Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement

Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement

The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) recognizes that achieving diversity in the legal profession is an evolutionary process that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.

The LSBA is committed to diversity in its membership, Board of Governors, staff, House of Delegates, committees and all leadership positions. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability.

The LSBA is a richer and more effective Association because of diversity, as it increases our strengths, capabilities and adaptability. In addition, a diverse group of talented legal professionals is important to the success of law firms, law departments, public service organizations and other organizations that include attorneys.

Through increased diversity, the LSBA and its members can bring more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice.

Diversity — Inclusion — Professionalism

Latest Diversity News and Events

"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

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.

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 process for selecting host cities breaks new ground from the bidding process that NAPABA has previously used. Several factors were considered during the selection process, including the presence of emerging Asian Pacific American and legal communities; hotel and convention site capacity of potential host cities; relative cost; and a desire to include regions that have not hosted a NAPABA convention recently or ever. New Orleans and San Diego will be first-time host cities and Scottsdale hosted in 2001.

"We are excited that Arizona will be hosting the NAPABA Convention in 2014," said Mingyi Kang, president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. "We are grateful that NAPABA is changing the way the Convention is being hosted and are positive that this change will enable more local chapters to host the NAPABA Convention, increasing NAPABA's profile, and encouraging more APAs to join and be more involved in our organizations and in the community in general."

"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!"

Brian S. Sun, president of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, one of four NAPABA affiliates in San Diego, said, "Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego is excited that San Diego was chosen as the host city for NAPABA's Annual Convention in 2016. We look forward to the opportunity to help the NAPABA convention team in any way we can. I know that everyone will enjoy our wonderful city."

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 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.

LSU Chapter Wins National Black Law Students Association Chapter of the Year Award
Congratulations to the LSU Chapter of BLSA for winning the National Black Law Students Association Chapter of the Year Award!

In celebration of this award, the LSU Chapter of BLSA will be hosting an End of the Year Banquet on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 5-7pm at the LSU Cotillion Ballroom.

For more information, please contact ReAzalia Allen at ralle13@tigers.lsu.edu.

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.

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 exdir@swlabar.com 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 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.

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. 

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 co-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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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."


SUPERWOMEN…Female Attorneys CLE in Shreveport; April 2, 2013
The LSBA, in partnership with local and specialty bar associations, hosted for about 30 attorneys a CLE for female attorneys on April 2, 2013, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The co-hosts included the Women’s Section of the Shreveport Bar Association.  This seminar addressed the unique challenges women face in the legal profession.  A networking reception followed the program and attendees received free chances for a drawing to win several door prizes, including spa treatments and gift certificates to area businesses.  

SUPERWOMEN…Female Attorneys CLE in New Orleans; May 2, 2013
The LSBA, in partnership with local and specialty bar associations, hosted for nearly 100 attorneys a CLE for female attorneys on May 2, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The co-hosts included the New Orleans Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the New Orleans Bar Association Women's Committee. This seminar, titled "SUPERWOMEN: Female Attorneys Can Run the World," addressed the unique challenges women face when seeking leadership positions in the legal profession.  A networking reception with complimentary hand and neck massages followed the program and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a drawing to win several door prizes, including Jazz Fest tickets, spa treatments and gift certificates to area businesses.

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.

Huge Successes and Historic Firsts at the LSBA Sixth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession
The LSBA hosted its Sixth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession on March 8, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge for a packed audience of approximately 250 people.  This was the first time that the program was held outside of New Orleans.  Although the venue changed, the great attendance and participation demonstrates that interest and energy surrounding this statewide diversity conversation did not.  Also for the first time in LSBA history, the Conclave could be viewed by members of the LSBA via live stream, provided courtesy of the Southern University Law Center.  This year's theme was "Leveraging Diversity Through Inclusion: Insights for Action."  The luncheon keynote speaker, Morris Dees, who is the founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, inspired the audience with his riveting accounts of many past and current civil rights cases.  Renowned diversity expert, Verna Myers (Verna Myers Consulting Group, LLC), enlightened participants in an interactive workshop on inclusion and strategies for being more inclusive within their respective organizations. 


LSBA Institute of Inclusion Hosted Free Midyear Meeting CLE
The LSBA Institute of Inclusion hosted for nearly 50 attorneys from across the state a FREE professionalism CLE during the LSBA Midyear Meeting on January 17, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriott by the Convention Center.  Speakers Dominic Gianna and Lisa Marcy educated and entertained the audience with "Advocacy for the Ages -- Cicero Speaks to the Genders and Generations."  The program was approved for 2.5 CLE hours.

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LSBA Hosted a Successful 2012 Disabilities Summit in Baton Rouge!!
The LSBA hosted for nearly 30 attorneys and judges its Second Annual LSBA Disabilities Summit, titled "Dawn of An Enabled Era: Unraveling the Myths of Attorneys with Disabilities," from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 11, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Disabilities Summit Purpose Statement
Disabilities Summit Agenda

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

LSBA Institute of Inclusion Roundtable Discussion CLE -- UNMASKING THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION; Feb. 21st
The LSBA Institute of Inclusion presented a professionalism CLE, titled "UNMASKING THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION: Breaking Stigma, Being Each Other’s Keepers, Restoring the Profession," on February 21, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Bar Center (601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA).  J.E. “BUDDY” STOCKWELL, III (Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc.) provided general facts/statistics about depression in the legal profession. He facilitated an interactive discussion regarding the impact of depression on a lawyer’s practice and on the members of the firm/office; signs and behaviors that can alert family, friends, and co-workers that a lawyer is struggling with depression; what policies can be implemented to keep attorneys from falling to the point of no return; and what we can do to safeguard ourselves from depression.  The program was approved for 1.5 CLE hours. 

LSBA Institute of Inclusion's "What's Your --- ISM?" Roundtable Discussion CLE
The LSBA presented for twelve (12) attorneys the "What's Your --- ISM?" Roundtable Discussion CLE on SEPTMEBER 26, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., featuring Franklin D. Beahm (Owner, Beahm & Green) and Ranie T. Thompson (Attorney, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans, Louisiana). This session explored obstacles that arise from communicating without a common language and expirience. The goals were (1) to help participants become more aware of the pervasiveness of prejudice/bias/isms in society; and (2) to distinguish between conscious prejudice and the unaware/subconscious prejudice that impacts judgement. For more information on future Roundtable discussions, contact Kelly McNeil Legier at kelly.legier@lsba.org.

LSBA Institute of Inclusion Roundtable Discussion -- "Chess vs. Checkers: Developing Strategies for Effective Work/Life Balance and Service to the Community"
The LSBA hosted for about 18 attorneys on November 28th 2012 at the Louisiana Bar Center a roundtable discussion that focused on the professional development of less-seasoned and new attorneys.  Jade Russell provided advice on developing a professional strategic goal that would allow new attorneys to identify professional development opportunities, cultivate mentoring relationships, and improve work-life balance.

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 Institute of Inclusion's "Waking the Sleeping Giants: Strategies for Managing Unconscious Bias " ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION CLE
The LSBA Institute for Inclusion hosted for approximately 30 participants a "Waking the Sleeping Giants: Strategies for Managing Unconscious Bias " ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION CLE on December 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Louisiana Bar Center.  For more information on future Roundtable discussions, contact Kelly McNeil Legier at kelly.legier@lsba.org.

The discussion focused on the impact that unconscious bias has on the administration of justice and the legal workplace, how actions, fact-finding, allocation of resources, and decision-making are affected by perceptions, assumptions, biases, values and stereotypes, and how conscious and unconscious actions affect co-workers and clients. Participants were exposed to modules to help them identify, share, and elicit in a non-threatening environment diversity of experiences. Further, participants received the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the mental models/frames of reference that cause prejudice. Participants also developed communication skills to minimize the effects of frames of reference on prejudice.

LSBA Institute of Inclusion Roundtable Discussion -- "The Awful D-Word"
The LSBA Institute of Inclusion partnered with Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC to host for about 10 attorneys a Roundtable Discussion on "The Awful D-Word" on SEPTEMBER 18, 2012, from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m., at the Entergy Center Building.

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.

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 Kelly McNeil Legier (504-619-0129; Kelly.Legier@lsba.org).

Institute of Inclusion Experiences Form

Participate in a new 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 new 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. To complete an interest form, please click here. For more information, please contact Cie Armstead (312-988-6086; cie.armstead@americanbar.org).

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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.

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 http://www.ambar.org/RoadToIndependence.
Thank you for your interest in the ABA's book!

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

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.

Record-Setting Fifth Annual Diversity Conclave Occurred March 2, 2012
The LSBA hosted for 275 attorneys and judges its successful fifth annual Diversity Conclave on March 2, 2012, at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street.

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