August 22, 2018


Diversity Committee

Contact Information

Co-Chair: Hon. Roland L Belsome Jr
410 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 412-6098
Fax: (504) 412-6101

Co-Chair: Luis Arturo Leitzelar
Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 248-2136
Fax: (225) 248-2036

Co-Chair: Barbara Bourgeois Ormsby
755 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
T: 504 581 5141F: 504 566 1201

Staff Liasion: Tricia Renee Pierre
601 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
T: 504 619 0129F: 504 566 0930

Mission Statement

The mission of this committee is to assess the level of racial, ethnic, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability diversity within all components of the legal profession in Louisiana; to identify barriers to the attainment of full and meaningful representation and participation in the legal profession by persons of diverse backgrounds; and to propose programs and methods by which the LSBA can most effectively work to remove those barriers and achieve greater diversity.

Statement of Diversity Principles

The statement is an agreement by leaders of a legal organization or a court to use their best efforts to increase the diversity in their hiring, retention, and promotion of attorneys and the elevation of attorneys to leadership positions within their organizations, as well as to promote and participate in appropriate diversity awareness training programs and programs to measure their progress in the pursuit of the stated diversity principles.

Diversity Outreach to Students

 State Bar offers outreach to middle school, high school, and college students to expose them to positive attorney role models and make them aware of the advantages of a law degree. Additionally, the Bar offers unique opportunities for diverse law students of all levels to gain knowledge about the professional and employment side of the noble practice of law.

CDR Pledge for Change Signatory