Diversity Outreach to Students

Diversity Outreach to Students

The LSBA offers outreach programs to high school and college students in order 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 hosts a variety of professional development programs for law students.

If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring programs such as these, please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team at diversity@lsba.org.

For High School Students

"Suit Up for the Future" Summer Internship Program

Students should have an interest in pursuing a legal career and should be entering the 11th or 12th Grade in the Fall of 2015 or entering their first year of college in the Fall of 2015.

Facebook Page:
The "Suit Up for the Future" Facebook page can be accessed here.

Program Details:
To see the Program Agenda for 2015, please click here.  It outlines the entire schedule of field trips, visiting professors and luncheon speakers. 

The three week program will be held at the Louisiana Bar Center and is scheduled on June 15-26 and July 6-10, 2015. Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $250.00! Housing and transportation are not provided.

Over the course of the three-week program, students will be introduced to lawyers, legal documents, and the legal system all designed to assist them in pondering one important question, “Do I really want to be a lawyer?”

Classroom Activities:
Inside the “Suit Up classroom,” students will experience the Socratic teaching method and gain exposure to specified law school courses, including, criminal law, and legal research and writing. Students will also receive a mock trial problem, which will serve as the basis for the legal writing assignment and oral argument that the students will present to a panel of judges at the end of the program.

In a second component of the “Suit Up classroom,” students will be provided with advice and substantive information from guest speakers, and receive instruction in creating competitive resumes, preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), professionalism, ethics, and workplace etiquette and attire. The time inside the classroom will provide students with ample time to work as a group on assignments and seek feedback from various legal mentors throughout the course.

Attorney Shadowing:
A second facet of the course will allow Suit Up participants to step outside the classroom and see first-hand what it means to be a “lawyer.” The attorney shadowing is designed to provide students with the following experiences:
  • a tour of the law firm/agency, including all departments, so that students gain an understanding of all of the support staff that comprise a law firm/agency;
  • the opportunity to join the attorney on outings (such as depositions, hearings, and trials);
  • lunch with the attorney; and
  • mentoring and support on the oral argument and supporting legal memorandum being developed by the student.

Students will also prepare a list of questions to ask attorneys whom they shadow so that the student gains an appreciation of the day-to-day schedule of an attorney, as well as the role that lawyers play in society and in the administration of justice. *Students must have transportation to and from the shadowing assignment.

Field Trips:
Finally, the Suit Up students will attend several field trips. The students will tour two area law schools, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Court museum, and federal court buildings. During the tours, students will hear from several guest speakers and may have the opportunity to view proceedings at several state and federal courts.

2015 "Suit Up for the Future" Program
June 15-26 and July 6-10.

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

The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting online applications for the 2015 program. Students who applied have been notified of their acceptance.

If you are an attorney who is interested in volunteering some time to talk to this year's Suit Up students - or you and/or your firm are willing to provide a shadowing opportunity for a student, please click here. You can also contact us via email at diversity@lsba.org.

2014 "Suit Up for the Future" Program

Program: To see last year's printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at what the Suit Up for the Future program looks like.

Photos: Please 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.

Videos: 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).

For College Students

Coming Soon.... 

For Law Students
Click here for miscellaneous online resources for law students

Diverse Law Student Organizations

LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Southern University Law Center

Tulane University Law School

Outreach to Students News and Announcements

Suit Up for the Future - Day 2

The second day of the Suit Up for the Future program proved to be packed with new information. Professor M. Isabel Medina, a Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, engaged the students in a three hour presentation on Constitutional Law. Attorneys Monte Mollere, the Director of LSBA Department of Access to Justice, Amy E. Duncan, Project Coordinator for the LSBA Department of Access to Justice and Robert Pearson, the Director of Legal Services at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, spoke to students about alternative legal careers in the area of social justice.  Following the presentation,  interns Miles E. Ballard (a 2014 Suit Up for the Future alumni) and Karina Shareen facilitated a resume crash course.  The students concluded the day by viewing  last year’s Suit Up for the Future students’ oral argument presentations. 

Photo ID:  Professor M. Isabel Medina takes a break with a few students.

To see the 2015 Suit Up for the Future program agenda, please click here

Suit Up for the Future - Day 3
Wednesday, June 16, 2015, was the first field excursion for the students! Students eagerly made the trip to the Field Trip to the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office. When they arrived they were heartily greeted by Chief District Defender Derwyn Bunton, After their tour and question and answer session, students headed back to the Louisiana Bar Center. There, they met with two local attorneys, Deontrinelle Green with Rodney and Etter, LLC and Adria Kimbrough of the Kullman Firm. Professor Russell L. Jones, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and a Jesse N. Stone, Jr. Endowed Professor of Law at Southern University law Center, finished up the afternoon with a three hour course in Criminal Law.

To see the entire three week 2015 Suit Up for the Future program agenda, please click here.

Photo ID:  Students pose with Chief District Defender Derwyn Bunton.

Suit Up for the Future - Day 1
Seventeen local 11th grade, 12th grade and recent high school graduate students received a warm welcome to the 2015 Louisiana State Bar Association’s Suit Up for the Future program. Newly installed LSBA President Mark A. Cunningham and Federal Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court, the Honorable Karen Wells Roby greeted the students and each discussed the idea that lawyers work in all areas of our lives and communities. Members of the Diversity Committee’s Pipeline on Diversity Subcommittee co-chairs Sherri N. Guidry, of the 15th JDC Public Defenders Office, and Kandace R. Hamilton, of Tulane University's Office of Institutional Equity, also made welcoming remarks and stayed throughout the day to facilitate activities. 

Their real work began immediately after lunch with Professor Mary Garvey Algero, from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, presenting her law school abridged  “Legal Writing”  course.  The day ended after students were given their team assignments for their mock legal problem.

To see what the students did for the their entire three weeks, please click here.

Photo ID:  Co-Chairs Kandace R. Hamilton and Sherri N. Guidry (L to R)

Suit Up for the Future - Day 5
Friday, June 19, 2015,  the students had a field excursion to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court where they had the opportunity to view criminal proceedings. They spent half the morning with Judge Camille Buras, Section B and the other half of the morning with Judge Tracey Flemings Davillier, Section H.

During lunch presenters Jason Michael Freas, Johnson, Yacoubian & Paysse, APLC, Jim Nieset, of Porteus, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP and Renee Culotta, Frilot LLC discussed their law school and career experiences. Immediately following was Emily Maw, Director of the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO). Ms. Maw and Kia Hall Hayes shared with students the work the organization does in freeing innocent men and women from prison and death row.

Photo ID: Judge Tracey Flemings Davillier

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