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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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."

SAVE THE DATE! LSBA Diversity and Inclusion Managers Summit - August 24, 2019
The LSBA Diversity and Inclusion Managers Summit will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 

The Diversity and Inclusion Managers Summit is an opportunity to discuss how Diversity and Inclusion managers can cultivate a culture where all talented contributors—regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or natural origin—can have and can see a path to long-term success.

Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Managers, Committee Members and Managing Partners are encouraged to attend. Register here

View the Program Agenda here

The LSBA's Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession is hosting the "Natchitoches Lights" CLE seminar on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. 

New Orleans Bar Association Hosts 2018 Governors Luncheon – July 24, 2018
On July 24, 2018, the New Orleans Bar Association hosted the Governor’s Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. Governor John Bel Edwards served as the guest speaker.

Photo ID (L to R): Mark A. Cunningham, Jones Walker LLP; Micah J. Fincher, Jones Walker LLP; Justin I. Woods, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Dana M. Douglas, Liskow & Lewis, President, New Orleans Bar Association; Jason P. Waguespack, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, President-Elect, New Orleans Bar Association; Hon. Dale N. Atkins, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Hon. Regina Bartholomew-Woods, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Hon. Edwin A. Lombard, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit.

Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter, Scholarship Gala – August 3, 2018
On August 3, 2018, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter held its first annual CLE Seminar and Scholarship Dinner Cruise at 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles.

Associate Justice James T.  Genovese, Louisiana Supreme Court, served as the guest speaker. 

A dinner cruise followed from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Photo ID (L to R): Curtis L. Guillory, Attorney at Law; Bobby L. Holmes, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, LLC; Brent A. Hawkins, Hawkins Kee Law Group, LLC; Todd S. Clemons, Todd Clemons & Associates; Kendrick J. Guidry, Plauche, Smith & Nieset; Derrick D. Kee, Hawkins Kee Law Group, LLC, President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter; Chantell M. Smith, LA Workforce Commission; Marshall J. Simien, Jr., Attorney at Law; Hon. Sharon D. Wilson, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. David A. Ritchie, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Ronald Ware, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Nadine D. Gill, Gill Law Firm; Lydia G. Lee, Lake Charles City Court; Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC, President-Elect, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter; Mark A. Delphin, Attorney at Law; and James E. Burks, Burks Law Firm. 

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.

LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 2018 Spring Commencement – June 1, 2018
On June 1, 2018, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center held its Spring Commencement at 10:00 a.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.  Dean Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. welcomed graduates and gave remarks. Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson delivered the Golden Graduate address and Congressman Steve Scalise served as the keynote speaker.

Photo ID: (At podium) Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court. 

National Bar Association’s 93rd Annual Convention and Exhibit Conference – July 28 – August 3, 2018
On July 28 – August 3, 2018, the National Bar Association will hold its 93rd Annual Convention and Exhibit Conference at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. 

During the conference, the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (WLD) will hold an Achievement Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.

Amongst the award recipients honored are Louisiana lawyers: Ashley J. Heilprin, Associate, Phelps Dunbar LLP (Outstanding Young Lawyer); Dana M. Douglas, Partner, Liskow and Lewis (Outstanding Minority Partner in a Majority Firm);  Sandra Diggs Miller, Associate General Counsel, Entergy (Outstanding Corporate Counsel); Katrina R. Jackson, Louisiana House of Representatives (Outstanding Women Lawyer in Politics); Hon. Nanette J. Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (Excellence in Judiciary); and Kim M. Boyle, Partner, Phelps Dunbar (Hidden Figure). 

A “40 Under 40 Awards Gala” ceremony on will be held on August 1, 2018. The Gala will recognize the nation’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 who have made great achievements in the legal field.

Amongst the award recipients are Louisiana lawyers: Marcus A. Augustine, Corporate Secretary & Sr. Attorney, Cleco Power LLC; and Ashley J. Heilprin, Associate, Phelps Dunbar LLP.

A “Hall of Fame Luncheon” will be held on August 2, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. At the luncheon, Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court; and Wayne Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.

Lastly, an NBA Gala will be held on August 2, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Lesli D. Harris, Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, LLC, will be honored as Entertainer of the Year.

Photo ID (TOP PHOTO L to R): Ashley J. Heilprin, Phelps Dunbar LLP, Outstanding Young Lawyer Recipient; Royce I. Duplessis, Duplessis Law Firm, LLC, YLD/Section of the Year Award Recipient; and Dana M. Douglas, Liskow and Lewis, Outstanding Minority Partner in a Majority Firm Recipient. 

Photo ID (BOTTOM PHOTO L to R): Kim M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar LLP, Hidden Figure Award Recipient; Dana M. Douglas, Liskow and Lewis, Outstanding Minority Partner in a Majority Firm Recipient; Hon. Nanette J. Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Excellence in Judiciary Award Recipient; and Sandra Diggs Miller, Entergy, Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Recipient. 

Newest Diversity Signatories Spotlighted - 7/6/18
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. 
2017-18 New Signatories
Charles Elliott & Associates, LLC
Hawkins Kee Law Group
Kinchen Walker Bienvenu Bargas Reed & Helm, LLC
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Mickey S. deLaup, APLC
Pamela Alfred George

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

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601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600