The LADC: Who We Are

The LADC is a nonprofit organization intended to bring together by association, communication and organization, lawyers who devote a substantial amount of their professional time to the handling of civil litigation and whose representation in such cases is primarily for the defense; to provide for the exchange among the members of this Association of information, ideas, techniques of procedure and court rulings relating to the handling of litigation in an effort to enhance the knowledge and improve the skills of defense lawyers; to elevate the standards of trial practice in this area and, in conjunction with similar associations in other areas, to develop, establish and secure court adoption or approval of a high-standard code of trial conduct and courtroom manners; to support and work for the improvement of the adversary system of justice in our courts; to work for the elimination of court congestion and delays in civil litigation; and in general to promote improvements in the administration of justice and to increase the quantity and quality of service and contribution which the legal profession renders to the community, state and nation.

In 2014, the LADC revised its by-laws. For these revised by-laws, click here: LADC By-Laws.

2014 Annual Meeting in Salzburg, Austria

The LADC 2014 Annual Meeting will be held in Salzburg, Austria from Sunday, June 15, 2014 through Friday, June 20, 2014. There will also be an optional Vienna, Austria extension afterwards.

Salzburg is world famous for its musical heritage and its glorious setting. Yet it is a small and totally walkable city featuring large pedestrian areas, colorful boutiques, thriving coffee shops with classic pastries, restaurants, and breathtaking views along the river and of the Alps above. We are in the middle of Sound of Music Country, little changed since Julie Andrews memorialized the setting nearly fifty years ago. It is the city of Mozart, and his spirit and music dominate the city and the culture. We will meet him along the way and at our farewell dinner at the Mozarteum, a music school, archives and monument to his genius.

Our hotel is the five-star Sacher, a turn-of-the-last-century gem as famous for its cake (Sacher Torte) as for its hospitality. There are state-of-the-art amenities and fine dining in two restaurants, one of which stays open late to serve the post-concert crowd. (There are concerts in Salzburg every night.) The hotel is located just over the footbridge from the old town, a walk of about 5 minutes.

For more information, click here: 2014 Annual Meeting in Salzburg, Austria.

July 2014 Womens' Spa Retreat

Registration for the Second Annual "Ladies Who Litigate" LADC Womens' Retreat is now open! The retreat will take place on July 11-12, 2014 at the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The cost to attend this conference is $279 for members and $299 for non-members, which includes 4 hours of CLE credit, including ethics and professionalism, a cocktail party, dinner, and breakfast. For more information and to register, click here: 2014 Womens' Spa Retreat.

July-August 2014 Trial Academy

Learn trial advocacy from some of Louisiana's best lawyers, judges and advocacy teachers during three days of intensive “learning-by-doing” training at the 30th anniversary session of the LADC Trial Academy. The 2014 Trial Academy will be conducted at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law from Thursday, July 31, 2014 through Saturday, August 2, 2014. For more information on the program, click here: 2014 Trial Academy.

August 2014 Sizzlin' Summer CLE

The Sizzlin' Summer CLE, one of the LADC’s most popular CLE seminars, moves to a new venue this year—the Hyatt French Quarter. We hope you will join us there on Friday, August 15, 2014. We have several outstanding speakers on the CLE program, including the following: John Trimble (Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis) speaking on the metrics of the defense practice; Michael Maslanka (Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Dallas); and Kim Boyle (Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans) speaking on developments in employment law. For more information and to register, click here: 2014 Sizzlin' Summer CLE.