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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 - 2019-20
Here is a list of upcoming local and specialty bar events for the 2019-2020 Bar year. Please check the list frequently - changes and updates are 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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FBA New Orleans Chapter Justice Camp - June 23 - 25, 2020
Students entering 9th and 10th grade in the fall of 2020 and living in the Eastern District of Louisiana are eligible for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s three-day Justice Camp. This free camp offers the opportunity to learn from judges, lawyers, and federal law enforcement agents in the federal courthouse. Students will gain civics education and advocacy skills in preparation for college, career, and civic engagement. The curriculum includes guest speakers, classroom lectures, videos, observations of criminal and civil proceedings, and culminates with a mock trial. More information and registration here http://nofba.org/resources/justice-camp/. 

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Hon. Wilson Fields selected to serve as Chief Judge, 19th JDC
Hon. Wilson Fields has been selected to serve as the Chief Judge of the Nineteenth Judicial District Court. 

Chief Judge Fields has served in the Baton Rouge City Council, the Louisiana State Senate for District Fifteen and was elected to serve as Judge for Division “O” of the Nineteenth Judicial District Court in October 2001.

Photo ID: Chief Judge Wilson E. Fields, Nineteenth Judicial District Court. 


LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Distinguished Alumni Reception – March 6, 2020
On March 6, 2020, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center honored its distinguished alumni at the annual LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Distinguished Achievement Awards Celebration at the Baton Rouge Marriot Hotel.

During the reception, Professor William Crawford, Honorable Ernestine Gray, Honorable Guy Holdridge, H. Alston Johnson III, and James P. Roy, Sr. were recognized as Distinguished Alumni of the Year.

The Distinguished Alumni award recognizes LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community.

Photo ID (L to R): Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., Interim President, Louisiana State University; Glenn J. Armentor, Armentor Law Corporation; James P. Roy, Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards LLC; Mary O. Pierson, Attorney at Law; William E. Crawford, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School; Hon. Ernestine S. Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court; H. Alston Johnson III, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; John M. Madison, Jr., Wiener, Weiss & Madison, APC; Hon. Guy P. Holdridge, First Circuit Court of Appeal; and Lee Ann W. Lockridge, Interim Dean, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law School.


22nd Annual NBA Louisiana Judicial Council Meeting and CLE Seminar – February 27, 2020 – March 1, 2020
On February 27, 2020 – March 1, 2020, the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Louisiana Judicial Council (LJC) hosted its annual Meeting and CLE Seminar at the Horseshoe Casino Hotel in Bossier City.

The theme of the Annual Meeting and CLE Seminar was “2020 Vision, Mind, Body and Soul” and featured highly credentialed speakers, breakfast at the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church and a President’s Reception/Party.

Front Row Photo ID (L to R): Hon. D. Nicole Sheppard, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Hon. Luke A LaVergne, Retired; Hon. Karelia R. Stewart, First Judicial District Court, 2020-2022 Louisiana Judicial Council Secretary; Hon. Ethel S. Julien, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Hon. Felicia T. Williams, Chief Judge, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit; Hon. Piper D. Griffin, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Hon. June Berry Darensburg, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court, 2020-2022 Louisiana Judicial Council Chair; Pastor Dr. R. Timothy Jones; Hon. Shonda D. Stone, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit; Hon. Ree J. Casey-Jones, Caddo Parish Juvenile Court; Hon. Madeline Jasmine, Chief Judge, Fortieth Judicial District Court; Hon. Curtis A. Calloway, Attorney at Law; Hon. Ramona L. Emanuel, First Judicial District Court; Hon. Omar K. Mason, Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Back Row Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Ronald R. Johnson, Nineteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Steven M. Jupiter, Orleans Parish Traffic Court; Hon. Tarvald A. Smith, Baton Rouge City Court; Hon. Alonzo Harris, Chief Judge, Twenty-Seventh Judicial District Court; Hon. John Mosley, Jr., First Judicial District Court; Hon. Tammy D. Lee, Monroe City Court; and Hon. Leon L. Emmanuel III, Retired.


Baton Rouge Bar Association Black History Month Luncheon and Celebration – February 12, 2020
On February 12, 2020, the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted a Black History Month Luncheon and Celebration at Ruffino’s at De La Ronde Hall in Baton Rouge. The Black History Month Luncheon was co-sponsored by the Louis A. Martinet Society, Baton Rouge Chapter; Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter; and the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys.

Marcus V. Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Entergy Corp. served as speaker.

Photo ID (L to R): Valerie B Bargas, Kinchen Walker Bienvenu Bargas Reed & Helm, LLC; Shelton Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, 2020-21 BRBA President; Marcus V. Brown, Entergy; and Linda J. Law Clark, DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP, 2018-19 BRBA President. 

Not Pictured in Photo: Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, 2019-20 President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter. 

GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. 5th Annual Pathways and Pipelines – February 8, 2020
On February 8, 2020, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. hosted its fifth annual Pathways and Pipelines to Success Program at Tulane University Law School.

The Pathways and Pipelines Success program provides Louisiana law students with career-building tools and networking opportunities. During the day-long event, law students had the opportunity to learn from prominent judges and lawyers from our community and gained essential skills to navigate within the legal profession.

TOP Photo ID: Hon. Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Orleans Parish Civil District Court (far right) with law students. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Board. April D. Davenport, Attorney at Law, Vice-President of External Communications; Wayne P. Connor, Ochsner Health System, Social Committee Co-Chair; Misha M. Logan, Leake & Andersson, LLP, Social Committee Co-Chair; Kimberly Silas, Entergy, 2019-20 President. 

LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (St. Martin) – February 6, 2020
On February 6, 2020, a Member Outreach CLE Seminar was hosted by the LSBA Outreach Committee and the Inn on the Teche American Inn of Court.

The seminar featured the following speakers: Maggie T. Simar, 16th JDC Family Court Hearing Officer and Shannon S. Dartez, Glenn Armentor Law Corporation, Third Board District, LSBA Board of Governors.

Photo ID (L to R): Shannon S. Dartez, Glenn Armentor Law Corporation, Third Board District, LSBA Board of Governors; Maggie T. Simar, Sixteenth Judicial District Court Family Court Hearing Officer; Hon. Suzanne M. de Mahy, Sixteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Vincent J. Borne, Sixteenth Judicial District Court; and Hon. Anthony Thibodeaux, Sixteenth Judicial District Court.


BRBA Opening of Court Ceremony – January 29, 2020
On January 29, 2020, the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its annual Opening of Court, Memorial and New Member Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. During the ceremony, President, S. Dennis Blunt and President Elect, Christopher K. Jones recognized 50-, 55-, 60- and 65-year members of the bar. LSBA President, Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, introduced new members.  The Opening of Court Ceremony also paid homage to deceased bar members.


TOP Photo ID (L to R): Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, 2018-19 BRBA President; Michael A. Patterson, The Long Law Firm, LLP; Edward J. Walters, Jr., Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President; Christopher K. Jones, Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd, 2019-20 BRBA President-Elect; S. Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, 2019-20 BRBA President; David A. Thomas, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC, 2019-20 BRBA Treasurer; and Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter.

BOTTOM Photo ID: Chief Judge Wilson E. Fields, Nineteenth Judicial District Court and New Admits.  


LSBA Citizen Lawyer Award Recipients – January 18, 2020
On January 18, 2020, the LSBA Citizen Lawyer Award ceremony was held in conjunction with the Midyear Meeting at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. 

The Citizen Lawyer Award recognizes attorneys who have performed public services out of a sense of duty, responsibility and professionalism. 

Recipients of the LSBA Citizen Lawyer Award: Tyler J. Arbour, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans; Beau S. Brooks, Brooks Law Office, APLC, Thibodaux; Valerie G. Garrett, Valerie Gotch Garrett, APLC, Lafayette; and Jason A. Matt, Law Offices of Matt and Allen, Lafayette.       

Photo ID (L to R): Tyler J. Arbour, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard; Valerie G. Garrett, Valerie Gotch Garrett, APLC; Judy Perry Martinez, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP, 2019-20 American Bar Association President; Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria City Attorneys Office, 2019-20 LSBA President-Elect; Jason A. Matt, Law Offices of Matt and Allen; and Beau S. Brooks, Brooks Law Office, APLC.


LSBA Midyear Meeting – January 16, 2020
On January 16, 2020 the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Pipeline to Diversity & Outreach Subcommittee and Outreach Committee hosted a free CLE seminar in conjunction with the LSBA Midyear Meeting at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. 

TOP LEFT: “LSBA: Who We Are and How We Serve Our Members” Photo ID: Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter 

TOP RIGHT:  “
What Non-Immigration Practitioners Need to Know About Immigration Laws” Photo ID (L to R): Leah Spivey, Gasparian Spivey Immigration and Paul H. “Woody” Scott. 

BOTTOM: Women’s Personal and Professional Development Workshop “
Becoming Your Best Self: Take Command, Be Empowered, and Own Your Future” Photo ID (L to R): Linda P. Clark, Kean Miller LLP; Erin W. Latuso, Forman Watkins and Krutz LLP; Deidre D. Robert, Moderator, Executive Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; and Jade Brown Russell, Principal, The JBR Firm. 


Lafayette Bar Association Court Opening – January 10, 2020
On January 10, 2020, the Lafayette Bar Association hosted its annual Red Mass and Court Opening ceremony.  The Red Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Court Opening ceremony was held at the 15th JDC Courthouse. 2019-2020 LSBA president, Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher”, joined the 15th JDC in remembering deceased members of the Bar and welcoming new Admittees.  A reception followed at the Jefferson Street Pub.

Photo ID (L to R): Shannon S. Dartez, Glenn Armentor Law Corporation, 2019-20 LBA Secretary-Treasurer; Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President; and Maggie T. Simar, 16th JDC Family Court Hearing, 2018-19 LBA President.


BRBA Installation Ceremony– January 8, 2020
On January 8, 2020, the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its annual Installation Ceremony and Reception at 3:00 p.m. at the Russell B. Long Federal Building.  2020-21 Officers: Shelton D. Blunt, President; Christopher K. Jones, President Elect; David A. Thomas, Treasurer, and Melanie N. Jones, Secretary.

Photo ID (L to R): 2020-21 BRBA Board of Directors: Jennifer M. Moisant, Balfour Emonet Law Firm, Director at Large; Christopher K. Jones, Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd, President-Elect; Amy C. Lambert, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP, 2019-20 President; K. Luke Williamson, Williamson, Fontenot, Campbell & Whittington, LLC, Director at Large; Shelton D. Blunt, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President; Monica M. Vela-Vick, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Director at Large; Jordan L. Faircloth, Taylor, Wellons, Politz & Duhe, APLC, Director at Large; Loren D. Shanklin, Smith Shanklin Sosa LLC, Director at Large; Melanie N. Jones, Attorney at Law, Secretary; and Hayden A. Moore, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC, Director at Large.


LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Lake Charles) – December 19, 2019
On December 19, 2019, a Member Outreach CLE Seminar was hosted by the LSBA Outreach Committee and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter.

The seminar featured the following speakers: Eric K. Barefield, Ethics Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association; Yolanda Cezar, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board; Rebecca J. Hunter, The Sanchez Law Firm; and Shayna L. Sonnier, Hunter, Hunter & Sonnier.

TOP Photo ID: Eric K. Barefield, Ethics Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Rebecca J. Hunter, The Sanchez Law Firm; Yolanda Cezar, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board; and Shayna L. Sonnier, Hunter, Hunter & Sonnier.

Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter Christmas Party – December 19, 2019
On December 19, 2019 the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter hosted a Holiday Party at Delphin Law Offices in Lake Charles.

Photo ID (L To R): TOP: Bobby L. Holmes, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, LLC, 2019-20 President-Elect, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter; Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC, 2019-20 President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter; Derrick D. Kee, Hawkins Kee Law Group, LLC, Immediate Past President, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter; and BOTTOM: Kendrick J. Guidry, Plauche, Smith & Nieset, 2019-20 Treasurer, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter.


Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar– December 13, 2019
On December 13, 2019, the LSBA's Diversity Committee’s Specialty Bars Subcommittee held the "Natchitoches Lights" CLE Seminar at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel in Natchitoches, LA. 

TOP Left Photo Session One “
Updates in Family Law” Photo ID: Hon. Desiree D. Dyess, Tenth Judicial District Court, Natchitoches, LA. 

TOP Right Photo Session Two “
Defending Disciplinary Action” Photo ID (L to R): Richard P. Lemmler, Jr., LSBA Ethics Counsel, New Orleans, LA and Yolanda Cezar, Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Baton Rouge, LA. 

BOTTOM Left Photo Session Three “
The 360 Perspective of Immigration Law” Photo ID: Ashley F. Dees, LLC, Lake Charles, LA. 

BOTTOM Right Photo Session Four “
Title VII at 55: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going” Photo ID (L to R): J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA and J. Tyler Clemons, Southern Poverty Law Center, New Orleans, LA. 


Lafayette Bar Association Installation – November 7, 2019
On November 7, 2019 the Lafayette Bar Association held its Installation of Officers at Le Barn Rouge in Lafayette.

2019-2020 Officers sworn in: T. Glenn Edwards IV, Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligot, Fontenot, Gideon, 2019-20 LBA President; Karen J. King, U.S. Attorney’s Office, 2019-20 LBA President-Elect; and Shannon S. Dartez, Glenn Armentor Law Corporation, 2019-20 Secretary/Treasurer.

Photo ID (L to R): T. Glenn Edwards, Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards, LLP, 2019-20 LBA President and Maggie T. Simar, 16th JDC Family Court Hearing Officer, 2018-19 LBA President.


Dedication of Decou-Labat Residences at Tulane University – November 16, 2019
On November 16, 2019, Tulane University alumni Deidre Dumas Labat and Reynold T. Decou were honored with the dedication of the Decou-Labat residences.

The dedication of the Decou-Labat residences (formerly Willow Residences) began with a celebratory brunch. The brunch was followed by a second line and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Deidre Dumas Labat and Renold T. Decou were the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University.

Photo ID (L to R): Reynold T. Decou; Kim. M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; and Deidre Dumas Labat.
Photo Credit: Paula Burch-Celentano.


Lafayette Bar Association Annual Bench Bar Conference – September 19 – 21, 2019
On September 19-21, 2019 the Lafayette Bar Association hosted its Annual Bench Bar Conference at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.

The Bench Bar Conference featured a welcome reception at Morton’s Steakhouse, CLE seminar and dinner at Galatoire’s Restaurant.

Photo ID (L to R): T. Glenn Edwards, Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards, LLP, 2019-20 LBA President; Maggie T. Simar, 16th JDC Family Court Hearing Officer, 2018-19 LBA President; Karen J. King, U.S. Attorney's Office, 2019-20 LBA President-Elect; and Donovan J. O’Pry II, O'Pry Law Firm, LLC, 2017-18 LBA President. 

LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Lafayette) – January 9, 2020
On January 9, 2020, a Member Outreach CLE Seminar was hosted by the LSBA Outreach Committee and the Lafayette Bar Association.

The seminar featured the following speakers: Dwazendra J. Smith, Doran & Cawthorne, PLLC; Stuart R. Breaux, Southern Lifestyle Development Company, LLC, 2019-20 LBA Young Lawyers Section President, and Yolanda Cezar, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

Photo ID (L to R): Stuart R. Breaux, Southern Lifestyle Development Company, LLC, 2019-20 LBA Young Lawyers Section President; Yolanda Cezar, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board; and Dwazendra J. Smith, Doran & Cawthorne, LSBA Outreach Committee Member.


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