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Nomination Deadline for the 2014 LSBA Human Rights and Trailblazer Awards

Human Rights Award

This award is designed to recognize outstanding efforts— made by individuals, firms, associations or organizations in the legal field— that promote diversity in the legal profession. These efforts should help to ensure full and equal opportunity for persons entering or working toward advancement in Louisiana's legal community.

Trailblazer Award
The Trailblazer Award recognizes a person from a group underrepresented within the Louisiana legal profession who has demonstrated excellence or accomplished greatness in the face of adversity.

The award winners will be honored at the yearly meeting in San Destin, Florida in June 2014.

Nominations for both awards should be submitted no later than January 31, 2014. All nominations will be considered.

For more information on the 2014 Award Submission and Nomination Process, please contact Kelly McNeil Legier at

2014 Human Rights Award Nomination Guidelines

2014 Trailblazer Award Nomination Guidelines

2014 LSBA Human Rights Award Nomination Form

2014 LSBA Trailblazer Award Nomination Form

First 100 Women Lawyers in New Orleans Honored in Inaugural Barristers for Brunch Program
NOBA Honors the First 100 Women Lawyers in New Orleans
The Women in the Profession Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association is hosting the INAUGURAL BARRISTERS FOR BRUNCH

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Gallery Ballroom,
1st Floor, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans


2015 Diversity Conclave
The 2015 Eighth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession was held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the New Orleans Marriott, located at 555 Canal Street. This year's theme was "Celebrating 50 Years of Civil Rights: Moving the Pendulum Forward."

Please click here to download the materials from the program.

Photo ID: Joseph L. "Larry" Shea, Jr., LSBA president, welcomes the 2015 Conclave attendees.
Photo credit:  Matthew Hinton

AWA, LABWA, Martinets and Young Lawyers Get Together on July 3
Please join the Association for Women Attorneys, the Louisiana Association for Black Women Attorneys, The Greater New Orleans and the Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Societies and the Young Lawyers Division of the Louisiana State Bar Association for:

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

Thursday, July 3, 2014

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
525 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Alumni Reception to be Held in Lafayette - August 29
A reception for Southern University Law Center Alumni will be held on Friday August 29 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Lafayette Petroleum Club.  The Petroleum Club is located at 111 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503.


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.

November 12 - New Orleans New Admittee Reception
Click here for a copy of the invitation to the LSBA's New Orleans area New Admittee Reception!  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Louisiana Bar Center (601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans) from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm.  The reception is an excellent opportunity for new attorneys to meet and network with local and state bar leaders, as well as judges and more experienced attorneys. All local area attorneys and judges, whether new or seasoned, are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Eve Goudeau, either by calling at (504) 619-0115, or emailing her at

Help Defend Voting Rights: Volunteer for the Asian American Election Poll Monitoring Project
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring and Defending Asian American Voting Rights
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) seeks volunteers to monitor the November 4th elections for compliance with the federal Voting rights Act and to document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. Our Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring Project will be conducted in Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated listing Democratic candidates as Republicans, and vice versa. When the news media reported on election results and the vote by specific groups, Asian Americans were often overlooked.

On November 4, 2014, AALDEF, along with other Asian American groups and bar associations, will be monitoring the elections and conducting non-partisan voter surveys at poll sites in Asian American neighborhoods.

Advanced registration required. Signup at
Polling sites in Louisiana include New Orleans and East Bank.

Trainings Sessions are on Thursday, October 23 (Light lunch/dinner will be provided)
2 p.m. – Cotten, Schmidt & Abbott, 650 Poydras St, Suite 2810, New Orleans, LA 70130
6 p.m. – VAYLA, 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

This 90-minute training session is required for all volunteers. (Attorneys can receive 1.5 CLE credits including 0.5 ethics credit.) All volunteers must be non-partisan and work a 3-hour shift.

For more information, contact AALDEF Staff Attorney Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Judy Lei at 800-966-5946 or

GNO Martinet is Calling for Volunteers for Get Out the Vote
On Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 10am-2pm, the Greater New Orleans Martinet Society will be co-sponsoring (with several other organizations) a strictly non-partisan voter education Get Out The Vote (GOTV) canvass in New Orleans. They will meet at 3052 General Collins Avenue, New Orleans 70114 (on the west bank). This area was chosen to target due to past low voter turnout in statewide elections. All volunteers are welcome (kids, parents, spouses, etc.). This is an important election. We, as the legal arm of the community, need to speak out and encourage the community to vote.

If you are interested and able to attend, please contact Ethan Ashley via email at or via phone at (504) 345-9952 or April Brumfield via email at or via phone at (225) 938-3734.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - 2015
According to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change,  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, "... is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and work, but also to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service, 'a day on, not a day off.' "   In many places  King Day is marked by youth programs, educational seminars, community dialogues and service projects. 

Click here to read the moving words of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, as she described what this day truly commemorates. 

"Inspiring a New Generation of Civil Rights Leaders" CLE
In honor of Black History Month, the LSBA Diversity Committee and Young Lawyers Division's Diversity Committee hosted a free CLE seminar titled "Inspiring a New Generation of Civil Rights Leaders." The seminar was held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Adams and Reese LLP, Baton Rouge, LA. from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  A reception immediately followed the seminar. 

Seminar speakers included United States Attorneys, J. Walter Green of the Middle District of Louisiana; Stephanie A. Finley of the Western District of Louisiana; and Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Eastern District of Louisiana. The  US Attorneys engaged young lawyers in a thoughtful discussion involving their role in civil rights cases.

Photo ID:  (L to R) US Attorneys J. Walter Green, Stephanie A. Finley and Kenneth A. Polite, Jr.

Honorable Carl E. Stewart Presents Civil Rights Lecture at LSU
The Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will present the Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor of Law Lecture on February 4 at the LSU Law Center. The lecture, “A Dream Realized or a Dream Deferred: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium. For more information, call (225)578-5722.

In addition, The Office of the Chancellor is offering LSU Law students the opportunity to have "A Conversation with Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals" during the 12:40 lunch hour in the McKernan Auditorium on February 4.   Students are encouraged to contact with any questions.

GNO Martinet Meeting and Panel Discussion - January 6, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Phelps Dunbar, LLC
365 Canal St., Suite 2000
Reception to Follow

In conjunction with a series of events that the National Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is facilitating across the country, the January meeting will feature a short panel discussion on the role of young lawyers in today's civil rights movement. Several prominent civil rights attorneys will talk about the ways that Martinet members and supporters can use their legal backgrounds to continue to impact the push for equality. Here is a list of confirmed panelists:

 John Adcock
Staff Attorney, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, and Attorney, Law Office of John N. Adcock

Marjorie Esman
Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana

Tracey Knight
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Ron Wilson
Attorney at Law

For more information, click here.

GNO Martinet 2015 Legislative Breakfast - March 5, 2015
The Louis A. Martinet, Greater New Orleans Chapter announces its 2015 Legislative Breakfast

Date:  Thursday, March 5th
Time:  8:00 am to 10:00 am
Location:  The Munch Factory, 6325 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122

Local legislators will present their agendas for the upcoming legislative session, as well as discuss issues that may benefit, concern, or interest Martinet members.

Please RSVP to April Davenport at The breakfast is free for paid Martinet members and $25 for non-members.

Conclave Speaker Reception
Diversity Conclave Speakers, Co-hosts and Sponsors were invited to attend a March 5  reception hosted by the LSBA Diversity Committee and Subcommittee members.  Co-hosts, Sponsors and Committee members were given the opportunity to personally meet and thank the speakers for their service at the Eighth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, which was to be held the following day at the New Orleans Marriott. 

Photo ID: ( L to R) Demarcus J. Gordon, Diversity Committee member; Andrew P. Burnside, representing Gold Sponsor Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; Joseph L. "Larry" Shea, Jr., LSBA president

Job Opportunities - Curry & Friend
Curry & Friend, P.L.C., a growing New Orleans CBD and Northshore law firm, is seeking qualified candidates for five positions. The firm offers competitive salary and benefits and an excellent work environment. 

1) Healthcare/medical malpractice research and writing associate attorney — Three-plus years’ medical malpractice defense experience; must have excellent research and writing skills; judicial clerkship experience preferred.

2) Healthcare/medical malpractice litigation attorney — Three-plus years’ litigation experience; must have excellent organizational, case management and deposition skills; A/V rating and medical malpractice defense experience preferred.

3) Environmental litigation attorney — Minimum five-plus years’ civil litigation experience with emphasis on complex litigation; A/V rating preferred; environmental, oil and gas and/or toxic tort experience preferred.

4) Environmental litigation research and writing attorney — Three-plus years’ environmental experience; must have excellent research and writing skills; judicial clerkship experience preferred.

5) First-chair attorney/environmental law — Minimum eight-plus years’ defense experience in first-chair civil jury trials, complex litigation and primary case management; A/V rating required; environmental, oil and gas and/or toxic tort experience preferred. Those interested in these positions should visit the Curry & Friend, P.L.C., website at:

Get Involved! The LSBA Committee on Diversity in the Profession Needs You...
The mission of this committee is to assess the level of racial, ethnic, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability diversity within all components of the legal profession in Louisiana; to identify barriers to the attainment of full and meaningful representation and participation in the legal profession by persons of diverse backgrounds; and to propose programs and methods by which the LSBA can most effectively work to remove those barriers and achieve greater diversity.

If you are interested in joining us in our efforts to ensure that all voices in our profession are heard, please consider working with us on LSBA’s Diversity LSBA Committee on Diversity in the Profession in the upcoming bar year. Click here to download the LSBA Committee Preference Form.

AWA's Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award Deadline - December 1, 2014
Every year the AWA presents the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award to a member of the greater New Orleans legal community who exemplifies the ideals and professionalism that Magistrate Judge Wynne so capably displayed in her too short career.

Written nominations for the award must be received by email to no later than December 1, 2014. To nominate someone, you need only write a short letter stating why the nominee exemplifies the ideals and professionalism of Magistrate Judge Wynne. A tribute to Magistrate Wynn was written by Judge Adrian G. Duplantier for the Loyola Law Review (41 Loyola Law Review 399) and can be found here: Wynne Memoriam.

The award will be presented at the Association for Women Attorneys' Annual Dinner at Commander's Palace on January 15, 2015.

Previous recipients include:

Hon. Robin Giarrusso                                  Judy Barrasso                                               Professor Cynthia Samuel
Hon. Ann Murry Keller                                 Professor Jane Johnson                                Carole Neff
Janice Foster                                              Edith Morris                                                 Hon. Laurie White
Kathryn Venturatos Lorio                             Hon. Jay Zainey
Martin Hunley                                             Bernadette D'Souza
Hon. Carolyn Gill-Jefferson                         Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball
Judy Perry Martinez                                    Hon.  Fredericka Homberg Wicker
Hon. Madeline Landrieu                              Tania Tetlow

State Farm Welcomes Diversity Presentation
On October 21, 2014, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company's Frederick A. Miller and Associates' Corporate Law Department joined LSBA facilitators Scott J. Spivey and Monique M. Edwards, in a "Diversity in the Legal Profession" discussion and presentation.  Mr. Spivey and Ms. Edwards worked with State Farm's 19 attorneys and 25 support staff to advance State Farm's continued commitment to diversity in the workplace, and in particular, the legal workplace. 

Both facilitators are members of the LSBA's Diversity Committee's Diversity Integration Subcommittee, a subcommittee whose focus is to expand the Diversity Committee's presentation program.  Mr. Spivey and Ms. Edwards are just two of LSBA's more than 60 diversity facilitators.  For more information about scheduling a diversity presentation in your organization, please contact Tricia Pierre at

Attorney for Micheal Brown and Trayvon Martin Families, Benjamin Crump, to Lecture at Dillard
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump will deliver the next Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard's campus. This year's lecture is sponsored by the Dillard President's Lecture Series, Brain Food. The event is free and open to the public.

Benjamin Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks have provided legal representation and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the country. Crump has represented clients in personal injury, wrongful death and class-action cases in Florida, Mississippi, and North Carolina. A number of these cases received national attention such as the 2006 case of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson who died the day after being restrained and suffocated at the Bay County juvenile boot camp. In 2012, Crump led the fight for justice for the family of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Crump is currently representing the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed on the street Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

In addition to  his case work, Crump is also active in a number of professional organizations and champions national causes and charities including the National Football League's Youth Education and Mentorship, the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Legal Services of North Florida, to name a few. As Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida, Crump donated $1 million to the organization's capital campaign to ensure quality legal representation and access for poor people. Crump earned both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Florida State University.

Seats are on a first come basis. For more information, click here to visit the Dillard Website or call 504.816.4800. Upcoming lecture: Monday, January 26, 2015 - Jason L. Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

Standing Room Only for the LGBT Same Sex Marriage Issues CLE
A standing room only crowd attended the October 16 CLE sponsored by the Diversity Committee's LGBT Diversity Subcommittee.  The CLE, facilitated by renowned human rights speaker, Professor Todd Brower, and local benefits expert, Maria Cangemi, was hosted at the LA Bar Center.  Paul Hesse, of Jones Lagarde in Slidell and co-chair of the LGBT Diversity Subcommittee, was in attendance to welcome the attendees and introduce the speakers. 

Beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. Professor Brower discussed the recent updates surrounding same sex marriage issues, including adoption and legal marriage.   After breakfast and short break, Maria Cangemi, of Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard and Cangemi, a law firm that represents employees, labor unions and employee benefit funds in all areas of labor and employment law, spoke about the implications that United States v. Webster has had on pension funds and health/welfare funds for LGBT employees and their families. 

The well-attended workshop was also very well received.  One attendee reported, "I really enjoyed the seminar ... The topic could not have been more timely, and professionally presented. Both speakers did a fantastic job of enlightening us on the latest in the world of equal marriage."

Chief Justice Johnson to Address Membership at SWLBA
At their Januiary 16 membership meeting, members of the Southwest Lousiana Bar Association will be in for a treat.  Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson has accepted their invitation to briefly address the membership.  The meeting will be held at the Pioneer Club, 127 Broad Street in  Lake Charles. For more information, go to the bar's website at

Firms, Individuals, and Organizations to be Nominated for LSBA Diversity Awards
The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Human Rights Award and Trailblazer Award is March 10, 2015.

The Human Rights Award recognizes outstanding efforts made by a bar association, a law firm or law department, an individual attorney or judge, a court or 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 will be presented the Human Rights Award.

The Trailblazer Award will recognize a person from a group underrepresented within the Louisiana legal profession who has demonstrated excellence or accomplished greatness in the face of great adversity.

For more information, contact LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity Director Tricia R. Pierre at  Click on the following links to access the Diversity Award Guidelines and/or nomination forms:

Diversity Award Guidelines

Nomination Form - 2015 Human Rights Award

Nomination Form - 2015 Trailblazer Award

2nd in a 3-Part Disability-Related CLE Series: "Fit to Practice" - January 29
In partnership with the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the second in a disability-related three-part CLE series, titled "Fit to Practice," focuses on liability and ethics issues in the event an attorney experiences a short or long-term disability. This session is especially relevant to solo and small firm attorneys.

Substance abuse, physical and mental health disability issues affect people of all professions - and lawyers are no exception. In addition to the personal challenges of those suffering from these issues, this brings potential risk to the attorneys as they handle important matters and continue to work in the profession. This session will discuss the risks and ethics/liability issues that attorneys with disabilities face. In addition, it will offer resources available in Louisiana to help practitioners, and give practical advice on avoiding personal and vicarious liability during this process.

For details and/or registration information, click here.

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.

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

GNO Martinet Scholarship Jazz Brunch - September 13!
Join the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and the New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation (the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of the Martinet) for their annual Scholarship Gala with a jazz brunch - "Forging Our Future."  

What:          The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society's Scholarship Jazz Brunch
When:         Saturday, September 13, 2014.  11:00 a.m.
Where:        Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, 70113

Baton Rouge Bar Association Hosts Annual Fall Expo & Luncheon - September 11, 2014
The Annual Fall Expo and September Bar Luncheon will be held this year at the L'Auberge Casino and Hotel at 777 L'Auberge Avenue in Baton Rouge. 

The Fall Expo includes an exhibitor expo, a combined luncheon-CLE (featuring keynote speaker H. Alston Johnson III), two additional hours of CLE seminars (professionalism and ethics), and a long coffee break for an all-inclusive package price of $75 per BRBA member, and $150 per non-member or guest.  Lunch-only option for members: $60 per person.  Lunch-only option for non-members: $85 per person.


New Orleans' Chapter of Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting - August 24, 2014
The Federal Bar Association's New Orleans Chapter is hosting its annual meeting and awards luncheon on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  The luncheon will be held at the Westin New Orleans hotel at Canal Place. 

Cocktails begin at 11:00 with a 12:00 starting time for the luncheon.  The keynote speaker, Kathleen Sullivan, is a nationally recognized attorney who served as the Dean of Stanford Law School for five years.  She is currently a partner at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP and was the first female named partner in a national firm of its size and reputation.  Ms. Sullivan has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and in numerous cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals involving statutes such as the Alien Tort Statute, National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. 

Kean Miller Offers 2-Day Law School Prep for College Students
Kean Miller Connection is a 2-day law school prep program for college students. Lawyers from the largest Baton Rouge based law firm, Kean Miller, along with others, provide an intense overview of the law school experience. The goal is to “connect” you with information helpful to your decision to attend law school and become a lawyer.

The program will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Kean Miller’s New Orleans office, and will include:
• Guidance on law school admission
• Mock law school classes
• Career options overview
• Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) review and materials
• Networking with practicing lawyers
• Tuition is free. Breakfasts and lunches provided at no cost to participants.

• Members of a group traditionally underrepresented in law school and the law practice
(women and minorities)
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Completed at least 45 college credits
• Must be a Louisiana resident

Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter Celebrates Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary
The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is presenting a panel discussion reviewing the historic content of the Civil Rights Act and the Criminal Justice Act.  On June 5, 2014 from 9:00 am - 12:15 pm at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 500 Poydras Street (Fifth Floor) New Orleans, a panel of esteemed professors, attorneys, and authors will discuss the law, where we are today and the future of the two Acts. 

Registration for FBA Members is $35 and Non-members is $50; $25 for Federal Law Clerks/Staff & Agency Attorneys and CJA Panel Attorneys; Free for FBA Student Members; and $10 for all other students and attendees not seeking CLE credit.

Panelists include:

Alexandria Area Pro Bono Clinic Needs Volunteers for June 5
The Central LA Pro Bono Project will be hosting a free to the public Will, Power of Attorney and Advice Clinic on Thursday, June 5 at the Main Branch of the Rapides Parish Library. Volunteers are needed to prepare simple wills, durable power of attorneys and give general advice on civil matters. The clinic will be divided into shifts from 10:00-12:00 and 12:00-2:00.  Each client will have a scheduled appointment time.

Lunch will be provided for the volunteers!

Lambda Legal Hosts First Annual Crawfish Boil
Lambda Legal New Orleans is hosting their First Annual Crawfish Boil at Phillip's Bar, Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 1-4 pm.

Special guest is John East, Lambda Legal's client in the recent case against Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Mr. East, a low-income Louisiana resident living with HIV, recently won in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana on Lambda Legal's request for a preliminary injunction requiring the insurers to accept federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds for the duration of the lawsuit. This is an opportunity to celebrate the local legal achievement and learn more about the issues of the ongoing litigation, as well as partake in one of our favorite local delicacies - crawfish!

FBA New Orleans Hosts 22nd Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium

The FBA New Orleans is hosting its 22nd Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium April 17, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m.  The symposium is an annual Discussion Held as a Living Memorial to Judge Rubin's Contribution to Federal Jurisprudence and Legal Scholarship.

To Learn More About Judge Rubin Click Here.

Alvin B. Rubin and the Good Judge Ideal  - Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, will discuss several respects in which Judge Rubin embodied the qualities of a “good judge.” He will explain how “good judges” provide a structured and demanding framework within which lawyers may excel. Chancellor Weiss also will discuss Judge Rubin’s approach to constitutional judging and will relate that approach to current debates over interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

What Are the Ethical Limits of Zealous Advocacy in Preparing and Presenting Witnesses? - The panel members will explore lawyers’ ethical obligations in preparing and presenting witnesses, both for deposition and for trial. Issues to be addressed will include the line between preparing and coaching witnesses; false witness testimony; abusive deposition tactics; speaking objections; paying fact witnesses; 30(b)(6) witnesses; pre-trial disclosures; and witness sequestration. Harold J. Flanagan will moderate a panel comprised of the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Thomas M. Flanagan and C. Lawrence Orlansky, practitioners.

Alexandria's Law Day Scheduled for May 2
When:          May 2, 2014
                    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Where:             Westside Regional Library
                        5416 Provine Place
                        Alexandria, LA 71301

Includes 3.0 CLE CREDITS (Free to Alexandria Bar Members)

The theme of this year’s Law Day is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

The schedule for Law Day will be as follows:

9:15 – 10:15 Speaker: Phil Hunter, Attorney at Law
10:15 – 11:15 Speaker: Judge John Davidson, 9th Judicial District Court
11:15 – 11:25 Essay Winner: Presentation of Essay
11:30- 12:30 Speaker: Fred Jones, Attorney at Law & Professor of Criminal Justice

Shreveport Plans Law Week Activities
This year’s Law Day theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, and it calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. Law Day Co-Chairs Erik Vigen and Marcus Edwards have planned student, member and community events that support the theme of promoting the franchise.

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. 

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 to purchase tickets.


National Bar Association Establishes Law Camp for Young Students of Color
Application Deadline - April 30.  Crump Law Camp, ("Law Camp") is a newly established law camp by the National Bar Association ("NBA").  The primary goal  of the Law Camp is to encourage young students of color to improve their grades in high school, attend college, and enter law school.  The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2014.

Law Camp participants must be at least 14 years of age by the first day of the Law Camp and must not be more than 17 years of age.  Participants must be entering the 9th through 11th grades.  In addition to a completed application, applicants must submit a one page essay explaining why they would like to participate in the Law Camp; one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, minister, or any individual who can attest to the character of the applicant; and copy of the applicant's last report card or progress report.

A. P Tureaud, Jr. is Keynote Speaker At GBR Louis Martinet Scholarship Gala
Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Louis A. Martinet Scholarship Gala hosts Keynote Speaker A.P. Tureaud, Jr., the first African American undergraduate student to attend Louisiana State University.  The Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  at Juban's  Restaurant, located at 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.  This year's theme is in honor and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washngton, and other noteworthy moments of the Civil Rights era.

DeSoto Parish Bar Association Hosts Law Day Activities
THE DESOTO PARISH BAR ASSOCIATION cordially invites all public officials, the general public and the media to ANNUAL LAW DAY

Speaker: The Honorable Scott J. Crichton Judge, First Judicial District Court, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Location: DeSoto Parish Courthouse 101 Texas Street,  Mansfield, Louisiana 71052

Date & Time: May 2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.
For additional information, please contact: Attorney Adrienne D. White, President, DeSoto Parish Bar Association (318) 872-1111

LSBA Minority Involvement Section Hosting Virtual Internship Fair; Deadline March 28th to Register to Receive Resume Books
Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement 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 Involvement Section will actively assist employers in locating students to fill positions within their organizations and will provide resumes to all registered employers.  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.  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.

Caddo Names New Parish Attorney
The Caddo Parish Commission has appointed Donna Frazier as the new parish attorney. She steps in for the retiring Charles Grubb, who served in that capacity for the past eleven years.

Frazier is the first African-American woman to serve in the post, according to parish Administrator Woody Wilson, himself the first African-American to serve in his post.

Frazier has served as the assistant parish attorney for the past eight years. Prior to joining the Parish Attorney's Office, she was an assistant Caddo district attorney for eight years where Frazier served her last three years there as the drug section chief.


New Orleans to Host NAPABA Annual Convention in 2015
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association has announced that their Annual Convention is coming to New Orleans in 2015. The local affiliate, Louisiana Asian Pacific Bar Association is proud to be able to host this convention here at home.  

"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!"

September 14th - LSBA Minority Involvement Section’s “Professional Development Symposium: Preparing Practice-Ready Attorneys”
The LSBA’s Minority Involvement Section celebrated its 25th 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, was held at Loyola University College of Law, featured information panels, tables, mock interviews and a networking brunch (including a speed networking activity). The LSBA would like to thank all of the attorneys and judges who participated in this year’s “Professional Development Symposium: Preparing Practice-Ready Attorneys” through helping with the networking activities and conducting mock interviews.

Women With Disabilities Web Cast Series Feb. - Aug, 2013
Magee-Womens Hospital and the UPMC Disabilities Resource Center will be hosting the Women with Disabilities Web Cast Series. The purpose of this series is to promote sensitivity and awareness toward issues that women with disabilities face in dealing with the health care system; and to educate providers, women with disabilities, caregivers, and advocacy groups of available services and resources.

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 Setting Disabilities Summit - "Building An Enabled Era"
LSBA Hosted Record-Setting Disabilities Summit "Building An Enabled Area" October 24th The LSBA's Committee on Diversity and the Committee for Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities hosted for approximately 110 attorneys and judges its third annual Disabilities Summit on October 24, 2013, titled “Building An Enabled Era." The event, which occurred at the United States Attorney's Office in New Orleans provided information and resources for attorneys who represent people with disabilities. After U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. and LSBA President Richard K. Leefe provided welcome remarks, attendees received practical information to assist them when representing people with disabilities. Additionally, the program addressed challenges and solutions for attorneys with physical and unseen disabilities. The keynote speaker Joseph Giarrusso III’s heart-felt and captivating presentation about depression and suicide among attorneys included an account of the days before and after his father’s suicide. This was the largest audience attracted to the Summit, and -- based upon the feedback received from many -- this may have been the best Summit yet.

Job Opportunities for Diverse Candidates
Workplace Justice Project seeks bilingual attorney.
Loyola's Workplace Justice Project seeks a bilingual lawyer.
For more information, go to "Staff Attorney for Workplace Justice Project-Law Clinic." This position will last three years.

Curry & Friend, PLC seeks diverse candidates
A growing CBD and Northshore law firm is seeking qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds for two (2) positions:
(1) Environmental Law/Toxic Tort Litigation Attorney
Must have seven years civil litigation experience with emphasis on complex litigation. Environmental and/or toxic tort experience preferred.
(2) Environmental Litigation Research & Writing Associate Attorney
3+ years environmental defense experience. Must have excellent research and writing skills. Judicial Clerkship experience preferred.
To apply and for more information please visit the Curry & Friend, PLC, website at:

Martinet Founders Day Luncheon - June 7
On June 7, 2014, the Honorable Marc H. Morial, the President and CEO of the National Urban League and Former Mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the keynote address at a luncheon commemorating the founding of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.  The luncheon will take place at Cafe Reconcile at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard ( beginning at 11:30.  Tickets to attend the luncheon may be purchased for $45 through the Society's website at www.gnomartinet.comPlease note that tickets will not be sold at the door - so please purchase them in advance.

The luncheon is being co-hosted by the Greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge chapters of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and the Amistad Research Center.

Mr. Morial's address will focus on the history of the Society, its important role in the civil rights struggle and its ongoing relevance in combating social injustice.

For more information, please contact Justin Woods at

Diversity In Action Summit Scheduled for June 26
The goal of the Diversity in Action Summit is to create awareness regarding the impact that a non-diverse and/or inclusive environment can have on individuals. The program aims to accomplish this by allowing panelists to share their personal stories and experiences in relation to facing adversity within society.

Date:         Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time:          8:30am – 10:30am

Location:    Manning’s Restaurant
                   519 Fulton St.
                   2nd Floor, Stadium Club
                   New Orleans, LA 70130
*Parking is located at the self-parking garage at 501 Convention Center Blvd.

To register or for more information, go to the Louisiana Diversity Council website at

NBA Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour - June 26
NBA Young Lawyers Division
National Happy Hour

June 26, 2014
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton Street, NOLA

Join the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society in a nationwide Networking Night held in cities across the Country including D.C., NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and of course New Orleans!

This event is one of the many vehicles the NBA YLD is using to continue to foster professional relationships amongst young lawyers locally, and nationwide; promote interest in and/or involvement with the NBA YLD; and encourage attendees to join us in Atlanta, GA on July 26th for the National Bar Association Annual Convention.

Please RSVP here:

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:


Board President Larry Shea to Address Southern University Law Students
Joseph L.  "Larry" Shea, Jr., Louisiana State Bar Association president; and Barry H. Grodsky of the LSBA Committee on the Profession, along with Associate Justice John Weimer, III, of the Louisiana Supreme Court, will address the 2014 incoming class during the annual Southern University Law Center Orientation, Thursday, August 14, in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Southern University Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.

SULC and Kean Miller Host Diversity Forum on October 30
The 25th Annual National Bar Association Wiley A. Branton Award and Issues Symposium hosted by Southern University Law Center, is scheduled for October 29-31. The NBA’s first Annual Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon and Issues Symposium was established in 1989 as a tribute to Branton, a stalwart in the civil rights arena.

An integral part of the Branton Award and Issues Symposium lineup includes the Louisiana Diversity Forum, organized by Southern University Law Center and Kean Miller LLP. The forum will begin with a networking breakfast on Thursday, October 30 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Diversity Forum offers a platform for distinguished guest speakers to provide their own insights and ideas on topics relating to diversity and inclusion.

Registration is required for all events, which are free and open to the public. To register for the Diversity Forum, contact Denise Duszynski-Trahan at (225) 389-3753.

Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons With Disabilities Committee Launch Three- Part Disability CLE Series
The Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee (LSPD) have joined forces and launched a three-part CLE series focusing on disabilities-related legal issues. The first in the series, titled "Long Term Planning for the Special Needs Client,"  is scheduled for November 21 in New Orleans and is for those who are interested in best serving clients with special needs.  Registration for Session I is closed as the session is full.

The second session in the series, titled "Fit to Practice," focuses on attorneys living with disabilities and ways that attorneys can protect themselves in the event they are diagnosed with a short or long term disability.  This session, scheduled for January 29 in Baton Rouge, still has slots available.   Click here for online registration for "Fit to Practice".

Click here for more details on the three-part series

Association for Women Attorneys Hosts October Luncheon
The AWA October luncheon will be held on October 16, 2014, noon, at Tableau (616 St. Peter Street). Speakers will be Chris Ralston,  a partner in Phelps Dunbar LLP's New Orleans, and Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), who will speak on: "Louisiana Campaign to Preserve Civil Legal Aid and Why it Matters".

For more information about this event, please click here.

LJC-NBA 17th Annual Meeting to be in Bossier City
On February 19, 2015 – February 22, 2015 the 17th Annual Meeting and Continuing Legal Education Seminar of the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association will be held. This year's meeting is scheduled to be at the Hilton Garden Inn/ Homewood Suites,  2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111.  For more information about this event, go to the LJC website.

Upcoming Diversity Speaking Engagements
The members of the Social Integration Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee are filling their calendars with speaking engagements!

Upcoming events include:

  • Scott Spivey and Cherrilynne W. Thomas will be presenting a FREE one hour CLE at the LSBA's Midyear Meeting on January 15, 2015,  titled "Diversity Matters in the Legal Profession: Practicing Professionally in a Globalized World".

  • Monique M. Edwards and Justice Gregory G. Guidry are presenting "Professionalism 2015" at the LSBA's Dazzling Disney CLE on February 17, 2015.

AWA Annual Dinner Meeting - January 15, 2015
The Association for Women Attorneys is back at Commander's Palace for its Annual Dinner Meeting! Join them for a fun night and enjoy a special tasting menu!  Please RSVP no later than Monday, January 12, 2015.

Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana

Wynne Professionalism Award recipient: Becki T. Kondkar, Professor of the Practice of and Deputy Director, Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic.

2015 Officers will also be elected.

Click here for more information.

Greater BR Martinet Announces Scholarship Gala Date - Volunteers Needed!
The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society will host its annual scholarship gala Friday, April 17, 2015, from 7:00-10:00 pm at Boudreaux's Banquet Hall, 2647 Government Street.  This is sure to be an evening of dancing and excitement as they present scholarships and awards to deserving students and legal pioneers of the Greater Baton Rouge area. The attire for this event is formal: Ladies - evening gowns; Men - tuxedos.

In addition, Scholarship Committee Volunteers Are Needed
The Scholarship Committee is seeking at least 3 volunteers to assist with grading scholarship applications. Volunteers must have graduated law school prior to 2011. If interested in volunteering, please contact Donna M. Lee.

Two FREE CLE Seminars to be Held at 2015 Midyear Meeting 2015
TWO FREE HOURS of CLE credit are being offered through two one-hour diversity seminars at the LSBA's 2015 Midyear Meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  This year's Midyear Meeting is being hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans at 444 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.   

The first seminar, "Diversity Matters in the Legal Profession: Practicing Professionally in a Globalized World," will be facilitated by local attorneys and diversity speakers Cherrilynne Washington Thomas and Scott J. Spivey.  This seminar will offer 1.0 hour of Professionalism credit.

The second seminar, "Reflections on Bias, Partiality, and Assumptions in Hiring and Firing," hosted by T. Scott Smith, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Louisiana Lafayette and expert on disabilities and bias, is good for 1.0 hour of CLE credit. 

For more information on the Midyear Meeting events - or to register for the FREE Diversity CLEs, please click here.

LSBA Presidents Join in Honoring ABA's President-Elect
An invitation-only reception hosted by Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, Jr., and the Southern University Law Center Faculty and Staff and  honored ABA President-elect Paulette Brown on her visit to Baton Rouge.  Ms. Brown was in Louisiana to make the opening address for the 2014 NBA Wiley A. Branton Awards and Issues Symposium for the Southern Region.  The three day seminar, presented in conjunction with the Louisiana Diversity Forum, was held on Southern University's campus from October 29 - 31.   

Click here to see the full-size photo:  Seated from left: Joseph L. "Larry" Shea, president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA); ABA President-elect Paulette Brown, and NBA President Pamela J. Meanes; standing from left, Southern University System President Ronald Mason, Jr.; SULC Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, Jr.; Judge Yvette Mansfield Alexander, chair of the Wiley A. Branton Awards Committee; Darrel Papillion, president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association; Cynthia Reed, SULC director of CLE and alumni affairs; Christopher Hebert, NBA Region 6 chair; SU System General Counsel and SULC Prof. Tracie Woods, host chair; Richard Leefe, immediate past president of the LSBA; Ruth Bailey Wesley, SULC executive assistant to the Chancellor; and Preston Castille, partner at Taylor, Porter, Brooks, and Phillips, LLP, and president of the Southern University Alumni Federation.

Photo is courtesy of Southern University Law Center.

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 - NAPABA Conference August 14-15, 2014
The Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association (TAPABA) is hosting the 2014 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Southeast Regional Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on August 14-15, 2014.

The Southeast Regional Conference will bring together members of the legal profession and law students from throughout the Southeast for a day of discussion focusing on issues that impact Asian Pacific Americans in the law. 

The conference begins with a welcoming reception on Thursday, August 14.  On Friday, August 15, there will be a full day of CLE presentations followed by a dinner reception. 

Registration information and program details will be announced soon.  For more information, go to the Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association website at

First Annual Diversity Bar Spring Social is Success
The Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division - Diversity Committee, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Vietnamese American Bar Association hosted the First Annual Diversity Bar Spring Social on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  Held at the trendy Warehouse District Apres Lounge at 608 Fulton Street, this event brought members of speciality bars together to celebrate diversity in the legal profession.   (Photo:  Members of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana. Left to Right - Ira Gonzales, Vice President; Daniel Estrada, President; and Rene De Rojas, Treasurer)

First Annual Diversity Bar Spring Social is a Hit!
The Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division - Diversity Committee, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Vietnamese American Bar Association hosted the First Annual Diversity Bar Spring Social on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Members of the several specialty bars came together for an evening of drinks, appetizers and a celebration of diversity in the legal profession  - at the Apres Lounge at 608 Fulton Street.   (Photo: Members of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, left to right: Codelia Tullous; Martinet President, Rachael Jackson; and Ashley Heilprin).

Louisiana Association for Justice Hosts 2014 Annual Conference - September 11-13
The Louisiana Association for Justice hosts its annual CLE conference on Thursday, September 11 - Saturday, September 13.  The conference will be held at the Windsor Court Hotel, at 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA and offers its members  the opportunity for 6 CLE hours.

The programs begin at 8:00 AM each day and conclude at 5:00 PM.    For more program information or to register, click here to go to the LAFJ website.

Life Imitating Art?: The Impact of the Media on Perceptions & Professional Relationships Within the Legal Profession
On August 23rd, the LSBA's Institute of Inclusion hosted a new CLE at the State Bar Center. This roundtable discussion discussed the impact of images in the media on attorneys’ and judges’ perceptions and how those perceptions affect relationships among attorneys and judges as well as with clients. The presenters facilitated a highly interactive discussion that aimed to help participants evaluate how perceptions have impacted them in their practices. Additionally, the discussion identified best practices for filtering the images with a view toward recognizing distorted or stereotypical images before they negatively infect professional legal relationships or the administration of justice.

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

The sponsor levels are detailed in the following document:
2014 Conclave Sponsor Form

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

Share Your Experiences Anonymously For Use In Future Professionalism CLE Discussions
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) is developing a bank of hypotheticals/vignettes for use in future CLE discussions. The LSBA will facilitate interactive workshops and discussions that will evaluate actual race, age, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, generational, and disability experiences of attorneys and judges. The LSBA hopes to generate frank discussion of the issues and delve into the hard, not-so-politically-correct conversations that we all must have to advance cultural competency and become more inclusive and professional. If you have experienced a cultural competency misstep or witnessed one, please consider submitting the scenarios to the LSBA for incorporation (anonymously) into future CLE discussions. You may submit your stories on the expandable form available at the link below. For more information, please contact Tricia Pierre (504-619-0129;

Diverse CLE Speakers Needed!
The LSBA is committed to recruiting women and minority instructors for its many continuing legal education programs to promote equal participation of minorities and women in the legal profession.
The advantages of serving as a CLE speaker include:
  • Involvement in today's most important legal issues
  • Interaction with other expert faculty
  • Valuable networking opportunities
  • Visibility as a speaker
  • CLE teaching credit

If you are interested in participating, please complete the attached form and then fax or email it to Tricia Pierre (fax 504-566-0930; You also are encouraged to register with the ABA Minority and Women Speakers Bureau.

Download speaker form

Diversity Committee Hosts Networking Reception for Law Students - April 10th
The LGBT subcommittee of the Diversity Committee hosted 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 was 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 sponsored the reception.

23rd JDCBA Crawfish Boil
 23rd Judicial District Bar Association Crawfish Boil was a winner!

The Annual Crawfish Boil, hosted by the 23rd JDC Bar Association at the Bed and Breakfast of Judge and Mrs. Thomas Kliebert, Jr managed to hold of the off the impending weather.  Approximately 45 Attorneys, law clerks and judges gathered on a Tuesday evening for a mountain of crawfish and jambalaya.  The lovely B & B, Auberge Du Chêne Vert, is located in Paulina, along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish.  

Successful SUPERWOMEN...Female Attorneys Mastering the Game and the Strategies that Rule -- CLE in Baton Rouge
LSBA, the Baton Rouge Association for Women Attorneys, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted for about 90 women a successful half day, morning seminar designed especially for women by women to address the unique challenges women face in the legal profession. The program provided female attorneys many best practice tips for surviving the profession as well as professionalism, law practice management, and work/life strategies. The program occurred at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
View the Superwomen Program

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 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: 

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 by Nov. 15th.

The LSBA is Developing Diversity/Inclusion Presenters to Present Workshops and Facilitate Discussions Statewide
Our profession needs venues to safely discuss topics that may be sensitive or even not-politically-correct so that we learn and grow as a profession and increase our ability to interact with each other appropriately and professionally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, generation, lifestyle, or geography.

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 LSBA's Institue for Inclusion, hosted the successful CLE entitled "I THEE WED: The Constitutional Implications of Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor"
Using the latest data from the 2010 US Census and other sources, this program explored what we know about same-sex couples and families in Louisiana and in the United States. The roundtable discussion addressed, to its 54 participants,  the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court's rulings in Hollingsworth v. Perry (challenging California's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages) and United States v. Windsor (concerning the federal Defense of Marriage Act and entitlement of same-sex married couples to federal benefits). Attendees had the opportunity in an open forum format to voice their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in a lively discussion on these important subjects. The roundtable was led by Professor Todd Brower, Judicial Education Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, the leading national think tank conducting independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Joining Professor Brower from the Williams Institute were the legal scholars: Dr. Gary Gates and Brad Sears.

Directory of LGBT Law Partners and LGBT-Owned Firms
The National LGBT Bar Association has compiled a directory of LGBT law partners and LGBT-owned law firms. Some of the most successful companies in the world understand the simple premise: employees with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, contacts and sensitivities are better positioned to meet corporate America's increasingly diverse needs. The inclusion of LGBT attorneys at the partner level can be a huge benefit in the eyes of diversity minded clients.
Go to the directory

Louisiana Diversity Council Membership and Partnership
The Louisiana Diversity Council seeks memberships and partnership from people and entities that consider diversity and inclusion priorities. The membership and sponsorship applications are at the links below.
LADC Membership Application
LADC Levels of Partnership

Attorney Volunteers Needed for Legal Clinic at Hispanic Resource Center
The Pro Bono Project has been running a legal clinic at the Hispanic Resource Center at 4312 Florida Avenue in Kenner. The clinic occurs on the second Saturday of odd-numbered months, from 10:00 a.m. - noon. The clinic is for civil legal problems only, no criminal and no torts, except in rare cases and sometime a tort defense. Most, though not all, of the attendees are Hispanic. The Pro Bono Project is looking look for lawyers to take cases pro bono. Interested people and those needing to obtain more information should contact Christopher Coty at

Download Registration Form

ABA Commission on Disability Rights Seeking Mentors
The American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights is seeking lawyers who have disabilities themselves or have experience working with persons with disabilities to mentor prospective law students, current law students, and recent law school graduates with disabilities. Mentors are able to provide advice, guidance, and support to these students with disabilities. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Amy L. Allbright, J.D. at

For more information about the Mentor Program or to enroll online, visit the Commission's website.

Participate in 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 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.  For more information, please click here.

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.

Road to Independence is published!
The American Bar Association's book, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms, has just published and is now available for purchase online at
Thank you for your interest in the ABA's book!

Congratulations to 2013 LSBA Human Rights Award Recipients: J. Dalton Courson and Baton Rouge Martinet!!
Dalton Courson and the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of Louis A. Martinet have been selected by the Louisiana State Bar Association to receive the 2013 LSBA Human Rights Award.  The Louisiana State Bar Association Human Rights Award was established in 2010 by the Board of Governors to recognize outstanding efforts made by (1) a bar association, (2) law firm or law department, (3) an individual attorney or judge, (4) a court, (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.  BR Martinet President Christopher Hebert, will accept the award on behalf of the Martinet organization at the annual LSBA conference in Destin, Florida.

Newly-Appointed Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart Presented with Red Robe Before Packed Audience
On January 9, 2013, the new Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, was presented with the traditional Chief Judge's “Red Robe” to a packed courthouse in the federal court building in Shreveport. Several Fifth Circuit judges as well as district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges from the Western, Eastern, and Middle District of Louisiana were present to congratulate Judge Stewart and share in the historic moment. Judge Stewart is the first African American judge to serve as chief judge for the Fifth Circuit. After an invocation by Dr. Donald R. Avery (Shreveport Superintendent, United Methodist Church) and remarks from Master of Ceremony William F. Kendig (president of the Shreveport Bar Association), Circuit Executive Gregory A. Nussel provided the history of the Fifth Circuit chief judges. Hon. Tom Stagg (U.S. Senior District Judge, Western District of Louisiana) shared the history of how the Red Robe tradition began and presented Judge Stewart with the Robe, which has been passed down to every Chief Judge since Judge Charles Clark. Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. (U.S. Fifth Circuit) also provided remarks, and Mrs. Jo Ann Stewart honored her husband with a song, “Ordinary People.” In true Judge Stewart fashion, he addressed the audience with many remarks that opened with a warning that he would not be brief. Not only was the en banc courtroom near capacity, two overflow court rooms were filled with family, friends, and colleagues who were eager to share in the momentous occasion. A reception at the Shreveport Convention Center immediately followed the Ceremony.

LSBA Diversity Conclave Breakout Session -- Specialized Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop; May 22nd

The LSBA Institute of Inclusion presented for 20 attorneys a Specialized Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop on May 22, 2013, at the Red Cross Board Room (2640 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Cathy Harris (C. Harris Companies, Inc.) and Theodore A. Quant (Director, Twomey Center for Peace through Justice, Loyola University New Orleans) delivered a full-day workshop, "Train the LSBA Diversity Facilitator."


MCCA Academy for Leadership & Inclusion
LSBA Partnered with MCCA and Entergy Corporation to host the first Academy for Leadership & Inclusion in the New Orleans area
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has hosted the Academy for Leadership & Inclusion in various cities since 2012.  For the first time, the diversity academy was hosted in New Orleans on November 13, 2013, from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Joseph K. West (President & CEO of MCCA) explained the purpose behind the Academy: "We created this training program to help organizations go beyond diversity as merely a numbers game and to focus on inclusion in order to create workplaces where all of an organization’s talent are valued, developed and have opportunities to thrive and to succeed. This not only benefits the talent, but the organizations as well." Approximately 50 attorneys were inspired by Facilitator Arin N. Reeves Ph. D. of Nextions, Inc. who explained the research underlying diversity and inclusion obstacles. The program provided practical information regarding how to shape new diversity and inclusion conversations, policies, and organizational systems to promote more inclusive environments within law firms. It also highlighted the role of bias, power, and privilege on diversity and inclusion as well as the legal system. Attendees gained an opportunity to leave the Academy with tools to realistically and practically make adjustments within their offices to promote more inclusiveness. A reception immediately followed at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans.

LSBA Hosted Record-Setting Disabilities Summit "Building An Enabled Area" October 24th
The LSBA's Committee on Diversity and the Committee for Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities hosted for 111 attorneys and judges its third annual Disabilities Summit on October 24, 2013, titled “Building An Enabled Era." The event, which occurred at the United States Attorney's Office in New Orleans provided information and resources for attorneys who represent people with disabilities. Additionally, the program addressed challenges and solutions for attorneys with physical and unseen disabilities. The keynote speaker Joseph Giarrusso III’s heart-felt and captivating presentation about depression and suicide among attorneys included an account of the days before and after his father’s suicide. This was the largest audience attracted to the Summit, and -- based upon the feedback received from many -- this may have been the best Summit yet. An article about the event will appear in a future Bar Journal.

LSBA Minority Involvement Section Hosting Virtual Internship Fair; Deadline March 28th to Register & Upload Resumes
Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Section has decided to convert its fifth annual Minority Legal Internship Fair to a "virtual" fair rather than to host an "in person" fair. 


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