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13th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession


5.00 CLE Credit Hours including Ethics and Professionalism (Pending Approval)

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." 

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

March 27, 2020
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
5.00 CLE Credit Hours including Ethics and Professionalism (Pending Approval) 

To register for the 2020 Conclave, please click here.  
For more information, click here to download the 2020 Conclave registration brochure.

Registration:
Registration (BEFORE February 28, 2020) $85
Registration (AFTER February 28, 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
"The Fifth Circuit Four" 
This panel will explore the turbulent Civil Rights period where enforcing the rule of law and repudiating racism often came at a cost; the greatest cost being the safety of the judges ruling in favor of equality. 

  • 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, Liskow and Lewis APLC, New Orleans, LA

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Presenters 
Hon. Dana T. Cutler and Hon. Keith A. Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City, MO

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 $229.00 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 26, 2020 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 26, 2020 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 25, 2020, 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 27, 2020 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 and Hon. Keith A. 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   
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, Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus

 

 

 

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
Tina Harris, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

        

Erinn D. Martin, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law         
M. Lucia Blacksher Ranier, Tulane University Law School  

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
Rhythms Foyer, 2nd Floor
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Acknowledgments
Sponsor and Co-host Recognition/Sponsor and Co-host Representative Photos
Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd 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

  • Denia S. Aiyegbusi, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
    Chair, Conclave Subcommittee
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, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor 

  • Hon. Dana T. Cutler and Hon. Keith A. 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
Rodrigue Gallery Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 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
Waterbury Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • 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, Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus, 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
Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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

  • Robert A. Kutcher, Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP, Metairie, LA
     LSBA President, 2019-2020
Introduction of recipient of Commitee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award 

  • 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 
1.00 CLE credit hour, Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor

  • 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, 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
1.00 CLE credit hour, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • 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
1.00 CLE credit hour, Rhythms Ballroom, 2nd Floor

  • Tina Harris, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, Baton Rouge, LA 
  • Erinn D. Martin, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, D.C.
  • M. Lucia Blacksher Ranier, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA

Speaker Biographies

Dignitaries
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
 Hons. Dana and Keith Cutler Download 
Criminal Justice Breakout Session One
 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   
Gilda R. Daniels, John and Frances Angelos Law Center

 Download

Jonathan Stein, Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus

 

 


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
Tina M. Harris, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication                                             

                         Download       

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

                         Download        

M. Lucia Blacksher Ranier, Tulane Univesity Law School   

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

Excellence in Diversity Reception Sponsor


Platinum Plus Level
Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP

Platinum Level
Kean Miller LLP
McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDniel & Welch, LLC

Gold Level
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
Liskow & Lewis
Pugh Accardo
Southern Poverty Law Center
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC

Silver Level
Louisiana Association of Defense Council
Louisiana District Judges Association

Conclave Coffee Service Sponsor
Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater New Orleans Chapter
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Southern University Law Center

Bronze Level
Federal Bar Association, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter 
Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP
McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Meditation Arbitration Professional Systems Inc.
Shields| Mott L.L.P.

Thank you to our Co-hosts...



Alexandria Bar Association
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter
Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
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
Louisiana Supreme Court
New Orleans Bar Association
Southern University Law Center
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
Tulane University Law School 
Louisiana State Bar Association
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