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

Save the Date: GNO Martinet Scholarship Brunch - September 9, 2017
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society is hosting its Annual Scholarship Brunch and 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  It will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Chief Justice Johnson is Keynote at TAAHM 30th Annual Event - August 5, 2017
In a celebration of inclusion, the Tangipahoa African American Heritage and Veterans Archives is hosting its 30th annual Black Tie Affair. This year’s featured keynote speaker is the Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

The event takes place at the Museum (1600 Phoenix Square Avenue, Hammond, LA) on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Cocktail Hour begins at 7:00 p.m. and the program begins at 8:00 p.m. For more information about the event, call (985) 542-4259.

Photo ID: Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.

Suit Up Students Present Oral Arguments
On the final day, the Suit Up students presented oral arguments before judges.

Winners for the Prosecution Domenic G. Mesa (Written memo), Isabel S. Sauviac (Oral Argument) pictured with Hon. Paula A. Brown, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Hon. Joseph B. Landry, Orleans Parish Municipal Court; Hon. Karen Wells Roby, US. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and winners for the Defense Meghan E. Quaglino (Written memo) and Ishmael J. Blackstone (Oral Argument).

Suit Up for the Future Program Begins - 6/12/17
Twelve high school students (11th and 12th grade, and recent high school graduates) received a warm welcome into the 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association's Suit Up for the Future program. Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President-Elect, and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Federal Magistrate, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, greeted the students and engaged in a conversation with them surrounding the idea that lawyers work in all areas of our lives and communities. Members of the LSBA's Diversity Committee's Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee, co-chairs Scherri N. Guidry and Monique M. Edwards, also made welcoming remarks and stayed throughout the day to facilitate activities that revolved around the question: "What does it mean to be a lawyer?"

Students’ work began immediately with Professor Emily Bishop, from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, presenting her law school abridged course, “Legal Writing.”

Photo ID: Class of 2017 Suit Up for the Future students with (front row, L to R) Scherri N. Guidry, Honorable Karen Wells Roby, and Monique M. Edwards.

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - 2017-18
Here is a list of upcoming local and specialty bar events for the 2016-2017 Bar year. Please check the list frequently - changes and updates will be added regularly. If you would like your bar organization's event listed, please let us know! Send an email to outreach@lsba.org with the event details (date, time, location).

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Get Involved! Become an LSBA Professionalism Facilitator

Are you interested in:
  • Increasing your diversity knowledge and skills?
  • Boosting your confidence in delivering effective diversity and inclusion training?
  • Improving your understanding of stereotypes, prejudices and cultural differences?
  • Discovering new ways to reduce bias?
  • Helping others become more culturally competent?
  • Gaining tools to promote diversity and inclusion through training?

If so, you may want to consider becoming an LSBA Professionalism Facilitator. Facilitators are attorney volunteers that give of their time to educate others on promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at diversity@lsba.org.

Join the LSBA Diversity Signatories

The LSBA recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is an effort that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.  Statewide judges, attorneys, firms, and organizations have joined the LSBA by signing the Statement of Diversity Principles, a commitment to foster diversity and inclusion.  If you, your firm or organization are interested in furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we encourage you to become a Diversity Signatory!  Simply sign the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles and either email it (diversity@lsba.org) or fax it (504-566-0930) to the Member Outreach and Diversity Department. 

To date, the total number of Diversity Signatories is 356! Signatories includes:


  • Honorable Jules D. Edwards, III, 15th Judicial District Court, Div. "B"
  • Louisiana District Judges Association
  • Evans & Clesi, PLC
  • Louis J. Leo, Attorney at Law, APLC
  • Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Lousiaiana State University


  • Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
  • Craig Cassagne Jr
  • The Woods Law Group, L.L.C.
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association

To read the LSBA Diversity Statement, approved by the LSBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates on January 12, 2008, please click here

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