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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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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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May Luncheon

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Description:

The AWA May luncheon will be held on May 18, 2017, noon, at Calcasieu (930 Tchoupitoulas).

Speakers: Michelle Erenberg and Ellie Schilling, co-founders of Lift-Louisiana. The theme for the luncheon is “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.” Lift Louisiana educates and trains people to discover their voices and to effectively use them to hold public officials accountable. Lift Louisiana advocates for policy changes at the local and state level to protect rights of women and children and access to health services and education. Lift also utilizes legal remedies through the judicial system to protect healthcare rights and access in Louisiana.

We will also be honoring the recipients of our annual outstanding Law Clinic student awards.

Menu:
Bitter green salad with Gruyere, Figs, Pecans and Atchafalaya Honey-Yogurt Vinaigrette;

Entrée choice of (1) Grand Dad’s Chicken and Dumplings or (2) Braised Beef Short Rib with Mashed Potatoes and Onion Jam;

Dessert is Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Bourbon Anglaise

Cost:
$47/members
$52/non-members
$25/students

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, May 15, 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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April Luncheon

Thursday April 20, 2017 - Thursday April 20, 2017

115 Bourbon Street

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Description:

The AWA April luncheon will be held on April 20, 2017, noon, at Red Fish Grill.

Our speaker is Kathleen Legendre, Managing Attorney for Volunteer Engagement at the Pro Bono Project, who will speak to us about the organization.

Menu:
Choice of (1) Red Fish Bisque or (2) French Quarter Salad;
Choice of (1) Sautéed Gulf Shrimp & Grits or (2) Wood Grilled Redfish & Lump Crabmeat;
Dessert is Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

Cost:
$50/members
$55/non-members
$30/students

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, April 17, 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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March 2017 Luncheon

Thursday March 16, 2017 - Thursday March 16, 2017

616 St. Peter

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Description:

The March luncheon will be held on March 16, 2017, Noon, at Tableau.

Alysson Mills of Fishman Haygood, will speak on "Fake News." Fake news is playing a bigger role in the media, and sometimes it has serious repercussions for real people and businesses. Come hear how fake news is affecting high stakes litigation, who is accountable for these fake stories, and what legal recourse victims of fake new stories have.

Cost:
$40/members
$45/non-members
$30/students

Menu:
Seafood Gumbo
Choice of: (1) roasted gulf fish or (2) shrimp etouffee
Tarte a la Bouille (rustic creole sweet dough baked with a vanilla custard touched with an Old New Orleans rum caramel sauce)

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 13, 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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February 2017 Luncheon

Thursday February 16, 2017 - Thursday February 16, 2017

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Description:

The February luncheon will be held on February 16, 2017, Noon, at Bourbon House.

"Rainmakers and Trailblazers": Judy Barasso, Kim Boyle, Kim Moore and Judy Perry Martinez will lead an open discussion about rainmaking, obtaining a client base, and referrals.

Cost:
$44/members
$49/non-members
$34/students

Menu:
Corn and Crab Bisque;
Choice of: (1) New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Poboy or (2) Catfish Pecan with meuniere sauce
Crème Brulee
Coffee and Tea

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, February 13, 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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AWA Annual Dinner Meeting

Thursday January 19, 2017 - Thursday January 19, 2017

1403 Washington Avenue

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Description:

The AWA Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Commander's Palace.

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

Keynote Speaker: Caroline Fayard - Attorney/Former Candidate for U.S. Senate

Wynne Professionalism Award recipient: Judge Mary Hotard Becnel

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:
$80/members
$88/non-members
$70/students (student spots limited)

We will also elect 2017 Officers. The slate of officers (unopposed) is as follows:

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

The following members will be appointed by the Board as committee chairpersons for 2017 and will also serve as members of the board:

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

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 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 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 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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2016 Fall Outreach Project

As our 2016 Fall Community Outreach Project, the AWA has chosen to support the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

The New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location.

The AWA is supporting the New Orleans Family Justice Center through donations of items needed for their Children’s Services “Storyland” play therapy program and other items.  They have established an Amazon.com “Wishlist” that is available now and will wrap up on the day of the AWA Holiday Tea (Thursday, December 15).  AWA members can access the Amazon.com “Wishlist” to easily donate needed items, or bring gifts/gift cards to the Holiday Tea.   The Wishlist can be found by clickinghere.

Please have the items are shipped to:
ATTN: Candice Caccioppi
New Orleans Family Justice Center
701 Loyola Avenue, Suite 201
P. O. Box 50159
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone: 504-355-0889

If you would rather provide a cash donation, please send a check payable to "New Orleans Family Justice Center" to our Community Outreach Chairperson, Vanessa D'Souza: 

Vanessa M. D'Souza, Patent Attorney
GARVEY, SMITH, NEHRBASS & NORTH, L.L.C.
3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 3290
Metairie, LA 70002-1767
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* As another one of our 2016 Fall Community Outreach Projects, the AWA has also committed to providing Thanksgiving dinner to the women and children at Metropolitan Center for Women and Children again this year!  Metro offers individual and group counseling and assistance for domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking survivors.  Metro also provides a children’s program, legal information and advocacy, and community outreach for the Greater New Orleans area.  There are currently 15 women and children living at the shelter.  For more information about Metro, click here.
 
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AWA Holiday Tea

Thursday December 15, 2016 - Thursday December 15, 2016

300 Gravier Street

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Description:

Join us for the Annual AWA Holiday Tea on Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m. at the Windsor Court.

The cost for the Tea is $65/person. Payment must be prepaid! If you do not pay via Paypal, please send payment to AWA directly to:

Linda A. Graffagnini
Litigation Paralegal
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2800
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

SEATING IS LIMITED. The Windsor Court is requiring a definite headcount by December 12th, so RSVP by noon on 12/12 to reserve your spot!

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