LAPA Link on LALB's Website








February 18, 2014:


Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell's office responds to complaint filed by Rev. Phillips by kicking the issue right back to the LALB.  The LALB, in turn, the day before the Attorney General's Office letter was dated, drafted a response to Rev. Phillips on how they plan dispose of the matter (by continuing their steadfast resolve to refuse to place the link on the site - see letter at 2/17/14 link below).





February 17, 2014:



LALB Chairman Steinkamp sends Rev. Phillips a letter (copied to Gov. Jindal's Office, AG James "Buddy" Caldwell's Office, Inspector Street's Office, and LA ACLU Executive Director Margarie Esman) outlining her (and the Board's) rationale for excluding LAPA's website link to the LALB website.






February 10, 2014:



LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips, in accordance with Louisiana Attorney General guidance, formalizes his complaint of 11/8/13 on using the official AG complaint form.






November 8, 2013:



LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips files formal complaint with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's Office.






November 5, 2013:



LAPA President Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips continues to spar with LALB Attorney Larry S. Bankston
regarding placing LAPA's website link on the LALB's website and also seeks to know
why Greg Bordelon, who is no longer an LALB member, has NOT been removed from the LALB website
when Boards and Commissions' website reflects him no longer serving on the LALB.
NOTE:  LALB Chairman Tessa Steinkamp suddenly became "camera shy" as she did throughout
most of the meeting!




September 10, 2013:


LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips indicates he has absolutely no intention of backing down in pressing for LAPA's inclusion
on the LALB's website and that he can only assume discriminatory motives are behind the LALB's steadfast refusal to add LAPA's website.
LAPA Vice President Robert Burns tries to address the LALB's continued harping on the number of LAPA Members by stressing LAPA's TENETS.  Just as
an academic honor society is NOT representative of a University's total population, so too may LAPA not be representative of auctioneers as a whole
because many prospective auctioneer members oppose one or more tenets of LAPA.  Since when did a rigorous Code of Ethics become a criterion for
exclusion because many prospective members find its required Oath objectionable, thus resulting in a small membership?





July 9, 2013:



LAA President Wiley Collins Lambasting LAPA @ 7/9/13 LALB Meeting



Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips, LAPA President, made the following assessment of the preceding video:

"The above video is precisely why we named the trade association I founded the Louisiana Association of Professional Auctioneers."



LAPA Vice President Robert Burns responding to Mr. Collins' Diatribe




LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips asks that an LALB Member seek a Louisiana Attorney General opinion
regarding the LALB's steadfast refusal to place a LAPA website link on the LALB's website.  He further
emphasizes that, if the LALB fails to obtain such an opinion, he intends "to challenge the Board's refusal without any remorse."




March 5, 2013:


 LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips attempts to obtain clarification on whether LAPA's website
will be added as a link to the LALB website.  Board Attorney Larry Bankston responds by making a number
of personal observations about LAPA (after being requested to do so by Board Member Hal McMillin).
Mr. Bankston responded, beginning at the 4:00 mark, by relaying that LAPA has few members and cites that as a rationale
 why he personally would NOT recommend placing LAPA's website link onto the LALB's website.
As Mr. Bankston is aware, LAPA tenet # 2, REQUIRED to be signed by ALL LAPA Members,
entails the voluntary disclosure of a past felony conviction on a member's LAPA profile page.

  It's certainly understandable why Mr. Bankston would have disdain for LAPA given that Mr. Bankston is HIMSELF a convicted felon. 
Furthermore, when Mr. Bankston's hiring was considered by the LALB, Ms. Darlene Jacobs-Levy,
as evidenced beginning at the 3:10 mark of this video, flatly FALSELY stated that Mr. Bankston had "never been
 censured by any court that I'm aware of......"  Mr. Bankston,  who was present for Ms. Jacobs-Levy's statements, did NOTHING to
 correct her falsehood even though  Mr. Bankston's law license was REVOKED by the Louisiana Supreme Court as a result of
 his felony conviction, which was comprised of accepting a bribe while  serving as a Louisiana State Senator.

 So it's no big shock that Mr. Bankston would have disdain for LAPA,
 particularly given the number of Louisiana-licensed auctioneers who have felony convictions, including many
prominent members of the Louisiana Auctioneer Association (LAA), an entity which Mr. Bankston said
"is free to have its website link remain on the LALB website without any obligation whatsoever to place LAPA's website
link on the LALB's website."




January 8, 2013:


LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips Inquires as to Why LAPA's Website Link
Has NOT Been Placed on the LALB Website and Expresses Frustration
 at the Public Comment Policy and Implementation of the LALB


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