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 2017-2018 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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Black History Month CLE Seminar – February 15, 2018
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. – 5:00 p.m. at Adams and Reese LLP, 450 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA. A networking reception will follow.

The session titled The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time – 50 years after the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will explore the state of the nation in the decades after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

The United States has brought educational equity and opportunity to millions of students in America. Yet, more than six decades after state-sanctioned segregation in schools was declared unlawful our country still has communities that are in many cases more segregated by race — and by class — than they were decades ago. This panel discussion will examine the educational system’s ongoing struggle to close opportunity and achievement gaps for America’s historically underserved students. Louisiana law school Deans will also offer their perspective on the critical importance of maintaining a collective commitment to ensuring a legal education remains part of the civil rights legacy. 

·  Kellen J. Matthews, Adams and Reese LLP, Moderator
·  Chancellor John K. Pierre, Southern University Law School, Baton Rouge, LA
·  Dean Thomas Galligan, Jr., Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
·  Dean David D. Meyer, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA

Register here.

Gender and Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges Panel– January 25, 2018
On January 25, 2018, Tulane University Law School hosted “Gender and Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges 1992-2017” at 6:00 p.m. at John Giffen Weinmann Hall. The panel discussed the importance of inclusion. Research Assistant Professor, Heather Johnson also presented data compiled from the Louisiana Secretary of State on representation over the last twenty-five years in Louisiana.

Photo ID (L to R) Heather L. Johnson, Research Assistant Professor, Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University; Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Caroline Frederickson, President, American Constitution Society; Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute; David D. Meyer, Dean, Tulane University Law School.

BRBA Opening of Court Ceremony – January 24, 2018
On January 24, 2018, 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, Linda Law Clark and President-Elect, Amy C. Lambert recognized 50-, 55-, 60- and 65-year members of the bar. LSBA President, Dona K. Renegar, introduced new members.  The Opening of Court Ceremony also paid homage to deceased bar members.

Photo ID (L to R) Dona K. Renegar, Veazey Felder & Renegar, President, Louisiana State Bar; Ashley J. Greenhouse, Haley & Associates, LLC, President, Baton Rouge Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Linda Law Clark, DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP, President, Baton Rouge Bar Association; Talya Bergeron, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. 

JBA Installation Ceremony– January 12, 2018
On January 12, 2018, the Jefferson Bar Association hosted its annual Installation Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at Antoine’s Restaurant. At the Installation, Chief Judge Glenn B. Ansardi was installed by Hon. June Berry Darensburg.  Hon. Stephen J. Windhorst presided over the installation of incoming JBA Officers: Judith V. Windhorst, President, Jefferson Bar Association; Joel A. Levy, President-Elect; Jason A. Cavignac, Vice President; Letita Parker-Davis, Secretary; Frederick L. Buno, Treasurer; Blair C. Constant, Representative at Large, and Shayna Beveers Morvant, Representative At Large.

Photo ID (L to R): David L. Colvin, Colvin Law Firm, Past-President; Judith V. Windhorst, Jones Walker LLP, President, Jefferson Bar; Joel A. Levy, Attorney at Law, President-Elect; Letita Parker-Davis, 24th JDC Public Defender Office, Secretary.

BRBA CLE Presentation – December 29, 2017
On December 29, 2017, the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Integration Subcommittee participated in the BRBA CLE by the Hour at 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. During this presentation, attorneys increased their understanding of generational differences between: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials.  The CLE also navigated the changes in the legal profession in Louisiana.

Photo ID (L to R) Arlene D. Knighten, LA Commissioner of Insurance; Micah J. Fincher, Jones Walker LLP; Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP

Lafayette Bar Court Opening and Red Mass – January 5, 2018
On January 5, 2018, 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 Lafayette Parish Courthouse. LSBA president, Dona K. Renegar, joined the LBA in remembering deceased members of the Bar and welcoming new admittees.  A reception followed at the Jefferson Street Pub.

Photo ID (L to R): Hon. James T. Genovese , Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court; Hon. Charles G. Fitzgerald, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. David A. Blanchet, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Douglas J. Saloom, Lafayette City Court; Hon. Laurie A. Hulin, Fifteenth Judicial District Court;  Hon. Jules D. Edwards III, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Thomas J. Frederick ,  Commissioner, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Michelle M. Breaux, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Frances M. Bouillion, Lafayette City Court; Hon. Edward B. Broussard, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Patrick L. Michot, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Phyllis M. Keaty, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal; Hon. John D. Trahan, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon. Marie B. Trahan, Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Hon.  J. Donald Aaron, Jr. (Ret), Fifteenth Judicial District Court; Dona K. Renegar, Veazey Felder & Renegar, President, Louisiana State Bar Association; Hon. Candyce Gagnard Perret, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive – December 13, 2017
On December 13, 2017, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society held its Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Café Reconcile. The Annual Holiday Party was co-sponsored by the National Black MBA Association and the New Orleans Medical Association. Donated toys were distributed to children from the Treme and surrounding neighborhoods at “Toys from Troy.” The Trombone Shorty Foundation held “Toys from Troy” at Whole Foods Market on December 22, 2017 at 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Photo ID (L to R) Ashley J. Heilprin, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, President, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Erin B. Rigsby, Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP, Community Service Co-Chair, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Avione Brown Pichon, Attorney at Law; Dana M. Douglas, Liskow & Lewis, Past-President, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.

AWA Annual Dinner Meeting – January 18, 2018
The Association for Women Attorneys hosted its Annual Dinner Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Commander’s Palace. Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell was keynote speaker and Lynn Luker received the Wynne Professionalism Award. The Wynne Professionalism Award honors a member of the Greater New Orleans Community who epitomizes the legacy of professionalism left behind by Magistrate Judge Michaelle Pitard Wynne. AWA Officers were also elected during the Annual Meeting.

Photo ID (L to R): Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC, Recipient, Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award, Chair, LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section.

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