Big Easy Bootcamp: Basic Training for Lawyering in New Orleans



On October 25th, we will hold our annual Big Easy Bootcamp CLE program, winner of the American Bar Association's 2017 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award! 

Earn 5 hours of CLE credit, including Ethics, Professionalism & Law Practice (Office) Management from judges and well-respected lawyers. A reception at the Ace Hotel will follow the CLE, sponsored by Thompson Reuters!

2018 New Admittees get FREE CLE at Big Easy Bootcamp if they become a NOBA member. 


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9:00-9:30 – Registration (please remember to bring your photo identification to get through security)

9:30-10:30 – Ethical Issues You Will Inevitably Encounter
Get practical information, whether you are a new or seasoned lawyer. Learn about ethical issues encountered by most lawyers, the nuances of professional responsibility, attorney-client relationships, confidentiality, malpractice, and the use of social media.
      Speaker: The Hon. Paul A. Bonin, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

10:40-11:40 – Top 10 Things Every Associate Should Know
What does it take to be a top notch associate? What are the expectations when you practice in a small firm versus a larger firm? Find out the answers from our legal experts.
      M. Nan Alessandra, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
      Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP

11:40-12:40 – Lunch on your own

12:50-1:50 – Practicing in State and Federal Court
This program will explore the similarities and differences between litigating in State and Federal Court. Learn how, when, and what you need to file in each court, including the necessary documents, the best methods for filing, and when you can expect to be heard.  
      Judy Y. Barrasso, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC
      Chloe M. Chetta, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC
      Rebekka C. Veith, Fishman Haygood, LLP

2:00- 3:00 – Making a Good Impression When You Approach the Bench
This CLE will address courtroom demeanor, how to properly utilize your resources in the courtroom, advice on asking the right questions when you have them, and tips on how to make your day in court a successful one.
      The Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
      The Hon. Kern A. Reese, Civil District Court  

3:10-4:10- Mastering Cocktail Conversation
Hear the answers to questions that your friends will ask you, whether in a professional or social setting, such as getting someone out of jail, needing a will, family issues, and real estate problems.
      Harry Rosenberg, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
      Tyler J. Douglas, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver



Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 9:00 am Registration begins; 9:30 am - 4:10 pm CLE; Reception at the Ace Hotel will follow the CLE program

CLE:  5 Hours of CLE including 1 Hour of Ethics, 2 Hours of Professionalism, and 2 Hours of Law Practice Management

U.S.Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals West Courtroom) 
600 Camp Street, New Orleans
*Please bring photo identification.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 
  2. Email Liz Daino
  3. Pay directly online via credit card (please note: we do not take American Express)
    Non Members CLICK HERE


2018 New Admittees - Join NOBA and Big Easy Bootcamp is FREEClick Here To Join NOBA!

NOBA Member Discount - $120.00

Non Members - $150.00

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less $15 administrative fee. No refunds for no shows. 

Thank you to our reception sponsor: