Professionalism and Ethics


Professionalism: Generational Differences in a Millennial World

Feb. 19, 8:00 a.m., Weinmann Hall Room 110

At a time when diversity in the workplace is so often discussed, age differences are frequently not characterized within the diversity context.  These generational differences affect every workplace in America, especially law offices.  New attorneys feel ostracized and discriminated against by senior members while senior partners feel that the incoming generation lacks respect and integrity.  This panel will identify the realities of these generational gaps in the workplace, decode generational miscommunications, and offer real-life solutions to these issues.

CLE Materials: Baby Boomers  Generational Divide  Gengagement article  Seasoned v. Young Attorneys

Lynn Luker, Of Counsel, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford

Lynn LukerLynn Luker is an attorney with the law firm of Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC. Prior to joining the firm, she founded and operated her own law firm for 16 years after practicing law with Adams and Reese, LLP, for 18 years in its New Orleans office. Her practice areas are complex litigation involving businesses, including toxic tort, maritime, unfair trade practices, environmental, and product liability law. Ms. Luker has served as national, regional, and local trial counsel in asbestos, benzene, lead paint, noise, and other toxic tort cases for over 30 years. She has handled a number of insurance disputes, has tried numerous cases, and has settled thousands of cases over her many years of practice.

Ms. Luker was appointed Judge Pro Tempore in Division “H” of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in 2014 for a six month term. During her tenure as judge, she handled a general civil docket of cases covering a wide variety of subject matters. Building on her many years of experience as a litigator and her recent experience as Judge Pro Tempore, Ms. Luker joined Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions in 2015, adding mediation and arbitration to her areas of practice.

Ms. Luker holds a J.D., LL.M. in Admiralty (with distinction), and an LL.M. in Energy and Environment from Tulane Law School, and was inducted into the Order of Barristers. She has served as Professor and Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Program since 1992 and serves as Co-Director of Tulane’s Civil Litigation Pre-Trial Boot Camp. Along with Judge Karen Wells Roby, she co-teaches the first course on eDiscovery and Evidence at Tulane Law School. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award at commencement. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award at the annual Tulane Environmental Summit.

Ms. Luker is the Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Section of Civil Law & Litigation. She was the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association 2014 Human Rights Award for her work in the area of diversity and inclusion. She is the immediate past Chair of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Ms. Luker also serves as Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Ms. Luker is the former chair of the ABA TIPS Toxic Tort Section and the Admiralty Law Section, and former chair of the IADC Maritime and Energy Law Section, and she also served on the faculty of the IADC National Trial Academy. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Commission on the Profession, the LSBA Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the LSBA Legislative Committee, is the former chair of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, the state disciplinary board for judges, and served on the Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee. Ms. Luker is the former President of the Tulane American Inn of Court and remains an active member of the Inn. She is also a member of the International Society of Barristers.

Ms. Luker also served as Co-Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for many years at both its trial and deposition programs, and is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs on a variety of subjects, including trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and, most recently, new subjects of interest to her: unconscious bias and the importance of mentoring. She has served as co-chair of the New Orleans Bar Association Masters of the Courtroom program for several years.

Ms. Luker has been named as a “SuperLawyer” each year since 2007, a “Leader in Law” by New Orleans CityBusiness, a “Top Lawyer”, and as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2009. She holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Luker is admitted to practice in all Louisiana courts, both state and federal, the United States Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.


Ethics: Client and Witness Candor in Trial Practice

9:00 a.m., Weinmann Hall Room 110

Almost every lawyer is aware of the saving grace in professional conduct Rule 3.3, the actual “knowledge” requirement.  Even though some in the field use this to their advantage, many practitioners still feel uncomfortable treading too close to the line.  This panel will reintroduce attendees to Rule 3.3 and discuss how to ethically manage client and witness testimony to avoid violating the Rule or being forced to withdraw as counsel.

CLE Materials: Witness Candor

Bill Ross, Co-Managing Member: Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC;

William R. Ross

His practice areas include commercial litigation, legal malpractice, legal and judicial ethics, commercial litigation, and the prosecution of appeals in the state and federal courts of Louisiana. In addition to representing clients in a wide variety of civil disputes, Mr. Ross has defended judicial and lawyer matters before the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, and the Louisiana Supreme Court. His published cases include Russo v. Burns, 147 So. 3d 1111 (La. 2014) and In re Clark, 145 So. 3d 261 (La. 2014).

A native of Hammond, Louisiana, Mr. Ross graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1997. Mr. Ross went on to attend Tulane Law School, where graduated summa cum laude in 2000 and received the Faculty Medal for finishing first in his class. While in law school, Mr. Ross served as a Managing Editor on the Tulane Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Ross returned to Tulane Law School in 2003 to serve as an instructor in the Trial Advocacy Program. In 2013, Mr. Ross became a professor on Tulane Law School’s Adjunct Faculty and currently teaches Louisiana Civil Procedure, a subject tested on the Louisiana Bar Examination. Mr. Ross has delivered dozens of presentations on issues of legal ethics at continuing legal education programs sponsored by organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Association for Justice, and Association for Women Attorneys.

Since 2006, Mr. Ross has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, which functions in an advisory capacity to the Louisiana Supreme Court. He is also the current Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Publications Subcommittee that issues public opinions on legal ethics matters through the Louisiana Bar Journal.

Mr. Ross holds an AV rating from Matindale-Hubbell, and has been named as a Super Lawyer and as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Ross is admitted to practice in all Louisiana courts, both state and federal, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Lynn Luker, Of Counsel, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC. (see above)