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Please be advised that the dates for Bench Bar have changed to January 25-27th. Details pertaining to registration will be posted shortly.

Why have the dates changed?
The Bench Bar conference will now be held in January, the 25th through the 27th, due to unforeseen circumstances related to Hurricane Harvey. 

What is Bench Bar?

The Bench Bar Conference is a three-day conference that offers a variety of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses. Topics for the sessions range in subject, including sessions on ethics and professionalism. Complete with social events each day, the conference is a valuable networking experience. You will have the opportunity to build new professional relationships and meet new contacts, including special guest judges who will be in attendance. 

How do I make hotel accommodations?

The 2017 Bench Bar Conference will be moving “out west” this year to the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas. To make reservations, call the Houstonian Hotel at (713) 685-6810 (Main Number) or (800) 231-2759 (Room Reservations) and identify yourself as part of the Lafayette Bar Association to receive the discounted rate of $209.00 plus tax for a standard room. Note: Discounted rate will expire on Monday, September 4, 2017. After this date, registration may be transferred to a colleague, but not canceled or refunded.

How do I register for the conference?

To download a registration form on our website, From the home page, click on the Bench Bar tab. Mail in your registration form along with payment to the Lafayette Bar Association, Attn: Cyd Anderson, 2607 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503. You may also submit your registration by fax (337) 237-0970 or email ( Payment can be made in person, by mail, or over the phone. Members can be invoiced. 

Do I pay for the conference and my hotel room separately?

Unless you are a judge registering for the conference, the answer is YES! You must pay for your conference registration and hotel room accommodations separately. Rooms will now be booked separately to give attendees more flexibility. The registration rates for the conference are included on the registration form. ONLY payment and registration are to be sent to the LBA. Hotel accommodations must be made through the Houstonian Hotel. 

Can I bring a guest?

Yes! Guest registration for the conference is an additional $175. You must include your guest's information when completing your registration form.

How can my firm or company be a sponsor?

To be a sponsor for the 2017 Bench Bar Conference, call the Lafayette Bar Association (LBA) at 337-237-4700.