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 2018-2019 Bar year. Please check the list frequently - changes and updates are added regularly. If you would like your bar organization's event listed, please let us know! Send an email to with the event details (date, time, location).

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Baton Rouge Bar Association Bench Bar Conference – April 4 – 6, 2019
On April 4-5, 2019, the Baton Rouge Bar Association held its annual Bench Bar Conference at the Grand Hotel Marriot Resort, Golf Club and Spa in Point Clear, AL.

The Bench Bar Conference featured CLE sessions, a golf outing at the Rock Golf Club, and a closing reception at the Fairhope Brewery.

Photo ID: David A. Thomas, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, 2018-2018 BRBA Secretary; Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P., 2018-2019 BRBA President; Linda Law Clark, DeCuir, Clark & Adams, L.L.P., 2017-2018 BRBA President; K. Luke Williamson, Williamson Fontenot Campbell & Whittington, LLC, 2018-2019 BRBA Director at Large; and S. Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, 2018-2019 BRBA President-Elect.

LSU Paul M. Hebert Black Law Student Association Banquet – March 30, 2019
On March 30, 2019, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Black Law Student Association hosted its annual BLSA Banquet at Juban’s Creole Restaurant in Baton Rouge.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Demetrius Causer (1L), President-elect; Brittney Reed (2L), President; and keynote speaker Kenneth R. Barnes Jr., Louisiana Supreme Court.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Demetrius Causer (1L), President-elect; Zakia Nesbitt (1L), Treasurer-elect; and Jasmine Cole (1L), Secretary-elect.  

National Bar Association Gertrude E. Rush Awards Gala – March 9, 2019
On March 9, 2019, the National Bar Association (NBA) hosted its annual Gertrude E. Rush Awards Gala in conjunction with the 39th Annual NBA Mid-Year Conference in Dallas, TX.

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson was amongst the recipients honored with the Gertrude E. Rush award.

The Gertrude E. Rush award honors trailblazers who demonstrate a concern for human and civil rights and champion leadership in legal education, public policy and social activism.

Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Rachael D. Johnson, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; and Joseph M. Drayton, Cooley LLP, 2018-2019 National Bar Association President.

Black History Month CLE Program – February 21, 2019
On February 21, 2019, the LSBA Diversity Committee and Adams and Reese LLP co-hosted a CLE seminar at Adams and Reese LLP 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.. The CLE seminar titled, “The Disproportionate Impact of Non-Unanimous Juries” was moderated by Kellen J. Mathews, Adams and Reese LLP and featured panelists Senator Daniel A. Claitor, Louisiana State Senate, District 16 and Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell, Louisiana State Senate, District 3.

Justices of the Peace and Constables Training Conference – February 19, 2019 - February 22, 2019
On February 20, 2019, Deidre D. Robert, LSBA Diversity Committee Co-Chair, presented a CLE on cultural differences and implicit bias at the 49th Annual Attorney General’s Justices of the Peace and Constables Training Conference at the L’Auberge Lake Charles.                

Photo ID (L to R): Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System, Co-Chair, LSBA Diversity Committee and Bobby Smith, Constable, Parish of Livingston.

Tulane University Law School BLSA Ball – February 9, 2019
On February 9, 2019, the Tulane University Black Law Students Association hosted the BLSA Ball at the New Orleans Jazz Market from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The BLSA Ball served as an opportunity to celebrate diversity and its impact on Tulane University and beyond. The BLSA ball was held in conjunction with the Black Alumni Reunion Weekend. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): David A. Durand, Jr., Firstline Schools; Kesana B. Durand, Grants Administrator, Tulane University Law School; and Atia M. Moore Durand, Attorney at Law. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Claris Smith, Cooper Law Firm LLC; Lezlie A. Griffin, Assistant Dean for Career Development and Diversity Initiatives, Tulane University Law School; Natalie Paul, Tulane University Law School (3L); and Courtney Fontaine, Tulane University Law School (1L).        

GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. 4th Annual Pathways and Pipelines – February 2, 2019
On February 2, 2019, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. hosted its fourth annual Pathways and Pipelines to Success Program at the Loyola University College of Law.

The Pathways and Pipelines Success program provides Louisiana law students with career-building tools and networking opportunities. During the day-long event, law students had the opportunity to learn from nearly 50 prominent judges and lawyers from our community and gained essential skills to navigate within the legal profession.

The keynote speakers for the luncheon were Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana and Marcus V. Brown, Executive Vice President, Entergy Services Inc.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Kimberly Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court, President-Elect, GNO Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank, President, GNO Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk to Hon. Regina Bartholomew-Woods, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, Chair, Pathways and Pipelines to Success Program; Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, Treasurer, GNO Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; and Ashley J. Heilprin, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Immediate Past President, GNO Martinet Legal Society, Inc.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R):  Brittany Reed, LSU BLSA President; Kimlin S. Lee, City of New Orleans; Danielle E. Davis, Southern Poverty Law Center; Matthew S. Almon, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; Tiffany T. Smith, Attorney at Law; and Rachel Woolridge, Optimum Legal Consulting. 

BRBA Opening of Court Ceremony – January 30, 2019
On January 30, 2019, the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its annual Opening of Court, Memorial and New Member Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. During the ceremony, President, Amy C. Lambert and President Elect, S. Dennis Blunt recognized 50-, 55-, 60- and 65-year members of the bar. LSBA President, Barry H. Grodsky, introduced new members.  The Opening of Court Ceremony also paid homage to deceased bar members.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, 2018-19 BRBA President; S. Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, 2018-19 BRBA President-Elect; Tayla J. Bergeron, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation; and Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, 2018-19 LSBA President. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): M. Luisa Hu, Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, LLC; V. Patrice Haley, Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd;  Quintillis K. Lawrence, 19th JDC Public Defender; Talya J. Bergeron, Southeast LA Legal Services Corporation;  Tiffany L. Green, Nineteenth Judicial District Court;  Jerri A. Lee, Nineteenth Judicial District Court;  J. Michael McDonald, Bateman Law Firm;  William H. Caldwell, Baringer Law Firm, LLC; Erin L. Pedrami, Attorney at Law; and  Emmanuelle L. Rollo, Erlingson Banks, PLLC.       

Specialty Bars Subcommittee Meeting with 2018-19 LSBA President – January 19, 2019
On January 19, 2019, the Specialty Bars subcommittee met with 2018-2019 LSBA President, Barry H. Grodsky at Staub’s Prime Steak and Seafood. The meeting served as a platform for Specialty Bars to discuss how the LSBA can continue to support Specialty Bar initiatives.

Photo ID (L to R): Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, 2018-2019 LSBA President; Maria Pabon, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, President, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana; Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Co-Chair, LSBA Outreach Committee; Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC, President-Elect, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Inc., Lake Charles Chapter; Ebony S. Morris, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC, Vice-President of Membership, Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; and Mary L. Jackson, Attorney at Law, President, Shreveport-Bossier  Black Lawyers Association.

LSBA Disabilities Series and Women's Workshop Series - January 17, 2019
On January 17, 2019 the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Pipeline to Diversity & Outreach Subcommittee hosted three CLE’s in conjunction with the LSBA Midyear Meeting at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.

TOP LEFT: Women’s Personal and Professional Development Workshop Session 1, “Navigating the Storms” Photo ID: Jade Brown Russell, Principal, The JBR Firm, New Orleans, LA. 

TOP RIGHT: Part III of the LSBA Disabilities Series, “Social Security: Overview of the Law, Operating Terms and Procedure” Photo ID (L to R): Monica Ferraro, Worker’s Compensation, LLC, Metairie, LA and Suzette Tagesen Murphy, Worker’s Compensation, LLC, Metairie, LA. 

BOTTOM: Women’s Personal and Professional Development Workshop Session 2, “Take Command, Be Empowered, and Own Your Future” Photo ID (L to R): Judy Perry Martinez, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, LLP, 2018-2019 American Bar Association President – Elect, New Orleans, LA; Hon. Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President, City of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA; and Marta-Ann Schnabel, O’Bryon & Schnabel, PLC, 2006-2007 LSBA President, New Orleans, LA.

15th JDC Court Opening and Red Mass – January 11, 2019
On January 11, 2019, the Lafayette Bar Association and Acadia Parish Bar Association hosted its annual Red Mass and Court Opening ceremony.  The Red Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Court Opening ceremony was held at the Acadia Parish Courthouse. 2017-2018 LSBA president, Dona K. Renegar, joined the 15th JDC in remembering deceased members of the Bar and welcoming new Admittees.  A reception followed at the Grand Opera House of the South, Crowley, LA.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Christopher B. Ortte, Neuner Pate; Philip G. Smith, Attorney at Law; Elizabeth B. Bloch, Neuner Pate; Taylor C. Granger, Neuner Pate; and Frank X. Neuner, Jr., Neuner Pate.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Matthew H. Long, Jack Derrick Miller, APLC; Parker R. Mitchell, Jack Derrick Miller, APLC; William J. Casanova, Miller and Associates, 2018-19 Acadia Parish Bar Association President; Dona Kay Renegar, Veazey Felder & Renegar, 2017-2018 LSBA President; Scott J. Privat, Privat & Privat, 2018-19 Acadia Parish Bar Association Secretary/Treasurer; and Kenneth M. Habetz, Brandt & Sherman, LLP. 

BRBA Installation Ceremony and Reception – January 9, 2019
On January 9, 2019, the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its annual Installation Ceremony and Reception at 3:00 p.m. at the Russell B. Long Federal Building.  2019 Officers: Amy C. Lambert, President; Shelton D. Blunt, President Elect; Christopher K. Jones, Treasurer, and David A. Thomas, Secretary.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Brian A. Jackson, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; Hon. Rachelle “Shelly” D. Dick, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, BRBA President 2018-19, Hon. Erin J. Wilder-Doomes, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. 

BOTTOM Photo ID: Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, 2018-19 BRBA President. 

Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar– December 14, 2018
On December 14, 2018, the LSBA's Diversity Committee’s Specialty Bars Subcommittee held the "Natchitoches Lights" CLE Seminar at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel in Natchitoches, LA. 

TOP LEFT: Session One “LADB Recent Decisions” Photo ID (L to R, second in photo): Gregory L. Tweed, First Assistant 
Disciplinary Counsel, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Baton Rouge, LA. Session Two “Defending Disciplinary Action” Photo ID (L to R): Yolanda Cezar, Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Baton Rouge, LA William N. "Billy" King, LSBA Professional Programs Practice Assistance Counsel, New Orleans, LA; and Richard P. Lemmler, Jr., LSBA Ethics Counsel, New Orleans, LA.

TOP RIGHT: Session Five “LSBA: Who We Are and How We Serve Our Members” Photo ID (L to R): Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Baton Rouge, LA and Patrick J. Harrington, Law Offices of J. Dhu Thompson, APLC, Shreveport, LA.

BOTTOM LEFT: Session Four “LGBT Law: 2018 Year in Review” Photo ID (L to R): Andrea L. Rubin, Delaney, Robb & Rubin Attorneys at Law, LLC, Metairie, LA and J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Session Three "Social Security" Photo ID: Julia L. Deal, Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC, Covington, LA. 

Federal Bar Young Lawyers’ Association Annual Holiday Party – December 5, 2018
The Young Lawyers’ Division of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted its Annual Holiday Party on December 5, 2018 at the Great Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Amanda Kaiser, Executive Director, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter and Scott L. Sternberg, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Kelly M. Legier, Judiciary Commission of Louisiana; Chief Judge Nannette V. Jolivette-Brown, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and Dana M. Douglas, Liskow & Lewis. 

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