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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! 12TH ANNUAL CONCLAVE ON DIVERSITY- March 8, 2019
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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"NATCHITOCHES LIGHTS" CLE SEMINAR- December 14, 2018
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. 

Please click here to register.

Please click here to view the Natchitoches Lights agenda and materials. 

New Admittees Reception, New Orleans, LA – November 8, 2018
On November 8, 2018, the LSBA Diversity and Member Outreach Department hosted the Annual New Admittees Reception at the Louisiana Bar Center. Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President, welcomed the new attorneys along with other local and specialty bar leaders.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC, LSBA Board of Governors At-Large Member; Robert A. Kutcher, Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2018-19 LSBA President-Elect; Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, 2018-19 LSBA President; John E. McAuliffe, Jr., Frederick A Miller & Associates, LSBA Secretary; and Dylan T. Thriffiley, Ochsner Health System, Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Division.

BOTTOM Photo ID, New Admittees (L to R): Jackson M. Smith, Geiger Laborde & Laperouse; Leigh B. Ackal, Geiger Laborde & Laperouse; J. Tyler Clemons, Southern Poverty Law Center; Deandra N. De Napoli, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC; Katherine D. Honeywell, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC; and Whitney M. Wilson, Sangisetty Law Firm, LLC.

Annual Federal Judges’ Reception, Federal Bar Association (FBA), New Orleans Chapter – November 14, 2018
The Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter hosted its Annual Federal Judge’s Reception on November 14, 2018 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): Jana L. Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis; Dana M. Douglas, Liskow & Lewis; and Colleen C. Jarrott, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. 


BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Ashley L. Belleau, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard and Chief Judge Nannette V. Jolivette-Brown, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. 

New Orleans Bar Association 94th Annual Dinner Meeting – November 15, 2018
The New Orleans Bar Association hosted its 94th Annual Dinner Meeting on November 15, 2018 at the Audubon Tea Room, New Orleans, LA.

New Orleans Bar Association’s outgoing president, Dana M. Douglas, was recognized for her service and Jason P. Waguespack was inducted as incoming president.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk to Hon. Regina Bartholomew-Woods, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Kelly E. Brilleaux, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC, Chair, Young Lawyer Section, New Orleans Bar Association; and Gary W. Johnson, Attorney at Law, Council Member, Young Lawyers Section, New Orleans Bar Association. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Laura Tuggle, Southeast Louisiana Services; Hon. Scott U. Schlegel, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District; and Lauren M. Barletta, Southeast Louisiana Services. 

LSBA Disabilities CLE "Fit to Practice" – November 1, 2018
On November 1, 2018, the LSBA's Diversity Committee held the LSBA Disabilities CLE “Fit to Practice” at the Louisiana Bar Center. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Session Two “Ethical Obligations/Reasons for Advance Planning by Lawyers” Richard P. Lemmler, Jr., LSBA Ethics Counsel, New Orleans, LA; Session One “Loss Prevention & the Legal Malpractice Policy” Ashley M. Flick, Loss Prevention Counsel, Gilsbar, Inc., Covington, LA; and Session Three “Potential Ethical/Disciplinary Consequences” Damon S. Manning, Schiff, Scheckman & White, LLP, Hammond, LA. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Session Four “When, Where and How to Get Meaningful Assistance When Needed” J.E. “Buddy” Stockwell III, Executive Director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP), Mandeville, LA. 


LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Shreveport) – October 29, 2018
On October 29, 2018 the LSBA Outreach Committee hosted the LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series at the Shreveport Convention Center.
The Shreveport seminar featured Monique Y. Metoyer, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, LSBA Board of Governors, At-Large Member; L. Gordon Mosley II, Mosley Title, Secretary, Young Lawyers Section, Shreveport Bar Association; and Eric K. Barefield, LSBA Ethics Counsel.

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

Photo ID (L to R): Patrick J. Harrington, Law Offices of J. Dhu Thompson, APLC, LSBA Board of Governors, Eighth Board District; Monique Y. Metoyer, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, LSBA Board of Governors, At-Large Member; and L. Gordon Mosley II, Mosley Title, Secretary, Young Lawyers Section, Shreveport Bar Association.

SWLBA Court Opening Ceremony – October 19, 2018
On October 19, 2018, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association (SWLBA) held its annual Red Mass and Court Opening Ceremony. The Red Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral at 8:30 a.m. and was followed by the Court Opening Ceremony at the Old Calcasieu Parish Courthouse at 10:00 a.m.
Fall Court Ceremony was hosted in conjunction with the 14th, 36th, and 38th Judicial Courts.  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 Alyson V. Antoon, President, Young Lawyers Section and remarks by Barry H. Grodsky, Louisiana State Bar President 2018-19.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, LSBA President 2018-19. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Robert L. Wyatt, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Penelope Q. Richard, Thirty-Eighth Judicial District Court; Hon. Ronald F. Ware, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Sharon D. Wilson, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Guy E. Bradberry, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; G. Michael Canaday, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; and Hon. W. Mitchell Redd, Fourteenth Judicial District Court.

Shreveport Bar Association Memorial and Recognition Ceremony – October 30, 2018
On October 30, 2018, the Shreveport Bar Association hosted its annual Memorial and Recognition Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. The program featured an opening eulogy from Hon. Robert P. Waddell, Chief Judge, First Judicial Court and James C. McMichael, Jr. President, Shreveport Bar Association.

R. Gahagan Pugh III, Pugh, Pugh & Pugh, President, Young Lawyers Section, introduced new members. Barry H. Grodsky, President, Louisiana State Bar, gave remarks. A reception at the Shreveport Bar Center followed the ceremony.


Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Charles G. Tutt, First Judicial District Court; Hon. Karelia R. Stewart, First Judicial District Court; Hon. Craig O. Marcotte, First Judicial District Court; Hon. John D. Mosely, First Judicial District Court; Hon. Robert P. Waddell, Chief Judge, First Judicial District Court; Hon. Michael A. Pitman, First Judicial District Court; Hon. Brady D. O’Callaghan, First Judicial District Court; and Hon. Ramona L. Emanuel, First Judicial District Court.


LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Lake Charles) – October 17, 2018
On October 17, 2018 the LSBA Outreach Committee and the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association co-hosted the LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series at Reeves Uptown Catering at 1:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

The Member Outreach CLE Seminar (Lake Charles) featured J. Lee Hoffoss, Jr., Hoffoss Devall, LLC, LSBA Board of Governors, Fourth District; Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Co-Chair, Outreach Committee; and Eric K. Barefield, Ethics Counsel, LSBA.

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

Photo ID (L to R): Mark M. Judson, Southwest Louisiana Law Center, Inc, J. Lee Hoffoss, Hoffoss Devall, LLC, LSBA Board of Governors, Fourth District; Eric K. Barefield, Ethics Counsel, LSBA; Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Co-Chair, Outreach Committee; Ahmed K. Soussi, Law Clerk to Hon. Clayton A. Davis, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Courtnie N. Pollard, Judicial Law Clerk, Thirty-Sixth Judicial Court; Breanne R. Istre, Law Clerk to Hon. David A. Ritchie, Fourteenth Judicial District Court.

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  • Increasing your diversity knowledge and skills?
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  • 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?

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