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NOBA's Young Lawyer's Section Presents "By Young Lawyers, For Young Lawyers"

Sign up for NOBA's Procrastinators' Programs on December 15, 2020

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. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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 but 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
    registration@neworleansbar.org (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. Gailmore, 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, Civil District Court



NOBA's 2020 Law Day Presentation


During this critical time of need for so many people in our community, the New Orleans Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Sections is encouraging NOBA members to give back,  and we are providing the below resources, ideas, and links to help facilitate.  If you have extra food, home-goods, time, knowledge, or expertise, please consider donating to the people in our community less fortunate, who are being hit hardest by COVID-19 and the city shutdown.  We know there are so many great, local organizations that are answering the call to help right now.  Below is just a shortlist of organizations that NOBA has worked and communicated with regarding their needs. 


The YLS  is sponsoring a food drive to collect food for Lantern Light, providing daily support to the homeless and the less fortunate in New Orleans. 

  • Daily Meals & Snack Bags: Lantern Light has joined forces with Grace at the Green Light, St. Jude Community Center, the Homeless Unit of the Police Department, and other organizations, to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner in the St. Joseph Church parking lot.  In addition to hot meals, these organizations are providing snack bags for people to bring home.  In connection with this project, we are soliciting donations of: cold cuts, sliced bread, individually-bagged cookies and snacks, fruit cups.   
  • Food Bank: Lantern Light is also continuing to distribute food from its food back to nearby families in need.  For the food bank, we are soliciting donations of: canned vegetables, ramen noodles, canned tuna, Vienna sausages, cereal, peanut butter, grits, oatmeal, bars of soap.     
  • If you have any food donations, NOBA will pick them up from you curb-side and deliver them to Lantern Light.  Please contact Chrissy Calogero, ccalogero@barrassousdin.com, to schedule your pick-up.


Cleaning out your closets?  We are soliciting home-goods in good condition, such as sheets and blankets and cleaning supplies, to donate to the Family Justice Center.  The Family Justice Center provides a range of free services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and child abuse in the Greater New Orleans area.  These donations will be used to help clients who have recently moved into new apartments or living situations.  NOBA will pick up the items from you and deliver them to FJC.  Please contact Chrissy Calogero, ccalogero@barrassousdin.com, to schedule your pick-up.


The Pro Bono Project

The Pro Bono Project is currently open and working virtually to address ongoing civil legal needs in your community. For volunteers interested in assisting the organization, we are seeking assistance with returning calls on a variety of legal issues, assisting callers who are representing themselves at Orleans and Jefferson Parish District Courts and develop quick 3-5 minute legal presentations to share with the public.  For details on these volunteer opportunities, please visit https://prezi.com/view/oCnd8hOPVYqtIfebfGOC/ to view a slideshow detailing volunteering virtually or to view our video presentation, visit https://prezi.com/v/zkzeimh2cb6o/ - Attorneys who would like to view our available cases and register to volunteer are welcome to click the following link: https://bit.ly/3cggvSe.  For those interested in assisting with the return of calls, they are welcome to submit their availability by visiting https://forms.gle/hXqoUqXJiDzcvbg38.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

SLLS provides free civil legal aid to low-income people, working every day to increase access to justice and hep vulnerable people clear life’s legal hurdles.  SLLS has set up a COVID-19 Legal Aid Hotline to address the legal needs of people in the community.  SLLS has seen a spike in landlord/tenant issues and is accepting volunteer attorneys to help with evictions and security deposits.  SLLS will help provide background training to volunteer attorneys.  If you are interested in joining the list of volunteer attorneys willing to take on such cases, please e-mail Chrissy Calogero, ccalogero@barrassousdin.com, to have your name placed on a list of volunteers.  

Young Lawyers Section Monthly Meeting!
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

No RSVP required. Join us at the NOBA Office!

The YLS is always looking for members who are interested in helping to organize YLS programming and social events, in addition to mentoring and other volunteer opportunities. 

YLS Monthly Meetings

  • Typically held the first Tuesday of the month at 12 Noon.
  • There are no meetings scheduled in November or December.  
  • Most meetings are held at the new office of the New Orleans Bar Association, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

March 3, 2020
April 7, 2020
May 5, 2020

October 2020 Blog Post: Join NOBA for our Annual Big Easy Bootcamp
May 2020 Blog Post: I Haven't Experienced Hunger...Have You?

Recent Events

On Thursday, October 8, 2020, the YLS presented NOBA's first-ever Zoom webinar of Big Easy Bootcamp. This year has been tough and the YLS has beat every challenge! 

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the YLS and Minorities in the Profession Committee sponsored a Legal Fair at AARP.





2018 Pro-Bowl-O Benefit at Fulton Alley!




The YLS organized three Approach the Bench CLE seminars featuring newly elected Judge Nichold Sheppard, Judge Franz Zibilich and Judge Janis van Meerveld.




The Dos & Don'ts of Summer Clerkships




15th Annual Bar & Grille


On Sunday, October 21, 2017, the YLS and Minorities in the Profession Committee sponsored a Legal Fair at AARP.




On Sunday, April 22, 2017, the YLS and Minorities in the Profession Committee sponsored a Legal Fair at AARP.



On Saturday, January 7th, the YLS held it's Annual Retreat to discuss upcoming events in 2017.




On Sunday, April 17th, 2016, The YLS held the 14th Annual Bar & Grille cooking competition!