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

Second African American President of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association
Travis Broussard is to be named the first male African-American president of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association on September 29, 2016 at Iberia Bank in Lafayette, LA.

Mr. Broussard is currently an associate of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg and Ackerman (DMSA), having joined the firm in 2011. He is an active member of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association and also acts as an adjunct professor of law at Southern University Law Center.

Mr. Broussard is a 2010 graduate of Southern University Law Center achieving cum laude. Earlier this year, Mr. Broussard was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Business Litigation (2016).

Professionalism Facilitator Training Workshop--October 8, 2016
Please join us for a training workshop on October 8, 2016

3.00 Professionlism credit hours

Registration: 9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Training Workshop: 9:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Hilton •201 Lafayette Street • Baton Rouge

At the workshop you will:
•Increase your knowledge of unconscious bias that affects each one of us
•Discover new ways to reduce bias
•Learn how to help others become more culturally competent
•Gain tools to promote diversity and inclusion through training
•Boost your confidence in delivering effective CLE presentations

A light breakfast will be served during the workshop. FREE TO ALL ATTORNEYS! For more information, contact: Member Outreach and Diversity team members by email: diversity@lsba.org

Dana M. Douglas Awarded the Camille Public Service Award

The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on August 25, 2016 and awarded Dana M. Douglas, shareholder at Liskow and Lewis, the Camille Gravel Public Service Award. Attorney Douglas received this honor for her dedication to public service legal work in keeping with the spirit and values exemplified by the late Camille Gravel.

PHOTO ID: (L to R) Attorney Dana M. Douglas and The Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle

Diversity Committee's Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons With Disabilities Committee Hosts Three-Part Disability CLE Series
The first in the series, titled "Special Education Law 101: Student Rights and School Responsibilities," is scheduled for September 24, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

Topics include:
  • Special education basics
  • IEPs
  • Disciplinary policies
  • Student eligibility for special education services
  • Administrative appeals
  • and more!
You can look forward to hearing from our speakers, including:
  • Joan Hunt, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Laureen Mayfield, Louisiana Association of Special Education Administrators
  • Wayne Stewart – Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
  • Debra Weinberg – The Advocacy Center

This session is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Louisiana Attorneys can apply to receive 2.00 MCLE Credit Hours.
Registration information TBA. To download a PDF flyer, please click here.

19 Student Interns Complete 2016 Suit Up for the Future Program
The Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Suit Up for the Future High School Summer Legal Institute and Internship Program had another successful year with 19 student interns completing the program. The three-week program (June 13-July 1) included abridged law school sessions; shadowing opportunities at law firms, courts and agencies; and field trips to courts and law schools.

During the final week, the students prepared written memorandum to support their oral argument that was presented on the last day of the program to a panel of judges in a courtroom.

The Suit Up Program, a partnership with the LSBA, the Just the Beginning Foundation, the Louisiana Bar Foundation and Louisiana law schools, is an award-winning Diversity Pipeline Program and a 2013 American Bar Association Partnership Program recipient.

The Suit Up Program is successful because of the dedicated volunteers, including:
• The LSBA Pipeline to Diversity and Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chairs Scherri Neewana Guidry and Kandace Runita Hamilton.
• Professor Mary G. Algero, Loyola University College of Law; Professors Michelle A. Jackson and Russell L. Jones, Southern University Law Center; and Professors Jeffrey C. Brooks and Christopher J. Tyson, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
• Shadowing employers — Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, L.L.C.; Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C.; Orleans Public Defenders Office and Chief Defender Derwyn D. Bunton; Orleans Parish Civil District Court and Judge Piper D. Griffin; 24th Judicial District Court and Judge June Berry Darensburg and Judge Raymond S. Steib, Jr.; Orleans Parish First City Court and Section B Judge Angelique A. Reed; Courington Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C.; and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle; the Louisiana Supreme Court; the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal; Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and Section B Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier and Section A Chief Judge Laurie A. White; Dillard University; LSBA Access to Justice Department, Externs of Judge Karen Wells Roby and Suit Up Alumni.
• Attorneys Jackie M. McCreary, Jason M. Freas, Amanda Casey Desselles, Matthew S. Smith, Janet C. Kearney, Micah C. Zeno and Caroline F. Bordelon.

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.


The 10th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession is scheduled Friday, March 24, 2017 and it will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. The theme for the Conclave is "Diversity is Good for Everyone."

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!  The 2015 Signatories included:

  • Jules D. Edwards, III, Attorney at Law
  • Louisiana District Judges Association
  • Evans & Clesi, PLC
  • Louis J. Leo, Attorney at Law, APLC

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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