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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 - 2019-20
Here is a list of upcoming local and specialty bar events for the 2019-2020 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 outreach@lsba.org with the event details (date, time, location).

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SAVE THE DATE! 13TH ANNUAL CONCLAVE ON DIVERSITY- March 27, 2020
The 13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession "Celebrating 55 Years of Civil Rights: Moving from Why to How" is scheduled Friday, March 27, 2020 and it will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. More details to come. 


SAVE THE DATE! Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar - December 13, 2019
The LSBA’s Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession is hosting the “Natchitoches Lights” CLE seminar on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel, Natchitoches, LA. More details to come.


Newest Diversity Signatories Spotlighted
The LSBA’s Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession would like to acknowledge and thank the newest signatories of the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles

By executing the Statement, the leaders of a legal organization or court agree to promote a culture that adopts best practices to improve retention of diverse talent and encourages the hiring and promotion of diverse talent. 
 
2019-20 New Signatories
Ayn W. Stehr
Dianne-Lorraine Hill
Pecoraro Law
Mary C. Anderson


2016-17 LSBA President Darrel Papillion honored with Baton Rouge Volunteer Award – November 22, 2019
On November 22, 2019, 2016-17 LSBA President Darrel Papillion will be honored with the Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist award at the 48th annual Baton Rouge Volunteer Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.

The award recognizes individuals who have contributed to organizations across the community and worked tirelessly for the betterment of the greater Baton Rouge area.

Mr. Papillion and his family are parishioners at St. George Catholic Church, and he has served on the boards of several state and local organizations, including Teach for America, Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and the LPD Foundation.

Mr. Papillion is one of ten recipients receiving the award this year.


Stone Pigman Walther Wittman Hosts First Year Law Student Diversity Reception – November 12, 2019
On November 12, 2019, Stone Pigman Walther Wittman hosted a reception for first year law students from Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

The Diversity Reception served as an opportunity for first year students to engage with attorneys and judges.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Sarah Hunt-Blackwell, 1L, Tulane University Law School; Sydney Tucker, 1L, Tulane University Law School; Diego Villalobos, 1L, Tulane University Law School; and Madison Torry, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank; Ashley J. Heilprin, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; Michael G. Bagneris, Davillier Law Group, LLC; Kim M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; and Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC. 

LSBA Labor and Employment CLE “Title VII at 55: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going” – November 5, 2019
On November 5, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., the LSBA Diversity Committee’s LGBT Subcommittee held the CLE seminar entitled “Title VII at 55: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.”

The CLE Seminar featured J. Tyler Clemons, Southern Poverty Law Center and J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, Co-Chair, LSBA Diversity Committee.

Photo ID (L to R): J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, Co-Chair, Diversity Committee and J. Tyler Clemons, Southern Poverty Law Center.


Annual Federal Judges’ Reception, Federal Bar Association (FBA), New Orleans Chapter – November 6, 2019
On November 6, 2019, the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter hosted its Annual Federal Judge’s Reception at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. The reception honored the judiciary of the U.S. Fifth Circuit, Eastern District and Bankruptcy Courts.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Meera U. Sossamon, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC; Hon. Dana M. Douglas, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; James M. Williams, Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP; and Inemesit U. O'Boyle, Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Jeffrey M. Hoffman, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver; Kim N. Nguyen, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver; and Andy J. Dupre, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver.



New Orleans Bar Association 95th Annual Dinner Meeting – November 15, 2019
The New Orleans Bar Association hosted its 95th Annual Dinner Meeting on November 21, 2019 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.
New Orleans Bar Association’s outgoing president, Jason P. Waguespack, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC was recognized for his service and James C. Gulotta, Jr., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC was inducted as incoming president.

The 2019-20 Board of Directors are: James C. Gulotta, Jr., President; William B. Gaudet, Adams and Reese, LLP, Vice President; Jan M. Hayden, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Vice-President; Kelly G. Juneau Rookard, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC, Secretary; Robert P. Thibeaux, Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC; and Kimberly Silas, Entergy, Young Lawyer Chair.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Madeleine M. Landrieu, Dean, Loyola University New Orleans College or Law; Peter E. Sperling, Frilot, LLC, Vice-President, New Orleans Bar Association; and Kim M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Past President, New Orleans Bar Association

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre and Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC


Baton Rouge Bar Association and Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter Federal Admission Ceremony – November 13, 2019
On November 13, 2019 the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter hosted the Annual Federal Court Swearing in Ceremony at the Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, President, Baton Rouge Bar Association; S. Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President-Elect, Baton Rouge Bar Association; and Christopher K. Jones, Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd, Treasurer, Baton Rouge Bar Association. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Erin J. Wilder-Doomes, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; Hon. John W. deGravelles, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; Hon. Brian A. Jackson, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; and Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana. 


LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Terrebonne Parish Bar Association) – October 30, 2019
On October 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m., the Terrebonne Parish Bar Association and LSBA Outreach Committee held the CLE seminar entitled “LSBA: Who We Are and How We Serve Our Members.”

The Member Outreach CLE Seminar (Terrebonne Parish Bar Association) featured Teresa D. King, Attorney at Law, Immediate Past President, Terrebonne Parish Bar Association.

The LSBA Member Outreach CLE series informs members about the LSBA and the services included with their membership. 

Photo ID: Teresa D. King, Attorney at Law, Immediate Past President, Terrebonne Parish Bar Association.


Shreveport Bar Association Memorial and Recognition Ceremony – October 29, 2019
On October 29, 2019, the Shreveport Bar Association hosted its annual Memorial and Recognition Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. The program opened with a welcome from Hon. Robert P. Waddell, Chief Judge, First Judicial Court and Curtis R. Joseph, Jr. President, Shreveport Bar Association.

Valerie A. DeLatte, Attorney at Law, Young Lawyers Section, introduced new attorneys. Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, 2019-20 LSBA President, welcomed new attorneys. A reception at the Shreveport Bar Center followed the ceremony.

Photo ID (L to R): Avery E. Bond, Law Offices of Gia Kosmitis, APLC; Jordan P. Caruso, Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC;  Chelsey T. Colontonio, Pettiette, Armand, Dunkelman, Woodley, Byrd & Cromwell, LLP; Christopher G. Forester, Pettiette, Armand, Dunkelman, Woodley, Byrd & Cromwell, LLP; Jimmie C. Herring, Jr., Caddo Parish Courthouse; Brandon G. Pang, Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC; Audrius M. Reed, Attorney at Law; Melissa J. K. Reger, Twenty-Sixth Judicial District Court; Julia M. Todd, Miramon Law, Inc.


CLE Series on Disabilities Related Issues (Social Security) – October 25, 2019
On October 25, 2019 the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Pipeline to Diversity & Outreach Subcommittee hosted the CLE Series on Disabilities Related Issues (Social Security) at the Louisiana Bar Center, New Orleans, LA.

Photo ID (L to R): Monica Ferraro and Suzette Tagesen Murphy, Worker's Compensation, LLC.



LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School Names Jake T. Henry III New Assistant Dean of Student Affairs – October 23, 2019
On October 23, 2019 it was announced that Jake T. Henry III, who previously served in the role of LSU Law Director of Admissions for eight years, has filled a new position as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Paul M. Hebert Law School.

In his new role, Mr. Henry will shape the Law Center’s interactions with students; focusing on academic, intellectual, and the day-to-day aspects of student life. Mr. Henry will also work with administrators to create an environment that is supportive and inclusive for students.


LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Lafayette) – October 23, 2019
On October 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., the LSBA Outreach Committee and the Lafayette Bar Association (LBA) held the CLE seminar entitled “LSBA: Who We Are and How We Serve Our Members.”

The Member Outreach CLE Seminar (Lafayette) featured Dwazendra J. Smith, Doran & Cawthorne, PLLC, LSBA Outreach Committee Member; and Stuart R. Breaux, Southern Lifestyle Development Company, LLC, 2019-20 LBA Young Lawyers Section President.

The LSBA Member Outreach CLE series informs members about the LSBA and the services included with their membership. 

Photo ID (L to R): Dwazendra J. Smith, Doran & Cawthorne, PLLC and Stuart R. Breaux, Southern Lifestyle Development Company, LLC.


SWLBA Court Opening Ceremony – October 18, 2019
On October 18, 2019, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association (SWLBA) held its annual Court Opening Ceremony in cooperation with the 14th, 36th, and 38th Judicial Courts. The Court Opening Ceremony was held at the Old Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, Lake Charles, LA at 10:00 a.m.

The Membership Luncheon Meeting immediately followed the Court Opening Ceremony and was held at 11:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Club.

The program included the introduction of new members by Alex L. Reed, The Sanchez Firm, President, SWLBA Young Lawyers Section and welcoming remarks by Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, 2019-20 LSBA President.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC; Alyson V. Antoon, Antoon Law Firm, LLC; (Back Row) Alex L. Reed, The Sanchez Law Firm, LLC, 2018-19 SWLBA Young Lawyers Section President; Shayna L. Sonnier, Hunter, Hunter & Sonnier, LLC; Rebecca J. Hunter, The Sanchez Law Firm, 2018-19 SWLBA President. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Front Row:  John E. Turner, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; Claire E. Caillier, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Kiara N. Heath, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Katherine B. Remy, Robichaux, Mize, Wadsack & Richardson, LLC; Kailey K. Gallegos, Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South; Heather R. Key, Schrumpf Law Office APLC; Nicholas J. Algero, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; Catherine C. Fastabend, Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock, LLP; and Brooke A. Roach, Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Back Row: Taylor Alexander, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office; Joseph M. W. Burke, Burke & Cestia; Courtney J’Nai Carter, Wilford Carter Law Office; Conrad R. Huber, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office; Kadence R. Haskett, Fuerst Carrier and Ogden; Bradley T. Rasile, Todd Clemons & Associates; Taylor E. “Joe” Cooper, Plauche, Smith & Nieset; and Mark A. Delphin II, Delphin Law Offices.

Hon. Bernadette D’Souza sworn in as 2019-20 President of National Association of Women Judges – October 18, 2019
On October 18, 2019, Hon. Bernadette G. D’Souza was sworn in as the 2019-20 President of the National Association of Women Judges at the 41st Annual Conference. The conference was held on October 15 – 19, 2019 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.


Chief Judge Carl Stewart to be honored with the Edward J. Devitt Service Award – October 17, 2019
On October 17, 2019, Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was honored with the 2019 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award recognizes an Article III judge who has made significant contributions to the administration of justice, and improvements to society as a whole.


Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Meeting with 2019-20 LSBA President – October 17, 2019
On October 17, 2019, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association leadership (SWLBA) met with 2019-20 LSBA President, Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher at Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse in Lake Charles. The meeting served as a platform for SWLBA leadership to discuss how the LSBA can continue to support initiatives and partner for upcoming events.

Photo ID: Ezra Pettis, Delphin Law Offices, PLC; Bobby L. Holmes, Holmes LA LAW, LLC; B. Thomas Shea, Attorney at Law, Treasurer; Kimalee Guidry, Executive Director; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-2020 LSBA President; Karen C. McLellan, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, Secretary; Shayna L. Sonnier, Hunter, Hunter & Sonnier, LLC; and Rebecca J. Hunter, The Sanchez Law Firm, 2018-19 SWLBA President.


Greater New Orleans New Admittees Reception – October 16, 2019
On October 16, 2019, the LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity Department hosted the Annual New Admittees Reception in conjunction with the Bridging the Gap CLE seminar at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, 2019-20 LSBA President, welcomed the new attorneys along with other local and specialty bar leaders.

Photo ID: Front Row: Kiara N. Heath, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Elizabeth A. Goree, Fourth District Public Defenders Office; Catherine C. Fastabend, Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock, LLP; Laura L. Pousson, Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock & Bogart, APLC; Rachel M. Anderson, Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock &  Bogart, APLC; Brooke A. Roach, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; David P. Kobetz, Neuner Pate; John C. D. Griffin, Caddo Parish Public Defender's Office; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President; Maresh P. J. Campbell, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett; Catherine M. Ashy, Law Clerk to Hon. Michelle M. Breaux, Fifteen Judicial District Court; Brandon G. Pang, Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC; Brittanii L. Wade, Southeast LA Legal Services Corporation; Ashley R. Delaune, Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, LLC; Christine M. Colwell, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP; John T. Rabalais, ARS International, LLC; and A'Niya S. Robinson, American Civil Liberties Union.

Back Row: Richard F. Norem III, Faircloth, Melton and Sobel; Hayden O. Bigby, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; Stephanie D. Veech, Brown Sims, PC; Cole C. Frazier, Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd; Taylor E. “Joe” Cooper, Plauche, Smith & Nieset; Erik M. Tadda, Jr., The Tadda Law Firm; William H. Patrick, IV, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP; Joseph S. Trytten, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett; Joseph B. Odom, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP; Thomas F. Dixon, Javier Law Firm, LLC, Natalie J. Awad, Fifteenth Judicial District Public Defenders Office; Leroy Carter III, Attorney at Law; Matthew K. Handy, The Handy Law Firm, LLC; and Austin R. Freeman, Fifteenth Judicial District Public Defenders Office.


Investiture of Associate Justice Greg G. Guidry as U.S. District Judge– October 2, 2019
On October 2, 2019, an investiture ceremony was held for Hon. Greg G. Guidry at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The ceremony celebrated Judge Guidry’s appointment as a U.S. District Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. 

Photo ID: Hon. Greg G. Guidry, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.


Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter Elects 2019-20 Board – October 10, 2019
On October 10, 2019, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter held a meeting to elect the 2019-20 chapter leadership. 2019-20 board members are: Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President; Ne’Shira D. Millender, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, Vice-President; Harry Landry III, Attorney at Law, 2nd Vice President; ReAzalia Z. Allen, Attorney at Law, Secretary; and Jamar L. Ennis, Attorney at Law, Treasurer.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): S. Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, LLP and Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar LLP, President. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar LLP, President; Ne’Shira D. Millender, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips LLP, First Vice-President; Harry Landry III, Attorney at Law, 2nd Vice President; ReAzalia Z. Allen, Attorney at Law, Secretary; Jamar L. Ennis, Attorney at Law, Treasurer; and Ashley J. Greenhouse, Haley & Associates, LLC, Immediate Past President.

Annual Judge Lemelle Mixer – October 3, 2019
On October 3, 2019, Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle co-hosted the Annual Lemelle Mixer with the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Student Association; the Tulane University Law School Black Law Student Association and the Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

The mixer served as an opportunity for diverse law students to engage with judges and attorneys.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Kim M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP and Hon. Ivan L. R. Lemelle, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis and Eagan, LLC; Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk to Hon. Regina Bartholomew Woods, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. Roland L. Belsome, Jr., Louisiana Supreme Court and Mia J. Lewis, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC. 

2019 LSU Legends Reception – October 11, 2019
On October 11, 2019, the A.P. Tureaud, Sr. Black Alumni Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association hosted the annual Legends Reception at the LSU student union.

Among the Legends honored was James M. Williams, Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP.

Legend recipients embody excellence through their outstanding career and civic achievements and uphold the ideals of late attorney A.P. Tureaud.


GNO Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Scholarship Jazz Brunch – September 14, 2019
On September 14, 2019, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society celebrated its annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch at 11:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The theme was “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Building the Future.” 

The Scholarship Jazz Brunch also served as an opportunity to honor outstanding members in the legal community. Honorees included: Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC (Lifetime Achievement Award); Hon. Terri F. Love, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit (Louis A. Martinet Award); Hon. Nanette J. Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of L.A. (Ernest Morial Award); Adria N. Kimbrough, The Kullman Firm (Dr. Norman C. Francis Award); Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (AP Tureaud Award); Robert Jones, Orleans Public Defenders Office (Earl J. Amedee Award); and April D. Davenport, Ebony S. Morris, Megan Hayes, and Brent E. Bartholomew (Martinet President’s Award). 

This year’s program featured WWLTV anchor Charisse Gibson as the Master of Ceremonies, and Hon. Penny Brown Reynolds served as the keynote speaker.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Darrel J. Papillion, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC, 2016-2017 LSBA President; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-2020 LSBA President; Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria City Attorneys Office, 2019-2020 LSBA President-Elect; Kim M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, 2009-2010 LSBA President; and Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, 2018-2019 LSBA President.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): April D. Davenport, Attorney at Law, Vice President of External Communications, GNO Louis A. Martinet, Legal Society, Inc.; Ebony S. Morris, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC, Vice-President of Membership, GNO Louis A. Martinet, Legal Society, Inc.; Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; Kimberly R. Silas, Entergy, President, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.;  Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, President-Elect, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; and Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank, Immediate Past President, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.



“Equity and Diversity” Presentation at Attorney General Office’s Annual CLE – September 11, 2019
On September 11, 2019, Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System presented an “Equity and Diversity” presentation at the Attorney General Office’s Annual CLE at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA.

The “Equity and Diversity” presentation informed audience members on generational differences in the workplace; defining equity and diversity; and understanding the definition of bias.

Photo ID: Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System, Baton Rouge, LA.


Kim Boyle creates new scholarship to improve diversity at Tulane University – September 9, 2019
Kim M. Boyle, a Tulane University board member and the 2009-2010 LSBA president is creating a scholarship to improve diversity at Tulane University.

The Ernest and Connie Boyle Scholarship Endowed Fund, named in honor of Ms. Boyle’s parents, aims to improve diversity by giving underrepresented groups the opportunity to receive an education at Tulane University. Preference will be given to students graduating from New Orleans area high schools.


2019 -20 LSBA Diversity Committee Orientation – September 7, 2019
On September 7, 2019 the Diversity Committee met at the Louisiana Bar Center for an orientation and business meeting. Committee members engaged in ice-breaking activities and reviewed Diversity Committee and Subcommittee programming for the 2019-20 bar year. 

Photo ID (L to R): Back Row: Sowmaya Mandava, 24th JDC; Jared E. Nelson, LA Attorney General's Office; Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; Dan L. Tran, Attorney at Law; Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre; Courtney H. Payton, Aaron and Ginna; Monica M. Vela-Vick, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC; Justin W. Stephens, Tabary & Borne, LLC; and Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System.

Front Row (L to R): Troy N. Bell, Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC; John A. Womble, Frederick A Miller & Assoc., Co-Chair; Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP. Co-Chair; J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, Co-Chair; and Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC.


4th JDC Court Opening – September 6, 2019
On September 6, 2019 the 4th JDC Bar Association held its annual Opening of Court. Hon. Daniel J. Ellender, Chief Judge, 4th Judicial District Court opened the ceremony, provided greetings and introductions and recognized new members. 4th JDC Bar President, April M. Hammett, McNew, King, Mills, Burch & Landry, LLP provided closing remarks. A reception followed at the Vantage Banquet Hall.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): April M. Hammett, McNew, King, Mills, Burch & Landry, LLP, 2019-20 4th JDC Bar Association President; Jessica L. Fitts, Cummins and Fitts, LLC; and Sarah M. Smith, J Garland Smith and Associates.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Front Row: Hon. H. Stephen Winters, 4th Judicial District Court; Hon. B. Scott Leehy, 4th Judicial District Court; Hon. Robert C. Johnson, 4th Judicial District Court; Hon. Larry D. Jefferson, 4th Judicial District Court; and Hon. Marcus L. Hunter, 4th Judicial District Court.

Back Row: Hon. D. Milton Moore, III, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit; Hon. James M. “Jimbo” Stephens, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit; Hon. Jefferson B. Joyce, Monroe City Court; Hon. C. Wendell Manning, 4th Judicial District Court; Hon. Alvin R. Sharp, 4th Judicial District Court; Hon. Daniel J. Ellender, 4th Judicial District Court; Hon. Sharon I. Marchman, 4th Judicial District Court; and Hon. J. Wilson Rambo, Fourth Judicial District Court.


22nd JDC Court Opening – September 6, 2019
On September 6, 2019, the 22nd Judicial District Court held its annual Opening of Court. Hon. Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sherriff opened the ceremony. Hon. Dawn Amacker, Chief Judge, 22nd Judicial District Court provided introductory remarks. Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, 2019-2020 LSBA President welcomed new attorneys. A reception followed.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Kelly M. Rabalais, St. Tammany Parish Government and Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Allison H. Penzato, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, Third District; Hon. August J. Hand, 22nd Judicial District Court; Hon. William J. Knight, 22nd Judicial District Court; Hon. Reginald T. Badeaux, 22nd Judicial District Court; Hon. William J. Crain, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, Third District; Hon. Patricia A. Hedges, 22nd Judicial District Court (ret.); Hon. Richard A. Swartz, Jr., 22nd Judicial District Court; Hon. Raymond S. Childress, 22nd Judicial District Court; Hon. Peter J. Garcia, 22nd Judicial District Court; Hon. Alan A. Zaunbrecher, 22nd Judicial District Court; and Hon. William H. Burris, 22nd Judicial District Court.      

Alexandria Bar Association Court Opening – September 4, 2019
On September 4, 2019 the 9th JDC Bar Association held its annual Opening of Court. Hon. Greg Beard, Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial District Court opened the ceremony. Alexandria Bar Association President, Ronnie G. Beard, provided introductory remarks; Joshua J. Dara, Jr., Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, Young Lawyers Section, introduced new attorneys; and Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, 2019-20 LSBA President welcomed new attorneys. A reception followed.

Photo ID (L to R): Matthew L. Nowlin, Keiser Law Firm, Treasurer, Alexandria Bar Association; Ronnie G. Beard, Attorney at Law, President, Alexandria Bar Association; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President; Michael S. Koch, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Immediate Past President, Alexandria Bar Association; and Jonathan D. Stokes, Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, Vice President, Alexandria Bar Association.


Camille Bryant Named 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer by The NBA Association’s Women Lawyers Division – September 1, 2019
New Orleans area attorney Camille Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Women Lawyers Division. Ms. Bryant is also the recipient of the GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Inc. A.P. Tureaud Award.

The NBA Association’s Women Lawyers Division Outstanding Young Lawyer award recognizes the achievement of young women lawyers to the profession through professional excellence, service to the profession, and service to the community.

The A.P. Tureaud award recognizes a member who is exceedingly active in local and specialty bar associations throughout the state. Ms. Bryant currently serves as the president of the Association for Women Attorneys, New Orleans chapter.


Specialty Bars Conference – August 24, 2019
On August 24, 2019, the LSBA's Diversity Committee hosted the Specialty Bars Conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, LA. 

TOP LEFT: Session One “The Difference Between Getting In and Staying In: Moving Toward Inclusion” Photo ID (L to R): J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C., Co-Chair, LSBA Diversity Committee; Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Co-Chair, LSBA Diversity Committee; and Luis A. Leitzelar, Jones Walker LLP. 

TOP RIGHT: Session Two “Defending Disciplinary Action” Photo ID (L to R): Richard P. Lemmler, Jr., Ethics Counsel, LSBA; Yolanda Cezar, Screening Counsel, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board; and William N. “Billy” King, Professional Programs Practice Assistance Counsel, LSBA. 

BOTTOM LEFT:  Session Three “The Disproportionate Impact of Non-Unanimous Juries” Photo ID (L to R): Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell, Louisiana State Senate, District 3 and Edward L. Tarpley, Jr., Ed Tarpley Law Firm, LSBA Board of Governors, Sixth Board District. 

BOTTOM MIDDLE: Session Four “Women’s Personal and Professional Development – A Perspective from the Bench” Photo ID (L to R): Honorable Karelia R. Stewart, First Judicial District Court and Honorable Keva M. Landrum-Johnson, Orleans Criminal District Court. 

BOTTOM RIGHT: Session Five “The Future of the Legal Profession: Making Strides with Technology” Photo ID (L to R): Abid Hussain, Hussain Law LLC and Jessica M. Vasquez, Attorney at Law. 


Specialty Bars Subcommittee Meeting with 2019-20 LSBA President – August 23, 2019
On August 23, 2019, the Specialty Bars subcommittee met with 2019-20 LSBA President Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher. The meeting was held in conjunction with the LSBA Board of Governors meeting at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans. The meeting served as a platform for Specialty Bars to discuss upcoming events and how the LSBA can continue to support Specialty Bar initiatives.

Photo ID (L to R): Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis and Eagan, LLC, Co-Chair, LSBA Outreach Committee; Dean David D. Meyer, Tulane University Law School; Lykisha R. Vaughan, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Baton Rouge Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Victor J. “Vic” Suane, Jr., Kean Miller, LLP, Baton Rouge Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Christine T.C. “Chrissy” Bruneau, Cotten Schmidt, LLP, Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association President; George W. Britton III, Attorney at Law, Northeast Louis A. Martinet Legal Society President; Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Co-Chair, LSBA Outreach Committee; William C. Bradford, Jr., Jesse Stone Legal Society President; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President; Franchesca L. Hamilton-Acker, Acadiana Legal Service Corp, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Greater Lafayette Chapter President; Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. President; Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter President; and Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre, Chair, LSBA Minority Involvement Section.


Federal Bar Association (FBA), New Orleans Chapter Annual Meeting – August 22, 2019
On August 22, 2019, the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel. Saad M. Soliman, founding Executive Director of the Peers Mentoring Center and Peace by Piece, Inc. was the keynote speaker.

During the luncheon, Immediate Past-President, Kathryn M. Knight presented the President’s Award, John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award, and the Camille F. Gravel, Jr. Award to recipients. 

Following the presentation of awards, Hon. Nannette J. Brown, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana presided over the election of officers: Hon. Nanette J. Brown, President, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter; Steven F. Griffith, Jr., President-Elect; Michael J. Ecuyer, Treasurer; Donna P. Currault, Recording Secretary; Brian J. Capitelli, Membership Chair; and Alysson L. Mills, Young Lawyers Division Chair.

The luncheon concluded with remarks from the chapter President, Hon. Nannette J. Brown.

Photo ID (L to R): Marcus V. Brown, Entergy; Hon. Nannette J. Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of LA, 2019-20 FBA New Orleans Chapter President; and Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President.


Baton Rouge Bar Association 90th Anniversary Celebration – August 16, 2019
On August 16, 2019 the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its 90th Anniversary Celebration at the City Club of Baton Rouge.

The celebration featured a cocktail reception and concluded with an awards ceremony.

TOP PHOTO BRBA past presidents with Current BRBA president, Amy C. Lambert. Photo ID (L to R): Michael W. McKay, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; Michael H. Rubin, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP; Chistine Lipsey, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; and Leo C. Hamilton, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP.

BOTTOM PHOTO BRBA Staff. Photo ID (L to R): Lynn S. Haynes: Claudia A. McBride; Robin Kay; Julie Ourso; Landon T. Hester; Donna Buck; and Ann K. Gregorie, Executive Director.


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