11th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession


5.75 Ethics and Professionalism CLE Credit Hours (Pending Approval)


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. 

Materials


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

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

 Download

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

 Download

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

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 Download Agenda

Agenda
5.75 Ethics and Professionalism CLE Credit Hours (Pending Approval)

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 

  • Eric J. Felsberg
    Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C., Melville, NY
Breakout Session Two - Labor and Employment (General Credit) 
Salons F-H, 3rd Floor

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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 

  • 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 (General Credit) 
1.25 CLE credit hours, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor

  • 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

Dignitaries
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

Download

Jonathan S. Aronie

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 click here for the sponsorhip form. 

Platinum Plus Level
Jones Walker LLP

Platinum Level
Deutsch Kerrigan 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
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
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Pugh Accardo LLC
Southern University Law Center
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Silver Level
Adams and Reese LLP
Christovich & Kearney, LLP
Federal Bar Association- Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana District Judges Association

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


Bronze Level

Association for Women Attorneys
Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
Louisiana Association for Justice
LSBA Art, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
LSBA Environmental Law Section
LSBA Solo and Small Firms Section
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
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 Lake Charles Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Lafayette Chapter
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana District Judges Association
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
New Orleans Bar Association
New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Northeast LA Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
Southern University Law Center
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
Tulane University Law School
Louisiana State Bar Association
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