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

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.

LSBA Hosted a Successful Setting the Bar: LSBA Pre-Law Conference for College Students
The LSBA Diversity Committee and the Tulane and Loyola Black Law Student Associations hosted its second annual Setting the Bar Pre-Law Conference on February 1st and 15th at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for approximately 35 college students around the state who are interested in pursuing a legal career. 

The workshop enlightened college students on the law school admissions process and provided helpful tips to effectively navigate that process and tackle the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The first day of the program consisted of a series of information sessions from key admissions personnel from area law schools, who shared essential information on applications, resumes, personal statements, and financial aid. A representative from Kaplan shared tips on preparing for and taking the LSAT. Finally, students were exposed to a mock law school class. Day two of the workshop gave students the opportunity to take the LSAT under normal testing conditions/times. Students who attend both days of the program were entered into a raffle for a $1,600 tuition scholarship from Kaplan.

View the 2014 Program Agenda.

Local Attorney is Named to National "Lawyers of Color's Hot List"
Congratulations to Daisy Gurdián Kane, President Elect, of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana!  She has been named to the Lawyers of Color's Annual Hot List, which recognizes early-to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.  She will be feted at a reception for the Southwest Region on July 16th at Jones Day's Dallas Office.  The Honorable Diana Saldaña, US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, has been invited to offer remarks. 

Ms. Kane will be profiled in the Hot List 2014 publication, scheduled for release on July 28, 2014.

Minority Involvement Section Hosts Professional Development Symposium
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Minority Involvement Section is celebrating its 26th annual Job Fair by renewing the event’s purpose and making it more meaningful for employers and law students within today’s economic reality. The Section has re-designed the event to increase focus on professional development of the students, rather than job placement. This year’s event, is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA.

Save the Date - GNO Martinet Scholarship Jazz Brunch!
What:          The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society's Scholarship Jazz Brunch
When:         September 13, 2014.  11:00 a.m.
Where:        Hyatt Regency, New Orleans

Details will soon follow.  For more information, please contact the GNO Martinet at www.gnomartinet.com

National Bar Association Convention - July 26 - August 1
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. 

The Convention features 68 CLEs in the areas of Client Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Civil Litigation, the Legal Environment of Business, Hot Topics and Community Outreach. 

Click here for more information.  To register, go to the NBA website at www.nationalbar.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."


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. 

"Suit Up for the Future" High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program

Last Day - Suit Up for the Future Program!
The Louisiana State Bar Association -  in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation - is presenting "Suit Up for the Future" High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program. 

The students made their oral and memorandum presentations to a panel of judges today.  The judges' panel consisted of Judge Karen Wells Roby, Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr., Judge Susie Morgan, Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo, Judge Roland L. Belsome and Civil Judge Tiffany Gauthier Chase.  Students were divided into teams (FOR/AGAINST) on a venue issue, but presented an individual oral argument to the esteemed panel. Each student also prepared a memorandum in support of his/her position.
        The winner of The Best Oralist award was Miles Edwin Ballard, along with runners-up Carine Mary Lama, Evan Vedros
         and Cassidy Marie Wells. 

        The award for Best Writer went to Morgan-Me'Lyn Grant, with runners-up awards going to Hannah Marie Lampo, Sara         DeRouen, and Miles Edwin Ballard. 

Congratulations to all the Suit Up for the Future students!  Everywhere they went, they impressed professors, attorneys and judges with the questions they asked and the enthusiasm for the law they exhibited.  
This concluded a one week legal institute, during which the 17 students attended an abridged law school session and a two week internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts.  The students also attended field trips to Federal and State Courts, law schools and museums.  The final week ended with students' working on their oral arguments and finalizing a memorandum to support their position. 

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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