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Women in the Profession


Alicia M. Bendana, Chair


Upcoming Events:

The Women in the Profession Committee is hosting a Skills Series!

Come get professional tips and insight from our accomplished speakers and join us in the discussion that follows:

August 25, 2015:       “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” (Televised TEDTalk by Amy Cuddy) CLE 

Amy Cuddy is an American social psychologist known for her research on stereotyping and discrimination, emotions, power, nonverbal behavior, and the effects of social stimuli on hormone levels.  She is Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School.  Her TEDTalk, delivered at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and posted in October 2012, has been viewed more than 21 million times and ranks #2 among the most-viewed TEDTalks.

The Chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, Alicia Bendana, will introduce Ms. Cuddy’s TEDTalk and will, after the talk, moderate a discussion on the importance of setting goals, facing fears, and the benefits of making mistakes.

                                    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

      Cost: NOBA Member Discount - $35 ; Non Member Discount - $55 (includes light lunch)

      CLE: 1 hour of Professionalism CLE credit

September 9, 2015:   “A Letter to My 23 Year Old Self" CLE 

Dawn Barrios is a founding partner of Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P., concentrating her work in the field of complex multi-district litigation, mass torts, and class actions.  In 2014, the New Orleans Bar Association presented her with the Arceneaux Professionalism Award; she is the first woman to ever receive the honor.  In 2011, the judges of the Eastern District of Louisiana appointed Ms. Barrios to the Lawyers Disciplinary Committee in recognition of her reputation for her both excellent and ethical advocacy.  Ms. Barrios has also been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer for 2014, an honor she has received every year since 2008.  Super Lawyer Magazine has also named her one of the top 25 female lawyers in Louisiana.

Speaker: Dawn Barrios, Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P.

                                    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

      Cost: NOBA Member Discount - $35 ; Non Member Discount - $55 (includes light lunch)

      CLE: 1 hour of Professionalism CLE credit


September 24, 2015:  “Obtaining a Client Base, First Chairing Jury Trials, and Courtroom Behavior" CLE 

Darleen Jacobs is the managing partner of Jacobs, Sarrat, Lovelace & Harris.  Her practice focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.  In 2014 Ms. Jacobs was selected for the cover of Super Lawyers magazine in Louisiana.  She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Throughout her 43 year trial career, Ms. Jacobs has obtained 64 judgments and/or settlements in the amount of one million dollarsor more for clients, including a twelve million dollar judgment for one claimant in Civil District Court.

Speaker: Darleen Jacobs, Jacobs, Sarrat, Lovelace & Harris

                                    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

      Cost: NOBA Member Discount - $35 ; Non Member Discount - $55 (includes light lunch)

      CLE: 1 hour of Professionalism CLE credit

October 21, 2015:     “Rainmaking and Expectations for Successful Practice” - Committee Meeting $14.00

Judy Barrasso is a founding member of Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.  Ms. Barrasso has consistently been recognized by Chambers USA, by Lawdragon 500, and by Best Lawyers as a leading commercial litigator.  According to Chambers, Judy “has a reputation as a formidable trial lawyer,” “stands ‘head and shoulders’ above much of the competition,” and is “considered one of the state’s finest litigators.”

Speaker: Judy Barrasso, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C                       

To Register for One or All of these Seminars:  

     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 


Recent Events:

On April 28, 2015, the WIP Committee held its first meeting of the year to discuss its programming for the 2015-2016 period.

On October 27, 2014, the Commitee held a Conversation with Paulette Brown - "Determined to Rise: A Conversation on Law, Leadership, and Being "The First" -- with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association."NOBA Honors the First 100 Women Lawyers in New Orleans.

On September 23, 2014, the Women in the Profession Committee & Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Committee co-hosted a CLE on "The Supreme Court and Women's Health: Reflections from 2014" with Ellie Schilling, Marjorie Esman, and Jennifer Greene. The panelists discussed the latest decisions coming from the Supreme Court and how they affect women.  

On March 20, 2014, the Committee hosted the Inaugural Barristers for Brunch program to honor the first 100 women attorneys in the New Orleans legal community.


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