Member Outreach

LSBA's Member Outreach and Diversity team works to increase collegiality and outreach to LSBA members through measures such as:

  • Designing welcoming activities to create mentoring opportunities for the newest members of the Bar Association;
  • Hosting LSBA Photo Bar ID events across the state, giving members the opportunity to receive their updated photo Bar ID at no cost;
  • Providing networking opportunities for members throughout the state;
  • Strengthening relationships with local and specialty bar associations through programming collaboration;
  • Developing leadership skills for less seasoned attorneys and local and specialty bar leaders;
  • Increasing the presence of LSBA leadership at events throughout the state; and
  • Providing member benefits that enhance and make easier the practice of law for all attorneys.

Latest Diversity News and Events

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - 2017-18
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 with the event details (date, time, location).

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Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar- 12/15/2017
The LSBA's Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession is hosting the 2017 "Natchitoches Lights" CLE on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel, Natchitoches, LA.  Registration fee is $55. Topics covered will include Social Security, Defending Disciplinary Action, LGBT Updates, Ethical issues in social media e-discovery and a session by Associate Justice Scott Crichton titled “Batson, Miller-El and Beyond.” 

For more information go to the LSBA CLE page or this link:

Black History Month CLE Seminar – February 15, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, the LSBA Diversity Committee and Adams and Reese LLP will be sponsoring a CLE seminar on February 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The CLE will be held at Adams and Reese LLP, 450 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA. A networking reception will follow.

Professionalism Facilitator Workshop – 11/18/17
On November 18, 2017, the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee’s Integration Subcommittee held a Professional Facilitator Training Workshop at the Louisiana Bar Center, New Orleans, LA.

At this workshop, attorneys increased their level of understanding on why diversity and inclusion are important in society and the legal profession. Through discussion and exercises attorneys learned effective ways to deliver presentations on diversity and inclusion topics.

Photo ID (L to R) Senior Facilitators: Arlene D. Knighten, Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Insurance (Integration Subcommittee Co-Chair); Monique M Edwards, The Edwards Law Group, LLC; Troy N. Bell, Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC; Kandace R. Hamilton, Associate Director, Investigator, Tulane University (Integration Subcommittee Co-Chair); I.J. Clark Sam, Attorney at Law.

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

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