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 - Online Registration is Now Accepting Applications!
2015 Suit Up for the Future Session:  June 15-26 and July 6-10.

Accepting Applications -
Apply online today!  

** Deadline is May 8, 2015 **

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 May 8, 2015. Students will receive notification of class acceptance by May 22, 2015.

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

More Suit Up Information

"Magna Carta" is Theme for 2015 Law Day
The American Bar Association announced the 2015 Law Day Theme:  "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law."

Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.

In the eight centuries that have elapsed since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law and as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel.

As we mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, join the ABA on Law Day, May 1, 2015, to commemorate this “Great Charter of Liberties,” and rededicate ourselves to advancing the principle of rule of law here and abroad.


Baton Rouge Martinet Grants Scholarships and Awards at Annual Gala
The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Society hosted their annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 17, 2015, at Boudreaux's Banquet Hall in Baton Rouge.  

Congratulations to the winners of the Martinet annual scholarships: Andrew Hairston (LSU), Lillian Williams (SULC), and Cameron Murray (Catholic High School).

In addition to the scholarships, the President's Awards were also presented.  They were granted to:
Johnnie A. Jones, Sr. - Lifetime Achievement Award
Kean Miller, LLP - A.P. Tureaud Award
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - Dutch Morial Award

Photo (Left to right) Baton Rouge civil rights attorney Johnnie A. Jones, Sr. and BR Martinet president, Rolando Urbina.

NAPABA to Host 2015 Annual Convention in New Orleans
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) will be hosting its annual convention in New Orleans on November 5-8, 2015 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.   

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 67 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities.

For more information, go to the NAPABA convention webpage at http://www.napaba.org/?page=2015_Convention,

Get Involved! The LSBA Committee on Diversity in the Profession Needs You...
If you are interested in joining us in our efforts to ensure that all voices in our profession are heard, please consider working with us on LSBA’s Diversity LSBA Committee on Diversity in the Profession in the upcoming bar year.  Click here to download the LSBA Committee Preference Form.   Deadline for return has been extended to April 30, 2015. 

Liwen Mah Facilitates Two Diversity Sessions at Solo & Small Firm Conference
At the Friday session of the 2015 Solo and Small Firm Conference, Liwen Mah facilitated two fascinating diversity sessions:  How Race Affects Lawyering (A.M. session) and Sacrifices and Professional Worries: How Lawyers Can Stay Relevant With a Changing Population (P.M. session)

Liwen Mah is an associate with San Francisco firm Fenwick and West, where he focuses his litigation practice on emerging technologies.  He is also committed to professional diversity efforts and has an active pro bono practice, which has included a successful appeal heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Photo: (l to r) Shawn L. Holohan, LSBA's Practice Management Counsel and Diversity speaker Liwen Mah

LADB and Diversity Integration Subcommittee Present Series of Diversity CLE Seminars
In partnership with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, the Diversity Committee’s Diversity Integration Subcommittee is presenting a series of one-hour diversity CLE seminars. Lynn Luker, a frequent presenter of LSBA diversity seminars, has pulled together a team of LSBA facilitators who will bring the seminar to over 1,400 attorneys in five locations across Louisiana.

To date, the seminar schedule is as follows:
• April 9 – Shreveport Convention Center, Shreveport
• May 27 – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge
• June 17 – Pontchartrain Center, Kenner
• July 22 – Hilton Hotel, Lafayette
• September 30 – SAI Convention Center, Alexandria

For more details, see the LADB website at http://www.ladb.org


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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