Annual Meeting and Luncheon on August 27, 2015

We will welcome Paul M. Smith, a litigator with an active Supreme Court practice, as our keynote speaker.

The  New Orleans Chapter will welcome Paul M. Smith, a litigator with an active Supreme Court practice, as our Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker.

The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place.  A cocktail hour will begin at 11 a.m., with the luncheon to follow at noon. Our honored guest and keynote speaker will be Paul M. Smith, Jenner & Block, who will also deliver a Supreme Court Update on August 28, 2015.  Recipients of the President’s Award, the Jack Martzell Professionalism Award, and the Camille Gravel Pro-Bono/Public Service Award will be recognized.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $55 per person.  Tables, seating ten people, may be reserved for $600 per table. There will be open seating for those who are attending individually.  Please note that there is limited seating and reservations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Table seating locations will be determined by the date of payment.  Reservations should be made no later than August 20, 2015.  Please download the Annual Meeting Registration Form and direct registrations to CC Kahr, Executive Director, by fax at (504) 589-7995, by email at, or regular mail at the Federal Bar Association, 500 Poydras Street, Rm. B-245, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.To register online, please click here.

In accordance with the Chapter’s By-Laws, the Hon. Sarah S. Vance, our current President-Elect, will automatically succeed Christopher J. Alfieri, as President of our Chapter. Election of the remaining officers and directors will take place at the Annual Meeting.  Click here to view the slate of 2015-2016 officers and the Annual Meeting Notice.

Supreme Court Review CLE on August 28, 2015

Supreme Court Review: Highlights of the Supreme Court’s Last Term and a Preview of the Upcoming Term

Accomplished litigator Mr. Paul M. Smith, a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, will offer his assessment of this past year’s and the upcoming Supreme Court term on August 28, 2015 at 9 am in U.S. District Court.  Mr. Smith is a seasoned advocate who was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell.  He has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades, including oral arguments in sixteen Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure. Among his most important victories was the landmark cases of Lawrence v. Texas and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.

For additional information, please contact CC Kahr, Executive Director, at (504) 589-7990.  To register, please download the Supreme Court CLE Registration Form and submit to the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  To register online, please click here.

Lunch with the Court with the Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle on August 12, 2015

The next Lunch with the Court will be held on August 12th at 12:30 pm with the Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle.  The lunch, which is arranged by the Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association, is open to FBA members at no cost.  The Lunch with The Court program is an excellent opportunity to meet federal judges informally, to socialize with other attorneys new to the practice, and to gain valuable insight.   Space is limited. There is no charge for FBA members.

To register online, please click here.  For additional information, please contact CC Kahr, Executive Director, at 504-589-7990.

Join FBA New Orleans Today!

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New and lapsed members receive 20% off their national dues and three hours of free NOFBA CLE when they join online in the month of July.   Use discount code FBASUMMER. 

The Federal Bar Association (FBA) is dedicated to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of attorneys involved in federal law. With more than 16,000 members nationally and 1,200 members locally, the FBA’s members run the gamut of federal practice, from small to large firms, corporations and federal agencies. The FBA serves as the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.  Join NO FBA Today or download a Membership Application

Contact the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association at (504) 589-7990 or email CC Kahr, Executive Director, for more information.

Cocktails with the Court on September 17, 2015

The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association invites you to Cocktails with the Court on cheersThursday, September 17, 2015 from 5 – 7 pm at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, 701 Tchoupitoulas Street, 2nd Floor Attic (entrance on Tchoupitoulas), New Orleans. Cocktails with the Court is an opportunity to meet other young lawyers and members of the federal judiciary in our community.

RSVP – Email or register online by clicking here.

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