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DEI Speakers Bureau Subcommittee
The subcommittee works to build a repository of diverse speakers on not only diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics, but also substantive law topics.

The subcommittee recommends diversity programs and initiatives that can be integrated throughout the following: all LSBA programming, LSBA continuing legal education seminars, and programming offered by local and specialty bar associations.

The Facilitation Team is available to present on a range of pertinent topics in the legal profession including generational differences, bias, cultural competency, mentoring and barriers to inclusion. These CLE seminars have been approved for 1.00 Professionalism credit hour.

To become a member of the Facilitation Team, attorneys participate in a Train the Trainer workshop. This training is conducted by senior facilitation team members. Senior facilitation team members are volunteer attorneys that have presented at least five presentations for the LSBA. 

The Train the Trainer - Facilitator Training Workshop is approved for 3.00 Professionalism CLE credit hours.
At the workshop, attorneys will: Increase your knowledge of unconscious bias that affects each one of us; Discover new ways to reduce bias; Learn how to help others become more culturally competent; Gain tools to promote diversity and inclusion through training; and boost your confidence in delivering effective CLE presentations. 
Train the Trainer - Facilitator Training Workshop Agenda:

1. Discover why diversity and inclusion is important to the Louisiana State Bar Association
2. Increase level of understanding of why diversity and inclusion is important
3. Increase knowledge of diversity and inclusion; Increase skills to educate others about diversity and inclusion
        - Self-awareness
        - Understand and learn ways to reduce bias
        - Increase cultural competence
        - Understand stereotypes, prejudices, and cultural differences
4. Discover the value of valuing diversity and inclusion
5. Best Practices
        - Learn to facilitate a discussion related to sensitive topics (Learn to respond to challenges when conducting presentations --What stories to tell; What stories not to tell)
        - Strategies for audience engagement

Please consider becoming a LSBA Diversity Facilitator. If you are interested in joining us, please click here for more information. 

Questions? Contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team at diversity@lsba.org. 


LSBA: Who We Are And How We Serve Our Members
The LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series focuses on familiarizing members with the LSBA and services provided. This CLE series is presented by the LSBA Outreach Committee in cooperation with the LSBA Board of Governors. This seminar has been approved for 1.00 Professionalism CLE credit.


Member Outreach CLE Seminars (lsba.org)


Suit Up for the Future - Memorandum and Oral Argument Winners
On the last day of the Suit Up for the Future program, students presented oral arguments to a panel of esteemed judges. The oral arguments were held at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

Winners for the best oral argument and memorandum were: 
Sydnee D. Ragas (Best Prosecution Memorandum, Best Prosecution Oral Argument, Morning Session); Allison L. Honeywood (Best Defense Memorandum); Emma M. Bonney (Best Defense Oral Argument, Morning Session); Matthew F. Bancroft (Best Defense Oral Argument, Afternoon Session); Avishka R. Fernando (Best Prosecution Oral Argument, Afternoon Session).

Pictured (L to R): 
Left:  Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Sydnee D. Ragas (Best Prosecution Memorandum, Best Prosecution Oral Argument, Morning Session)
Top Middle: Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Allison L. Honeywood (Best Defense Memorandum)
Top Right: Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Matthew F. Bancroft (Best Defense Oral Argument, Afternoon Session)
Bottom Middle: Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Emma M. Bonney (Best Defense Oral Argument, Morning Session)
Bottom Right: Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Avishka R. Fernando (Best Prosecution Oral Argument, Afternoon Session)


Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 3, Day 5
On the last day of the Suit Up for the Future program, students presented oral arguments to a panel of esteemed judges. The oral arguments were held at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

The panel of judges included: 
Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Honorable Brandon S. Long, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Section O; Honorable Eva J. Dossier, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Honorable LaKeisha N. Jefferson, Orleans Civil District Court, Division H.

Winners for the best oral argument and memorandum were: 
Sydnee D. Ragas (Best Prosecution Memorandum, Best Prosecution Oral Argument, Morning Session); Allison L. Honeywood (Best Defense Memorandum); Emma M. Bonney (Best Defense Oral Argument, Morning Session); Matthew F. Bancroft (Best Defense Oral Argument, Afternoon Session); Avishka R. Fernando (Best Prosecution Oral Argument, Afternoon Session).

Photo ID (L to R): 

Back Row: Charles N.H. Andrews; Sydnee D. Ragas; Mia M. Mornay; Korry J. Hill
Second Row: Dillon C. Banks; Matthew F. Bancroft; Avishka R. Fernando; Magdalena A. Sisto; Le'Ge P.J. Watts; Anisa M. Cleggett; Sia P. Mirpuri; Ferdell A. Handy
Third Row: Olivia E. Magee; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Emma M. Bonney; Allison L. Honeywood
Front Row: Honorable Eva J. Dossier, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Dasia T. Ball; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Honorable LaKeisha N. Jefferson, Orleans Civil District Court, Division H

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 3, Day 4
Students began and finished their day working diligently on their Oral Arguments in preparation for their Oral Argument Presentations. 

Photo ID: 

Top Left: Allison L. Honeywood

Top Right: Deshan R. Joseph, Jr.

Bottom Left: Dillon C. Banks

Bottom Right: Dasia T. Ball

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 3, Day 3
Students began their day with a tour of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. The tour was conducted by Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. The morning finished with Oral Argument Preparation led by the Suit Up Interns. 

Thank you to our amazing interns for all of their hard work over the past three weeks!!! 

2024 Interns: Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Eric J. Roshak, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center 2L.

After lunch, students played Suit Up Jeopardy facilitated by Suit Up Interns. Students ended the day with additional Oral Argument preparation.

Photo ID (L to R): 

Top Left: Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center 2L; Eric J. Roshak, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L

Top Right: Bottom Row: Mia M. Mornay; Allison L. Honeywood; Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Emma M. Bonney; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA; Sydnee D. Ragas
Middle Row: Dillon C. Banks; Ferdell A. Handy; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Dasia T. Ball; Magdalena A. Sisto; Anisa M. Cleggett; Olivia E. Magee; Charles N. H. Andrews
Top Row: Sia P. Mirpuri; Avishka R. Fernando; Korry J. Hill; Matthew F. Bancroft

Bottom Left: 
Left Side: Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Avishka R. Fernando; Olivia E. Magee; Sydnee D. Ragas; Anisa M. Cleggett
Right Side: Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center 2L; Magdalena A. Sisto; Sia P. Mirpuri; Deshan R. Joseph Jr; Emma M. Bonney

Bottom Right: Magdalena A. Sisto

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 3, Day 2
The second day of week two began with a College Admission Session: How I Gained Admission to Harvard University presented by Dylan G. Rhoton, 2022 Suit Up Alumnus, Harvard University. The students also heard legal career insight from Donovan J. Stone, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington D.C. on his upcoming clerkship for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Students finished the day working diligently on their Oral Arguments in preparation for their Oral Argument Presentations. 

Photo ID (L to R): 

Left: 
Top Row: Magdalena A. Sisto; Olivia E. Magee; Donovan J. Stone, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington D.C.
Bottom Row: Emma M. Bonney; Sydnee D. Ragas

Top Right: Avishka R. Fernando; Emma M. Bonney; Dylan G. Rhoton, 2022 Suit Up Alumnus, Harvard University; Matthew F. Bancroft

Bottom Right: Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Mia M. Mornay

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 3, Day 1
Suit Up students kicked off week three of the Suit Up Program with Oral Argument Preparation led by Suit Up Interns: Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Eric J. Roshak, LSU Law School 3L; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Almuna, Tulane University.

The Shake Shack team on Canal Street sponsored lunch for the students. Thank you to Yunior Batista, General Manager, and Anthony Paniagua, Manager-on-Duty for the delicious lunch! 

Following lunch, the students toured the Louisiana Supreme Court library and museum. Presentations were delivered by Miriam D. Childs, Director, Louisiana Supreme Court Library, and Robert Gunn, Deputy Judicial Administrator/Community Relations, Louisiana Supreme Court. The students also got to hear presentations from Chief Justice John L. Weimer III, Sixth District, and Associate Justice Piper D. Griffin, Seventh District. 

Photo ID (L to R): 

Left: 
Top Row: Matthew F. Bancroft; Korry J. Hill; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Mia M. Mornay; Charles N. H. Andrew; Ferdell A. Handy; Allison L. Honeywood; Le'Ge P. J. Watts
Bottom Row: Emma M. Bonney; Avishka R. Fernando; Olivia E. Magee; Magdalena A. Sisto; Dillon C. Banks; Dasia T. Ball; Anisa M. Cleggett; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Sydnee D. Ragas

Top Right: 
Top Row: Ferdell A. Handy; Korry J. Hill; Charles N.H. Andrews; Mia M. Mornay; Matthew F. Bancroft
Middle Row: Deshan R. Joseph Jr; Sia P. Mirpuri; Dillon C. Banks; Olivia E. Magee; Emma M. Bonney; Le’Ge P.J. Watts
Bottom Row: Dasia T. Ball; Avishka R. Fernando; Magdalena A. Sisto; Anisa M. Cleggett; Ray’ven A. Chancellor; Sydnee D. Ragas; Allison L. Honeywood

Bottom Right:
Top Row: Matthew F. Bancroft; Ferdell A. Handy; Sia P. Mirpuri; Dillon C. Banks; Korry J. Hill; Deshan R. Joseph Jr; Charles N.H. Andrews
Middle Row: Ray’ven A. Chancellor; Le’Ge P.J. Watts; Avishka R. Fernando; Dasia T. Ball; Allison L. Honeywood; Sydnee D. Ragas; Chief Justice John L. Weimer III, Louisiana Supreme Court, Sixth District, New Orleans, LA; Associate Justice Piper D. Griffin, Louisiana Supreme Court, Seventh District, New Orleans, LA; Olivia E. Magee; Emma M. Bonney; Anisa M. Cleggett; Magdalena A. Sisto; Mia M. Mornay
Bottom Row: Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Eric J. Roshak, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L; Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law School 2L; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University 


Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 2, Day 5
Suit Up students began the final day of week two with two more College and Law School Admission Preparation Workshops, presented by Kristin Guidry, Associate Director, Tulane University, and Victoria Parenti, Regional Admissions Counselor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Students ended the morning with Memorandum Preparation.

After lunch, members of the 2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class presented the 2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Project Demystifying the Legal Profession. The presentation was conducted by Andrew M. Albritton, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, Kristina Douglas, City of Shreveport, Stephanie M. Poucher, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, and Karina Shareen, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP.

The presentation provided students with a clear and engaging introduction to the legal profession regarding what attorneys do, the path to becoming a lawyer, and the requirements for entering the field. The goal of the presentation was to aid the students to make informed decisions about their future career paths. The incorporated activity No Vehicles in the Park  was meant to encourage the students to “think like a lawyer” and think about how laws are made, enforced, defended, and sometimes changed.

Photo ID (L to R): 

Top Left: Avishka R. Fernando; Sydnee D. Ragas; Kristin Guidry, Associate Director, Tulane University; Emma M. Bonney

Top Right: Matthew F. Bancroft; Victoria Parenti, Regional Admissions Counselor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Olivia E. Magee; Deshan R. Joseph, Jr.

Bottom Left: 
Top Row: Karina Shareen, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA; Andrew M. Albritton, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, New Orleans, LA; Stephanie M. Poucher, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, New Orleans, LA; Kristina F. Douglas, City of Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
Bottom Row: Matthew F. Bancroft, Avishka R. Fernando; Sia P. Mirpuri; Olivia E. Magee; Emma M. Bonney; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.

Bottom Right: Avishka R. Fernando; Olivia E. Magee

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 2, Day 4
On the fourth day of week two of the Suit Up program, students shadowed local attorneys and judges.

Photo ID (L to R): 

Top Left: Jared E.A. Nelson, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, Lafayette, LA; Dasia T. Ball; Trinity A. Morale, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, New Orleans, LA; Magdalena A. Sisto

Top Right: Charles N.H. Andrews; Ferdell A. Handy; Honorable Bernadette G. D'Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division K, New Orleans, LA; Matthew F. Bancroft; Sia P. Mirpuri

Center Left: Alexander Sobel, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Law Clerk, 24th Judicial District Court, Division P, Gretna, LA; Dillon C. Banks; Honorable Lee V. Faulkner Jr., 24th Judicial District Court, Division P, Gretna, LA; Sydnee D. Ragas; Miles W. Swanson, MWSwanson LLC, New Orleans, LA; Piper M. Didier, Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, Gretna, LA

Bottom Left: Brittany Higginbotham, Criminal Minute Clerk, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Matthew Gerrets, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 1L, Summer Intern, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Deputy Joseph Franklin, Bailiff, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Benjamin Wessel, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 2L, Summer Intern, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Le'Ge P.J. Watts; Honorable June Berry Darensburg, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Emma M. Bonney; Maxwell Means, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 2L, Summer Intern, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Sowmya Mandava, Judicial Staff Attorney, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Fernanza Gilmore, Administrative Assistant, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA; Kendra Pierre, Civil Minute Clerk, 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, Gretna, LA

Bottom Right: Councilman Eugene J. Green, New Orleans City Council, District D; Anisa M. Cleggett; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Councilman Oliver Thomas, New Orleans City Council, District E

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 2, Day 3
On the third day of week two of the Suit Up program, students shadowed local attorneys.

Photo ID (L to R): 

Top Left: Emma M. Bonney; Catherine R. Filippi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA; Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP; Dasia T. Ball

Top Right: Lori A. Waters, Hair Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, LLC, Metairie, LA; Janae A. Torrence, Hair Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, LLC, Metairie, LA; Korry J. Hill; Matthew F. Bancroft; Ferdell A. Handy; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; David Gross, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L, Hair Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, LLC, Metairie, LA; Dondra Moore, Hair Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, Metairie, LA; Galen M. Hair, Hair Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, LLC, Metairie, LA

Bottom Left: Christy F. Kane, Entergy Services, LLC, New Orleans, LA; Sydnee D. Ragas; Dillon C. Banks; Endya E. Delpit, Entergy Services, LLC, New Orleans, LA

Bottom Center: Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans, LA; Allison L. Honeywood; Loulan J. Pitre Jr., Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans, LA; Avishka R. Fernando

Bottom Right: Victoria Perez, Southern University Law Center 3L, Law Clerk, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Macy Heroman, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L, Law Clerk, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; David F. Bienvenu, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Sia P. Mirpuri; Charles N.H. Andrews; Kelly A. Gismondi, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Jasmin Kumar, 2023 Suit Up Alumna, Intern, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Eric Miller, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L, Law Clerk, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Denise C. Puente, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; M. Davis Ready, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 2, Day 2
In the morning, Suit Up interns provided one-on-one assistance to students with drafting their memorandums. 

After Memorandum Preparation, some students were able to have lunch with their job shadowing employers.

Following lunch, students traveled to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Chief of Staff Micah Ince provided students with a glimpse into the important work of the Office of the District Attorney.

Photo ID (L to R): 

Top Left: Allison L. Honeywood; Mia M. Mornay; Magdalena A. Sisto; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Matthew F. Bancroft; Dillon C. Banks 

Top Right: Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA; Korry J. Hill; Dillon C. Banks; Catherine R. Filippi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA

Bottom Left: Deshan R. Joseph Jr; Anisa M. Cleggett; Sia P. Mirpuri; Donesia D. Turner, City Attorney, City of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Bottom Right: 
Top Row: Olivia E. Magee; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Avishka R. Fernando; Matthew F. Bancroft; Mia M. Mornay; Charles N. H. Andrew; Dillon C. Banks; Korry J. Hill; Ferdell A. Handy
Bottom Row: Emma M. Bonney; Sia P. Mirpuri; Magdalena A. Sisto; Ray’ven A. Chancellor; Anisa M. Cleggett; Dasia T. Ball; Allison L. Honeywood; Le’Ge P.J. Watts; Michelle Woodfork, Forensic & Intelligence Investigations Director, Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office; Sydnee D. Ragas

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 2, Day 1
Suit Up students began their second week with a tour of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and viewing proceedings in the courtroom of Honorable Tracey E. Flemings-Davillier, Section B, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Following lunch, students toured the Orleans Public Defenders Office. At the Orleans Public Defenders Office, students were welcomed by Daniel L. Engelberg, Chief District Defender.

The day concluded with Suit Up interns assisting students with Memorandum Outline Preparation.

Photo ID (L to R): 

Top Left:
Front Row: Dasia T. Ball; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Le'Ge P.J. Watts; Anisa M. Cleggett; Honorable Tracey E. Flemings-Davillier, Section B, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, New Orleans, LA; Sydnee D. Ragas; Allison L. Honeywood
Middle Row:Sia P. Mirpuri; Olivia E. Magee; Magdalena A. Sisto; Emma M. Bonney; Avishka R. Fernando 
Back Row: Korry J. Hill; Matthew F. Bancroft; Charles N.H. Andrews; Dillon C. Banks; Mia M. Mornay; Ferdell A. Handy; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.

Top Right: Matthew F. Bancroft; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Sia P. Mirpuri

Bottom Left: Sydnee D. Ragas; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University

Bottom Right: 
Top Row: Charles N. H. Andrews; Ferdell A. Handy; Korry J. Hill; Matthew F. Bancroft; Dillon C. Banks; Daniel L. Engelberg, Chief District Defender, Orleans Public Defenders Office, New Orleans, LA
Middle Row: Robert Jones, Director of Community Outreach, Orleans Public Defenders Office, New Orleans, LA; Anisa M. Cleggett; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Allison L. Honeywood; Olivia E. Magee; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Sia P. Mirpuri; Avishka R. Fernando; Alexandrea D. Flakes, 2018 Suit Up Almuna, Staff Investigator, Orleans Public Defenders Office, New Orleans, LA; Wan Qi Kong, Deputy Supervisor, Client Services Division, Orleans Public Defenders Office, New Orleans, LA
Bottom Row: Dasia T. Ball; Magdalena A. Sisto; Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Sydnee D. Ragas; Emma M. Bonney

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 1, Day 5
The final day of week one of Suit Up began with a tour and presentation at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and Tulane University Law School. Loyola Law’s presentation was conducted by Allyson LaBruzza, Law Admissions Counselor. Tulane Law’s presentation was conducted by Tracie N. Ransom, Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Julia M. Spencer, Assistant Director of Admissions. The day ended with Memorandum Preparation.

Photo ID (L to R): 
Top Left: Top Row (L to R) Brandon Bercerra, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 2L; Dillon C. Banks; Korry J. Hill; Allison L. Honeywood; Deshan R. Joseph; Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Emma M. Bonney; Dasia T. Ball; Ferdell A. Handy; Sia P. Mirpuri; Mia M. Mornay; Olivia E. Magee; Matthew F. Bancroft; Avishka R. Fernando

Bottom Row (L to R): Payton Travis, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Sydnee D. Ragas; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Anisa M. Cleggett; Magdalena A. Sisto; Allyson LaBruzza, Law Admissions Counselor, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Top Right: Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Magdalena A. Sisto; Avishka R. Fernando; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Anisa M. Cleggett; Eric J. Roshak, , LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L; Olivia E. Magee; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.

Bottom Left: Olivia E. Magee; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Eric J. Roshak, , LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L

Bottom Right: Top Row (L to R): Olivia E. Magee; Ferdell A. Handy; Allison L. Honeywood; Charles N. H. Andrews; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Mia M. Mornay; Dillon C. Banks; Emma M. Bonney; Korry J. Hill; Avishka R. Fernando; Matthew F. Bancroft

Bottom Row (L to R): Sia P. Mirpuri; Anisa M. Cleggett; Tracie N. Ransom, Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Tulane University Law School; Dasia T. Ball; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Sydnee D. Ragas; Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Magdalena A. Sisto

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 1, Day 4
On the fourth day of Suit Up, students began their morning with two College and Law School Admission Preparation workshops presented by Addrianne Davis, Associate Director of  Recruitment, Dillard University; Diamond Lee, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Louisiana University; and Breleigh Bentivegna, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Louisiana University. 

Following the admission preparation workshops, Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell, B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor, Southern University Law Center, presented an abbreviated law class on Transitional Justice and Constitutional Law.

Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Paul M. Herbert Law Center stressed the importance of using impactful language during his Oral Argument Workshop.

The day concluded with Suit Up interns assisting students with Memorandum Outline Preparation.

Photo ID (L to R): 
Top Left: Sia P. Mirpuri; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Addrianne Davis, Associate Director of Recruitment, Dillard University; Sydnee D. Ragas

Top Right: Olivia E. Magee; Diamond Lee, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Louisiana University; Breleigh Bentivengna, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Louisiana University; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Ferdell A. Handy

Bottom Left: Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell, B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor, Southern University Law Center

Bottom Right: Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center


Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 1, Day 3
On the third day of Suit Up, Suit Up interns had the students view past oral arguments to aide with Memorandum and Oral Argument Preparation. Following the Memorandum and Oral Argument preparation session, Suit Up Interns provided 
valuable information on how to create a dynamic resume.

The day concluded with Suit Up interns assisting students with Memorandum Outline Preparation. 
Interns: Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Eric J. Roshak, LSU Law School 3L; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center 2L; Sania B. Islam, 2021 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University.

Photo ID (L to R): 
Left: Emma M. Bonney

Top Right: Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center 2L; Eric J. Roshak, , LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Sania B. Islam, 2021 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University

Bottom Right: Olivia E. Magee; Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Sydnee D. Ragas

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 1, Day 2
On the second day of Suit Up for the Future, Suit Up interns assisted students with Memorandum Outline Preparation: Eric J. Roshak, LSU Law School 3L; Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; and Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L.

Following Memorandum Outline Preparation, students stepped into the classroom for a presentation on Contracts. Instruction was provided by Professor Kenya J. H. Smith, Associate Law Professor, Southern University Law Center.

Photo ID (L to R): 
Left: Professor Kenya J. H. Smith, Associate Law Professor, Southern University Law Center

Top Right: Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Eric J. Roshak, , LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L; Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Emma M. Bonney; Avishka R. Fernando

Bottom Right: Korry J. Hill; Mia M. Mornay; Professor Kenya J. H. Smith, Associate Law Professor, Southern University Law Center; Matthew F. Bancroft; Charles N. H. Andrews 

Suit Up for the Future Program: Week 1, Day 1
18 students (11th grade, 12th grade, and recent high school graduates) received a warm welcome to the 2024 Louisiana State Bar Association's Suit Up for the Future program from Stephen I. “Steve” Dwyer, LSBA President 2022-2023, and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning Coordinator, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. LSBA's Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA, and Denice Redd-Robbinette, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, Baton Rouge, LA, also made welcoming remarks and facilitated activities that revolved around the
question: "What does it mean to be a lawyer? 

In the afternoon, Suit Up students stepped into the classroom for a lesson on Legal Research and Writing. Instruction was provided by Professor Emily A. Bishop, Director of the Lawyering Program and Professor of Practice, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Thank you to our presenters for making Day 1 of Suit Up for the Future a success!

Photo ID (L to R): 
Left: Professor Emily A. Bishop, Director of the Lawyering Program and Professor of Practice, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Top Right: Bottom Row (L to R): Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA; Magdalena A. Sisto; Anisa M. Cleggett; Ray'ven A. Chancellor; Emma M. Bonney; Sydnee D. Ragas; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB) (Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana), New Orleans, LA; Dasia T. Ball; Sia P. Mirpuri; Le'Ge P. J. Watts; Allison L. Honeywood; Avishka R. Fernando; Denice Redd-Robinette, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, Baton Rouge, LA. Second row (L to R): Brinley B. Pethe, 2022 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Sania B. Islam, 2021 Suit Up Alumna, Tulane University; Kiera C. Martin, Southern University Law Center 2L; Charles N. H. Andrews; Matthew F. Bancroft; Deshan R. Joseph Jr.; Ferdell A. Handy; Mia M. Mornay; Korry J. Hill; Olivia E. Magee; Claire H. Carter, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Sarah K. Warren, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 3L; Dillon C. Banks; Eric J. Roshak, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center 3L

Bottom Right: Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA; Stephen I. "Steve" Dwyer, Stephen I. "Steve" Dwyer, LSBA President 2022-2023; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Just the Beginning (JTB) (Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana), New Orleans, LA; Denice Redd-Robinette, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, Baton Rouge, LA

Fourth Judicial District Bar Association Annual Meeting – June 20, 2024
On June 20, 2024, the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association held its Annual Meeting at The Terrace at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The event featured a celebration of 40-year members of the bar and the induction of the association’s 2024/2025 Board of Directors. 

Pictured (L to R): Members of the Fourth Judicial Bar Association 2024/2025 Board of Directors. Amy C. Johnson, Vice President, Attorney at Law, Bastrop, LA; Leah D. Sumrall, President, LaSalle Management Company, L.L.C., Ruston, LA; Alexandra L. Barham, Secretary/Treasurer, Attorney at Law, Monroe, LA; Tyler J.R. Sanderson, Director, Sanderson Legal Solutions LLC, Monroe, LA. Not pictured: Thomas H. Fields III, Director, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, Monroe, LA.


2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class Recognition – June 6, 2024
On June 6, 2024, members of the 2023-24 Leadership LSBA class were awarded certificates of completion for their participation in Leadership LSBA. The goal of Leadership LSBA is to provide exposure to young lawyers on how the LSBA functions as well as the pressing issues that face the legal profession. The title of the 2023-24 Leadership LSBA class project was Demystifying the Legal Profession.

Pictured (L to R): Shayna L. Sonnier, 2023-2024 LSBA President, Veron Bice, LLC, Lake Charles, LA; Nicholas S. Bergeron, Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA; Candace B. Ford, 2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class Co-Chair, United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA; Micah O. Clemons, Todd Clemons & Associates, APLC, Lake Charles, LA; Stephanie M. Poucher, Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Kristina F. Douglas, City of Shreveport, Shreveport, LA; Reed K. Ellis, Broussard, David & Moroux, Lafayette, LA; Brian J. Lindsey, Kean Miller LLP, Lafayette, LA; Karina Shareen, Deutsch Kerrigan, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Josef P.M. Ventulan, Louisiana State Law Institute, Baton Rouge, LA. Photo credit Matthew Hinton.


Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson Trailblazer Award – June 6, 2024
On June 6, 2024, Associate Justice Piper D. Griffin received the LSBA Diversity Committee Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award. This award recognizes individual attorneys and judges who exhibit an unwavering commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The awards ceremony was held during the LSBA Annual Meeting at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, FL.

Pictured (L to R): Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson (Ret.), New Orleans, LA; Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer award recipient, Associate Justice Piper D. Griffin, Louisiana Supreme Court, Seventh District; Shayna L. Sonnier, 2023-2024 LSBA President, Veron Bice, LLC, Lake Charles, LA. Photo credit Matthew Hinton.


Guardian of Diversity Award – June 6, 2024
On June 6, 2024, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana received the LSBA Diversity Committee Guardian of Diversity Award. This award recognizes local and specialty bar associations, courts, law firms/departments, community organizations (which includes non-profits and public interest organizations), and educational organizations (which include law schools and schools with a law-related program) that implement and advance diversity programs to promote and support diversity in the legal community. The awards ceremony was held during the LSBA Annual Meeting at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, FL.

Pictured (L to R): Hon. Jay C. Zainey, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Section A, New Orleans, LA; Chief Judge Nannette J. Brown, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Section G, New Orleans, LA; Shayna L. Sonnier, 2023-2024 LSBA President, Veron Bice, LLC, Lake Charles, LA. Photo credit Matthew Hinton.


Specialty Bars Reception -- June 3, 2024
On June 3, 2024, the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Specialty Bars Subcommittee sponsored the Specialty Bars Reception at Hotel Effie Sandestin, Ara Rooftop Pool and Lounge.

The Specialty Bars Reception was held during the LSBA Annual Meeting and featured an evening of networking.

Top Left: Pictured (L to R): Angela White-Bazile, Executive Director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc, Mandeville, LA; Senae D. Hall, 2023-2024 LSBA Young Lawyers Division Chair, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, Shreveport, LA.

Top Right: Pictured (L to R): Hon. Roger P. Hamilton, 16th Judicial District Court, Division H, New Iberia, LA; Nicole T. Bowyer, State Farm Insurance, Metairie, LA; Hon. Lee V. Faulkner Jr., 24th Judicial District Court, Division P, Gretna, LA; Tina L. Suggs, State Farm Insurance, Metairie, LA; Hon. E. Adrian Adams, 24th Judicial District Court, Division G, Gretna, LA; Cedric Mosely.

Middle Left: Pictured (L to R): James Robert, Glynn, LA; Deidre Deculus Robert, Director of State Operations, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Washington, D.C.; Latisha Nixon-Jones, Bonaire, GA; Christopher Jones, Bonaire, GA.

Middle Right: Pictured (L to R): Hon. Roger P. Hamilton, 16th Judicial District Court, Division H, New Iberia, LA; Deidre Deculus Robert, Director of State Operations, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Washington, D.C.

Bottom: Pictured (L to R): Angela White-Bazile, Executive Director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc, Mandeville, LA; Kim M. Boyle, Partner, Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Hon. Karelia R. Stewart, 1st Judicial District Court, Section D, Shreveport, LA; Hon. Rachael D. Johnson, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, New Orleans, LA; Sharonda R. Williams, General Counsel, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Cordelia D. Tullous, Redstone Strategy Group, Dallas, TX; Deidre Deculus Robert, Director of State Operations, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Washington, D.C.; Shawn Lindsay, City of New Orleans Law Department, New Orleans, LA.


Specialty Bars CLE Conference – May 23, 2024
On May 23, 2024, the LSBA Diversity Committee and Outreach Committee hosted the Specialty Bars CLE Conference at the Louisiana Bar Center.

Top Left - 
Pictured: Hieu “Scott” Trung Le, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett, LLC, New Orleans, LA, presented When Competency Isn’t Enough: Embracing Cultural Differences to Become a Truly Competent Lawyer.

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Pictured: Vickie S. Evans, Founder & CEO, RedCape, Austin, TX, presented Microsoft Productivity Tips for Attorneys: Windows, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Middle Left - 
Pictured: Nicholas J. Hite, Lambda Legal, Dallas, TX, presented Advocacy for Transgender Clients.

Middle Right - 
Pictured (L to R): Leah Spivey, Gasparian Spivey Immigration, New Orleans, LA, and Roman J. Maney, Department of Homeland Security, New Orleans, LA, presented Immigration Basics for Criminal Lawyers.

Bottom Left - 
Pictured (L to R): Debra J. Weinberg, Disability Rights Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, and Sarah H. Bacot, Disability Rights Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, presented Navigating Disability in Legal Practice: Breaking Stereotypes and Building Respect.

Bottom Right - Pictured: Eric K. Barefield, Professional Programs Ethics Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans, LA, presented Ethics Hodge Podge.


Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Law Day – May 10, 2024
On May 10, 2024, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association held its annual Law Day Event at the Old Calcasieu Courthouse in Lake Charles. The theme of this year’s Law Day was Voices of Democracy. The Martinet Service Award was presented posthumously to Chantell M. Smith and accepted by her mother, Lisa Harmon.

Pictured: Brent A. Hawkins, The Hawkins Law Group, LLC, Lake Charles, LA, presented the Martinet Service Award posthumously to Chantell M. Smith.


Baton Rouge Bar Association Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award – May 9, 2024
On May 9, 2024, the 2023 Baton Rouge Bar Association Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award was awarded to Danielle L. “Dani” Borel. The Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award is presented to an outstanding young lawyer.

Pictured (L to R): Kelsey C. Luckett, Immediate Past-Chair, Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., Baton Rouge, LA; Danielle L. “Dani” Borel, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., Baton Rouge, LA


Avoyelles Parish Bar Association Law Day – May 3, 2024
On May 3, 2024, the Avoyelles Parish Bar Association held its annual Law Day and Scholarship event. The event featured an essay contest for Avoyelles Parish School seniors on the Law Day theme Voices of Democracy. Essay contest student winners were Jean Pierre Bordelon, first-place winner of a $2500 scholarship; and additional winners of scholarships in the amount of $100 were Lance Mose, Jr., Maddie Milligan, and Molly Venable. 

(Top) Pictured (L to R): Chad P. Guillot, Sr., President, Avoyelles Bar Association, Attorney at Law, Marksville, LA; Peter J. Lemoine, Jr., Secretary, Avoyelles Bar Association, Lemoine Law Firm, LLC, Cottonport, LA; Maddie Milligan, Essay Contest Runner-Up, Bunkie High School, Bunkie, LA; Molly Venable, Essay Contest Runner-Up, Bunkie High School, Bunkie, LA; Elizabeth E. Williams, Vice President, Avoyelles Bar Association, Avoyelles Parish District Attorney’s Office, Marksville, LA;  Charles A. Riddle, III., District Attorney, Avoyelles Parish District Attorney’s Office, Marksville, LA

(Bottom)Pictured (L to R): Jean Pierre Bordelon, Essay Contest First-Place Winner, Avoyelles Public Charter School, Mansura, LA; Charles A. Riddle, III., District Attorney, Avoyelles Parish District Attorney’s Office, Marksville, LA



Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Law Day - May 1, 2024
On May 1, 2024, the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation held its Law Day Ceremony at the Raising Cane’s River Center Theatre in Baton Rouge. This year’s Law Day theme was Voices of Democracy.  The Law Day program featured a keynote speech by 2024 BRBA President K. Luke Williamson and was held in conjunction with a Naturalization Ceremony and a Mock Trial competition.

Top - Pictured (L to R): Judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, presiding over the Naturalization Ceremony. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Bourgeois Jr.; Honorable John W. deGravelles; Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick; Honorable Brian A. Jackson

Bottom - Pictured (L to R): Members of the BRBA Law Day Committee. Jamie A. Flowers, Jr., United States Attorney’ Office, Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA; Lori  E. Palmintier, BRBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair, Brock & Palmintier Law, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA; Valerie A. Black, BRBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair, Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA; K. Luke Williamson, 2024 BRBA President, Williamson Campbell and Whittington, LLC


Shreveport Bar Association Law Day - May 1, 2024
On May 1, 2024, the Shreveport Bar Association held its Law Day Ceremony at the Petroleum Club of Shreveport. This year’s Law Day theme was Voices of Democracy.  Honorable M. Thomas Arceneaux, Mayor of Shreveport, served as the event’s keynote speaker. Karen Soileau, Faculty Advisor for Caddo Parish Magnet High School’s award-winning Mock Trial team, was this year’s Liberty Bell Award Recipient.

Top - Pictured (L to R): L. Gordon Mosley, SBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair, Mosley Title Company, L.L.C, Bossier City, LA; Honorable M. Thomas Arceneaux, Mayor, Shreveport, LA; J. Ashby Davis, SBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair, Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC, Shreveport, LA

Bottom - Pictured (L to R): Kenneth P. Haines, 2024 SBA President, Weems, Schimpf, Haines & Moore, APLC, Shreveport, LA; Karen Soileau, Liberty Bell Award Recipient, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport, LA; J. Ashby Davis, SBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair, Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC, Shreveport, LA; L. Gordon Mosley, SBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair, Mosley Title Company,  L.L.C, Bossier City, LA


Leadership LSBA 2023-2024 Class Project “Demystifying the Legal Profession” – Sophie B. Wright Charter High School
On April 16th, Stephanie M. Poucher of the Leadership LSBA Class presented the 2023-2024 Class Project “Demystifying the Legal Profession” to students at Sophie B. Wright Charter High School in New Orleans. The purpose of the “Demystifying the Legal Profession” project is to inform high school students of the path to and benefits of a career in the legal profession.”

Pictured (L to R): Stephanie M. Poucher, Phelps Dunbar L.L.P., New Orleans, LA; Darius Taplet, Student Support, Sophie B. Wright Charter High School, New Orleans, LA.


Entertainment Law CLE Conference – April 12, 2024
On April 12, 2024, the LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity Department and the LSBA Art, Entertainment and Sports Law Section hosted the Entertainment Law CLE Conference at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel with the theme Music and the Law. This conference helped to highlight the work of lawyers that help to protect artists.

(Top Left) Pictured: Eugene J. Radcliff, Radcliff Law Firm, Baton Rouge, LA, presented Creating an Entertainment Law Practice – Building, Maintenance and Responsibilities.

(Top Right) Pictured: Brian Mencher, General Counsel, Global Citizen, New York, NY, presented Get in Synch: An Intro to Music Copyrights and Licensing.

(Bottom Left) Pictured: N. Kordell Caldwell, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC, New Orleans, LA, presented Did (A)I Do That?

(Bottom Right) Pictured: Timothy R. W. Kappel, Wells Kappel, New Orleans, LA, presented The Case Against Work-For-Hire Language In Sound Recording Agreements.


Leadership LSBA 2023-2024 Class Project “Demystifying the Legal Profession” – Washington-Marion Magnet High School
On April 9th, Micah O. Clemons of the Leadership LSBA Class presented the 2023-2024 Class Project “Demystifying the Legal Profession” to students at Washington-Marion Magnet High School in Lake Charles. The purpose of the “Demystifying the Legal Profession” project is to inform high school students of the path to and benefits of a career in the legal profession.”

Pictured (L to R): Michael Snyder, AP US History, World History, and Law Studies, Washington-Marion Magnet High School, Lake Charles, LA; Micah O. Clemons, Todd Clemons & Associates, APLC, Lake Charles, LA.


Southern University Law Center Alumni Hall of Fame Gala – April 6, 2024
On April 6, 2024, the Southern University Law Center held its Alumni Hall of Fame Gala at the Renaissance Hotel Baton Rouge. The event honored distinguished alumni, alumni members of the judiciary, and SULC Hall of Fame inductees. 

(Top) Pictured (L to R): 2024 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees. Lee “Jody” Amedee, III, Gauthier Amedee, APLC, Gonzales, LA; Monique M. Edwards, The Edwards Law Group, L.L.C., Baton Rouge, LA; Keith E. Gammage, Solicitor-General, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Atlanta, GA; Edward B. Jones, Attorney at Law, Patterson, LA;  Tedrick K. Knightshead, Knightshead Law Firm, L.L.C., Baton Rouge, LA; Erin D. Monroe, Market Vice President, Cox Communications, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA;  and Dennis D. Spurling, Dennis Spurling, PLLC, Houston, TX.  

(Middle) Pictured (L to R): 2024 Alumni Judicial Wall of Fame. John K. Pierre, Chancellor, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA;  Hon. Kimya M. Holmes, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section D, New Orleans, LA; Hon. Collette M. Greggs, 19th Judicial District Court, Section 8, Baton Rouge, LA; Hon. Wilford D. Carter, Sr. (Ret.), 14th Judicial District Court, Division F, Lake Charles, LA;  Hon. Charles T. Cravins, 27th Judicial District Court, Division C, Opelousas, LA.

(Bottom) Pictured (L to R): 2024 Distinguished Alumni Honorees. Booker T. Carmichael, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Plano, TX; Gregory Brumfield, Jr., Labor Relations Manager, Starbucks, Dallas, TX; John K. Pierre, Chancellor, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA; Samuel J. Spurgeon, Spurgeon Law Firm, LLC, Alexandria, LA; Courtney T. Joiner, Partner, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, Baton Rouge, LA.


Baton Rouge Bar Association Bench Bar – April 3-6, 2024
On April 3-6, 2024, the Baton Rouge Bar Association held its annual Bench Bar at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL.

Pictured (L to R): Ralph L. Fletcher, Fletcher & Roy, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA; Valerie Debosier, Baton Rouge, LA; Kati Williamson, Baton Rouge, LA;  K. Luke Williamson, 2024 BRBA President, Williamson Campbell and Whittington, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA; Amy C. Lambert, BRBA Past President, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P., Baton Rouge, LA; Brad Lambert, Baton Rouge, LA


Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Bench Bar Conference – March 21-23, 2024
From March 21-23, 2024, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association held its annual Bench Bar Conference at the Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa in Houston, TX.  The conference offered attendees 6 hours of CLE credit and networking opportunities.

Pictured (L to R): Joseph B. Williams III, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Bench Bar Conference Chair, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; Associate Justice James T. Genovese, Louisiana Supreme Court, Third District; Hon. Guy E. Bradberry, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. Ledricka J. Thierry, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. D. Kent Savoie, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Shayna L. Sonnier, 2023-2024 Louisiana State Bar Association President, Veron Bice, LLC; J. Lee Hoffoss, Jr., Southwest Louisiana Bar Association President, Lee Hoffoss Injury Lawyers, LLC.


Leadership LSBA 2023-2024 Class Project “Demystifying the Legal Profession” – Northside High School
On March 18, Andrew M. Albritton and Catherine S. Carrier of the Leadership LSBA Class presented the 2023-2024 Class Project “Demystifying the Legal Profession” to students at Northside High School in Lafayette. The purpose of the “Demystifying the Legal Profession” project is to inform high school students of the path to and benefits of a career in the legal profession.”

Pictured (L to R): Andrew M. Albritton, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, New Orleans, LA; Catherine S. Carrier, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, APLC, Lafayette, LA.


Lafayette Bar Foundation Wills for Heroes – March 16, 2024
On March 16, 2024, the Lafayette Bar Foundation held its Wills for Heroes event. The goal of the Wills for Heroes program is to provide free wills for first responders.

Pictured (L to R): Lebra R. Bias, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Lafayette, LA; Jared E. A. Nelson, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, Lafayette, LA; Taneisha W. Riggs, Law Offices of Taneisha W. Riggs, Lafayette, LA; Antwon D. Bloxson, Law Office of Antwon D. Bloxson, LLC, Lafayette, LA; Karly K. Dorr, NeunerPate, Lafayette, LA; Reed K. Ellis, Broussard, David & Moroux, Lafayette, LA; Arthur D. Mouton, Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards, LLP, Lafayette, LA; Casey L. Thibodeaux, Jones Walker LLP, Lafayette, LA; Kelsi G. Flores, NeunerPate, Lafayette, LA.



Lafayette Bar Association Wills for Heroes - October 21, 2023
On October 21, 2023, the Lafayette Bar Association Young Lawyers Section held its Wills for Heroes event. The goal of the Wills for Heroes program is to provide free wills for first responders.

Pictured (l to r): Ani H. Boudreaux, Neuner Pate, Lafayette, LA; Jared E.A. Nelson, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, Lafayette, LA; Karly K. Door, Neuner Pate, Lafayette, LA.

Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Court Opening – October 20, 2023
On October 20, 2023, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association held its Fall Court Ceremony. The event was a joint ceremony for the 14th, 36th, and 38th Judicial District Courts. The Fall Court Ceremony featured eulogies in memory of recently deceased attorneys; a recognition of practice of law by Adam P. Johnson, SWLBA President; an introduction of new members by Russell J. Stutes, III, SWLBA YLS President; the presentation of the Jim Ortego Pro Bono Award and the Charles A. Downing Humanitarian Award; and remarks from Edward J. Walters, Jr., 2024-2025 LSBA President-Elect.

Pictured (L to R): Adam P. Johnson, 2023-2024 SWLBA President, The Johnson Firm; Edward J. Walters, Jr., 2024-2025 LSBA President-Elect, Walters, Thomas, Cullens, LLC; Shayna L. Sonnier, 2023-2024 LSBA President, Veron Bice, LLC.


Ruby Receptionist CLE Seminar – September 22, 2023
On September 22, 2023, the LSBA Outreach Committee hosted the Ruby Receptionist CLE Seminar. The title of the seminar was A Higher Bar: How to Exceed Client Expectations in a Virtual World – Exceeding Client Expectations and Improving Client Experience to Grow Your Firm. The seminar focused on growing law firms by adapting to new client expectations and digital technologies. The seminar was held at the Louisiana Bar Center in New Orleans.

Pictured: Speaker Eric Smith, Partner Marketing Specialist, Ruby Receptionist, Portland, OR.


Lambda Legal CLE Seminar - September 15, 2023
On September 15, 2023, the LSBA Diversity Committee’s LGBT Subcommittee hosted the LGBTQ+ Families and Relationships: What Practitioners Need to Know CLE Seminar. The CLE Seminar addressed the impact of the Dobbs decision on LGBTQ+ civil rights in the future as well as the impact of the Respect for Marriage Act on LGBTQ+ Families and Relationships. The seminar was held at the Louisiana Bar Center in New Orleans.

Pictured: Speaker Shelly L. Skeen, Lambda Legal, Dallas, TX.


Alexandria Bar Association Court Opening - September 6, 2023
On September 6, 2023, the Alexandria Bar Association held their Opening of Court Ceremony at the 9th Judicial District Courthouse, Rapides Parish. The ceremony was opened by Judge W. Gregory Beard, Chief Judge, 9th Judicial District Court. Welcoming remarks were provided by Samuel J. Spurgeon, Alexandria Bar Association President; R. Morgan Briggs, Alexandria Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair; and Steven I. Dwyer, LSBA Immediate Past President.

Pictured (L to R): Allison P. Nowlin, Criminal Staff Attorney, 9th Judicial District Court, Alexandria Bar Association Secretary; Matthew L. Nowlin, Keiser Law Firm, Alexandria Bar Association Treasurer; Samuel J. Spurgeon, Spurgeon Law Firm, Alexandria Bar Association President; E. June Wells-Foster, Attorney at Law, Alexandria Bar Association Vice-President; Steven I. Dwyer, Dwyer, Cambre & Suffern, APLC, LSBA Immediate Past President.


Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Scholarship Brunch – September 2, 2023
On September 2, 2023, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, hosted a Scholarship Brunch at the City Club of Baton Rouge. The goal of the Scholarship Brunch was to raise funds for bar preparation scholarships to be provided to law students.

Pictured (L to R): Hon. Erika L. Green, East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court; Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President of Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., Greater Baton Rouge Chapter.


2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class Orientation - August 25, 2023
On August 25, 2023, an orientation was held at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans for the 2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class. The Leadership LSBA program provides exposure for young lawyers on how the LSBA functions as well as the pressing issues that face the Association and the legal profession.

Pictured (L to R): 2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class. R. Clayton Christian, Nelson & Hammons, APLC, Leadership LSBA Class Co-Chair; Candace B. Ford, Breazeale, Sachse, & Wilson, LLP, Leadership LSBA Class Co-Chair; Brian J. Lindsey, Kean Miller, LLP; Kristina F. Douglas, City of Shreveport; Tiyanna D. Lords, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; Bailey E. Anderson, Johnson & Vercher, LLC; Nicholas S. Bergeron, Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, LLC; Karina Shareen, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP; Josef P. M. Ventulan, Louisiana State Law Institute; Brittany E. Bell Chavis, Attorney at Law; Reed K. Ellis, Broussard, David & Moroux; Andrew M. Albritton, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; Stephanie M. Poucher, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; Catherine S. Carrier, Long Law Firm; Micah O. Clemons, Todd Clemons & Associates.


LSBA Professional Development Workshop - August 25, 2023
On August 25, 2023, at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, a luncheon and CLE seminar was hosted by the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee and Adams and Reese LLP. The seminar was titled LSBA Professional Development Workshop: Take Command, Be Empowered, and Own Your Future.

Pictured (L to R): Hon. Dana M. Douglas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; Hon. Piper D. Griffin, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court; Hon. Erin Wilder-Doomes, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; Kellen J. Mathews, Adams and Reese LLP (Moderator).


2023-2024 Leadership LSBA Class Reception - August 24, 2023
The Leadership LSBA Reception for new class members was held on August 24, 2023, at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. The event served as a networking opportunity for class members to meet LSBA past presidents and members of the Board of Governors.


Pictured (L to R): Senae D. Hall, Young Lawyers Division Chair, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office; Candace B. Ford, Leadership Class Co-Chair, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P; R. Clayton Christian, Leadership Class Co-Chair, Nelson & Hammons, APLC; Shayna L. Sonnier, 2023-2024 LSBA President, Veron Bice, LLC


Specialty Bars Meeting- August 11, 2023
On August 11, 2023, a Specialty Bars Meeting was held at the Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel, in conjunction with the 15th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession.

Pictured (l to r): Demarcus J. Gordon, (Conclave Co-Chair), Chair, Minority Involvement Section, Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans, LA; Christine T. C. Bruneau, Past-President, Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Cotten Schmidt, LLP, New Orleans, LA; H. Scott Le, The Hoang Law Firm, Gretna, LA; Gina Zapanta, President, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, Z. A. Lawyers, Covington, LA; Michael B. Victorian, President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc., Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Baton Rouge, LA.


15th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession - August 11, 2023
For fifteen years the Louisiana State Bar Association has hosted the Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. The Conclave continues to serve as an opportunity for attorneys and judges to convene and discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. The Conclave would not be a success without our attendees, speakers, and sponsors.

The theme of the 15th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession was From Theory to Practice. The Conclave was held at the Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel on August 11, 2023.

An attendee had this to say about their experience:

“This was my first time attending and I was beyond impressed. I look forward to attending again in the future.”

Pictured (L to R): Conclave Co-Chair Demarcus J. Gordon, Kelly Hart & Pitre; Conclave Co-Chair Susan R. Laporte, Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C.; Conclave Chair J. Dalton Courson, Disability Rights Louisiana.

Photo by Emily Scalf, Sunlit Studio Photography

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