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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Local Attorney Visits Students at Early Bard College - March 23, 2017
Diversity Committee member Adria Kimbrough (The Kullman Firm), spent the afternoon on March 23, 2017, speaking with students at the annual Bard Early College New Orleans Internship Fair. She was there to introduce and recruit the Bard students to the LSBA's Suit Up for the Future program, a free three-week legal institute, during which students attend an abridged law school session, field trips to law schools and courts, and an internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. For more information about Suit Up for the Future, please click here.

The Bard Early College program offers local students an opportunity to enroll in college credit-bearing courses in the Bard curriculum. Students complete the first year of a Bard education during their last two years in high school.

Photo:  Adria Kimbrough

Southwest Lousiana Bar Association Hosts Bench Bar March 16-18, 2017
The Southwest Louisiana Bar Association hosted its annual Bench Bar Conference at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa in Houston, TX on March 16 – 18, 2017.

Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judges and Louisiana Supreme Court Justice James T. Genovese
(L to R) Hon. Billy H. Ezell, Justice James T. Genovese, Hon. Sylvia Cooks, Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Hon. D. Kent Savoie, Hon.John E. Conery and Hon. Van H. Kyzar (newly elected and replaced Ret. Judge Jimmie C. Peters). Sitting – Hon. John D. Saunders and standing next to him is Hon. Phyllis M. Keaty.

Specialty Bars Reception - June 5, 2017
Join members of Louisiana specialty bars for an evening of networking at the Specialty Bars Reception, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, the Louis A. Martinet Society Lake Charles Chapter, and the LSBA's Diversity Committee.  The event isscheduled from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Lumpy’s Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, 100 Baytowne Avenue, North Baytowne Wharf, FL 32550. To register for this free event, click here. To print the event flyer, please click here.

Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys - "Suit Up for the Future"
Each year the LSBA, in partnership with the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the Just the Beginning Foundation, hosts the Suit Up for the Future program, a FREE three-week legal institute, during which students attend an abridged law school session, field trips to law schools and courts, and an internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. The 2017 session will be held June 12 – June 30, 2017

The Suit Up for the Future program is a success because of the number of attorneys, firms, judges and organizations who volunteer their time and/or staff. We are asking you to consider one of the following ways that you could be a part of the 2017 Suit Up program:

Volunteer for one hour - During the three week session, attorneys are invited to volunteer their time from 12:00 - 1:00 to spend time talking with the Suit Up students. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity staff at

Shadowing opportunities - During the second week of the Suit Up session, June 19-23, 2017, students are assigned to "shadow" attorneys at firms, courts, and organizations. This is a great opportunity for students to see for themselves what attorneys do on a daily basis; and to spend one-on-one time with attorneys in the workforce. If you or your firm would be interested in providing a shadowing opportunity for one or more Suit Up students, please contact us at

To learn more about the Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.

Baton Rouge Bar Celebrates Court Opening - Janaury 25, 2017
Baton Rouge Bar Association hosted its annual Court Opening and New Admittees Recognition ceremony at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse on January 25, 2017. A reception immediately followed.

(L to R) Commissioner Quintillis K. Lawrence, 19th Judicial District Court; Loren Shanklin Fleshman, Smith Shanklin Sosa LLC and BRBA Young Lawyers Section Chair; Dona Renegar, LSBA president-elect; Karli Glascock Johnson, Kean Miller LLP and BRBA president.

BRBA Honors Retired Mayor "Kip" Holden - January 11, 2017
Former East Baton Rouge Mayor, Melvin “Kip” Holden received the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Presidents’ Award on January 11, 2017. At the BRBA’s officers’ installation ceremony 2016 BRBA president, Jeanne Comeaux., recognized the recently retired mayor for his “service, dedication, and contributions to the Baton Rouge Bar Association.”

(L to R) Melvin “Kip” Holden, retired East Baton Rouge mayor; Jeanne Comeaux, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

BRBA Installs New Officers - Janaury 11, 2017
Baton Rouge Bar Association installed its 2017 officers during their annual Installation Ceremony and Reception on January 11, 2017. The ceremony was held at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District. Karli Glascock Johnson, Kean Miller LLP, was installed as the 2017 Bar President. The Honorable Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge, US District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, presided over the ceremony.

(L to R) 2016 BRBA president Jeanne C. Comeaux, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP and 2017 BRBA president Karli Glascock Johnson, Kean Miller LLP.

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

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