Quote of the Day - I can't emphasize enough to viewers how serious FEMA is taking this storm. We've done a lot of planning for a hurricane striking New Orleans because of New Orleans lying below sea level.
What's the status of the legal profession and the judicial system in Louisiana 7 months after Katrina? Coast to Coast examines that issue with my co-host Robert Ambrogi, fellow attorney and Law.com blogger determine why some law firms are back up and running, while others are still rebuilding or out of business. You'll hear first-hand accounts from Attorney Ernie Svenson, solo practitioner in New Orleans and author of the legal blog, "Ernie the Attorney," as well as Tim Doody, Firm Administrator for Chaffe McCall LLP, with headquarters in New Orleans and the Tom O'Connell, President of XOsoft, a technology company that helped law firms restore important legal files after the hurricane. Don't miss our special segment with Monica Bay about her recent experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Monica Bay is editor-in-chief of Law Technology News, editorial director of Law Firm, Inc. and Small Firm Business, and a rabid New York Yankees fan. She also writes the Common Scold. The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond.
Attorney Ernie Svenson appeared on Coast to Coast back in September, right after Katrina hit. He’s also known for his blog “Ernie the Attorney.” He continues to practice law with his solo practice. Ernie and his family evacuated to Houston after Katrina struck, but he is back in New Orleans now.
Tim Doody is the Firm Administrator for the law firm of Chaffe McCall, L.L.P., whose headquarters is located in New Orleans. Chaffe McCall has 65 attorneys and offices in both Louisiana and Texas. Tim is also the president of the New Orleans Chapter Association of Legal Administrators.
Tom O’Connell is the President of XO Soft, a software backup & restoration company. XO Soft helped firms get back in business after Katrina, including Chaffe McCall, LLP, the oldest law firm in Louisiana.