey L. Jarrett, Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP
Ashley J. Becnel, City of New Orleans Law Department
Lindsay J. Jeffrey, Criminal District Court
Jeffrey P. Green, Austin & Associates, LLC

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

Billing, Costs and Fees

Stephanie G. Gamble,  Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLC
Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank
Brooke A. Riggs, Frilot LLC
Katherine L. Swartout, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP

4:50 pm - 5:50 pm

Professionalism: Play Nice in the Sandbox, and Other Kindergarten Lessons for Lawyers 
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe . . . this CLE will stop the show! Travel with this panel down memory lane to simpler times. A time where you had no inhibitions. A time where you played with everyone you met. And a time where you picked yourself up and kept moving ahead even though you just skinned your knee. Join this panel to see how the lessons you learned as a child in the sandbox apply to your interactions with others in the legal profession.

Eric W. Sella, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett
Stephanie G. Gamble,  Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLC
Leandro Rylee Area, Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP
Mirais M. Holden, Liskow & Lewis, APLC
Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC


Special thanks to Kelsey Jarrett and Skylar Rudin, Chairs of “For Young Lawyers, By Young Lawyers” program