Procrastinators' Programs on December 27, 2019


Friday, December 27, 2019
All Day or By the Hour

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

Discounted CLE rates for NOBA Members! Not a member? CLICK HERE to join.

4 Easy Ways To Register!

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

2.  Email Briana Nelms

3.  Download the Procrastinators' Programs Registration Form

4.  Register for the full day directly online.  Pre-Registration is closed, walk-ins are welcome.

     (Please note: There is a 3% fee for all credit card transactions. We take everything but American Express)

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8:30 am - 9:00 am   

Registration Opens


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Ethics: Crowdfunding - Raise $ for Your Case the New Old Fashioned Way
Would you like to raise money – donations, not loans - to finance the high costs of litigation, or are you just trying to obtain a bigger recovery for your client? Crowdfunding is the way to go but you must be aware of the ethical issues it raises. 


Lisa A. Montgomery, Attorney at Law


10:10 am - 11:10 am

Professionalism: Dealing with Difficult Clients and Lawyers


Stephanie Graf Gamble, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel LLC
Lindsay E. Reeves, Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, LLC
Megan S. Peterson, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP
Vanessa W. Graf, Jones Walker LLP

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation         
Over the past decade, Kanye West has run the gamut when it comes to civil lawsuits.  From copyright and trademark infringement to breaches of contract to class action litigation, West has seen it all.  In this presentation, Brent Turman analyzes Kanye’s “greatest hits” in the courtroom and shares lessons other litigators can learn from his experiences.                                      


 Brent A. Turman,  Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch on Your Own


1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Self-Defense or Murder? Case Studies in Deadly Force Encounters
This interactive seminar will discuss the legal defense of self-defense, when it applies, and when it fails.  The course will discuss actual, recent cases and analyze the outcomes against the context of hot-button legal issues like the “Stand Your Ground” law, “Defense of Others,” “The Castle Doctrine,” and “The Aggressor Doctrine.” This exciting class is an absolute defense against post-lunch CLE drowsiness.‚Äč



James J. Reeves, II, Melchiode Marks King LLC

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage


Kristin L. Beckman, Pipes Miles Beckman, LLC

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

Social Security Disability


Benjamin Misko, Law Offices of Benjamin Misko, LLC

4:50 pm - 5:50 pm

Valuing Community Property Businesses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Louisiana Law

Recent jurisprudential developments in Louisiana law allow for one spouse to unilaterally determine the value of a community property business at divorce by signing an agreement containing a buy-sell amount.  These recent cases on the valuation of community property businesses misinterpret Louisiana law and in doing so undercut fundamental principles of community property law.  This presentation will explain the historically how courts valued community property businesses at  divorce, the recent jurisprudential shift, and how courts should value community property businesses going forward.


Sally B. Richardson, Tulane University Law School

CLE Registration Fees

The Procrastinators' Programs (sm) offers 7 Hours of CLE including 1 hour of Ethics and Professionalism. 

Registration Options NOBA Member Discount Non Member Rate

Full day registration 

$250.00    $370.00
Per hour registration $40.00   

The New Orleans Bar Association will accept written requests for a refund of registration fees, but a $20 administrative fee will be assessed. All cancellations must be received two full days prior to the CLE in order to be eligible for a refund. No refunds for no shows.