2020 Bench Bar Conference

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

This will serve to notify you that the annual Bench Bar Conference previously-scheduled to begin on March 20, 2020 in Point Clear, Alabama is CANCELLED because of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions applicable to all of us resulting from it.

It did not take long after my message to you on March 11, 2020 for events and circumstances beyond our control to make our meeting impossible. Two governmental emergency declarations, numerous announcements of cancellations and closures of public events and gatherings, the imposition of travel restrictions on you by your employers, and the concerns all of us must heed for the health and safety of ourselves, our loved ones, and our colleagues all combined to prevent our meeting.

You have time to cancel your hotel reservations. I urge you to do so promptly. You will be permitted to cancel your hotel room reservation without charge to you if you do so not later than Saturday March 14 for those of you scheduled to check in on Thursday March 19. For those of you scheduled to check in on Friday March 20, you must cancel no later than Sunday March 15 to avoid being charged. The Marriott Central Reservations phone number is (800) 544-9933.

Your conference registration fees will be refunded. Please make your application for refunds to the NOBA staff. Because of the volume of refund applications, we will receive, it will take our staff a bit of time to process them all. Please be patient.  We have under consideration a waiver of the administrative fee ($30) applicable under our standard cancellation policy.  We will make a prompt decision on that issue and you will be notified of it in response to your refund application.

It is with sadness that I must send you this message.  Thanks to all of you, we had an especially fine program planned. Program chairs, Judge Rachael Johnson and Judge Africk, have asked me to express their thanks to all of you for the strong support you've shown for this event by your robust registrations and sponsorships. 

All of us at the NOBA wish you, your loved ones, and colleagues good health and safety as we all navigate this public health crisis. We remain at your service and will endeavor to continue to deliver programs and services to you, as best we can, throughout this ordeal and subsequently throughout the remainder of the year.

Yours faithfully,

Jay Gulotta
New Orleans Bar Association

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

*Registration is a 2-step Process*

1. Submit Registration Form with payment:

Download the 2020 Bench Bar Conference Lawyer Registration Form 

Judges: email or call Briana Nelms for Judicial Registration Form

2. Book your stay at the Grand Hotel:

BOOK THE GRAND ONLINE  by clicking here!

2020 Bench Bar Conference Brochure 

2020 Bench Bar Conference Agenda

2020 Bench Bar Conference Speaker Bios 

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 16, 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 (By February 29, 2020)


Bench Bar CLE Registration (After February 29, 2020)
        7.5 Hours of CLE including Ethics and Professionalism
        Friday Evening Margarita Tasting
        Saturday and Sunday Breakfasts
‚Äč        Saturday Evening Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting 
Bench Bar Young Lawyer CLE Priority Registration (By February 29, 2020) $185
Bench Bar Young Lawyer CLE Registration (After February 29, 2020) $235
Guest Registration 
        Friday Evening Margarita Tasting
        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


Special Thanks to the 2020 Bench Bar Conference Corporate Leadership Circle (As of 2/28/20)


























Special Thanks to The 2020 Bench Bar Conference Law Firm Patrons (As of 2/28/20)

Adams and Reese, LLP

Akerman LLP

Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest, LLC

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP

The Derbes Law Firm, LLC

Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP

Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP 

Flanagan Partners, LLP

Frilot LLC

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC

The Law Offices of Gregory P. DiLeo, APLC

Herman Herman & Katz LLP

Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC

Jones Walker LLP

Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC

The Lambert Firm, PLC

Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC

Liskow & Lewis, APLC

Martzell, Bickford & Centola

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Melchiode Marks King LLC

Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions

Phelps Dunbar, LLP

Plauché Maselli Parkerson LLP

Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP

Pugh, Accardo, Haas, Radecker & Carey, LLC 

Sangisetty Law Firm, LLC

Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein & Hilbert, LLC

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC 

The Law Offices of Tim Fields