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

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 to follow as we begin to secure sponsors, speakers and workshops.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE!  Click here for sponsorship information. 

Upcoming GNO Martinet Events
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society will be hosting two important events in the upcoming months:

  • The Martinet Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 16, 2014. 
  • The October General Body Meeting and Installation of Officers is slotted for October 6, 2014.


Alexandria Bar Celebrates Court Opening and Welcomes New Admittees
The Alexandria Bar Association, headed by President Monique Rauls, celebrated their annual Opening of the Court on Wednedsday, September 3.  The ceremony was held at the Rapides Parish Courthouse and included the introduction of new lawyers to the Court, recognition of attorneys admitted to the bar for fifty or more years, eulogies for recently deceased bar members, as well as the presentation of the bar's prestigous Causidicus Award.  Immediately following the ceremony was a reception and the opportunity for new and "old" attorneys alike to receive their free photo Bar ID cards.  The festivities concluded  that evening with the annual Opening of the Court Cocktail Party at Bellino's Restaurant. 

The Alexandria Bar Association will celebrate its Red Mass on Friday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. 

Photo: Immediate Past President, Paula E. Miles (left) and Alexandria Bar President, Monique F. Rauls (right) take a break at the Opening of the Court Cocktail Party.

Diversity LGBT Subcommittee hosts CLE "Recent Developments: Same Sex Marriage Issues"
Join the Diversity LGBT Subcommittee on Thursday, October 16, for the presentation of a FREE CLE (2.0 hours): Recent Developments: Same Sex Marriage Issues. This CLE, presented by Professor Todd Brower, the Judicial Education Director of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, and local employee benefits expert, Maria Cangemi, of Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard & Cangemi will highlight updates regarding recent court challenges to same sex marriage bans, as well as Windsor's effects on Pension and Heath/Welfare Funds for LGBT employees. CLE begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA  70130.

  Click here for details and registration.

Diversity Committee and Legal Services for Persons With Disabilities Committee Partner to Launch Three- Part Disability CLE Series
The Diversity Committee and Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee (LSPD) have joined forces in order to launch a new three-part CLE series focusing on disabilities-related legal issues.

The first in the series, titled "Long Term Planning for the Special Needs Client," will be for those who are interested in best serving clients with special needs.

Registration will be available online beginning the week of September 22, 2014.

LSBA President Joins Shreveport Bar Association in Celebration of Legal Services' 40th Anniversary
On Wednesday, September 17, LSBA President, Joseph L. "Larry" Shea, attended an event held at the Shreveport Bar Center called “Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation.”   The Louisiana Services Corporation is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans.  To celebrate its 40th year, LSC is launching a ground-breaking campaign to grow the work of civil legal aid providers around the country.  Wednesday's event was in celebration and recognition of Legal Services in North Louisiana. 

Photo, (left to right) Judge Leon Emanuel (Director of Legal Services of North Louisiana); Judge Wendell Manning (President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation); Ben Politz (Chairman of the Board of Legal Services of North Louisiana); Judge Roy Payne (President of Shreveport Bar Foundation); Larry Pettiette (President of the Shreveport Bar Association)and LSBA President, Larry Shea.

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.

National Bar Celebrates its 25th With Regional Issues Symposiums
The National Bar Association’s (NBA) first Annual Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon and Issues Symposium was held in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1989. The Symposium, established as a tribute to Wiley A. Branton, a stalwart in the Civil Rights arena, was first held in his hometown. Since 1989, the NBA has used this Symposium as an avenue to discuss pressing social, legal, and political issues affecting our communities.

During the 2014-2015 bar year, the NBA will host the 25th Annual Issues Symposium. In honor of this milestone, four Issues Symposiums will be held from October 10- November 7, 2014:


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.

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.

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.

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).

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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."


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.

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".

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.

Commissioner Quintillis Lawrence Installation Ceremony
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.

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

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

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.

View pictures from the event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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