Diversity Events and Announcement

Diversity Events and Announcement

The Diversity Committee is interested in highlighting diversity achievements and achievements of diverse people and businesses in Louisiana.  If you have an accomplishment that you would like to share or a recommendation of a person or business who should be highlighted, please email Tricia Pierre.
Latest News and Announcements

LSBA's 2014 Conclave on Diversity Realized Record Attendance!!
The LSBA hosted, 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 was "Inclusive Professionalism: Harnessing the Power of Our Differences." 

The program agenda highlighted 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 featured nationally-recognized diversity expert Verna Myers (Verna Myers Consulting Group L.L.C.), who provided an interactive workshop regarding "What if I say the Wrong Thing."  Dr. Arin Reeves (Nextions) served as the keynote speaker at lunch.  Several panel discussions with highly acclaimed attorneys, corporate counsel, and judges help provided participants with riveting information on the impact of diversity, inclusion, and bias on the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Special thanks to the following sponsors who are helping make this event possible:

Platinum Plus
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
Neuner Pate
Whitehead Law Firm

Coffee Service Sponsor
Louisiana District Judges Association
Northwestern State University

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!
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!

Record Attendance at Seventh Annual Conclave
The 2014 Diversity Conclave, the Seventh Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession surpassed all goals for attendance this year.  This year's event, located in New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, included four breakout sessions, Dr, Arin Reeves as luncheon keynote speaker,  the return of Verna Myers, following up on her workshop at the Conclave last year and two afternoon sessions packed with judges, attorneys and diversity experts from across the state.

The day was bittersweet as it was  the last Conclave with Kelly McNeil Legier at the helm as Outreach Director, before she went on to her new position as an administrative law judge.  Tricia Pierre, a former public defender and family law attorney, stepped into the position and promised to keep inclusion in the forefront at the LSBA. 

Outreach to Students
Martinet is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2014 Louisiana Bar Prep Scholarship.  The Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship is a one time award of $500.00.  The purpose of the award is to aid and/or lessen the costs associated with participating in a bar examination review and preparatory course.  The deadline to apply is May 8, 2014.   For more information contact Martinet President Christopher Hebert at chebert@rhhnet.com.

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.


"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 Tricia Pierre, Director of Outreach and Diversity, Louisiana State Bar Association at Tricia.Pierre@lsba.org or (504) 619-0129.  Students can apply online at www.lsba.org/goto/suitup.

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. 

Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted online, emailed or postmarked by May 1st.  Please send materials to:

Louisiana State Bar Association
Attn: Diversity Committee
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70130

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

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