LSBA’s Client Assistance Fund Offers Relief for Fraud Victims

June 2, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Louisiana State Bar Association

An honors graduate of the Louisiana State University Law School, Sherb Sentell serves the people of Minden and south Webster Parish, Louisiana as the elected Minden-Ward 1 City Judge. A partner at Sentell Law Firm, LLC, Sherb Sentell is also a current member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA).

In line with its goal to serve the public and the legal profession, LSBA operates a Client Assistance Fund (CAF) to reimburse clients who have lost money or property in the hands of dishonest lawyers. The fund reimburses clients to the tune of $25,000 for money lost due to a lawyer’s dishonesty, rather than an advocate’s incompetence.

Any person, including non-US citizens, can seek compensation for dishonestly allocated money. However, the fund does not reimburse close relatives or business associates of the dishonest lawyer, neither does it reimburse government agencies.

Before applying for reimbursement, applicants should first file a claim against their former lawyer through the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC). The ODC will investigate whether the lawyer acted dishonestly. A committee of licensed lawyers administers the CAF fund. This group determines which applicants receive reimbursements and how much each receives.


American Legion Members Makes Handmade Quilts of Valor for Veterans

May 23, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Quilts of Valor

An honors graduate of the Louisiana State University Law School, Sherb Sentell is an Airborne Ranger with the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserve. An Army Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal recipient, Sherb Sentell is also a member of the American Legion.

On May 8, 2017, members of the American Legion took part in a special quilt-making event at the Sheraton City Center Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Participants stitched handmade Quilts of Valor (QOV) to be awarded to American service members wounded in war and veterans. Those involved participated in the entire process of quilt making from assembling fabric, to stitching, to presenting the finished quilts to the servicemen and women.

The QOV program began in 2003 to recognize and appreciate the service of veterans. More than 159,000 have been presented to date.

An average QOV will cover an entire adult body. Stitched together from pure shirt-weight cotton fabric, the quilts showcase varying patterns and designs, but typically reflect a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue.

The Order of the Coif – Distinguished Visitor Program

March 23, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Order of the Coif

A Colonel in the US Army Reserve, Sherb Sentell spends his time as a civilian serving as an elected city judge in Minden, Louisiana. Before beginning his legal career, Sherb Sentell earned a juris doctor from Louisiana State University Law School, where he held membership with the Order of the Coif.

Named after the headdresses worn by legal professionals in medieval England, the Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society promoting excellence in legal education. Its membership consists of those who have attained high grades as law students and graduate in the top 10% of their class and those who have excelled professionally in the field of law.

The Order of the Coif also administers a Distinguished Visitor Program in which professors of law deliver lectures to students regarding current legal issues and topics important to the legal profession. Sherb Sentell graduated 5th in his law school class and was a guest lecturer at LSU Law Center as part of the United States Army War College Eisenhower program. Some of the guest lecturers in the Distinguished Visitor Program have included Professor Heather Gerken from the Yale Law School as well as Professor Jesse H. Choper from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

What Is the Bronze Star Medal?

March 2, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Bronze Star Medal

A graduate of Louisiana State University Law Center, Sherb Sentell serves as the elected Minden-Ward 1 City Judge and as a partner at Sentell Law Firm, LLC, in Minden, Louisiana. Sherb Sentell is also a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with two combat tours and has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals.

The Bronze Star Medal is conferred to a member of the US armed forces who has served after December 6, 1941, and demonstrated heroic or meritorious achievement, excluding service in aerial flight. The award comes in three categories: Achievement, Merit, and Valor.

The medal itself is made of bronze and has a circumscribing width of 1.5 inches. Another 3/16-inch-wide star, also made of bronze, appears in the middle of the medal. The center line of the reverse side of the star reads, “Heroic or Meritorious Achievement,” with space available to engrave the awardee’s name.

Established in February 1944, the Bronze Star Medal is the fourth most important combat award available to members of the armed forces.

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