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13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession



5.00 CLE Credit Hours (including Ethics and Professionalism)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the LSBA Diversity Committee has made the difficult decision to reschedule the 13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The original date was March 27, 2020 and then the conference was postponed to August 7, 2020.

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.




For the last twelve years, the LSBA has convened a Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. The LSBA chose to host a "conclave" rather than a "meeting" because a conclave signifies "an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence." 

March 5, 2021
13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession
"Celebrating 55 Years of Civil Rights: Moving from Why to How"

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
5.00 CLE Credit Hours (including Ethics and Professionalism)

To Register for the 2021 Conclave, please click here.  
2021 Conclave registration brochure, more information to come. 

Registration:
Registration (BEFORE December 4, 2020) $85
Registration (AFTER December 4, 2020) $110

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available (Click here for a sponsorship form)
Please contact the Member Outreach and Diversity Team at diversity@lsba.org with any questions.  

Exhibitor Opportunities are Available (Click here to view the Exhibitor Fees and Details and click here to register) 

Speaker Highlights:

Luncheon Panel
"Fifth Circuit Four: Judicial Couage that Shaped Our Nation's History" 
The panel will explore the turbulent Civil Rights era where enforcing the rule of law required extraordinary tenacity and courage. At times, it even required creative administrative management.

  • Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, LA
  • Hon. Brian Jackson, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Hon. Carl E. Stewart, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Shreveport, LA 
  • Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor Emeritus, Liskow and Lewis APLC, New Orleans, LA

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Presenters 
"Why are We Still Talking About Moving the Diversity "Ball" After 40+ Years"
Exploration of Diversity Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow--What We All Need to Consider as we Push the Ball Up the Diversity Mountain.

  • Hon. Dana T. Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City, MO

Civil Rights Panelist
"Civil Rights: Then, Now and in the Future"
This session will, in part, trace the historical relationship between individuals, organizations, and lawyers in the civil rights movement.  For example, during the Civil Rights Movement, these individuals and organizations retained lawyers to file civil rights lawsuits. Also, tactics such as assemblies, marches, sit-ins, and boycotts proved integral to the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality to the movement in instances where white individuals and government officials attempted to block civil rights lawyers from representing civil rights activists.

This session will also examine a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court in a case entitled, “In Re Primus, 436 U.S. 412 (1978). The Primus case held that a non-profit organization and its members enjoy the freedoms of association and expression, including litigation in courts, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Supreme Court. 

  • John Brittain, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • Charles Person, Freedom Rider, Atlanta, GA

Special Requirements

The LSBA is committed to ensuring full accessibility for all registrants.  Please contact the LSBA (at diversity@lsba.org) if you have a disability which may require special accommodations at this conference.

Need a hotel room? We have a great rate!

The LSBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton New Orleans at a discounted rate of $124.00 per night (excluding taxes and fees). You are urged to make reservations early, as there are only a limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate listed above. The LSBA room block is reserved for seminar attendees only.  To reserve a room, please click here.


Hotel cancellation policy:

All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card by February 12, 2021 and the credit card will be charged a deposit of one night's room and tax when reservations are made.  Any requests received after February 12, 2021 will be handled on a space and rate availability basis only.  Please note that if your plans change and you do not timely cancel your room reservation by March 3, 2021, you are responsible for the room charge. 

Wi-Fi Access

Please note that wireless access will not be available in the conference area (on the second floor where the program will be held) and electrical outlets may be limited.

Free wi-fi will only be available downstairs in the main lobby. 

We hope you can join us and look forward to your continued support of the LSBA's Diversity programs.

QUESTIONS?

Contact the Member Outreach and Diversity team members by email at diversity@lsba.org.

Become a LSBA Diversity Signatory!
Click here to learn more about becoming a Signatory. 
Download the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles.
 
Excellence in Diversity Reception
The Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Diversity Signatories of the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel at 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Speakers, sponsors, and Conclave registrants are invited to attend. 

Materials


The LSBA is working on ways to reduce the amount of paper we use at seminars and symposia.  This is an effort both to be responsible toward our environment and to increase the quality and timeliness of the resources provided through this learning experience. 

To view the course materials for this year's Conclave, please click the download link beside a session title below to obtain the materials available for that session.  We recommend that you do so PRIOR to the seminar. 

If you choose to review the materials from an electronic device, we strongly suggest that you charge the device's battery, as electrical outlets are limited. 

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Interactive Workshop 1.00 CLE credit hour 
Hon. Dana T. Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City, MO  
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions (PLEASE SELECT ONE)  1.00 CLE credit hour each
Breakout Session One - Criminal Justice 1.00 CLE credit hour  
James J. Carter, James Carter & Associates, LLC  
William C. Snowden, Vera Institute of Justice  
L. Chris Stewart, Stewart Trial Attorneys  
Daryl K. Washington, Washington Law Firm, P.C.   

Breakout Session Two - Voting Rights 1.00 CLE credit hour  
Nancy G. Abudu, Southern Poverty Law Center  
Gilda R. Daniels, John and Frances Angelos Law Center, University of Baltimore  
Jonathan Stein, California Common Cause  
12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Luncheon Panel 1.00 CLE credit hour
Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals  
Hon. Brian A. Jackson, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana  
Hon. Carl E. Stewart, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals  
Jack M. Weiss, Liskow and Lewis APLC  
1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. – Civil Rights Session I 1.00 CLE credit hour
Charles Person, Freedom Rider  
John Brittain, University of the District of Columbia   
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Civil Rights Session II 1.00 CLE credit hours
Erinn D. Martin, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law  


Agenda
5.00 CLE Credit Hours (including Ethics and Professionalism)

Time:Details:
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Excellence in Diversity Reception honoring Diversity Signatories
Orpheus, 8th Floor
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Acknowledgments
Sponsor and Co-host Recognition/Sponsor and Co-host Representative Photos
Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor

  • Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
  • J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, New Orleans, LA
  • John A. Womble, Frederick A. Miller & Associates, Metairie, LA
     Co-chairs, LSBA Diversity Committee
     Chair and Co-chairs, Conclave Subcommittee
9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria City Attorney's Office, Alexandria, LA
  • LSBA President, 2020-2021
9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Introduction of Interactive Workshop Speaker

  • Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
     Chair, Conclave Subcommittee
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Interactive Workshop (Professionalism)
1.00 CLE credit hour, Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor 
Why Are We Still Talking About Moving the Diversity "Ball" After 40+ Years

Exploration of Diversity Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow--What We All Need to Consider as we Push the Ball Up the Diversity Mountain. 

  • Hon. Dana T. Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City, MO
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Transition Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions (PLEASE SELECT ONE) 1.00 CLE credit hour each  

Breakout Session One - Criminal Justice (Ethics)
Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor
Civil Rights in the Criminal Legal System Through Prosecutors and Juries


There are many different actors in our criminal legal system--some elected and some not. This panel discusses the role of the prosecutor, what it has been and what it should be in the 21st century, in advancing or regressing the state of civil rights in the criminal legal system through their multiple discretion points. Additionally, we review some of the complexities of civil rights litigation regarding prosecutorial misconduct. 

  • James J. Carter, James Carter & Associates, LLC, New Orleans, LA, Moderator
  • William C. Snowden, Director, Vera Institute of Justice, New Orleans, LA
  • L. Chris Stewart, Stewart Trial Attorneys, Atlanta, GA
  • Daryl K. Washington, Washington Law Firm, P.C., Dallas, TX

Breakout Session Two - Voting Rights (General Credit)
Waterbury Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Voting Rights Across the Nation: The Challenges Ahead

Ensuring access to the vote for every eligible American is fundamental for a well-functioning democracy. And yet, challenges to a free and fair vote abound, and sometimes feel like they are getting worse. What are current challenges to voting rights in the South and across the nation? What is being done to fight back and how can attorneys get involved? Where have progressive voting laws been passed that expand access to vote, and has an accessible and representative democracy resulted? And how is the census connected to voting rights and the empowerment for disenfranchised communities?

  • Nancy G. Abudu, Deputy Legal Director, Voting Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Gilda R. Daniels, John and Frances Angelos Law Center, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • Jonathan Stein, Executive Director, California Common Cause, San Francisco, CA
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Transition Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Luncheon, Presentations, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award
Waterbury Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Recognition and Introduction of Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court

  • Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria City Attorney's Office, Alexandria, LA
     LSBA President, 2020-2021
Introduction of recipient of Commitee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award (Deidre D. Robert, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development)

  • Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, LA
 Introduction of Luncheon Panel

  • Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court 
12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Luncheon Panel (Professionalism)
1.00 CLE credit hour, Waterbury Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Fifth Circuit Four: Judicial Courage That Shaped Our Nation's History 

The panel will explore the turbulent Civil Rights era where enforcing the rule of law required extraordinary tenacity and courage. At times, it even required creative administrative management.

  • Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, LA
  • Hon. Brian A. Jackson, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA, Moderator
  • Hon. Carl E. Stewart, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Shreveport, LA
  • Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor Emeritus, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, LA
1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Networking Break
1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.            
Civil Rights Session I (General Credit)
1.00 CLE credit hour, Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor
Civil Rights: Then, Now and in the Future


This session will, in part, trace the historical relationship between individuals, organizations, and lawyers in the civil rights movement.  For example, during the Civil Rights Movement, these individuals and organizations retained lawyers to file civil rights lawsuits. Also, tactics such as assemblies, marches, sit-ins, and boycotts proved integral to the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality to the movement in instances where white individuals and government officials attempted to block civil rights lawyers from representing civil rights activists.

This session will also examine a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court in a case entitled, “In Re Primus, 436 U.S. 412 (1978). The Primus case held that a non-profit organization and its members enjoy the freedoms of association and expression, including litigation in courts, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Supreme Court. 

  • Charles Person, Freedom Rider, Atlanta, GA
  • John Brittain, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Networking Break 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Civil Rights Session II (General Credit)
1.00 CLE credit hour, Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor
Centering Women in the Current Fight for Civil Rights

The fight for civil rights remains central to attaining economic security for people of color, particularly women of color. Decades of discriminatory policies, such as redlining, and discrimination in employment opportunities have led to a massive racial wealth gap where one-quarter of Black households would have less than $5 if they liquidated all of their assets. Black and Hispanic women are more likely than white women to be the breadwinners in their households, which makes them feel the brunt of discrimination in the housing and employment context even more.  As women of color strive to overcome these barriers and have financial stability and housing security for their families, they often face additional barriers in the form of racial microaggressions at work and on campus. This all-women panel will explore the impact of housing discrimination, racial microaggressions on campus and in the workplace, and barriers to stable employment for women of color, and offer solutions to address these barriers.

  • Erinn D. Martin, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biographies


Dignitaries
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court

Download

Robert A. Kutcher, Kutcher, Tygier, & Luminais, LLP, 2019-20 LSBA President

Download

Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch, Kerrigan, LLP Download
J. Dalton Courson, Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, LLC Download
John A. Womble, Frederick A. Miller & Associates Download
Interactive Workshop
Hon. Dana Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates Download
Criminal Justice Breakout Session One
James J. Carter, James Carter & Associates, LLC

Download

William C. Snowden, Vera Institute of Justice Download
L. Chris Stewart, Stewart Trial Attorneys Download
Daryl K. Washington, Washington Law Firm, P.C. Download
Voting Rights Breakout Session Two
Nancy G. Abudu, Southern Poverty Law Center Download
Gilda R. Daniels, John and Frances Angelos Law Center Download
Jonathan Stein, California Common Cause Download
Luncheon Panel
Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Download
Hon. Brian A. Jackson, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana Download
Hon. Carl E. Stewart, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Download
Jack M. Weiss, Liskow and Lewis APLC Download
Civil Rights I Session
Charles Person, Freedom Rider Download
John Brittain, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia Download
Civil Rights II Session
Erinn D. Martin, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Download

Thank You to Our Sponsors...


The LSBA Diversity Committee and Conclave Subcommittee would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors and co-hosts who support the Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. 

If you are interested in sponsoring, please click here for the sponsorship form


Platinum Plus Level
Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP
Jones Walker LLP
LSBA Corporate and Business Law Section

Platinum Level
Kean Miller LLP
McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, LLC
Phelps Dunbar LLP

Gold Level
Blue Williams, L.L.P. 
Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. 
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
Kelly Hart Pitre
King & Jurgens, LLC
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC
Liskow & Lewis
LSBA Civil Law and Litigation Section
LSBA Trusts, Estate, Probate and Immovable Property Law Section
Pugh Accardo LLC
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Silver Level
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana District Judges Association
LSBA Bankruptcy Section

Conclave Coffee Service Sponsor
Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter
LSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Southern University Law Center

Bronze Level
Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter
Courington, Kiefer, Sommers, Marullo & Matherne, L.L.C.
Federal Bar Association Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter 
Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana City Judges Association
Louisiana Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
LSBA Solo and Small Firms Section
Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Meditation Arbitration Professional Systems Inc.
Shields| Mott L.L.P.
Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P.
The Kullman Firm

Thank you to our Co-hosts...



Louisiana Supreme Court
22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association
Alexandria Bar Association

Baton Rouge Bar Association
Federal Bar Association Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Baton Rouge Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Lafayette Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Lake Charles Chapter
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Louisiana District Judges Association
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
New Orleans Bar Association
Southern University Law Center
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
Tulane University Law School 
Louisiana State Bar Association
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