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12th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession



5.00 CLE Credit Hours including Ethics and Professionalism (Pending Approval)

For the last eleven years, the LSBA has convened a Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. The LSBA chose to host a "conclave" rather than a "meeting" because a conclave signifies "an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence. 

12th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession
"Strides in Diversity: Opening Doors for the Next Generation"

March 8, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
5.00 CLE Credit Hours including Ethics and Professionalism (Pending Approval)

To register for the 2019 Conclave, please click here.  
2019 Conclave registration brochure coming soon.

Registration:
Registration (BEFORE February 8, 2019) $85
Registration (AFTER February 8, 2019) $110

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


Speaker Highlights:

Keynote Speaker

Dima Ghawi, Dima Ghawi, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA. Throughout her career, Ms. Ghawi has led global teams, facilitated leadership workshops and initiated woman advancement programs. Her focus now is helping her clients with leadership, employee engagement programs, and women advancement programs. Ms. Ghawi’s life mission is to enable individuals across cultures to shatter their internal and external limitations. 

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Presenter 
Dr. Katrice Albert, Executive VP of Inclusion and Human Resources. Dr. Albert is the NCAA’s executive vice president of inclusion and human resources. In this role, she leads efforts to enhance diversity, inclusion, leadership development, and education and community engagement. Additionally, she is responsible for leading national office employee relations, performance management, professional development, and compensation and benefits programs. Before joining the NCAA, she served in executive capacities with the University of Minnesota System from 2013 to 2017, and at Louisiana State University from 2005 to 2013. She led diversity, inclusion and equity strategies in both positions.

Special Requirements

The LSBA is committed to ensuring full accessibility for all registrants.  Please contact the LSBA (at diversity@lsba.org) if you have a disability which may require special accommodations at this conference.

Need a hotel room? We have a great rate!

The LSBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton New Orleans at a discounted rate of $189.00 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 seminar attendees only.  To reserve a room, please click here.


Hotel cancellation policy:

All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card by February 7, 2019 and the credit card will be charged a deposit of one night's room and tax when reservations are made.  Any requests received after February 7, 2019 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 March 5, 2019, you are responsible for the room charge. 

Wi-Fi Access

Please note that wireless access will not be available in the conference area (on the second floor where the program will be held) and electrical outlets may be limited.

Free wi-fi will only be available downstairs in the main lobby. 

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

QUESTIONS?

Contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team members by email at diversity@lsba.org.

Become a LSBA Diversity Signatory!
Click here to learn more about becoming a 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 8, 2019 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel at 8:00 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. 

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Interactive Workshop 1.00 CLE credit hour 
Dr. Katrice A. Albert, NCAA

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions (PLEASE SELECT ONE)  1.00 CLE credit hour each
 Breakout Session One - Immigration 1.00 CLE credit hour   
 Dalia Castillo-Granados, American Bar Association         Download
 Laila L. Hlass, Tulane University Law School

 Download

 Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund         Download

 Breakout Session Two - Best Practices 1.00 CLE credit hour   
 Vanessa Abrahams-John, Praxair, Inc. 

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 LaTanya Langley, BIC International

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12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Keynote Speaker 1.00 CLE credit hour
 Dima Ghawi, Dima Ghawi LLC

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1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. – Labor and Employment Session 1.00 CLE credit hour
 Jack Chen, Microsoft Corporation

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 Jenny R. Yang, Working IDEAL      Download 
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Trending Legal Issues 1.00 CLE credit hours
 Hon. Royce I. Duplessis, Duplessis Law Firm, LLC

     Download     

 Ben Meiselas, Geragos & Geragos       Download   
 Alysson L. Mills, Fishman Haygood, LLP       Download   

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Agenda
5.00 CLE Credit Hours including Ethics and Professionalism (Pending Approval)

Time:Details:
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Diversity Signatories
Rhythms Foyer, 2nd Floor
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Acknowledgments
Sponsor and Co-host Recognition/Sponsor and Co-host Representative Photos
Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
  • Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System, Baton Rouge, LA
  • John A. Womble, Frederick A. Miller & Associates, Metairie, LA
    Co-chairs, LSBA Diversity Committee
    Chair and Co-chairs, Conclave Subcommittee

Introduction of Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President 2018-19

  • Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System, Baton Rouge, LA
    Chair, Conclave Subcommittee
9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA
     LSBA President 2018-19
9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Introduction of Interactive Workshop Speaker

  • Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System, Baton Rouge, LA
     Chair, Conclave Subcommittee 
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Interactive Workshop (Professionalism)
1.00 CLE credit hour, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor 

  • Dr. Katrice A. Albert
    Executive VP of Inclusion and Human Resources, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Transition Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions (PLEASE SELECT ONE) 1.00 CLE credit hour each  

Breakout Session One - Immigration (Ethics) 
Waterbury Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director of Children's Immigration Law Academy, American Bar Association, Houston, TX
  • Laila L. Hlass, Director of Experiential Learning, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA
  • Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Los Angeles, CA

Breakout Session Two - Best Practices (Professionalism)
Rodrigue Gallery Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • Vanessa Abrahams-John, Executive Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Talent Acquisition, Praxair, Inc., Danbury, CT
  • LaTanya Langley, Vice President and General Counsel, BIC International Corporation, Shelton, CT
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
Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Introduction of recipient of Commitee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award

  • Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System, Chair, Conclave Subcommittee, Baton Rouge, LA
Recognition and Introduction of Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court 

  • Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA
     LSBA President 2018-19
 Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, LA
12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Keynote Speaker (Professionalism)  
1.00 CLE credit hour, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • Dima Ghawi, Dima Ghawi LLC, Baton Rouge, LA
1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Networking Break
1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.            
Labor and Employment (Professionalism) 
1.00 CLE credit hour, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • Jack Chen, Assistant General Counsel for Employment Policy and Society, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
  • Jenny R. Yang, Strategic Partner, Working IDEAL, Washington, D.C. 
2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Networking Break 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Trending Legal Issues (Ethics)
1.00 CLE credit hour, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • Hon. Royce I. Duplessis, Duplessis Law Firm, LLC, State Representative, District 93, New Orleans, LA
  • Ben Meiselas, Geragos & Geragos, Los Angeles, CA
  • Alysson L. Mills, Fishman Haygood, LLP, New Orleans, LA

Speaker Biographies

Dignitaries
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court

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Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, L.L.C., LSBA President 2018-19 Download 
Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch, Kerrigan, LLP Download
Deidre D. Robert, Southern University System Download
John A. Womble, Frederick A. Miller & Associates  Download
Interactive Workshop
Dr. Katrice A. Albert, NCAA Download 
Immigration Breakout Session One
 Dalia Castillo-Granados, American Bar Association        Download
 Laila L. Hlass, Tulane University Law School Download 
 Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund         Download

Best Practicies Breakout Session Two
 Vanessa Abrahams-John, Praxair, Inc. 

Download 

 LaTanya Langley, BIC International Corporation

Download

Keynote Speaker
Dima Ghawi, Dima Ghawi LLC

Download 

Labor and Employment Session
 Jack Chen, Microsoft Corporation

Download 

 Jenny R. Yang, Working IDEAL      Download   
Trending Legal Issues Session
 Hon. Royce I. Duplessis, Duplessis Law Firm, LLC                                                          

                            Download       

 Ben Meiselas, Geragos & Geragos

                     Download

 Alysson L. Mills, Fishman Haygood, 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. 

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
McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch LLC


Gold Level
Blue Williams, L.L.P. 
Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
Hammond, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
Kelly Hart & Pitre
LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section 
LSBA Fidelity, Surety and Construction Law Section
Stone Pigman Walther Wittman L.L.C. 

Silver Level
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.

Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel 
Louisiana District Judges Association
Southern University Law Center

Conclave Coffee Service Sponsor
Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter 
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter
LSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P.


Bronze Level
Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C. 
LSBA Solo and Small Firms Section
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP
Whitehead Law Firm

Thank you to our Co-hosts...


Louisiana Supreme Court
Alexandria Bar Association 
Baton Rouge Bar Association
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, Greater Lafayette Chapter 
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter 
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter 
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana District Judges Association
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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