Procrastinators' Programs on December 15, 2020

Thank you to all who attended our "By Young Lawyers, For Young Lawyers" Procrastinators' Programs!


NOBA Presents "By Young Lawyers, For Young Lawyers"
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Register By the Hour

Earn 6 hours of CLE including 1 hour of Ethics and 1 hour of Professionalism.

Live Zoom Webinars

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

3 Ways to Sign Up for Your CLE Programs and Pay to Complete your Registration:

1.  Call (504) 525-7453 to pick your hours and pay by credit card over the phone, OR   

2.  Complete the Registration Form and mail with payment to 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505 New Orleans, LA 70130, OR

3. Pay directly online and email the Registration Form to (do not email Credit Card information)
          a. $40 per hour, members pay here.
          b. $60 per hour, non-members pay here.
Please note: There is a 3% fee for all credit card transactions. We take everything but
            American Express.)

*Please note that your registration is not complete until we receive both the Registration Form and Payment. 

Registration closes at 4:30 pm the day before a program.




9:00 am - 10:00 am

Ethics: Privacy Concerns & Protecting Client Information in Times of COVID

Privacy Concerns during Covid.  Protecting Client information while working remotely. Zoom meetings, depositions, etc. with potentially confidential information. The panel will cover new challenges lawyers now face regarding privacy and confidential information in the time of COVID with working remotely and practicing law through virtual means.


Dustin C. Alonzo, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP 
Kenneth  C. Bordes, Law Office of Kenneth Bordes
Moderator: Gerard J. Gaudet, Adams and Reese LLP
Eric Winder Sella, Plauche Maselli Parkerson, LLP

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Tips I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Lawyer

Becoming an attorney is both exhilarating and frightening for first-timers. This panel discusses ways first-year lawyers can avoid common mistakes when preparing for hearings, depositions, client meetings, and preparing pleadings.


Janell McFarland-Forges, O’Bryon & Schnabel
Jennifer Gordon Lampton, Civil District Court
Moderator: Ebony S. Morris, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC
Katherine L. Swartout, McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, LLC

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Practicing at Small Firms - Pre-COVID vs. COVID

COVID has forced law firms to adjust in many ways. This panel will explore the various challenges facing small law firms during the pandemic.



Michelle D. Craig, Transcendent Law Group
Peter J. Hamilton, III, Law Offices of Peter J. Hamilton III, LLC
Moderator: Gary W. Johnson, Gary Johnson Law Firm LLC

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Practicing with Professionalism During COVID


Cassie P. Gailmor, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP
Markita Hawkins, Bruno & Bruno
Moderator: Cayce C. Peterson, The Lambert Firm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

To the Young Lawyer
In this CLE, young lawyers will learn the "do's and don'ts" of the civil and criminal courtroom from The Honorable Rachael Johnson and Judge-Elect Rhonda-Goode Douglas. Judge Johnson and Judge-Elect Douglas will provide invaluable advice on courtroom decorum, motion.


The Hon. Rachal Johnson, Civil District Court
Judge-Elect Rhonda Goode-Douglas, Criminal District Court
Moderator: Janell McFarland Forges, O’Bryon & Schnabel

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Practical Tips for Virtual Motion and Trial Practice
2020 has shaken things up for litigators, with an increase in use of Zoom to conduct hearings and trials in state and federal courts. Our panel of law clerks and young lawyers will share practical tips for improving your performance in virtual proceedings.


Whitney Antoine, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC
Valerie Fontenot, Frilot LLC
James Gilbert, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Moderator: Ashley Heilprin, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Daniel Obioha, USDC-EDLA

CLE Registration Fees

The Procrastinators' Programs (sm) offers 6 Hours of CLE including 1 hour of Ethics and 1 hour of Professionalism. If you are a non-member, it will cost an additional $20.00 per program. 


Registration Options NOBA Member Discount Non-Member Rate
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.


Special thanks to Ebony Morris, Chair of the “For Young Lawyers, By Young Lawyers” program.