Diversity Specialty Bars

Diversity Specialty Bars


The Diversity Committee is interested in highlighting events and achievements of the diverse specialty bar associations. If you have any event or achievement that you would like publicized, please email Michelle Neal.


Specialty Bar News and Announcements

SUPERWOMEN…Female Attorneys CLE in Shreveport; April 2, 2013
The LSBA, in partnership with local and specialty bar associations, hosted for about 30 attorneys a CLE for female attorneys on April 2, 2013, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The co-hosts included the Women’s Section of the Shreveport Bar Association.  This seminar addressed the unique challenges women face in the legal profession.  A networking reception followed the program and attendees received free chances for a drawing to win several door prizes, including spa treatments and gift certificates to area businesses.  


SUPERWOMEN…Female Attorneys CLE in New Orleans; May 2, 2013
The LSBA, in partnership with local and specialty bar associations, hosted for nearly 100 attorneys a CLE for female attorneys on May 2, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The co-hosts included the New Orleans Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the New Orleans Bar Association Women's Committee. This seminar, titled "SUPERWOMEN: Female Attorneys Can Run the World," addressed the unique challenges women face when seeking leadership positions in the legal profession.  A networking reception with complimentary hand and neck massages followed the program and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a drawing to win several door prizes, including Jazz Fest tickets, spa treatments and gift certificates to area businesses.

Martinet Hosts Clark/Chisom v. Roemer—Then & Now CLE on February 27th
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. celebrated the investiture of the first African-American Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. In preparation for this historic and auspicious event, Martinet hosted a CLE to discuss the road traveled to get to this moment in history. The CLE, entitled: Clark/Chisom v. Roemer—Then & Now, occurred on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Loyola alum, the Honorable Ivan R. Lemelle, United States District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, C501. Panelists--Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Ernest Johnson, Judge Sylvia Cooks, Ronald Wilson, Robert McDuff, James Williams, Clarence Roby, Tracie Washington, former Mayor, Marc Morial, and moderators Atoyia Scott and Kim Boyle--discussed the historical background of the Clark & Chisom cases, the strategies employed, their implications & current relevance.  The program was approved for 2.5 CLE Credit Hours.  To register, click on the following link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=cmmoqdlab&oeidk=a07e71c0t4y081b7492.


Congratulations to 2013 LSBA Human Rights Award Recipients: J. Dalton Courson and Baton Rouge Martinet!!
Dalton Courson and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of Louis A. Martinet have been selected by the Louisiana State Bar Association to receive the 2013 LSBA Human Rights Award.  The Louisiana State Bar Association Human Rights Award was established in 2010 by the Board of Governors to recognize outstanding efforts made by (1) a bar association, (2) law firm or law department, (3) an individual attorney or judge, (4) a court, (5) a community organization or individual in promoting diversity in the legal profession, in particular, to recognize efforts ensuring the full and equal opportunity of all persons for entry and advancement in Louisiana's legal profession.  BR Martinet President Christopher Hebert, will accept the award on behalf of the Martinet organization at the annual LSBA conference in Destin, Florida.

A. P Tureaud, Jr. is Keynote Speaker At GBR Louis Martinet Scholarship Gala
Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Louis A. Martinet Scholarship Gala hosts Keynote Speaker A.P. Tureaud, Jr., the first African American undergraduate student to attend Louisiana State University.  The Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  at Juban's  Restaurant, located at 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.  This year's theme is in honor and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washngton, and other noteworthy moments of the Civil Rights era.
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Save the Date! National Bar Association Convention
The 2014 89th Annual National Bar Association Convention is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 to Friday, August 1.  This year the convention will be held at the Atlanta Mariott Marquis, located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Inclusive Professionalism Facilitators Training Set for May 7
The LSBA’s Diversity Committee has scheduled a “Train the LSBA Facilitator” program to equip speakers in facilitating discussions to foster inclusive professionalism. The program is  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Red Cross Board Room, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans. The program has been approved for up to 7.58 CLE hours, all professionalism.   Fees range from $65 for New Admittees (2013-2014) up to $150.  A similar program, originally scheduled in Shreveport has been postponed until further notice. 

View the Flyer and Click here for more information and to register online. 

Questions? Contact Outreach Coordinator Michelle Neal at (504)619-0151 or email michelle.neal@lsba.org.


National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Selects New Orleans for 2015 Conference!
NAPABA ANNOUNCES 2014-2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION HOST CITIES
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."

The process for selecting host cities breaks new ground from the bidding process that NAPABA has previously used. Several factors were considered during the selection process, including the presence of emerging Asian Pacific American and legal communities; hotel and convention site capacity of potential host cities; relative cost; and a desire to include regions that have not hosted a NAPABA convention recently or ever. New Orleans and San Diego will be first-time host cities and Scottsdale hosted in 2001.

"We are excited that Arizona will be hosting the NAPABA Convention in 2014," said Mingyi Kang, president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. "We are grateful that NAPABA is changing the way the Convention is being hosted and are positive that this change will enable more local chapters to host the NAPABA Convention, increasing NAPABA's profile, and encouraging more APAs to join and be more involved in our organizations and in the community in general."

"On behalf of LAPABA, we are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to host Convention 2015 in New Orleans! This is an unbelievable opportunity, bringing our entire NAPABA family to our great home city for the first time, ever," said Christine C. Bruneau, president of the Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association. "We look forward to fantastic speakers and programs, seeing old friends and colleagues and meeting new ones, and some truly amazing food, culture, and history!"

Brian S. Sun, president of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, one of four NAPABA affiliates in San Diego, said, "Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego is excited that San Diego was chosen as the host city for NAPABA's Annual Convention in 2016. We look forward to the opportunity to help the NAPABA convention team in any way we can. I know that everyone will enjoy our wonderful city."

Save the Date for LAPABA Annual Meeting
Save the Date - LAPABA Annual Meeting and Luncheon

The LAPABA Annual Meeting and Luncheon  will be held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, at Three Happiness Restaurant, 1900 Lafayette St., in Gretna (on the Westbank).

Save the date!

FBA New Orleans Hosts 22nd Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium

The FBA New Orleans is hosting its 22nd Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium April 17, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m.  The symposium is an annual Discussion Held as a Living Memorial to Judge Rubin's Contribution to Federal Jurisprudence and Legal Scholarship.

To Learn More About Judge Rubin Click Here.

Alvin B. Rubin and the Good Judge Ideal  - Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, will discuss several respects in which Judge Rubin embodied the qualities of a “good judge.” He will explain how “good judges” provide a structured and demanding framework within which lawyers may excel. Chancellor Weiss also will discuss Judge Rubin’s approach to constitutional judging and will relate that approach to current debates over interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

What Are the Ethical Limits of Zealous Advocacy in Preparing and Presenting Witnesses? - The panel members will explore lawyers’ ethical obligations in preparing and presenting witnesses, both for deposition and for trial. Issues to be addressed will include the line between preparing and coaching witnesses; false witness testimony; abusive deposition tactics; speaking objections; paying fact witnesses; 30(b)(6) witnesses; pre-trial disclosures; and witness sequestration. Harold J. Flanagan will moderate a panel comprised of the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Thomas M. Flanagan and C. Lawrence Orlansky, practitioners.


REGISTER ONLINE, Click here.  The seminar includes Professionalism and Ethics.

Alexandria's Law Day Scheduled for May 2
When:          May 2, 2014
                    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Where:             Westside Regional Library
                        5416 Provine Place
                        Alexandria, LA 71301

Includes 3.0 CLE CREDITS (Free to Alexandria Bar Members)

The theme of this year’s Law Day is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

The schedule for Law Day will be as follows:

9:15 – 10:15 Speaker: Phil Hunter, Attorney at Law
10:15 – 11:15 Speaker: Judge John Davidson, 9th Judicial District Court
11:15 – 11:25 Essay Winner: Presentation of Essay
11:30- 12:30 Speaker: Fred Jones, Attorney at Law & Professor of Criminal Justice


Shreveport Plans Law Week Activities
This year’s Law Day theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, and it calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. Law Day Co-Chairs Erik Vigen and Marcus Edwards have planned student, member and community events that support the theme of promoting the franchise.
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LSU Chapter Wins National Black Law Students Association Chapter of the Year Award
Congratulations to the LSU Chapter of BLSA for winning the National Black Law Students Association Chapter of the Year Award!

In celebration of this award, the LSU Chapter of BLSA will be hosting an End of the Year Banquet on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 5-7pm at the LSU Cotillion Ballroom.

For more information, please contact ReAzalia Allen at ralle13@tigers.lsu.edu.


Southwest LA Bar Association Law Day Ceremony and Liberty Bell Award
The Southwest Louisiana Bar Association cordially invites you to attend the annual Law Day Ceremony.  Please join us Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., Courtroom A in the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse. Keynote Speaker is The Honorable Sharon D. Wilson of
14th Judicial District Court. 

The Mid-Year Buffet Luncheon Meeting follows at the Pioneer Club at 11:30 a.m.  Tickets are $25.00 per member and $40.00 per non-SWLBA member.  Please contact exdir@swlabar.com to purchase tickets.

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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!!

Volunteers Needed for Baton Rouge Martinet Pro Bono Clinic
The Baton Rouge Martinet Legal Society needs volunteers for their pro bono program currently housed at the Leo S. Butler Center in Baton Rouge. Any attorney interested in participating in Martinet's Pro Bono program should contact Courtney Humphrey at cimking@hotmail.com.

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.

AWA Annual Holiday Tea & Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest
The Association of Women Attorneys hosted its Annual Holiday Tea on Thursday, December 15th at 4:30 p.m. at Windsor Court (300 Gravier Street). The AWA used the event to continue its Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest. The AWA members generously contributed food donations.

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana Christmas Social/Election Results
HLAL hosted its Christmas Social on Friday, December 2, 2011 at the home of Elia Diaz-Yeager located at 1701 Marengo St., New Orleans, Louisiana.

Statewide Martinet and Black Lawyers Associations Hosted a Successful Reception During LSBA Annual Meeting in San Destin
The Statewide Martinet Societies and Black Lawyers Associations hosted a successful networking reception during the LSBA Annual Meeting on June 7, 2012, from 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. at Crystal Lake, Cottage #1994 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The event was sponsored by the following organizations:

Black Lawyers Association of Shreveport/Bossier
Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Region V of the National Bar Association.


Commissioner Quintillis Lawrence Installation Ceremony
7/2/2012
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society President Michael L. Tyler (pictured right) presents Commissioner Quintillis Lawrence with a gavel during the July 2, 2012, installation ceremony. Judge Michael Erwin presided over the ceremony.
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LABWA Hosted "Speed Networking and Executive Coaching" Session, featuring National Executive Coach Martha Newman
The Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc. hosted a "Speed Networking and Executive Coaching" Session that featured National Executive Coach Martha Newman on September 6, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Louisiana Bar Center.
Speed Networking Flyer


New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys hosting an Ethics & Professionalism CLE
The New Orleans Chapter for the Association for Women Attorneys hosted for approximately 60 attendees an Ethics & Professionalism CLE on September 27, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jones Walker. Kelly McNeil Legier presented a lively "Ethics Jeopardy" session, and Chauntis T. Jenkins presented "Dressing Up the Generational Gap: Professionalism in Attire in Legal Environments".


Greater New Orleans Martinet Hosted its first annual Bowling Tournament; Teams Needed
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society hosted its first annual bowling tournament on September 14, 2012 at the AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, La. Martinet teams competed against the Black Engineers Association and the Greater New Orleans Urban League.

Successful "Getting on Solid Ground in Real Estate Law," a series of six real estate law CLE Programs
The LSBA partnered with the American Bar Association's Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Louisiana to host Getting on Solid Ground in Real Estate Law, a series of six real estate law educational programs for new and intermediate real estate attorneys. The sessions occurred during lunch time at the Louisiana Bar Center. The sessions were as follows: September 11 (Successions), September 18 (Entity Formation), September 25 (Title Insurance), October 10 (Leases), October 23 (Residential Closings), and November 14 (Navigating the Recordation & Title Search Systems) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each session included lunch, which was offered immediately before the program.

HLAL Hosted Specialized Professionalism Facilitator Workshop CLE
The LSBA partnered with the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana to co-host a 1 1/2 hour Specialized Professionalism Training Workshop CLE on October 24, 2012, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130). This custom-designed program provided tools to begin the process of moving participants to the next level of understanding and valuing difference by facilitating diversity/inclusion discussions around the state. For more information on future facilitator trainings, please contact LSBA Director of Member Outreach & Diversity Kelly McNeil Legier (kelly.legier@lsba.org;  504-619-0129).

Vietnamese American Bar Association Hosted CLE on Medical Malpractice Screening
Tne Vietnamese American Bar Assocaition hosted a CLE Presentation titled Medical Malpractice Screening, featuring James T. Tran, on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 7 pm. The program was approved for 1.0 CLE hour. The presentation occurred at the Jazmine Cafe (614 South Carrollton Avenuem New Orleans, LA 70118).
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Baton Rouge Martinet Needs Volunteers for its Reading from the Start Program
Martinet is kicking back off our Reading From The Start Program.
Volunteers are needed to read to preschool children in our local head start programs.
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LABWA Team walking for Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention in Support of Susan B. Komen Foundation
LABWA has a team walking for Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention in Support of Susan B. Komen Foundation on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Greater New Orleans Martinet End of the Year CLE: "Litigation Nuts & Bolts"
The Greater New Orleans Martinet hosted for approximately 50 attorneys on December 4, 2012, its annual End of the Year CLE: "Litigation Nuts & Bolts" in the Adams & Reese conference room (One Shell Square, 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500, New Orleans, Louisiana 70139).

The program was approved for 7.0 CLE hours.
 Program Agenda
 Registration Form

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana hosted a FREE CLE and Social on August 4, 2011
The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana hosted a free CLE on Professionalism. A social followed the program.
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LABWA Back to School Uniform Donation Drive: For Those That Want to Donate via PayPal - Here is the Link
It's back-to-school time for LABWA!
LABWA has identified a school that could use our help for their students/families.

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LABWA Fall Kickoff & Networking Event
The Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys hosted its Fall Kickoff and Networking Event on Sep 22, 2011, at 5:30pm at the home of LABWA Member Regina Bartholomew (5618 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, La 70122).

VABA of LA Newsletter - August 2011
The Vietnameese American Bar Association of Louisiana (VABA of LA)has created it's first quarterly newsletter. Please select the below link to view the Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact James T. Tran at (985) 507-4826.
November 2011 Newsletter
August 2011 Newsletter


Martinet Society of Baton Rouge Hosted a Reception Honoring African American Attorneys and Judges
On October 5th, 2011, the Louis A. Martinet Foundation of Baton Rouge held a reception honoring and celebrating African-American attorneys, law professors and judges within the Greater Baton Rouge Area that have practiced law for 30 years or more. The event was held at Juban's Restaurant in Baton Rouge. The Honorable Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson was the keynote speaker for the event. Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell also provided congratulatory words to the honorees. Judge John Michael Guidry of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal provided the prayer. The event was sponsored by the law firm of Jones Walker and Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell. For information on future Baton Rouge Martinet events, please contact Michael L. Tyler at tylerm@ag.state.la.us or (225) 326-6511.


Diversity and Inclusion Workshop in Alexandria Well Attended and Well Received!
The Louisiana State Bar Association partnered with the Alexandria Bar Association and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of Central Louisiana to host a free, morning half-day diversity and inclusion workshop in connection with its court renaming on October 21, 2011. Approximately 30 attorneys and judges attended the CLE at the Alexandria Museum of Art. The flyer and registration form are below.

The court has been renamed the Gravel Berry City Court Building. Louis Berry was the first African American lawyer in Rapides Parish. Years ago, an attorney had to be introduced in each judicial district court before he or she could file anything in the court. Mr. Berry could not get a local attorney to introduce him. Mr. Gravel heard about this and called Mr. Berry and asked him for the honor of introducing him to the court that afternoon at 4:00. Mr. Gravel did introduce Mr. Berry and then Mr. Berry went on to file the suits that desegregated much of Louisiana from the Rapides Parish Schools as well as the streetcars in New Orleans.
For information regarding future diversity/inclusion program in the Alexandria area, please contact Kelly McNeil Legier (504-619-0129; Kelly.Legier@lsba.org); Zeb Winstead (318-445-1488; zwinstead@crowellandowens.com); or Clifton Spears (318-442-6251; cspears@suddenlinkmail.com).

Flyer and Registration


AWA Fall Food Drive for Second Harvest
The AWA has organized a Fall Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest. We are asking for food donations, ESPECIALLY PEANUT BUTTER. Canned meals, stews, canned meats and fish, rice, and beans are also appreciated. We previously sent notice that Natalie Jayroe, President and CEO of Second Harvest, will speak at our October 20th luncheon. If you are attending the luncheon, please bring donated items. You can also drop off donated items at either of two downtown locations: Lindsay Spann of Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC, will be collecting items at 1100 Poydras, 31st floor. (There will be a drop off box in the office reception area) Katie Lasky of Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC, will be collecting at 601 Poydras, Suite 2655(there will be a drop off box in the office reception area).



Louisiana Judicial Council Conference in Lake Charles February, 2012
The Louisiana Judicial Council's conference occurred on February 24-26, 2012 in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society planned a few events in connection with the conference.


Alexandria Diversity Roundtable Discussion, titled "Improving Relationships within the Profession" Initiates Conversation between the Bench and the Bar
Louisiana State Bar Association, along with the Ninth Judicial District Court of Louisiana and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of Central Louisiana, hosted for approximately 20 attorneys and judges a free Diversity Roundtable Discussion, titled "Improving Relationships within the Profession." The discussion occurred on April 6, 2011, at the Ninth Judicial District Court in Alexandria, Louisiana. Former LSBA President Kim M. Boyle moderated a panel consisting of Hon. Donald T. Johnson, Edward Larvadain, Jr., and Hon. Harry F. Randow. The panelists addressed perceived disparate treatment of unprofessional activity as well as the racial and cultural tensions that exist between the bench and the bar. They also recommended possible solutions for those involved in situations that create perceived or actual obstacles to practicing within the legal profession. Attendees received 2.0 CLE hours and the opportunity to continue -- during a brief networking reception immediately following the program -- the discussions prompted by the panel.

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Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys sponsored a Jazz Brunch -- WOMEN WHO CHANGE THE WORLD: Honoring the Judiciary
On October 1, 2011, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys hosted a Jazz Brunch from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the home of LABWA Member Geri Broussard Baloney. For their outstanding professional accomplishments, community service, and inspiration to Louisiana's black women attorneys, LABWA honored and presented awards to the following recipients during its signature fall brunch:

Pioneer Award Recipient: Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, LA Supreme Court
Trailblazer Award Recipient: Judge Ernestine S. Gray, New Orleans Juvenile Court Judge
Pace Setter Award Recipient: Judge Yvette Mansfield Alexander, Baton Rouge First City Court Judge
Pace Setter Award Recipient: New Orleans City Attorney Nannette Jolivette-Brown (President Obama's Nominee for U.S. Eastern District Court Judge).

This well attended event allowed approximately 70 female attorneys and judges to network while listening to light jazz and enjoying a delicious brunch.

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Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) hosted a Cocktail Reception Welcoming Loyola Dean Maria Pabon Lopez
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) hosted a cocktail reception to welcoming Maria Pabon Lopez, the new dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on September 28, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Columns Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Approximately 50 attorneys networked and welcomed the new dean. For more information regarding future HLAL or ACC events, please contact Martha L. Castillo at mcastillo@panamericanlife.com (504) 566-3544 or Dan Schwarzenbach at DanSchwarzenbach@gmail.com, (504) 628-6951.

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Martinet Society of Baton Rouge Hosted a Gaming Seminar
On August 31, 2011, the Martinet Society of Baton Rouge hosted a Gaming Law seminar for Southern and LSU law students. The seminar featured speakers from the Louisiana Casino Association, counsel for gaming operators, gaming lobbyists, and gaming regulators. For questions, please contact Michael L. Tyler at tylerm@ag.state.la.us or (225) 326-6511.


Congratulations to the Newly-Elected 2011-12 Executive Committee of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society - Greater Baton Rouge Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society - Greater Baton Rouge Chapter
2011-2012 Executive Committee is as follows:

President: Michael Tyler
1st Vice - President: Christopher Hebert
2nd Vice - President: Leticia Jackson-Mabry
Treasurer: Leslie Ricard
Secretary: Donna Lee


LABWA Launches Law Firm and In-House Counsel Section
At LABWA's January 2011 General Body Meeting, they presented a panel on "How I Did It: Making Partner at a Majority Firm."
At that meeting, the participants expressed an interest in having more opportunities to learn from each other and get to know other women working in law firms and corporate legal departments. And when members ask, LABWA answers.
LABWA is launching its Law Firm and In-House Counsel Section.
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Martinet and Black Lawyer Association Membership Drives Are Ongoing
All of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Chapters and the Black Lawyers Association in Louisiana are accepting membership applications for the 2009-2010 year.
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Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Has Launched "MARTINETWORK" On Facebook
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. proudly announces the launch of "MARTINETWORK" on Facebook. A discussion group where attorneys can connect and network with African American attorneys from across the state to discuss hot topics in the news or facing the legal community and to find out what's going on. Please join this group by logging onto Facebook and becoming a "fan."
Become a "fan" of MARTINETWORK on Facebook to stay abreast of current events and issues impacting African American attorneys in Louisiana!

New Orleans Bar Association Minorities in the Profession Committee
Judge Herbert A. Cade (Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee) invites you to attend a meeting of the Minorities in the Profession Committee, in his Courtroom at Orleans Civil District Court at 421 Loyola Avenue, Room 302, New Orleans at 5:30 pm. The date will be announced. The Committee plans to assess the state of minority attorneys in the profession, examine and develop pipeline programs, and coordinate with community groups on issues impacting minority communities. For information on this committee, please feel to contact the New Orleans Bar Association at (504) 525-7453.
There is no cost to join the Minorities in the Profession Committee if you are a NOBA Member.Call NOBA at(504) 525-7453 or e-mail Julie to register.

Attorney CLE Offered in Conjunction with the Louisiana Judicial Council Conference in New Orleans
The Louisiana Judicial Council co-sponsored with the Statewide Martinet Legal Society and the National Bar Association (NBA) Region V a continuing legal education program on March 11, 2011, in New Orleans in conjunction with the annual Louisiana Judicial Council Conference. Several joint attorney/judge sessions were available. For more information, contact Arlene Knighten (aknighten@ldi.state.la.us)or Sharonda Williams (swilliams@shergarner.com).

Judicial Council Conference Brochure
Judicial Council Conference Program

Successful Commemorative CLE -- 200 Years of Civil Rights in Louisiana: Reflections on the 1811 German Coast Slave Uprising and the State of Civil Rights in Louisiana
The "200 Years of Civil Rights in Louisiana: Reflections on the 1811 German Coast Slave Uprising and the State of Civil Rights in Louisiana Today" CLE, which occurred January 11, 2011, at the Tulane University Law Center, was a huge success! Participants filled the Tulane multipurpose room to hear panelists Leon Waters, Carl Baloney, Sr., and Fernin Eaton, and many requested a follow up panel discussion. The event was sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society (GNO Martinet) in conjunction with the Louisiana Association of Black Woman Attorneys (LABWA), the 40th Judicial District Bar Association for Parish of St. John the Baptist, and the Tulane Black Law Student Association (BLSA). A brief reception followed the program.
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Summary of German Coast Slave Uprising Commemorative CLE


Martinet, LABWA and Others hosted "Mock Motion for New Trial" to Commemorate the Louisiana German Coast Slave Uprising of 1811
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society collaborated with the LSBA, the Louisiana Association of Black Woman Attorneys, the A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court, the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the LSBA Civil Law & Litigation Section, the Black Law Student Association of Tulane University, and the 40th Judicial District Bar Association to host for a packed courtroom of about 220 attorneys, judges, and students the "German Coast Slave Uprising Trials: Revisited." The program was a mock hearing of a Motion for New Trial of the slave trials that took place 200 years ago in connection with the event that is commonly referred to as the Louisiana German Coast Slave Uprising of 1811. The FREE CLE event occurred in the courtroom of the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle and was followed by a short reception. Some of the finest attorneys and judges in the state created the educational and inspiring argument.

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Youth Oasis, Come Get Your SWAG (Succeed While Achieving Greatness) on...
The Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society joined the ladies of Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Baton Rouge BREC North Sherwood Forest Facilities (Marcus Lemon, Assistant Area Supervisor) on January 15, 2011, to present Youth Oasis, Come Get Your SWAG (Succeed While Achieving Greatness) on...

The Hip Hop Doc, Rani G. Whitfield discussed Health and Nutrition and entertained the audience with some original, positive rap lyrics. Leticia Tyler and Tyelise Harrison, of Hancock Bank, provided money management tips to the youth. Christopher Tyson (Attorney, Assistant Professor of Law at Paul M. Herbert Law Center, and Mentor) addressed the importance of anger management and peer resolution.



Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), have collaborated to provide a library for A.D. Crossman-Esperanza Charter School
The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), have collaborated on a pipeline project to furnish the A. D. Crossman Esperanza School on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans with a fully functioning library. The groundbreaking ceremony occurred on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

The complete article can be viewed at http://www.abc26.com/news/local/wgno-news-esperanza-library,0,5710084.story



Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys' Mentoring Program Serves to Develop and Maintain Diverse Legal Talent in Louisiana
The Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys (LABWA) hosted a Speed Mentoring session during its General Body Meeting on May 20, 2010. From the immediate response of the participants, the session was a huge success. Fourteen women participated in the mentoring session. LABWA's signature Speed Mentoring program provides a forum within which mentees can ask questions of several mentors about challenging issues they face in their careers. Some of the issues include navigating a practice through a difficult economy, career advice, stress management, time management, best networking practices, promotion of diversity and inclusion firm initiatives, building a book of business, job search advice, and overall practice/professional development. The mentors in turn provide insightful advice based upon their respective experiences concerning ways that mentees can face and overcome their challenges. Through this format, LABWA provides mentees with the tools they need to be successful in their professional endeavors. LABWA will continue to host the Speed Mentoring program in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on quarterly basis to assist with the maintenance and development of diverse legal talent in Louisiana.

First Class CLE Conference for First Class Women Sponsored by The Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys
The Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys (LABWA) hosted an incredible CLE Symposium and Rejuvenation Retreat on November 11, 2010 through November 13, 2010 at the Paragon Casino and Resort in Marksville, LA. Organizers Lacrecia Cade, Arlene Knighten, Raashand Hamilton, and Tonya McClary administered a "First Class Conference" for Louisiana's Black Women Attorneys. The CLE presentations superbly addressed timely topics to assist attendees in their professional development.

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LABWA General Body Meeting w/ Presentation on "Attorney Referral Opportunities within the BP Claims Process"
The Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys held its General Body Meeting, which will include a presentation on "Attorney Referral Opportunities within the BP Claims Process" on February 17, 2011, at the home of LABWA member Julie Roy (106 Wembley Rd, Lafayette, LA). The presentation will be conducted by Colette Pichon-Battle (Director/Attorney, Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc., Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy).

Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet hosted a successful LSU BLSA Mixer
The Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet hosted a mixer for the Louisiana State University Black Law Student Association on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at D Jon's Restaurant.

Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys (LABWA) Hosted "How I Did It: Women Making Partner in Majority Firms" Presentation
At LABWA's January General Body Meeting, panelists Michelle Craig, Jennifer Bechet, and Sharonda Williams inspired members with their personal testimonies regarding their paths to partnership in majority firms. Though their stories varied, their remarkable accomplishments were equally praiseworthy. These outstanding women provided invaluable advice to LABWA's members on how to prepare and position themselves for firm advancement. Thanks to all of the panelists and moderator, Lesli Harris for an open and candid conversation, which provided critical tools to assist members in taking their careers to the next level. These women are LABWA's trailblazers, who have inspired others to follow in their footsteps. 
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Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys Hosted An Enlightening August General Body Meeting in Garyville, Louisiana
On August 19, 2010, LABWA held its general body meeting at the Emilie Plantation in Garyville, Louisiana, the home of Attorney Geri Baloney. For those of you who were not able to join us, it was an evening of fine conversation, some rather strong mint julep, and quite memorable sisterly relations! Attendees were graced by the words of wisdom of Geri Broussard-Baloney; the judicial grace of the Honorable Madeline Jasmine-of the 40th Judicial District Court; Attorney Monica Gant Moton-the first black female President of St. John the Baptist Parish Bar Association; and the sharp business savoy fair of two of Louisiana's most politically astute, State Senator Karen Cater Peterson and Natalie Robottom-the first black female Parish President of St. John the Baptist Parish. It was an evening for the stars! The night was capped with good food and new friendships! 
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Don't miss the next general body meeting....You will be sorry you did!

Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys Launched its Inaugural 5th Thursdays Fireside Chat with the Court
LABWA members joined Judge Herbert A. Cade, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, for LABWA's first Fireside Chat with the Court on Thursday. As a brown bag lunch program designed to give LABWA members unfiltered access to the judiciary, Judge Cade shared his wisdom and insight on the challenges facing the African American community generally, and his experience as a member of the judiciary. Judge Cade enlightened LABWA members about the progress in the New Orleans judiciary from his days of practice to his days now serving on the bench. Judge Cade challenged LABWA to address many of the problems plaguing our communities and children. The next Fireside Chat will be December 30, 2010, as these events only occur on the 5th Thursdays of the month and are designed to give members who are unable to attend the regularly scheduled meetings an opportunity to receive an update on LABWA's business and all members a chance to interact with the judiciary.

Congressional Redistricting CLE Hosted by Several Local Bar Associations
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. hosted a Congressional Redistricting CLE, titled "New Lines, New Times, New Civil Rights: What Lawyers Should Know About Congressional Redistricting and Its Potential Impact and Legal Implications for the Community." Martinet partnered with the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Asian Pacific Association, the LSBA Minority Involvement Section, and the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to co-host the CLE on April 19, 2010. LSBA President Kim M. Boyle moderated a discussion among Rep. Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr. (Louisiana House of Representatives, District 11) and Attorney Ronald "Ron" Wilson (of counsel, Scheuermann & Jones Law Firm). They discussed how the census data is processed to create the congressional and state districts as well as the litigation options used if the newly drawn districts dilute or exclude the minority vote. Vanessa A. Spinazola (employment law staff attorney, The Pro Bono Project) later offered remarks addressing the ten reasons why undocumented immigrants should be counted in the census. A networking reception immediately followed the program, which occurred in the courtroom of the Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
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Shreveport Bossier Black Lawyer Association's Christmas Extravaganza
The Shreveport Bossier Black Lawyer Association hosted its Christmas Extravaganza on Friday, December 17, 2010 at The Capri Theatre in Downtown Shreveport.
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HNBA Participates in ABA Launch of Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities
On Thursday, October 14th, Diana Sen, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) National President; Liz Lopez, HNBA Vice President for Membership; and Zuraya Tapia, HNBA Executive Director, attended a press conference led by Stephen Zack, ABA President, to announce the creation of a Commission to investigate legal issues affecting the Latino community, including voting rights, civil rights and immigration, among several areas of interest. Diana Sen was appointed by Mr. Zack to serve as an advisor to the Commission, which will plan a series of hearings to be held in every region of the country.

Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Hosted an Ethics & Professionalism CLE in Shreveport
The Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martine Legal Society hosted an ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM CLE on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal.
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The Black Lawyers Association and Martinet Societies across Louisiana hosted a reception to honor LSBA President Kim Boyle
The Black Lawyers Association and Martinet Societies across Louisiana hosted a reception to honor LSBA President Kim Boyle during the LSBA annual meeting in San Destin on June 11, 2009. Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson introduced Ms. Boyle to the more than 60 attendees. Ms. Boyle thanked the organizations for the celebration and asked them to continue supporting her throughout her presidency by participating in LSBA committees and projects throughout the year.
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Congratulations to Kim Boyle on her presidency!

Association for Women Attorneys New Orleans Chapter hosted its Annual Holiday Tea
The Association for Women Attorneys New Orleans Chapter hosted its Annual Holiday Tea at The Windsor Court in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday, December 17, 2009. AWA members and guests enjoyed the event and were able to network and reconnect with colleagues and friends. Many members also generously brought gifts for a family in need as part of the AWA's Community Service program. Since 1976, the AWA has been a resource for information, networking and camaraderie in the metropolitan legal community of New Orleans and its environs. The AWA membership consists of every sector of the legal community--public and private practitioners in civil and criminal law; judges; professors; corporate counsel; law clerks; and law students--who regularly gather and share common experiences and goals.

Louisiana Judicial Council Conference in Monroe, Louisiana a Huge Success!
The Louisiana Judicial Council Conference, which occurred February 19 to 21 at the Holiday Inn in Monroe, Louisiana, was a huge success! It was very well attended by judges as well as many lawyers. The speakers, presenters and seminar facilitators were outstanding. The 9.0 hour CLE available to the participants were well grounded in current issues in the law. One unique seminar topics was "Spirituality and the Legal Profession" presented by retired Judge Yada Magee of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court and Arlene D. Knighten of the Louisiana Department of Insurance, which dealt with faith and morals in the legal profession, and the practitioners connection to a spiritual grounding in order to remain true to ethics and professionalism while zealously advocating for the clients, and for judges to maintain the dignity of the judiciary. The Louis A. Martinet Chapters across the state sponsored one of the lunches, during which NBA President Mavis Thompson served as a keynote speaker. LSBA President Kim M. Boyle spoke at a reception for the judges hosted by the Monroe Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Society.

The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Commemorated an Historical Event and Celebrated Laura Lee Harris and Johnnie A. Jones
On January 27, 2010, the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society commemorated an historical event and celebrated Ms. Laura Lee Harris, whose actions led to a 1963 United States Supreme Court ruling to desegregate seating within the 19th Judicial District Court. During the event, the chapter honored Ms. Laura Lee Harris and Mr. Johnnie A. Jones (Baton Rouge Civil Rights Attorney & Attorney for Ms. Laura Lee Harris). The program, which occurred at the 19th Judicial District Court, featured remarks from LSBA Kim M. Boyle, Baton Rouge Bar Association President Fred Crifasi, Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher as well as prominent judges and attorneys in the Baton Rouge area. This event was chaired by Monique Edwards. More then 100 guest gathered to honor the two trailblazers in the civil rights movement. Several of Louis A. Martinet Baton Rouge Chapter past presidents were in attendance.

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana Hosted a Successful Networking Social in October
The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana hosted a networking social in lieu of its monthly October meeting on October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Churro's Cafe in Metairie, Louisiana. The social was open to all attorneys and law students throughout the state who are interested in Hispanic issues impacting the community and the profession.

Association for Women Attorneys Annual Dinner Meeting
The Association for Women Attorneys hosted its annual dinner meeting at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 21, 2010. During the dinner, Hon. Fredricka Homberg Wicker received the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award. The keynote speaker for the dinner was Phoebe Ferguson of the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation. Phoebe Ferguson is the great, great granddaughter of John Howard Ferguson, the Defendant in the famous case that created the separate but equal doctrine.

Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society Hosted its 2009 Scholarship Gala
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Foundation and the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. hosted a successful scholarship gala on October 17, 2009 at Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans for a gathering of at least 100 people. The purpose of the gala was to raise proceeds for scholarships to be award to deserving law students via an essay contest.
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Hispanic Lawyers Assoication Presented Workers Compensation Hornbook 101 CLE
The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana partnered with the Louisiana State Bar Association and Loyola University College of Law to host a 5.5 hour CLE titled Workers' Compensation Hornbook 101, on June 19 at Loyola.

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The Black Lawyers Association and Martinet Societies Across Louisiana Hosted a Reception in Sandestin During the LSBA Annual Meeting
The Black Lawyers Association and Martinet Societies across Louisiana hosted a reception during the LSBA annual meeting in Sandestin, Florida on June 10, 2010. During the annual meeting, all of the black lawyer associations received one of the LSBA President's Awards from LSBA President Kim M. Boyle for working together to form a statewide Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of Louisiana. 
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The NBA Seeks Mentors for NBLSA Students
The NBA seeks volunteers for its mentor program. The NBA is dedicated and committed to mentoring NBLSA students. Because 350 NBLSA students have requested mentors for this year, it is requesting NBA members in the New Orleans area to mentor local students. Contact Sharrolyn Miles ((504) 596-2842; smiles@mcglinchey.com), secretary of The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. for additional information.



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