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

GNO Martinet Hosts Legislative Breakfast - March 23, 2017
The Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society's Legislative Breakfast will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017.  This event is sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society, the Urban League of Louisiana, and the Baptist Community Ministries

Attending will be legislators:
  • Senator JP Morrell (District 3, LA Senate)
  • Representative Walt Leger (District 91)
  • Representative Jimmy Harris (District 99)
  • Representative Joe Bouie (District 97)
  • Representative John Bagneris (District 100)

Urban League of Greater New Orleans
4640 S. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119


Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession - 3/24/2017
Registration is now closed for the Tenth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. This year’s theme is “Diversity is Good for Everyone.” The Conclave is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017 and will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. Conclave highlights include:

• Luncheon keynote speaker Samuel Reeves, SVP and senior counsel at Walmart Stores, Inc., nationally recognized advocate for diversity in the legal industry.

• Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Presenter Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D., Director of Judicial Studies and an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. He is the former Chief Program Officer for Juvenile Law at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges where he taught extensively on topics such as implicit bias and trauma-responsive justice. The title of his presentation is Implicit Social Cognition and the Justice System: The Pros and Cons of Autopilot.

• Two breakout sessions (Immigration and Best Practices) facilitated by highly credentialed speakers that will provoke discussions regarding the scope and meaning of inclusion, the state of the profession, and the case for a diverse and inclusive legal profession.
Registration is $90 and includes 5.50 credit hours (including Professionalism and Ethics). 

For more information, please call (504) 619-0115.

Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys - "Suit Up for the Future"
Each year the LSBA, in partnership with the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the Just the Beginning Foundation, hosts the Suit Up for the Future program, a FREE three-week legal institute, during which students 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. The 2017 session will be held June 12 – June 30, 2017

The Suit Up for the Future program is a success because of the number of attorneys, firms, judges and organizations who volunteer their time and/or staff. We are asking you to consider one of the following ways that you could be a part of the 2017 Suit Up program:

Volunteer for one hour - During the three week session, attorneys are invited to volunteer their time from 12:00 - 1:00 to spend time talking with the Suit Up students. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity staff at diversity@lsba.org

Shadowing opportunities - During the second week of the Suit Up session, June 19-23, 2017, students are assigned to "shadow" attorneys at firms, courts, and organizations. This is a great opportunity for students to see for themselves what attorneys do on a daily basis; and to spend one-on-one time with attorneys in the workforce. If you or your firm would be interested in providing a shadowing opportunity for one or more Suit Up students, please contact us at diversity@lsba.org.

"Generational Differences" presented at Inn on the Teche - February 2, 2017
The LSBA DIversity Committee's Integration subcommittee presentated at the Inn on the Teche chapter (16th JD) of American Inns of Court meeting on February 2, 2017.  THe CLE presentation was titled "Generational Differences."

(L to R) LSBA Professionalism facilitators: Deidre D. Robert, Deputy Director of Litigation Division, Office of the Louisiana Attorney General; Micah J. Fincher, Jones Walker LLP; I.J. Clark-Sam, Attorney at Law.  Arlene D. Knighten, Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Insurance (not pictured)

BRBA Joint Meeting Recognizes Black History Month - February 15, 2017
The Baton Rouge Bar Association held its February Bar Luncheon February 15, 2017. The luncheon was a joint meeting of the BRBA, the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. The speaker at the luncheon was Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, the first female elected mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish.

(L to R) Dean Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome; Chancellor John K. Pierre, Southern University Law Center.

LJC/NBA Annual Seminar March 2-5, 2017
Louisiana Judicial Council/NBA hosted its 19th Annual Meeting and Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Lake Charles, LA on March 2 – 5, 2017. Titled “Reassessing Our Judicial and Societal Roles,” Louisiana Judges attended CLEs, committee and business meetings, and concluded with a church service at Lake Charles’ Greater St. Mary Baptist Church.

New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School boasts a large number of alumni in the legal field. Several of St., Aug’s distinguished alumni gathered at the LJC/NBA Conference.

(L to R) Hon. Byron C. Williams Criminal District Court, New Orleans; Professor Raymond T. Diamond -LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge; Justin Jack, law clerk for Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, -Royce Duplessis -LA Supreme Court Special Counsel, New Orleans; Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC, Lake Charles; Hon. Mike Bagneris, (Ret.) Orleans Civil District Court, New Orleans; Hon. Arthur L. Hunter, Jr., Orleans Criminal District Court, New Orleans.

Specialty Bars Subcommittee - January 21, 2017
The Specialty Bars Subcommittee of the LSBA Diversity Committee convened at Galatoire’s Bistro in Baton Rouge on January 21, 2017. The committee is comprised of presidents of specialty bar associations.

(L to R) Kellen J. Mathews, Adams and Reese LLP, LSBA Young Lawyers Diversity/Minority Involvement Committee; Derrick D. Kee, Attorney at Law, Lake Charles Louis A. Martinet; Royce I. Duplessis, Special Counsel, Louisiana Supreme Court, Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet; Darrel J. Papillion, LSBA president; Demarcus J. Gordon, Partner, Kelly Hart & Pitre, LSBA Minority Involvement Section; Maria Pabon Lopez, Professor, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana; Ashley J. Greenhouse, Haley & Associates, LLC, Greater Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet; Patsy A. Randall, Assistant District Attorney, 15th JDC, Greater Lafayette Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; George W. Britton, III, Attorney at Law, Northeast Louisiana Louis A. Martinet.

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - Bar Year 2016-2017
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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