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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Law Student Volunteers Attend 2019 Conclave for Free – March 8, 2019
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee is hosting its 12th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession on March 8, 2019 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. This year’s theme is “Strides in Diversity: Opening Doors for the Next Generation.” 

We would like to provide law students the opportunity to attend for free. The first 15 students to register will volunteer with registration and checking attendees into morning breakout sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 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 2019 Conclave on Diversity, register here to reserve your spot.

The 12th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession is scheduled Friday, March 8, 2019 and it will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. The theme for the Conclave is "Strides in Diversity: Opening Doors for the Next Generation."

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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

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. 

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