11th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession

5.75 CLE Credit Hours (including Ethics and Professionalism)

The LSBA, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and a host of statewide local and specialty bar associations are hosting the Eleventh Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. The year’s theme is “Diversity and Inclusion: From Rhetoric to Reality.” Conclave highlights will include:

  • Luncheon keynote speaker Paulette Brown, Partner, Locke Lord LLP, Morristown, NJ.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Presenter Ritu Bhasin, Founder and Principal Bhasin Consulting, Inc., Toronto, Canada.  Bhasin Consulting, Inc. (BCI) works with global clients to develop and deliver programming in a range of people strategies areas, including cultural competence, diversity and inclusion.
  • Two breakout sessions (Workplace Analytics and Labor and Employment) 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.

For more information, click here to download the 2018 Conclave registration brochure.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available  (
Click here for a sponsorship form)
Please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity Team at diversity@lsba.org

Become a LSBA Diversity Signatory!
Download the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles.
Excellence in Diversity Reception
The Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Diversity Signatories of the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the New Orleans Marriott at 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Speakers, sponsors, and Conclave registrants are invited to attend. 


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. 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 am – Breakout Sessions (PLEASE SELECT ONE) 1.00 CLE credit hour each
 Breakout Session One: Workplace Analytics
Eric J. Felsberg Download 
 Breakout Session Two: Labor and Employment
 Theodora R. Lee Download
 Rahwa H.  Ghebre


10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. – Interactive Workshop 1.50 CLE credit hours
Ritu Bhasin


12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. – Keynote Speaker 1.00 CLE credit hour
Keynote Speaker, Paulette Brown


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Best Practices Session 1.00 CLE credit hour
Gretchen Bellamy Download 
Alan Bryan Download 
3:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. – Social Responsibility Session 1.25 CLE credit hours
Joey Jackson Download
James B. Letten Download
Jonathan S. Aronie


 Download Agenda

5.75 CLE Credit Hours (including Ethics and Professionalism)

Time: Details:
7:45 a.m. Registration
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Diversity Signatories
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Transition Break
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions (PLEASE SELECT ONE) 1.00 CLE credit hour each

Breakout Session One - Workplace Analytics (Ethics)
Salon E, 3rd Floor 
Workplace Analytics

Employers hold a wealth of data about their employees and workforce practices that, when leveraged properly, can inform business decisions, streamline operations, and even limit potential liability. From predicting attrition rates and identifying talent, to assessing employment engagement and focusing training and development efforts, workplace analytics is impacting the workplace. But are there any legal considerations an employer must evaluate before it launches a workplace analytics program? Join us for this innovative program as we help identify the data organizations hold that can help drive business operations, offer best practice tips for building an analytics platform, and discuss the myriad legal implications of using analytics to manage the workplace.

  • Eric J. Felsberg
    Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C., Melville, NY
Breakout Session Two - Labor and Employment (General Credit) 
Salons F-H, 3rd Floor
Work Place Diversity Geared Toward Women (Particularly Women Of Color) in the Legal Profession

Practical skills to survive the legal profession from both in house/law firm perspectives. There is a shortage of women minorities in the legal profession. I would like to provide a practical approach to surviving and thriving in the legal profession from a minority point of view. Additional areas may include different perspectives women bring to the practice of law and the inability of firms and the profession in general to retain minorities.

  • Theodora R. Lee, Shareholder
    Littler Mendelson, P.C. Walnut Creek, CA
  • Rahwa H. Ghebre-Ab
    Vice President, LionsGate, Santa Monica, CA
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 am - 10:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor (All plenary sessions)

  • Dona K. Renegar
    Veazey Felder & Renegar LLC, Lafayette, LA LSBA President 2017-18
10:30 a.m. - 10: 35 a.m.
Introduction of Facilitator 
10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Interactive Workshop (Professionalism)
1.50 CLE credit hours, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor 
Authentic Leadership – Unlocking the Power of Differences in Organizations 

In the legal profession where we’re increasingly working and leading across cultural differences, how can we leverage and be more inclusive of these differences? Extensive research and work in the inclusion space shows that it comes down to authentic leadership -- and that authenticity is a critical component of inclusion. In this highly practical presentation, Ritu uncovers the profound connection between legal leadership, authenticity, and inclusion. Ritu will discuss: the latest neuroscience, leadership, diversity, and mindfulness research related to authenticity; how to leverage The Three Selves—an innovative concept for being more authentic and adaptive; and, how lawyers can build more empowered, inclusive, and innovative environments by encouraging team members to bring more of their authentic selves to work, thereby creating a culture where others can do the same.

Key Learning Areas

• What authentic leadership is and why it’s critical for creating inclusive legal environments
• The Three Selves – How lawyers show up across key behavioral dimensions, and how this impacts professional satisfaction, success, and relationships
• How authentic leadership can unlock lawyers’ potential, and promote innovation within teams
• What the latest research reveals about authenticity
• Practical strategies for being more authentic and inclusive as a lawyer – including how to leverage authentic leadership in key talent management areas

  • Ritu Bhasin
    Founder and Principal, Bhasin Consulting, Inc., Toronto, CA
12:05 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Luncheon, Presentations of Awards and Sponsor Recognition 
Salons D-E, 3rd Floor

12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Sponsor Recognitions

  • Troy N. Bell
    Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA
  • Denia S. Aiyegbusi
    Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
  • Deidre D. Robert
    Louisiana Department of Justice, Baton Rouge, LA  

LSBA Diversity Committee Co-Chairs, Conclave Subcommittee Chair, and Co-chairs

12:15 .pm. – 12:50 p.m.
Recognition and Introduction of Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court

  • Dona K. Renegar
    Veazey Felder & Renegar LLC, Lafayette, LA LSBA President 2017-18
Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award Recipient

  • Troy N. Bell
    Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA
    Chair, Conclave Subcommittee
Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson
    Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, LA
12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  Keynote Speaker (Professionalism) 
1.00 CLE credit hour Salons D-E, 3rd Floor
Moving From Reaction To Action

In keeping with the appropriate theme of the Conclave, “Diversity and Inclusion: From Rhetoric to Reality”.  Diversity and Inclusion must be viewed as an imperative for successful organizations.  Having effective diversity and inclusion initiatives can no longer be deemed as “The Flavor of the Month”.  As a profession, lawyers no longer have the luxury of debating whether it’s a good idea or a good time to have diverse and inclusive environments.  We cannot wait for a crisis to occur to take action.  As is always stated by the President of Howard University, “The time is ALWAYS now.”

  • Paulette Brown
    Partner, Locke Lord LLP, Morristown, NJ
1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Networking Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Best Practices Session (Professionalism) 
1.00 CLE credit hour, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor 
ABA Resolution 113 - Model Diversity Survey - Wins, Challenges & the Way Forward

Join the discussion on American Bar Association Resolution 113, created by the ABA’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission that, in 2016, urged providers of legal services to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys. The resolution further urged corporate clients to support this endeavor by directing a greater percentage of the legal services they purchase to diverse attorneys.  The 360 Commission also developed the ABA Model Diversity Survey, a template diversity survey that could be used by corporate clients and purchasers of legal services to question their law firms and prospective law firms on the make-up of the firm at all levels.  The model survey also asks firms questions about recruitment, attrition, leadership, compensation, and other topics to help ensure that law firms become or maintain a diverse workforce.  The idea of the resolution and model survey was provided ideas to create and expand opportunities for diverse attorneys inside and outside your organizations. 

The general counsel of over 75 corporations have pledged support to Resolution 113 and agreed to send the ABA Model Survey to their primary law firms and new firms seeking business.  The panelists will discuss this important initiative as it enters its second full year of implementation - what have been the lessons learned and how have they been addressed - what does the future look as more corporations support the resolution and as more law firms participate.

  • Gretchen Bellamy
    President, Bellamy Management Consulting, LLC, Fayetteville, AR
  • Alan Bryan
    Senior Associate General Counsel, Legal Operations & Outside Counsel Management, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR
3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.            
Networking Break
3:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Social Responsibility Session (Professionalism) 
1.25 CLE credit hours, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
It Takes All Types: A discussion of different ways to stay community-focused while practicing law 

For years, lawyers have played a vital role in promoting the public interest.  We represent persons without the means or ability to fight for themselves.  We support underserved communities.  We advocate for causes often overlooked by others.  And we do this from a variety of platforms.  Some of us have gravitated to public service or government organizations, where we promote the public interest 24/7/365.  Some of us have crafted private practices that focus on public causes.  Some of us dedicate significant time to pro bono work within the structure of our law firms.  Whatever the platform, the goal is the same:  We want to do our part to help tackle the problems and inequities facing our nation.  This panel will explore the different ways lawyers can engage in public interest work, and the multitude of benefits – to our communities, our firms/agencies, and ourselves – of doing so.  Panelists also will explore the practical, economic, and ethical considerations of public interest work.

  • Jonathan S. Aronie
    Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Washington, DC
  • Joey Jackson
    Attorney at Law, New York, NY
  • James B. Letten
    Butler Snow LLP, New Orleans, LA

Speaker Biographies

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court Download
Dona K. Renegar, Veazey Felder & Renegar, LSBA President 2017-18 Download 
Troy N. Bell, Courington Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C. Download
Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch, Kerrigan, LLP Download
Deidre D. Robert, Louisiana Department of Justice Download
Workplace Analytics Breakout Session One
Eric J. Felsberg, Jackson Lewis, P.C. Download 
Best Practices Breakout Session Two
Theodora R. Lee, Littler Mendelson, P.C. Download 
Rahwa H. Ghebre, LionsGate Download 

Interactive Workshop
Ritu Bhasin, Bhasin Consulting, Inc. Download 
Keynote Speaker
Paulette Brown, Partner, Locke Lord, LLP Download 
Best Practices Session
Gretchen Bellamy, Bellamy Management Consulting, LLC Download 
Alan Bryan, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Download 
Social Responsibility Session
Joey Jackson, Attorney at Law Download 
James B. Letten, Butler Snow LLP


Jonathan S. Aronie


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 click here for the sponsorship form. 

Platinum Plus Level
Jones Walker LLP
LSBA Corporate and Business Law Section

Platinum Level
Deutsch Kerrigan LLP
Kean Miller LLP
McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC

Gold Level
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Blue Williams, L.L.P.
Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC
Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
Kelly Hart & Pitre
Liskow & Lewis
Louisiana District Attorneys Association
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section
LSBA Fidelity, Surety and Construction Law Section
LSBA Trusts, Estate, Probate and Immovable Property Law Section
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Pugh Accardo LLC
Southern University Law Center
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.
WalMart, Inc.

Silver Level
Adams and Reese LLP
Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts
Christovich & Kearney, LLP
Federal Bar Association Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana District Judges Association

Conclave Coffee Service Sponsor
Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter
Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, L.L.C.
LSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
LSBA Class Action, Mass Tort and Complex Litigation Section
LSBA Labor and Employment Law Section
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P. 
Whitehead Law Firm

Bronze Level

Association of Legal Administrators New Orleans Chapter
Association for Women Attorneys
Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C.
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter 
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter
Louisiana Association for Justice
LSBA Art, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
LSBA Environmental Law Section
LSBA Solo and Small Firms Section
Manion Gaynor & Manning
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
National Bar Association
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
Shields|Mott L.L.P.
Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP

Thank you to our Co-hosts...

Louisiana Supreme Court
22nd JDC Bar Association
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Federal Bar Association Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana
Lafayette Bar Association 
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Lafayette Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Northeast LA Chapter
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana District Attorney Association
Louisiana District Judges Association
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
New Orleans Bar Association
Southern University Law Center
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
Tulane University Law School
Louisiana State Bar Association
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