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

2015 Diversity Conclave Date is announced!
SAVE THE DATE!  The 2015 Diversity Conclave is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015.  It will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, located at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans.

Details will follow as we begin to secure sponsors, speakers and workshops.  Keep posted!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 www.tapaba.org.


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 10th 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: www.nawl.org 
Check out the National Directory of Women Lawyers and Women-Owned Law Firms!!

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.
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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.

National Bar Association Launches Its Speaker's Bureau
The National Bar Association has unveiled the NBA's Speaker's Bureau, an additional membership benefit for NBA members. The NBASB is an online tool that readily identifies a pool of NBA members who are available to speak publicly or conduct continuing legal education courses. Members are encouraged to register with the NBASB in order to advance the NBA's efforts to create a diverse pool of presenters for continuing legal education opportunities and discussion panels across the country. There are many benefits to members such as networking opportunities; professional development; enhancement of diversity in addressing important legal topics; and opportunities to highlight a specific practice area and your level of expertise.
For more information please contact Vice President of Membership Twanda Turner-Hawkins at tturnerhawkins@yahoo.com by Nov. 15th.

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

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

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

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


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

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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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.
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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.
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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 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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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.

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