Diversity Outreach to Students

Diversity Outreach to Students

The LSBA is pleased to offer outreach to middle school, high school, and college students to expose them to positive attorney role models and make them aware of the advantages of a law degree.

Additionally, the LSBA offers unique opportunities for diverse law students of all levels to gain knowledge about the professional and employment side of the noble practice of law. As such, the LSBA will host a variety of professional development programs and job/internship fairs for law students.

If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring programs such as these, please contact Tricia Pierre.

Outreach to Students News and Announcements

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 exdended 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.

The application and additional qualification criteria can be found at: http://www.nationalbar.org/index.php?q=crump_law_camp

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.

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; Tricia.Pierre@lsba.org). You also are encouraged to register with the ABA Minority and Women Speakers Bureau.

Download the Speaker Questionnaire

Volunteers Needed -- Become an LSBA Student Ambassador Outreach Volunteer
Remember when you were a kid and aspired to be a lawyer? Remember the people along the way who helped inspire and shape your career decisions? You too can be a source of inspiration for students in Louisiana.

"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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.  The deadline to apply is May 8, 2014.   For more information contact Martinet President Christopher Hebert at chebert@rhhnet.com.

Setting the Bar: LSBA Pre-Law Conference; Mar. 2nd
The LSBA Diversity Committee and the Tulane and Loyola Black Law Student Associations hosted for about 42 college students from around the State a two day SETTING THE BAR: Louisiana State Bar Association Pre-Law Conference on February 16th and March 2nd.  This 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).
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LSBA hosted Professional Development Workshop for Law Students in Partnership with the Loyola BLSA Students
The LSBA hosted a Professional Development Workshop in partnership with the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law BLSA Students on March 23, 2010, at the Loyola College of Law from 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., with a brief networking reception immediately after. Jaimme Collins, Kelly McNeil Legier, Sharrolyn Miles, and Sheila Wilkinson discussed their experiences and advice regarding the following topics: (1) How to get the most from your summer associate/law clerk position; and (2) job search tips for those not ranked first in the class.

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2012 LSBA and JTBF 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 has had another outstanding High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program.

Minority Involvement Section's Third Annual Minority Legal Internship Fair Converted to "Virtual" Fair
For the first time ever, the Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Section hosted its third annual Minority Legal Internship Fair "virtually" rather than "in person". Nevertheless, no other FREE venue in Louisiana offered employers such a large pool of talented students with diverse backgrounds who were offering themselves for free or modestly-paid internships during all or part of the summer.

For more information about the Fall Job Fair, scheduled for October 1st at Tulane University Law School, please contact Kelly McNeil Legier at 504-619-0129 or kelly.legier@lsba.org.
Employer Brochure

Suit Up for the Future: The LSBA High School Legal Internship Program Was A Success!
The Louisiana State Bar Association in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation presented its inaugural "Suit Up for the Future" High School Summer Legal Internship Program. This program was available to rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in the legal profession. Students participated in a five week legal internship from June 20, 2011 to July 25, 2011, at the Louisiana Bar Center (601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA) as well as participating New Orleans area firms, agencies, and courts. The program consisted of one week of lecture with law school professors, practicing lawyers, and law students as well as four weeks of shadowing with attorneys and judges in local law firms, agencies, and courts. Students also had the opportunity to meet attorneys and judges during field trips to New Orleans area courts and other legal venues. Student participants earned a stipend valued at up to $250.

Students interested in the 2012 program should contact Kelly McNeil Legier, Esq., Director of Member Outreach and Diversity, Louisiana State Bar Association (Kelly.Legier@lsba.org or 504.566.1600).

 "Suit Up for the Future" Program Article

Successful 24th Annual Minority Job Fair at LSU in Baton Rouge
LSBA Minority Involvement Section hosted a successful 24th annual Minority Job Fair on August 18th at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LSBA's 23rd Annual Minority Job Fair Created a Hiring Pool of Approximately 75 Talented Law Students and Recent Graduates with Diverse Backgrounds
The 23rd Annual LSBA Minority Involvement Section's Minority Job Fair occurred on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Tulane University Law School's John Giffen Weinmann Hall in New Orleans. The free Minority Job Fair offered about 56 representatives from 28 interviewing and information table employers the opportunity to compress into a single day statewide interviewing of approximately 75 talented students and recent graduates with diverse backgrounds, primarily from area law schools. Several resume collect employer also received resume books in order to contact students directly when positions open within their organizations.


The LSBA Minority Involvement Section hosted its 2nd Annual Minority Internship Fair at Tulane
The Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Section hosted its annual internship fair for approximately 30 employers and 50 students on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Tulane University Law School. The purpose of the Fair was to assist diverse law students find free or modestly-paid legal internships regardless of their ranking in their classes. 

If you did not register but are interested in having an intern, please contact Kelly McNeil Legier at Kelly.Legier@lsba.org.

LSBA & Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education presents: Karen Chatman Edutainment
To further their law day activities the LSBA in connection with the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education (LCLCE)and Karen Chatman Edutainment, conducted several instructive and entertaining presentations aimed at educating young people about President Abraham Lincoln during the bi-centennial of his birth date. The program, titled "Abraham Ride On." educated middle school students-- in a fun and interactive way-- about Lincoln as a lawyer, The Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Attorney volunteers presented the information in the context of a fun game of "Who Wants to Be a Lincoln Fan." They helped students gain an understanding of the significance of his presidential acts on their lives today and how they can contribute to our government "of the people, by the people, for the people." Some inspired students presented their own impromtu rap on Lincoln.

Learning in a fun and exciting way!

The Right Act: Vote!
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in cooperation with the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education (LCLCE) and Karen Chatman Edutainment, is hosting a series of instructive and entertaining presentations aimed at educating young people about voting. The program, titled "The Right Act: Vote", combines the popular cultural element of rap music with social issues that are too big to ignore: the importance of exercising the right to vote and the long path it took for all citizens to gain that right. The goal is to educate middle school, high school, and college students in major cities in Louisiana -- in a fun and interactive way -- on the history of the right to vote, the importance of that right, how lawyers helped the process, and how the Voting Rights Act has helped our community recently.

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