Inclusive Professionalism: Harnessing the Power of Our Differences


MARCH 21, 2014

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The conclave will encourage discussion among judges and attorneys, primarily hiring and managing attorneys within law firms and law departments, about the importance of diversity within the legal profession and how to improve diversity within the profession in Louisiana.

Earn up to 7.50 CLE hours. (Including 1.50 Ethics hours and 5.25 Professionalism hours)


Online Registration is now closed.

Please click here to print your form and bring it to the Registration Desk on Friday morning.  Registration on the day of is $100.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing before March 16 in order to receive a refund.  Please send cancellation requests to Sonjanita Jordan at  Refund requests will be paid in full, minus a $30 cancellation fee. 

Satellite Location 

For the first time ever, the MCLE has approved CLE credits for those attending in person at a satellite location to view a live video feed of the Conclave.  The satellite viewing will occur at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.  You must attend in person at Southern to earn the CLE credit.  Please note: No lunch will be served.  Registration fee is $65 and will not increase after February 28.  Register online by clicking the button in the upper right hand corner.  Click on "Satellite Viewing".   For more information, please contact Michelle Neal at or (504) 619-0151.

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7:45 - 8:15  - Registration at Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Conclave Breakout Sessions


 Breakout Session 1-  BLIND JUSTICE? Lessons Learned from the Trayvon Martin & Jordan Graham Cases


Co-hosted by the Louisiana District Judges Association,  Louisiana Judicial Council & the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

This discussion is designed especially for those practicing primarily in the area of criminal law. The panelists will discuss strategies to identify bias and minimize the impact of unconscious bias within the criminal justice system. Panelists will dissect the biases demonstrated by George Zimmerman, the investigating police, the prosecuting attorneys, and jurors in the Trayvon Martin case, Jordan Linn Graham case, and other high profiled cases.

Hillar Moore, District Attorney, East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office
Harry L. Daniels, III, Partner, Daniels & Washington, LLC
Kevin V. Boshea, Attorney at Law
Leslie Ricard,19th JDC Assistant District Attorney
Hon. Laurie A. White, Judge, Criminal District Court, Parish of Orleans
James E. Boren, Attorney At Law
Derwyn D. Bunton, Chief Defender, Orleans Parish Public Defender

Breakout Session 2 - Leadership with Intention: Institutionalizing Diversity & Inclusion in Your Organization


Presenters will address strategies to implement successful diversity and inclusion initiatives for your office or organization. The discussion will include real examples and strategies for developing a diversity mission statement, action plan, diversity committee/council and other initiatives to help incorporate diversity and inclusion into the institutional fabric of your organization.

Pamela Washington Carter, Partner, Carter Law Group, LLC
Gary M. Carter, Jr. – Entergy Services, Inc.
Mark A. Cunningham, Partner, Jones Walker LLP
Sharon E. Jones, President & CEO, Jones Diversity Group

Breakout Session 3 - Navigating Recent Supreme Court Precedent Regarding Same-Sex Marriage & Benefits

Sponsored by The Williams Institute

Professor Todd Brower will address the ramifications for judges, lawyers and others in Louisiana 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). While discussing several practical scenarios in an interactive format, attendees will have the opportunity in an open forum to voice their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in a lively discussion on these dynamic and potentially far reaching issues.

Professor Todd G. Brower
Judicial Education Director, 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

Breakout Session 4 - The Louisiana Call to Action: Sponsorship -- The New Normal for Mentoring

 (PROFESSIONALISM CLE) (invitation only)

Co-hosted by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association


Association of Corporate Counsel Louisiana Chapter


This invitation-only discussion is designed especially for managing and hiring partners within firms. This session will foster an atmosphere for law firm partners to have a candid conversation with in house counsel on diversity/inclusion issues, the distinction between sponsorship and mentoring, the impact of sponsorship on recruitment and retention, and the importance of effective sponsorship initiatives to create a more inclusive law office environment.

Discussion Leaders:
Jennifer Borum Bechet, Associate General Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Dominique Bright-Wheeler, Assistant General Counsel, Capital One
Jade A. Brown-Russell, Counsel of Regional Operations, Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Lacrecia G. Cade, General Counsel, Morehouse University
Paul C. Kitziger, Hiring Partner, Liskow & Lewis
Monica B. Mason, Senior Attorney, Global Trade and Worldwide Logistics, Deere & Company
Alyssa Maurice-Anderson, Entergy Services, Inc.
Courtney Nicholson, Entergy Services, Inc.
Sherry D. Williams, former Senior Vice President-Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Halliburton Corporation

9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Welcome Remarks

Richard K. Leefe, President, Louisiana State Bar Association

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Breaking Barriers to Inclusion: Identifying and Minimizing Unconscious Bias


This interactive presentation will enlighten participants on the prevalence of unconscious bias. The presenter will facilitate discussions and activities to develop an awareness of the impact of unconscious bias on the legal profession.
Kelly McNeil Legier, Director of Member Outreach & Diversity
Louisiana State Bar Association

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. What If I Say the Wrong Thing? (Interactive Workshop)

The language of inclusion takes practice and courage. In this interactive workshop, nationally recognized expert on diversity, Verna Myers, who joined us last year, will expand on the concepts of diversity, inclusion, bias and privilege by challenging participants to interrupt bias and exclusion when they experience it. Once we have heightened our awareness of inclusion, what is our responsibility to confront and resolve circumstances where others are being excluded, mistreated or unfairly denied opportunities? Ms. Myers will introduce the audience to the skills that work to interrupt bias and keep the conversation of inclusion moving forward.
Facilitated by:
Verna Myers
Verna Myers Consulting Group, LLC

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Networking Luncheon

Presentations to Former Diversity Committee Members
Chauntis T. Jenkins and Luis A. Leitzelar
Co-Chairs, Committee on Diversity
Louisiana State Bar Association

Presentations to Sponsors and Co-Hosts
Luis A. Leitzela and Barbara Bourgeois Ormsby
Co-Chairs, Conclave Subcommittee, Committee on Diversity
Louisiana State Bar Association


1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 


Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Hon. Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

Keynote Speaker: Arin Reeves, Ph.D.


2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Networking Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Tools for Conquering Bias in the Courts


This panel of judges will discuss best practices for alleviating unconscious bias in the administration of justice, such as witness identification, jury selection, deliberations, and sentencing. Panelists also will offer practical tools to assist participants in addressing these important issues in daily practice and within the courts.

John H. Craft, Attorney At Law
Hon. Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Hon. Keva Landrum-Johnson, Judge, Criminal District Court, Parish of Orleans
Arthur A.”Buddy” Lemann III, The Law Offices of Arthur A Lemann III & Associates
Hon. Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Navigating Cognitive Biases, Blind Spots, and Cultural Impairments When Balancing Ethical Decision-Making


During this panel discussion, participants will explore the role of inherent human cognitive processes on ethical decision making and the interplay among cognitive processes, blind spots, and cultural impairments.

Tigran W. Eldred, Associate Professor of Law, New England Law (Boston)

Elizabeth A. “Beth” Alston, Partner, Alston Law Firm, LLC
David Douglass, Advisory Board Member, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Elizabeth J. “Lisa” Futrell, Partner, Jones Walker , LLC
L. Victor Gregoire, Jr., Partner, Kean Miller, LLC

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. -- Networking Reception

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Platinum Plus
Jones Walker LLP
Kean Miller LLP

Adams and Reese LLP

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC
Blue Williams, LLP
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, LLP
New Orleans Chapter Federal Bar Association
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

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, LLP
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

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600