Minorities in the Profession

 Melanie Lockett
Committee Chair

Upcoming Events:


Minorities and the Profession March Committee Meeting

Call to Action!
Melanie Lockett, Chair of NOBA’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, is calling upon all members to become actively involved. Together, let’s meaningfully impact our profession and our community.  Please calendar and plan to attend the first 2020 Minorities in the Profession Committee Meeting and our community service event at Ozanam Inn. Details follow.
March 4, 2020, Committee Meeting at the New Orleans Bar Association Office
(a)       Member expectations for the Committee;
(b)      Solicitation of topic and speaker proposals for our CLE in September 2020; and
(c)       Networking.
Lunch will be provided. Cost: $15.00
May 8, 2020, Ozanam Inn, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
(a)       Community service- Assist with serving lunch to the homeless members of our community; and
(b)      Network.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Please plan to attend and bring your colleagues!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 pm

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

Cost: NOBA member discount: $15 (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 May 8, 2019, Maurice Ruffin author of We Cast a Shadow and Tad Bartlett of Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison engaged in a rountable discussion with the attendess about how the use pf 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 or work without having a breakout. They also delved into some more serious topics of racism in a society that are at the core of Maurice's novel. If you missed this CLE, you can still take it online! Click here to get 1 hour of online professionalism CLE.

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.