Past Events


Annual Holiday Party

On December 7, 2016, the New Orleans Chapter and Younger Lawyers Division hosted its annual Holiday Cocktail Party in the Great Hall of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and holiday cheer were enjoyed by members of both the bench and bar. Several members of the federal judiciary attended, making the event a great opportunity for young lawyers to meet judges in a causal, festive setting. In addition, the light displays of Luna Fête gave guests a colorful view from the windows of the Fifth Circuit. The event was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

US District Court – EDLA Judges: Hon. Ivan Lemelle and Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown




US District Court – EDLA Judges: Hon. Susie Morgan, Hon. Sarah S. Vance; NOFBA Treasurer Kathryn Knight, US District Magistrate Judge – EDLA: Hon. Karen Roby
Annual Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Series

On December 7, 2016, the New Orleans Chapter and Younger Lawyers Division of the FBA held its annual Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Series, a half-day CLE program geared toward newly admitted attorneys which includes admission to the federal courts in Louisiana. This year’s program covered four topics particularly timely for young lawyers. Charles Thomas spoke on the various ethical issues lawyers face from the inception of a client relationship through resolution of a matter. Scott Sternberg led a panel discussion on law practice management issues with assistance from attorneys Chris Weema and Corey Dunbar as well as Melissa Tokar, Office Administrator at Baker Donelson. Former EDLA law clerks Patrick Reagin and Phil Dore spoke on federal civil procedure with particular focus on the local rules of the Eastern District of Louisiana. The day ended with a discussion by Christine Cerniglia, Amy Malish, and Monique Doucette regarding the impact of professionalism on various aspects of the practice of law. Following the program, Judge Vance swore the attendees into the bars of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana as well as the Fifth Circuit. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Malcolm Monroe to make it a wonderful success. A special note of appreciation to Thomson Reuters, GoDepo, Alliance Overnight Document Service, and Amerson White for their sponsorship of this event.

Scott Sternberg, Melissa Tokar, Corey Dunbar, and Chris Weema




Philip Dore and Patrick Reagin
Annual Federal Judges’ Reception

On November 9 2016, the New Orleans Chapter held its Annual Federal Judges’ Reception in the Chinoiserie Ballroom at the Windsor Court Hotel. This year’s event was sponsored by over fifty firms.

The guests were treated to hors d’oeurves, light appetizers, and sweet treats, as well as cocktails and wine. Many judges and magistrates attended from multiple federal district courts in Louisiana and from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to the members of the bench, over 300 members of the federal bar were in attendance including Chapter President Kelly Scalise, Chapter President-Elect Raley Alford, and other members of the Board of Directors.

US District Court – EDLA Judges: Hon. Eldon Fallon and Hon. Carl Barbier



Tricia Pierre, LSBA, and Omar Mason, NO Chapter Board Member



US District Court – EDLA: Hon. Susie Morgan, Larry Feldman (McGlinchey Stafford), US District Court – EDLA: Hon. Sarah Vance



President Kelly Scalise; President Elect Raley Alford



Board Members: Harold Flanagan and Tiffany Davis
Annual Meeting and Luncheon

On August 25, 2016, the New Orleans Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon in the Ballroom at the Westin Hotel. Professor Jonathan Turley, a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law, was the keynote speaker. Judge Sarah S. Vance, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and now the immediate Past President of our organization, was the master of ceremonies. Judge Vance looked back on her year as the President of the Chapter, and thanked the Board of Directors and the Young Lawyers Division for their dedication during the Chapter’s exceptionally busy programming year. Kelly T. Scalise was sworn in as the incoming Chapter President. Ms. Scalise announced the establishment of committees that will focus on particular practice areas of law including admiralty, criminal law, diversity, energy law, environmental law, labor and employment, and immigration. Ms. Scalise extended her heartfelt thoughts to those recently affected by the devastating floods in Louisiana and encouraged all to donate gift cards to SOLACE for basic supplies. Ms. Scalise also presented Judge Vance with an Adler’s silver dish in honor of her “retirement” as the Board’s President. Several awards were presented including the Camille F. Gravel, Jr. Pro Bono Award, to Dana M. Douglas of Liskow & Lewis. The John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award for outstanding professionalism in the practice of law was presented to Irving J. Warshauer. Judge Vance presented Chris Ralston with the President’s Award, an annual award that recognizes a lawyer for community leadership outside the practice of law.


USDC – EDLA Judge Jay Zainey, Christopher Ralston, EDLA Federal Defender - EDLA Claude Kelly



LA Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Dana Douglas, USDC – EDLA Judge Ivan Lemelle



USDC - MDLA Chief Judge Brian Jackson and USDC - EDLA Magistrate Judge Michael North



USDC – EDLA Judge Sarah Vance, Kelly Scalise

Annual Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Seminar

The Younger Lawyers Division (YLD) presented its annual Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Seminar on the afternoon of December 1st. The CLE is designed to introduce new members of the bar to the basics of practice in federal court. This year’s programing covered a range of topics from a primer on the local rules in federal court, to e-discovery, to practice tips for young attorneys preparing for their first deposition or oral argument. The presentations ended with an hour of professionalism, beginning with tips from Scott L. Sternberg on how to deal with “The Ten Attorneys you Meet in Hell” (i.e., the most difficult opposing counsel you will face as a young lawyer) and ending with a professionalism panel, and moderated by J. Christopher Zainey, Jr., including Judge Lance M. Africk and Timothy F. Daniels.


Attendees at the Malcolm Monroe CLE and Swearing In
Younger Lawyers Division (YLD) Annual Holiday Party

The New Orleans Chapter’s YLD Annual Holiday Party was held in this Fifth Circuit’s Great Hall on Dec. 1, 2015. Nearly 200 attorneys, judges and court personnel were on hand, including members of the Fifth Circuit and the Eastern District.


Hon. Jane Triche Milazzo, Board Member; Hon. Sarah S. Vance, President; Kathryn M. Knight, Secretary; Hon. Karen W. Roby


J. Christopher Zainey, YLD Board Member; Hon. Jay C. Zainey, USDC and Founder of SOLACE


Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle; CC Kahr, Executive Director
Annual Federal Judges Reception

The New Orleans Chapter’s annual Federal Judges’ Reception was held at the Windsor Court Hotel in the Chinoiserie Ballroom on November 5, 2015. The event was well received and well attended with approximately 300 members of the judiciary and bar present.


Kelly T. Scalise, President-Elect; Hon. Sarah S. Vance, President; Christopher J. Alfieri, Immediate Past President


Virginia Roddy, Past President; Walter J. Leger, Jr.; Ashley Belleau, National Past President


Hon. Carl J. Barbier, Board Member; Bobby J. Delise; Ashley Belleau, National Past President


Hon. Kurt D. Engelhardt, Past President, Chief Judge – EDLA; Kelly T. Scalise, President-Elect; Ashley Belleau, National Past President
Annual Meeting and Luncheon

On August 27, 2015, the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon in the Ballroom of the Westin Hotel in the French Quarter. Paul M. Smith was the keynote speaker. Mr. Smith is Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and Co-Chair of the Media and First Amendment, and Election Law and Redistricting Practices in the Washington, DC office of Jenner & Block. Christopher J. Alfieri, now the immediate Past President, was the master of ceremonies. The Honorable Sarah S. Vance, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, served double duty as both Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana and incoming Chapter President.

In addition to chapter business, Christopher J. Alfieri presented the President’s Award, an annual award that recognizes a lawyer for community leadership outside the practice of law to Patricia A. Krebs. The Honorable Mary Ann Lemmon, presented the John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award for outstanding professionalism in the practice of law to Barry W. Ashe, FBA Fifth Circuit Vice President. The Camille F. Gravel, Jr. Pro Bono Award, was given to Jane L. Johnson, the Director of Experiential Learning at Tulane Law School.


Barry Ashe


Christopher Alfieri, Karen Silberman, Barry Ashe, Melissa Schletter


Christopher Alfieri, the Hon. Sarah Vance


Paul Smith
A Morning at the Federal Courthouse

The Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division hosted its annual “A Morning at the Federal Courthouse” on July 9, 2014. Sixty-five law students and young lawyers attended the program.

The program began with remarks from Chief Judge Sarah S. Vance, who spoke on the composition of the Eastern District and her own case management style. From there, participants had the choice to attend nine different hearings, which included a Bankruptcy Trial with Judge Elizabeth Magner, Criminal Hearings before Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr., and Civil Oral Arguments before Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle, Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, Judge Carl J. Barbier and Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo. Other highlights included the auction of the Brennan’s restaurant name before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jerry A Brown and a U.S. Attorney roundtable featuring the chiefs of the Civil and Criminal divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dwayne Evans (criminal chief) and Peter Mansfield (civil chief).

Finally, the program concluded with a panel on “Practicing in the Eastern District,” which featured Clerk of Court William Blevins, Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan, Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr., Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo, and Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, who hosted the panel in her Courtroom. The panel addressed such topics as the importance of professionalism, preparedness and the availability of pro bono opportunities with the Federal Bar Association as educational tools for young lawyers.

“We were thrilled with our panels and the motions we had today,” said Scott Sternberg, who co-chaired the program along with fellow FBA YLD Board Member Alysson Mills. “The program achieved its goal of allowing students and young lawyers to choose sessions that interested them, and in the process learn more about practicing in the Eastern District.”

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2014 Rubin Symposium


A flagship event of the Chapter since 1992, the Rubin Symposium is an annual discussion of aspects of federal law held as a living memorial to Judge Alvin B. Rubin, a preeminent jurist and legal scholar. This year’s Symposium, which provided one hour of professionalism credit and one hour of ethics credit, was held on May 17th at the Eastern District with almost 220 participants. Special guests included Judge Rubin’s son, Michael H. Rubin, and his granddaughter, Sarah L. Rubin.

For the first portion of the program, Louisiana State University’s Law Chancellor Jack Weiss spoke about “Alvin B. Rubin and the Good Judge Ideal.” His presentation focused on three of the many important lessons to be gained from Judge Rubin’s example: a good judge can’t be fooled; a good judge is a good teacher; and a good judge considers “all information relevant to a just result.” A panel consisting of the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown and practictioners Harold Flanagan, Thomas Flanagan and C. Lawrence Orlansky then discussed the “Ethical Limits of Zealous Advocacy in Preparing and Presenting Witnesses.”

The Chapter will hold the 23rd Annual Rubin Symposium in the spring of 2015.

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