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16th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession



General Information


August 9, 2024
Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel, 2 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA


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Registration:
Registration (BEFORE July 12, 2024) $110
Registration (AFTER July 12, 2024) $135

The LSBA is not responsible for any expenses associated with travel, lodging, or other costs incurred by the registrant. This also applies in the event that the LSBA must cancel the conference for any reason. 

Audio or video recording or transcription of any portion of the conference is prohibited unless express consent is granted by the LSBA. 

ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE

The LSBA must adhere to facility capacity constraints, so please indicate during the registration process if you will attend the Excellence in Diversity reception. 

Registration Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to diversity@lsba.org. 

Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received in writing before July 26, 2024, will be fully refunded minus a $30.00 administrative fee. If written confirmation of cancellation is not received by July 24, 2024, no refunds or credits will be issued of any kind. Credits will be processed within two weeks of the cancellation request. 

On-site Registration Policy:  
It is the policy of the LSBA that NO CASH shall be accepted for any transaction. Payment may be made by personal check or via the LSBA registration portal if open on the day of registration. 

 

Speaker Highlights
Keynote Speaker
Mary Smith, J.D., President, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

The Future of the Legal Profession: From Diversity to Democracy and Everything In-Between
Join us for an engaging conversation with American Bar Association President Mary Smith as she discusses diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. From the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision to attacks on law firms and corporate diversity programs to the ABA’s policies and programs on diversity, this conversation will be focused on how lawyers can ensure that the legal profession reflects America. President Smith, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, will discuss her Native American heritage and the state of Native Americans in the legal profession and in Louisiana. Finally, she will discuss the work of the ABA Task Force for American Democracy and the relationship between DEI and democracy.

Plenary One
Sonia Jhas, Best Selling Author and DEI Expert, Toronto, Canada
Exhibitors
 
Luncheon
SOUP STARTER


ENTRÉE
Chicken

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Fish 

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Vegetarian

   

DESSERT


Vegetarian
Special Requirements / Questions
Please contact the LSBA if you have a disability, dietary restrictions or a food allergy which may require special accommodations at this conference. The LSBA is committed to ensuring full accessibility for all registrants. 

Lactation Room
A lactation room for breastfeeding individuals to express milk while attending conclave is available. You are responsible for requesting access to the space and following the guidelines for use.

Lactation Room Guidelines:
Attendee must request use of the room via email at diversity@lsba.org.

Please provide name, LSBRN, phone number, time room is needed and length of time that lactation room is needed.

Pumping equipment: Should you choose to leave any items in the room, know that these are not the responsibility of LSBA or host hotel.

Please keep the space neat and orderly. If there is a cleaning issue, please report the issue to LSBA staff at the check-in desk.


If you have any additional comments or questions regarding lactation space or access, please email the Member Outreach and Diversity team at diversity@lsba.org.


Questions?
Contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team members by email at diversity@lsba.org. 
Hotel Information
The LSBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans at a discounted rate of $244 per night (excluding taxes and fees). You are urged to make reservations early, as there are only a limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate listed above. The LSBA room block is reserved for conference attendees only.

Hotel cancellation policy:
All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card by July 8, 2024 and the credit card will be charged a deposit of one night's room and tax when reservations are made.  Any requests received after July 8, 2024 will be handled on a space and rate availability basis only. Please note that if your plans change and you do not timely cancel your room reservation by 3:00 p.m. on August 5, 2024, you are responsible for the room charge.

Wi-Fi Access
Wireless access will be available in the conference area and main lobby. Please note, electrical outlets will be limited. 

Excellence in Diversity Reception

The Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Sponsors and Co-Hosts will be held on Friday, August 9, 2024, at the Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel at 8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.  Speakers, sponsors, co-hosts, and registrants are invited to attend. 

 

We hope you can join us and look forward to your continued support of the LSBA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs.

 

 

 

Agenda
5.00 CLE Credit Hour(s) (including Professionalism)

Time:Details:
8:00 a.m. Registrant Check-in
Plimsoll Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor
8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Sponsors and Co-hosts
Plimsoll Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor

Open to all conference speakers, sponsors, co-hosts, and registrants 
8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Acknowledgments
Sponsor and Co-host Recognition/Sponsor and Co-host Representative Photos

Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor

  • Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, Conclave Chair
  • Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans, LA, Conclave Co-Chair
  • Monica M. Vela-Vick, The Dugan Law Firm, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA, Conclave Co-Chair
  • Co-chairs, LSBA Diversity Committee
  • Chair and Co-chairs, Conclave 
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Recognition and Introduction of Associate Justice Piper D. Griffin, Louisiana Supreme Court 

Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor

  • Patrick A. Talley, Jr., Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA, LSBA President, 2024-2025
9:05 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.                         Welcoming Remarks 

  • Associate Justice Piper D. Griffin, Louisiana Supreme Court 
9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks 
Introduction of Plenary Session One Speaker

Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor

  • Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, Conclave Chair
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Plenary Session One - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Professionalism) - 1.00 CLE credit hour
Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Thrive Together: Cultivating Self-Actualization in Diverse Legal Environments

Join mindset author and TEDx speaker Sonia Jhas to explore the transformative power of self-actualization within the legal profession. In this inspiring keynote, Sonia will delve into the intersection of personal fulfillment, diversity, and inclusion, illuminating pathways for individuals and organizations to thrive amidst challenges and differences. Through personal anecdotes, research insights, and practical strategies, attendees will gain valuable tools for fostering inclusive cultures, embracing authenticity, and unlocking their full potential.


  • Sonia Jhas, Best Selling Author and DEI Expert, Toronto, Canada 
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Plenary Session Two - Artificial Intelligence - 1.00 CLE credit hour
Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Artificial Intelligence: Promises, Challenges, and the Transformation of the Legal Profession.

This session will explore the transformative impact of artificial intelligence in the legal field. It will discuss the societal benefits and associated risks of AI, emphasizing critical issues such as accuracy, confidentiality, and bias. The focus will extend to the legal profession, highlighting how AI can improve the delivery of legal services and broaden access to justice. Additionally, the session will examine AI's applications within courtroom settings and underscore the necessity for ongoing education of legal professionals in leveraging AI technology effectively.


  • Daniel W. Linna Jr., Director of Law and Technology Initiatives, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • Julian Posada, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, American Studies Program, Yale University
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Transition Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Luncheon, Presentations, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award
River Ballroom, 3rd Floor

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Introduction of recipient of Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award

  • Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, Conclave Chair

12:00 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Introduction of Keynote Speaker


  • Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, Conclave Chair
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Keynote Session- 1.00 CLE credit hour
River Ballroom, 3rd Floor

The Future of the Legal Profession: From Diversity to Democracy and Everything In-Between

Join us for an engaging conversation with American Bar Association President Mary Smith as she discusses diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. From the Supreme Court's affirmative action decision to attacks on law firms and corporate diversity programs to the ABA's policies and programs on diversity, this conversation will be focused on how lawyers can ensure that the legal profession reflects America. President Smith, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, will discuss her Native American heritage and the state of Native Americans in the legal profession and in Louisiana. Finally, she will discuss the work of the ABA Task Force for American Democracy and the relationship between DEI and democracy. 


  • Mary Smith, J.D., President, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Wayne J. Lee, Moderator, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, New Orleans, LA 
1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Transition Break
1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.            
Plenary Session Three - Best Practices (Jury Selection) 1.00 CLE credit hour
Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Seeking Diversity in Jury Selection: Best Practices


Juries act as the conscience of the communities from which they are drawn. Jury diversity ensures that this “conscience” truly reflects the community. A panel of three experts approach the issue of diversity from three perspectives. Dr. Paula Hannaford-Agor, from the National Center for State Courts, addresses pretrial efforts and research in this area. Dr. Jeffrey Frederick, renown trial consultant, addresses the issue of diversity in voir dire and jury selection, focusing on the need to avoid stereotypes and providing tips for being more effective in voir dire. Lindsey Cheek, veteran trial attorney, compliments the discussion with views from the trenches based on her years of trying cases before juries. 


  • Jeffrey T. Frederick, Jeffrey Frederick Trial Consulting Services, LLC, Charlottesville, VA
  • Paula Hannaford-Agor, Director, Center for Jury Studies, Williamsburg, VA
  • Lindsey A. Cheek, The Cheek Law Firm LLC, New Orleans, LA

2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Networking Break 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Plenary Session Four - Pipeline to Diversity in the Legal Profession (DEI and the U.S. Supreme Court) (Professionalism) 1.00 CLE credit hour
Plimsoll Ballroom, 3rd Floor 

Navigating Diversity and the High Court

In July 2023, the United States Supreme Court's decision in Students for Fair Admissions (SFAA), authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, held that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for colleges and universities to consider race in their admissions decisions. The Supreme Court applied strict scrutiny to colleges and universities to consider race in their admissions decisions. The Supreme Court applied strict scrutiny to colleges' consideration as race as a factor requiring that schools' policies by narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest.


SFAA ignited a discussion in the country about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and race preferences, in not only the public sector, but also the private sector. Diversity became politicized, and even law firms became target of lawsuits.


This session will explore the impact of SFAA and how race is being considered in implementing and assessing the legality of diversity initiatives in both the public and private sector. Panelists will examine cases both before and after SFAA, and the impact of SFAA as it relates to Title VI and Title VII.


  • Alena M. Allen, Dean, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School, Baton Rouge, LA 
  • Esther G. Lander, Moderator, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • John C. Brittain, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, D.C.

Materials


The LSBA is working on ways to reduce the amount of paper we use at conferences 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 conference. 

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. 

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Plenary Session One 
   
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Plenary Session Two 
   

12:10 p.m.- 1:10 p.m. – Keynote Speaker
   
1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. – Plenary Session Three 
   
   
   
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Plenary Session Four

   
   

 Speaker Biographies


Dignitaries
Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, Conclave Chair

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Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans, LA, Conclave Co-Chair

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Monica M. Vela-Vick, Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P, Baton Rouge, LA, Conclave Co-Chair Download
Plenary Session One
Sonia Jhas, Best Selling Author and DEI Expert, Toronto, Canada   Download
Plenary Session Two 
Daniel W. Linna Jr., Director of Law and Technology Initiatives, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL Download
Julian Posada, Ph.D., Assitant Professor, American Studies Program, Yale University    Download
 Keynote Speaker
Mary Smith, J.D., President, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

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Wayne J. Lee, Moderator, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, New Orleans, LA  Download
Plenary Session Three 
Jeffrey T. Frederick, Jeffrey Frederick Trial Consulting Services, Charlottesville, VA Download
Paula Hannaford-Agor, Director, Center for Jury Studies, Williamsburg, VA Download
Lindsey A. Cheek, The Cheek Law Firm LLC, New Orleans, LA  Download
Plenary Session Four 
Alena M. Allen, Dean, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School, Baton Rouge, LA Download
Esther G. Lander, Moderator, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Washington, D.C.  Download
John C. Brittain, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, D.C.  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. 

Interested in Sponsoring

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Platinum Plus Level
Jones Walker L.L.P.

Platinum Level
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Gold Level
ABA Retirement Funds Program
Christovich & Kearney, LLP
Deutsch Kerrigan, L.L.P.
King & Jurgens, L.L.C.
Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C.
LSBA Intellectual Property Section
McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, LLC
Porteous, Hainkel and Johnson, L.L.P.
Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, L.L.C.

Silver Level
Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
LSBA Trusts, Estate, Probate and Immovable Property Law Section
LSU Law Center
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P.

Conclave Coffee Service Sponsor Only Two (2) Available *No longer available*
Blue Williams, LLC
LSBA Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section

Bronze Level
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation
Courington, Kiefer, Sommers, Marullo & Matherne, L.L.C.
Greater N.O. Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Manning Gross & Massenburg, LLP
Simon, Peragine, Smith & RedFearn, L.L.P.
The Kullman Firm APLC

Thank you to our Co-hosts...

Baton Rouge Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
Federal Bar Association, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Greater N.O. Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Lafayette Bar Association 
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., Lake Charles Chapter
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Loyola University College of Law 
New Orleans Bar Association 
Northeast Louisiana Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
Vietnamese American Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association
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New Orleans, LA 70130
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