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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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SAVE THE DATE! 13TH ANNUAL CONCLAVE ON DIVERSITY- March 27, 2020
The 13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession is scheduled Friday, March 27, 2020 and it will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. More details to come. 


SAVE THE DATE! Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar - December 13, 2019
The LSBA’s Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession is hosting the “Natchitoches Lights” CLE seminar on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel, Natchitoches, LA. More details to come.


SAVE THE DATE! GREATER NEW ORLEANS NEW ADMITTEES RECEPTION - November 7, 2019
Please join the LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity Department in welcoming the newest members of the bar! The welcoming reception will be held at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans on November 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by November 4, 2019: 


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewAdmittee2019



GNO Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Scholarship Jazz Brunch – September 14, 2019
On September 14, 2019 the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. will honor Martinet Award recipients at the Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Award recipients that will be honored include: Wayne J. Lee, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC (Lifetime Achievement Award); Hon. Terri F. Love, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit (Louis A. Martinet Award); Hon. Nanette J. Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of L.A. (Ernest Morial Award); Adria N. Kimbrough, The Kullman Firm (Dr. Norman C. Francis Award); Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (AP Tureaud Award); and Robert Jones, Orleans Public Defenders Office (Earl J. Amedee Award).

Please click here for ticket and sponsorship information.


Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter, Scholarship Gala – August 2, 2019
On August 2, 2019, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Southwest Louisiana Chapter held its second annual CLE Seminar and Scholarship Gala at 8:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles.

Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell, Southern University Law Center, served as the guest speaker. 

A dinner cruise followed from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 


Photo ID (L to R): Marshall J. Simien, Jr., Attorney at Law; Kendrick J. Guidry, Plauche, Smith & Nieset; Taylor Alexander, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office; Nadine D. Gills, Attorney at Law; Lee M. Schwalben, Attorney at Law; Curtis L. Guillory, Attorney at Law; James E. Burks, Attorney at Law; Ezra Pettis, Jr., Delphin Law Offices, PLC, President, SWLA Martinet Legal Society; Mark A. Delphin, Attorney at Law; Lydia Guillory-Lee, City of Lake Charles; Janet D. Madison, Todd Clemons & Associates; Hon. David A. Ritchie, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Danielle C. Claiborne, Delphin Law Offices, PLC; Hon. Ulysses G. Thibodeaux, Chief Judge, Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Brittany E. Bell, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office; Amariha B. Fort, Attorney at Law; Ashley N. Freeman, Acadiana Legal Service Corp; Hon. Dianne M. Mayo, LA Workforce Commission; Bobby L. Holmes, Holmes LA LAW, LLC; Chantell M. Smith, LA Workforce Commission; Derrick D. Kee, Attorney at Law, Immediate Past President, SWLA Martinet Legal Society; Pamela V. Mathews, Attorney at Law; Hon. Ronald F. Ware, Fourteenth Judicial District Court; Professor Mark N. Melasky, Intellectual Property Consulting, LLC; Todd S. Clemons, Todd Clemons & Associates; Professor Evelyn Wilson, Southern University Law Center; and Arthur J. O’Keefe, Attorney at Law.


GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Receives ABA E. Smythe Gambrell Award – August 9, 2019
On August 9, 2019, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. was recognized with the ABA E. Smyth Gambrell Award for its Pathways and Pipelines to Success program at the NABE/NCBP/NCBF joint luncheon at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

The E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism award recognizes programs that promote integrity and dedication to the legal profession. As a recipient of the award, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society received a $3,500 check.   

Photo ID (L to R): Robert “Bob” A. Kutcher, Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President; Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank, 2018-19 GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. President; Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria City Attorneys Office, 2019-20 LSBA President-Elect; and Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, 2018-19 LSBA President.


National Bar Association’s 94th Annual Convention and Exhibits Conference – July 20 – July 26, 2019
On July 20 – July 26, 2019, the National Bar Association held its 94th Annual Convention and Exhibit Conference at the Sheraton Times Square, NY, NY. 

During the conference, the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (WLD) held an Achievement Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Manhattan Club, NY, NY.

Amongst the award recipients honored were Louisiana lawyers: Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (Outstanding Young Lawyer); Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP (Outstanding Woman Lawyer Hidden Figure/Impact); and Hon. Karelia R. Stewart, First Judicial District Court.


Day 1, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/10/2019
Eighteen local 11th grade, 12th grade, and recent high school graduate students received a warm welcome to the 2019 Louisiana State Bar Association's Suit Up for the Future program from 2019-20 LSBA President Robert A. “Bob” Kutcher; and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. LSBA's Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Members: Co-Chair Scherri N. Guidry and Angela White-Bazile, also made welcoming remarks and facilitated activities that revolved around the question: "What does it mean to be a lawyer?"

In the afternoon, Suit up interns stepped into the classroom for a lesson on Legal Research and Writing. Instruction was provided by Professor Emily Bishop, Westerfield Fellow, Director of the Lawyering Program, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

Thank you to our presenters for making Day 1 of Suit Up for the Future a success!

TOP LEFT PHOTO ID (L to R): Christian J. Olivier; Jamia S. Brown; Professor Emily Bishop, Westerfield Fellow, Director of the Lawyering Program, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Miles I. Lee; and Trinity A. Holmes. 

TOP RIGHT PHOTO ID (L to R): TOP ROW Photo ID (L to R): Kai Johnson; Ashley Berry; Kai Z. L. Haley; Jamia S. Brown; Quentin C. Stalker; Christian A. Falcone; Christian J. Olivier; Jessica A. Burrell; Benjamin J. Burstain; Trinity A. Holmes; Lannette M. Richardson; and Belema A. Derefaka. MIDDLE ROW Photo ID (L to R):  Ally D. Flakes; Asia Hentowski; Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda; Casey L. Schaefer; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Ann M. Rome; Rachael J. Hahn; Madison G. Campbell; Ning (Nina) Xi; Miles I. Lee;  and Lauren Bennett; BOTTOM ROW PHOTO ID (L to R): LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair Scherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defenders Office; Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and Angela White-Bazile, Executive Counsel, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.

BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO ID (L to R): LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair Sherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defender’s Office; 2019-20 LSBA President Robert “Bob” Kutcher; and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO ID (L to R): LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Members: Co-Chair Sherri N. Guidry, 15th JDC Public Defender’s Office and Angela White-Bazile, Executive Counsel, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.


Day 2, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/11/2019
On the second day of Suit Up for the Future, student interns visited the Louisiana Supreme Court and and visited with Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. 

At the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, student interns viewed an oral argument. The oral argument was presented to a panel of judges, which featured:  Hon. Roland L. Belsome, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Hon. Sandra C. Jenkins, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Hon. Terri F. Love, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit. Following oral argument, the judges provided a presentation on the appellate process.

Hon. Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit spoke about her career path to the legal profession. Judge Chase and Angela White-Bazile, Executive Counsel, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court, had lunch with the Suit Up interns which featured a presentation by Theo Shaw. Mr. Shaw is a graduate of University of Washington School of Law and was a defendant in the criminal case in Jena, Louisiana that garnered national attention when six black high-school students were arrested for beating a white high-school student. 

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson met with students and shared her personal and professional journey. 

Chief Justice Johnson then engaged student interns in a Question and Answer session. 

Justice Marcus R. Clark met with students and shared information on the history of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Student interns then went on a tour of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Library and Museum conducted by:

Trina S. Vincent, Public Information Specialist, Louisiana Supreme Court; and Miriam D. Childs, Director, Louisiana Supreme Court Law Library.

The second day concluded with Resume Preparation instructed by interns Lauren Bennett, Southern University; Belema Derefaka, Howard University; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; Lanette Richardson, Southern University; Kai Johnson, law clerk to Hon. Karen Wells Roby; and Miles Frances, Intern to Hon. Karen Wells Roby. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lora L. Ghawaly, Louisiana State Bar Association; Lannette M. Richardson, Southern University Law Center; Lauren Bennett, Southern University LawCenter; Quentin C. Stalker; Casey L. Shaefer; Jamia S. Brown; Miles Francis, Intern to Hon. Karen Wells Roby; Belema Derefaka, Howard University; Hon. Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; Isis M. Haydel; Ning (Nina) Xi; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Madison G. Campbell; Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda; Miles I. Lee; Ann M. Rome; Rachael J. Hahn; Christian J. Olivier; Kai Z. L. Haley; Benjamin J. Burstain; Jessica A. Burrell; Christian A. Falcone; Trinity A. Holmes; and Ashley Berry, Dillard University. 


BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit and Theo Shaw. 

Day 3, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/12/2019
Day three of Suit Up began and ended with Memorandum Outline Preparation with one-on-one assistance provided by interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ashley Berry, Dillard University; and Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans.

Following Memorandum Outline Preparation, student interns stepped into the classroom for a presentation on Constitutional Law.  Instruction was provided by Professor Raymond T. Diamond, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

In the afternoon, student interns were taught the basics of Contracts Law by Professor Roederick C. White, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University Law Center

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Miles Lee; Christian Falcone; Professor Raymond T. Diamond, Director of the Pugh Institute for Justice, James Carville Alumni Professor of Law, & Jules F. & Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Ning (Nina) Xi; and Ann Rome.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Kai Z. L. Haley; Javier Calderon-Yanar; Rachael Hahn; Ning (Nina) Xi; Professor Roederick C. White, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University Law Center; Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Taylor Wardsworth; and Christian Falcone.


Day 4, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/13/2019
Suit Up student interns began Day 4 with an Oral Argument Workshop.  Workshop presenters, Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks and Annie Scardulla from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center stressed the importance of using impactful language and communicating effectively.

Following the Oral Argument Workshop, students were provided resume tips by interns and externs Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School; Ashley Berry, Dillard University; Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Belema A. Derefaka, Howard University. 

During lunch, Janell McFarland-Forges, O’Bryon & Scnabel, PLC, provided Suit Up student interns insight into her career path in the legal profession. 

Following the lunch presentation, Memorandum and Oral Argument preparation (viewing of 2018 Oral Arguments) was provided by Suit Up Interns: Ashley Berry, Dillard University; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Belema Derefaka, Howard University. 

The fourth day concluded with a Brainstorming Session titled “Questions to Ask a Law School” conducted by Suit Up intern Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Trinity A. Holmes; Ann M. Rome; Annie Scardulla, Advocacy Fellow, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; and Christian J. Olivier.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Christian A. Falcone; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Madison G. Campbell; Rachael J. Hahn; Janell McFarland-Forges, O’Bryon & Scnabel, PLC; Kai Z. L. Haley; Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; and Ning (Nina) Xi.

Day 5, Week 1 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/14/2019
Suit Up student interns started off the morning with Memorandum Preparation (One-On-One Assistance) conducted by Matthew R. Slaughter, Phelps Dunbar, LLC and interns: Ashley Berry, Dillard University; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School; Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; and Asia Hentowski, Loyola University New Orleans.

The first week of Suit Up concluded with student interns traveling to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.; First Assistant District Attorney Graymond Martin; Public Information Officer Ken Daley; and Anne Kiefer provided student interns with a glimpse into the life of an Assistant District Attorney. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Rachael Hahn; Miles Lee; Christian Falcone; Matthew R. Slaughter, Phelps Dunbar, LLC; Trinity Holmes; Quentin Stalker; Christian Olivier; and Ann M. Rome.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R):  Ning (Nina) Xi; Trinity A. Holmes; Kai Z. L. Haley; Quentin C. Stalker; Christian J. Olivier; Jessica A. Burrell; Miles I. Lee; Benjamin J. Burstain; Christian A. Falcone; Casey L. Schaefer; Ann M. Rome; District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Madison G. Campbell; Taylor P. Wardsworth; Rach


Day 1, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/17/2019
Student interns visited the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.  Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana welcomed students.   

A tour of the courthouse was conducted by Rebecca Coman, Director of Education & Training/Court Events/Naturalization, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.   

After the courthouse tour, the following presentations were conducted: 

U.S. Marshals presentation by Maurice Lightfoot, Deputy U.S. Marshall, U.S. Marshals Service; and a U.S. Attorney’s Office presentation by Jordan Ginsberg, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office. 

The field trip concluded with a tour of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Library conducted by Susan Jones, Librarian, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Library.   

Following the field trip, attorney Matthew R. Slaughter, Phelps Dunbar, LLP and Suit Up Interns provided One-On-One Memorandum Assistance. 

TOP PHOTO ID (L to R): Rachael Hahn; Ann Rome; Rebecca Coman, Director of Education & Training/Court Events/Naturalization, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Taylor Wardsworth; and Jessica A. Burrell.

BOTTOM Photo ID: Suit Up student interns in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Day 2, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/18/2019
On the second day of week two of the Suit Up for the Future program, student interns visted began with a field trip to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.  At the Criminal District Court, student interns were welcomed by presenters, Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, Section B and Camille Buras, Section H. 

After their field trip to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, student interns returned to the Louisiana Bar Center for lunch with their job shadowing employers.

Following the job shadowing lunch, student interns traveled to the Orleans Public Defenders Office. The session provided student interns with a glimpse into the life of a Public Defender. Presenters from the Orleans Public Defenders Office included:  Lindsey Hortenstine, Director of Communications and Development; Robert Jones, Client Advocate; and Robert McKnight, Staff Attorney. 

TOP Photo ID: Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, Section B, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court with student interns. 

BOTTOM Photo ID: Student interns at the Orleans Public Defenders Office. 

Day 3, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/19/2019
On the third day of week two of the Suit Up for the Future program, student interns shadowed local attorneys and judges.

LEFT Photo ID (L to R):Christian Falcone; Nina Xi; Ms. Keegan E. Chopin, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC; and John E. Bicknell, Jr., Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC. 

TOP RIGHT Photo ID (L to R): Kai Haley; Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and Miles Lee.

BOTTOM RIGHT Photo ID (L to R): Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Lacresha D. Wilkerson, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP; and Trinity Holmes.


Day 4, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/20/2019
On the fourth day of week two of the Suit Up for the Future program, student interns shadowed local attorneys and judges.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Sean M. Toomey, Liskow & Lewis; Madison Campbell; and Jamia Brown.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Quentin Stalker; Keegan E. Chopin, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC; Taylor Wardsworth; and John E. Bicknell, Jr., Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC.



Day 5, Week 2 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/21/2019
Student interns participated in a College and Law School Admission Preparation workshop. During the workshop, student interns gained insight into the admission process and received tips from presenters. Workshop presenters included: Candice Dazet, Regional Admissions Counselor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Tristyn Wheeler, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Louisiana University; Jake T. Henry III, Admissions Director, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School; and Kate Donsbach, Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment, University of New Orleans.

Following the workshop, the student interns were provided one-on-one assistance with their memorandums by: Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center

During lunch, Kieone H. Cochran, United States Social Security Administration and J. McCaleb Bilbro, Gaudry, Ranson, Higgins & Gremillion, LLC provided student interns insight into their career path in the legal profession.

Following lunch, the student interns were provided one-on-one assistance with their memorandums by: Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center, Ally Flakes, Loyola University of New Orleans; and Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center.

TOP Left Photo ID (L to R): Christian A. Falcone; Kai Z. L. Haley; Candice Dazet, Regional Admissions Counselor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Christian J. Olivier; and Jessica A. Burrell.

BOTTOM Left Photo ID (L to R): Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; Kai Z. L. Haley; Jake T. Henry III, Admissions Director, LSU Law Admissions; Benjamin J. Burstain; and Rachael J. Hahn

TOP Right Photo ID (L to R): Taylor P. Wardsworth; Madison G. Campbell; Tristyn Wheeler, Admissions Counselor, Southeastern Office of Admissions; and Lizzie N. Flores-Miranda

BOTTOM Right Photo ID (L to R): Christian A. Falcone; Trinity A. Holmes; Kate Donsbach, Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment, University of New Orleans; Miles I. Lee; and Quentin C. Stalker


Day 1, Week 3 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/24/2019
Suit Up student interns began the morning with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; and Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy.

Following lunch, student interns visited Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for a presentation and tour. During their visit to each school, student interns learned about the admissions process and campus life. 

Presenters were as follows: 

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law: Kimberly Jones, MS, JD, Director of Law Admissions; Gabriela Saint-Louis, law student; Margaret Hickey, law student; and Cynthia Padilla, law student.  

Loyola University New Orleans: Michael J. Cusanza, Admissions Counselor, Loyola University New Orleans.

Tulane University Law School: Lezlie A. Griffin, Assistant Dean for Career Development & Diversity Initiatives; and Emily Wojna-Hodnett, Assistant Director of Admission; and Antonio Milton, Law Student. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center; and Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Trinity Holmes; Madison Campbell; Javier Calderon-Yanar; Miles Lee; Lizzie Flores-Miranda; Taylor Wardsworth; Benjamin Burstain; Christian Olivier; and Quentin Stalker.


Day 2, Week 3 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/24/2019
Suit Up student interns began the morning with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns: Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center; and Kai Johnson, Tulane University Law School.

Following Oral Argument Preparation, student interns participated in a Statutory Interpretation presentation. 

Presenters were as follows: 

Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk to Regina Bartholomew-Woods, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC served as presenters. During the presentation, students had to decide if a defendant was guilty or not guilty based on a statute. 

The day concluded with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns: Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy; and Lannette Richardson, Southern University Law Center.

TOP Photo ID: Suit Up student interns during Oral Argument Prep. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Jamia Brown; Issis Haydel; Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC; Kristen A. Lee, Law Clerk to Hon. Regina Bartholomew, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Lizzie Flores-Miranda; and Jessica Burrell.

Day 3, Week 3 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/26/2019
Suit Up student interns began the morning with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; and Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy.

During lunch, LSBA Diversity Committee Co-Chair Denia Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP provided Suit Up student interns insight into her career path in the legal profession.

The day concluded with Oral Argument Preparation conducted by Suit Up interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; Ally Flakes, Loyola University New Orleans; and Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy.

TOP Photo ID: Suit Up student interns. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Derek Graves, Law Clerk, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP; Kai Z. L. Haley; Javier A. Calderon-Yanar; LSBA Diversity Committee Co-Chair Denia Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP; Jessica A. Burrell; and Rachael J. Hahn.

Day 4, Week 3 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/27/2019
Suit Up student interns spent the day preparing for Oral Argument Presentations. Oral Argument Preparation was conducted by Suit Up interns: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center; and Adrija Bhattacharjee, Haynes Academy.

Students concluded the day with a game of Jeopardy conducted by Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center. 

BOTTOM Photo ID: Lauren Bennett, Southern University Law Center

Day 5, Week 3 of Suit Up for the Future Program - 6/28/2019
On the last day of Suit Up for the Future student interns traveled to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana where they presented oral arguments to a panel of esteemed judges. 

The panel of judges included: 

Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Honorable Dana M. Douglas, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Honorable D. Nicole Sheppard, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Honorable Ronald L. Belsome, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; and Honorable Dale N. Atkins, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit. 

Winners for the best oral argument for the morning session were: Jessica Burrell (prosecution) and Ann Rome (defense). 

Winners for the best oral argument for the afternoon session were: Issis Haydel (prosecution) and Rachael Hahn (defense). 

Winners for the memorandum were: Taylor Wardsworth (prosecution) and Javier Calderon-Yaner (defense). 

Photo ID: Suit Up student interns. 

LSBA Recognizes Award Recipients at Annual Meeting - June 6, 2019
On June 6, 2019 the LSBA honored Award Recipients at the General Assembly held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting in Sandestin, Florida.

The General Assembly began with welcoming remarks from 2018-19 LSBA President, Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC.

Following remarks, award recipients were recognized. Recipients included:

LSBA President’s Awards: Hon. Randall L. Bethancourt, Thirty Second Judicial District Court; Val P. Exnicios, Liska, Exnicios & Nungesser; Richard K. Leefe, Leefe Gibbs Sullivan & Dupre, LLC; John E. McAuliffe, Jr., Frederick A Miller & Assoc.; and Hon. Fredericka H. Wicker, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit.

LSBA Hall of Fame Award: Hon. Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.  

Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award:
Lawrence S. Corcoran, Corcoran Law Firm, LLC and Scott L. Sternberg, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC.
John A. ‘T-Jean” Hernandez III Memorial Award: Hon. Richard T. Haik, Sr., Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik.
Louisiana Bar Foundation Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award: Kim. M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP.
Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism: Jasmine N. Brown, Blue Williams, LLP.

Young Lawyers Division Bat P. Sullivan Jr. Chair’s Award:
Danielle L. Borel , Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP and Graham H. Ryan, Jones Walker LLP.

Photo ID (L to R): Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria City Attorneys Office, 2019-2020 LSBA President-Elect; Kim M. Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, 2009-2010 LSBA President (Louisiana Bar Foundation Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient); and Marta A. Schnabel, O'Bryon & Schnabel, APLC, 2006-2007 LSBA President. 


Advocacy at the Capitol/ Chief Justice Luncheon Keynote Speaker – May 8, 2019
On May 8, 2019 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) and Alpha Phi Alpha attended AKA Day in Baton Rouge, LA. The theme for the 2019 Day at the Capitol was “Mobilizing the Ivy Power.”

At 8:30 a.m., Governor John Bel Edwards addressed Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha members at the Legislative Briefing Governor’s Press Room. Governor Edwards was joined by members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

At 12:00 p.m., speaker Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson led a Joint Advocacy Luncheon.

AKA Day concluded with closing remarks from AKA South Central Regional Director Katina M. Semien and Alpha Phi Alpha Louisiana District Director Keith Dillon.

Photo ID (L to R): Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court at the Joint Advocacy Luncheon.


Reception Celebrating the Term of Chief Judge Stewart – May 7, 2019
On May 7, 2019, The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society co-sponsored a reception celebrating the term of Chief Judge Carl Stewart at the Windsor Court Hotel.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Photo ID (Standing L to R): Hon. Paula A. Brown, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division D.; Hon. Ellen M. Hazeur, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Div. A.; Justin I. Woods, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. Dana M. Douglas, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of LA; Hon. Yvette M. Alexander, Baton Rouge City Court;  (sitting) Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court. 

Avoyelles Parish Bar Association Law Day – May 3, 2019
On May 3, 2019 the Avoyelles Parish Bar Association held its Annual Law Day ceremony and awarded scholarships to high school students.  

Photo ID (L to R): District Attorney Charles A. Riddle III, Riddle & Donaghey, LLC and Gracie Tingle (second place winner of Avoyelles Parish Bar Association Scholarship.)


SWLBA Bar Association Law Day – May 3, 2019
On May 3, 2019, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association hosted its annual Law Day ceremony at the Old Calcasieu Parish Courthouse. Ted Justice Williams served as the keynote speaker.

Following the Law Day Ceremony, members attended the Mid-Year Buffet Luncheon Meeting at Reeves Uptown Catering.

LEFT Photo ID (L to R): Lydia Guillory Lee, City of Lake Charles, ret. (Charles Hamilton Houston Award Recipient) and Cynthia C. Guillory, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

RIGHT Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Clayton A. L. Davis, Fourteenth Judicial District Court and Ted Justice Williams, Law Offices of Ted Justice Williams.


Baton Rouge Bar Association Law Day Event – May 1, 2019
On May 1, 2019, the Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its Law Day Event at 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Raising Cane’s River Center Theater.
During the Law Day event, local middle and high school students witnessed a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens. Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome delivered the Law Day Proclamation at the Opening Ceremony.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome delivers Law Day Proclamation.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Erin J. Wilder-Doomes, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; Hon. Richard L. Bourgeois, Jr., Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, and Hon. John W. deGravelles, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. 

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