Civil Rights

J. Dalton Courson
Committee Chair

Upcoming Events:


Postponed - New Date TBA

Lawyers as Interpreters: Can you take the heat?
{1 hour of Professionalism CLE} 


Have you ever worked with an interpreter in court, at a deposition, or at a mediation?  If you haven’t, chances are that you soon will.  There are approximately 130,000 people in Louisiana who speak English less than very well.  In New Orleans, the Spanish LEP population is 53%, and Vietnamese is 28%.  You should take steps now to prepare yourself for that inevitable time when an interpreter will be required in one of your cases.  In this interactive CLE, you will engage in memory and shadowing exercises which will allow you to become more aware of all of the mechanics involved in court interpreting.  This CLE is not meant for the shy at heart.

Speakers: Kimberly R. Silas, Louisiana Supreme Court
Dr. Lisbeth Philip, University of New Orleans


Noon - 1 p.m.

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

CLE: 1 hour of Professionalism CLE credit

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


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Briana Nelms
  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: we take everything but American Express

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.


Recent Events:

On August 30, 2018, the Committee hosted a CLE where Alanah Odoms Hebert, leading civil rights attorney, discussed current legal issues faced by The ACLU, including immigration and criminal justice reform.

On June 28, the Committee held "Beyond the Bathrooms: A Focus on Transgender Rights." This CLE discussed 

  1. Various transgender situations in schools that the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana have handled recently, specifically for a high school girl
  2. John Edwards’ recent executive order, the fight between North Carolina and the Department of Justice
  3. Employment issues that transgender individuals are currently facing. 
  4. The recent Department of Justice's executive order on bathrooms