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

Shreveport Bar Association's Memorial and Recognition Ceremony
On November 3, 2016, the Shreveport Bar Association hosted its Memorial and Recognition Ceremony for newly admitted attorneys at Caddo Parish Courthouse.

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LSBA Hosted Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop
On October 8, 2016, the Louisiana State Bar Association's Diversity Committee held a Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
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Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of New Orleans Swearing-In Ceremony
On October 6, 2016, the Louis A Martinet Legal Society of Greater New Orleans installed its 2016-2017 officers at the annual BLSA mixer hosted by Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in his courtroom.  

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.

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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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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