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

ABA Fact Check
An on-line resource which uses case law, statutory law, and other legal resources to help people distinguish between facts and opinions—or pure fiction—when it comes to the law.

Click here to link to the ABA Fact Check.

Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar- 12/15/2017
The LSBA's Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession is hosting the 2017 "Natchitoches Lights" CLE on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel, Natchitoches, LA.  Registration fee is $55. Topics covered will include Social Security, Defending Disciplinary Action, LGBT Updates, Ethical issues in social media e-discovery and a session by Associate Justice Scott Crichton titled “Batson, Miller-El and Beyond.” 

For more information go to the LSBA CLE page or this link:

Black History Month CLE Seminar – February 15, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, the LSBA Diversity Committee and Adams and Reese LLP will be sponsoring a CLE seminar on February 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The CLE will be held at Adams and Reese LLP, 450 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA. A networking reception will follow.

Professionalism Facilitator Workshop – 11/18/17
On November 18, 2017, the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee’s Integration Subcommittee held a Professional Facilitator Training Workshop at the Louisiana Bar Center, New Orleans, LA.

At this workshop, attorneys increased their level of understanding on why diversity and inclusion are important in society and the legal profession. Through discussion and exercises attorneys learned effective ways to deliver presentations on diversity and inclusion topics.

Photo ID (L to R) Senior Facilitators: Arlene D. Knighten, Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Insurance (Integration Subcommittee Co-Chair); Monique M Edwards, The Edwards Law Group, LLC; Troy N. Bell, Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC; Kandace R. Hamilton, Associate Director, Investigator, Tulane University (Integration Subcommittee Co-Chair); I.J. Clark Sam, Attorney at Law.

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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