COVID-19 Resources and Updates 

Things are changing fast, and the LADC continues to best serve the legal community in Louisiana by providing current information from the source. Check back with us as this page will be updated frequently. 



Mediation - "The COVID-19 Edition"

Keely Y. Scott, a Mediator with Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions and a Partner with Donohue, Patrick & Scott PLLC, offers the LADC her expertise and advice in how to tackle compromise, leverage, and technology in this unprecedented time. 

Cyber 101 for Lawyers

Dominik Cvitanovic and Jaqueline Brettner of Brettner Cvitanovic, LLC offer some perspective and wisdom on the sudden immersion into the world of technology. 

Tips on Working Remotely

Amber Barlow, member of the Young Lawyer committee and partner at Deutsch Kerrigan, provides some fantastic and relevant advice on how best to navigate this new work environment. 

Maintain Your Sanity in this Time of Insanity

Valerie Fontenot, an associate at Frilot, LLC, offers some tips to balance your new life/work balance. 

Construction Interrupted

Jessica Engler, assoiate at Kean Miller and registered patent attorney, considers COVID-19’s legal impact on the construction industry. 

Free Legal Ethics Webinar (no longer available)

During this webinar, Professor Dane Ciolino & attorney Ernie Svenson discussed the legal ethics issues facing lawyers in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. More particularly, they addressed the threats to lawyer competency, diligence, and communication during the crisis, and a range of solutions using technology available to all lawyers. The webinar is co-sponsored by LawFirm Autopilot, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and Louisiana Legal Ethics. This webinar has been removed.  



Membership Renewal Forgiveness - 7/8/20

The LADC recognizes that 2020 has been a difficult and unexpected year for everyone in the legal community. For those members who have not yet renewed their membership with us due to economic concerns, we hare currently offering renewal for $100 if completed before August. This reduction is not retroactive, and it is done in order to best serve our membership by keeping the defense community connected in a time of isolation. Please renew now. 

Free Legal Ethics Webinar Removal in September - 7/6/20

Professor Dane Ciolino and attorney Ernie Svenson recorded an Ethics Webinar dealing with ethics issues facing lawyers in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The webinar was co-sponsored by LawFirm Autopilot, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and Louisiana Legal Ethics. This webinar will only be available until 9/26/20. If you are a member, be sure to access this free webinar before it is removed! Don't forget to sign up here to get credit!

Fifth Circuit Re-Opening May 18th - 5/20/20

Chief Judge Susan Chehardy pens a letter about what to expect in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. She writes,"The Governor’s proclamation 59 (H) extends court filing deadlines through June 5, 2020....we still intend to re-open our facility for in-person business on Monday May 18th." Read the full letter now...

Annual Meeting Canceled - 3/24/20

In an abundance of caution, the LADC is cancelling the 2020 LADC Annual Meeting which was to be held at the Atlantis Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas, April 29-May 3, 2020. The U.S. State Department’s issuance of a Level 4 – no international travel determination on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issuance of recommendation of no gatherings of 50 or more for a period of 8 weeks, issued on Sunday, March 15, 2020, weighed heavily in the decision of the LADC. While we are confident that the event would have been successful, the primary focus of the LADC in situations such as these is the health, safety and well-being of its members. If you have registered for the 2020 LADC Annual Meeting your registration fees should have been refunded in full.

All Updates and Orders by the LA Supreme Court and Government

4/28/20 - In consideration of the continuing need to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Louisiana Supreme Court has issued an Order lifting the online MCLE limit from 4 hours to 12.5 hours for the 2020 compliance period ending December 31, 2020.  You can view the full Order here. (Continue reading)....

3/23/20 - The Louisiana Supreme Court issued a new order today considering the continuing spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards’ declaration of public health emergencies in Proclamation Numbers 25 JBE 2020, 27 JBE 2020, 30 JBE 2020 and 33 JBE 2020, President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on March 13, 2020, the Orders of this Court dated March 16 and March 20, 2020, and in consideration of public health recommendations to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus and slowing the spread of the disease while balancing the need to protect the constitutional rights and public safety of the citizens of the state by maintaining access to Louisiana courts (Continue reading)....

(Updated July 2020)