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Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement


The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) recognizes that achieving diversity in the legal profession is an evolutionary process that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.

The LSBA is committed to diversity in its membership, Board of Governors, staff, House of Delegates, committees and all leadership positions. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability.

The LSBA is a richer and more effective Association because of diversity, as it increases our strengths, capabilities and adaptability. In addition, a diverse group of talented legal professionals is important to the success of law firms, law departments, public service organizations and other organizations that include attorneys.

Through increased diversity, the LSBA and its members can bring more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice.
 

Diversity — Inclusion — Professionalism 


Latest Diversity News and Events

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - 2018-19
Here is a list of upcoming local and specialty bar events for the 2018-2019 Bar year. 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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SAVE THE DATE! 12TH ANNUAL CONCLAVE ON DIVERSITY- March 8, 2019
The 12th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession is scheduled Friday, March 8, 2019 and it will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. The theme for the Conclave is "Strides in Diversity: Opening Doors for the Next Generation."


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"NATCHITOCHES LIGHTS" CLE SEMINAR- December 14, 2018
The LSBA's Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession is hosting the "Natchitoches Lights" CLE seminar on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. 

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2018 Professional Success Summit – November 14-16, 2018
The American Bar Association will hold its annual Professional Success Summit on November 14-16 at the JW Marriott Houston. The 2018 Summit titled, “Networking and Advancement for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Litigators” will offer eighteen programs and several networking events. Please click here to register and view the schedule.


New Admittees Reception, New Orleans, LA – November 8, 2018
On November 8, 2018, the LSBA Diversity and Member Outreach Department hosted the Annual New Admittees Reception at the Louisiana Bar Center. Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President, welcomed the new attorneys along with other local and specialty bar leaders.

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC, LSBA Board of Governors At-Large Member; Robert A. Kutcher, Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, 2018-19 LSBA President-Elect; Barry H. Grodsky, Taggart Morton, LLC, 2018-19 LSBA President; John E. McAuliffe, Jr., Frederick A Miller & Associates, LSBA Secretary; and Dylan T. Thriffiley, Ochsner Health System, Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Division.

BOTTOM Photo ID, New Admittees (L to R): Jackson M. Smith, Geiger Laborde & Laperouse; Leigh B. Ackal, Geiger Laborde & Laperouse; J. Tyler Clemons, Southern Poverty Law Center; Deandra N. De Napoli, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC; Katherine D. Honeywell, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC; and Whitney M. Wilson, Sangisetty Law Firm, LLC.

LSBA Disabilities CLE "Fit to Practice" – November 1, 2018
On November 1, 2018, the LSBA's Diversity Committee held the LSBA Disabilities CLE “Fit to Practice” at the Louisiana Bar Center. 

TOP Photo ID (L to R): Session Two “Ethical Obligations/Reasons for Advance Planning by Lawyers” Richard P. Lemmler, Jr., LSBA Ethics Counsel, New Orleans, LA; Session One “Loss Prevention & the Legal Malpractice Policy” Ashley M. Flick, Loss Prevention Counsel, Gilsbar, Inc., Covington, LA; and Session Three “Potential Ethical/Disciplinary Consequences” Damon S. Manning, Schiff, Scheckman & White, LLP, Hammond, LA. 

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Session Four “When, Where and How to Get Meaningful Assistance When Needed” J.E. “Buddy” Stockwell III, Executive Director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP), Mandeville, LA. 


LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series (Shreveport) – October 29, 2018
On October 29, 2018 the LSBA Outreach Committee hosted the LSBA Member Outreach CLE Series at the Shreveport Convention Center.
The Shreveport seminar featured Monique Y. Metoyer, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, LSBA Board of Governors, At-Large Member; L. Gordon Mosley II, Mosley Title, Secretary, Young Lawyers Section, Shreveport Bar Association; and Eric K. Barefield, LSBA Ethics Counsel.

The LSBA Member Outreach CLE series informs members about the LSBA and the services included with their membership. 

Photo ID (L to R): Patrick J. Harrington, Law Offices of J. Dhu Thompson, APLC, LSBA Board of Governors, Eighth Board District; Monique Y. Metoyer, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, LSBA Board of Governors, At-Large Member; and L. Gordon Mosley II, Mosley Title, Secretary, Young Lawyers Section, Shreveport Bar Association.

New Orleans Bar Association and GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Host “History En Banc” – October 2, 2018
On October 2, 2018 the New Orleans Bar Association co-hosted “History en Banc” with the GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana at 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The CLE was moderated by Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana and the panel featured Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Chief Judge Nannette V. Jolivette-Brown, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Former Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; and Chief Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana.

The session explored the historical insight into the federal court system as an institution and panelists discussed their pathways to leadership.


GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Annual Scholarship Gala - September 29, 2018
On September 29, 2018, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society celebrated its annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch at 11:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The theme was “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: A Celebration of Standing Up for Justice.”

During the Scholarship Jazz Brunch three undergraduate students were awarded the Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Scholarship and four graduate students received the Martinet Scholarship.

The Scholarship Jazz Brunch also served as an opportunity to honor outstanding members in the legal community. Honorees included: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Hon. Piper D. Griffin, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Ernest N. Morial Award Recipient, Hon. Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Earl J. Amedee Award Recipient, Jonathan Wilson, Liberty Bank & Trust Co.; A.P. Tureaud Award  Recipient, Micah C. Zeno, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis and Eagan, LLC; Louis A. Martinet Award recipient, Robert A. McKnight, Orleans Public Defenders; and Presidents Award Recipients, Kimberly Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court; and law school student recipients: Bianca Moore, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; and Natalie Paul, Tulane University Law School. 

This year’s program featured Hon. Kern A. Reese, Orleans Parish Civil District Court as the Master of Ceremonies, and as keynote speaker, L. Chris Stewart, Managing Partner, Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys.


TOP Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Nanette J. Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; and Hon. Karen Wells Roby, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

BOTTOM Photo ID (L to R): Ashley J. Heilprin, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Immediate Past President, GNO Louis A Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Cory J. Vidal, Hancock Whitney Bank; President, GNO Louis A Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; and Kimberly R. Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court, President-Elect, GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.

Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society’s Tricentennial Gala – September 29, 2018
On September 29, 2018, The Supreme Court of Louisiana’s Historical Society held a Tricentennial Gala at the Orpheum Theater at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Tricentennial gala was held in conjunction with the Louisiana Judicial College’s Fall Judges Conference.

The gala began with a cocktail reception from 6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Following the cocktail reception, opening remarks were provided by: Professor Paul R. Baier, Secretary and Gala Committee Co-Chair of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society; Donna D. Fraiche, President, Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society; and Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit served as the featured speaker.

Photo ID (L to R): Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.


Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. Election Primer – September 20, 2018
On September 20, 2018 the GNO Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. held an election primer at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The panelists included: Deuel Ross, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.; Alanah E. Odums-Hebert, Executive Director, ACLU of LA; and Ron Wilson, Of Counsel, Blake Jones Law Firm. 

Panelists at the Election Primer. Photo ID (L to R): Ronald L. Wilson, Of Counsel, Blake Jones Law Firm; Alanah E. Odoms-Hebert, Executive Director, ACLU of Louisiana; and Deuel Ross, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.


2018 -19 LSBA Diversity Committee Orientation – September 8, 2018
On September 8, 2018 the Diversity Committee met at the Louisiana Bar Center for an orientation and business meeting. Committee members engaged in ice-breaking activities and reviewed Diversity Committee and Subcommittee programming for the 2018-19 bar year. 


2018-19 LSBA Leadership Class- August 24, 2018
On August 24, 2018, the 2018-19 LSBA Leadership Class participated in an orientation in conjunction with the Board of Governors meeting at The Ritz Carlton. The class is comprised of sixteen up-and-coming young lawyers and is led by two co-chairs.

Back Row, Photo ID (L to R): Aaron R. Wilson, Wilson and Wilson, APLC; Ronald J. Sholes, Jr., Attorney at Law; Christopher J. Sellers, Jr., (Leadership Class Co-chair), Ochsner Health System; and Christopher R. Mistich, Ochsner Health System.

Front Row, Photo ID (L to R): Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP; Betty Ann Maury, (Leadership Class Co-chair), Law Clerk, 24th Judicial District, Hon. Lee V. Faulkner, Jr.; Senae D. Hall, Attorney at Law; Valerie E. Fontenot, Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC; Melissa M. Lessell, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP; Teresa D. King, Attorney at Law; Alyson V. Antoon, Antoon Law Firm, LLC; Cortney M. Dunn, Calcasieu Parish Public Defender's Office; and Taryn C. Branson, Attorney at Law.

Not Pictured in Photo: R. Danielle Barringer, Louisiana House Legislative Services; Collin R. Melancon, Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer and Dick; and Joseph B. Williams III, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.


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