Lafayette law firm changes name

The law firm Perrin, Landry, deLaunay, Dartez & Ouellet has changed its name to Perrin, Landry & deLaunay.

The firm maintains offices at 251 La Rue France, Lafayette; 8207 Park Ave., Houma; and 203 South Broadway, Erath.

Gerald C. deLaunay, managing partner of the 40-year-old firm, said Scott A. Dartez and Jean Ouellet left the firm.

Dartez will continue to practice personal injury law as the Dartez Law Firm at 8907 Maurice Ave. in Maurice, retaining his phone number of (337) 893-2797. Ouellet will be of counsel to the Dartez Law Firm. Ouellet is co-owner of Performance Cleaning Services LLC, an oilfield service company in Scott, where he will also maintain a law office and manage his real estate holdings.

Oil association annual meeting set Jan. 28-29

The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association annual meeting, scheduled Jan. 28-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, will focus on how Louisiana’s role as a leader in providing energy to America is growing.

The event will cover all industry sectors and issues. Speakers include select Louisiana gubernatorial candidates; Gregory Hill, president and chief operating officer of Hess Corp.; and Chris Chandler, general manager of Natural Gas Liquids for Phillips 66.

To register or for more information, visit www.lmoga.com/news/events. The meeting cost is $350 for LMOGA members and $400 for non-members.

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, founded in 1923, is a trade association representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing and mid-stream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing and government relations.

Wildlife Federation seeking nominations

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is accepting nominations for the 51st Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards.

The deadline is Feb. 11.

The program recognizes people and organizations making outstanding contributions to natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state.

There are eight award categories: professional, volunteer, business, educator, youth, elected official, communications and organization.

Information about the program can be found online at lawildlifefed.org; by calling the LWF office at (225) 344-6707; or by emailing lwf@lawildlifefed.org.

The awards will be presented at a March 28 banquet at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge.

Tulane business forum to focus on 2015

The Tulane Family Business Center is hosting a forum 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday in which Peter Ricchiuti of Tulane University will discuss what privately held companies can anticipate in early 2015.

Participating in the program will be William M. Backstrom Jr., a managing partner of JonesWalker who leads the firm’s tax and estates practice group.

Ricchiuti founded Tulane University’s Burkenroad Reports, a student stock research program, and hosts a weekly business talk show on NPR radio in New Orleans, called “Out To Lunch.”

The forum will be in Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin Bernick Center for University Life, at 31 McAlister Drive on the Tulane University Uptown Campus. Register by email at familybiz@tulane.edu or call (504) 862-8482.

USDA accepting broadband applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for 2015 Community Connect Program grants to establish broadband services in rural communities.

The minimum amount of grants will be $100,000; the maximum is $3 million. The deadline for applications is Feb. 17.

Broadband services can benefit rural residents, businesses and education.

Rules are available at tinyurl.com/ovc3rbk.