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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

Local and Specialty Bar Events
Here is a list of local and specialty bar events. 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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Cancelled - Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, August 7, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the LSBA Diversity Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession scheduled on August 7, 2020 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The 2021 Conclave has been rescheduled for March 5, 2021. 

The 2021 Conclave will feature the same exciting format and sessions with highly credentialed speakers that will provoke discussions regarding the scope and meaning of inclusion, the state of the profession, and the case for a diverse and inclusive legal profession. 

Registrants and Sponsors will be notified. Registrants will be provided with the option of transferring registration. Sponsors will be provided an opportunity to support the conference in 2021. 

If you have any questions, please contact the team in the LSBA Member Outreach and Diversity Department at diversity@lsba.org. 


Black History Month CLE Seminar – February 13, 2020
On February 13, 2020, the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee and Adams and Reese LLP hosted the Black History Month CLE Seminar at Adams and Reese LLP in Baton Rouge.

Stephanie A. Finley, Attorney at Law presented on “The Right to Vote,” which informed attendees about the history of voting rights from the Pre-American Revolution to present-day. 

Photo ID (L to R): Stephanie A. Finley, Attorney at Law and Justin A. Jack, Adams and Reese LLP.

Not Pictured: Kellen J. Mathews, Adams and Reese LLP.


University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Office for Campus Diversity/Student Awards
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) has cancelled the in-person Black Student Achievement Awards. The Black Student Achievement Awards annually recognize high achieving students and their families.

In place of the in-person ceremony, the BFSA Executive Board created a virtual experience to recognize recipients. Students were sent their certificates in the mail and encouraged to share photos on social media. Clyde R. Simien, partner at law firm Simien and Miniex, served as keynote speaker. The four highest achieving students received individual scholarships of $500 to support their academic pursuits. Scholarship recipients: Bianca L. Brroussard, Quincy M. Damon, Olawale Ariyibi, and Brooklyn York.

For more information on the Black Student Achievement Awards, please click here.


FBA New Orleans Chapter Justice Camp - May 4 - 8, 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 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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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. 

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.


Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Holiday Social and Toy Drive – December 17, 2019
On December 17, 2019, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter hosted a Holiday Social and Toy Drive at the Capitol Park Event Center in Baton Rouge.

Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter members with Chief Judge Fields. Photo ID (L to R): ReAzalia Z. Allen, Attorney at Law, Secretary; Ne’Shira D. Millender, Attorney at Law, First Vice-President; Hon. Wilson E. Fields, Chief Judge, Nineteenth Judicial District Court; Michael B. Victorian, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President; Harry Landry III, Attorney at Law, Second Vice-President.


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.


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