Bordeaux: Debate in the Council of the Bar Association

In the corridors of the palace, we are almost exclusively talking about this: the appointment of Gironde lawyer Yasmin Develle as the representative of the bar on the Board of Directors of the Eleanor School of Law (EDA) on 15 November. . Some argue that. Others consider it illegitimate. Because in the wake of this election and as tradition dictates, he must assume the presidency of this school following the departure of Anne Cadio-Faide, who has completed her second term (six years) at this school. .

In the corridors of the palace, we are almost exclusively talking about this: the appointment of Gironde lawyer Yasmin Develle as the representative of the bar on the Board of Directors of the Eleanor School of Law (EDA) on 15 November. . Some argue that. Others consider it illegitimate. Because in the wake of this election, and as tradition dictates, he must assume the presidency of the same school following the departure of Anne Cadio-Faide, who completed her second term (six years) in that position. In addition, his selection seems to have caused a little angst among some of his colleagues on the Ordinance Council, leading to the resignation of lawyers Estelia Araez, Fabrice Delavoie and Damien Simon.

Reason: Generally, there is only one appointed attorney, from private and/or union institutions. Often a former bar president. This time the bride was Estelia Araes, a lawyer from Bordeaux, former president of the French Bar Association – on the left. He was the only candidate who was sure to get the job. “There is never anything at stake in this election,” he regrets. The vote was supposed to be held in a public session, but a few hours earlier a closed session was held. I am not at all satisfied with this election. » At the last minute, his colleague Yasmin Devele, regional president of the Business Consulting Lawyers Union (located in the center) came out of the forest and pulled the rug from under his feet. and was finally elected in his place.

Letter to the President

The Bar Association was contacted by Fabrice Delavoie (the last presidential candidate who was defeated by Christine Maze) and the Council was followed by a hostile atmosphere. Sud Ouest-affiliated President Christine Maze, who organized the Nov. 15 election but did not participate in it, did not respond to our calls to discuss the context of those elections. None more so than Yasmin Develle, who canceled at the last minute the meeting with “Sud Ouest”, this Thursday 1is December.

“The real question is whether Bordeaux risks losing the presidency of the school to one of the 12 bars in the region.”

Nevertheless, this situation caused the anger of Jean-Christophe Saint-Pau, the president of the French Deans' Conference and a professor at the University of Bordeaux: he sent a spicy mission to the president. An open letter, which we were able to consult, in which the academician is outraged by the election of Yasmin Devel, where he even sees a “conflict of interest”.

“It's a very boring situation…”

Reason ? For fourteen years, the latter directed a private school based out of the law school, Esdroit, the training arm of his firm Mineral Avocats, which provides methodology courses for undergraduate students. The teacher-researcher accuses him of, among other things, engaging in “commercial activity” by selectively “using students' money” and, among other things, stealing “law school teaching instructors” from him. “A letter from which I would have been better off… it's a very disturbing situation,” said former president Michel Dufran. “But the real question is whether Bordeaux risks losing the presidency of the school to the representatives of the 12 dependent bars of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. »

is turned on On the website of the said school, Esdroit, it is indicated that it is a “private higher education institution declared for the rectorate”. The rectory associated with the “Sud Ouest” indicated, after some research, that it “has no information about this school at the moment”, specifying that the opening of such an institution should be the subject of a declaration to the rector of the academy. within the framework of a very strict protocol in the region, and then to obtain the agreement of the prosecutor, the prefect and the mayor before opening.

In turn, Anne Cadio-Feide, the former president of Bordeaux, returned the ball to Maze's president. According to her comments, even if she recognizes the qualities of Yasmin Devele, she initially supported Estelia Araes, the “more experienced” candidate. Among the numerous testimonies collected, none of the Bordeaux lawyers could specify whether there was an incompatibility between the presidency of the Bar School and the fact of the leadership of a private institution in the field of legal science. As for Jean-Christophe Saint-Pau, he will reserve his observations for the school's board of directors meeting this Friday, December 2, in the morning.

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