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

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The Louisiana State Bar Association in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation hosts an annual internship program. This program is available to incoming high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in the legal profession. Students participate in a three-week legal institute, during which they attend an abridged law school session, field trips to law schools and courts, and an internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. Students provide their own transportation and housing.  

The 2015 session will be held June 15-26 and July 6-10. Eligible students (students entering the 11th or 12th Grade in the Fall of 2015---or entering their first year of college) interested in attending the 2015 session should fill out the online application by clicking hereThe deadline is April 13, 2015. Students will receive notification of class acceptance by May 15, 2015.

If you have additional questions regarding the program, please send an email to diversity@lsba.org.

More Suit Up Information

NBA Launches 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition
National Bar Association's Scholarship Competition, sponsored by MetLife, is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the National Bar Association's 90th Annual Convention & Exhibits at the The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

Eligible high schoolers are encouraged to apply. Student essays are due by April 8, 2015 and winners will be announced in July at the National Competition in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for complete competition details.   For the competition packet, please click here.

For the sixth consecutive year, MetLife is a sponsor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Scholarship Competition - an annual program for high school juniors and seniors presented by the National Bar Association (NBA) and supported by the National Bar Institute. The national competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate both orally and in writing. "The competition is, without question, one of the nation's preeminent programs for young African Americans. It's a truly rare program in that it creates an arena of competition in which young people develop, hone and master various forms of oration, incorporating those skills into outstanding leadership qualities," stated Pamela J. Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.

Since its inception in 2000, the program has awarded nearly $225,000 in scholarships and prizes, supporting the efforts of young African Americans who aspire to lofty educational and career goals.

"MetLife has had a long partnership with the NBA and we're proud to once again serve as the Platinum sponsor for the 2015 event," stated Laurel Daring, assistant vice president of Communications and Diverse Markets Support. "This sponsorship is not only an opportunity to network with members of the NBA, it also allows us to invest in and promote educational excellence among youth." Ms. Laurel Daring.

Masquerade Ball is theme for 11th Annual Scholarship Gala and Silent Auction

The A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Students Association is hosting its 11th Annual Scholarship Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  This year's theme, "Masquerade Ball" will be held at the Danna Center on the Loyola University Main Campus, 7214 St. Charles Avenue.  (Free parking will be available at the St. Charles Garage.)  Sharonda Williams, New Orleans City Attorney, is listed as the Keynote Speaker.  Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 pm in the Pavilion of the St. Charles Room with the event starting at 7:30 pm in the St. Charles Room.  For more information, contact blsateam@gmail.com

Suit Up 2014 - See Oral Presentations of the Class of 2014!
The Suit Up for the Future Class of 2014 made oral and memorandum presentations on the last two days of their session.  Students were divided into two teams: FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented a memorandum and an oral argument to a panel of judges.  The esteemed panel included:
  • Judge Karen Wells Roby, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr., U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District.
  • Judge Susie Morgan, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District.
  • Judge Jane Margaret Triche-Milazzo , U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District.
  • Judge Roland L. Belsome, Jr., Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Civil Judge Tiffany Gautier Chase, judge for the Orleans Parish Civil District Court (Division A).

See the students as they present their oral arguments.

Click here to view Bria I. Hays and Saul Garcia Amezuca make their presentations.

Click here to view Miles E. Ballard and Morgan-Me'Lyn Grant present their arguments.  Miles was chosen as the Best Oralist and Morgan-Me'Lyn was selected as the Best Writer.  Miles was also chosen as a runner-up for Best Writer.

Click here to view David Louis Lawson, Jr. and Sarah Chiasson make their cases. 

Click here to view Sara DeRouen and Carine Mary Lama as they present their arguments. Sara was a runner-up as Best Writer and Carine was a runner-up as Best Oralist.

Click here to view Skyler Katie Ockman and Cassidy Marie Wells make their presentations.  Cassidy was also a runner-up for Best Oralist.   

Click here to view Hannah Marie Lampo and John Patrick Larson present their arguments.  Hannah was selected as a runner-up for Best Writer.

Click here to view Alexis Nicole Calderon and Synise Jonquil Pierre as they make their cases.

Click here to view Evan Vedros and Amanda Angela Addison make the final presentations. Evan was also a runner-up for Best Oralist. 

PHOTO ID: Miles E. Ballard 

Suit Up for the Future 2014 - Photos From Field Trips and Class Activities

Click here
to see the photos from the three week 2014 Suit Up for the Future Legal Institute.  Photos include trips to courthouses, various classroom activities and presenters, and the students' final oral presentations to the judges' panel. 

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