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LSBA Access to Justice Department is accepting applications for the LIFT Incubator Project at the New Orleans Family Justice Center

The LIFT Incubator Project at the NOFJC is for new or transitioning attorneys starting their own solo, small firm, or nonprofit practice focused on representing survivors of domestic violence. LIFT Incubator Attorneys supplement and expand the legal services offered on-site at NOFJC. In addition to Temporary Restraining Orders, Protective Orders, and family law related services in Orleans Parish, LIFT Incubator Attorneys may provide general civil legal representation outside of Orleans Parish for a variety of legal issues not served by other on-site attorneys.

During the 18-month program, attorneys selected to participate receive subsidized office space, supplies, and free resources. The office space is located in the Central Business District, just blocks from the Orleans Civil District Court. The attorneys also receive training and mentorship as they work alongside experienced Southeast Louisiana Legal Services legal practitioners. In exchange for the training and incubation of their practice, attorneys agree to provide pro bono representation to domestic violence victims.

Louisiana licensed attorneys with 0-5 years practice experience who plan to develop or have begun to develop a solo or small law practice and are committed to serving survivors of domestic violence are encouraged to apply. The program is looking for two attorneys. The application process deadline is February 20, 2018.

Click here for an Application. Please send your completed application in one PDF file to ATJ Training and Projects Counsel Amy Duncan atamy.duncan@lsba.org.

Click here to learn more about the program. 

 
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AWA March Luncheon

Thursday March 15, 2018 - Thursday March 15, 2018

616 St. Peter

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Description:

The AWA March luncheon will be held on March 15, 2018, Noon, at Tableau (616 St. Peter Street)

Speaker:  TBA

Cost:
$45/member
$50/non-member
$30/students (limited space)

Menu:
Seafood gumbo
Coice of: (1) Roasted Gulf Fish or (2) BBQ Shrimp & Grits
vanilla bean crème brulee
Iced tea and coffee included

You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, March 12, 2018 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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AWA February Luncheon

Thursday February 22, 2018 - Thursday February 22, 2018

841 Iberville Street

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Description:

The AWA luncheon will be held on February 22, Noon, at Deanie's Seafood - French Quarter (841 Iberville St).

Our speaker will be Kevin Gardere, Executive Director of Development for Bridge House/Grace House. Bridge House/Grace House is a nonprofit that provides long-term residential, gender-specific treatment to those in our community dependent on alcohol or drugs to ensure they can lead sober and productive lives. Mr. Gardere will speak about the program and Bridge House/Grace House’s positive impact on the community.

Menu:
1) seafood gumbo or Bucktown Blues salad
2) choice of: Fried Mate Plate (fried shrimp, oysters and catfish served with French fries. Choose 1, 2 or all 3); Seafood salad; or Crawfish etouffee
3) cheesecake
Iced tea, soft drinks and coffee included.

Cost:
Members: $46
Non-members: $51
Students: $30 (space limited)

You can register through the form below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, February 19, 2018 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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AWA Annual Dinner Meeting

Thursday January 18, 2018 - Thursday January 18, 2018

1403 Washington Avenue

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Description:

The AWA Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Commander's Palace.

6:00 pm - cash bar
6:30 pm - Dinner meeting begins

Keynote Speaker: Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell

Wynne Professionalism Award recipient: Lynn Luker

We will enjoy a special tasting menu:

  • Turtle Soup (a Commander’s classic spiked with sherry)
  • Commander’s Romaine Salad (hearts of romaine, Parmesan, pressed eggs, pecan smoked bacon & French bread Croutons with classic black pepper-buttermilk dressing)
  • Demi Pecan Crusted Fish (Champagne poached jumbo lump crab, spiced pecans & crushed corn sauce)
  • Demi Tournedos of Black Angus Beef (Whiskey smoked onions, roasted mushrooms, Creole smashed new potato & glace de viande)
  • Classic Crème Brulee (a rich vanilla custard with a caramelized Dixie crystal crust)
  • Soda/Iced Tea included

Pricing:
$75/members
$85/non-members
$65/students (student spots limited)

We will also elect 2018 Officers. The slate of officers (unopposed) is as follows:

President: Blair Schilling
Vice President: Camille Bryant
Treasurer: Hillary Barnett Lambert
Corresponding Secretary: Kelly Barbier
Recording secretary: Megan S Peterson

The following members will be appointed by the Board as committee chairpersons for 2018 and will also serve as members of the board:

Programs – Vanessa Graf
Membership – Lindsay Reeves
Public Relations/Historian – Bonnie Kendrick
Community Outreach – Vanessa D'Souza
Food from the Bar (co-chairs) - Ashley Liuzza & Stephanie Graf Gamble

You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the dinner, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, January 15, 2018 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the dinner, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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AWA Holiday Tea

Thursday December 21, 2017 - Thursday December 21, 2017

300 Gravier Street

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Description:

The annual AWA Holiday Tea will be at the Windsor Court on Thursday, December 21st, 3:30 pm.

$65/person (must be prepaid! If you do not pay via Paypal, please contact Linda Graffagnini for payment instructions at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or (504) 299-2211)

RSVP by 12/14/17.

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October Luncheon

Thursday October 19, 2017 - Thursday October 19, 2017

Troubadour Hotel

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Description:

The AWA luncheon will be held on October 19, 2017, Noon, at Petit Lion Restaurant (Troubadour Hotel, 1111 Gravier Street).

Speakers: Amber Gilbert and Kaitlin Locascio, Staff Attorneys at Catholic Charities, will speak on the organization's pro bono immigration work and extensive mentorship and outreach program.

Menu:
1) market salad
2) choice of: pan roasted triple fish or roast chicken breast
3) cheesecake
Iced tea included.

Cost:
Members: $50
Non-members: $55
Students: $30 (space limited)

You can register through the form below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, October 16, 2017 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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Food from the Bar Results

The 6th Annual Food from the Bar campaign was our most successful campaign yet, raising over $40,000 and 179 lbs. of food!

Honorary ChairLynn Luker
AWA Co-chairsAshley Liuzza & Stephanie Gamble
AWA Committee MembersMeera Sossamon & Vanessa Graf

A total of 36 firms participated in the Campaign. The overall winner with the highest overall contribution was McGlinchey Stafford, with a total of $14,965.46. The per capita winner was Smith Stag, with a total of @2176.60 ($155/person).

Two new events were added this year: Bowlable Hours Competition at Fulton Alley (winners James Reeves and Drew Respess) and the Sushi Smackdown.

Our raffle was a big success, with donations from 42 local businesses.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, participates, donors, Fulton Alley, Kathryn Gsell, and our Honorary Chair, Lynn Luker, for making this year's Campaign so successful!

 
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August Luncheon

Thursday August 17, 2017 - Thursday August 17, 2017

301 Tchoupitoulas Street

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Description:

The AWA luncheon will be held on August 17, 2017, Noon, at Restaurant August (301 Tchoupitoulas Street).

Join us for a special "August at August" networking  luncheon. Come and catch up with friends and colleagues. AWA members are invited to attend at a reduced cost of only $20!

Menu:

shrimp ravigote salad - pickled mirliton

soup of silver queen corn - wild mushroom

lamb and pork sausage fusilli - tomato, vinegar peppers, Parmesan

Dark Chocolate Torte - cherries, crunch, taro ice cream

Cost:

Members  (must be current on dues): $20
Non-members: $50
Students: $35 (space limited)

You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, August 14, 2017 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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June Luncheon

Thursday June 15, 2017 - Thursday June 15, 2017

605 Canal Street

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Description:

The AWA June luncheon will be held on June 15, 2017, noon, at Palace Cafe (605 Canal Street)

Join our panel for a discussion on: Bridging the Gap at Work: Improving Intergenerational Communication.  Communication mishaps between generations tend to inspire a lot of eye rolling — from both sides. In the workplace, these gaps can feel even more pronounced. What is your communication style? Does it vary when dealing with clients? Come hear from our engaging speakers as we learn how communication styles can affect productivity and morale

Speakers:
April Watson, Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel LLC
Magdalen Bickford, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Judge Robin Pittman, Orleans Criminal District Court

Menu:
Starter: Werlein salad;
Choice of: shrimp tchefuncte or catfish pecan meuniere;
Dessert: white chocolate bread pudding

Cost:
$41/members
$46/non-members
$30/students & clerks

You can register through the form below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, June 12, 2017 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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2017 Law Student Awards

Published on May 12, 2017 by in Initiatives, News

As one of its initiatives in the legal community, the AWA has committed to award $500 annually to an outstanding law clinic student from each of the two local law schools, whose work has focused on issues important to the AWA. At Tulane, the $500 award is given to the most outstanding student in the Domestic Violence Law Clinic(as chosen by the Director of the Clinic). At Loyola, the $500 award is given to the most outstanding student in the family law section of the Loyola Law Clinic (to be selected by the family law attorney/advisor at the Clinic).
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Our 2017 AWA Recipient from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Family Law Section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice is Tobie Lynn Tranchina. Tobie is deserving of this award because of her outstanding clinic work in both the Family Law and Children's Rights sections, respectively supervised by Clinical Professors of Law, Cheryl Buchert and Ramona Fernandez. Tobie is one of the Clinic’s very best students who possesses the professionalism, work ethic, intellect, and skills to be a great and compassionate attorney. Tobie's lawyering theme is "Keeping Families Together". In her pursuit of social justice, she has truly done an outstanding job in representing her indigent clients in adoption, custody, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. Tobie has represented her clients in status conferences, pre-trials, hearings, and trials. She has successfully completed three SIJS cases affording these children an opportunity to become Lawful Permanent Residents. In one trial, Tobie solely represented the mother where the father was petitioning for a change of custody with relocation. Tobie won the trial. In her second custody trial, which was two full days, she represented three minor children along with her co-counsel. The case has been in litigation since 2010 and the clinic has represented the children for three years logging over 700 hours through the years. The case finally went to trial this semester and Tobie and her co-counsel examined five Court Appointed Expert Witnesses and the children's therapist. Rendering a Considered Decree, the Court awarded itself domiciliary status of the three children. Additionally, Tobie earned the asterisk in Buchert's Family Law class for the Spring 2017 Semester and has logged close to 500 clinic hours this school year.  


Our 2017 award recipient from the Tulane Domestic Violence Clinic is Rebecca Hutchinson. During her year in the Domestic Violence Clinic, Rebecca tirelessly advocated for her clients, putting hundreds of hours of work into helping domestic violence survivors and their children. Rebecca came to the Clinic with a background in social work, and impressively integrated her social work skill and experience with exceptional legal advocacy for her clients. Throughout the year, she worked closely with fellow Clinic students to help domestic violence survivors obtain divorce, safe child custody orders, and the resources necessary to stabilize their lives in the aftermath of abuse. In her first case, Rebecca represented a domestic violence survivor whose abuser had strangled and abused her in front of her young children. Rebecca and her co-counsel represented the survivor in civil court, resulting in an order that gave the client sole custody of her two young children and a permanent protective order. In another case, Rebecca, along with co-counsel, represented another domestic violence survivor in a case in which the abusive parent was seeking shared custody of their minor child. Rebecca prepared the case through extensive pre-trial processes that included written discovery and deposing the defendant. Her hard work (and a very effective deposition) led to a negotiated resolution that gave her client custody of the child, and imposed supervised visitation on the domestic violence perpetrator. She demonstrated exceptional professionalism and preparedness in representing all of her clients, placing them at ease during stressful processes. Rebecca's compassion for her clients, her dedication to their cases, and her exceptional professionalism in carrying out her case work has made a difference in the lives of many domestic violence survivors and their children during this Clinic year.

 
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