Food, language, and music are not the only unique qualities of this area. The French influence in this part of the country provides us with our own unique body of civil law, the Napoleonic code. Louisiana is the only state in the Union to have a civil code of laws with an origin dating back to the French Civil Code of the Napoleonic era.
The large professional service industry in Lafayette is heavily populated with attorneys and legal professionals who practice all aspects of law, including many professionals in the oil and gas industry who hold law degrees but do not practice traditionally. According to the enrollment figures of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Lafayette has over 1,100 attorneys in all aspects of practice in this area.
The Lafayette Bar Association (LBA) was officially created in 1972 as a professional association for the legal community. The association is dedicated to providing high-quality programs and acts as an important resource to its more than 900 members. The association is funded through membership dues and professional services, such as CLEs and publications.
The association is a professional membership organization whose mission is to serve the profession, its members and the community by promoting justice, professional excellence, respect for the rule of law and fellowship amongst attorneys and the court.
The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association (LYLA), a section of the LBA, is composed of attorney members who are either under 40 or who have been practicing law for five years or fewer. As One Acadiana represents the business community, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association is the voice for the legal community. It acts as a one-stop shop for attorney networking, CLE, and professionalism.
The Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court and the 15th Judicial District of Louisiana are located in the Lafayette Parish courthouse, Downtown Lafayette at 800 S. Buchanan St., Lafayette, LA 70501. Led by Louis J. Perret, the clerk’s office currently has a staff of over 95 full-time employees and several part-time employees. These dedicated personnel represent over 1,200 years of combined experience. In addition, of the full-time employees, over 55 are Certified Deputy Clerks of Court while the remainder are in the process of completing certification requirements.
Thirteen judges serve the 15th Judicial District which includes Lafayette, Acadia, and Vermillion Parishes.
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana is located in the central business district at 800 Lafayette Street, Suite 2100, Lafayette, LA 70501. All offices are closed on Federal Holidays.