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2018 Annual Convention


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LAJ's 60th Annual Convention includes an excellent CLE program, business meetings, and plenty of time for networking and fun. Please plan to join your LAJ colleagues on these dates:

CLE program
Friday, March 16

Evidence and Procedure Seminar with Louisiana Judicial College
As an LAJ member, you have the exclusive opportunity to co-mingle with members of the judiciary at this educational program LAJ is co-hosting with the Louisiana Judicial College. The Louisiana Judicial College program is being held at the same times as the LAJ Annual Convention Earn CLE credits at an excellent educational program while contributing to your association’s non-dues revenue.

Who Dat in the Big Easy: Welcome and Program Overview
   Judge C. Wendell Manning; 4th Judicial District Court; Monroe; Seminar Chair
   Dennis Hennen; Hennen & Hennen, LLP, Monroe; and LAJ President

Fur Traders, Natives, and Alligators: Evidence Back to Basics
   Dean Thomas C. Galligan Jr.; LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Baton Rouge
   Professor Shenequa Grey; Southern University Law Center; Baton Rouge

Of France and Spain and Back Again: Legislative Review and Preview
   Moderator Judge Hunter Greene; East Baton Rouge Family Court
   Governor John Bel Edwards*; Governor of Louisiana
   Senator W. Jay Luneau; LA State Senate, District 29; Alexandria
   Senator Rick Ward, III; LA State Senate, District 17; Port Allen
   Representative Katrina Jackson; LA House of Representatives, District 16; Monroe

   *Pending Legislative Session

Was Sieur de Bienville an Expert?: Daubert, Experts, and Summary Judgment
   Blake R. David; Broussard & David, LLC; Lafayette
   Judge Danny Ellender; 4th Judicial District; Monroe
   Judge Guy Holdridge; 1st Circuit Court of Appeal; Baton Rouge
   Darrel J. Papillion; Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC; Baton Rouge
   Kara Hadican Samuels; Kara Hadican Samuels & Associates, LLC; New Orleans

Jazz and a Second Line: Non-Compensatory Damages
   Michael L. DuBos; Breithaupt, DuBos & Wolleson, LLC; Monroe
   Eulis Simien; Simien & Simien, LLC; Baton Rouge

Mystique, Decadence, and Debutantes: Social Media as Evidence
   Steve Herman; Herman Herman & Katz, LLC; New Orleans
   Tad Thomas; Thomas Law Offices, Louisville, Kentucky

President's Luncheon
Friday, March 16
An excellent networking opportunity.

Grand Reception XXII
Friday, March 16
Join your LAJ colleagues, legislators, judges and other elected officials at this always-special event. Please join LAJ in thanking the sponsors of this event (listed below).


Section meetings

Workers’ Compensation Section Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; Thursday, March 15, 2018; Windsor Court Hotel

Auto Torts Section Meeting
11 a.m.- Noon; Thursday, March 15, 2018; Windsor Court Hotel

Medical Malpractice Section Meeting
2 - 4 p.m.; Thursday, March 15, 2018; Windsor Court Hotel

Section on Toxics, Environment and Pharmaceuticals (STEP)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 15, 2018; Windsor Court Hotel

Board of Governors Meeting
Saturday, March 17
LAJ members only. No cost, but please pre-register.

Please join LAJ in thanking the sponsors of Grand Reception:

The Glenn Armentor Law Corporation, Lafayette (website)
Baron & Budd, P.C., Baton Rouge (website)
Block Law Firm, APLC, Thibodaux (website)

Bruno & Bruno, New Orleans (website)
Cossich, Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor, L.L.C., Belle Chasse (website)
Larry Curtis, APLC, Lafayette (website)
deGravelles & Palmintier, Baton Rouge (website)
Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews L.C., Baton Rouge (website)
Foley, Lamy & Jefferson, New Orleans
Gennusa, Piacun & Ruli, Metairie
Huber, Slack, Thomas & Marcelle, LLP, New Orleans (website)
The Lambert Firm, P.L.C.
, New Orleans (website)
Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, L.L.P., Lake Charles (website)
T. Taylor Townsend, LLC, Natchitoches (website)
Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC, Shreveport (website)
Unglesby Law Firm, Baton Rouge (website)
Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, Baton Rouge (website)


Dunahoe Law Firm, Natchitoches (website)
Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, New Orleans (website)
Williams Law Group, New Orleans (website)

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., New Orleans (website)
Fred Herman
, New Orleans


Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Visit the Windsor Court's website. Map and directions to the Windsor Court.

Rooms are available at Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Prices are $249 (deluxe) and $279 (grand). You can reserve accommodations at the Loews by phone or online. For phone reservations, call 866-211-6411 and identify yourself as a Louisiana Association for Justice Annual Convention attendee. Click here for a dedicated reservation link at the Loews New Orleans Hotel.












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