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."
First 100 Women Lawyers in New Orleans Honored in Inaugural Barristers for Brunch Program
The Women in the Profession Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association is hosting the Inaugural Barristers for Brunch
program. This exciting event will honor the first 100 women lawyers in the New Orleans legal community.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel’s Gallery Ballroom, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans. The program will begin at 11 am. Individual tickets may be purchased for $60. Tables of 10 are $600.
Sponsored by the New Orleans Bar Association. Hosted by Association for Women Attorneys, Louis A. Martinet Society, Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, Loyola's Association of Women Law Students, Tulane Law Women's Association, and Tulane Law Women's Student Group.
Save the Date for LAPABA Annual MeetingSave 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!
Inclusive Professionalism Facilitators Training Set for April 7 and May 7
The LSBA’s Diversity Committee has scheduled two more “Train the LSBA Facilitator” programs to equip speakers in facilitating discussions to foster inclusive professionalism. The programs are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Shreveport Bar Association office, 625 Texas St.; and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Red Cross Board Room, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans. Both programs have been approved for up to 7.58 CLE hours, all professionalism.
View the Shreveport Flyer
and Click here
to register online.
View the New Orleans Flyer
and Click here
to register online.
For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Michelle Neal at (504)619-0151 or email email@example.com
Diversity Committee Hosts Networking Receptions for Law Students - April 10th
The LGBT subcommittee of the Diversity Committee is hosting 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 is 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 is sponsoring the receptions. To RSVP, contact Sonjanita Jordan (504-619-0115) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. To print out the event flyer, click here.
LSBA Minority Involvement Section Hosting Virtual Internship Fair; Deadline March 28th to Register to Receive Resume Books
Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Invovlement Section has decided to convert its sixth annual Minority Legal Internship Fair to a "virtual" fair rather than host an "in person" fair. Although this year's Fair is virtual, no other FREE venue in Louisiana offers employers such a large pool of talented students with diverse backgrounds who are offering themselves for free or modestly paid internships during all or part of the summer. As a virtual internship fair, there will NOT be any "in person" activities, interviews, or information tables. Similarly, there will NOT be a diversity networking lunch.
However, the LSBA Minority Invovlement Section will actively assist employers in locating students to fill positions within their organizations and will provide resumes to all registered employers. All internship fair employers will receive a link to the students' resumes by March 31st. Employers may interview -- at their convenience -- the students with whom they are interested. The Minority Involvement Section is confident that the virtual fair affords the most fiscally responsible and prudent means by which to achieve this year's goals. ALL REGISTERED EMPLOYERS WILL RECIEVE RESUMES BY APRIL 4TH. Additional accommodations can be made for those employers who want an interview list or assistance connecting with students who live in particular areas or have particular experiences. Interested 1L, 2L, and 3L law students should update their profiles and upload resumes by March 31st.
INTERESTED EMPLOYERS SHOULD REGISTER TODAY AND THROUGH MARCH 28TH TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS VIRTUAL FAIR BY CALLING 504-619-115 or by registering onling by going to https://law-lsba-csm.symplicity.com/employers
. Click here
for an information brochure. To receive additional information or a customized approach to connecting with diverse, talented students, please contact Christine Richard (email@example.com
"Suit Up for the Future" High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program
The Louisiana State Bar Association in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation present "Suit Up for the Future" High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program.
This program is available to incoming high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who are interested in the legal profession. Students will participate in a one week legal institute, during which they will attend an abridged law school session and a two week internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. The students will also participate in field trips. Students who complete the program will receive a $250 stipend.
The program is June 9-27, 2014. Interested students should contact Kelly McNeil Legier, Esq., Director of Outreach and Diversity, Louisiana State Bar Association at Kelly.Legier@lsba.org
or (504) 619-0129. If your school would like to have an LSBA speaker come in-person to make a presentation about the Suit Up internship program to the students, please click here
to fill out this form. Students can also apply online at www.lsba.org/goto/suitup
Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted online, emailed or postmarked by April 15th.
Please send materials to:
Louisiana State Bar Association
Attn: Diversity Committee
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
Sponsors Sought for LSBA Seventh Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession
The LSBA is seeking sponsors for the state-wide Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, March 21, 2014, in New Orleans. Sponsors committed by December 15th will appear in the Conclave mailer. For more information on sponsorship levels, contact LSBA Program Coordinator/Marketing and Sections Christine A. Richard, (504)619-0105, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The sponsor levels are detailed in the following document:
2014 Conclave Sponsor Form
LSBA's Conclave on Diversity March 21, 2014
The LSBA is hosting, in partnership with several local and specialty bar associations
, its Seventh Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession on March 21, 2014, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel (2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70140). This year's theme is "Inclusive Professionalism: Harnessing the Power of Our Differences."
The program agenda
highlights for the first time four morning breakout sessions, one of which is an invitation-only session for managing partners and another is specifically designed for criminal practitioners. The workshop also features nationally-recognized diversity expert Verna Myers (Verna Myers Consulting Group L.L.C.), who will provide an interactive workshop regarding "What if I say the Wrong Thing." Dr. Arin Reeves (Nextions) will serve as the keynote speaker at lunch. Several panel discussions with highly acclaimed attorneys, corporate counsel, and judges will help provide participants with riveting information on the impact of diversity, inclusion, and bias on the legal profession and the administration of justice.
The early registration fee of $65 is available until February 28th. A small hotel block is available for the program until February 21st.
Special thanks to the following sponsors who are helping make this event possible:
Jones Walker LLP
Kean Miller LLP
Adams and Reese LLP
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Blue Williams, L.L.P.
Curry & Friend PLC
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, A PLC
Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC
Liskow & Lewis, A PLC
LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section
McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC
Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P.
New Orleans Chapter Federal Bar Association
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.
Blanchard, Walker O’Quin & Roberts
Forman Perry watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP
Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Taylor Porter, LLP
Chopin, Wagar, Richard and Kutcher, LLP
Christovich & Kearney, L.L.P.
Committee to Re-elect Attorney General Buddy Caldwell
Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
Krebs, Farley & Pelleteri, PLLC
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
Whitehead Law Firm
Coffee Service Sponsor
Louisiana District Judges Association
Northwestern State University
For more information, contact Kelly McNeil Legier (504-619-0129; email@example.com
National Bar Association 88th Annual Convention in 2013
Save the date for the National Bar Association's 2013 88th Annual Convention. It is scheduled from July 27, 2013 to Thursday, August 01, 2013, at the Fountainebleau Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida. Stay tuned for more information at http://www.nationalbar.org/meetings_and_events
2014 LSBA Human Rights Award Deadline is January 31, 2014
The deadline for nominations for the 2014 the Louisiana State Bar Association's Human Rights Award is January 31, 2014. The Award is designed to recognize outstanding efforts made by (1) a bar association, (2) a law firm or law department, (3) an individual attorney or judge, (4) a court, or (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. One individual and one organization diversity award, bearing the name of the "Louisiana State Bar Association Human Rights Award," will be awarded by the Association during its annual meeting in June 2014. The 2013 award was presented in San Destin, Florida on June 6, 2013 to J. Dalton Courson and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society -- Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. For more information on the 2014 Human Rights Award Submission and Nomination process, please contact Kelly McNeil Legier at Kelly.Legier@lsba.org
2014 Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Guidelines