Big Easy Bootcamp: Basic Training for Lawyering in New Orleans



On October 29th, we will hold our annual Big Easy Bootcamp CLE program, winner of the American Bar Association's  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 Thomson Reuters!

2019 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 – Making a Good Impression When Approaching 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. Confidentiality, malpractice and the use of social media.

      The Hon. Bary Ashe, USDC-EDLA
     The Hon. Kern A. Reese, Orleans Parish Civil 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
      Katie Lasky, Lasky Murphy LLC
      Sharonda Williams, Fishman Haygood, 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.  

      Chloe M. Chetta, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC
      Rebekka C. Veith, Fishman Haygood, LLP

2:00- 3:00 - 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
      Laura Plunkett, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC

3:10 - 4:10 – Ethical Issues You Will Inevitably Encounter
You’ll get practical information on ethics geared to new lawyers. Learn about ethical issues encountered by more new lawyers, the nuances of professional responsibility, attorney-client relationships, confidentiality, malpractice and the use of social media.

      The Hon. Paul A. Bonin, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

4:15- Reception at the Ace Hotel
sponsored by Thomson Reuters


Date: Thuesday, October 29, 2019

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 Briana Nelms
  3. Pay directly online via credit card (please note: we do not take American Express)
    Non Members CLICK HERE


2019 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: