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Minorities in the Profession


 Kimberly R. Silas, Chair


Upcoming Events:

Please join the Minorities in the Profession Committee for a CLE on Thursday, August 6, 2015. 

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 Fifty Years Later: A March from Selma to Charleston

Join the Minorities in the Profession Committee on the 50-year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act for a one-hour CLE moderated by Bill Aaron, President and Chairman of theBoard at Aaron & Gianna, PLC. The CLE will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. Louisiana State Representative Wesley Bishop, Professor Robert St. Martin Westley, Tulane University, and Ernest Jones of Elie, Jones, and Associates will discuss the evolvement of the Voting Rights Act, including the effect of the United States Supreme Court’s decision of Shelby County, Ala. V. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2612 (6/25/13), which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


Bill Aaron, President and Chairman of theBoard at Aaron & Gianna, PLC
Wesley Bishop, Louisiana State Representative
Professor Robert St. Martin Westley, Tulane University
Ernest Jones, Elie, Jones, and Associates

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time:  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Louisiana Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit Courtoom (3rd floor) , 400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

CLE: 1 hour of continuing legal education credit

Cost: NOBA Member - $35 ; Non Member - $55  

To Register:  

     1. Email Alex Garon or

     2. Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or

     3. Mail payment to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130 or

    4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here.


Recent Events:

On June 25, 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 will discuss 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.

On June 30, 2013, YLS & Minorities in the Profession held a legal fair.

On June 20, 2013, "A Frank Discussion on Gun Control versus Gun Rights" CLE with Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr., District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Professor Jim Viator, Loyola University School of Law, Kevin O'Bryon, O'Bryon & Schnabel, and Constance Hester, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Primer on New Orleans Traffic and Municipal Court CLE

featuring the Hon. Herbert A. Cade, New Orleans Traffic Court; the Hon. Robert E. Jones, New Orleans Traffic Court; Charlene Larche, Chief Deputy Attorney for Municipal and Traffic Court