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

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Law Student Volunteers Attend 2018 Conclave for Free – February 19, 2018
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee is hosting its 11th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession on March 9, 2018 at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. This year’s theme is “Diversity and Inclusion: From Rhetoric to Reality.”

We would like to provide law students the opportunity to attend for free. The first 15 students to register will volunteer in morning breakout sessions from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and attend subsequent presentations throughout the day for free. If you are a law student who is interested in volunteering and attending the 2018 Conclave on Diversity, register here to reserve your spot.

Black History Month CLE Seminar – February 15, 2018
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. – 5:00 p.m. at Adams and Reese LLP, 450 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA. A networking reception will follow.

The session titled The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time – 50 years after the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will explore the state of the nation in the decades after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

The United States has brought educational equity and opportunity to millions of students in America. Yet, more than six decades after state-sanctioned segregation in schools was declared unlawful our country still has communities that are in many cases more segregated by race — and by class — than they were decades ago. This panel discussion will examine the educational system’s ongoing struggle to close opportunity and achievement gaps for America’s historically underserved students. Louisiana law school Deans will also offer their perspective on the critical importance of maintaining a collective commitment to ensuring a legal education remains part of the civil rights legacy. 

·  Kellen J. Matthews, Adams and Reese LLP, Moderator
·  Chancellor John K. Pierre, Southern University Law School, Baton Rouge, LA
·  Dean Thomas Galligan, Jr., Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
·  Dean David D. Meyer, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA

Register here.

Gender and Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges Panel– January 25, 2018
On January 25, 2018, Tulane University Law School hosted “Gender and Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges 1992-2017” at 6:00 p.m. at John Giffen Weinmann Hall. The panel discussed the importance of inclusion. Research Assistant Professor, Heather Johnson also presented data compiled from the Louisiana Secretary of State on representation over the last twenty-five years in Louisiana.

Photo ID (L to R) Heather L. Johnson, Research Assistant Professor, Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University; Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Caroline Frederickson, President, American Constitution Society; Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute; David D. Meyer, Dean, Tulane University Law School.

Lafayette Bar Court Opening and Red Mass – January 5, 2018
On January 5, 2018, the Lafayette 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 Lafayette Parish Courthouse. LSBA president, Dona K. Renegar, joined the LBA in remembering deceased members of the Bar and welcoming new admittees.  A reception followed at the Jefferson Street Pub.

Photo ID (L to R): Hon. James T. Genovese , Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court; Hon. Charles G. Fitzgerald, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. David A. Blanchet, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Douglas J. Saloom, Lafayette City Court; Hon. Laurie A. Hulin, Fifteenth Judicial District Court;  Hon. Jules D. Edwards III, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Thomas J. Frederick ,  Commissioner, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Michelle M. Breaux, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Frances M. Bouillion, Lafayette City Court; Hon. Edward B. Broussard, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Patrick L. Michot, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Phyllis M. Keaty, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. John D. Trahan, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Marie B. Trahan, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon.  J. Donald Aaron, Jr. (Ret), Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Dona K. Renegar, Veazey Felder & Renegar, President, Louisiana State Bar Association; Hon. Candyce Gagnard Perret, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

BRBA CLE Presentation – December 29, 2017
On December 29, 2017, the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Integration Subcommittee participated in the BRBA CLE by the Hour at 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. During this presentation, attorneys increased their understanding of generational differences between: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials.  The CLE also navigated the changes in the legal profession in Louisiana.

Photo ID (L to R) Arlene D. Knighten, LA Commissioner of Insurance; Micah J. Fincher, Jones Walker LLP; Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP

AWA Annual Dinner Meeting – January 18, 2018
The Association for Women Attorneys hosted its Annual Dinner Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Commander’s Palace. Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell was keynote speaker and Lynn Luker received the Wynne Professionalism Award. The Wynne Professionalism Award honors a member of the Greater New Orleans Community who epitomizes the legacy of professionalism left behind by Magistrate Judge Michaelle Pitard Wynne. AWA Officers were also elected during the Annual Meeting.

Photo ID (L to R): Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC, Recipient, Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award, Chair, LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section.

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - 2017-18
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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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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