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

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - 2018-19
Here is a list of upcoming local and specialty bar events for the 2017-2018 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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Day 1 of Suit Up for the Future – 6/11/18
Student interns received a warm welcome to the Suit Up for the Future Program from 2018-19 LSBA President, Barry H. Grodsky; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning coordinator (JTB); and Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-chairs, Adria Nobles Kimbrough, The Kullman Firm and Scherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defenders office. 

After taking a group photo on the steps of Gallier Hall, students participated in icebreaker activities. 

Professor Emily Bishop, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law engaged students in a Legal Research and Writing workshop.

Photo ID (TOP Left Photo - L to R) Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President 2018-19; and Scherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defenders Office, Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-chair. 

Photo ID (TOP Right Photo - L to R) Adria Nobles Kimbrough, The Kullman Firm, Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-chair; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University, Suit Up intern. 

Photo ID (BOTTOM Photo) 2018 Suit Up student interns and Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-chairs. 


Day 2 of Suit Up for the Future – 6/12/18
On the second day of Suit Up for the Future, student interns participated in a College and Law School Admission Preparation workshop. During the workshop, student interns gained insight into the admission process and received tips from presenters. Workshop presenters included: Daphne A. James, Associate Director of Admissions, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Office of Admissions; Sierra Cason, Admission Counselor, Tulane University, Office of Undergraduate Admission; Veronica Aviles, Admissions Counselor, Loyola University New Orleans; and Brent McLemore, Assistant Director at the Loyola Career Development Center, Loyola University New Orleans, Office of Student Affairs

Dayal Reddy and Natalie Blackman spoke to students during lunch about the legal profession and their career path. 

The first Suit Up field trip took students to the Orleans Parish District Attorneys office. District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. provided student interns with a glimpse into the life of an Assistant  District Attorney. 

The second day concluded with Resume Preparation instructed by interns Elizabeth “Libby” Crocker, Tulane University Law School and Ashley Berry, Dillard University. 

Photo ID (TOP left Photo - L to R) Daphne A. James, Associate Director of Admissions, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Office of Admissions; Sierra Cason, Admission Counselor, Tulane University, Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Photo ID (TOP right Photo - L to R) Natalie Blackman, Attorney at Law, Baton Rouge, LA and Dayal Reddy, Attorney at Law, Metairie, LA. 

Photo ID (BOTTOM Photo) Suit Up student Interns visit the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.


Day 3 of Suit Up for the Future – 6/13/18
Suit Up day three began with an energized presentation on Constitutional Law from Professor Isabel Medina, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. After lunch, students stepped into the Criminal Law classroom with Professor Russell L. Jones, Southern University Law Center. 

Day three concluded with Resume Preparation instructed by Elizabeth “Libby” Crocker, Tulane University Law School; Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University.

Photo ID (TOP Photo) Professor Russell L. Jones, Jesse N. Stone, Jr. Endowed Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center.

Photo ID (BOTTOM Photo) Professor Isabel Medina, Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Day 4 of Suit Up for the Future – 6/14/18
Suit Up student interns started off the morning with an Oral Argument Workshop. Workshop presenters, Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks and Annie Scardulla from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center stressed the importance of using impactful language and communicating effectively. 

After lunch, Suit Up interns, Elizabeth “Libby” Crocker, Tulane University Law School; Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University assisted students in Memorandum and Oral Argument Preparation.

Photo ID (TOP - L to R) Suit Up law student interns, Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and Elizabeth (Libby) Crocker, Tulane University Law School. 

Photo ID (Bottom - L to R) Annie Scardulla, Advocacy Fellow, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. 

 


Day 5 of Suit Up for the Future – 6/15/18
Suit Up student interns learned about different areas of practice during the “Career Path” Session. The lunch presentation featured speakers: J. Michael Bowman, Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, Covington, LA; Janet Kearney, College of Law Library, Loyola University New Orleans; and Kimberly R. Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, LA. 

Following the lunch presentation, Suit Up interns, Elizabeth “Libby” Crocker, Tulane University Law School; Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Ashley Berry, Dillard University; and Jay Vega, Tulane University Law School assisted students in Memorandum and Oral Argument Preparation.

The first week of Suit Up concluded with a Brainstorming Session: Questions to Ask a Law School instructed by Suit Up interns.

Photo ID (L to R): Kimberly R. Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, LA; J. Michael Bowman, Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, Covington, LA; and Janet Kearney, College of Law Library, Loyola University New Orleans.

Day 1, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/18/18
Student interns visited Tulane University, Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for a presentation and tour. Student interns learned about the admissions process and campus life during their visit to each school. 

The following speakers contributed: 
Tulane University Law School: Lezlie A. Griffin, Assistant Dean for Career Development & Diversity Initiatives; and Emily Wojna-Hodnett, Assistant Director of Admission.

Tulane University: Sierra Carson, Admission Counselor, Tulane University, Office of Undergraduate Admission. 

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law: Kimberly Jones, Director of Law Admissions; Diana Mercer, Director of Career Development; and Laura Apsey, Assistant Director of Law and Admissions. 

The day concluded with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns Elizabeth “Libby” Crocker, Tulane University Law School; Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Jay J. Vega, Tulane University Law School; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University. 

Photo ID (LEFT)  Sierra Cason, Admission Counselor, Tulane University, Office of Undergraduate Admission speaks with Suit Up student interns. 

Photo ID (TOP Right photo) Suit up student intern, Rose Ayyad. 

Photo ID (BOTTOM Right photo) Kimberly Jones, MS, JD, Director of Law Admissions, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

Day 2, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program– 6/19/18
On Day 2 of Week 2, student interns engaged in a Statutory Interpretation presentation. The presentation was instructed by Caroline Bordelon, Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, LLC; Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC. During the presentation, students had to decide if the defendant was guilty or not guilty based on the statute. 
 
After lunch, student interns received one on one assistance with their memorandums. Memorandum preparation was instructed by Suit Up interns Elizabeth “Libby” Crocker, Tulane University Law School; and Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Photo ID (L to R): Bridget Spinney; Shandrea Dyson; Matias Witte; Theresa Falgoust; Caroline Bordelon, Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, LLC; Terrol Perkins; Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC.

Day 5, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future – 6/22/18
Student interns visited the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.  Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana welcomed students.

A tour of the courthouse was conducted by Stephanie Kall, Intake, Closed Records & Attorney Admissions Supervisor, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

After the courthouse tour, the following presentations were conducted:

U.S. Marshals presentation by Milton N. Ramirez, Deputy U.S. Marshall, U.S. Marshals Service; TSA K9 presentation by Katherine A. Barton Scanlan, Special Agent, Explosives Canine Handler, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and K-9 “Ting”; and a U.S. Attorney’s Office presentation by Edward J. Rivera, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office.

The field trip concluded with a tour of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Library conducted by Susan Jones, Librarian, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Library.  

Suit Up Interns, Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Jay J. Vega, Tulane University Law School; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University, instructed One on One Assistance with Memorandum Preparation.

Photo ID: Suit Up Student Interns at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. 

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Nominations Accepted Through June 30 for Citizen Lawyer Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Citizen Lawyer Award through June 30. The Citizen Lawyer Award recognizes individual attorneys who have performed public services out of a sense of duty responsibility and professionalism. For more information about the award or to submit a nomination click here


Association for Women Attorneys and Lift Louisiana Hosts "RBG" Screening – May 11, 2018
On May 11, 2018, the Association for Women Attorneys and Lift Louisiana hosted a benefit screening of “RBG” at 7:30 p.m. at the Broad Theater. “RBG” celebrates the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A happy hour from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. preceded the movie screening. 


The Judicial Committee of the GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society holds “Sidebar” Luncheon – March 23, 2018
On March 23, 2018, the Judicial Committee of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society held its “Sidebar” luncheon at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant.  “Conversations with the Counselors” was an interactive luncheon where guests engaged with female legal pioneers and gained invaluable wisdom. 

Photo ID (L to R) Janice M. Foster, Jones Walker LLP; Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court; Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Theon A. Wilson, Attorney at Law; Hattie M. Broussard, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.  


Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter Meet and Greet – May 3, 2018
The Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter held a meet and greet on May 3, 2018 at the Baton Rouge City Club. The meet and greet served as an opportunity for chapter members and friends to mingle and revitalize commitment to the chapter.

Photo ID (L to R): Taryn C. Branson, Attorney at Law; Deidre D. Robert, LA Department of Justice; Joshua G. Hollins, Attorney at Law.


Federal Bar Association (FBA), Baton Rouge Chapter Annual Meeting – May 15, 2018
On May 15, 2018, the Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Marriott. James Carville, American Political Strategist and Commenter was the keynote speaker.

Photo ID (L to R): Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of LA; Catherine M. Maraist, Department of Justice, President-Elect, FBA, Baton Rouge Chapter; James Carville, Keynote Speaker; Hon. Richard L. Bourgeois, Jr., Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of LA; John M. Parker, Jr., Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips LLP, President, FBA, Baton Rouge Chapter.


LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 2018 Spring Commencement – June 1, 2018
On June 1, 2018, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center held its Spring Commencement at 10:00 a.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.  Dean Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. welcomed graduates and gave remarks. Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson delivered the Golden Graduate address and Congressman Steve Scalise served as the keynote speaker.


Get Involved! Become an LSBA Professionalism Facilitator

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  • 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.


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