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PA Family Law Winter Meeting
in The

Big Easy

- By Nancy Larkin Taylor -

Beads, masks, voodoo dolls, Hurricanes, plastic crowns, oysters and po' boys
were some of the sights and smells. Sounds included live jazz, drummers on
street corners; street performers demanding cash, psychics teasing with visions
of the future and the clopping of horses and carriages.
A bayou tour even showcased a wild boar. It was too cold
for alligators.

The PA Family Law meeting was held in the Big Easy
this year, at the stunning Roosevelt Hotel. Some 280
attorneys turned out.

As a previous Katrina volunteer with the Bar Association, I
unconsciously sought out the 12-foot water line on houses
in the 9th ward. Many remain abandoned, and some still
have FEMA trailers in the backyard.

PBA Planners wisely scheduled only morning classes, so by
noon we were off.
There was so much to appreciate in New Orleans: Tours of
the city, the cemeteries, sugar and cotton plantations, slave
quarters, the World War II and Civil War Museums and the
exquisite pleasure of strolling down Bourbon Street looking
for a place to lunch.

Back to work. This year the presentations were worthwhile,
especially since we racked up 7.5 CLEs.
On Friday, Roger Dodd, a
"Jerry Spence"-like super
lawyer, shared common
sense deposition tricks.
One question, one fact
at a time, expand your
questioning to create a
mental image. Accuracy
breeds credibility.
He suggests experts
are intimated by
facts, as they can

Muriel's, Arnaut's, Felix's, Acme, Two Sisters, Three Muses,
Brennan's, Café du Monde; so many restaurants and bars.
Browsing the bordello antique shops on Royal takes time
too. If you rush, you miss the unfolding show.
To state the obvious, New Orleans history is fascinating, no
matter how many times you visit. French, Spanish, African,
Creole, Southern culture, plantation owners, corrupt
politicians, famed football players, Sandra Bullock, and
Ann Rice are all part of the scene.

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