Diversity Subcommittees

Create criteria for diversity awards; coordinate the nomination process for the LSBA Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award, the Guardian of Diversity Award, the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award, and other LSBA recognitions; develop other award/recognition incentives; and nominate the LSBA and LSBA members for diversity/inclusion awards offered by other organizations.  Click here to go to the LSBA Awards page. 

  • The "Louisiana State Bar Association Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award" established in 2016, combined two previous Diversity Awards, the Trailblazer Award (established in 2013)  and the Human Rights Award (established in 2010).  The Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award is awarded by the Association annually in June at the LSBA Annual meeting.  This award recognizes individual attorneys and judges who champion the ideals set forth by Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, the first African-American chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, who has always exhibited an unwavering commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • The "Louisiana State Bar Association Guardian of Diversity Award" was established in 2013.  Awarded by the Association annually in June at the LSBA Annual meeting, this award recognizes exceptional efforts of bar associations, courts, law firms/departments, and community organizations (non-profits and public interest organizations) within the state of Louisiana that demonstrate a sustained, long term commitment to encouraging, increasing and/or retaining diversity in the legal profession.
  • The "Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award" was established in 2016.  Awarded at the annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, this award recognizes a current member of the Committee who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and has gone above and beyond their role on the committee to address the needs of underrepresented groups or public interest causes. The individual should demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the Committee through their appreciation, connection, and respect for all facets of diversity and makes active contributions to the betterment of the greater community as an agent for social change.

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Coordinate volunteers to submit diversity articles for the Louisiana Bar Journal and other publications; develop and coordinate content for the LSBA Bar Brief’s “Focus on Diversity” electronic newsletter; recommend content that would enhance the LSBA diversity webpage, and develop diversity brochures, bookmarks, and other communications as needed.

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Plan Annual Diversity Conclave and statewide mini diversity/inclusion workshops and roundtable discussions for local/specialty bars and organizations statewide.

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Recommend diversity programs and initiatives that can be integrated throughout all LSBA programming and continuing legal education seminars and also integrated within programming offered by local and specialty bar associations. Promote and encourage LSBA members to obtain LSBA-approved diversity/inclusion facilitation training in order to facilitate diversity and inclusion professionalism discussions within LSBA programs and continuing legal educations seminars and programs coordinated by local and specialty bar associations. Coordinate diversity related programming to unite, support, and educate LSBA members on issues and topics of importance to those in the legal profession.

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Comprised of the leadership of minority bar associations throughout the state, the subcommittee assists with furthering LSBA diversity goals and the development of programs and initiatives that help to make the legal profession more inclusive.
Coordinate programs to unite, support, and educate attorneys, judges, professors, law students, paralegals, and other members of the legal profession in Louisiana on issues facing LGBT individuals; promote the creation of coalitions with other legal bar associations and organizations; encourage the adoption of non-discrimination policies in law firms protecting both sexual orientation and gender identity; and encourage and empower LGBT individuals to choose law as a career.

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Law Students and Students
Coordinate and develop professional development workshops and programs for law students with diverse backgrounds; coordinate and develop programs for middle school, high school, college students; volunteer and identify volunteers for programs to expose children to legal professionals; identify and apply for grants to fund LSBA pipeline initiatives.
Law Firms and Judiciary
Encourage diversity efforts within the judiciary and law firms; assist in providing educational components and training on various diversity issues; assess diversity needs of law firms; recommend programs to assist law firms and courts in developing diversity programs and strategic plans; and plan efforts to encourage courts and law firms to execute the diversity commitment statement.

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