2020 Bench Bar Conference

More information for next year's Bench Bar Conference coming soon....

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Point Clear, Alabama


Join the New Orleans Bar Association for the 2020 Bench Bar Conference at the beautiful Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, on March 19-22, 2020. 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.

Register today and enjoy discounted rates. Call NOBA at 525-7453 or email Briana Nelms

Download the 2020 Bench Bar Conference Brochure 

Download the 2020 Bench Bar Conference Lawyer Registration Form 


2020 Bench Bar Conference Agenda

2020 Bench Bar Conference Speaker Bios (coming soon)

Directions to the Grand Hotel

Map of the Grand Hotel

Fairhope Alabama Restaurants


Get your reservations now at Marriott's Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL by calling  (800)544-9933. If you prefer to stay in Fairhope, which is a short 5-minute drive, call the Hampton Inn. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453.  

For NOBA Conference Registration:

1.  Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or 
2.  Email Briana Nelms, Program Director or
3.  Mail to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA or

Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received by Friday, March 13, 2020, for a full refund minus a $30 administrative fee.

(please note: All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee)

Bench Bar CLE Priority Registration (Deadline Coming Soon)


Bench Bar CLE Registration (Deadline Coming Soon)
        8.70 Hours of CLE including Ethics and Professionalism
        Saturday and Sunday Breakfasts
        Saturday Wellness Luncheon
‚Äč        Saturday Evening Champagne Tasting 
Bench Bar Young Lawyer CLE Priority Registration (Deadline Coming Soon) $185
Bench Bar Young Lawyer CLE Registration (Deadline Coming Soon) $235
Friday Night Margarita Bar
  Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvre
Guest Registration 
        Friday Night Margarita Bar
        Saturday and Sunday Breakfasts

        Saturday Evening Champagne Tasting

The 2020 Bench Bar Conference Committee: 

Judge Lance M. Africk, USDC EDLA, and Judge Rachael D. Johnson, Orleans CDC, Co-Chairs
Angie Christina, Akerman LLP, Vice-Chair

Judge Karen Wells Roby, USDC EDLA            

Eva Dossier, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford LLC

Thomas M. Flanagan, Flanagan Partners LLP

William B. Gaudet, Adams & Reese, LLP

Colleen Jarrott, Baker Donelson                   

Brittany Reed, US Attorney’s Office

Peter Sperling, Frilot LLC

Sharonda Williams, Fishman Haygood LLP

YLS Representatives for Sponsors and Social Events:

Cayce C. Peterson, The Lambert Firm
Katherine Swartout, McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch, LLC

The 2020 Bench Bar Conference Young Lawyers Section Committee 

Kelly E. Brilleaux, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC

 Marshall Cox, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC

Vic Dantin, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC

Gerard J. Gaudet, Adams and Reese, LLP

Jennifer Gordon Lampton, Civil District Court Parish of Orleans

Cassie Preston Gailmor,  Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP

Cayce C. Peterson, The Lambert Firm

Eric W. Sella, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett 

Kimberly Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court

Katherine Swartout, McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch, LLC

Ethan Zubic, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC


















Special Thanks to the 2019 Bench Bar Conference Corporate Leadership Circle (As of 2/5/19)


















Special Thanks to The 2019 Bench Bar Conference Law Firm Patrons (As of 2/5/19)

Adams and Reese, LLP

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC

Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP

Bruno & Bruno, LLP

The Derbes Law Firm, LLC

Bobby J. Delise

Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP

Entergy Services, Inc.

Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP

Flanagan Partners, LLP

Frilot LLC

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC

Herman Herman & Katz LLP

Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC

Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC

Jones Walker LLP

Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC

The Lambert Firm, PLC

Leger & Shaw

Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC

Liskow & Lewis, APLC

Martzell, Bickford & Centola

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Melchiode Marks King LLC

Perry, Balhoff, Mengis & Burns, LLC

Phelps Dunbar, LLP

Plauché Maselli Parkerson LLP

Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP

Pugh, Accardo, Haas, Radecker & Carey, LLC

Ron Austin & Associates

Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP

Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC