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

Speakers Materials for the Specialty Bars Conference - 8/26/17
On August 26, 2017, attorneys from across the state attended the annual Specialty Bars Conference at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans, LA. The conference, titled, "Changing the Profession From Within," hosted five workshops.  Topics such as Louisiana Justice Reinvestment, Immigration, Defending Disciplinary Action, Women as Agents of Change, and advances in Legal Technology.

To link to Speakers' Materials, please click here.

To see photos of Specialty Bar presenters, please click here.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty Retires 8/24/2017
On August 24, 2017, Hon. Rebecca F. Doherty, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, was honored and recognized for her nearly 26 years of dedicated service. A retirement reception was held at the United States District Courthouse in Lafayette, LA.

Photo ID: (L to R) Lafayette Bar Association President, Melissa L. Theriot, NeunerPate; Hon. Rebecca F. Doherty; Lafayette Bar Young Lawyers Section President-Elect, Jaclyn B. Bacon, NeunerPate.

Tangipahoa African American Heritage Celebrates Chief Justice - 8/5/17
In a celebration of inclusion, the Tangipahoa African American Heritage and Veterans Archives hosted its 30th annual Black-Tie Affair. This year’s featured keynote speaker was The Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
The event took place at the Museum (1600 Phoenix Square Avenue, Hammond, LA) on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Cocktail Hour began at 7:00 p.m. and the Program started at 8:00 p.m.

Photo ID: Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.

SULC Honors Chief Justice Johnson at its 70th Anniversary - 9/1/17
Southern University Law Center (SULC) celebrated 70 years at its annual gala on September 1, 2017 at L’Auberge Casino and Event Center in Baton Rouge, LA. This year’s event honored Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. SULC commissioned a portrait of the Chief Justice that will hang in the Judicial Hallway along with trailblazers such as Revius Ortique, Jesse N. Stone, and other alumni inducted in the SULC Judicial Hall of Fame.

Photo ID: (L to R) Southern University Law Center Chancellor John K. Pierre, Hon. Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

2017 New Admittee Reception - 11/9/2017
Please join us in welcoming the LSBA's newest members to the profession.  The 2017 NewAdmittees Reception will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. 

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost:  FREE

Please click here to RSVP by November 7, 2017.

MODD Co-Hosts CLE at Annual Meeting - 6/7/2017

The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Member Outreach and Diversity Department co-hosted a CLE with the LSBA’s Civil Law & Litigation Section titled “12 Angry Men: Should Peremptory Challenges Be Abolished?” at the LSBA’s Annual Meeting on June 7, 2017.

Panel members included, from left, Hon. Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal; Sharonda R. Williams, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP; Professor Raymond T. Diamond, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Hon. Scott J. Crichton, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court; Tony M. Clayton, Attorney at Law; Moderator Lynn Luker, Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, LLC; and James M. Williams, Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes, LLP.

Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop - 4/8/17
The Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee’s Integration Subcommittee held a Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop on April 8, 2017. At this workshop, attorneys increased their awareness of unconscious bias, discovered ways to reduce bias, gained tools to promote diversity and inclusion, and boosted their confidence in delivering elective CLE presentations.

From left, Senior Facilitators Kandace R. Hamilton, Tulane University; Troy N. Bell, Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C.; and I.J. Clark-Sam, Attorney at Law.

Final Session of Disability Series - 5/18/2017
The third installment of the disability series titled “Fit to Practice” was held May 18, 2017. The session addressed the liability and ethical issues related to attorneys with mental health challenges, disabilities and/or substance abuse issues.

Speakers included, from left, J.E (Buddy) Stockwell III, executive director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP); Kathy L. Cook, deputy general counsel, Mental Health Advocacy Services; and Damon S. Manning, Schiff, Scheckman & White, L.L.P.

Alexandria Bar Association Celebrates Opening of the Court - 9/6/17
The Alexandria Bar Association hosted their annual court opening on September 6, 2017. Hon. Patricia E. Koch, Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial District Court opened the ceremony. Bar President, Robert L. Beck III, Luneau & Beck, LLC, provided introductory remarks, and Allison Nowlin, criminal staff attorney, 9th JDC, welcomed 11 new area attorneys. A reception immediately followed. The traditional Opening of Court Cocktail Party was hosted by the Alexandria Bar Association at the Diamond Grill, Alexandria, LA.

Photo ID: (L to R) Michael Koch, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault; Hon. Gary Hays, Pineville City Court; Hon. Greg Beard, Ninth Judicial District Court, Division C; Hon. F.A. Little, Federal judge (Retired), Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell

ABA Fact Check
An on-line resource which uses case law, statutory law, and other legal resources to help people distinguish between facts and opinions—or pure fiction—when it comes to the law.

Click here to link to the ABA Fact Check.

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 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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