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August 2014 - Lafayette Bar Association
August 2014 | Volume 35 | Issue 4
The Official Newsletter of the Lafayette Bar Association
Introducing the
Inagural Class of the
Hall of Fame
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the
President’s Message
“LEGAL RED CARPET—
LBA ROYAL WELCOME”
When we see the words “red carpet”, we tend to
immediately think—lights, cameras, action. In the
legal community, the equivalent of this is commitment,
dedication, excellence!
This month LBA rolls out its red carpet for attorneys
that have served the legal profession, local community,
state and local bar associations with unwavering
commitment, dedication, and sustained excellence. Join
us in celebrating these attorneys at the LBA Hall of Fame
Ceremony.
There are many noteworthy events that pave the road
to celebrating professional achievement. While difficult
to measure, I assure you, it is easily recognizable. Most
of the individuals that are honored for professional
achievement deserve a nod for personal achievement.
As attorneys, we all strive to serve the legal profession
with the highest integrity. The attorneys that will
be inducted into the Hall of Fame have spent their
professional careers demonstrating this integrity, and as
a result advanced their professions. They have protected
the interest of clients, and as a result, strengthened
2013-2014 LBA President
Tricia R. Pierre, Attorney at Law
the profession. They have challenged themselves to be
better—better attorneys, better community volunteers
and organizers, better board volunteers--and as a result,
cultivated the profession.
It is important for us to publicly celebrate those that
forge a path in the legal profession. It is important that
we mark extraordinary legal and civic contributions
proudly and loudly! LBA is on its way to doing just that
and we hope to continue for years to come. LBA is proud
to give our hall of famers the royal welcome because they
are an example of what the legal profession should be
reflective of. As we celebrate their accomplishments, we
celebrate our strength as a legal community. See you on
the legal red carpet.
Committee & Section Chairs
Officers
Tricia Pierre
President
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
Candace Breaux
Louis A. Martinet Society
Karen King
Bench Bar
Missy Theriot
Maritime CLE
Chuck Mouton & Doug Truxillo
CLE By-the-Hour
Steven Ramos
Membership
Donnie O’Pry
Family Law Section
Maggie Simar
Miscellaneous CLE
Cynthia Simon
Lafayette Young Lawyers
Cliff LaCour
Promulgator
Jill Wade & Bianca Chretien
Lafayette Volunteers Lawyers
Jeff Coreil
Real Estate Section
Jean Paul Coussan
Danielle Cromwell
Secretary/Treasurer
Kyle Gideon
President-Elect
Blake David
Immediate Past President
Board of Directors
Candace Breaux
Bianca Chretien
Jeff Coreil
Jean-Paul Coussan
Paul Gibson
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Karen King
Cliff LaCour
Steve Lanza
John Mouton, III
Donovan O’Pry, II
LBA Staff
Josette Abshire,
Executive Director
Shaneal Jones
Marketing Coordinator
Steven Ramos
Maggie Simar
Cynthia Simon
William Stagg
Melissa Theriot
Tammy Derouen,
LVL Program Director
Claire Prejean
Member Services Coordinator
the
Executive Director’s Message
LBA Executive DIrector
Josette Abshire
“Reach High. Think big. Work
hard. Have fun!”
-Imagination Movers
I wasn’t at all surprised when I read that Lafayette is the
happiest city not only in Louisiana but the entire United
States. Television talking heads, various journalists and
many experts mused as to how our city on the bayou
could possibly be so happy. We don’t have weather
perfection like the city by the bay, this is not the city that
never sleeps, we are neither the healthiest nor wealthiest,
and Disney World—the trademarked “happiest place on
earth” is more than a 12 hour drive away.
To those of us who live and work here, the answer
was clear: we are a resilient people who work hard, play
harder, embrace our faith, and revel in what makes
us unique. We find a way to turn the most quotidian
of soirées into revelry and elevate special occasions
to incredible celebrations. We create those magical
moments that make us happy.
Here at the LBA, your board and staff have been super
busy planning red carpet worthy events where many more
of those happiness-inducing moments can be made. First
is the Lafayette Young Lawyers installation at LaFonda
on August 28 honoring incoming president, Trey
Hightower. Next, the inaugural class of the Lafayette Bar
Hall of Fame will be inducted at a reception and cocktail
party at the Petroleum Club on September 4th. Please
join us to honor these gentlemen who have contributed
so much, not only to the Lafayette Bar but also to our
whole community: Honorable Kaliste Saloom, Jr.;
James Diaz, Sr; Harmon Roy; Robert McBride, and Bob
Wright. Members shouldn’t mind sharing the spotlight
at the Attorneys Bankers & CPAs social on September
18 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the French Press sponsored by
Whitney Bank, Andrus Boudreaux Complete Title,
Evergreen Working Capital, and Northwestern Mutual.
Get ready to be treated like a celebrity at the Bench
Bar Conference October 2nd through 4th at the RitzCarlton in New Orleans. The 2014 conference theme is
Hollywood South: Rolling Out the Red Carpet and the
planning committee is working hard to make it a bigger
and better than ever production.
Happiness is also having all of your CLE hours complete
well before year end, and LBA has made considerable
options available to our members. Thanks to Dona
Renegar for planning a free Small Firm/Solo Practitioner
CLE on August 15 here at the bar center hosted jointly
by the LSBA and LBA. Vandana Chaturvedi will present
Immigration Basics on August 22 also here at LBA. We
are hosting a Legislative Update CLE with the Acadia
Parish Bar on September 4 at the Crowley Town Club,
and the annual Maritime CLE is September 11-12. Don’t
despair if you’d rather wait until the credits are about to
roll to get your CLE hours. We’ve already begun planning
CLE By-the-Hour for November and December.
Table of Contents
President’s Message......................................3
Hall of Fame....................................................8
Executive director’s Message................4
Legal Lagniappe.............................................11
LA Education Seminar...............................5
Off the Beaten Path...................................14
LSBA Annual Meeting.................................6
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LA Center for Law and civic
education annual seminar
Twenty-seven teachers from around the state attended
the LA Center for Law and Civic Education Annual
Seminar in New Orleans. This is an annual event hosted
by Mrs. Peggy Cotogno, Director of the Center. Ms. Liz
Tullier, Director/Mock Trial coach for Northside High
School’s Academy of Legal Studies gave a presentation
on the basics of conducting a mock trial. After this
presentation, teachers were given an assigned role, either
attorney, witness, or juror.
The case performed was “Billings v. Pearson”, a civil
case involving cyberbullying. Each side presented their
argument, giving opening statements, direct and cross
examination, and closing arguments.
The teachers had a great time and were actively
engaged. Ms Tullier was the presiding judge over the trial
stating, “It was a great learning experience for all teachers
involved and hopefully they will be able to utilize what
they have learned in their civics and law-related courses.”
Picture courtesy of Liz Tullier. Teachers from around
the State of Louisiana who attended the seminar.
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LSBA Annual Meeting in Destin, FL
The Louisiana State Bar Association held its
73rd Annual Meeting on June 1-6, 2014 in Destin, FL.
Participants enjoyed 6 days full of exciting activities,
engaing speakers, and various programming, giving
them the opportunity to network with colleagues and
enjoy the sunny beaches of Destin, FL.
Several memebers of the LBA were recognized
and received prestigious awards at ceremonies that took
place over the course of the week. Congratulations to
each recipient for this great accomplishment.
Blake R. David, founding partner of Broussard &
David, LLC was installed on the Board of Governors,
Third District
Sara B. Rodrigue, an associate of NeunerPate received
the Bat P. Sullivan, Jr. Chair’s Award.
The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association received
the Service to the Bar Award for its Young Lawyer’s
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program.
Seth T. Mansfield, an associate of NeunerPate received
the Pro Bono Award.
Picture courtesy of LSBA. Blake R. David, pictured back row, middle
with newly installed Board of Govenors.
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Picture courtesy of LSBA. Seth T. Mansfield
accepts the Pro Bono Award.
Picture courtesy of LSBA. On behalf of LYLA,
LBA President Tricia Pierre accepts Young
Lawyers Service to the Bar Award.
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Introducing the
Hall of Fame
The Lafayette Parish legal community has a rich
tradition and legacy of producing highly successful
lawyers, Bar leaders and community servants. In order
to recognize the careers of these outstanding attorneys
and members of our local bar, the LBA has established
an LBA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Award shall be
presented to honor the contributions these exceptional
lawyers have made to the legal profession, the Bar or the
public. Induction into the Lafayette Bar Association Hall
of Fame is presented as a lifetime contribution award
to LBA members who have achieved a high degree of
professional achievement or who have displayed long
term outstanding leadership and participation in the
activities of the Bar.
These recipients have had professional career
marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct,
professionalism, civility and collegiality; and have
demonstrated
outstanding
contributions
and
commitment to the legal profession, the Lafayette Bar
Association and our community. Inclusion in the LBA
Hall of Fame is intended to recognize an exemplary career
as an attorney or dedicated service to the community or
the Bar.
The Lafayette Bar Association Board of Directors is
pleased to announce the inaugural class of the LBA Hall
of Fame:
JAMES E. DIAZ, SR.
James E. Diaz, Sr. was admitted to the Louisiana Bar
almost sixty (60) years ago, in 1956. He is a graduate
of Tulane University Law
School. In the mid 70’s Jim
was a founding member
and named partner of
what would become one
of Louisiana’s preeminent
law firms then known
as Onebane,
Donohoe,
Bernard,
Torian,
Diaz,
McNamara and Abel, now
simply The Onebane Law
Firm. Over the course of
his legal career, Jim has been
universally recognized by judges and lawyers alike, as one
of the top maritime lawyers in the country. Jim is known
as a consummate professional and always a gentleman,
no matter the circumstances or the case. James E. Diaz,
Sr.’s body of legal work easily demonstrates, among other
things that he is always prepared and is a very skilled
courtroom advocate. Over three 3 decades ago, Jim was
first recognized as one of the outstanding members of
the Louisiana Bar by the Woodward & White publication
known as Best Lawyers in America. He is AV rated by
Martindale Hubbell. Surely, one of the crown jewels of
Jim’s very long and successful legal career is his 1969
appearance before the United States Supreme Court in
the landmark case entitled: Rodrigue v. Aetna Casualty
& Surety Co., 395 U.S. 352, 89 S.Ct. 1835, 23 L.Ed2d
360 (1969) which established the legal proposition,
still the law today, that the legal remedies available to
a Gulf of Mexico platform worker accidently injured
or killed, is generally defined by federal legislation,
then relatively new when Jim argued Rodrigue, called
the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, rather than, as
argued by his opponent, the general maritime law. The
Supreme Court’s decision in Rodrigue sent a tsunami
through the maritime legal community, because, until
Rodrigue, it was an established legal rule that maritime
law remedies were always available to Gulf of Mexico
platform workers.
ROBERT R. “BOB” McBRIDE
Robert McBride obtained his law degree from
Louisiana State University in 1959 and his license to
practice law in that same year.
An excellent trial attorney and
recognized as one of the most
skilled litigators in Louisiana,
Bob was particularly known
for his litigation of personal
injury actions resulting from
electrical contacts. Bob served
in both the U.S. Army and U.S.
Air Force and is a veteran of
the Korean War. He served
our local bar as President of
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the Lafayette Parish Bar Association. Bob is recognized
for his highly ethical and professional standards when
dealing with clients, witnesses, and fellow attorneys.
Bob exemplified how lawyers should conduct themselves
in court, in the community and with each other. He
was a founding partner of the McBride, Foret, Rozas &
Leonard firm. He later became an of counsel attorney
in the Davidson, Meaux,Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot,
Gideon & Edwards firm.
HARMON ROY
Harmon Roy was licensed to practice law in Louisiana
in 1952. Mr. Roy is a graduate of Tulane University
Law School. During his legal career, Mr. Roy had the
distinction of representing many of Lafayette’s most
influential businesses, public officials and community
leaders. He achieved a
Martindale-Hubbell
AV
rating during his time
practicing law. He practiced
law with the Mouton Roy
Law Firm which became the
Mouton, Roy, Carmouche,
Bivens, Judice, & Henke firm,
and ultimately Roy, Bivens,
Judice, Roberts and Wartelle,
where his practice primarily
involved the defense of
personal injury and maritime
claims. Harmon’s professionalism and courtesy to
litigants and opponents was matched by his reputation
as a tenacious and zealous advocate and litigator. He is
the founder of the Harmon F. Roy Foundation and the
Harmon F. Roy Endowed Scholarship at the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette. Numerous Lafayette attorneys
count Mr. Roy as their mentor.
HON. KALISTE SALOOM. JR
Judge Kaliste Saloom, Jr. earned a Bachelor’s Degree
from Southwest Louisiana Institute of Liberal and
Technical Learning, now the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette and his law degree from Tulane University Law
School in 1942.
Judge Saloom was admitted to the Louisiana State
Bar in 1942, but delayed his practice of law until after
his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He
served as Lafayette’s city attorney and assisted in the
development of the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) and
the establishment of the Permanent Voter Registration
Program in the Parish of Lafayette.
He served as Judge of
the City Court of Lafayette
from 1953 to 1993 and
in 1992, he temporarily
served in the Louisiana
Third Circuit Court of
Appeal.
He
has
received
numerous local, state and
national
recognitions
including honors from the
U.S. Supreme Court; the
Louisiana Supreme Court;
the National Center of State
Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia; the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C.;
the American Bar Association; the American Judges
Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He also
received the National Distinguished Jurist Award from
the Mississippi State University Pre-Law School Society
in 1987. He has served as lecturer in judicial seminars in
the United States, Canada and England.
He received the Lafayette Civic Cup in 1965. He has
reigned as both King Gabriel
of the Lafayette Mardi Gras
and King Lacassine I of the
Krewe of Attakapas. Judge
Saloom continues to be an
active member of many
community organizations in
Lafayette.
BOB F. WRIGHT
Recognized as one of the
best trial lawyers in America,
Bob Wright was admitted to
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Hall of Fame continuted
practice law in Louisiana in 1957. He is a graduate of
Tulane University Law School, where he was a member
of the Tulane Law Review, Moot Court Board and
Omicron Delta Kappa. He is admitted to practice in all
federal and state courts in Louisiana, the Fifth Circuit,
and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bob has been awarded the highest possible peerreviewed rating by Martindale­Hubbell Law Directory
for professional excellence and integrity. He is also
listed in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in
America, a publication that has been described as “the
most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
He has served as Chairman of he Louisiana Judiciary
Commission, President of the Louisiana State Bar
Association and President of Louisiana Trial Lawyers
Association. He has also been inducted as a Fellow of
the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Bob has also served as President of the Lafayette
Parish Bar Association and as a Delegate to the American
Bar Association. He has an impressive record of service
as counsel for various governmental associations and as
an office holder and member of numerous social and
civic organizations.
In addition to the Hall of Fame induction, other
Lafayette Bar Association awards will be presented.
LBA President Tricia Pierre has selected Frank X.
Neuner, Jr. and Gary McGoffin as the 2014 President’s
Award Recipients. Also, Kevin Blanchard will receive the
Outstanding Young Lawyer
Award.
Frank
X.
Neuner,
Jr. received his J.D. from
Louisiana State University
(1976). He joined Cliffe
E. Laborde Jr. in 1987 to
form Laborde & Neuner.
Mr. Neuner’s areas of
practice include Admiralty
& Maritime, Insurance,
Employment
Law,
Commercial and Toxic Tort
Litigation.
Gary McGoffin received
his J.D. from Louisiana
State University (1976). He
is an Eagle Scout and cofounded Durio, McGoffin,
Stagg & Ackermann in 1983
with fellow Eagle Scouts,
Buzz Durio and Bill Stagg.
His practice is focused on
business, healthcare and
public interest issues.
Kevin
Blanchard
graduated cum laude from Louisiana State Univeristy
and received his J.D. (2011). He was recently appointed
as Chief Development Officer for the City of Lafayette
in November 2013. As
CDO he is responsible for
coordinating and overseeing
development and longterm planning efforts of
the city-parish government,
including implementation
of
the
comprehensive
plan. As an attorney, Kevin
practiced commercial and
oil and gas law at Onebane
Law Firm.
Please join us at the Hall
of Fame reception on September 4th at the Petroleum
Club. Cocktail hour is at 6:00 PM with the presentation
scheduled to begin at 6:30 followed by dinner. Tickets
are $75 per person. Reserved tables of eight are also
available. Please mail your payment to the Lafayette Bar
Association, PO Box 2194, Lafayette, LA 70502. For
more information, please call the LBA office at 237-4700
or email to [email protected]
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10 Questions to ask your IT Director
Too often, law firm managing partners are content
to let their IT departments operate on cruise control –
until a crisis strikes. There are so many questions that
they should be asking that it was hard to winnow our list
down to 10.
1. How do we ensure that we are installing all critical
updates and patches for our software and hardware?
Believe it or not, this is the number reason for data
breaches –the failure to patch. There should be a
reporting mechanism so that you receive weekly reports
of all updates made–you don’t have to read it, but at least
there will be an audit trail–and making the report will
constantly remind your IT director to be vigilant.
2. How often do we require passwords to be changed
and what are our rules for password strength? Today,
sadly, the answer should be every 30 days (no repeats)
12 characters, using upper and lower case, numbers and
special characters.
3. How are we preparing to move beyond passwords?
Passwords will be obsolete in the near future. Google
is already moving to two factor authentication and has
announced that it will move away from “passwords
only” in the future. Biometrics is one option, but we
prefer two factor authentication using some kind of
token (something you physically have) in addition to a
password (which should still follow normal password
rules).
4. What is our process for securing data when we
terminate employees? There should be a checklist of
items to go through, including the return of all data,
killing IDs and the ability to connect remotely, retrieving
all firm cell phones laptops, prox cards, keys, etc. If they
have a personal code to get in the office, terminate the
code. The list is long.
5. Do we change the defaults on all our equipment?
This is the second most common reason for breaches –
default values are unchanged on routers, etc. and even
the script kiddies (never mind the true cybercriminals)
know all the defaults. There should be reports verifying
this as well.
6. What is our incident response plan? If you suffer
a breach, is there a team in place? Who needs to be
notified? Do you have a digital forensics company that
you can call to investigate and remediate a breach? Do
you have an attorney who is a data breach specialist who
can assist in helping you comply with any federal or state
notification laws and regulations? Another long list here.
7. Do we have redundant hot and cold backups and a
plan for business continuity in the event of an emergency?
8. Do we have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
policy? If so, have we recently evaluated the risks of
having personal devices connected to our network? Do
you even know if personal devices are accessing your
data?
9. Are we storing data in the cloud? If so, make sure
that a lawyer has actually read the Terms of Service and
your IT Director has adequately investigated the cloud
for physical and data security –including whether the
provider will advise you of any law enforcement requests
for your data in time for you to file a Motion to Quash.
No notice will be given if the requests are under the
Patriot Act, but most of them are not.
10. How are we protecting mobile data? Do all laptops
have full disk encryption? Do we have adequate remote
access policies? When attorneys connect remotely, is the
data encrypted in transit? There could be 100 questions
–easily –but start with these 10 to get a handle on how
well you are securing your law firm data!
by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek
© 2013 Sensei Enterprises The authors are the President and Vice President
of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a legal technology, information security and digital
forensics firm based in Fairfax, VA. 703-359-0700 www.senseient.com
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Young Lawyers
LYLA Donates Toys to Avec Les
Enfants
On June 8th, Rachel Godley, a member of LYLA
along with Jo Abshire, LBA ED and Claire Prejean,
Member Services Coordinator donated boxes of
toys to Avec Les Enfants. Avec provides a safe and
secure place for children to visit with non-custodial
parents.
LYLA Hosts Spring Social
LYLA hosted their Spring Social on May
29th sponsored by Capital One Bank and
Lourdes Imaging. Festivities took place at Cafe
Vermilionville where members were able to
socialize and network over a drinks and great food.
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JOIN US FOR COCKTAILS
AND LIGHT BITES
Lafayette Young Lawyers Association
Installation of Officers
HONORING
Trey Hightower
Thursday, August 28, 2014
6:00-9:00 PM at LaFonda
$20 per person
Register Online at
www.lafayettebar.org
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One block from Federal Courthouse
One hundred feet from Parish
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24 hr. security for your after hour
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Lafayette, LA 70501
Call Sam Robertson 337-298-6744
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Optional reserved covered parking
Optional voice over IP phone service
Optional LUS internet service
ProLegal Copies located in our
basement for your copying needs
LOBOS Southwest Kitchen
restaurant in lobby
Ten full service restaurants within 2
blocks
Full Service Chase Bank located in
the lobby
US Mail, Fed Ex, & UPS Service with
overnight service boxes located
inside building
Legal Lagniappe
Congratulations to Jeff Coreil on recieving the Sandra
Day O’Connor Award presented by the National Inns
of Court. The purpose of the award is to honor an
Inn member each year
for exemplary service
and to honor Justice
O’Connor for being the
paragon of professional
service throughout her
distinguished
career
while exemplifying legal
excellence, civility, ethics
and professionalism. It
will be presented to him by the American Inns of Court
at their annual Celebration of Excellence at the United
States Supreme Court in October.
The LBA is pleased to announce
our new Marketing Coordinator,
Shaneal Jones. She is a 2014
graduate of the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette with a
degree in Public Relations. Prior
to joining the LBA staff, Shaneal
completed an internship with
Festival International.
Congratulations to LYLA on being seleceted as the
recipents of the LSBA YLD Local Affiliated Support
Award for 2013-2014!
Simien & Miniex held its 19th Annual Virginia Miniex/
Margo Simien Scholarship Reception. Each year, the
Miniex and Simien families award scholarships to
deserving high school graduates who strive to do well in
furthering their education.
The Color of Justice was held on Saturday, May 10, 2014
at the Clifton Chenier Center Auditorium. The event
was presented to students
ranging from 6th grade
throughout high school.
The Color of Justice is an
outreach program created
by the National Association
of Women Judges to
encourage and motivate
students on how to obtain
a career in the legal
profession. The mission
of the association is to promote the judicial role in
protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law
through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership;
fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access
to justice. The program was
initiated several years ago in
our Southwest Acadiana Area
by the Honorable Phyllis Keaty
to encourage minority youth to
aspire for careers in the legal
profession. Presenters included
Judge Sylvia Cooks, Judge Jules
Edwards, Judge Phyllis Keaty,
Judge Edward Rubin, Judge
Susan Theall, Louis A. Martinet
Society President Karen King, Valerie Garrett, Curtis
Hollinger, Patrick Magee, and Harold Register, Jr.
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Off the Beaten Path
Because There Is More To Life Than The Practice
Full Name: Jacques E. deMoss
Place of birth and hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
Family: Wife Melanie and son Mason
Education: Lafayette High School, USL, and Oklahoma City University School
of Law
What was your inspiration to go to law school? I was inspired to go to law
school by my parents. I’ve always had wide and varied interests. They knew that
even if I chose not to practice law full time, the education and experience I gained would be invaluable in other
endeavors. They were right.
What type of law do you practice? I currently maintain a part-time general commercial practice, representing
mainly agricultural focused businesses in the North East Louisiana area.
Is this what you originally thought you would do when you were in law school? No. Initially, I really thought
I would end up practicing law full time my whole career. I really enjoyed the practice, but my many interests
eventually led me to going into business in other divergent fields.
The Promulgator Editorial Committee has been told that you own Wild Country Safari Park. Please tell us
about that. Yes, my wife and I bought Wild Country Safari Park three years ago. It is a 300 acre drive through
safari park/zoo located in Delhi, LA (30 minutes East of Monroe) near Poverty Point Lake. We are Louisiana’s only
drive through safari park where you have the option to drive your own vehicle or take a guided safari tour bus or
wagon through the park. We have over 300 animals representing over 25 species. Our animal herd includes Giraffe,
Camel, Water Buffalo, American Bison, Kangaroo, Llama, exotic cattle, various species of antelope and deer, Elk,
Red Stag, Zebra, etc. We also have a petting zoo and party pavilions.
Anything else you would like to share about yourself with our readers? Building off the experience I’ve gained
operating the safari park, last year I partnered with my in-laws and purchased a commercial hunting lodge/ranch
in Missouri called Winter Quarters Wildlife Ranch. We specialize in breeding and guided hunts for Red Stag, Elk,
Whitetail Deer, Spring Turkey, and African Exotics.
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Thomas R. Juneau, Sr. of Juneau and David was recently
invited to join the National Academy of Distinguished
Neutrals (NADN) for his work as a mediator.
Julius W. “Will” Grubbs, Jr. was recently appointed by
the Louisiana House of Representatives to serve on the
Louisiana Property & Casualty Insurance Commission.
Jean C, Breaux, Jr. & Associates, APLC is pleased to
announce that Emily Brouillette Tate has joined the
firm as an Associate Attorney.
Judge Mildred ‘Mimi” Methvin has been appointed as
judge pro tempore of Division D, of the 27th JDC in St.
Landry Parish.
Our condolences to the family and coworkers of Judge
Donald Hebert of the 27th JDC.
Lane Roy, formerly Preis and Roy Law Firm is pleased to
announce his formation of a new law firm, L. Lane Roy,
LLC located at 110 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 101.
Rebekah Huggins has been elected to the Board of
Directors of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
Upcoming Events
Immigation: Its Impact on Family and
Criminal Law
When: August 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Location: LBA Headquarters
LYLA Installation Banquet
When: August 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Location: LaFonda
Hall of Fame Banquet
When: September 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club of Lafayette
2014 Legislative Update CLE
When: September 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Location: Crowley Town Club
Bankruptcy In Family Law
When: September 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Location: LBA Headquarters
Maritime Law Seminar
When: September 11-12, 2014
Location: Three Mile Lake near Port Barre
Attorneys, Bankers, & CPAs Social
When: September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Location: The French Press
Bench Bar Conference
When: October 2-4, 2014
Location: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
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