Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement

Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement

The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) recognizes that achieving diversity in the legal profession is an evolutionary process that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.

The LSBA is committed to diversity in its membership, Board of Governors, staff, House of Delegates, committees and all leadership positions. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability.

The LSBA is a richer and more effective Association because of diversity, as it increases our strengths, capabilities and adaptability. In addition, a diverse group of talented legal professionals is important to the success of law firms, law departments, public service organizations and other organizations that include attorneys.

Through increased diversity, the LSBA and its members can bring more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice.

Diversity — Inclusion — Professionalism

Latest Diversity News and Events

2013-2014 Diversity and Outreach Report Cards Released
Interested in what your Member Outreach and Diversity Department is doing?  Check it out in our latest Report Card!  For your convenience we have combined the Diversity and  Member Outreach Report Cards into one document. Click here to see it in a printable format. 

If you have any questions or comments,  let us know!  Contact Outreach Coordinator, Michelle Neal at (504) 619-0151 or michelle.neal@lsba.org.

Shreveport Bar Association Hosts 2014 Recent Developments by the Judiciary Seminar
Save the Date!  The Shreveport Bar Association is hosting its annual Recent Developments by the Judiciary Seminar. 

When:  Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, 2014
Where: Hilton Gardenn Inn/Homewood Suites, 5971 Financial Plaza, Shreveport, LA  71129

Updates in Ethics, Mineral Law, Civil Procedure and Evidence, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Best Practices in Civil Court, and Appellate Practice as well as a United States Supreme Court update are scheduled -  totaling 12.5 CLE hours.  Luncheons, sponsored breaks and a Thursday night cocktail reception are also planned. 

For more information or registration, click here.

New Orleans' Chapter of Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting - August 24, 2014
The Federal Bar Association's New Orleans Chapter is hosting its annual meeting and awards luncheon on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  The luncheon will be held at the Westin New Orleans hotel at Canal Place. 

Cocktails begin at 11:00 with a 12:00 starting time for the luncheon.  The keynote speaker, Kathleen Sullivan, is a nationally recognized attorney who served as the Dean of Stanford Law School for five years.  She is currently a partner at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP and was the first female named partner in a national firm of its size and reputation.  Ms. Sullivan has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and in numerous cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals involving statutes such as the Alien Tort Statute, National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. 

For more information or to make reservations, click here.

Louisiana Association for Justice Hosts 2014 Annual Conference - September 11-13
The Louisiana Association for Justice hosts its annual CLE conference on Thursday, September 11 - Saturday, September 13.  The conference will be held at the Windsor Court Hotel, at 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LAand offers its members  the opportunity for 6 CLE hours.

The programs begin at 8:00 AM each day and conclude at 5:00 PM.    For more program information or to register, click here to go to the LAFJ website.

Alumni Reception to be Held in Lafayette - August 29
A reception for Southern University Law Center Alumni will be held on Friday August 29 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Lafayette Petroleum Club. Tickets will be $10.00 per person and a cash bar will be provided. The Petroleum Club is located at 111 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503.


GNO Martinet Scholarship Jazz Brunch - September 13!
Join the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and the New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation (the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of the Martinet) for their annual Scholarship Gala with a jazz bruch - "Forging Our Future."  

What:          The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society's Scholarship Jazz Brunch
When:         Saturday, September 13, 2014.  11:00 a.m.
Where:        Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, 70113

To purchase tickets, click here.
For more information, contact Deanna Arcement, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. (504) 909-0234.

Local Attorney is Named to National "Lawyers of Color's Hot List"
Congratulations to Daisy Gurdián Kane, President Elect, of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana!  She has been named to the Lawyers of Color's Annual Hot List, which recognizes early-to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.  She will be feted at a reception for the Southwest Region on July 16th at Jones Day's Dallas Office.  The Honorable Diana Saldaña, US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, has been invited to offer remarks. 

Ms. Kane will be profiled in the Hot List 2014 publication, scheduled for release on July 28, 2014.

2015 Diversity Conclave Date is announced!
SAVE THE DATE!  The 2015 Diversity Conclave is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015.  It will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, located at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans.

Details will follow as we begin to secure sponsors, speakers and workshops.  Keep posted!

Minority Involvement Section Hosts Professional Development Symposium
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Minority Involvement Section is celebrating its 26th annual Job Fair by renewing the event’s purpose and making it more meaningful for employers and law students within today’s economic reality. The Section has re-designed the event to increase focus on professional development of the students, rather than job placement. This year’s event, is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA.

Lafayette Bar Association 2014 Bench Bar Conference - October 2 & 3
The Lafayette Bar Association's annual Bench Bar Conference will be held this year from Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton hotel in New Orleans (921 Canal Street).

Held each fall, the event brings together nearly 100 influential attorneys and judges for a weekend of networking, continuing legal education, as well as dining and entertainment.  This year's conference theme Hollywood South: Rolling Out the Red Carpet capitalizes on the burgeoning film industry in Louisiana. 

The event opens with a Hospitality Suite at 3:00 on Thursday afternoon and continues with a cocktail reception Thursday evening.  Friday's schedule is packed with CLE opportunites and Friday evening concludes the conference with an extraordinary dinner experience at Luke, by Chef John Besh.

For more information or to register, call (337) 237-4700.

Baton Rouge Bar Associaion Hosts Annual Fall Expo and Bar Luncheon - September 11, 2014
Save the date:  September 11, 2014

The Annual Fall Expo and September Bar Luncheon will be held this year at the L'Auberge Casino and Hotel at 777 L'Auberge Avenue in Baton Rouge. 

The Fall Expo includes an exhibitor expo, a combined luncheon-CLE (featuring keynote speaker H. Alston Johnson III), two additional hours of CLE seminars (professionalism and ethics), and a long coffee break for an all-inclusive package price of $75 per BRBA member, and $150 per non-member or guest.  Lunch-only option for members: $60 per person.  Lunch-only option for non-members: $85 per person.

The BRBA Fall Expo & Conference is an opportunity to network with members of the bench and the bar; to visit with exhibitors/sponsors and learn about new products and services related to your legal practice; and to register to win great prizes.

The exhibitor expo begins at 11 a.m., the luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m., and the first of three CLE seminars will begin at 12:30 p.m. The Law Expo concludes at 4 p.m. and the last CLE ends at 4:45 p.m.

For more information or to register, go to the Baton Rouge Bar Association website at www.brba.org

Board President Larry Shea to Address Southern University Law Students
Joseph L.  "Larry" Shea, Jr., Louisiana State Bar Association president; and Barry H. Grodsky of the LSBA Committee on the Profession, along with Associate Justice John Weimer, III, of the Louisiana Supreme Court, will address the 2014 incoming class during the annual Southern University Law Center Orientation, Thursday, August 14, in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Southern University Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.

Association for Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting in New Orleans - Oct 28 - 31
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of in-house counsel and offers great value in corporate legal education.  It's an opportunity to learn from experienced presenters who will discuss changes to the field and best practices on how to adapt.  This year's meeting is being held in New Orleans.

When:  October 28-31, 2014
Where:  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130
For more information or to register, click here to go to the ACC website.

Share Your Experiences Anonymously For Use In Future Professionalism CLE Discussions
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) is developing a bank of hypotheticals/vignettes for use in future CLE discussions. The LSBA will facilitate interactive workshops and discussions that will evaluate actual race, age, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, generational, and disability experiences of attorneys and judges. The LSBA hopes to generate frank discussion of the issues and delve into the hard, not-so-politically-correct conversations that we all must have to advance cultural competency and become more inclusive and professional. If you have experienced a cultural competency misstep or witnessed one, please consider submitting the scenarios to the LSBA for incorporation (anonymously) into future CLE discussions. You may submit your stories on the expandable form available at the link below. For more information, please contact Tricia Pierre (504-619-0129; Tricia.Pierre@lsba.org).

Institute of Inclusion Experiences Form

Diverse CLE Speakers Needed!
The LSBA is committed to recruiting women and minority instructors for its many continuing legal education programs to promote equal participation of minorities and women in the legal profession.
The advantages of serving as a CLE speaker include:
  • Involvement in today's most important legal issues
  • Interaction with other expert faculty
  • Valuable networking opportunities
  • Visibility as a speaker
  • CLE teaching credit

If you are interested in participating, please complete the attached form and then fax or email it to Tricia Pierre (fax 504-566-0930; Tricia.Pierre@lsba.org). You also are encouraged to register with the ABA Minority and Women Speakers Bureau.

Download speaker form

Diversity Committee Hosts Networking Reception for Law Students - April 10th
The LGBT subcommittee of the Diversity Committee hosted a networking reception for students from the four area law schools on April 10, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Bar Center (601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA). The purpose of the reception was to provide law students and professionals interested in LGBT issues networking opportunities that could create career opportunities and support systems for the law students. A similar reception will be scheduled in Baton Rouge in the Fall. Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard & Cangemi APLC sponsored the reception.

National Directory of Women Lawyers and Women-Owned Law Firms
The National Association of Women Lawyers is inviting all female attorneys (regardless of AWA membership) to list themselves or their women-owned firms in the NAWL's 10th Edition of the National Women's Directory of Women Lawyers and Women-Owned Law Firms. the directory is a national publication which focuses on marketing and connecting women lawyers and women-owned law firms with legal departments and fellow women lawyers in a cost effective way.

This publication is distributed to over 500 legal departments, all NAWL programming, and many more. For more details and pricing go to: www.nawl.org 
Check out the National Directory of Women Lawyers and Women-Owned Law Firms!!

National Bar Association Launches Its Speaker's Bureau
The National Bar Association has unveiled the NBA's Speaker's Bureau, an additional membership benefit for NBA members. The NBASB is an online tool that readily identifies a pool of NBA members who are available to speak publicly or conduct continuing legal education courses. Members are encouraged to register with the NBASB in order to advance the NBA's efforts to create a diverse pool of presenters for continuing legal education opportunities and discussion panels across the country. There are many benefits to members such as networking opportunities; professional development; enhancement of diversity in addressing important legal topics; and opportunities to highlight a specific practice area and your level of expertise.
For more information please contact Vice President of Membership Twanda Turner-Hawkins at tturnerhawkins@yahoo.com by Nov. 15th.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Selects New Orleans for 2015 Conference!
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected its annual convention host cities for 2014-2016. The Annual NAPABA Convention will be held in:
• 2014: Scottsdale, Arizona
• 2015: New Orleans, Louisiana
• 2016: San Diego, California

"We are pleased to announce the host cities for the 2014-2016 Annual Conventions," said Wendy Shiba, president of NAPABA. "We look forward to expanding NAPABA's presence, engaging membership, and working with NAPABA's affiliates and the local communities in these host cities."


LSBA Hosted a Successful Setting the Bar: LSBA Pre-Law Conference for College Students
The LSBA Diversity Committee and the Tulane and Loyola Black Law Student Associations hosted its second annual Setting the Bar Pre-Law Conference on February 1st and 15th at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for approximately 35 college students around the state who are interested in pursuing a legal career. 

The workshop enlightened college students on the law school admissions process and provided helpful tips to effectively navigate that process and tackle the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The first day of the program consisted of a series of information sessions from key admissions personnel from area law schools, who shared essential information on applications, resumes, personal statements, and financial aid. A representative from Kaplan shared tips on preparing for and taking the LSAT. Finally, students were exposed to a mock law school class. Day two of the workshop gave students the opportunity to take the LSAT under normal testing conditions/times. Students who attend both days of the program were entered into a raffle for a $1,600 tuition scholarship from Kaplan.

View the 2014 Program Agenda.

Directory of LGBT Law Partners and LGBT-Owned Firms
The National LGBT Bar Association has compiled a directory of LGBT law partners and LGBT-owned law firms. Some of the most successful companies in the world understand the simple premise: employees with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, contacts and sensitivities are better positioned to meet corporate America's increasingly diverse needs. The inclusion of LGBT attorneys at the partner level can be a huge benefit in the eyes of diversity minded clients.
Go to the directory

Louisiana Diversity Council Membership and Partnership
The Louisiana Diversity Council seeks memberships and partnership from people and entities that consider diversity and inclusion priorities. The membership and sponsorship applications are at the links below.
LADC Membership Application
LADC Levels of Partnership

Participate in a new ABA complimentary service: The ABA Legal Expert Author Pool (LEAP)
The American Bar Association Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity invites you to participate in a new complimentary service: The ABA Legal Expert Author Pool (LEAP). LEAP establishes and maintains a pool of diverse authors who have expertise in a wide range of legal topics. The LEAP project facilitates connections between these authors who have a willingness to write for periodicals and the publishing entities that have committed to the LEAP project. To complete an interest form, please click here. For more information, please contact Cie Armstead (312-988-6086; cie.armstead@americanbar.org).

View Brochure

Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession Urges Diversity as Ethical Obligation
IILP thinks that it is necessary not to lose sight of the most important: Diversity is the right thing to do. With that in mind, on September 14, 2012 IILP Chair Marc Firestone and ABA Illinois State Delegate Robert A.

Road to Independence is published!
The American Bar Association's book, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms, has just published and is now available for purchase online at http://www.ambar.org/RoadToIndependence.
Thank you for your interest in the ABA's book!

Newly-Appointed Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart Presented with Red Robe Before Packed Audience
On January 9, 2013, the new Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, was presented with the traditional Chief Judge's “Red Robe” to a packed courthouse in the federal court building in Shreveport. Several Fifth Circuit judges as well as district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges from the Western, Eastern, and Middle District of Louisiana were present to congratulate Judge Stewart and share in the historic moment. Judge Stewart is the first African American judge to serve as chief judge for the Fifth Circuit. After an invocation by Dr. Donald R. Avery (Shreveport Superintendent, United Methodist Church) and remarks from Master of Ceremony William F. Kendig (president of the Shreveport Bar Association), Circuit Executive Gregory A. Nussel provided the history of the Fifth Circuit chief judges. Hon. Tom Stagg (U.S. Senior District Judge, Western District of Louisiana) shared the history of how the Red Robe tradition began and presented Judge Stewart with the Robe, which has been passed down to every Chief Judge since Judge Charles Clark. Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. (U.S. Fifth Circuit) also provided remarks, and Mrs. Jo Ann Stewart honored her husband with a song, “Ordinary People.” In true Judge Stewart fashion, he addressed the audience with many remarks that opened with a warning that he would not be brief. Not only was the en banc courtroom near capacity, two overflow court rooms were filled with family, friends, and colleagues who were eager to share in the momentous occasion. A reception at the Shreveport Convention Center immediately followed the Ceremony.

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