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2019 Annual Convention



LAJ's 61st 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 15

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.

Welcome and Program Overview
    Chief Judge Hunter V. Greene; East Baton Rouge Family Court; Seminar Chair
    Judge C. Wendell Manning; 4th Judicial District Court; Monroe; Seminar Chair

Today's Evidence and Tomorrow's Appeals — Recent Legislative Developments and Case Law
    Judge (Ret.) E. Joseph Bleich; Bleich & Bleich, APLC; Ruston
    Professor John Devlin; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge
    Professor Margaret S. Thomas; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge

Digital Evidence and Discovery
    Chad S. Roberts; eDiscovery CoCounsel; Jacksonville, FL
    Joseph E. Cain; Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC; New Orleans (biography)

Juries & Social Media (Ethics)
    Judge John W. deGravelles; U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana; Baton Rouge
    Professor Dane S. Ciolino; Loyola University Law School; New Orleans
    Professor Michelle Ghetti; Deputy Solicitor General, Louisiana Dept. of Justice; Southern University Law Center; Baton Rouge

HITECH HIPPA – Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
    Scarlette Burton Kelty; Poppe Law Firm; Louisville, KY
    J. Antonio Tramontana; Attorney at Law; Monroe (biography)

Professionalism in Pretrial Discovery
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr.; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana; New Orleans
    Judge Tiffany G. Chase; 4th Circuit Court of Appeal; New Orleans
    Michael J. Mestayer; Michael J. Mestayer, APLC; New Orleans (biography)
    Christian C. Creed; Creed & Creed; Monroe (biography)

President's Luncheon
Friday, March 15
An excellent networking opportunity.


Grand Reception XXIII
Friday, March 15
Join your LAJ colleagues, legislators, judges and other elected officials at this always-special event. 


Section Meetings
Thursday, March 14

Workers' Comp Section Meeting
   10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; Thursday, March 14, 2019; Windsor Court Hotel (section members only)

Auto Torts Section Meeting
   12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 14, 2019; Windsor Court Hotel (section members only)

Medical Malpractice Section Meeting
   2:00 - 3:45 p.m.; Thursday, March 14, 2019; Windsor Court Hotel (section members only)

Rock 'n' Bowl Event
Thursday, March 14

Hosted by LAJ New Lawyer Division and Women's Caucus. Please pre-register.
5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rock 'n' Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans
$10 per person event cover fee, includes early bowling, open bar, food and music (late). 

Bowling (includes bowling shoe rental), 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Music by Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie - Zydeco, 8:30 p.m.

Board of Governors Meeting
Saturday, March 16
LAJ members only. No cost, but please pre-register.


Please join LAJ in thanking
the sponsors of Grand Reception

Bruno & Bruno, New Orleans (website)
Cossich, Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor, L.L.C., Belle Chasse (website)
Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews L.C., Baton Rouge (website)
Foley, Lamy & Jefferson, New Orleans (website)
Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC, New Orleans (website)
Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, Lake Charles (website)


Dunahoe Law Firm, Natchitoches (website)


Bobby J. Delise, Esq., New Orleans (website)
Gaar Law Firm, Lafayette (website)
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., New Orleans (website)
Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik, Opelousas (website)



Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, La.

Map and directions.

LAJ has a limited block of rooms at the Windsor Court Hotel, Loews New Orleans Hotel, and DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans. LAJ urges you to book early. We expect hotel rooms to sell out far in advance of the February 19 cut-off date.

Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street, New Orleans

Guest Room $399, Deluxe Suite $429, Premium Suite $459.
Group code: 2850764
Cut-off date is February 19, 2019.

Loews New Orleans Hotel
300 Poydras Street, New Orleans

Grand King Riverview $299
Reservations line: 866-211-6411  Group code: LAA314
Cut-off date is February 19, 2019.

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
300 Canal  Street, New Orleans

Guest Room $370
Reservations line: 504-581-1300. Group code: LJC.
Cut-off date is February 19, 2019.




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