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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.

When is Bench Bar?

Thursday, September 13th through Saturday, September 15th

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.

How do I make hotel accommodations?

The 2018 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:

Room availability cannot be guaranteed after Friday, August 24. 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: Events, 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.