9th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession

Friday, March 4, 2016
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge
6.0 CLE Credit Hours

Please join the LSBA, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and a host of statewide local and specialty bar associations for the Ninth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. This year’s theme is “Diversity and Inclusion: Moving from 'A Foot in the Door' to "A Voice at the Table'.” Conclave highlights include:

  • Luncheon keynote speaker Roderick A. "Rick" Palmore, a senior counsel at Dentons US in Chicago, IL and a nationally recognized advocate for diversity in the legal industry. He is the author of A Call to Action: Diversity in the Legal Profession, a legal industry manifesto urging general counsel to drive diversity by demanding results in the law firms with which they work as well as in their departments.

  •  Facilitator Kimberly Papillon, Esq., nationally recognized expert on medical, legal and judicial decision-making. She has served as regular faculty at the National Judicial College since 2005. She has delivered over 200 lectures nationally and internationally on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making in the fields of business, medicine, education and the law.

  • Three breakout sessions (Immigration, LGBT, and Criminal Law) facilitated by highly credentialed speakers that will provoke discussions regarding the scope and meaning of inclusion, the state of the profession, and the case for  a diverse and inclusive legal profession.

  • Interested in sponsoring the Diversity Conclave?  The continued success of this program depends on your continued participation and financial sponsorship. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and listed on the attached sponsorship form.  Please contact us at diversity@lsba.org if you have any questions. 

To download the 2016 Conclave registration brochure, please click here.
To see programming and highlights of the 2015 Diversity Conclave, click here.
Excellence in Diversity Reception
The Excellence in Diversity reception honoring Signatories of the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center at 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Speakers, sponsors, and Conclave registrants are invited to attend.  Entertainment will be provided by August Heat Band.


The LSBA is working on ways to reduce the amount of paper we use at seminars and symposia.  This is an effort both to be responsible toward our environment and to increase the quality and timeliness of the resources provided through this learning experience. 

To view the course materials for this year's Conclave, please click the download link beside a session title below to obtain the materials available for that session.  We recommend that you do so PRIOR to the seminar. 

If you choose to review the materials from an electronic device, we strongly suggest that you charge the device's battery, as electrical outlets are limited.  CLE credit hours are pending approval.

Breakout Sessions 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (1.00 CLE credit hour)
 Session One: Immigration Law - "How Immigration Law Can Impact Your Practice"
 Gordon Quan Powerpoint - "Representing Foreign Nationals in Criminal Proceedings" Download
 Jonathan Grode article - "Immigration Consequences of Mergers and Acquisitions" Download
 Immigration PowerPoint - Aronson Download
 Session Two:  LGBT Issues "The Illusion of Equality"
 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Download
 Altered License Download
 Blank License Download
 License Statute Download
 Bevin Executive Order Download
 Session Three: Criminal Law "Assessing Eyewitness Identification"
 Assessing Eyewitness Identification PowerPoint Download
Interactive Workshop 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (2.00 CLE credit hrs)
The Neuroscience of Decision-Making in the Practice of Law
 Facilitator, Kimberly Papillon  
Keynote Speaker 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (1.00 CLE credit hour)
The Power of Expectations: The Impact of Expectations on Performance and Success
 Keynote Speaker,  Roderick A. "Rick" Palmore  
Best Practices Session - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (1.00 CLE credit hour)
The Difference Between Getting In and Staying In: Moving Toward Inclusion
 Moving Towards Inclusion Download
Legal Pipeline Session - 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (1.00 CLE credit hour)
The Path to Saving the Legal Profession
 DRI - 2015-16 Diversity Toolkit JK Download
 Kean Miller Connection - Photo Presentation Download
 Kean Miller Connection - Flyer 2016 Download
 National Urban League - Workforce DC Download

6.00 CLE Credit Hours

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Diversity and Inclusion:  Moving from A Foot in the Door to a Voice at the Table 
CLE Seminar #7152160304
7:45 a.m.
University Room
Registration Opens
7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Riverview Ballroom
light continental breakfast is included in registration fee.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions: (1.00 CLE Credit Hour) PLEASE SELECT ONE.

Breakout Session One - Immigration (Ethics) - Capitol Room

"How Immigration Law Can Impact Your Practice"

From criminal defense, to family law, to all aspects of corporate law, immigration issues can impact your practice. Attending this panel will provide insight into the ethical issues of dealing with immigration matters as well as provide insight into how you can incorporate this dynamic area of law into your everyday practice.


Breakout Session Two - LGBT (Professionalism) - Louisiana Room

"The Illusion of Equality"

The U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges provided lesbian and gay couples with the freedom to marry. However, before the ink could dry, challenges emerged to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This session examines the professional difficulties and hurdles advocates encounter in representation of clients in a case that is emotionally and politically charged.


Breakout Session Three - Criminal Law (General) - Governor Room

"Assessing Eyewitness Identification"

Eyewitness identifications play an important role in the judicial system. Applied identification research has identified key variables affecting the accuracy of eyewitness identification. In this session, scholars and practitioners explore issues and challenges that result with identification methods and procedures.


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Riverview Ballroom
Welcoming Remarks

 Mark A. Cunningham
 • Jones Walker LLP • New Orleans, LA
  LSBA president, 2015-2016
10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Riverview Ballroom
Introduction of Facilitator

Barbara B. OrmsbyDeutsch Kerrigan LLP • New Orleans, LA

“The Neuroscience of Decision-Making in the Practice of Law”
(2.0 CLE Credit Hours, Professionalism)

Facilitator: Kimberly Papillon, Esq. The Better Mind • Oakland, CA 

In this highly interactive course participants will explore emerging research in neuroscience and how it affects decision-making in the practice of law.
Neurophysiologic studies will be used to explain what keeps us from designing effective strategies for cases and solving problems. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) studies will be used to show what motivates us, scares us, and fools us. Participants will learn how attorneys make decisions in litigation and transactional practices. The course will explore how reactions in our brains affect our assessments of threat, intelligence, veracity, and competence in a diverse environment. The course will identify ways to increase fairness guided by science.
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Heidelberg Ballroom
Presentation of Awards and Recognitions

Recognition of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Heidelberg Ballroom
Keynote Speaker

"The Power of Expectations: The Impact of Expectations on Performance & Success" 
(1.00 CLE Credit Hour, General)

 Roderick A. "Rick" PalmoreSenior Counsel, Dentons US LLP • Chicago, IL
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Riverview Ballroom
Best Practices Session (1.00 CLE Credit Hour, Professionalism)

"The Difference Between Getting In and Staying In: Moving Toward Inclusion"

Better decisions are made when diverse individuals participate in the decision-making process. Diversity drives better business decisions. Panelists discuss the benefits of using diversity strategically and purposefully to encourage accountability when it comes to strengthening opportunities for minorities.


3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Riverview Ballroom
Legal Pipeline Session (1.00 CLE Credit Hour, General)

"The Path to Saving the Legal Profession"

The educational pipeline is the educational route to the legal profession for students. Pipeline programs are the pathway to ensuring continued diversity. This session will explore the importance of legal professionals leading the charge in developing, sponsoring, and maintaining pipeline programs.


Speaker Biographies

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court Download
Mark A. Cunningham, Jones Walker LLP, President, LSBA Download
Troy N. Bell, Courington Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C. Download
Quintillis K. Lawrence, Commissioner, 19th JDC, Baton Rouge Download
Barbara B. Ormsby, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP Download
Immigration Breakout Session 
"How Immigration Law Can Impact Your Practice"
(Moderator) Lauren R. Aronson, LSU Law Center Download
Jonathan A. Grode, Green and Spiegel, LLC Download
Gordon J. Quan, Quan Law Group, PLLC Download
LGBT Breakout Session
"The Illusion of Equality"
Daniel J. Canon, Clay Daniel Walton Adams, PLC Download
 (Moderator) James Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C. Download
Laura E. Landenwich, Clay Daniel Walton Adams, PLC Download

Criminal Law Breakout Session
"Assessing Eyewitness Identification"
 Professor Thomas D. Albright, Salk Institute for Biological Studies Download
 Dylan C. Alge, East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office Download
Interactive Workshop
"The Neuroscience of Decision-Making in the Practice of LaW"
Kimberly Papillon, The Better Mind Download
Keynote Speaker
Roderick A. "Rick" Palmore, Dentons US LLP Download
Best Practices Session
"The Difference Between Getting In and Staying In:  Moving Toward Inclusion
(Moderator) Liwen Mah, Fenwick & West LLP Download
Marcus V. Brown, Entergy, Inc. Download
 Lori A. Chumbler, Walmart Download
Honorable Jenny Rivera, NY State Court of Appeals Download
Legal Pipeline Session
"The Path to Saving the Legal Profession"
Donald R. Cravins, Jr., National Urban League Download
John R. Kouris, DRI Download
Linda Perez-Clark, Kean Miller LLP Download

Thank You to Our Sponsors...

The LSBA Diversity Committee and Conclave Subcommittee would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors and co-hosts who support the Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  If you are interested in sponsoring, please review and complete the attached form. 

Platinum Plus
Jones Walker LLP
Kean Miller LLP

Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson LLC
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P.

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Blue Williams, L.L.P
Curry & Friend PLC
Deutsch Kerrigan LLP
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
Liskow & Lewis
LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, L.L.C.

Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts APLC
Christovich & Kearney, L.L.P.
Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana District Judges Association

Association for Women Attorneys
Chopin Wagar Richard and Kutcher, LLP
Federal Bar Association, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Louisiana Association for Justice
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P.
Conclave Coffee Service Sponsor
Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

Thank you to our Co-hosts...

Louisiana Supreme Court
18th JDC Bar Association
21st JDC Bar Association
22nd JDC Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Association for Women Attorneys
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
Federal Bar Association, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana
Lafayette Bar Association
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Lafayette Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana District Judges Association
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
New Orleans Bar Association
Shreveport Bar Association
Southern University Law Center
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Louisiana