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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Suit Up Students Present Oral Arguments
On the final day, the Suit Up students presented oral arguments before judges.

Winners for the Prosecution Domenic G. Mesa (Written memo), Isabel S. Sauviac (Oral Argument) pictured with Hon. Paula A. Brown, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit; Hon. Joseph B. Landry, Orleans Parish Municipal Court; Hon. Karen Wells Roby, US. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; and winners for the Defense Meghan E. Quaglino (Written memo) and Ishmael J. Blackstone (Oral Argument).

Suit Up for the Future Program Begins - 6/12/17
Twelve high school students (11th and 12th grade, and recent high school graduates) received a warm welcome into the 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association's Suit Up for the Future program. Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President-Elect, and Honorable Karen Wells Roby, Federal Magistrate, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, greeted the students and engaged in a conversation with them surrounding the idea that lawyers work in all areas of our lives and communities. Members of the LSBA's Diversity Committee's Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee, co-chairs Scherri N. Guidry and Monique M. Edwards, also made welcoming remarks and stayed throughout the day to facilitate activities that revolved around the question: "What does it mean to be a lawyer?"

Students’ work began immediately with Professor Emily Bishop, from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, presenting her law school abridged course, “Legal Writing.”

Photo ID: Class of 2017 Suit Up for the Future students with (front row, L to R) Scherri N. Guidry, Honorable Karen Wells Roby, and Monique M. Edwards.

Save the Date: GNO Martinet Scholarship Brunch - September 9, 2017
The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society is hosting its Annual Scholarship Brunch and 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  It will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600