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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 - 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 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 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! GREATER NEW ORLEANS NEW ADMITTEES RECEPTION - November 7, 2019
Please join the LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity Department in welcoming the newest members of the bar! The welcoming reception will be held at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans on November 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by November 4, 2019: 


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewAdmittee2019



Day 1, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/10/2019
Eighteen local 11th grade, 12th grade, and recent high school graduate students received a warm welcome to the 2019 Louisiana State Bar Association's Suit Up for the Future program from 2019-20 LSBA President Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher; and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. LSBA's Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Members: Co-Chair Scherri N. Guidry and Angela White-Bazile, also made welcoming remarks and facilitated activities that revolved around the question: "What does it mean to be a lawyer?"

In the afternoon, Suit up interns stepped into the classroom for a lesson on Legal Research and Writing. Instruction was provided by Professor Emily Bishop, Westerfield Fellow, Director of the Lawyering Program, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

Thank you to our presenters for making Day 1 of Suit Up for the Future a success!

TOP LEFT PHOTO ID (L to R): Christian J. Olivier; Jamia S. Brown; Professor Emily Bishop, Westerfield Fellow, Director of the Lawyering Program, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Miles I. Lee; and Trinity A. Holmes. 

TOP RIGHT PHOTO ID (L to R): TOP ROW Photo ID (L to R): Kai Johnson; Ashley Berry; Kai Z. L. Haley; Jamia S. Brown; Quentin C. Stalker; Christian A. Falcone; Christian J. Olivier; Jessica A. Burrell; Benjamin J. Burstain; Trinity A. Holmes; Lannette M. Richardson; and Belema A. Derefaka. MIDDLE ROW Photo ID (L to R):  Ally D. Flakes; Asia Hentowski; Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda; Casey L. Schaefer; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Ann M. Rome; Rachael J. Hahn; Madison G. Campbell; Ning (Nina) Xi; Miles I. Lee;  and Lauren Bennett; BOTTOM ROW PHOTO ID (L to R): LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair Scherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defenders Office; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and Angela White-Bazile, Executive Counsel, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.

BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO ID (L to R): LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair Sherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defender’s Office; 2019-20 LSBA President Robert “Bob” Kutcher; and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO ID (L to R): LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Members: Co-Chair Sherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defender’s Office and Angela White-Bazile, Executive Counsel, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.


Day 2, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/11/2019
On the second day of Suit Up for the Future, student interns visited the Louisiana Supreme Court and and visited with Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. 

At the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, student interns viewed an oral argument. The oral argument was presented to a panel of judges, which featured:  Hon. Roland L. Belsome, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Hon. Sandra C. Jenkins, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Hon. Terri F. Love, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit. Following oral argument, the judges provided a presentation on the appellate process.

Hon. Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit spoke about her career path to the legal profession. Judge Chase and Angela White-Bazile, Executive Counsel, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court, had lunch with the Suit Up interns which featured a presentation by Theo Shaw. Mr. Shaw is a graduate of University of Washington School of Law and was a defendant in the criminal case in Jena, Louisiana that garnered national attention when six black high-school students were arrested for beating a white high-school student. 

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson met with students and shared her personal and professional journey. 

Chief Justice Johnson then engaged student interns in a Question and Answer session. 

Justice Marcus R. Clark met with students and shared information on the history of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Student interns then went on a tour of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Library and Museum conducted by:

Trina S. Vincent, Public Information Specialist, Louisiana Supreme Court; and Miriam D. Childs, Director, Louisiana Supreme Court Law Library.

The second day concluded with Resume Preparation instructed by interns Lauren Bennett, Southern University; Belema Derefaka, Howard University; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; Lanette Richardson, Southern University; Kai Johnson, law clerk to Hon. Karen Wells Roby; and Miles Frances, Intern to Hon. Karen Wells Roby. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lora L. Ghawaly, Louisiana State Bar Association; Lannette M. Richardson, Southern University Law Center; Lauren Bennett, Southern University LawCenter; Quentin C. Stalker; Casey L. Shaefer; Jamia S. Brown; Miles Francis, Intern to Hon. Karen Wells Roby; Belema Derefaka, Howard University; Hon. Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; Isis M. Haydel; Ning (Nina) Xi; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Madison G. Campbell; Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda; Miles I. Lee; Ann M. Rome; Rachael J. Hahn; Christian J. Olivier; Kai Z. L. Haley; Benjamin J. Burstain; Jessica A. Burrell; Christian A. Falcone; Trinity A. Holmes; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University. 


BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit and Theo Shaw. 

Day 3, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/12/2019
Day three of Suit Up began and ended with Memorandum Outline Preparation with one-on-one assistance provided by interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ashley Berry, Dillard University; and Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans.

Following Memorandum Outline Preparation, student interns stepped into the classroom for a presentation on Constitutional Law.  Instruction was provided by Professor Raymond T. Diamond, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

In the afternoon, student interns were taught the basics of Contracts Law by Professor Roederick C. White, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University Law Center

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Miles Lee; Christian Falcone; Professor Raymond T. Diamond, Director of the Pugh Institute for Justice, James Carville Alumni Professor of Law, & Jules F. & Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Ning (Nina) Xi; and Ann Rome.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Kai Z. L. Haley; Javier Calderon-Yanar; Rachael Hahn; Ning (Nina) Xi; Professor Roederick C. White, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University Law Center; Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Taylor Wardsworth; and Christian Falcone.


Day 4, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/13/2019
Suit Up student interns began Day 4 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.

Following the Oral Argument Workshop, students were provided resume tips by interns and externs Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School; Ashley Berry, Dillard University; Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Belema A. Derefaka, Howard University. 

During lunch, Janell McFarland-Forges, O’Bryon & Scnabel, PLC, provided Suit Up student interns insight into her career path in the legal profession. 

Following the lunch presentation, Memorandum and Oral Argument preparation (viewing of 2018 Oral Arguments) was provided by Suit Up Interns: Ashley Berry, Dillard University; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Belema Derefaka, Howard University. 

The fourth day concluded with a Brainstorming Session titled “Questions to Ask a Law School” conducted by Suit Up intern Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Trinity A. Holmes; Ann M. Rome; Annie Scardulla, Advocacy Fellow, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; and Christian J. Olivier.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Christian A. Falcone; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Madison G. Campbell; Rachael J. Hahn; Janell McFarland-Forges, O’Bryon & Scnabel, PLC; Kai Z. L. Haley; Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; and Ning (Nina) Xi.

Day 5, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/14/2019
Suit Up student interns started off the morning with Memorandum Preparation (One-On-One Assistance) conducted by Matthew R. Slaughter, Phelps Dunbar, LLC and interns: Ashley Berry, Dillard University; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School; Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; and Asia Hentowski, Loyola University New Orleans.

The first week of Suit Up concluded with student interns traveling to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.; First Assistant District Attorney Graymond Martin; Public Information Officer Ken Daley; and Anne Kiefer provided student interns with a glimpse into the life of an Assistant District Attorney. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Rachael Hahn; Miles Lee; Christian Falcone; Matthew R. Slaughter, Phelps Dunbar, LLC; Trinity Holmes; Quentin Stalker; Christian Olivier; and Ann M. Rome.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R):  Ning (Nina) Xi; Trinity A. Holmes; Kai Z. L. Haley; Quentin C. Stalker; Christian J. Olivier; Jessica A. Burrell; Miles I. Lee; Benjamin J. Burstain; Christian A. Falcone; Casey L. Schaefer; Ann M. Rome; District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Madison G. Campbell; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Rach


Day 1, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/17/2019
Student interns visited the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.  Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana welcomed students.   

A tour of the courthouse was conducted by Rebecca Coman, Director of Education & Training/Court Events/Naturalization, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.   

After the courthouse tour, the following presentations were conducted: 

U.S. Marshals presentation by Maurice Lightfoot, Deputy U.S. Marshall, U.S. Marshals Service; and a U.S. Attorney’s Office presentation by Jordan Ginsberg, 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.   

Following the field trip, attorney Matthew R. Slaughter, Phelps Dunbar, LLP and Suit Up Interns provided One-On-One Memorandum Assistance. 

TOP PHOTO ID (L to R): Rachael Hahn; Ann Rome; Rebecca Coman, Director of Education & Training/Court Events/Naturalization, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Taylor Wardsworth; and Jessica A. Burrell.

BOTTOM Photo ID: Suit Up student interns in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Day 2, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/18/2019
On the second day of week two of the Suit Up for the Future program, student interns visted began with a field trip to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.  At the Criminal District Court, student interns were welcomed by presenters, Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, Section B and Camille Buras, Section H. 

After their field trip to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, student interns returned to the Louisiana Bar Center for lunch with their job shadowing employers.

Following the job shadowing lunch, student interns traveled to the Orleans Public Defenders Office. The session provided student interns with a glimpse into the life of a Public Defender. Presenters from the Orleans Public Defenders Office included:  Lindsey Hortenstine, Director of Communications and Development; Robert Jones, Client Advocate; and Robert McKnight, Staff Attorney. 

TOP Photo ID: Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, Section B, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court with student interns. 

BOTTOM Photo ID: Student interns at the Orleans Public Defenders Office. 

Day 3, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/19/2019
On the third day of week two of the Suit Up for the Future program, student interns shadowed local attorneys and judges.

LEFT Photo ID (L to R):Christian Falcone; Nina Xi; Ms. Keegan E. Chopin, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC; and John E. Bicknell, Jr., Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC. 

TOP RIGHT Photo ID (L to R): Kai Haley; Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and Miles Lee.

BOTTOM RIGHT Photo ID (L to R): Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Lacresha D. Wilkerson, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP; and Trinity Holmes.


Day 4, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/20/2019
On the fourth day of week two of the Suit Up for the Future program, student interns shadowed local attorneys and judges.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Sean M. Toomey, Liskow & Lewis; Madison Campbell; and Jamia Brown.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Quentin Stalker; Keegan E. Chopin, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC; Taylor Wardsworth; and John E. Bicknell, Jr., Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC.



Day 5, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/21/2019
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: Candice Dazet, Regional Admissions Counselor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Tristyn Wheeler, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Louisiana University; Jake T. Henry III, Admissions Director, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School; and Kate Donsbach, Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment, University of New Orleans.

Following the workshop, the student interns were provided one-on-one assistance with their memorandums by: Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center

During lunch, Kieone H. Cochran, United States Social Security Administration and J. McCaleb Bilbro, Gaudry, Ranson, Higgins & Gremillion, LLC provided student interns insight into their career path in the legal profession.

Following lunch, the student interns were provided one-on-one assistance with their memorandums by: Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center, Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center.

TOP Left Photo ID (L to R): Christian A. Falcone; Kai Z. L. Haley; Candice Dazet, Regional Admissions Counselor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Christian J. Olivier; and Jessica A. Burrell.

BOTTOM Left Photo ID (L to R): Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Kai Z. L. Haley; Jake T. Henry III, Admissions Director, LSU Law Admissions; Benjamin J. Burstain; and Rachael J. Hahn

TOP Right Photo ID (L to R): Taylor P. Wardsworth; Madison G. Campbell; Tristyn Wheeler, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Office of Admissions; and Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda

BOTTOM Right Photo ID (L to R): Christian A. Falcone; Trinity A. Holmes; Kate Donsbach, Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment, University of New Orleans; Miles I. Lee; and Quentin C. Stalker


Day 1, Week 3 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/24/19
Suit Up student interns began the morning with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; and Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy.

Following lunch, student interns visited Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for a presentation and tour. During their visit to each school, student interns learned about the admissions process and campus life. 

Presenters were as follows: 

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law: Kimberly Jones, MS, JD, Director of Law Admissions; Gabriela Saint-Louis, law student; Margaret Hickey, law student; and Cynthia Padilla, law student.  

Loyola University New Orleans: Michael J. Cusanza, Admissions Counselor, Loyola University New Orleans.

Tulane University Law School: Lezlie A. Griffin, Assistant Dean for Career Development & Diversity Initiatives; and Emily Wojna-Hodnett, Assistant Director of Admission; and Antonio Milton, Law Student. 

Photo ID (L to R): Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center; and Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School.


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.  



2019 Diversity Conclave Highlight --"Pitch Perfect" session
“The Connect” In-House Corporate Breakfast “Pitch Perfect” session was a networking and strategy session for outside counsel, attempting to secure or presently engaged in doing business with corporations; and in house counsel, with the ability to make recommendations to assign work and select counsel. The session was sponsored by Toyota Financial Services and the LSBA Corporate and Business Law Section. 

Photo ID (L to R): moderator Luis A. Leitzelar (Jones Walker LLP, Platinum Plus Sponsor); Latanya Langley (BIC International Co.); Angelique Strong Marks (MAHLE Industries, Inc.); and Rudy A. Figueroa (Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC). 


2019 Diversity Conclave Highlight -- Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session OneFrom Child Migration to Detaining Asylum-Seekers: Emerging Crisis in Immigration Law,” Immigration Breakout Session – During the Immigration breakout, panelists discussed the changing landscape of immigration law locally and nationally. Immigration law topics covered during this session included DACA, changes in state laws, challenges for immigrant children, asylum-seekers, and Louisiana-specific immigration issues.

Breakout Session Two"Drivers of Initiative: The Role of In-house Counsel in Growing the D&I Pipeline," Best Practices Breakout Session - Building a talented and diverse team internally as well as externally (outside counsel) is a collaborative effort. Without true leadership within corporate law departments of in-house counsel and outside counsel law firms, meaningful improvements in the areas of diversity and inclusion will remain elusive. Despite the increased attention to diversity, there has been little or no change in the racial or gender composition of firms. The lawyers at the top – those that have the power to drive Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)—have an obligation to identify the best or most-renowned diverse subject matter experts in the legal profession for future opportunities. Talent development is the role of not only in-house counsel but also outside counsel.

This session explored the key components of creating an internal environment for Diversity and Inclusion.           

(TOP Photo ID – L to R): Laila L. Hlass (Tulane University Law School); moderator Thomas A. Saenz (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund); and Dalia Castillo-Granados (American Bar Association, Children’s Immigration Law Academy).

(BOTTOM Photo ID - L to R): Sharon Bridges (Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation); moderator Latanya Langley (BIC International Co.); Conclave Subcommittee Chair Deidre D. Robert (Southern University System, Excellence in Diversity Reception sponsor); and Dominique R. Bright-Wheeler (Toyota Financial Services, Gold Sponsor). 


2019 Diversity Conclave Highlight -- Interactive Workshop
Interactive workshop - "Leadership on Purpose: Harnessing our Collective Strength Toward Inclusive Excellence," presented by Dr. Katrice Albert.

Across the nation there are far too many bridges yet to cross such that women, ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, LGBTQ, and other diverse citizens have full access to employment opportunities and career advancement. 

This keynote challenged Conclave participants to IGNITE leadership on purpose, to be future forward, and to bend the arch toward success by focusing on how to accelerate their unyielding commitment to equity and diversity. 

Photo ID (L to R): Conclave Subcommittee Chair Deidre D. Robert (Southern University System, Excellence in Diversity Reception Sponsor); Workshop speaker Dr. Katrice Albert (NCAA); and Conclave Subcommittee Co-chair John A. Womble (Frederick A. Miller & Associates).


2019 Diversity Conclave Highlight – Luncheon
During the Luncheon, Wayne J. Lee (Stone Pigman Walther Wittman) was presented with the Committee on Diversity Award by 2009-2010 LSBA President Kim M. Boyle (Phelps Dunbar, LLP).   

Photo ID (L to R):
Conclave Subcommittee Co-chair Denia S. Aiyegbusi (Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Platinum Level Sponsor); award presenter Kim M. Boyle (Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Gold Sponsor); award recipient Wayne J. Lee (Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, Gold Level Sponsor); Deidre D. Robert (Southern University System, Excellence in Diversity Reception Sponsor); and John A. Womble (Frederick A. Miller & Associates). 


2019 Diversity Conclave Highlight -- Plenary Sessions
Plenary Session One"#MeToo and Beyond: What have we leaned and where will we go?” Labor and Employment Session - The #MeToo movement continues to propel a national dialogue on the importance of recognizing and combatting harassment in the workplace. What are some of the lessons that employers have learned about the need for changes in workplace culture? How are in-house and outside counsel advising their clients on best practices and approaches to confronting risks and realities? How is the legal community addressing its own issues around harassment in the workplace?

This session delved into each of these dimensions of the movement and explored the kinds of new thinking and approaches needed to end harassment and foster safe and respectful workplaces for all people.     

Plenary Session Two, “Social Justice: Ethical Considerations for Change Agents, " Trending Legal Issues Session- Lawyers play a vital role in advancing social justice issues. We constantly ask ourselves “how can we help” or are asked by others “can we help?” Sustainability seems challenging when there is so much work to be done.

This session explored what our legal and moral obligations are as lawyers and as members of society to protect disenfranchised groups.

(TOP Photo ID L to R): Jenny R. Yang (Working IDEAL); Jack Chen (Microsoft Corporation); and Andrea L. Gilliam (Unwanted, LLC). 

(BOTTOM Photo ID L to R): J. Tyler Clemons (Southern Poverty Law Center); Alysson L. Mills (Fishman Haygood, LLP); and moderator Royce I. Duplessis (Duplessis Law Firm, LLC). 


2019 Diversity Conclave Highlight -- Excellence in Diversity Reception
The Excellence in Diversity Reception sponsored by Southern University Law Center honored signatories to the statement of diversity principles, sponsors and co-hosts.

(RIGHT Photo ID L to R):  Sherrie Rhodes, (Southern University Law Center); Deidre D. Robert, (Southern University System); and Kerri Landry-Thomas, (Southern University Law Center).

(MIDDLE Photo ID L to R): Kristi D. Obafunwa (Kean Miller); Deidre D. Robert (Southern University System); and Victor “Vic” J. Suane, Jr. (Kean Miller LLP).

(LEFT Photo ID L to R): Sponsor) Christopher D. James-Lomax (McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch and Deidre D. Robert (Southern University System).


SULC Distinguished Alumni Reception and Judicial Hall of Fame – April 4, 2019
On April 4, 2019, Southern University Law Center honored its distinguished alumni at the Alumni and Friends Round-up. Festivities included the Alumni Hall of Fame Gala, CLE workshops, student development events, and an evening reception on the River Terrace at Shaw Center. 

During the afternoon reception, Honorable Tonya Jones, Honorable Michael Bellamy and Honorable D. Nicole Sheppard were inducted into the SULC Judicial Wall of Fame.

Photo ID (L to R) Judges inducted into the SULC Hall of Fame: Hon. Tonya Jones, Harris County Criminal Court; Hon. Michael Bellamy, Alabama 26th Circuit Court; and D. Nicole Sheppard, Orleans Parish Civil District Court.


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.


Advocacy at the Capitol/ Chief Justice Luncheon Keynote Speaker – May 8, 2019
On May 8, 2019 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha participated in joint advocacy at the Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA.

At 8:30 a.m., Governor John Bel Edwards addressed sorority and fraternity members at the Legislative Briefing Governor’s Press Room. Governor Edwards was joined by members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, keynote speaker at the Joint Advocacy Luncheon, provided remarks to members of the group regarding the importance of advocacy and voting.

Photo ID (L to R): Katina M. Semien, South Central Regional Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.


Reception Celebrating the Term of Chief Judge Stewart – May 7, 2019
On May 7, 2019, The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society co-sponsored a reception celebrating the term of Chief Judge Carl Stewart at the Windsor Court Hotel.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Photo ID (Standing L to R): Hon. Paula A. Brown, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division D.; Hon. Ellen M. Hazeur, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Div. A.; Justin I. Woods, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. Dana M. Douglas, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of LA; Hon. Yvette M. Alexander, Baton Rouge City Court;  (sitting) Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court. 

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