Minorities in the Profession

 Kim Nguyen
Committee Chair

Upcoming Events:


Casting Shadows: Discussing the Intersections of Creativity and the Law, the Work-Work Balance, and Race and Law
{1 Hour Professionalism CLE}


Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Tad Bartlett have been active in the New Orleans legal community for almost two decades, while at the same time building their own "practices" as writers. Maurice's debut novel, We Cast a Shadow, has been critically acclaimed from all corners of the country, from the New York Times to the L.A. Times, and features the struggles of its protagonist, a black lawyer in an unnamed town you wouldn't be mistaken to recognize as New Orleans, as he tries to make partner at his big downtown firm while at the same time protecting his family from a world falling apart around them. In this one-hour Professionalism CLE, Tad will interview Maurice and the two will engage in roundtable discussion with the attendees about how to use the practice of law and the practice of creative arts in a synergistic manner to make both practices shine, and how to balance the work of life and the life of work without having a breakdown, and will delve into some of the more serious topics of racism in society that are at the core of Maurice's novel.


Maurice Ruffin, Author of We Cast a Shadow
Tad Bartlett, Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm

New Orleans Bar Association
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

1 hour of CLE credit, including 1 hour of Professionalism

Cost: 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 Briana Nelms
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online here
    *We take everything but American Express. All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee. 

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.

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Recent Events:

On August 22, 2018, Jonathan Williams, Former Representative Anh “Joseph” Cao, Daniel Davillier, Kiana M. Mitchell, and Theon Wilson presented "Hanging Your Shingle: Tips to Put You On The Right Path."

On April 12th, The State of Civil Rights Law 50 Years After Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination CLE was presented by Ebony S. Morris, Professor Andrea Armstrong, Marjorie R. Esman, and Ronald L. Wilson.

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.