Eight Years of Conclaves on Diversity In The Legal Profession

Eight Years of Conclaves on Diversity In The Legal Profession

Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession

For the last nine years, the LSBA has convened a Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. The LSBA chose to host a “conclave” rather than a “meeting” because a conclave signifies “an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence.” 

Click here to see details and information on the 2015 Eighth Annual Conclave on Diversity.

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Timeline of the Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession

March 6, 2015
"Celebrating 50 Years of Civil Rights: Moving the Pendulum Forward." 
Conclave highlights included luncheon keynote speaker, Kim M. Keenan, President and CEO of Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC); and panelists Henry "Hank" Thomas, one of the thirteen original Freedom Riders; Judge Bernice B. Donald, the first African American woman nominated to the U. S. District Court in Tennessee, and the first African American woman to be nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; and A.P. Tureaud, Jr., the first African-American to enroll as an undergraduate student at LSU. The program also included a two-hour interactive workshop facilitated by renowned speaker Judge Wendell L. Griffen.  Also available was The Freedom Riders, a traveling exhibition developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with American Experience; funded through the National Endowment for Humanities.  Click here to see the details of the 2015 Conclave.

March 21, 2014
"Inclusive Professionalism: Harnessing the Power of Our Differences." Held at the New Orleans Riverside the Seventh Annual Conclave set an attendance record with over 300 attendees. In addition, the Conclave was available to attorneys throughout the state, for viewing at their desks or on their cell phones, via a live feed provided courtesy of the Southern University Law Center; and for the first time ever, viewers at a satellite location at Southern University Law Center received CLE credit for viewing the Conclave offsite. Highlights of the Conclave included luncheon keynote speaker, best-selling author and champion of diversity and inclusion issues, Dr. Arin Reeves (Nextions, Inc.) and the return of renowned diversity expert, Verna Myers (Verna Myers Consulting Group, LLC). Ms. Myers delivered an interactive presentation, titled “What If I Say the Wrong Thing” that built on her previous year’s session. Click here for the 2014 Conclave program.

March 8, 2013 "Leveraging Diversity Through Inclusion: Insight for Action." Hosted for the first time outside of New Orleans at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. The Sixth Annual Conclave highlights included luncheon keynote speaker Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, as he inspired the audience with riveting accounts of his past and current civil rights cases; and renowned diversity expert Verna Myers as she enlightened participants with an interactive workshop on inclusion and strategies on becoming more inclusive within their organizations. Click here to download the 2013 Conclave program booklet.

March 2, 2012 "The Professional Workplace: Conquering the Myths and Creating a Competitive Advantage." The Fifth Annual Conclave, which again was co-hosted with several local and specialty bars, was hosted at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. Judge Wendell L. Griffen facilitated a three-hour interactive workshop. Throughout the day highly credentialed speakers provoked discussions regarding the scope and meaning of cultural competency; the professional and financial importance of a diverse and inclusive legal profession for practitioners, judges, and the administration of justice; and practical tips to create a more inclusive legal profession. Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, Jay Dardenne, wowed the audience with his musically infused keynote address during lunch. Click here for the 2012 Conclave program.

March 18, 2011 "The Professional Workplace: Implementing Solutions and Cultivating an Inclusive Atmosphere." For the Fourth Annual Conclave, the LSBA partnered with a host of local and specialty bars to present a full day of workshops at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center. Highlights included a three hour workshop with facilitated exercises designed to make participants culturally aware and skillful in cross-cultural situations; keynote speaker Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of The National Urban League; and afternoon panel discussions addressing hot button topics that impact the professionalism of attorneys, office dynamics, and the ability to attract and keep clients. Click here for the 2011 Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession program.

March 5, 2010 “The Professional Workplace: Diagnosing the Issues and Finding the Cure.” Highlights of the Third Annual Conclave included a networking lunch with keynote speaker Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, USA (Ret.), who mesmerized participants with the impact of diversity on Louisiana history and children; and two panel discussions that allowed participants to examine the use of cultural competence tools in every day legal practice. To see the 2010 Diversity Conclave program, click here.

March 13, 2009 “Continuing the Conversation.” The second Conclave did not simply regurgitate information provided during the previous year's Conclave. This program was more interactive and allowed the participants to gain skills in order to address everyday diversity issues in their practices during a three-hour workshop. After a networking lunch, participants received practical information from two additional groups of panelists. Click here for a 2009 Conclave program.

March 7, 2008 “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Making Cents.” The first Conclave on Diversity began a discussion among 120 attorneys regarding racial, ethnic, gender, and generational diversity. The highly credentialed speakers provoked discussions regarding the importance of diversity, educated on ways to improve diversity, and exposed how internal, personal, and organizational biases impede diversity. Click here to download the 2008 Diversity Conclave program.

The next Conclave will be held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on March 4, 2016.

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