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Minorities in the Profession

Cory J. Vidal
Committee Chair


Upcoming Events:

The State of Civil Rights Law 50 Years After Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination CLE



On April 4, 1968, American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee.  This CLE commemorating the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will focus on how Civil Rights Law has progressed in the 50 years since Dr. King’s assassination, and the panelists’ predictions for the future.

Ebony S. Morris, Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC

Professor Andrea Armstrong, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Marjorie R. Esman, Attorney at Law
Ronald L. Wilson, Attorney at Law

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Noon - 1 p.m.

NOBA Office
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

1 hour of CLE credit

NOBA Member Discount: 35 (includes lunch)
Non-member Price: $55 (includes lunch)
*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Liz Daino.
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here.

Please note our updated cancellation policy:
Payment is expected before the start of programs in order to attend. Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund. No shows are not eligible for refunds and will be charged for the program, plus an administrative billing fee.

October 2017 Blog Post: A Dream Delayed: The Fight for Educational Equality Continues

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Recent Events:

On October 4, the Minorities in the Profession Committee presented A View From the Bench CLE. A write-up about the CLE can be found here

On February 16, Terrel Broussard, Simone Boustead, and Cory Vidal, presented "A Seat at the Table: Perspectives from In-House Counsel on Diversity in the Profession" CLE.

On October 10th, Nicole Haynes spoke to the committee regarding opportunities to become FINRA arbitrators in Louisiana.

On October 6th, the committee held "Miranda: 50 Years Later" CLE. 

On March, 17, John Pierre, Kelly Legier and Ron Wilson discussed "The State of Our Union."

On October 22, 2015, Darleene Peters moderated "Maintaining Longevity in the Profession." Kim Boyle, Chancellor Joan Davis and James Williams gave advice on what it takes to survive in the legal profession.

On June 25, 2015, Judge Piper Griffin, Orleans Parish CDC, Sharonda Williams, the City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, Charles Rice, President & CEO of Entergy New Orleans, and Bill Aaron, Managing Shareholder, President and Chairman of the Board at Aaron & Gianna discussed their navigation in the legal profession, challenges they have faced, and how they have overcome those challenges.  

On March 26, 2015, the Chair Kimberly Silas led the Committee in a “brainstorming” session to discuss Minorities in the Profession's vision for the year.