ATTORNEY FAQs

  • What should we do when an attorney leaves the firm?

    When an attorney leaves a firm, both the attorney and the firm need to consider the implications to the noticing component of CM/ECF.  If the attorney's e-mail address changes, it can be updated by loggin into CM/ECF and clicking Utilities on the blue menu bar and then Maintain Your E-mail.  Mailing address changes will need to be sent via letter to the Clerk's Office or e-mail to CMECF_HelpDesk@lawd.uscourts.gov.  This will ensure notices from the court reach the attorney.  Motions to withdraw or substitute may be required depending on if the case(s) stay with the enrolled attorney or with the former firm.

  • How do I get a login and password to electronically file in CM/ECF?

    You must first attend a training class before you can electronically file with the Western District of Louisiana.  To register for a training class, click HERE.

    If you have already participated in a training class for another district of bankruptcy court, you may waive training in this district.  Waiver and Consent forms can be found HERE.  Once completed, FAX the forms to (318) 676-3962.

  • I am an attorney and my address or contact information has changed. How do I update this information with the Court?

    You may send your new address or contact information to CMECF_Helpdesk@lawd.uscourts.gov or mail it to:

    Clerk, United States District Court
    ATTN: Attorney Admissions
    300 Fannin Street, Suite 1167
    Shreveport, LA 71101

    Please note that you may update your e-mail address within our system by:

    1. Logging into CM/ECF;
    2. Clicking Utilities on the blue menu bar;
    3. Clicking Maintain your E-mail.
  • How do I get admitted to practice in the Western District of Louisiana?

    You must complete the Petition for Admission (click to view attorney's application page) and mail or hand deliver to the Clerk's Office for processing.  Be sure to read the instructions page of the form for other requirements such as the $201.00 admission fee, a written oath, and a certificate of good standing from the clerk of the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana or the Louisiana Bar Association to the following address:

    Clerk, United States District Court
    300 Fannin Street, Suite 1167
    Shreveport, LA 71101

    Please note that the signatures on the endorsement page of the form MUST be original.

  • Who may become a member of the bar of the district court?

    Any member in good standing of the bar of the Supreme Court of Louisiana is eligible for admission to the bar of this court.

  • What procedures do I need to follow to be admitted as a member of the bar of the U. S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana?

    Each applicant for admission to the bar of this court must file with the clerk a completed petition for admission, signed by him/her and endorsed by two members of the bar of this court. Along with the submission of the petition each applicant must file the following items:

    • Written Oath for Admission to Practice
    • Original Certificate of Good Standing from either the LA Supreme court or LA Bar Association
    •  Admission fee (The current fee can be located on the Forms and Fees web page www.uscourts.gov).

    The completed petition package should be mailed to the following address:

    Clerk, United States District Court
    Attention: Jury Administrator
    300 Fannin Street, Suite 1167
    Shreveport, LA 71101

     No appearance is necessary or required.

  • May I take the oath of admissions for the bar of the U. S. District Court before an out-of-state federal judge?

    No, the Western District of Louisiana has not authorized this practice as it is not necessary. No appearance is necessary or required for admission to this court.

  • Is there an admission fee to become a member of the district court’s bar?

    Yes, there is a fee for admission to this court. The current fee can be located on the Forms and Fees web page at www.uscourts.gov.

  • How can I obtain a new Attorney Admission Certificate from the court?

    A duplicate Attorney Admission Certificate may be obtained by sending a letter to the clerk’s office in Shreveport. The fee for a duplicate Attorney Admission Certificate can be located on the Forms and Fees web page at www.uscourts.gov.

  • How do I request a Certificate of Good Standing and Statement of Discipline from the court?

    Members of the bar of the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana may request a Certificate of Good Standing and Statement of Discipline by sending a letter to the clerk’s office in Shreveport. The current fee can be located on the Forms and Fees web page at www.uscourts.gov.

  • Does the court charge an annual attorney registration fee?

    No, the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana does not charge an annual attorney registration fee.

  • How do I update my contact information with the court?

    Any change in name, firm, address, phone, fax or e-mail address must be submitted to the court to insure proper noticing of admitted attorneys. Attorney contact information may be updated in one of three ways:

    1. Send a letter to the attorney admission section in the Shreveport Clerk’s office.
    2. Fax a letter to the attorney admission section in the Shreveport Clerk’s office at 318-676-3962.
    3. E-mail the updated contact information to:cmecf_helpdesk@lawd.uscourts.gov
  • Do I need to place my bar roll number on pleadings that are filed with the court?

    All correspondence and pleadings sent to the court must contain the bar roll number. This number is to be placed by your name in the signature block.

  • How do I get my name placed on the docket sheet as an attorney of record?

    The names of attorneys listed on an initial pleading filed on behalf of a party are placed on the docket sheet. Pursuant to LR83.2.12, where counsel has appeared for any party, other counsel my appear for the same party only:

    1. Upon motion of counsel of record for that party, or motion consented to by him/her;
    2. Upon motion, after counsel for the party has been permitted to withdraw or has died, or is incapacitated, or cannot be found; or
    3. Upon motion of a party after notice to counsel of record and a hearing thereon.
       
  • How do I get my name removed from the docket sheet as an attorney of record?

    Pursuant to LR 83.2.11, the original counsel of record shall be held to represent the party for whom he or she appears unless the court permits him or her to withdraw from the case. He or she may obtain permission only upon joint motion to substitute counsel or upon a written motion served on opposing counsel and the client before the court acts. If other counsel is not thereby substituted, the motion to withdraw shall contain the present address of the client and the client’s telephone number if the client can be reached by telephone. The motion shall be accompanied by a certificate of service, including a statement that the client has been notified of all deadlines and pending court appearances, on both the client by certified mail and opposing counsel, or an affidavit stating why service has not been made.