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2007 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 SEPTEMBER 19, 2007


The 2007 New Orleans Area Inns of Court Annual Meeting was held today at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Hosted by the A. P. Tureaud Inn of Court, the meeting featured speaker Linnes Finney, Jr., Immediate Past President of the National Bar Association, who addressed “The Importance of Professionalism in the 21st Century Practice of Law.”

“The A. P. Tureaud Inn of Court is a local chapter of the national organization American Inns of Court. The purpose of the Inns is to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. Adopted from a traditional English model of legal apprenticeship, an Inn is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students learning together side-by-side and working together to raise the legal profession to a higher level of excellence,” said Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson, president of the A. P. Tureaud Inn of Court.

Finney, is a partner with the Florida law firm of Gary, Williams, Finney, Lewis, Watson & Spearando, having spent the past 25 years building an exemplary career in the legal profession. A native of Georgia, Finney earned his B.S. from Georgia Southern University and his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1982. In 2006 he was inaugurated as the 64th President of the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest bar association of color. The Inn officers are Justice Bernette J. Johnson, President; Judge Max N. Tobias, Jr., Vice-President; Judge Ethel Simms Julien, Vice-President Membership; Val P. Exnicios, Secretary/Treasurer; Professor Bobby M. Harges, Director, Pupillage; Bobby Delise and Gregory P. Dileo, Co-Chairs, Program Committee.

Also in attendance for the Annual Meeting, representing the American Inns of Court, was Executive Director David P. Carey, USA (Ret.). The American Inns of Court is headquartered in Alexandria, Virgina.

For more information about the A. P. Tureaud Inn of Court contact Membership Chair Ethel Simms Julien, at (504) 592.9254.


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