Rome elected to LSBA House of Delegates

Gre­gory W. Rome has been elected to serve in the Louisiana State Bar Asso­ci­a­tion House of Del­e­gates, the LSBA’s policy-making body. His term will begin at the LSBA’s 2015 annual meet­ing next June and will run for two years. Rome, along with four other attor­neys from St. Bernard’s 34th Judi­cial Dis­trict, ran for the District’s five seats in the House and were cer­ti­fied elected with­out contest.

Firm’s advocacy for Parish employees makes the news

This week, local news site nola.com again reported on the fed­eral law­suit filed by for­mer Parish Pres­i­dent Taf­faro against St. Bernard Parish and sev­eral of its high-ranking offi­cials. The firm rep­re­sents sev­eral St. Bernard Parish employ­ees in that lawsuit.

In the arti­cle, the reporter quoted exten­sively from Gre­gory Rome’s mem­o­ran­dum sup­port­ing his clients’ motion to dis­miss the lawsuit:

Gre­gory Rome, the attor­ney rep­re­sent­ing most of the other parish gov­ern­ment per­son­nel named in the suit, argued that “Mr. Taffaro’s com­plaint tries to paint a pic­ture of a Parish Gov­ern­ment rid­dled with sin­is­ter actors work­ing in the dark to destroy him.”

Instead, it reveals Mr. Taf­faro grasp­ing at straws, carp­ing about seem­ingly every real or imag­ined slight he has ever received, and des­per­ately try­ing to jus­tify his own bad behav­ior through the use of the fed­eral courts,” Rome wrote.

Rome later argues that Taffaro’s com­plaint “piles para­graph upon para­graph of scan­dalous, irrel­e­vant, and deroga­tory accu­sa­tions in hopes that some­thing will stick and that, per­haps if he blows enough smoke, the Court will infer the pos­si­bil­ity of fire.”

Rome adds, “defama­tion requires more than an alle­ga­tion that some­one did some­thing Mr. Taf­faro did not like.”

 Mr. Taf­faro has not yet responded to the motion.
UPDATE: The law­suit against St. Bernard Parish and its employ­ees has been dis­missed.

Civil Law Dictionary Reviewed

Last year, Gre­gory W. Rome co-authored the Civil Law Dic­tio­nary with scholar and attor­ney Stephan Kin­sella. The book has been get­ting some renewed atten­tion lately.

Last month, Philip Gragg reviewed the Dic­tio­nary in the lat­est issue of LSU’s Jour­nal of Civil Law Stud­ies. From the article:

This work is a great access point to Louisiana law, par­tic­u­larly for those unfa­mil­iar with the state. It is also a quick ref­er­ence that could be used by practitioners.

And today, Jeff Richard­son reviewed the elec­tronic ver­sion of the Dic­tio­nary on his blog, iPhone J.D. His bot­tom line:

If you prac­tice law in Louisiana, or if you just want to impress your friends with legal terms that almost sound naughty such “naked owner” and “usufruct,” then con­sider get­ting this ebook for your iPad and iPhone.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mr. Rome on his accom­plish­ment and its warm reception.

Rome elected to state Republican Convention

Recently, Louisiana’s Repub­li­can vot­ers elected Gre­gory W. Rome to rep­re­sent Con­gres­sional Dis­trict 1 at this year’s state con­ven­tion. There, Mr. Rome and his col­leagues will shape the state party’s plat­form and, most impor­tantly, will select the state’s del­e­ga­tion to the 2012 Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion in Tampa. That del­e­ga­tion will voice Louisiana’s choice in the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion process. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mr. Rome and all this year’s state delegates.