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

Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar- December 16, 2016
The “Natchitoches Lights CLE Seminar” was hosted by the LSBA Diversity Committee’s Specialty Bars Subcommittee and co-hosted by the Jesse N. Stone Legal Society of Shreveport. The seminar was held on December 16, 2016 at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. Following the seminar, speakers were invited to a luncheon hosted by T. Taylor Townsend Law Firm at The Landing Restaurant. Later that evening, registrants were invited to attend The Dreams Scholarship 13th Annual Party with a Purpose Toy Drive held at the historic Prudhomme-Rouquier House. Mr. Cloyd Benjamin Jr, The Law Offices of Cloyd Benjamin Jr, LLC, presented scholarships to deserving high school students on behalf of the Dreams Foundation.

Photo ID L to R: Auswiedershen Anthony, Rakayla Bernstine, Huey Virece, Cloyd Benjamin Jr., Sylvia Madison

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2016-17 LSBA Leadership Class- August 20, 2016
The 2016-17 LSBA Leadership Class participated in an orientation in conjunction with the Board of Governors meeting held on August 20, 2016. The class is comprised of sixteen up-and-coming young lawyers and is led by two co-chairs.

Photo ID L to R: Jared G. Price, Joshua K. Williams, Kristen N. Stringer, Rebecca S. Helveston, Brandee Ketchum, Charles M. Thomas, Stacey A. Smith, Michael B. Victorian, Cassandra R. Hewlings, Brittany O. Rosenbloom, Rebecca Sha, Micah C. Zeno

13th Annual Judge John M. Shaw “Country Gentleman” Civility and Ethics Seminar- December 1, 2016
The Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter of the Federal Bar association hosted the 13th Annual Judge John M. Shaw “Country Gentleman” Civility and Ethics Seminar on December 1, 2016. The seminar was held at the WDLA Courthouse in Lafayette, LA. A reception, sponsored by the LSBA, was held following the event.

Photo ID L to R: Hon. Carol B. Whitehurst, Elwood C. Stevens, Jr., Hon. Mildred E. Methvin, John P. Roy, Albert G. "Alec" Alexander, III, Douglas W. Truxillo, Kyle L. Gideon, Cristie G. Gibbens, George "Dave" Ernest, III, Robert D. Felder, Jaclyn Bridges-Bacon, Nadia de la Houssaye, Tony R.

LSU 2016 Legends Forum- September 30, 2016
On September 30, 2016, Louisiana State University’s A.P. Tureaud Sr. Black Alumni Chapter hosted the 2016 Legends Forum. The event was hosted in the LSU Student Union Atchafalaya Room.

Photo ID L to R: Felicia Harry, Chapter board member; Kenya Messer, LSU Office of Diversity and Chapter ex-officio board member; James Williams, member of the LSU Board of Supervisors; Bradley J. Bellow, LSU Alumni Association and Chapter ex-officio board member; Valencia Sarpy Jones, member, LSU Board of Supervisors; Leo C. Hamilton, LSU Alumni Association president-elect; Todd Schexnayder, Chapter treasurer; Judge Luke A. LaVergne (ret.), 2016 LSU Legend; and Joaneane A. Smith, Chapter board member.

Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter, Federal Judges’ Reception- November 9, 2016
On November 9th, the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted a Federal Judges’ Reception. The reception was held at the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, LA.
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Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Seminar- December 7, 2016
The New Orleans chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted the Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Seminar CLE & Admission to the Federal Courts in Louisiana on December 7, 2016. The seminar was held at the Intercontinental Hotel, New Orleans, LA.

Photo ID L to R: Scott Sternberg, Melissa Tokar, Corey Dunbar, and Chris Weema

23rd JD Annual Multi-Topic CLE Seminar- December 2, 2016
On December 2, 2016, the 23rd Judicial District Bar Association hosted its Annual Multi-Topic CLE Seminar. The event was held at Pelican Point Golf Club Clubhouse, Gonzales, LA.

Photo ID L to R: Top row – Jeff Diez; Ryland Percy; Hon. Jason Verdigets, 23rd JDC; Kim Landry; Hon. Guy Holdridge, Court of Appeal First Circuit; Larry Buquoi; Jeff Heggelund; Marty Triche; Vivian Jeansonne; Chris McNeil; Bottom row – Hon. Tess Stromberg, 23rd JDC; Amy Colby; Erin W. Lanoux , 23rd JD Bar Pres.; Shawn Bush; Joni Buquoi; Pat Douglas, 23rd JDC Hearing Officer

Upcoming Local and Specialty Bar Events - Bar Year 2016-2017
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 outreach@lsba.org with the event details (date, time, location).

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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 diversity@lsba.org.

Join the LSBA Diversity Signatories

The LSBA recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is an effort that requires the Association's continued effort and commitment.  Statewide judges, attorneys, firms, and organizations have joined the LSBA by signing the Statement of Diversity Principles, a commitment to foster diversity and inclusion.  If you, your firm or organization are interested in furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we encourage you to become a Diversity Signatory!  Simply sign the LSBA Statement of Diversity Principles and either email it (diversity@lsba.org) or fax it (504-566-0930) to the Member Outreach and Diversity Department. 

To date, the total number of Diversity Signatories is 356! Signatories includes:


  • Honorable Jules D. Edwards, III, 15th Judicial District Court, Div. "B"
  • Louisiana District Judges Association
  • Evans & Clesi, PLC
  • Louis J. Leo, Attorney at Law, APLC
  • Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Lousiaiana State University


  • Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
  • Craig Cassagne Jr
  • The Woods Law Group, L.L.C.
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association

To read the LSBA Diversity Statement, approved by the LSBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates on January 12, 2008, please click here

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