Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement

The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) recognizes that achieving diversity in the legal profession is an evolutionary process that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.

The LSBA is committed to diversity in its membership, Board of Governors, staff, House of Delegates, committees and all leadership positions. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability.

The LSBA is a richer and more effective Association because of diversity, as it increases our strengths, capabilities and adaptability. In addition, a diverse group of talented legal professionals is important to the success of law firms, law departments, public service organizations and other organizations that include attorneys.

Through increased diversity, the LSBA and its members can bring more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice.

Diversity — Inclusion — Professionalism 

Latest Diversity News and Events

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - Bar Year 2016-2017
Here is a list of upcoming local and specialty bar events for the 2016-2017 Bar year. Please check the list frequently - changes and updates will be added regularly. If you would like your bar organization's event listed, please let us know! Send an email to outreach@lsba.org with the event details (date, time, location).

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Second African American President of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association
Travis Broussard is to be named the first male African-American president of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association on September 29, 2016 at Iberia Bank in Lafayette, LA.

Mr. Broussard is currently an associate of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg and Ackerman (DMSA), having joined the firm in 2011. He is an active member of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association and also acts as an adjunct professor of law at Southern University Law Center.

Mr. Broussard is a 2010 graduate of Southern University Law Center achieving cum laude. Earlier this year, Mr. Broussard was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Business Litigation (2016).

Dana M. Douglas Awarded the Camille Public Service Award
The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on August 25, 2016 and awarded Dana M. Douglas, shareholder at Liskow and Lewis, the Camille Gravel Public Service Award. Attorney Douglas received this honor for her dedication to public service legal work in keeping with the spirit and values exemplified by the late Camille Gravel.
PHOTO ID: (L to R) Dana M. Douglas and Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle

LSBA's Midyear Meeting is Scheduled to Convene on January 19-21, 2017
The LSBA’s Midyear meeting is scheduled to convene on January 19-21, 2017 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge. On Thursday, January 19, 2017 the following CLE seminars will be hosted in part by the LSBA Diversity Committee.


Southwest National Black Law Students Association's Convention
The Southwest region of the National Black Law Students Association will host its convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, from January 11-15, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency . For more informaion, click here, Convention Guide and Countdown.

Alexandria Bar Association Hosted the Opening of Court Cermony in Rapides Parish
Alexandria Bar Association welcomed newly admitted attorneys at its Opening of Court ceremony in Rapides Parish on September 7, 2016.

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The United States Department of Labor announced that this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Please click here for additional resources.

October is LGBT Pride Month
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary issues Presidential Proclamation in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. Please click here

Get Involved! Become an LSBA Professionalism Facilitator

Are you interested in:
  • Increasing your diversity knowledge and skills?
  • Boosting your confidence in delivering effective diversity and inclusion training?
  • Improving your understanding of stereotypes, prejudices and cultural differences?
  • Discovering new ways to reduce bias?
  • Helping others become more culturally competent?
  • Gaining tools to promote diversity and inclusion through training?

If so, you may want to consider becoming an LSBA Professionalism Facilitator. Facilitators are attorney volunteers that give of their time to educate others on promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at diversity@lsba.org.


The 10th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession is scheduled Friday, March 24, 2017 and it will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. The theme for the Conclave is "Diversity is Good for Everyone."

Join the LSBA Diversity Signatories

The LSBA recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is an effort that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.  Statewide judges, attorneys, firms, and organizations have joined the LSBA by signing the Statement of Diversity Principles, a commitment to foster diversity and inclusion.  If you, your firm or organization are interested in furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we encourage you to become a Diversity Signatory!  Simply sign the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles and either email it (diversity@lsba.org) or fax it (504-566-0930) to the Member Outreach and Diversity Department. 

To date, the total number of Diversity Signatories is 356!  The 2015 Signatories included:

  • Jules D. Edwards, III, Attorney at Law
  • Louisiana District Judges Association
  • Evans & Clesi, PLC
  • Louis J. Leo, Attorney at Law, APLC

To read the LSBA Diversity Statement, approved by the LSBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates on January 12, 2008, please click here

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