Successful food drive for Second Harvest

Published on March 6, 2012 by in News, Projects

Thank you  to all of our members who participated in the AWA Food Drive at the end of 2011.  The AWA donated 84 pounds of food - equating to 70 meals.

Stay tuned for an exciting project for Second Harvest coming up in the next few months!


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AWA March Luncheon

Our next luncheon will be held on March 15, 2012, at noon.**

The luncheon will be at Roux House - professional private dining room at Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar, 1009 Poydras St. *Please use the entrance on South Rampart Street side door labeled "Roux House."

We are excited to have newly elected judge Bernadette D’Souza as our speaker. Judge D'Souza takes office on March 1st as the first judge of Domestic Section 1 at Civil District Court. She will hear only cases involving divorce, custody, spousal support, child support, community property, paternity and civil protection orders in domestic violence cases. Judge D’Souza will speak about her vision and goals for this newly created section.


This will be a buffet style menu, with the following items offered:

Appetizers: (1) Catfish strips and (2) Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Soup & Salad: (1) Shrimp, Crab & Corn Bisque and (2) Sensation Salad
Entrée: (1) Crawfish Etouffee and (2) Blackened Shrimp Alfredeaux
Dessert: Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Soft drinks, tea and water included


$36 members
$41 non-members
$20 students

**RSVP by Monday, March 12th, 2012, to Linda Graffagnini at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211* (Please bring your payment to the luncheon. Do not mail luncheon checks to the P.O. Box. Thank you!)

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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2012 Community Outreach Project

Published on February 26, 2012 by in Projects

As one of our 2012 Community Service initiatives, the AWA Board has chosen to support the students of KIPP Central City Primary. KIPP mission is “to build the academic, social, emotional, and spiritual foundations that our students will need to pursue higher education, create their best selves, and transform their world.”

KIPP is in need of books for their library and for use in small class study groups. At our request, Theresa Schmitt, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, has created an Amazon.com “wishlist” of needed books. (Used books are acceptable)

We hope that you will consider purchasing one or more of the books from the wishlist. Your purchased books will be sent directly to the school.* We believe that by donating books, we will have a lasting impact on the KIPP students.

Click to access the KIPP Amazon Wishlist

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact April Watson, Community Outreach Chairperson, at awatson@sessions-law.com, or Kelly Barbier at kellybarbier@gmail.com

 * If for some reason the proper "ship to" address is not reflected when you check out your purchases, you can manually add the proper shipping address:

Theresa Schmitt
KIPP Central City
2625 Thalia Street
New Orleans, LA  70118

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AWA Co-Sponsoring Conclave on Diversity – 3/2/12

Published on February 9, 2012 by in News

Registration only $50 if you register by 2/10/12. $75 thereafter.

Join the LSBA, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and a host of local and specialty bar associations across the state for a full day of workshops and discussions to fulfill your professionalism requirement for the year.

During the conclave, highly credentialed speakers will provoke discussions regarding the scope and meaning of cultural competency, the professional and financial importance of a diverse and inclusive legal profession for practitioners, judges, and the administration of justice, and practical tips to create a more inclusive legal profession. The program will include a three-hour interactive workshop, breakout sessions, and panel discussions.

The Conclave agenda and registration form is available at the following link: http://www.lsba.org/2007cle/cledocuments/292(7).pdf

The lunch keynote speaker is our very own Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.

New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 (504) 581-1000

Credit Hours
Total Hours: 7.83 (APPROVED)
Ethics Hours: 1.0
Professionalism Hours: 6.83

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Panel discussion: Perceptions of Justice – A Dialogue on Color, Ethnicity and the Courts

Published on January 31, 2012 by in News

AWA members are invited to attend to attend a panel discussion focused on diversity issues in the justice system that will be held on Saturday, February 4, in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting. The event is free and open to the public.

Perceptions of Justice: A Dialogue on Color, Ethnicity and the Courts

Saturday, February 4th, 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Nottoway , 4th Fl., Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Beginning in 2008, the Judicial Division's Lawyers Conference held a series of programs around the country that asked judges, attorneys, members of the public, and others about their experiences with and perceptions of justice in our nation's court systems. Discussions focused primarily on how race and ethnicity affected individual perceptions and experiences.

This year, the Lawyers Conference will begin analyzing the issues raised in the Perceptions of Justice programs and in nationwide studies on those issues. The Midyear Meeting program will feature panelists who are actively involved in the justice system, including judges, attorneys, and community leaders. The panelists will discuss topics including procedural fairness in the courtroom, the impact of cultural differences on the justice system, judicial involvement in the community, and the need for an educational pipeline that leads to increased diversity in the legal profession and judiciary.

Robert O. Saunooke, Miramar, Florida
Hon. Michael B. Hyman, Chicago, Illinois
Stacy L. Leeds, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Eduardo R. Rodriguez, Brownsville, Texas
Hon. Max N. Tobias, Jr., New Orleans, Louisiana
Tracie Washington, New Orleans, Louisiana

For more information on the Perceptions of Justice project, click here.

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Hot Topics in Diversity Law CLE

Published on January 31, 2012 by in News

Hot Topics in Diversity Law CLE

February 2, 2012
Tulane Law School: Lavin-Bernick Center, 201-Race Conference Room, 20 Mcalister Drive
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Featuring Jennifer Adams on behalf of the AWA presenting the topic: The perception of women lawyers and what young women can do to defeat the negative stereotypes

Other speakers:

James Tran, Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Louisiana
Topic: Historic development of U.S Immigration Law

Elia Diaz-Yaeger, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana
Topic: Current Developments in State Regulation of Immigration

Halima Narcisse Smith, Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
Topic: The Effect of the Recession on Minority Attorneys

Tara Mason, Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys,

Christine Bruneau, Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Panelist/attendee Q & A session (approximately 15 - 20 minutes.)

Networking Reception immediately following the CLE (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)

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AWA / NCWBA Networking Reception – February 3, 2012

The AWA is co-sponsoring a networking reception following the “Visible Invisibility: Breaking Down Barriers to Women’s Leadership program at the ABA midyear meeting.  The reception will be held at the Hilton, St. Charles Ave. starting at 6 p.m.

The theme of the reception is "Marketing and Developing Business: The Corporate Counsel Perspective"

Please click here for details: NCWBA Reception Invitation

You can register through the link on the NCWBA homepage: www.ncwba.org

Date: February 3, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Hilton at St. Charles, New Orleans

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Click here for a 2013 Membership Application

Published on January 14, 2012 by in News

You can download a copy of the 2013 Membership Application here. Please fill out the application and mail it to the address at the bottom of the application, along with your dues check:

2013 Membership Application

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