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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Alexandria Bar Association Celebrates Opening of the Court - 9/6/17
The Alexandria Bar Association hosted their annual court opening on September 6, 2017. Hon. Patricia E. Koch, Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial District Court opened the ceremony. Bar President, Robert L. Beck III, Luneau & Beck, LLC, provided introductory remarks, and Allison Nowlin, criminal staff attorney, 9th JDC, welcomed 11 new area attorneys. A reception immediately followed. The traditional Opening of Court Cocktail Party was hosted by the Alexandria Bar Association at the Diamond Grill, Alexandria, LA.

Photo ID: (L to R) Michael Koch, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault; Hon. Gary Hays, Pineville City Court; Hon. Greg Beard, Ninth Judicial District Court, Division C; Hon. F.A. Little, Federal judge (Retired), Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell

Monroe Court Opening - 9/8/2017
On September 8, 2017, the 4th Judicial District Bar Association celebrated their annual Court Opening ceremony at the Fourth Judicial District Courthouse. Thirteen new attorneys were welcomed to the Bar. A reception immediately followed at the Vantage Banquet Hall, 130 DeSiard Street, Monroe, LA.

Photo ID: (l to r) 4th Judicial District Bar Immediate Past President, G. Adam Cossey, Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, LLP; and President Margaret H. Pruitt, Hudson Potts & Bernstein, LLP.

MODD Co-Hosts CLE at Annual Meeting - 6/7/2017

The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Member Outreach and Diversity Department co-hosted a CLE with the LSBA’s Civil Law & Litigation Section titled “12 Angry Men: Should Peremptory Challenges Be Abolished?” at the LSBA’s Annual Meeting on June 7, 2017.

Panel members included, from left, Hon. Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal; Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP; Professor Raymond T. Diamond, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Hon. Scott J. Crichton, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court; Tony M. Clayton, Attorney at Law; Moderator Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC; and James M. Williams, Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP.

2017 New Admittee Reception - 11/9/2017
Please join us in welcoming the LSBA's newest members to the profession.  The 2017 NewAdmittees Reception will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. 

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost:  FREE

Please click here to RSVP by November 7, 2017.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty Retires 8/24/2017
On August 24, 2017, Hon. Rebecca F. Doherty, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, was honored and recognized for her nearly 26 years of dedicated service. A retirement reception was held at the United States District Courthouse in Lafayette, LA.

Photo ID: (L to R) Lafayette Bar Association President, Melissa L. Theriot, NeunerPate; Hon. Rebecca F. Doherty; Lafayette Bar Young Lawyers Section President-Elect, Jaclyn B. Bacon, NeunerPate.

Speakers Materials for the Specialty Bars Conference - 8/26/17
On August 26, 2017, attorneys from across the state attended the annual Specialty Bars Conference at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans, LA. The conference, titled, "Changing the Profession From Within," hosted five workshops.  Topics such as Louisiana Justice Reinvestment, Immigration, Defending Disciplinary Action, Women as Agents of Change, and advances in Legal Technology.

To link to Speakers' Materials, please click here.

To see photos of Specialty Bar presenters, please click here.

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  • 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?

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